As we gear up for spring, you can expect your social calendar to start filling up faster. With a beautiful weekend and no rain (so far) in the forecast, O&AN presents this week's Top Gay Things to Do in and around Nashville.

Wednesday April 9

Wicked at TPAC

There is something wicked happening in Nashville. It's quite popular and it defies gravity . . . it's none other than Wicked playing now through April 20 at TPAC. The show and cast is spectacular and showcased their off-stage personalities (some shirtless) at the Broadway CARES/Equity Fights AIDS and Nashville CARES event 'Wicked After Dark' at Play Dance Bar on Monday.

Check out Wicked cast member Shayla Beck as she delivers a rousing performance of "Let it Go," the runaway hit from Disney's Frozen.

On a budget? Then check out the Wicked lottery for your chance to win $25 tickets.


Thursday April 10

Transgender Drop-In

The 2014 Trans 100 list was unveiled on Monday and every second Thursday of each month, OutCentral hosts Transgender Drop-in. Come chat with Vickie Davis, one of the leaders of the Tennessee Vals, a transgender support group here in Nashville.

Vickie will facilitate an informal discussion for anyone that wants to talk about any and all things transgender. So anyone that wants to participate just show up, and let's chat, whether you are trans or not.

MTSU LGBTQ+ College Conference

MTSU’s Lambda organization continues to celebrate milestones. Last fall, the student-led organization celebrated its 25th anniversary, and this month launch their inaugural LGBT+ College Conference. The conference will span three days from April 10-12. Sessions will cover a diverse variety LGBT+ issues including: community engagement, political activism, transgender issues and more. Click here for more details.

Friday April 11

Music City Sisters' present H8'a Drag

Now in its third year, the Music City Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence (MCS) are celebrating the weekend-long H8's a Drag. The annual anti-bullying event serves as a benefit for the organization’s LGBTQIA Youth Fund. This year’s theme, Love TRANSforms Fear, places focus on transphobia, bullying, suicide and related hate crimes in the transgender community.

This year, MCS is excited to have two featured stars from RuPaul’s Drag Race. Season 5 Puerto Rican knockout Lineysha Sparx will headline, alongside DP House Party Hostess and PLAYmate,The Princess, an alumna of Season 3.  

The event also includes a Saturday youth dance and Sunday Potluck Brunch.

For more details on the Music City Sisters, read the O&AN April feature.

For more details on H8's a Drag including the full weekend schedule, click here.

Nashville Grizzlies Bachelor Auction

Join the Nashville Grizzlies at Tribe for their 6th annual Bachelor Auction! Special date packages will go to the highest bidder and with a line-up to impress both men and women, this event is not to be missed. The event starts at 9 p.m. at Tribe and of course enjoy $10 all you can drink from the Grizzlies keg! RSVP at The Grizzlies' Facebook event page here.

Music: Ariana & The Rose at PLAY

We can't stop listening to the sonic sass of Ariana & the Rose's "In Your Bed" (see video below) and she's performing at PLAY Dance Bar Friday, April 11.



Theatre: Ultrasound

Join O&AN when Playhouse Nashville presents the world premiere staging of local playwright Garret Schneider's Ultrasound. When Maddy announces to her partner Jolene that she's pregnant, the anticipation of the baby's arrival causes Jolene to have serious doubts about her ability to be a parent. Once the bundle of joy arrives -- full of demands, needs, and wants -- Jolene's lifelong struggle to connect with something other than her work is literally in her hands. Get more information, including tickets, here. Playing through April 13.

Whoopi Goldberg Live

One of the funniest people ever to walk the planet, the amazing Whoopi Goldberg will share an evening of stories and laughter at the Schermerhorn. Can't make it to Whoopi? Check out the Lifetime premiere of A Day Late and A Dollar Short next weekend.

Get tickets for Whoopi's Nashville show here.

Saturday April 12

LOL Nashville Improv Show

LGBT-inclusive comedy troupe performs their monthly Improv Show on Saturday, April 12. The shows take place at 12th and Porter at 7 and 10 p.m.. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door. For more information, visit the LOL Nashville Facebook page

Club MTV 90s Party at Canvas

Join Canvas Lounge for the best of the 90s including Zima shots, drink specials, all your favorite 90s tunes spun by KP, Huntee and Monkeypop and special appearance by Miss Downtown Julee Brown. Party starts at 9 p.m., has no cover and is 21+.

Here's a 90s jam to get you started:

Unity of Music City Spirit Fest

Saturday, April 12 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in Old Hickory. Click here for more details.

Sunday April 13

Drag N' Brunch at Suzy Wong's

Join your favorite PLAY Mates for the new Drag N’ Brunch every Sunday at Suzy Wong’s from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.. 2-for-1 mimosas and Suzy faves such as Katsu Chicken and Waffles and Suzy’s Steak Benedict make this a must for brunch. Remember Dining Out for Life kicks off April 22 with a special weekend-long extension, including Suzy Wong's Brunch on April 27.

Tuesday April 15

Melissa Etheridge in concert

The newly independent artist brings her catalog of tunes, including new ones from her yet-to-be-released independent album, to Nashville on April 15. Out & About Nashville chatted with the veteran star about activism throughout her career, collaborations with producers and writers who’ve worked with Eminem, Kesha, Demi Lovato and more for her forthcoming record and when she’s tying the knot with partner Linda Wallem.  

There are very few tickets left for this show at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center. For more information, click here.

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