The best queer things to do in Atlanta this weekend

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One, two. You know what to do. Three, four. Come on through the door. The Queer Agenda calendar beckons you to Atlanta’s best LGBTQ shows, soirees and special events.

Friday, Nov. 9

My People. Local dancers Corian Ellisor and Alex Abarca (top photo) present this “movement conversation between two queer human bodies of color” @ 7 Stages, 8 p.m.

GLAAD Gala. The local arm of the national media watchdog group Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation hosts its annual black tie affair with host Kat Graham, GLAAD award recipient Amiyah Scott, and guests including castmembers from “Pose” @ The Estate, 6 p.m.

MAAP Mingle. The LGBTQ business minds of Metro Atlanta Asssociation of Professionals gathers over cocktails @ Ten, 6 p.m.

NWSA: Feminist Author & Activist Roundtable. Get in on the National Women's Studies Association conference in town this year with luminaries rarely heard together @ Charis Books & More, 7 p.m.

You’ve Got A Friend. Chuck Richards writes and directs this musical cabaret show featuring Lynn Loosier to benefit Mostly Mutts Animal Rescue @ Park Tavern, 7 p.m.

The View Upstairs: Closing weekend. This musical imagines the people inside the  New Orleans gay bar the Upstairs Lounge that were victims of an arson attack. The show opens the 2018-19 season @ Out Front Theatre, 8 p.m. Read our preview in this issue of Q magazine. Runs through Nov. 10.

ATL Is Burning Ball. Pose, y’all! Icons and beginners alike walk in over 10 categories in this half dance party, half ball. Live music and performances are included too from acts like Leikeli47, MikeQ, Cakes da Killa, Byrell the Great, and Leonce @ Georgia Freight Depot, 9 p.m. Read our preview in this week’s Q magazine.

The Other Show. Edie Cheezburger and her kooky queens work Atlanta’s newest gay bar @ Midtown Tavern, 9:30 p.m. 

Queer Bait. Party with the cool kids in East Atlanta @ Mary’s, 9 p.m.

DILF: Commando. Ten-hut! Military gear and dog-tag cruising codes are in effect @ Heretic, 10 p.m.

DJ Eric kicks the weekend into high gear @ Atlanta Eagle, 10 p.m.

Celestial Friday with Celeste Holmes puts the grrls on display for your entertainment and your dollars. Don’t forget Second Level beats upstairs @ Blake’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.

Fresh Fish Friday & Moonlight Cabaret. Early drag to wrap your week, 8 p.m. and drag eleganza fabulosity with Shavonna B. Brooks and Raquel Lord to kick off the weekend, 11 p.m. There's also a movie on the patio bar @ Midtown Moon, 7 p.m.

Drrty Divas. Hit them up for boys, booze, beats and Atlanta's hottest queens hosted by Destiny Brooks @ Ten, 10 p.m

Ladies Night. Get your LGBTQ 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, Nov. 10

Jungle Reunion (middle photo). It’s already been a year since queer Atlanta lost this popular gay club. Come dance about it with DJ Manny Lehman, as well as the former Jungle owner and his favorite performers, staff and patrons from the era @ Heretic, 10 p.m.

Belong Launch Party & Thanksgiving Potluck. The newly re-energized version of the Rainbros social group called Belong hosts lunch for all comers @ McLatchey Park, 11:30 a.m.

SSL Fall Ball Championships. Southern Softpaw League continues its 10th softball season @ Nickajack Park, 10 a.m. Then get gussied up. It’s the 10th Anniversary Season Awards Banquet @ Corner Tavern Hapeville, 4 p.m.

College Football Saturday. All the games and matchups on the screens, and all the gay guys to watch it with @ Woofs, 12 noon.

Open Studio Art Sale. Queer artist Alli Royce Soble puts her wares on display for holiday buying season, and serves treats to loosen your wallet @ House of Soblovitz, 12 noon.

#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 scheduled shenanigans, 9 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. 

Work My Soul Was Called to Do. Southern black lesbian activism never looked so good @ Charis Books & More, 7:30 p.m.

Back Room Armorettes. The monthly charity show from Atlanta’s camp drag stalwarts @ Heretic, 8 p.m.

ICON. Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj serve as the inspirations for the latest iteration of this party and its performances, with special guest, RPDR queen Yuhua Hamasaki @ Deep End, 9 p.m.

Cover to [un]Cover. A one-night-only (s)exploration of literary classics, using the classic device of strip tease in this burlesque revue. Diego Wolf and Theresa Davis are among the hosts @ Red Light Café, 9 p.m.

Pop Karaoke with Princess Charles. Sing your heart out with your host plus DJ Suzanne @ Midtown Tavern, 9 p.m.

Fantasy Girls. The queens you love doing what you love cabaret style @ Ten, 9 p.m.

DJ Rob Moore kicks Saturday into high gear @ Atlanta Eagle, 10 p.m.

Pop! Popup drag and Popup men werqs Saturday night into a frenzy @ Blake’s, 10 p.m.

DJ Aaron Fries kicks Saturday into high gear @ Atlanta Eagle, 10 p.m.

After Hours. Soulful house music by resident DJs presented by Culmination Productions keeps you partying as late as you want @ Tokyo Valentino, 2 a.m.

Xion Afterhours. DJ Karlitos moves you ‘til sunrise @ BJ Roosters, 3 a.m. – 7 a.m.


Sunday, Nov. 11

New Faces All Stars (bottom photo). Regina Simms hosts multiple past winners and 10 new queens vying for the 2018 crown @ Friends Neighborhood Bar, 9 p.m.

Gospel Brunch. Singing queens while you eat from a smorgasbord of serving stations @ Midtown Moon, 11 a.m.

NFL Sunday Funday. All the football games and other competitions on the screens, plus all the guys to watch them with @ Woofs, 12 noon.

Drag Brunch with the Sisters of Sequins @ Lips, 12:30 p.m. Walk-ins welcome. 

Atlanta United Playoff Tailgate. The gay pro soccer fans of All Stripes do pre-gaming festivities before the match @ Lot 1 “The Gulch” outside Mercedes Benz Stadium, 1 p.m. These folks know how to throw a party. You can also watch the game on TV @ Woofs, 2:30 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.

Madams, Marys & Mimosas serves drag, brunch and drink specials @ Ten Atlanta, 1 p.m. Sit. Stay. The Sunday Funday weekly tradition of outdoor dudes, DJs and drinks, 4 p.m.

Sunday Sabbath. Celeste Holmes stages the queens for your weekend wrap party @ Midtown Tavern, 6 p.m.

Heifer Review: Cher vs. Madonna. Icons collide in the form of drag queens who perform while you eat @ Cowtippers, 1 p.m.

Working Here Is A Drag. The Giving Kitchen gets tips and proceeds from this drag show and brunch buffet @ Georgia Beer Garden, 1 p.m.

Christina Aguilera. Diminutive dynamo for the win @ Fox Theatre, 8 p.m.

Armorettes. The camp drag crazies with the hearts of gold against AIDS are in their 40th year of weekly shows @ Midtown Moon, 9 p.m.

After Hours. Urban Hip Hop all night by resident DJs, plus 15 dancers and three levels to party presented by Culmination Productions keeps you partying as late as you want @ Tokyo Valentino, 11 p.m.

A version of this feature originally ran in Q magazine. Read the latest issue below for even more.



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