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THE MOVE: Plan Accordingly - December 2019

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GOODWILL TO ALL: Last year’s Miracle on Monroe (at Tapa Tapa).

The Move is a column intended to help you beat the fight against basic, one move at a time. Look here for all the best underground, and some above ground, events in ATL. Bc you CAN have a balanced diet of disco and yoga. Warning of side effects: Overdose of culture and queerdom,  bloated bank account from lack of overpriced ticket purchase, confusion meeting clarity via mind, body and soul. Consume at your own risk.

This month, on The Move … Dear Santa, please legalize marijuana. Until then, let’s jingle-all-the-way into wreath making in Grant Park, mingle with Christmaspolitans, and gift suggestions for my THOTs on The Move - THRIFT. Regifting is recycling, so don’t be afraid to re-share that candle that keeps on giving. As Marie Kondo would say, if that shit don’t bring you joy regift it. Maybe that’s not exactly the sentiment but you get the point. News flash! NYE is canceled!

Good Tidings: Hartsfield offish signed off on having a CBD vending machine in the atrium during the holiday travel season. Customers will input info, such as flight duration, age, and ailments, and the vending machine will suggest the recommended CBD dose. 

Shameless copy/paste plug OTMonth: Psst … Xtra! Xtra! Weed all about it! Shameless plug for the latest episode of, “Friends in High Places.” Listen along as I interview the likes of those mapping out the cannabis industry for Georgians, bc it’s not coming, it’s here. For more updates:  @callmeMsConception @CreativeLoafingAtlanta

Throughout December


The Miracle Holiday Themed Pop-Up Bars open early this year, starting with Thanksgiving, and continuing through Christmas. Included are Miracle on Monroe at Tapa Tapa in Midtown Promenade, a tiki-themed Sippin’ Santa at Bon Ton on Ponce, and Miracle on Highland taking over Parish.

If you’re looking for a place that looks like Santa vomited holiday cheer, Miracle Pop-Up Bars are wildly popular. No reservations accepted, but worth the wait IMO. Each year Miracle uses 160 pounds of hot cocoa, 200 quarts of heavy cream, 200 pounds of pecans, 800 pounds of sugar, 6,000 eggs, 20 pounds of Chai tea, and 4000 cinnamon sticks.

Miracle on Highland served 18,000 Christmas cocktails last year, or 1,500 Christmapolitans per week. For the final amount of holiday cheese, “All I Want for Christmas Is You” plays hourly. Praise the Lord. 

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 5 — SUNDAY, DECEMBER 8


Curious Holiday Encounters — "A curated, popular festival of interactive/immersive performance; truth from all corners of our vibrant city. Celebrate the holidays through non-traditional art and celebration with seven new works created by some Atlanta artists, including Theatre Du Reve, Full Radius Dance, and Little Five Points Rock Star Orchestra."

TBH, I’m a noob to this, but it jumped out, and I’m a big fan of everything I’ve witnessed at 7Stages

$15-$25.Thurs., Dec. 5, 7-10 p.m.; Fri., Dec. 6, 7-10 p.m.; Sat., Dec. 7, 7-10 p.m.; and Sun., Dec. 8, 5-8 p.m. 7 Stages, 1105 Euclid Ave. N.E. 404-523-7647. 7Stages.org

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 6


The Sundogs Present: The Tom Petty Show — A Tom Petty cover band going strong since 2011, for those unfamiliar with The Sundogs, they are a collective made up of brothers Will and Lee Harraway, blues guitarist and songwriter Jon Harris, renowned guitar slinger Benji Shanks, drummer Kevin Leahy, and keyboardist Kevin Thomas. For one special night a year, The Sundogs perform a Tom Petty tribute, all night. This year, a special guest is Lilly Winwood, daughter of Steve. Dance, drink, and be merry. RIP, TP. 

$18-$35. 8 p.m. Center Stage Theater, 1374 West Peachtree St. 404-885-1365. www.centerstage-atlanta.com

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 7


Wreck the Halls: The 2019 L5P Krampus Krawl — Krampus and his black goats take over Little Five Points. "Each year the ominous sound of jingling bells and chains fills the air. Cloven-hoofed, horned creatures of the night descend upon the streets of L5P."

This L5P tradition was inspired by 2015’s Krampus, the campy, devilish holiday film and cult classic based on Austro-Bavarian folklore, chronicling the hunt for the half goat-half demon creature, Krampus, who is out to punish naughty children. In true creative L5P fashion, the Krawl features disturbing images and live animals.

Krampi will gather at the Star Bar at 8 p.m. and roam to The Brewhouse Cafe, Little 5 Points Corner Tavern, ending at Java Lords with a brief swing by El Myr. If you’re not into goats, you might wanna stay out of Little 5 that evening.

Free. 8 p.m. The Star Bar, 437 Moreland Ave. N.E. 404-500-4942 Wreck The Halls: The Little Five Points Krampus Krawl

Wreath-Making — Don’t forget to balance party hopping with crafts this season. Garden*Hood nursery is making spirits bright with this is drop-in class. Materials will be set up, just pick your size, materials, and deck the halls. I prefer the more-is-more approach when it comes to holiday glitz. *adds xtra mistletoe to everything* 

Pro-tip: I recommend signing up for Homestead Atlanta. They send makers classes all over the city, plus you get a discount on workshops. Y’all. We can learn how to make our own bread and butter. In 2.5 hours. Or get melty in a welding class, hand stitch a leather wallet, and carve our own spoons. A full course load from The Homestead Atl calendar would likely help you survive the apocalypse a wee bit longer. 

$25 (10%) off for Homestead Atlanta Members. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Two classes, Saturday, Dec. 7 and Saturday, Dec. 14. See the “Explore Workshops” calendar @Thehomesteadatl.com

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 8


Christmas at Dollywood — Unfortunately, the Miss Universe pageant forgot to call me, again, to compete, but that goes down at the new Tyler Perry Studios in Fort McPherson, just south of the city. 

The Move typically encourages readers to get out in the world, but when Dolly Parton has a new Hallmark Channel holiday movie special, cancel all plans or DVR it. I will be snuggled in a onesie with dog and hot toddy, and let Dolly take me to Dollywood.  A classic, cringe-worthy Hallmark plot, set during Christmas at Dollywood, follows Rachel, an event planner and single mom who goes home to her Appalachian hometown tasked with planning the 30th Dollywood annual Smoky Mountain Christmas extravaganza. Of course there’s drama when Rachel and the protagonist don’t have the same vision. This is sure to be an Oscar-worthy film. Dolly Parton plays Dolly Parton.

8 p.m. Hallmark Channel (as in television)

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 14


Hemp Holiday Market Meet and Greet — Aviva, of Aviva and the Flying Penguins, obviously, was kind enough to be a guest on my podcast. She’s a weed activist and a songwriter who does tons of community work to help move us forward into unchartered hemp territory. Aviva educates on cars running on cannabis and building houses out of hemp materials. Nearly every month, you can catch a workshop or meet-up with Aviva. 

Aviva’s throwing a casual meet-and-greet at Golden Drops Cafe in Decatur. “We will be discussing farming hemp in Georgia and legislation advocacy, and group brainstorming on creating an amazing, cohesive, eco-friendly hemp industry in Georgia.” If you have even the slightest curiosity about weed, I recommend going to any of Aviva’s laid-back, inclusive gatherings. 

No charge to attend. 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Golden Drops Café, 1788 Clairmont Road. 404-968-9981. www.goldendropscafe.com

The Holiday Puckin’ Fuppet Show — Puppets. Love ’em/hate ’em, these underground puppet shows are getting popular — think puppet shorts for adults, often in a small clubs and art spaces. There’s a union of vaudeville, burlesque, and performance art, with some experimentation. This particular group, "The Puckin’ Fuppet Show," presents a late-night puppet slam to DragonCon goers, with record-breaking audience numbers. 

How do you feel about audience participation? At any moment, guests are vulnerable to having candy thrown in their face (wrapped, we hope), being challenged to funnel eggnog, or worse/better, competing in a candy cane deep-throat contest. On the fence about that last one. I supposed if it’s consensual and gender-neutral it could be entertaining. Pretty fresh for $10. 

$10. 11 p.m.-1 a.m. 18+. Village Theatre, 349 Decatur St. S.E. 404-688-8858. www.villagecomedy.com Tickets

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 15


Queer Yoga, Deep Stretch — In the midst of carb season, it’s important to remember how to move, bend, and stretch, not just for extra rolls, but for our wellness. This all-levels deep stretch is as inclusive as it gets, typically with no Lululemon insight. 

