Atlanta Fringe Presents LGBTQ Performances to Celebrate Pride October 8-9, 2021



To celebrate Pride Month, Atlanta Fringe has teamed up with Metropolitan Studios to present “A Queer Day’s Night,” a two-day lineup of LGBTQ performances from October 8-9. The lineup includes cabaret and burlesque shows, a beneficent TED Talk-style comedy celebrating gay history, a panel discussion featuring queer performers, and an hour of virtual drag story.

Veteran Atlanta Fringe Festival artist and Atlanta native Will Nolan will perform “Gay History for Straight People,” where his alter ego Leola, a senior lesbian obsessed with Kelly Clarkson, shatters “the wonderful world of homosexuality; taking the public on a guided tour through the alphabet from anal beads to unicorns. ” Winner of the 2020 BroadwayWorld Cabaret Award for Best Speech, a 2019 review said of Gay History: “When [audiences] did not laugh or spit while taking [their] cosmos [they] clapped and clapped. “

Metropolitan Studios, home of the Atlanta School of Burlesque and award-winning burlesque troupe The Candybox Revue, will host “A Big Queer Cabaret!” featuring local and regional burlesque, drag and visual artists. They will also host “COLORFUL: A Queer Arts Panel”, a panel discussion featuring a variety of artists, from spoken word to performance art. Artists have led the creative charge for LGBTQ rights over the years, shaping social opinions, sexual and gender norms and more. This roundtable will focus on the intersection of Queerness and Art and the scope of its impact.

Local comedian and drag artist Brent Star will host a free virtual event for families Drag Storytime where he will read children’s stories live on Facebook for viewers to watch from anywhere. Star hosts his own show at the Laughing Skull Comedy Club in Atlanta, won the Best Comedian award for local magazine GA VOICE for more than seven consecutive years, and was featured in Netflix’s “Dumplin ‘2018.

Tickets are $ 25 for “Gay History for Straight People” and $ 35- $ 30 for “A Big Queer Cabaret”. Participants can purchase tickets for both events and save $ 10. Tickets can be purchased here. The Drag Storytime virtual event and panel discussion are free. Performances will take place at the Metropolitan Studios, located in East Atlanta Village at 1259 Metropolitan Ave SE, Atlanta, GA 30316. COVID-19 Protocols: All attendees will be required to show proof of vaccination prior to admission. Masks are mandatory for all participants and staff, while artists will perform without a mask. Anyone unable or uncomfortable to attend in person will have the option of purchasing access to recorded videos of the programs after the event.


Friday October 8

7:00 p.m. Gay story for straight people with Leola Ladyland

9:00 p.m. A Grand Queer Cabaret!

saturday 9 october

2:00 p.m. Drag Storytime with Brent Star via Facebook Live

5:00 p.m. COLORFUL: A round table discussion on queer arts

7:00 p.m. Gay story for straight people with Leola Ladyland

9:00 p.m. A Grand Queer Cabaret!

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