Check out our guide to upcoming LGBT nightlife, entertainment and community events
Atlanta’s gay bars serve up heaping helpings of drag almost every day. Here are some of the biggest shows; you can also find drag personalities hosting everything from Bingo to karaoke.
Flashback Showgirls with the Lady Shabazz: 8 p.m. @ 10th & Piedmont
The Armorettes: 8 p.m. @ Burkhart's
Friday, March 15 - Sunday, March 24 The Atlanta Film Festival runs for two weeks featuring multiple films, opening tonight with “This is Atlanta” short films, “Mud,” “Breakdown Reward” and “Rocky Horror Pictur...
Atlanta Poly Weekend, Lisa Loeb and more this weekend
Dixie Invitational Bowling tournament, Michelle Malone and more
Oscar Gittemeier, a library professional in Atlanta, has put together a 2013 calendar featuring some of Atlanta's queer literary devotees and their allies.
The calendar is called “Libraries Are Such A Drag” and all proceeds from its sale will go to the Georgia Library Association's Beard Scholarship. The calendar can be purchased at local Decatur coffee shop Java Monkey and will be available on Amazon Dec. 1.
“I had received a scholarship from the Georgia Library Association and I wanted to give back to the organization,” Gittemeier said today by phone. “A lot of my friends love the library and I love the library.”
Atlanta may not be a typical winter wonderland, but the season is still filled with events and attractions to get you in the holiday spirit. While not as LGBT-specific as Toy Party or gay chorus concerts, you’ll also find plenty of “family” at these beloved traditions.
Garden Lights, Holiday Nights
Nov. 17-Jan. 5 at the Atlanta Botanical Garden
“Garden Lights, Holiday Nights” at the Atlanta Botanical Garden is among the newest traditions on our list, debuting last year. By turns whimsical and ethereal, this lovely lighted walk through the 30-acre garden uses more than 1.5 million low-energy lights to create a vision that is nothing short of delightful. Among the new features this year are the Vincent Van Gogh-inspired “Starry Night Walk and “Liquid Lights,” a lighted fountain display in the Cascades Garden described as “an icy cool vibe.” Favorites from last year also return, including the “Orchestral Orbs” display set to holiday music on the Great Lawn.
Friday, Nov. 23
The Santaland Diaries, an Atlanta theater tradition, brings gay humorist David Sedaris’ satire about working as a Macy’s elf back to the stage. Opens tonight, runs through Dec. 30 at Horizon Theatre, 1083 Austin Ave., Atlanta, GA 30307, www.horizontheatre.com
Edie Cheezburger presents The Other Show, featuring Jasmine Antoinette, Justice Tyana Taylor, Miami Royale, Violet Chachki and special guest Arrianna Paris. Doors open at 8:30 p.m., show at 9:30 p.m., DJ Thomas Byrd spins pop and top 40 after. Jungle, 2115 Faulkner Road, Atlanta, GA 30324, www.jungleclubatlanta.com
Bring on the turkey, dressing, cranberry sauce —- and the LGBT events. Thanksgiving week brings a diverse list of options, from popular DJs to potlucks and bowling, to make you thankful for gay Atlanta.
On Wednesday, you can try your hand at the Turkey Bowl, show your gratitude at First Metropolitan Community Church's Thanksgiving Eve Service, and dance the night away as Power Infiniti spins for the "Butter Ball" at Amsterdam Atlanta.
Thanksgiving Day features events at the Model T, Mary's, and XS Ultra Lounge, among others, and the nightlife parties on through the weekend, including the Turkey Relief Dance Party on Saturday night at My Sister's Room.
Power Infiniti at the ButterBall tonight, and more Thanksgiving weekend events
Friday, Oct. 26 Ghosts of Hollywood is the theme for this year’s Halloween costume celebration to benefit Jerusalem House, which provides homes for people impacted by HIV. 8 p.m. — midnight at Atlanta Mar...