Instructor Patrick Joseph Boston, or “Trish,” weaves gracefully and honestly through a 90-minute class. It is not stressful. It is not strenuous. It’s perfect for a Sunday stretch. Post-class, jingle all the way next door for FREE specialty coffee, provided by Counter Culture Coffee, and conversation. Trish is also a coffee connoisseur. A true Jill of all trades. 

Suggested contribution $15. 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Ballroom Dance Clubs of Atlanta @ King Plow Arts Center, 887 West Marietta St. N.W. J-105. 04-885-9933. www.kingplow.com

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 19


House of ALXNDR presents The Big Queer Game Show! — Joy to drag! And game shows. Get an extra dose of queer in your diet at The Big Queer Game Show! at the Bakery. Performers and attendees can play Password, the Newlywed Game, and Jeopardy for prizes.

Hosted by + featuring performances from the House of ALXNDR:  Avana ALXNDR, Folly Nation, Molly Rimswell, Rrruby Fiasco, and House Mother TAYLOR ALXNDR. Likely a lot of stellar Instagram footage. Plenty of vehicle parking at the Bakery, preferably no reindeer parking. 

$5-$20 sliding scale + suggested. 10 p.m. The Bakery Atlanta, 825 Warner St. S.W. www.thebakeryatlanta.com

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 31


New Years Eve 2019 — New Year’s Eve is canceled — for me, at least. I resigned from the well-known amateur night a few years back, and wish I’d made the decision sooner. It is the evening to overpay for hotels, transportation, booze, entertainment, and dignity. With so much going on year-round in ATL (#blessed), I can sit NYE out. I will take my seat on the couch, happily sipping cheap red, blazing with Blitzen since he’s off till next Xmas, and stream Phish live from Madison Square Garden. Adios, 2019! It’s been a great ride.



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Didn’t you hear? COVID-19 vanished! Everything is back to normal and Georgia is “open for biz!” Screech. Reality check: COVID-19 didn’t disappear. Below is what’s coming up in the virtual world of disco, art, and underground in ATL.

A pandemic won’t stop national Pride. Atlanta’s most sensational queers prep for festivals, performances, and artist markets on the World Wide Web, mostly social media. Check out Atlanta-based influencer Rigel Gemini’s “Quarantine Playlist” collab with Atlanta Pride on Spotify! No doubt featuring Rigel’s new single “I Can’t.” The vid to go with “I Can’t” is adorbs and stars Ru Paul’s Drag Race legend Alyssa Edwards and Creative Loafing 2020 Lust Lister, Brande Elise!

More on music. The Move is listening to a lot of the Pure Moods ’90s tracks, Atlanta favs Lunar Vacation, Material Girls, Lady and Clementine’s Fantastic Party, and Nikki and the Phantom Callers.

Take a stroll back to the turn of the century and watch the Pure Moods commercial. Millennials will remember like it was yesterday. Prep the pitcher bc it’s still ok to drink alone at home without judgment. Oh, and stay sanitary distant, Bithkitz, bc she’s tired of wasting all the vodka on our hands.

WEDNESDAYS AND SUNDAYS P Groove’s Brock Butler cover sets

Unable to tour, yet thriving at home. Every Wednesday and Sunday, Perpetual Groove’s guitarist and lead vocalist Brock Butler covers his fav songs digitally on Busking Down the House. As of mid-May, Butler was up to 190 songs, with zero repeats.

“While I certainly miss the rock shows proper, there is always opportunity to push and be creative with new mediums. Taking time to learn some new covers I’ve always wanted to play and try my hand at pgroove songs that don’t necessarily scream to exist in the solo acoustic realm.”  — Brock Butler

The Busking Down the House Facebook page was born March 13, 2020, to support the music community with performances and virtual tip jars. A whopping 32K members have joined. ”Our goals are to continue to support our artists and crews while continuing to bring you music.” — Busking Down the House.

Full Moon Yoga with Prince & Sade!

My friend and Sacred Thread Yoga owner, Annelise Leal, brings 90-minute gatherings honoring the moons, right to your living room! In June, Prince is the theme under the Strawberry Moon. In July, y’all!, it’ll be a Sade evening honoring the Thunder Moon. Don’t you just love being all privately spiritual and shit right from your home mat — or couch?

P.S. Congrats are in order for our yogi host. Annelise birthed her first child, Khya, at the beginning of the COVID-19 shut downs, at their home in East Atlanta Village! All are well and snuggly looking. I vote to let Khya stay up to honor the moons with us. xxoo. Zoom, $30

Drink & Doodle, June 10 & June 24

ABV Gallery is killing it with the 2020 version of their popular Drink and Doodle event series. Typically, the kewl kidz gather monthly at ABV in Studioplex on the Eastside BeltLine to hang out and watch artists doodle. Anyone in the room can bid on the doodles once completed. Naturally, this gathering has moved online.

A perk of the shutdowns? Drink and Doodle is now twice a month with one night being international. The quarantine company I keep likes to throw the show up on a projector. Add speakers, bc music is fresh. Great if you’re over watching old concerts or subpar Netflix stand-ups. The art is typically affordable, so just bid already!

Grateful Dating — for serious, single Deadheads only!

Are you into composting, brushing with Tom’s, and dancing in the street? Did your 2020 show dosage include 420 Fest, Jerry Day, Phish at Piedmont Park, and perhaps a little Panic? Are you single and looking for someone to turn on your love light? Facebook recommends Grateful Dating — a group for Deadhead singles to swap feelings, and probs granola recipes. There are two passwords before you can cross the bridge into a chat group full of some og woke white folk, AKA hippies. The first, a lyrical trivia question:

“What color was the sky when the sun was blue?” Seriously, this is a Deadhead group. This is a must-answer question.

Hint: The answer lives on the 1974 Grateful Dead album From the Mars Hotel.

Now, The Move isn’t looking for love bc she’s already cookin’ with one sexy noodler, but should you qualify for Grateful Dating, here is what internet hippies will not tolerate: trolling, catfishing, politics, selling, and absolutely zero Jerry vs. Trey, Phish vs. Dead, Jerry vs. John, or cover band baiting. https://www.facebook.com/groups/353011275140619

Dance Party @ Nonsense, Saturday June 13

Keep checking Nonsense ATL for Zoom dance parties. Danceable versions of all your pop stars! Like, literally all of them. Seriously, Karen. Other than dancing, DIY lewks are always encouraged.

“Grab some toilet paper rolls, bath towels, cardboard boxes, macaroni, whatever and show us what you’ve got.” — Nonsense ATL

Where else can you carb and cardio at the same time? Macaroni tube top, here she comes! https://www.nonsenseatl.com/

The Buffy Hour: Once More, With Distancing, Saturday June 6

”She irons her jeans. She’s evil.” — Buffy

How is she hunty?? She’ll be “five by five” once she gets to THE BUFFY HOUR on Wussy Mag’s twitch.tv. Quarantine hasn’t stopped Wussy Mag from giving the queer community stage time. Here’s the tea ... queer comedy, music, drag, and spoken word all about Buffy the Vampire Slayer!

”We will be dissecting all 7 seasons of this cult favorite, including the highs and lows, heartbreaks and big bads.” — Wussy Mag

Hosted by Powell Mansfield and Brigitte Bidet with special guests Tom Lenk and Jack Plotnick from Buffy the Vampire Slayer; Buffering the Vampire Slayer Podcast and Slayerfest 98 Podcast; and the Scooby Gang, including Dax Exclamationpoint, Hayley Ellman, Ian Aber, Joleen Lunzer, Julian Modugno, Kia Comedy, Olive Lynch, Maureen SanDiego, and Stella-Pearl Fontaine. Showtime is 9 p.m. EST at twitch.tv/wussymag

“Just cause you’re at home, doesn’t mean you can’t turn a lewk. We encourage your best ’90s fashions, pajama vampwear, Willow sweaters, and Magic Box loungewear. Break out the band candy, host a virtual watch party, and tune in!”

Suggested donation: $10 to PayPal — info at wussymag.com — to be split among performers.

Southern Fried Queer Pride 2020 Online Pop-Up Fest, June 26-27

The Move is tickled to announce Southern Fried Queer Pride 2020 is on(line)! Night one comes spicy with “HAWT SAUCE,” an online dance party. Day 2 will be workshops, an artist market, and a SWEET TEA queer variety show!

Last year, we learned basic cooking skills, DIY pad making, and thrifted our tootsies off. Stay tuned to SFQP’s website for more details on 2020’s virtual offerings.

