Cool queer things to do in ATL, hand-picked by the WUSSY staff
Brunch at Ria’s Bluebird: If you’re going to wait 30 minutes in line for some eggs, you might as well do it at Ria’s Bluebird in Grant Park. They’ve truly got some great eggs. Ria Pell gave many of my queer friends jobs when they first landed here, and her restaurant is one of Atlanta’s treasures. Price varies. 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Mon.-Sun. Ria’s Bluebird, 421 Memorial Drive S.E. 404-521-3737. www.riasbluebird.com.
Taboo-La-La at the Plaza Theatre: Blast-Off Burlesque recently relaunched their “Taboo-La-La” film event series at Plaza Theatre, which features live shows and tributes to classic films. When I first moved to Atlanta, I saw their screening of John Waters’ Female Trouble, where they gave away meatball sandwiches and liquid eyeliner shots, and it changed my life. Price varies. Plaza Theatre, 1049 Ponce De Leon Ave. N.E. 470-225-6503. https://www.blastoffburlesque.com/
See a show at Out Front Theatre: One of Atlanta’s newest theatres is also dedicated to telling exclusively Queer stories on stage. They did a great rendition of Rocky Horror Picture Show last year, and I can’t wait to see what else they put on. Price varies. Out Front Theatre Company, 999 Brady Ave. N.W. 404-448-2755. http://www.outfronttheatre.com/
Sugar Shack: Southern Fried Queer Pride are known for amazing underground grassroots drag, but Sweet Tea brings more of the DIY community as one of Atlanta’s longest-running queer variety shows. The upcoming Sugar Shack event will host a mix of badass entertainers across the mediums, curated by Taylor Alxndr, during Pride weekend. $7. 10 p.m.-3 a.m. Fri., Oct. 12. 529, Flat Shoals Avenue S.E. 529 atlanta.com
Glitz at Mary’s: Mary’s is hands down my favorite “gay bar.” Combine it with an all-inclusive alt-drag show that is fantastical, outrageous, and a bit punk, and Thursday nights become EAV mandatory. HUSH, a synthpop goth dance party by DJ SILK WOLF, follows. Free (please tip). 10 p.m.-3 a.m. Thursdays. Mary’s, 1287 Glenwood Ave. S.E. www.marysatlanta.com.
Pride Parades: Pride at the Park is always fun, but to see everyone from the community celebrating on the streets of Atlanta is another level of feels. The Trans and Dyke marches on Saturday are particular favorites. Various locations and times. Oct. 12-14. atlantapride.org/fest-and-parade/
ICON: A monthly dance party and immersive performance experience. Price varies. Monthly. Currently housed at the Deep End, 621 North Ave. N.E. a100. 470-823-3102. www.wussymag.com.
Chaka Khan Hacienda: Ree de le Vega’s seasonal dance party and social at 8Arm is the perfect way to spend a Sunday evening. Free. Weekly (seasonal). 8Arm, 710 Ponce De Leon Ave. N.E. 470-875-5856. www.8armatl.com.
Queer Yoga with Patrick Joseph Boston: Donation based and inclusive of all humans, PJB is all about offering health and wellness to the community. Donation based, different offerings each month. Fluctuating indoor/outdoor spaces. www.PatrickJosephBoston.com.
#WUSSYWEDNESDAYS: I’m not sure if it’s the campy film pick, the dazzling costume contest, or the wine and popcorn, but these monthly screenings at the Plaza are a constant on my calendar. $15. Monthly. Plaza Theatre, 1049 Ponce De Leon Ave. N.E. 470-225-6503. www.wussymag.com.
Melon Salon: You can’t keep a sharp lewk without a sharp stylist. Their salon may be queer-safe, but Lina and Alex’s cuts are KILLER. Price varies. Loft 4, 77 12th St.. www.instagram.com/melonsalon.
Condesa Coffee: A space that keeps the coffee and creativity flowing is a mainstay of my werkflow. It’s not only their handcrafted quality, but also their support of queerness and overall good vibes that’s really refreshing. Price varies. 7 a.m.-9 p.m. Mon-Fri., 8 a.m.-9 p.m. Sat-Sun. 480 John Wesley Dobbs Ave., Ste. 100. 470-524-5054. www.condesacoffee.com.
ATL Craft: Beautiful store for all things witchy and New ge, for everyone from serious magic practitioners to goth aesthetic diehards. The energy of the place is warm and welcoming, great store to hang out and meet new friendly folks. 489-B Edgewood Ave. 404 254-0316. www.atlcraftshop.com.
Open Mic Night at Java Monkey: Theresa Davis hosts the most popular open mic in the city, attracting internationally renowned poets as well as brave first-timers to share their work. Free. Sundays. 425 Church St., Decatur. 404-378-5002. www.javamonkeymusic.com.
Kaboodle: Kaboodle not only has tons of local Atlanta art, but also sells some of the coolest furniture out there — rustic, Southern, and unique. It’s easy to lose track of time in all that coziness. 485 Flat Shoals Ave. S.E. Ste. B. 404-522-3006. www.kaboodleatlanta.com.