LGBT Atlanta Best Bets for Dec. 30 – Jan. 5

Friday, December 30

Out actor Harold Leaver returns to Horizon Theatre’s gay themed “The Santaland Diaries” – starring as the David Sedaris alter ego – tonight at 8 p.m. running through Dec. 31,

Enjoy pool and darts and a live DJ tonight, as well as the infamous men of the club, at BJ Roosters, 12043 Cheshire Bridge Road, Atlanta, GA 30324

Saturday, December 31

America’s favorite dance show is back on the road with “Dancing with the Stars: Live! – We Came to Dance,” giving fans the opportunity to see the best dancers in the business perform live in Atlanta. This all-new production showcases every type of ballroom and modern dance seen on ABC’s hit show, including sizzling group performances, romantic duets, contemporary numbers and original pieces created specifically for the nationwide tour. Among the traveling dancers are Artem Chigvintsev and Val Chmerkovskiy, 7 p.m., Fox Theatre,

Hang out with the crowd at Woofs and ring in the new year, with festivities starting at 7 p.m.,

On the heels of an amazing year, out musician Michelle Malone plays two shows tonight to ring in New Year’s Eve at Eddie’s Attic, at 7:30 p.m. and at 10 p.m. The 10 p.m. show will feature special guest Hannah Thomas,

Ladies, don’t miss the New Year’s Masquerade Ball, presented by the Belles of Burlesque with DJ K2. Masks, hats and noisemakers will be available while supplies last. The evening features a champagne toast at midnight and a complimentary breakfast buffet. Doors open at 8 p.m., My Sister’s Room,

The Heretic Atlanta and Ready4Hope, in association with Scruff, presents the White Party. Casual white attire requested. New Year’s countdown emceed by Angelica D’Paige. Doors open at 9 p.m. with a $10 general admission.

Come out for karaoke at Cockpit tonight, beginning at 9 p.m., and then stay for a champagne toast at midnight, 485 Boulevard SE, Atlanta, GA 30312

Celebrate the New Year with DJ Pat Scott at the Atlanta Eagle, with a champagne toast at midnight. The festivities begin at 10 p.m.,

Southern Fried Queer Pride and rising queer nightlife staple MORPH have designed an event that will make up for 2016 and get you powered up for the New Year. THE REBOOT, a queer New Year dance party, is going down at The Arts Exchange. 18+, presale tickets are $5, tickets bought at the door are $10, 10 p.m. – 3 a.m.,

TASTE and Wussy Mag present B I Z A R R E – New Years Wonderland Edition, a night where all of your wildest dreams will come true as the hosts play off of the theme Alice in Wonderland. The event features an open bar, DJ Robert Ansley, DJ King Atlas, AASHA, and is hosted by Riot, Brigitte Bidet, Ellisorous Rex, Biotch Puddin’, Dax Exclamationpoint, and Abhorra Arrohba. Other treats include a champagne toast and featured artist Naked Headless, 10 p.m. – 4 a.m., 115 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive SW, Atlanta, GA 30303-3503,

The timeless Charlie Brown hosts the Glitz & Glam Ball at Lips Atlanta tonight, with a three-course dinner, a midnight celebration and a champagne toast, and plenty of drag,

Spend New Year’s Eve at Swinging Richards tonight. A $65 ticket gets you free parking, an open bar and a free 15-minute VIP room/experience – and lots of hunks to ogle.

NYE17 is an evening to dress up and dress down. DJ Joe Gauthreaux hosts this festive event at Jungle Atlanta,

Come watch the balloon drop and join in on other surprises, including a champagne toast at midnight, at Oscar’s,

The Model T hosts a New Year’s Eve party with a free champagne toast,

Sunday, January 1

Alex Cohen spins as part of late night New Year’s festivities, 3 a.m. Xion Atlanta,

If you have no other plans today, come to Woofs and root on the Atlanta Falcons as they finish their season against the New Orleans Saints and (hopefully) make a playoff run, 1 p.m.,

Monday, January 2

The PFLAG support group for parents and families of LGBTQ children meets today from 7:30 – 9 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Atlanta, 1605 I-85 Frontage Road, Atlanta, GA 30329,

Tuesday, January 3

Got those Tina Turner numbers down? Angelica D’Paige – everywhere these days! – hosts Drageoke at 10:30 p.m. at Burkhart’s,

Wednesday. January 4

They’re back! The half dozen performers of “Naked Boys Singing” leave nothing to the imagination, amidst a backdrop of campy songs, 8 p.m. 7 Stages,

Enjoy free pool and rotating DJs at Bulldogs, 893 Peachtree Street, Atlanta, GA 30309

Thursday, January 5

Thursday night is country dancing at the Heretic Atlanta, with free dance lessons from 8 – 9 p.m. and open free dancing at 9 p.m.,

The new Topher Payne play opens at Georgia Ensemble Theatre tonight. “Greetings Friend Your Kind Assistance is Required” follows a retired school teacher reading an email from her spam folder and embarking with a friend on an international adventure. 8 p.m., running through January 22,

It’s Ladies Night at Friends on Ponce. Play Texas Hold’Em at 8:30 p.m. and then Regina Simms takes over at 10 p.m.,


Saturday, January 7

Still in the Christmas spirit? OnStage Atlanta is staging two holiday-themed shows, “Elf Jr.” and “Dear Edwina Jr.” through January 28 with four performances today,

Sunday, January 8

The gay-themed “Moonlight” is up for a slew of prizes at tonight’s Golden Globes awards, as are other LGBT-themed movies and TV shows, 8 p.m., NBC

Friday, January 13

Atlanta Black Pride hosts an MLK Day weekend of events, with a lineup being announced soon,

Monday, January 16

HRC and Lost-n-Found Youth invite you to the Martin Luther King Day of Service, transforming this national holiday into a “day on, not a day off” with a service project benefiting homeless and at-risk LGBTQ youth. You can make a difference in our community by donating items and volunteering your time. Lost-n-Found Youth, 2585 Chantilly Drive NE, Atlanta, GA 30324,

Saturday, January 21

Mark your calendar to join the Atlanta Bucks for what promises to be a truly beautiful mess of an evening at their annual Miss Ruck N Maul drag competition. General Admission and (a limited number of) VIP tickets are on sale now so start making plans to attend and throw some dollars at your favorite performer. A silent auction will also be on tap. Tickets available at 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m., Jungle Atlanta,