Loser: Videos from the Alternative Era, Sundays

Missing Mary’s music video catalog? Samez. Chill out on Sunday nights with videos from the postmodern era of MTV’s “120 Minutes.” Google it, kids, but erase your history! twitch.tv/marysatlanta 10 p.m. —CL—"
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A pandemic won’t stop national Pride. Atlanta’s most sensational queers prep for festivals, performances, and artist markets on the World Wide Web, mostly social media. Check out Atlanta-based influencer Rigel Gemini’s “Quarantine Playlist” collab with Atlanta Pride on Spotify! No doubt featuring Rigel’s new single “I Can’t.” The vid to go with “I Can’t” is adorbs and stars Ru Paul’s Drag Race legend Alyssa Edwards and ''Creative Loafing'' 2020 Lust Lister, Brande Elise!

More on music. ''The Move'' is listening to a lot of the ''Pure Moods'' ’90s tracks, Atlanta favs Lunar Vacation, Material Girls, Lady and Clementine’s Fantastic Party, and Nikki and the Phantom Callers.

Take a stroll back to the turn of the century and watch the Pure Moods commercial. Millennials will remember like it was yesterday. Prep the pitcher bc it’s still ok to drink alone at home without judgment. Oh, and stay sanitary distant, Bithkitz, bc she’s tired of wasting all the vodka on our hands.

__WEDNESDAYS AND SUNDAYS P Groove’s Brock Butler cover sets__

Unable to tour, yet thriving at home. Every Wednesday and Sunday, Perpetual Groove’s guitarist and lead vocalist Brock Butler covers his fav songs digitally on [https://www.facebook.com/groups/1494442920731779/?ref=share|Busking Down the House]. As of mid-May, Butler was up to 190 songs, with zero repeats.

''“While I certainly miss the rock shows proper, there is always opportunity to push and be creative with new mediums. Taking time to learn some new covers I’ve always wanted to play and try my hand at pgroove songs that don’t necessarily scream to exist in the solo acoustic realm.” '' — Brock Butler

The [https://www.facebook.com/groups/1494442920731779/?ref=share|Busking Down the House] Facebook page was born March 13, 2020, to support the music community with performances and virtual tip jars. A whopping 32K members have joined. ''”Our goals are to continue to support our artists and crews while continuing to bring you music.”'' — Busking Down the House.

__[https://www.sacredathome.com/bookings-checkout/prince-the-full-moon-experience|Full Moon Yoga] with Prince & Sade!__

My friend and Sacred Thread Yoga owner, Annelise Leal, brings 90-minute gatherings honoring the moons, right to your living room! In June, Prince is the theme under the Strawberry Moon. In July, y’all!, it’ll be a Sade evening honoring the Thunder Moon. Don’t you just love being all privately spiritual and shit right from your home mat — or couch?

P.S. Congrats are in order for our yogi host. Annelise birthed her first child, Khya, at the beginning of the COVID-19 shut downs, at their home in East Atlanta Village! All are well and snuggly looking. I vote to let Khya stay up to honor the moons with us. xxoo. ''Zoom, $30''

__Drink & Doodle, June 10 & June 24__

ABV Gallery is killing it with the 2020 version of their popular Drink and Doodle event series. Typically, the kewl kidz gather monthly at ABV in Studioplex on the Eastside BeltLine to hang out and watch artists doodle. Anyone in the room can bid on the doodles once completed. Naturally, this gathering has moved online.

A perk of the shutdowns? Drink and Doodle is now twice a month with one night being international. The quarantine company I keep likes to throw the show up on a projector. Add speakers, bc music is fresh. Great if you’re over watching old concerts or subpar Netflix stand-ups. The art is typically affordable, so just bid already!

__Grateful Dating — for serious, single Deadheads only!__

Are you into composting, brushing with Tom’s, and dancing in the street? Did your 2020 show dosage include 420 Fest, Jerry Day, Phish at Piedmont Park, and perhaps a little Panic? Are you single and looking for someone to turn on your love light? Facebook recommends Grateful Dating — a group for Deadhead singles to swap feelings, and probs granola recipes. There are two passwords before you can cross the bridge into a chat group full of some og woke white folk, AKA hippies. The first, a lyrical trivia question:

“What color was the sky when the sun was blue?” Seriously, this ''is'' a Deadhead group. This is a must-answer question.

''Hint:'' The answer lives on the 1974 Grateful Dead album ''From the Mars Hotel''.

Now, ''The Move'' isn’t looking for love bc she’s already cookin’ with one sexy noodler, but should you qualify for Grateful Dating, here is what internet hippies will not tolerate: trolling, catfishing, politics, selling, and absolutely zero Jerry vs. Trey, Phish vs. Dead, Jerry vs. John, or cover band baiting. https://www.facebook.com/groups/353011275140619

__Dance Party @ Nonsense, Saturday June 13__

Keep checking Nonsense ATL for Zoom dance parties. Danceable versions of all your pop stars! Like, literally all of them. Seriously, Karen. Other than dancing, DIY lewks are always encouraged.

''“Grab some toilet paper rolls, bath towels, cardboard boxes, macaroni, whatever and show us what you’ve got.”'' — Nonsense ATL

Where else can you carb and cardio at the same time? Macaroni tube top, here she comes! https://www.nonsenseatl.com/

__[https://www.facebook.com/events/2670266476525608/|The Buffy Hour: Once More, With Distancing], Saturday June 6__

''”She irons her jeans. She’s evil.''” — Buffy

How is she hunty?? She’ll be “five by five” once she gets to THE BUFFY HOUR on Wussy Mag’s twitch.tv. Quarantine hasn’t stopped Wussy Mag from giving the queer community stage time. Here’s the tea ... queer comedy, music, drag, and spoken word all about Buffy the Vampire Slayer!

''”We will be dissecting all 7 seasons of this cult favorite, including the highs and lows, heartbreaks and big bads.”'' — Wussy Mag

Hosted by Powell Mansfield and Brigitte Bidet with special guests Tom Lenk and Jack Plotnick from ''Buffy the Vampire Slayer''; Buffering the Vampire Slayer Podcast and Slayerfest 98 Podcast; and the Scooby Gang, including Dax Exclamationpoint, Hayley Ellman, Ian Aber, Joleen Lunzer, Julian Modugno, Kia Comedy, Olive Lynch, Maureen SanDiego, and Stella-Pearl Fontaine. Showtime is 9 p.m. EST at ''twitch.tv/wussymag''

''“Just cause you’re at home, doesn’t mean you can’t turn a lewk. We encourage your best ’90s fashions, pajama vampwear, Willow sweaters, and Magic Box loungewear. Break out the band candy, host a virtual watch party, and tune in!”''

Suggested donation: $10 to PayPal — info@wussymag.com — to be split among performers.

__[http://www.southernfriedqueerpride.com/upcoming-events|Southern Fried Queer Pride 2020 Online Pop-Up Fest, June 26-27]__

The Move is tickled to announce Southern Fried Queer Pride 2020 is on(line)! Night one comes spicy with “HAWT SAUCE,” an online dance party. Day 2 will be workshops, an artist market, and a SWEET TEA queer variety show!

Last year, we learned basic cooking skills, DIY pad making, and thrifted our tootsies off. Stay tuned to SFQP’s website for more details on 2020’s virtual offerings.

__[https://www.facebook.com/events/236503054234302/|Loser: Videos from the Alternative Era, Sundays]__

Missing Mary’s music video catalog? Samez. Chill out on Sunday nights with videos from the postmodern era of MTV’s “120 Minutes.” Google it, kids, but erase your history! ''twitch.tv/marysatlanta'' 10 p.m. __—CL—__"
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Didn’t you hear? COVID-19 vanished! Everything is back to normal and Georgia is “open for biz!” Screech. Reality check: COVID-19 didn’t disappear. Below is what’s coming up in the virtual world of disco, art, and underground in ATL.

A pandemic won’t stop national Pride. Atlanta’s most sensational queers prep for festivals, performances, and artist markets on the World Wide Web, mostly social media. Check out Atlanta-based influencer Rigel Gemini’s “Quarantine Playlist” collab with Atlanta Pride on Spotify! No doubt featuring Rigel’s new single “I Can’t.” The vid to go with “I Can’t” is adorbs and stars Ru Paul’s Drag Race legend Alyssa Edwards and Creative Loafing 2020 Lust Lister, Brande Elise!

More on music. The Move is listening to a lot of the Pure Moods ’90s tracks, Atlanta favs Lunar Vacation, Material Girls, Lady and Clementine’s Fantastic Party, and Nikki and the Phantom Callers.

Take a stroll back to the turn of the century and watch the Pure Moods commercial. Millennials will remember like it was yesterday. Prep the pitcher bc it’s still ok to drink alone at home without judgment. Oh, and stay sanitary distant, Bithkitz, bc she’s tired of wasting all the vodka on our hands.

