The best gay things to do in Atlanta this weekend

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The week of an iconic birthday brings the longest running Madonna-Rama in town, plus more plays, parties and performances than LGBT Atlanta can squeeze into its schedule – but will enjoy trying.

Friday, Aug. 19

Madonna-Rama. Don’t go for second best, baby, put your Madonna love to the test. Annual birthday bash @ Mary’s, 10:30 p.m. It’s just one way gay Atlanta shows her love this week.

‘The Prom.’ The story of a lesbian, her intended female prom date, and the school’s attempts to deal with it hits the stage @ Alliance Theatre, 8 p.m. Runs through Sept. 25.

‘Company.’ Gay composer Stephen Sondheim’s musical that changed musicals forever opens its run @ Actor’s Express, 8 p.m. Runs through Sept. 4.

Boys Room. Come hang out with the cool kids @ Mary’s, 9 p.m.

The Other Show. Come to the unique weekly drag cabaret with an eclectic cast and special guests that always pack a surprise @ Jungle, 9:30 p.m

Pump. Get into the weekly man-on-man dance party, this time with DJ Mike Pope @ Heretic, 10 p.m.

70s Groove Party. DJ Doc Ervin takes over the jams @ Atlanta Eagle, 10 p.m.

Deadly Vixens 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.

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.

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.

Crush Friday turns up the volume on its weekly gay Latin party with stage shows and dancing into the wee hours @ Club Rush, 10 p.m. – 5 a.m.

Foreplay Afterhours with DJ Cosmo keeps you dancing late. Really late @ Tokyo Valentino, 1 a.m. – 4 a.m.


Saturday, Aug. 20

#KeepKissing Photo Session. The shooter in Orlando supposedly saw two guys kissing. That sparked this national campaign to shoot pics of people kissing and donating it to victims and families of Pulse. Atlanta gets its chance to help @ Wisteria, 11:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Men’s Health & Wellness Fair. The Gentlemen’s Foundation for gay men of color hosts this annual health fair with testing and info @ Carver YMCA, 10 a.m.

Abundance. Celebrate the plenty of summer and the work of queer artist Alli Royce Soble during this open house with food and drinks @ Third Space at Studioplex, 1 p.m.

Sonia Leigh. The local lesbian country-rocker on Zac Brown’s label – who cowrote his singles “Goodbye in her Eyes and “Sweet Annie” and has a decades-long catalog of her own hits like the recent “When We Are Alone” – comes home @ Eddie’s Attic, 9 p.m.

#Daydrunk. Drink specials put you to bed early or make you the life of tonight’s party @ Mary’s, 2 p.m. – 8 p.m. Do it, and you may not remember what you did during regularly scheduled shenanigans, 9 p.m.

Taste of Life. The HIV housing programs of Living Room benefit from this wine and food tasting gala with awards and honors, plus co-chair Evelyn Mims and host Vikki Locke @ Mary Gay House, 7 p.m. Read our preview.

Dream Team. The dance party gets started with these special guests @ Jungle, 10:30 p.m. Get there early for Fantasy Girls, 9 p.m.

Twisted Dee. The local favorite DJs to scratch your itch @ Heretic, 10 p.m. Get there early for Armorettes Auditions, Part 1, 8 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. 

GlitterBomb werqs Saturday night with a drag show hosted by Edie Cheezburger, a cast of premiere queens and special guests @ Blake’s, 10 p.m.

DJ Lydia Prim. She brings the tribal beats to keep your weekend fun going that much longer @ Tokyo Valentino, 1 a.m. – 4 a.m.

DJ Dan DeLeon All Nighter. Don’t stop ‘til you get enough. Dance until you need sunglasses to leave @ Xion, 3 a.m. – 7 a.m.


Sunday, Aug. 21

Splash for Jerusalem House. This pool party with complimentary food and drinks comes with your $20 donation to the cause @ 345 Valley, 12 noon – 4 p.m.

Oscar’s 7th Anniversary. It’s been seven years since new owners took over this corner of the Ansley II party. Specials all day and night @ Oscar’s, 2 p.m.

Atlanta Bondage Club. The B&D sex club comes out to play @ Manifest 4 U, 2 p.m.

Give ‘Em Hill Party. $100 bucks gets you into this official LGBT Hillary Clinton fundraiser @ Midtown residence, 3 p.m.

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

Midtown Rouge. First it’s High Energy and DJ Bill Berdeaux, 1 p.m., then the legendary Sunday drag show kicks off with an all-star cast @ Blake's, 8 p.m.

CherryBomb. Wild Cherry Sucret returns to the weekly stage for “something hip and different,” including suprises each week @ Jungle, 8 p.m.

Armorettes Auditions, Part II. The beloved drag troupe continues its open casting call @ Burkhart's, 7:30 p.m.

Tossed Salad. The magic and madness masterminded by Brigitte Bidet and her left-of-center queens @ Burkhart’s, 9:30 p.m.


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