The best gay things to do in Atlanta this weekend

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With another week in the bag, it’s time for you to bag some downtime. LGBT Atlanta events are ready to yield rich rewards from concerts and plays to exhibits and parties.

Friday, Sept. 18

Kristin Chenoweth (top photo). The little lady with the big voice brings her signature songs and her new “Coming Home” album to the stage for one night only @ Cobb Energy Center, 8 p.m.

AGLCC Community Awards. The LGBT professionals of the Atlanta Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce honor a few of their own @ Fox Theatre, 7 p.m.

“Looking for Normal.” A religious couple in America’s heartland get every notion challenged about family and love when the husband comes out as transgender. The gay-led Process Theatre produces @ OnStage Atlanta, 8 p.m. Runs Fridays to Sundays through Oct. 10.

Lily Tomlin in “Grandma.” The lesbian legend could get her Oscar for her role as a gay granny in this new film, opening today @ area theaters, all week.

“The Titans.” Art exhibit explores works on paper by some toweringly popular artists. Gay Atlanta artists like Larry Jens Anderson are in the mix @ Kai Lin Art, 7 p.m. Exhibit runs through Oct. 30.

Bar Code: Red Headed Sluts. The next in line for a theme night is a celebration of gingers @ Atlanta Eagle, 10 p.m.

Nuclear Meltdown Beach Party. Things get downright a-pop-alyptic when Legendary Children and Wussy Mag return to the scene of their last blowout theme party. Violet Chachki and Dax Clamation Point host an edgy cast of queens @ Heretic, 9 p.m.

The Other Show: Atlanta Pride Night & Dating Auction. A unique weekly drag cabaret boasts the cast and special guests who keep you guessing @ Jungle, 9:30 p.m. This week it benefits the upcoming Pride festival and includes dates with bachelors and bachelorettes up for bids.

Boys Room. One two, you know what to do. Three, four come on through the door @ Mary’s, 9 p.m.

Glitz & Glam Dinner Theater. Charlie Brown, the undisputed Bitch of the South and her gurlz entertain with dinner and a show amid the fancy theater experience of Atlanta’s premiere drag restaurant and bar. Make Reservations @ Lips Atlanta, 6 p.m., 9 p.m. and the Taboo Show at 11:30 p.m.

Deadly Vixens drag show puts the grrls on display for your entertainment and your dollars, plus Second Level beats upstairs @ Blake’s, 9 p.m.

Femme Fatale puts the drag glamazons on display each week. Get your singles ready for premiere Atlanta queens @ Burkhart’s, 11 p.m.

Friday Night Dance Party. Another weekly way to kick off your weekend just hit 10th Street. See what you can get into @ G’s, 10 p.m.

Ladies Lounge. Get your lesbian weekend started with a DJ-driven dance party, live performances and scores of women in the new Midtown home of Atlanta lesbian nightlife @ My Sister’s Room, 9 p.m.

Chaparral Night turns up the volume on its weekly gay Latin party with stage shows and dancing into the wee hours, this week including the Mr. & Miss Gay Pride contests @ Club Rush, 10 p.m. – 5 a.m.


Saturday, Sept. 19

Bear Invasion. DJ John LePage brings the beats to all the hairy hunks at this man-on-man dance party. DJ Sean Mac opens @ Heretic, 10 p.m. Last time was off the chain (middle photo).

AIDS Walk Cycle-A-Thon. Work your heart, lungs, legs, glutes and core while raising money for the upcoming AIDS Walk. A guided workout gets you pedaling @ Vibe Ride, 3 p.m.

East Point Candidate Meet & Greet. Say hey and get the scoop from Kenneth DeLeon as he tries to become the next openly gay member of the East Point City Council @ 1612 W. Cleveland, East Point, 3 p.m. He’s a favorite.

Softball Beer Bust. The Foxes teams of gay Atlanta’s Fall Ball season pour bottomless brews and sell Jell-O shots to benefit their league @ Cockpit, 4 p.m.

Taboo: Sexuality & Sexual Identity. This art opening explores the issues with work by more than 30 ceramics artists while raising money for Lost N Found Youth. Sisters of Perpetual indulgence in the house too @ Signature Contemporary Craft Gallery, 6 p.m. Exhibit runs through Oct. 31.

Emerald Ball. The Living Room, which provides housing and assistance to people living with HIV, honors three individuals and Jerusalem House for their tireless efforts against the disease during this gala dinner @ Zoo Atlanta, 6:30 p.m.