WEDNESDAYS AND SUNDAYS P Groove’s Brock Butler cover sets

Unable to tour, yet thriving at home. Every Wednesday and Sunday, Perpetual Groove’s guitarist and lead vocalist Brock Butler covers his fav songs digitally on Busking Down the House. As of mid-May, Butler was up to 190 songs, with zero repeats.

“While I certainly miss the rock shows proper, there is always opportunity to push and be creative with new mediums. Taking time to learn some new covers I’ve always wanted to play and try my hand at pgroove songs that don’t necessarily scream to exist in the solo acoustic realm.”  — Brock Butler

The Busking Down the House Facebook page was born March 13, 2020, to support the music community with performances and virtual tip jars. A whopping 32K members have joined. ”Our goals are to continue to support our artists and crews while continuing to bring you music.” — Busking Down the House.

Full Moon Yoga with Prince & Sade!

My friend and Sacred Thread Yoga owner, Annelise Leal, brings 90-minute gatherings honoring the moons, right to your living room! In June, Prince is the theme under the Strawberry Moon. In July, y’all!, it’ll be a Sade evening honoring the Thunder Moon. Don’t you just love being all privately spiritual and shit right from your home mat — or couch?

P.S. Congrats are in order for our yogi host. Annelise birthed her first child, Khya, at the beginning of the COVID-19 shut downs, at their home in East Atlanta Village! All are well and snuggly looking. I vote to let Khya stay up to honor the moons with us. xxoo. Zoom, $30

Drink & Doodle, June 10 & June 24

ABV Gallery is killing it with the 2020 version of their popular Drink and Doodle event series. Typically, the kewl kidz gather monthly at ABV in Studioplex on the Eastside BeltLine to hang out and watch artists doodle. Anyone in the room can bid on the doodles once completed. Naturally, this gathering has moved online.

A perk of the shutdowns? Drink and Doodle is now twice a month with one night being international. The quarantine company I keep likes to throw the show up on a projector. Add speakers, bc music is fresh. Great if you’re over watching old concerts or subpar Netflix stand-ups. The art is typically affordable, so just bid already!

Grateful Dating — for serious, single Deadheads only!

Are you into composting, brushing with Tom’s, and dancing in the street? Did your 2020 show dosage include 420 Fest, Jerry Day, Phish at Piedmont Park, and perhaps a little Panic? Are you single and looking for someone to turn on your love light? Facebook recommends Grateful Dating — a group for Deadhead singles to swap feelings, and probs granola recipes. There are two passwords before you can cross the bridge into a chat group full of some og woke white folk, AKA hippies. The first, a lyrical trivia question:

“What color was the sky when the sun was blue?” Seriously, this is a Deadhead group. This is a must-answer question.

Hint: The answer lives on the 1974 Grateful Dead album From the Mars Hotel.

Now, The Move isn’t looking for love bc she’s already cookin’ with one sexy noodler, but should you qualify for Grateful Dating, here is what internet hippies will not tolerate: trolling, catfishing, politics, selling, and absolutely zero Jerry vs. Trey, Phish vs. Dead, Jerry vs. John, or cover band baiting. https://www.facebook.com/groups/353011275140619

Dance Party @ Nonsense, Saturday June 13

Keep checking Nonsense ATL for Zoom dance parties. Danceable versions of all your pop stars! Like, literally all of them. Seriously, Karen. Other than dancing, DIY lewks are always encouraged.

“Grab some toilet paper rolls, bath towels, cardboard boxes, macaroni, whatever and show us what you’ve got.” — Nonsense ATL

Where else can you carb and cardio at the same time? Macaroni tube top, here she comes! https://www.nonsenseatl.com/

The Buffy Hour: Once More, With Distancing, Saturday June 6

”She irons her jeans. She’s evil.” — Buffy

How is she hunty?? She’ll be “five by five” once she gets to THE BUFFY HOUR on Wussy Mag’s twitch.tv. Quarantine hasn’t stopped Wussy Mag from giving the queer community stage time. Here’s the tea ... queer comedy, music, drag, and spoken word all about Buffy the Vampire Slayer!

”We will be dissecting all 7 seasons of this cult favorite, including the highs and lows, heartbreaks and big bads.” — Wussy Mag

Hosted by Powell Mansfield and Brigitte Bidet with special guests Tom Lenk and Jack Plotnick from Buffy the Vampire Slayer; Buffering the Vampire Slayer Podcast and Slayerfest 98 Podcast; and the Scooby Gang, including Dax Exclamationpoint, Hayley Ellman, Ian Aber, Joleen Lunzer, Julian Modugno, Kia Comedy, Olive Lynch, Maureen SanDiego, and Stella-Pearl Fontaine. Showtime is 9 p.m. EST at twitch.tv/wussymag

“Just cause you’re at home, doesn’t mean you can’t turn a lewk. We encourage your best ’90s fashions, pajama vampwear, Willow sweaters, and Magic Box loungewear. Break out the band candy, host a virtual watch party, and tune in!”

Suggested donation: $10 to PayPal — info at wussymag.com — to be split among performers.

Southern Fried Queer Pride 2020 Online Pop-Up Fest, June 26-27

The Move is tickled to announce Southern Fried Queer Pride 2020 is on(line)! Night one comes spicy with “HAWT SAUCE,” an online dance party. Day 2 will be workshops, an artist market, and a SWEET TEA queer variety show!

Last year, we learned basic cooking skills, DIY pad making, and thrifted our tootsies off. Stay tuned to SFQP’s website for more details on 2020’s virtual offerings.

Loser: Videos from the Alternative Era, Sundays

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  string(9636) "Welcome to The Move, a column intended to help you beat the fight against basic, and, in 2020, likely without having to leave your house. Y’all can still have a balanced diet of disco and yoga, it will just be virtual yoga and a password protected Zoom disco. Warning of side effects: Bloated bank account from an entire year of concert cash yet to be burned. Anxiety over slow internet connections. Consume at your own risk.

Other than the obvious issues and catching my dog’s separation anxiety, there are pros to being on international shut-down. The club bathrooms have improved, assuming you cleaned your toilet recently. Brian Kemp memes went viral. No more group birthday dinners!

The underground isn’t always organized. Throw in a pandemic, and we’re talking a pop-up virtual rager that could slide in your feed at any hour. In the good ole days, The Move intended to get your calendars amped for what’s to come. But that was way back in Q1 of this year. Now that most of us would agree our lives can change at the drop of cough droplets, writing a futuristic events column...well maybe not. Instead, like a true cowgirl, she’s doing things in reverse. Here’s what she’s seen, virtually attended, watched, and created during COVID-19. If you read about an event you like, look ‘em up. They will probably have more parties. Plus, ways you can help good ppl doing some good sh*t.

A shoutout to the do-gooders, and how to join them:

The first call I make when I want to know how to be of service in the communities that need it most is to Activist and Community Leader Liliana Bakhtiari. Think your volunteer hours are impressive? Bakhtiari’s life commitment to public service is GOALS.

During the pandemic, Bakhtiari immediately activated help for Atlanta’s senior community asking for donations for Branan Towers, a high-rise for senior citizens in East Atlanta Village. You can drop off Branan Towers donations — food, cleaning supplies, art activities, puzzles, books, used/refurbished electronics, gift cards, and letters —  at the Argosy take-out table, Wednesday through Sunday, between 4 p.m. and 9 p.m.

Bakhtiari is also working as the Homeless Emergency Response Coordinator at Partners for HOME. Partners for HOME is a compassionate community innovating a robust approach to homelessness in Atlanta. They are currently working with local hotels to house the homeless who are high-risk for COVID-19. www.partnersforhome.org, @lilianaforAtlanta

Meal Bridge is an Atlanta-based mission to feed frontline healthcare workers, while simultaneously generating biz for local restaurants. But local restaurants aren’t hogging all the profits: “For every single meal you order from Osteria, Doc Chey’s, or Dragon Bowl for our brave healthcare professionals via The Meal Bridge, we will donate nine more meals to the Atlanta Community Food Bank that will allow them to feed hungry children, hardworking families, or struggling seniors.” Barely more than a month into the pandemic, 1,084 meals have been delivered to hospitals, thus raising enough to feed 9,756 food-insecure neighbors. www.themealbridge.com

The Atlanta Guys Dinner Group (#AGDG) is a group of guys who get together once a month to break bread, socialize, and give back to the Atlanta community. They created a pantry drive and are putting bags together for restaurant workers and others from the culinary industry who are currently without. They have also raised funds for Atlanta Family Meal and are collecting nonperishable items if you’re able to donate.

Funemployed? Become a Pet Listener:
Have a pet? I recently made an appointment with local animal communicator, Lauren Kinney. Animal communication uses telepathy, something Kinney says all humans are born with but lose once the verbal communication takes over, to chat with your furry roommates.

