The best queer things to do in Atlanta this weekend

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Busy busy busy. LGBTQ Atlanta is like the magician in “Frosty the Snow Man” – so much to do, so little time, and so much flair for the fabulous. Channel your queer magic and get in on these events.

Friday, Dec. 8

Queer Drunk History. Local LGBTQ comics and improv artists Queeriety enlist the Wussy queers and a slew of drag queens to tell our stories in the most fun way possible @ 7 Stages, 8 p.m. Read our interviews.

“Tom of Finland.” The Out on Film darling about the man who started a gay illustrations empire gets its own local theatrical run @ Midtown Art Cinema, all week. 

End HIV Georgia Legislative Round Table. Meet a panel of lawmakers hosted by queer state Rep. Park Cannon @ Georgia State Capitol, 11 a.m.

Lumberjack Flannel Friday. Show this weather how male archetypes dress @ Woofs, 8 p.m.

Friends Friday Christmas. A holiday party to benefit charity is hosted by Friends Friday bowlers. Ruby Redd leads a cast of queens @ Mixx, 6 p.m.

Bells, Babs & Beyond. Atlanta Gay Men’s Chorus presents this year’s holiday concert from moving classics to festive contemporary @ Cathedral of St. Philip, 8 p.m. Two more shows Saturday, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Their director tells Podcast Q about this, his swan song.

Santaland Diaries. Gay gadabout Topher Payne takes over the role of Cratchet, the snarky gay department store elf in Santa’s Village @ Horizon Theatre, 8 p.m. Runs through Dec. 31.

Baddest Bitch. Siouxsie Sioux gets the icon treatment from the East Atlanta queers @ Mary’s, 9 p.m.

DILF Party. DJ Tommy K hosts this jock and underwear-themed event plus a cigar and pipe social @ Heretic, 10 p.m.

DJ Mister Richard gets the weekend going @ Atlanta Eagle, 10 p.m.

Phoenix’s Birthday Show includes an all-star cast as part of Femme Fatale, but first it’s Fresh Face Friday @ Burkhart’s, 9:30 p.m. and 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.

Celestial Friday. Celeste Holmes hosts the show “where the stars come out” and puts the grrls on display for your entertainment and your dollars, plus Second Level beats upstairs @ Blake’s, 11 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.


Saturday, Dec. 9

Atlanta Santa Speedo Run. There isn’t a lot more to say, and there’s even less to wear as the jingle balls jangle through Midtown for charity, starting @ Hudson Grille Midtown, 12 noon

Gingerbread House Contest. Come get a gander while raising money for Living Room ATL @ Worthmore Jewelers, 10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Sunday too.

Drag Queen Story Time. A holiday twist on the newly popular pastime, this time with Terra Cotta Sugarbaker reading to the kiddies for the adults’ amusement @ Ponce Branch Library, 3 p.m.

#Daydrunk. Drink specials put you to bed early or make you the life of the party as the sun drops @ Mary’s, 2:30 p.m. Do it, and you may not remember what you did during the regularly schedule shenanigans, 9 p.m.

Bells, Babs & Beyond. Atlanta Gay Men’s Chorus presents this year’s holiday concert from moving classics to festive contemporary @ Cathedral of St. Philip, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Their director tells Podcast Q about this, his swan song.

Lesbian Language. Women who love women who love spoken word and music join together in the spirit of the arts with Ms. Meek headlining @ L5P Center, 6 p.m.

LNF Casino Night. Brush off your gambling skills and Vegas looks for the just-for-fun fundraiser. DJ beats and treats in the house @ Lost N Found Youth, 7 p.m.

Candy Coated Affair. When gay and bi men of color united against HIV talk about holiday gatherings, you can bet this annual event with Impulse ATL is on their wish list @ Garage at Tech Square, 8 p.m.

Early Country, Late Night Dance. Scoot boots, 8:30 p.m., then shake booty, 12:30 a.m. @ Heretic.

Fantasy Girls. The queens you loved at the weekly Jungle show have a new home @ Ten, 9 p.m.

80s New Wave Dance Party: INXS Edition. Some of you were there, but all of you love the music @ Amsterdam, 10 p.m.

Anthem with DJ Daniel Weaver kicks Saturday into high gear with Southern Bears Bar Night @ Atlanta Eagle, 10 p.m.

Sizzling Startlets and Fever. The opening show is followed by the quintessential drag cast working for your dollars @ Burkhart's, 9:30 p.m. and 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.


Sunday, Dec. 10

Drag Queen Story Time (bottom photo). The one, the only Brent Star brings his talent for entertaining kids, and his hilarious drag antics for adults, and combines them in this Christmas edition visit @ Posman Books, 3 p.m.

Gingerbread House Contest. Come get a gander while raising money for Living Room ATL @ Worthmore Jewelers, all day. 

AV200 Holiday Recruitment. Their bicycle trek across north Georgia is months away, but the AIDS Vaccine 200 rider recruiting and supporter toasting starts now @ 394 5th Street, 2 p.m.

Sporty Sunday Funday. All the games and matches on the screens and all the guys to watch it with @ Woofs, 12 noon.

Drag Brunch with the Sisters of Sequins led by Bubba D. Licious while you eat @ Lips, 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 including Raquell Lorde @ Blake's, 8:30 p.m.

Sunday Tea. The weekly tradition of dudes, DJs and drinks continues @ Ten. Low-Tea vocal tracks, 3 p.m. – 6 p.m. High Tea today’s hits, 6 p.m. – 10 p.m.

SFQP Organizing Potluck & Kickback. The last meeting of the year for the queers of Southern Fried Queer Pride @ 1040 Allene Ave. SW, 5 p.m.

Armorettes. Atlanta’s camp drag crazies against HIV do their weekly good in the gayborhood @ Burkhart’s, 7:30 p.m.

Tossed Salad. The magic and madness masterminded by Brigitte Bidet and her left-of-center queens goes in hard @ Burkhart’s, 10:30 p.m.

Queer Drunk History photo courtesy Queeriety. Brent Star photo via Brent Star.


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