LGBT Atlanta Best Bets for Dec. 31 – Jan. 7

New Year’s Eve events

Regina Simms rocks in the New Year at Friends on Ponce,

The Atlanta Eagle hosts Blackout night, 7 p.m.–2 a.m.,

The Atlanta Hideaway has a busy night: the Hot Mic Comedy and Karaoke event with Ian Aber kicks off at 9:30 p.m. and then Jack Daddi’s karaoke takes over at 10:30 p.m.,

Dual DJs—DJ Liz Owen upstairs and DJ Rapko on the main level—ring in the New Year at My Sister’s Room,

Heretic Atlanta and Ready4Hope present the Genesis White Party. The New Year’s Eve countdown will be done by Angelica D’Paige and the night’s DJ will be Phil B. Casual white attire is requested, with doors opening at 9 p.m.,

The Masquerade Ball at Lips Atlanta is hosted by the immortal Charlie Brown and includes dancing, drag and a three-course dinner,

Traxx Girls present The Red Carpet Affair New Year’s Eve Party at Club Rain, with a complimentary breakfast and complimentary countdown party favors. Doors open at 10 p.m., 448 Ralph David Abernathy Drive, Atlanta, GA 30315,

Celebrate 2016 at Blake’s with the annual cash balloon drop at midnight,

Thursday, December 31

Atlanta musician Michelle Malone, coming off a terrific, award-winning 2015, will celebrate the New Year with two shows at Eddie’s Attic, with part of the proceeds going to Opening the 7 p.m. show will be Macy Todd, and supporting Malone on the 10 p.m. show will be Sonia Tetlow,

The “Dancing With The Stars: Live! ‘Dance All Night Tour'” features dancers and stars from the popular ABC reality series in a 90 minute live show, 8 p.m., Cobb Energy Centre,

Wussy Magazine presents “Decay/Decadence,” a bittersweet New Year’s Eve of splendor, desire, joy, and rage, culminating in pop-up performances, installations, a dance party and more. “Nudes,” a group art show, will be debuting, featuring nude portraits in three media: drawings, paintings and photography. The night is hosted by Kryean Kally and Brigitte Bidet, with DJs Robert Ansley, King Atlas and Amari Tariq at the Big House on Ponce,

Friday, January 1

Join KJ Lance, KJ Steve and KJ James for karaoke tonight at Faces Lounge in Marietta, 9 p.m.–2:30 a.m.,

Saturday, January 2

Come to Mary’s Atlanta for #DayDrunk with music playing from 2–8 p.m. and drink specials,

Ken hosts “Let’s Make a Deal” at Friends on Ponce beginning at 6 p.m.,

Bring some good cheer and a dish to the Lesbian 50+ Potluck & Social. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the event begins at 6:30 and lasts until 8 p.m., Phillip Rush Center,

A high-energy show that makes you wanna dance and party the night away, Synergy! stars the biggest names in Atlanta drag, including Monica Van Pelt and Shawnna Brooks, 11 p.m., Burkhart’s,

Sunday, January 3

Make a joyful noise with the Sisters of Sequin at Gospel Brunch, with performers Bubba D. Licious and Justice Counce, 12:30 p.m. followed by a 1:30 p.m. show, Lips Atlanta,

Sing along to your favorite gospel songs from the past and the present today at Mixx Atlanta, 4–7 p.m.,

Celeste Holmes hosts the always rowdy Boys of BJ’s event, 9 p.m., BJ Roosters, 2043 Cheshire Bridge Road, Atlanta, GA 30324

Monday, January 4

“Celesbian” comic Karen Williams performs in this benefit show for queer House District 58 candidate Park Cannon. The evening includes an art show and raffle featuring work by Melissa Mitchell of Abeille Creations, poetry performances, and much more. Phillip Rush Center, 7-9 p.m.,

The PFLAG Atlanta support group meets tonight from 7:30–9 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Atlanta,

Some of Atlanta’s best table tennis players come together to play, to meet new people and form community at Sister Louisa’s Church of the Living Room and Ping Pong Emporium, 9 p.m.,

Tuesday, January 5

It’s lesbian-owned and it’s one of the best new restaurants in town–enjoy a meal at Twisted Soul tonight,

Tom Hardy plays the murderous Kray brothers, one of whom is gay, in the new “Legend,” at area theaters

Wednesday, January 6

Wednesdays are Caribbean Nights at Las Margaritas with $5 Mojitos and martinis,

Admit it: you’re gonna see it. Han Solo, Princess Leia and new characters are part of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” now in area cinemas.

Thursday, January 7

The Pretty Girl Hideout Thursdays is tonight, hosted by Mook DaHost, Soul Bar at Pal’s Lounge, 254 Auburn Avenue, Atlanta, GA 30303,


Friday, January 8

Wussy Mag and Creative Loafing present Powder Room, a Queer Dance Party, hosted by Zaida J., Melissa Coffey, Pity Soiree and Minks, with music by Vicki Powell, Electrobixx and Ree de La Vega, 10 p.m.–3 a.m., Heretic Atlanta,

Tuesday, January 12

From the creators of “South Park” comes the Tony-winning, gay-themed musical, “The Book of Mormon, ” which returns to the ATL for a two-week run through January 24, with a 7:30 p.m. show tonight, Fox Theatre,

The PFLAG Atlanta support group meets tonight from 7:30–9 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Atlanta,