“I listen and learn about an animal’s joys and fears and get a better understanding of behavioral or medical issues.” — Kinney

Kinney had a convo with Poncey, my seven-year-old bulldog and codependent bestie, via phone. Kinney described Poncey as “The Dude” from one of my favorite Coen brothers’ movies, The Big Lebowski, meaning he’s extremely “chill.” This, along with everything else she noted about my only roommate, was spot on! Even if she just got lucky, the call lifted spirits in our tiny home. Kinney is currently talking to pets for FREE to gain accreditation hours. Yes, that’s a thing, apparently, if you are funemployed! www.petlistener.com

TWITCH.tv:
Are you even twitching yet, Karen? Twitch.tv, a social media platform originally intended for gamers, is now being used to stream events during coronavirus.

We asked Wussy Mag creator Jon Dean, “Why not just stick with Facebook or Zoom?” Dean responded, “It’s just the best quality for mixing live stream in from multiple sources with pre-recorded content.” Wussy Mag, with Southern Fried Queer Pride, streamed their event “Big Ass Telethon to End Metronormativity,” Saturday, April 25 on Twitch.tv. The telethon raised money for rural, queer artists and performers and featured my fav local drag performers Brigitte Bidet and Ella/saurus/REX. Nashville band Thelma & the Sleaze, international pop star Lance Bass, and Netflix comedians Fortune Feimster and Whitney Cummings all made appearances that likely wouldn’t have been possible pre shelter in place.

Look for more Atlanta-based events popping up on Twitch.tv, including regular entertainment from Mammal Gallery and a social distance happy hour hosted by Mary’s every Friday.
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twitch.tv/MarysAtlanta

You can still shop local:
A cure for the Amazon guilt is as overdue as rent during COVID-19. Of course, I didn’t know how to kick the addiction, so I called upon my favorite local she-can-make-anything engineer, Streetcat.media, for the 411 on how to stop playing with rainbow capitalism and actually buy local.

"Itching for your monthly Atlanta DIY fix?! We sure as heck are! Local internet-based artist + DIY community organizer, Streetcat.media, saves the day with the scoop on all things online in the Atlanta DIY scene in their latest blog, “Pandemania: an Anti-Rainbow Capitalism Manifesto.”

“In this manifesto, you will find lots of reasons and resources on how and why you should be investing in your local creative economy right now, especially in these uncertain national and state-wide economic times. Whether through building your own DIY skill set with video tutorials or buying art from a local artist’s website, now is an extremely rare and fruitful time to participate in and support your local DIY community online.” — Maggie Kane, owner, Streetcat.media. 

Shibori, Shibari — Let’s tie the whole thing off:
Getting crafty on The Move! Shibori is the ancient Japanese art of folding, tying, then dying fabric to create a tie-dye like pattern. I tried this technique during quarantine, only to learn RIT fabric dye for synthetics doesn’t actually dye polyester as promised. Friends who stuck with more absorbable fabs, like cotton, have dyed beautiful things. Try shibori with you, yourself, and you while staying home.

Shibari is the Japanese form of bondage art, aka kinbaku. So maybe I haven’t actually practiced tying up another human yet, but I am getting pretty stellar at macramé, which is just as knotty. I’ve learned so many twists and ties and have acquired enough rope to make the kink community jelly. Macramé is a solo project. If you have a quarantine partner, try for shibari.

WEED Rx:
I’d like to re-thank Kwanza Hall and all the Atlanta City Council members who unanimously voted to decriminalize under an ounce of grass in 2017. And with cops not having testing kits to analyze the difference between CBD/THC, there’s a good chance you can drop the paranoia in 2020. Lawd knows we need Mary Jane more than ever right now.


*Remember, marijuana containing more than .03 percent of THC is still illegal in Georgia. In the city of Atlanta, however, you will at worst get a $75 ticket for having under an ounce of THC on you. Enjoy confidently and responsibly.

CLUB QUARANTINE and other ways to dance during a pandemic:
The Move is always to dance. I even have a tattoo dedicated to the verb. Perhaps we can’t risk sharing sweat droplets with strangers right now, but social-distance dance parties are popping up everywhere.

It’s taken no time for the dance community to take the raves online during an international crisis. Artists from Toronto take their all-inclusive, queer dance party, Club Quarantine, online for the masses nightly using Zoom codes.

Party in your bathtub. Lose track of time. Don’t be self-conscious, wake your subconscious, without having to leave your house. Go ahead and get all dressed up, honey, bc you’ve got a website to get to!

LOCAL DANCE PARTIES via the internet:
Who misses foam, glitter, and dance raves more than me? Maybe DJ Kimber. Although we can’t share glitter, we can enjoy a full, live set from Kimber weekly! Check out Kimber’s virtual dance parties for Nonsense ATL via Zoom. Her last set was eight hours long! nonsenseatl.com

And before we can all go back to day raves at the Chosewood Ballroom, continue checking Ecstatic Dance Atlanta’s Facebook page as they stream Ecstatic Dance chapters from around the world. Get movin’ — that’s an order. 

P.S. Stop whining about getting your roots done and just shave your head. I did! —CL—"
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“I listen and learn about an animal’s joys and fears and get a better understanding of behavioral or medical issues.” — Kinney

Kinney had a convo with Poncey, my seven-year-old bulldog and codependent bestie, via phone. Kinney described Poncey as “The Dude” from one of my favorite Coen brothers’ movies, ''The Big Lebowski'', meaning he’s extremely “chill.” This, along with everything else she noted about my only roommate, was spot on! Even if she just got lucky, the call lifted spirits in our tiny home. Kinney is currently talking to pets for FREE to gain accreditation hours. Yes, that’s a thing, apparently, if you are funemployed! www.petlistener.com

~~#000000:__TWITCH.tv:__~~
Are you even twitching yet, ''Karen''? ''Twitch.tv'', a social media platform originally intended for gamers, is now being used to stream events during coronavirus.

We asked [https://www.wussymag.com/|''Wussy'' Mag] creator Jon Dean, “Why not just stick with Facebook or Zoom?” Dean responded, “It’s just the best quality for mixing live stream in from multiple sources with pre-recorded content.” ''Wussy'' Mag, with [http://www.southernfriedqueerpride.com/|Southern Fried Queer Pride], streamed their event “Big Ass Telethon to End Metronormativity,” Saturday, April 25 on Twitch.tv. The telethon raised money for rural, queer artists and performers and featured my fav local drag performers [https://www.instagram.com/brigittebidet/?hl=en|Brigitte Bidet] and Ella/saurus/REX. Nashville band [http://thelmaandthesleaze.com/|Thelma & the Sleaze], international pop star [https://lancebass.com/|Lance Bass], and Netflix comedians [https://www.fortunefeimster.com/|Fortune Feimster] and [https://www.whitneycummings.com/|Whitney Cummings] all made appearances that likely wouldn’t have been possible pre shelter in place.

Look for more Atlanta-based events popping up on ''Twitch.tv'', including regular entertainment from [http://www.mammalgallery.com/|Mammal Gallery] and a social distance happy hour hosted by [https://www.marysatlanta.com/|Mary’s] every Friday.
twitch.tv/endmetronormativity
twitch.tv/mammalgallery
twitch.tv/MarysAtlanta

~~#000000:__You can still shop local:__~~
A cure for the Amazon guilt is as overdue as rent during COVID-19. Of course, I didn’t know how to kick the addiction, so I called upon my favorite local she-can-make-anything engineer, [https://www.streetcat.media/|Streetcat.media], for the 411 on how to stop playing with rainbow capitalism and actually buy local.

"Itching for your monthly Atlanta DIY fix?! We sure as heck are! Local internet-based artist + DIY community organizer, [https://www.streetcat.media/|Streetcat.media], saves the day with the scoop on all things online in the Atlanta DIY scene in their [https://www.streetcat.media/community-engagement/pandemania-diy-online|latest blog, “Pandemania: an Anti-Rainbow Capitalism Manifesto.”]

“In this manifesto, you will find lots of reasons and resources on how and why you should be investing in your local creative economy right now, especially in these uncertain national and state-wide economic times. Whether through building your own DIY skill set with video tutorials or buying art from a local artist’s website, now is an extremely rare and fruitful time to participate in and support your local DIY community online.” — Maggie Kane, owner, Streetcat.media. 

