Tonight, Chris Coleman christens the new Club Reign on 11th and Peachtree streets with a dance party featuring DJ Mike Cruz of New York, along with a delectable underwear fashion show by Zelus. Also on tap for the gay boys on Friday are DJ Karlitos spinning at Jungle, DJ Lydia Prim at Heretic, and boisterous crowds at neighborhood joints like Blake’s, Burkhart’s, Mary’s and the Eagle.
The ladies have plenty of party options tonight, including the “Fire & Ice” party at My Sisters’ Room, a two-day affair that features the voluptuous rock group The Fuel Girls, and performances by drag maven GiGi Monroe.
Friday is also the night for what has become one of the leading lesbian social events in Atlanta, as the Heaven party takes over the Park Tavern.
“It’s going to be a multi-level party, with a tent set up outside with an awesome view of the Atlanta skyline,” says Anna Ragghianti, owner of Bellissima and SWA-RE, which produces the Heaven party.
The Heaven party attempts to lift the expectations for lesbian parties in Atlanta, featuring everything from an arts market, to go-go dancers wearing angel wings, to an aerial performance, to three separate DJs — DJ Duck, Miami’s DJ Dimples and Atlanta favorite DJ Vicki Powell. To further get attendees in the whimsical spirit, the party offers perks such as no lines for women wearing angel wings.
“We get a great mix of about a thousand people, mostly women, but guys are welcome,” says Ragghianti, who believes women have more plentiful party options for Pride weekend than in the past. “Our theme is ‘Set Aside Your Senses,’ and we really just tried to create a really fun, visually stimulating atmosphere.”
Here’s a list of tonight’s activities:
Atlanta Pride VIP Party 6 – 8 p.m. at the Georgia Aquarium (Oceans Ballroom entrance) 225 Baker St. NW, Atlanta, GA 30313 www.atlantapride.org
Official Atlanta Pride Kickoff Party with DJ Martin Fry 6:30 – 11:30 p.m. at the Georgia Aquarium (main entrance) 225 Baker St. NW, Atlanta, GA 30313 www.atlantapride.org
Official Atlanta Pride Kickoff Afterparty Best of the ‘80s with DJ Ed Bailey 11 p.m. to 3 a.m. at Jungle 2115 Faulkner Rd., Atlanta, GA 30324 www.jungleclubatlanta.com
Fourth Tuesday happy hour 6 – 8 p.m. at Bellissima 560-B Amsterdam Ave., Atlanta, GA 30306 www.fourthtuesday.org
Pride Kickoff Beer Bust for Jerusalem House Presented by the Southern Bears 6-10 p.m. at F.R.O.G.S. Cantina 931 Monroe Drive, Atlanta, GA 30308 www.jerusalemhouse.org
Atlanta Symphony Orchestra “Wicked Divas” with Atlanta Gay Men’s Chorus 8 p.m. at Atlanta Symphony Hall Woodruff Arts Center 1280 Peachtree St., Atlanta, GA 30309 www.atlantasymphony.org
‘Massive’ Party with DJ Mike Cruz & Frenchie Davis 9 p.m. at Reign Nightclub 1021 Peachtree Rd., Atlanta, GA 30309 http://tinyurl.com/2a2pv4n