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‘Tis the season for holiday parties

Atlanta’s gay calendar is always a robust one but the holiday season can create whiplash for partygoers. Here are some of the major parties and special events through the end of 2013. The king daddy of the holi...
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Theater for the holiday season

Gone are the days when Christmas at local theater companies meant variation after variation of Charles Dicken’s “A Christmas Carol.” Sure, that show is still around but so are gobs of other Yuletide goodies for LGBT patrons.

For one, “The Santaland Diaries” will be back for its 15th year at Horizon Theatre. Based on gay writer David Sedaris’ own experience as a department store elf, as related in his “Holidays On Ice,” it has proven to be a gay favorite year after year. Here, the Sedaris figure is played by Harold M. Leaver, whose Crumpet character is forced to don the elf suit during the holidays one season when money is low. It’s not just as one-man show, though - Leaver’s co-stars are Enoch King, now in his sixth year, and LaLa Cochran, in her second, and they generate laughs as well.

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What started as a staged reading is now a holiday must-see, much to the creative team’s surprise. They all thought by the fifth or sixth year it would be over. “We thought it may be close to saturation by that time but audiences keep increasing,” says Leaver. This year, he says, there is ample ammunition for pop culture references in the production - the government shutdown, Miley Cyrus, the IRS scandal, healthcare.