~~#000000:__Shibori, Shibari — Let’s tie the whole thing off:__~~
Getting crafty on ''The Move''! [http://www.google.com/search?q=shibori&oq=Shibori&aqs=chrome.0.69i59j0l7.835j0j4&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8|Shibori] is the ancient Japanese art of folding, tying, then dying fabric to create a tie-dye like pattern. I tried this technique during quarantine, only to learn RIT fabric dye for synthetics doesn’t actually dye polyester as promised. Friends who stuck with more absorbable fabs, like cotton, have dyed beautiful things. Try shibori with you, yourself, and you while staying home.

[https://www.google.com/search?q=Shibari&oq=Shibari&aqs=chrome..69i57j0l2j69i59j0l4.1324j0j9&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8|Shibari] is the Japanese form of bondage art, aka kinbaku. So maybe I haven’t actually practiced tying up another human yet, but I am getting pretty stellar at macramé, which is just as knotty. I’ve learned so many twists and ties and have acquired enough rope to make the kink community jelly. [https://www.google.com/search?q=macrame&oq=macrame&aqs=chrome..69i57j0l4j69i61j69i60l2.3817j0j9&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8|Macramé] is a solo project. If you have a quarantine partner, try for shibari.

~~#000000:__WEED Rx:__~~
I’d like to re-thank [https://www.linkedin.com/in/kwanzahall/|Kwanza Hall] and all the Atlanta City Council members who unanimously voted to decriminalize under an ounce of grass in 2017. And with cops [https://creativeloafing.com/content-467791-podcast-friends-in-high-places-ep-12-part-2-with-attorney-ashley|not having testing kits to analyze the difference between CBD/THC], there’s a good chance you can drop the paranoia in 2020. Lawd knows we need Mary Jane more than ever right now.

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~~#000000:__[https://www.instagram.com/clubquarantine/?hl=en|CLUB QUARANTINE] and other ways to dance during a pandemic:__~~
The Move is always to dance. I even have a tattoo dedicated to the verb. Perhaps we can’t risk sharing sweat droplets with strangers right now, but social-distance dance parties are popping up everywhere.

It’s taken no time for the dance community to take the raves online during an international crisis. Artists from Toronto take their all-inclusive, queer dance party, Club Quarantine, online for the masses nightly using Zoom codes.

Party in your bathtub. Lose track of time. Don’t be self-conscious, wake your subconscious, without having to leave your house. Go ahead and get all dressed up, honey, bc you’ve got a website to get to!

~~#000000:__LOCAL DANCE PARTIES via the internet:__~~
Who misses foam, glitter, and dance raves more than me? Maybe [https://www.nonsenseatl.com/|DJ Kimber]. Although we can’t share glitter, we can enjoy a full, live set from Kimber weekly! Check out Kimber’s virtual dance parties for Nonsense ATL via Zoom. Her last set was eight hours long! nonsenseatl.com

And before we can all go back to day raves at the Chosewood Ballroom, continue checking [https://www.facebook.com/EcstaticDanceAtlanta|Ecstatic Dance Atlanta]’s Facebook page as they stream Ecstatic Dance chapters from around the world. Get movin’ — that’s an order. 

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Other than the obvious issues and catching my dog’s separation anxiety, there are pros to being on international shut-down. The club bathrooms have improved, assuming you cleaned your toilet recently. Brian Kemp memes went viral. No more group birthday dinners!

The underground isn’t always organized. Throw in a pandemic, and we’re talking a pop-up virtual rager that could slide in your feed at any hour. In the good ole days, The Move intended to get your calendars amped for what’s to come. But that was way back in Q1 of this year. Now that most of us would agree our lives can change at the drop of cough droplets, writing a futuristic events column...well maybe not. Instead, like a true cowgirl, she’s doing things in reverse. Here’s what she’s seen, virtually attended, watched, and created during COVID-19. If you read about an event you like, look ‘em up. They will probably have more parties. Plus, ways you can help good ppl doing some good sh*t.

A shoutout to the do-gooders, and how to join them:

The first call I make when I want to know how to be of service in the communities that need it most is to Activist and Community Leader Liliana Bakhtiari. Think your volunteer hours are impressive? Bakhtiari’s life commitment to public service is GOALS.

During the pandemic, Bakhtiari immediately activated help for Atlanta’s senior community asking for donations for Branan Towers, a high-rise for senior citizens in East Atlanta Village. You can drop off Branan Towers donations — food, cleaning supplies, art activities, puzzles, books, used/refurbished electronics, gift cards, and letters —  at the Argosy take-out table, Wednesday through Sunday, between 4 p.m. and 9 p.m.

Bakhtiari is also working as the Homeless Emergency Response Coordinator at Partners for HOME. Partners for HOME is a compassionate community innovating a robust approach to homelessness in Atlanta. They are currently working with local hotels to house the homeless who are high-risk for COVID-19. www.partnersforhome.org, @lilianaforAtlanta

Meal Bridge is an Atlanta-based mission to feed frontline healthcare workers, while simultaneously generating biz for local restaurants. But local restaurants aren’t hogging all the profits: “For every single meal you order from Osteria, Doc Chey’s, or Dragon Bowl for our brave healthcare professionals via The Meal Bridge, we will donate nine more meals to the Atlanta Community Food Bank that will allow them to feed hungry children, hardworking families, or struggling seniors.” Barely more than a month into the pandemic, 1,084 meals have been delivered to hospitals, thus raising enough to feed 9,756 food-insecure neighbors. www.themealbridge.com

The Atlanta Guys Dinner Group (#AGDG) is a group of guys who get together once a month to break bread, socialize, and give back to the Atlanta community. They created a pantry drive and are putting bags together for restaurant workers and others from the culinary industry who are currently without. They have also raised funds for Atlanta Family Meal and are collecting nonperishable items if you’re able to donate.

Funemployed? Become a Pet Listener:
Have a pet? I recently made an appointment with local animal communicator, Lauren Kinney. Animal communication uses telepathy, something Kinney says all humans are born with but lose once the verbal communication takes over, to chat with your furry roommates.

“I listen and learn about an animal’s joys and fears and get a better understanding of behavioral or medical issues.” — Kinney

Kinney had a convo with Poncey, my seven-year-old bulldog and codependent bestie, via phone. Kinney described Poncey as “The Dude” from one of my favorite Coen brothers’ movies, The Big Lebowski, meaning he’s extremely “chill.” This, along with everything else she noted about my only roommate, was spot on! Even if she just got lucky, the call lifted spirits in our tiny home. Kinney is currently talking to pets for FREE to gain accreditation hours. Yes, that’s a thing, apparently, if you are funemployed! www.petlistener.com

TWITCH.tv:
Are you even twitching yet, Karen? Twitch.tv, a social media platform originally intended for gamers, is now being used to stream events during coronavirus.

We asked Wussy Mag creator Jon Dean, “Why not just stick with Facebook or Zoom?” Dean responded, “It’s just the best quality for mixing live stream in from multiple sources with pre-recorded content.” Wussy Mag, with Southern Fried Queer Pride, streamed their event “Big Ass Telethon to End Metronormativity,” Saturday, April 25 on Twitch.tv. The telethon raised money for rural, queer artists and performers and featured my fav local drag performers Brigitte Bidet and Ella/saurus/REX. Nashville band Thelma & the Sleaze, international pop star Lance Bass, and Netflix comedians Fortune Feimster and Whitney Cummings all made appearances that likely wouldn’t have been possible pre shelter in place.

Look for more Atlanta-based events popping up on Twitch.tv, including regular entertainment from Mammal Gallery and a social distance happy hour hosted by Mary’s every Friday.
twitch.tv/endmetronormativity
twitch.tv/mammalgallery
twitch.tv/MarysAtlanta

You can still shop local:
A cure for the Amazon guilt is as overdue as rent during COVID-19. Of course, I didn’t know how to kick the addiction, so I called upon my favorite local she-can-make-anything engineer, Streetcat.media, for the 411 on how to stop playing with rainbow capitalism and actually buy local.

"Itching for your monthly Atlanta DIY fix?! We sure as heck are! Local internet-based artist + DIY community organizer, Streetcat.media, saves the day with the scoop on all things online in the Atlanta DIY scene in their latest blog, “Pandemania: an Anti-Rainbow Capitalism Manifesto.”

“In this manifesto, you will find lots of reasons and resources on how and why you should be investing in your local creative economy right now, especially in these uncertain national and state-wide economic times. Whether through building your own DIY skill set with video tutorials or buying art from a local artist’s website, now is an extremely rare and fruitful time to participate in and support your local DIY community online.” — Maggie Kane, owner, Streetcat.media. 

Shibori, Shibari — Let’s tie the whole thing off:
Getting crafty on The Move! Shibori is the ancient Japanese art of folding, tying, then dying fabric to create a tie-dye like pattern. I tried this technique during quarantine, only to learn RIT fabric dye for synthetics doesn’t actually dye polyester as promised. Friends who stuck with more absorbable fabs, like cotton, have dyed beautiful things. Try shibori with you, yourself, and you while staying home.