Ginger Vitis Retirement Show. The first in a two-part series to say goodbye to the one and only Armorette. To raise money against HIV of course @ Heretic, 8 p.m.

Glow Party. Who better to lead a black light dance party than the gAy-TL’s own DJ Neon the Glowgobear? No one better; that’s who! Wear your UV-reactive clothing and get ready for a glowy good time @ Ten, 10 p.m.

Tighty Whitey Party. The name says it all. There’s a clothes check to show off your undies, and DJ Scott Anthony is giving something to shake it to @ Jungle, 10:30 p.m. Get there early for the Fantasy Girls show, 9 p.m.

Synergy turns up the volume on Saturday night and blows your ever-loving mind with glamazons working for your dollars @ Burkhart's, 11 p.m.

Glitz & Glam with Charlie Brown. The self-titled Bitch of the South and her girls entertain with dinner and a show in the theater experience of Atlanta’s drag restaurant and bar. Make reservations @ Lips Atlanta, 6 p.m., 9 p.m. and the Taboo Show at 11:30 p.m. 

Ladies Night. Atlanta’s lesbian dance party puts on a show to supplement its weekly womyn ways in a new Midtown location @ My Sister’s Room, 9 p.m.

GlitterBomb werqs Saturday night with a drag show hosted by Edie Cheezburger, a cast of premiere queens and special guests. DJ and video beats plus more cute boys than you can handle @ Blake’s, 10 p.m.

DJ Rodolfo Bravat All Nighter moves you all the way to sunrise, just steps away from BJs, Heretic and Jungle. Never stop shaking your ass @ Xion, 3 a.m. – 7 a.m.


Sunday, Sept. 20

“Looking for Normal” (bottom photo) matinee performance. A religious couple in America’s heartland gets every notion challenged about family and love when the husband comes out as transgender. The gay-led Process Theatre Co. produces @ OnStage Atlanta, 2 p.m. Runs Fridays to Sundays through Oct. 10.

Express Yourself Costume Charity Ball. Organizers from LEAGUE advocate for people to be their authentic self while all comers celebrate their alter egos in any iteration. Retro pop singer Wrenn performs, and festivities benefit Songs For Kids Foundation @ Aisle 5,

Action Cycling Check Presentation. The riders of Atlanta’s AV200 share the benefits of this year’s event with HIV beneficiaries. Celebrate a $250,000 donation with cocktails and munchies @ Emory School of Medicine, 3 p.m.

Joyce Rennolds: How to Write Your New Story. Changes in life come in all shapes and sizes. This spiritual enlightenment talk can help with the LGBT congregation @ City of Light, 11 a.m.

Joining Hearts’ MSR Sunday Funday. The lesbian bar gets in on the Sunday Midtown action to benefit the popular gay charity. Julie Osborne, Jackdaddi & Missy, Brent Star, the spinArella Bellas, Devon Liquor and Kari Hinton Judson entertain @ My Sister’s Room, 4 p.m.

Sunday Funday. DJs Rob Reum and Robert Ansley give you the inside-outside weekend closing party that you so deeply desire @ Ten Atlanta, 5 p.m. – midnight.

Drag Gospel Brunch presents the Sisters of Sequins with Bubba D. Licious at the wheel while you eat @ Lips, 12:30 p.m. Walk-ins welcome. Or sleep in and do Dinner with the Divas, 6:30 p.m.

High Energy & Cell Block Sunday. Get to gettin' with DJ Bill Berdeaux, 3 p.m., then the Cell Block drag show with Lateasha Shuntel, Raquell Lord, Shawnna Brooks, Nicole Paige Brooks and Taejah Thomas @ Blake's, 8 p.m.

The Armorettes: Ginger Vitis Retirment. Those local camp crazies throw down their weekly show for tips against HIV/AIDS in Atlanta @ Hideaway, 8 p.m.

Tossed Salad. The magic and madness masterminded by Brigitte Bidet, her left-of-center queens, and DJ King Atlas rock this weekly drag show and dance party @ Burkhart’s, 9 p.m.

“Vicious.” The second season of the renowned comedy continues the hilarious mishaps, break-ups and make-ups with elderly gay couple Freddie and Stuart starring blue-chip actors Ian McKellan and Derek Jacobi @ GPB, 10:30 p.m.


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