Shibari is the Japanese form of bondage art, aka kinbaku. So maybe I haven’t actually practiced tying up another human yet, but I am getting pretty stellar at macramé, which is just as knotty. I’ve learned so many twists and ties and have acquired enough rope to make the kink community jelly. Macramé is a solo project. If you have a quarantine partner, try for shibari.

WEED Rx:
I’d like to re-thank Kwanza Hall and all the Atlanta City Council members who unanimously voted to decriminalize under an ounce of grass in 2017. And with cops not having testing kits to analyze the difference between CBD/THC, there’s a good chance you can drop the paranoia in 2020. Lawd knows we need Mary Jane more than ever right now.


*Remember, marijuana containing more than .03 percent of THC is still illegal in Georgia. In the city of Atlanta, however, you will at worst get a $75 ticket for having under an ounce of THC on you. Enjoy confidently and responsibly.

CLUB QUARANTINE and other ways to dance during a pandemic:
The Move is always to dance. I even have a tattoo dedicated to the verb. Perhaps we can’t risk sharing sweat droplets with strangers right now, but social-distance dance parties are popping up everywhere.

It’s taken no time for the dance community to take the raves online during an international crisis. Artists from Toronto take their all-inclusive, queer dance party, Club Quarantine, online for the masses nightly using Zoom codes.

Party in your bathtub. Lose track of time. Don’t be self-conscious, wake your subconscious, without having to leave your house. Go ahead and get all dressed up, honey, bc you’ve got a website to get to!

LOCAL DANCE PARTIES via the internet:
Who misses foam, glitter, and dance raves more than me? Maybe DJ Kimber. Although we can’t share glitter, we can enjoy a full, live set from Kimber weekly! Check out Kimber’s virtual dance parties for Nonsense ATL via Zoom. Her last set was eight hours long! nonsenseatl.com

And before we can all go back to day raves at the Chosewood Ballroom, continue checking Ecstatic Dance Atlanta’s Facebook page as they stream Ecstatic Dance chapters from around the world. Get movin’ — that’s an order. 

P.S. Stop whining about getting your roots done and just shave your head. I did! —CL—    Liliana Bakhtiari NEIGHBORHOOD LOVE: Activist Liliana Bakhtiari and Argosy co-owner and manager Armando Celentano come through for EAV’s Branan Towers senior community during the COVID-19 pandemic. Read how you can help.  0,0,10    themove                             THE MOVE: Plan Accordingly - May 2020 "
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The internet has never felt more useful than to keep up with a mega-virus, absorb YouTube content, and telecommunicate with those I cannot currently touch. Like any modern millennial, my cures for anxiety include  memes, DIY home- and self-improvement, carbonated water, and marijuana. And although my dream of retiring to open a cuddle camp has been postponed — truthfully she wasn’t even close — we still have Amazon.com to bring activity tools.

Life threw The Move lemons, so we’re going to scour Pinterest for hours looking for the best damn lemonade recipe, and maybe, possibly consider making it, ya know, btw memes. I hope you feel inspired after reading how I spend my personal wi-fi bill. Post COVID-19, it’s quite likely The Move may include an event of interest to the new you! Stay sanitary, neighbors!

DIY: Sex Pots

If you keep up with The Move, you know she is plant-obsessed! Here’s a makeover for those basic planters your last neighbor left behind. Easy, customizable sex pot created by you! Copy and paste are not just keys on your computer. Using Creative Loafing print ads, cut, place, and paste on pottery or furniture of choice, then Modge Podge over them for instant art, aka decoupage. I splattered and sprayed some paint and glitter for accents. To keep with the “sex pot” theme, use the adult ads in the back of this newspaper.** Or try six-time Golden Globe actor Laura Dern’s face for a “Dern fern” piece, pictured.

DIY: Perfect Another Language

Travel plans canceled? Naw. You just got more time to practice your language skills. Personally, I’ll be re-learning Russian to make up for my lack of studying in St. Petersburg many white nights ago.

Between YouTube, smartphone apps, and streaming channels GALORE, you could come out of COVID-19 speaking sign language! My Roku streaming stick, just like your Chrome Fire stick or Apple TV, offers entire channels dedicated to a single language. How about ordering that lengua taco in the bull’s native tongue by the time you scarf down your next Mexican meal in public?

Stay home and Make a Bolo Tie


I made a bolo tie, once I realized a good bolo tie is tough to find outside of the Southwest and can be limited in design. Fun Fact! A bolo tie is the official state neckwear of New Mexico. (My findings for Georgia’s official neckwear, inconclusive.)

A good bolo tie is rugged yet refined, and pretty easy to make. Don’t take my advice, take YouTube’s! Google “How to make a bolo tie” for a swarm of quick and easy ways to create the base of your bolo, but let your designs sprawl outside the box if it feels right. Add a favorite patch or some pom-poms vs a turquoise gem.

Just think, nearly 100 years ago, a Native-American with a silver-clasped bandana gave a cowboy silversmith the idea for adding his leather hat string, then calling it a bolo tie. A practical thought, turned fashion. Your incubation time could hatch great things for the runway, my friends.

How to Keep Music Alive During a Crisis


Keep streaming. Vinyl, CD, and cassette friends, come up to the airwaves and listen local, or subscribe to a music streaming service that pays the artists appropriately. Or buy the music outright. Yes, that’s still a thing! Don’t want to listen to music 24/7? Support your favorite small artists by playing their songs on repeat, even if you mute it. Plays pay bills.

Don’t Wait for a Sign, Make One

Are you a political activist or slacktivist? Take a listen to Hidden Brain wherever you listen to podcasts. Specifically, the episode titled, “Passion Isn’t Enough,” with political scientist Eitan Hersh. Hersh talks about the study of “political hobbyism” and how the US currently treats politics more like sports entertainment.

If you find yourself in the political slacktivist category, like most, it’s a great time to make a sign supporting your candidates for all the upcoming elections. Don’t wait until May or November. Take that sign out to the street, keeping over six feet away from passing humans, and hold it up high for your neighbors and traffic to see. I promise it’s way more invigorating than a one-click Facebook share.

This downtime is a great chance to call your representatives and political candidates vying for their position, even if it’s just to introduce yourself and your priorities. Mark the new Georgia Primary Election voting day for MAY 19, 2020. If you need help getting to the polls in May, try https://carpoolvote.com/.

Friends in High Places

Xtra! Xtra! Weed all about it. Or listen wherever you get your podcasts. The latest episode interviews Corey Lowe, a former police officer who left the job to fight for her daughter’s right to medical marijuana in Georgia. Without this medication, her daughter, Victoria, suffers up to 100 seizures a day. With it, only one.

Listen to Lowe’s family story and how she’s played a dominant part in making change for Georgia’s cannabis laws. The fight is far from over. Tune in at CLATL.com/FiHP

Film and Tube Time

Here’s what I’m watching during an international crisis. If I ain’t learning something or solving a murder, I’m likely not streaming it. Naturally, I watch Outbreak the day we hit a pandemic state in the U.S., to learn what not to do. Kevin Spacey gives off a particularly great creep vibe, per usual.

Upbeat and super motivational Hulu original programming “Making It” is just good for the whole fam jam fun. Nick Offerman and Amy Poehler, of Parks and Rec, bring notes of the warm and fuzzies as hosts of this craft challenge for the masters. In only a few hours, these makers create a mailbox that shreds bills, a dog house with edible wallpaper, and a photobooth that can fly — all with more puns than my little heart can love.

A&E’s docuseries “The Many Faces of Jane” follows 28-year-old Jane Hart in her daily life as a mother of two young children and to her thrice-weekly intensive therapy sessions for dissociative personality disorder (previously known as multiple personality disorder). Hart’s personalities are each derived from a different age in her life when trauma and abuse occurred. I know you have a million questions, and I am not a doctor, yet, so just go watch it. I streamed on Hulu.

Film of 2019 IMO, was GREENER GRASS. Comedy meets horror in timeless suburbia where everyone wears braces on straight teeth, and matching tertiary wardrobes, and golf carts glide nicely along with music from composer Samuel Nobles. Dawn Luebbe and Jocelyn DeBoer star and direct in a story of jealousy and murder in this irrational masterpiece with strong David Lynch vibes. Either you’ll get it, or you won’t. Either way, you’ll feel awkward.

Other TV listings include Kamp Kenan for reptile curiosities; Yarn TV, a crochet channel; and, not a series, but yes a channel dedicated to making your own soap (DIY Soapmaking). All streaming on Roku, and probably elsewhere.

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I made a bolo tie, once I realized a good bolo tie is tough to find outside of the Southwest and can be limited in design. Fun Fact! A bolo tie is the official state neckwear of New Mexico. (My findings for Georgia’s official neckwear, inconclusive.)

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__Don’t Wait for a Sign, Make One__

Are you a political activist or slacktivist? Take a listen to ''Hidden Brain'' wherever you listen to podcasts. Specifically, the episode titled, “Passion Isn’t Enough,” with political scientist Eitan Hersh. Hersh talks about the study of “political hobbyism” and how the US currently treats politics more like sports entertainment.

If you find yourself in the political slacktivist category, like most, it’s a great time to make a sign supporting your candidates for all the upcoming elections. Don’t wait until May or November. Take that sign out to the street, keeping over six feet away from passing humans, and hold it up high for your neighbors and traffic to see. I promise it’s way more invigorating than a one-click Facebook share.

This downtime is a great chance to call your representatives and political candidates vying for their position, even if it’s just to introduce yourself and your priorities. Mark the new Georgia Primary Election voting day for MAY 19, 2020. If you need help getting to the polls in May, try https://carpoolvote.com/.

__[https://creativeloafing.com/content-440060-friends-in-high-places|Friends in High Places]__

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Listen to Lowe’s family story and how she’s played a dominant part in making change for Georgia’s cannabis laws. The fight is far from over. Tune in at CLATL.com/FiHP

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Here’s what I’m watching during an international crisis. If I ain’t learning something or solving a murder, I’m likely not streaming it. Naturally, I watch ''Outbreak'' the day we hit a pandemic state in the U.S., to learn what not to do. Kevin Spacey gives off a particularly great creep vibe, per usual.

Upbeat and super motivational Hulu original programming “Making It” is just good for the whole fam jam fun. Nick Offerman and Amy Poehler, of Parks and Rec, bring notes of the warm and fuzzies as hosts of this craft challenge for the masters. In only a few hours, these makers create a mailbox that shreds bills, a dog house with edible wallpaper, and a photobooth that can fly — all with more puns than my little heart can love.

A&E’s docuseries “The Many Faces of Jane” follows 28-year-old Jane Hart in her daily life as a mother of two young children and to her thrice-weekly intensive therapy sessions for dissociative personality disorder (previously known as multiple personality disorder). Hart’s personalities are each derived from a different age in her life when trauma and abuse occurred. I know you have a million questions, and I am not a doctor, yet, so just go watch it. I streamed on Hulu.

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The internet has never felt more useful than to keep up with a mega-virus, absorb YouTube content, and telecommunicate with those I cannot currently touch. Like any modern millennial, my cures for anxiety include  memes, DIY home- and self-improvement, carbonated water, and marijuana. And although my dream of retiring to open a cuddle camp has been postponed — truthfully she wasn’t even close — we still have Amazon.com to bring activity tools.

Life threw The Move lemons, so we’re going to scour Pinterest for hours looking for the best damn lemonade recipe, and maybe, possibly consider making it, ya know, btw memes. I hope you feel inspired after reading how I spend my personal wi-fi bill. Post COVID-19, it’s quite likely The Move may include an event of interest to the new you! Stay sanitary, neighbors!

DIY: Sex Pots

If you keep up with The Move, you know she is plant-obsessed! Here’s a makeover for those basic planters your last neighbor left behind. Easy, customizable sex pot created by you! Copy and paste are not just keys on your computer. Using Creative Loafing print ads, cut, place, and paste on pottery or furniture of choice, then Modge Podge over them for instant art, aka decoupage. I splattered and sprayed some paint and glitter for accents. To keep with the “sex pot” theme, use the adult ads in the back of this newspaper.** Or try six-time Golden Globe actor Laura Dern’s face for a “Dern fern” piece, pictured.

DIY: Perfect Another Language

Travel plans canceled? Naw. You just got more time to practice your language skills. Personally, I’ll be re-learning Russian to make up for my lack of studying in St. Petersburg many white nights ago.

Between YouTube, smartphone apps, and streaming channels GALORE, you could come out of COVID-19 speaking sign language! My Roku streaming stick, just like your Chrome Fire stick or Apple TV, offers entire channels dedicated to a single language. How about ordering that lengua taco in the bull’s native tongue by the time you scarf down your next Mexican meal in public?

Stay home and Make a Bolo Tie


I made a bolo tie, once I realized a good bolo tie is tough to find outside of the Southwest and can be limited in design. Fun Fact! A bolo tie is the official state neckwear of New Mexico. (My findings for Georgia’s official neckwear, inconclusive.)

A good bolo tie is rugged yet refined, and pretty easy to make. Don’t take my advice, take YouTube’s! Google “How to make a bolo tie” for a swarm of quick and easy ways to create the base of your bolo, but let your designs sprawl outside the box if it feels right. Add a favorite patch or some pom-poms vs a turquoise gem.

Just think, nearly 100 years ago, a Native-American with a silver-clasped bandana gave a cowboy silversmith the idea for adding his leather hat string, then calling it a bolo tie. A practical thought, turned fashion. Your incubation time could hatch great things for the runway, my friends.

How to Keep Music Alive During a Crisis


Keep streaming. Vinyl, CD, and cassette friends, come up to the airwaves and listen local, or subscribe to a music streaming service that pays the artists appropriately. Or buy the music outright. Yes, that’s still a thing! Don’t want to listen to music 24/7? Support your favorite small artists by playing their songs on repeat, even if you mute it. Plays pay bills.

Don’t Wait for a Sign, Make One

Are you a political activist or slacktivist? Take a listen to Hidden Brain wherever you listen to podcasts. Specifically, the episode titled, “Passion Isn’t Enough,” with political scientist Eitan Hersh. Hersh talks about the study of “political hobbyism” and how the US currently treats politics more like sports entertainment.

If you find yourself in the political slacktivist category, like most, it’s a great time to make a sign supporting your candidates for all the upcoming elections. Don’t wait until May or November. Take that sign out to the street, keeping over six feet away from passing humans, and hold it up high for your neighbors and traffic to see. I promise it’s way more invigorating than a one-click Facebook share.

This downtime is a great chance to call your representatives and political candidates vying for their position, even if it’s just to introduce yourself and your priorities. Mark the new Georgia Primary Election voting day for MAY 19, 2020. If you need help getting to the polls in May, try https://carpoolvote.com/.

Friends in High Places

Xtra! Xtra! Weed all about it. Or listen wherever you get your podcasts. The latest episode interviews Corey Lowe, a former police officer who left the job to fight for her daughter’s right to medical marijuana in Georgia. Without this medication, her daughter, Victoria, suffers up to 100 seizures a day. With it, only one.

Listen to Lowe’s family story and how she’s played a dominant part in making change for Georgia’s cannabis laws. The fight is far from over. Tune in at CLATL.com/FiHP

Film and Tube Time

Here’s what I’m watching during an international crisis. If I ain’t learning something or solving a murder, I’m likely not streaming it. Naturally, I watch Outbreak the day we hit a pandemic state in the U.S., to learn what not to do. Kevin Spacey gives off a particularly great creep vibe, per usual.

Upbeat and super motivational Hulu original programming “Making It” is just good for the whole fam jam fun. Nick Offerman and Amy Poehler, of Parks and Rec, bring notes of the warm and fuzzies as hosts of this craft challenge for the masters. In only a few hours, these makers create a mailbox that shreds bills, a dog house with edible wallpaper, and a photobooth that can fly — all with more puns than my little heart can love.

A&E’s docuseries “The Many Faces of Jane” follows 28-year-old Jane Hart in her daily life as a mother of two young children and to her thrice-weekly intensive therapy sessions for dissociative personality disorder (previously known as multiple personality disorder). Hart’s personalities are each derived from a different age in her life when trauma and abuse occurred. I know you have a million questions, and I am not a doctor, yet, so just go watch it. I streamed on Hulu.

Film of 2019 IMO, was GREENER GRASS. Comedy meets horror in timeless suburbia where everyone wears braces on straight teeth, and matching tertiary wardrobes, and golf carts glide nicely along with music from composer Samuel Nobles. Dawn Luebbe and Jocelyn DeBoer star and direct in a story of jealousy and murder in this irrational masterpiece with strong David Lynch vibes. Either you’ll get it, or you won’t. Either way, you’ll feel awkward.

Other TV listings include Kamp Kenan for reptile curiosities; Yarn TV, a crochet channel; and, not a series, but yes a channel dedicated to making your own soap (DIY Soapmaking). All streaming on Roku, and probably elsewhere.

*Totally unqualified advice for those bored in Atlanta during COVID-19.
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