THE MOVE: Plan Accordingly
Hey, y’all! What’s the move?
Did you hear? Vaccines are all the rage — and possibly required. The Move is returning to a new normal of IRL gatherings, indoors and out. Check event websites for deets and updates on vaccine and mask requirements, and remember, nothing is set in stone during a pandemic. Pants are likely required for offline events with the exception of Pride.
That’s right, Pride is still on! The Atlanta Pride Committee (atlantapride.org), which has overseen this city’s pride celebration events for the last fifty years, has canceled the three marches, the annual Atlanta Pride Festival Parade, and the Atlanta Pride Festival at Piedmont Park. But locals aren’t going to sit and watch October Pride pass by. Read below for what’s still a go.
WUSSY Pride with Adore Delano and Landon Cider, The Loft — The only thing canceled about Pride is the official organization’s parade and park stage. Otherwise, things seem to be going off! For starters, WUSSY MAG is still presenting their annual main stage Pride event with a star-studded cast of drag superstars! Performances by Adore Delano from RuPaul’s Drag Race, Landon Cider — season-three winner of Boulet Brothers’ Dragula — Alex Suarez, Angeria Paris, Van Micheals, Brigitte Bidet, Ocean Kelly, and Taylor Alxndr.
$25-40. VIP Meet & Greet with Adore and Landon 6:00 p.m. Doors at 7:00 p.m. Showtime 8:00 p.m. The Loft, 1374 W Peachtree St. N.W. wussymag.com @WussyMag
Queen Butch Pride Tea with Todd Terry, Heretic Atlanta — Here ye! Here ye! Calling all who wish to celebrate Atlanta Pride to Queen Butch’s outdoor afternoon tea party where the tea is hot ’n’ sweet. Chum it up with the queen and her international court, including DJ Todd Terry.
Since the ’80s, Terry was cutting his classic underground tracks “A Day in the Life,” “Weekend,” and “Can You Party” under monikers such as the Todd Terry Project, House Of Gypsies, and Royal House. In the mid ’90s, the Ministry of Sound’s eponymous UK label released A Day in the Life EP, a collection of Todd Terry tracks. Fwd to 2021, Todd Terry will be in the building with Atlanta legend Ree De La Vega and NYC’s William Francis.
$25-40. 2:00 p.m. Heretic Atlanta, 2069 Cheshire Bridge Rd. N.E. queenbutchevents.com hereticatlanta.com @queenbutchofficial @hereticatlanta
Nuestra Creación — or “Our Creation” for single-linguals, is an invitation to support our local, Latinx artists! This annual collaboration socially and economically empowers participating artists by exposing their talents to broader audience.
Along with lifting local artists each year, this multi-day event raises money for a cause. In 2021, donations will be made to Caminar Latino, a metro Atlanta-based nonprofit that creates opportunities for Latino families to overcome domestic violence.
Nuestra Creación was founded by local Salvadorian artist Patricia Hernandez and Mexican Social Media Strategist Diego Torres. Driven by the urge to help others in their own communities and beyond, Hernandez and Torres envision the event as a means to build a more united Atlanta.
Free. 3:00 p.m. Mon.-Sun. Guardian Studios, 694 Jefferson St. N.W. sup8401.wixsite.com/nuestracreacion @nuestra.creacion
Atlanta Cycling Festival — Atlanta is slowly becoming a more accessible place for novice cyclists. Since 2014, the Atlanta Cycling Festival has encouraged safe rides for all Atlantans, merging neighborhoods and, per the festival’s vision statement, “providing a safe and welcoming space for all people, regardless of economic status, race, color, ethnicity, religion, housing status, immigration status, national origin, marital status, veteran status, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, ability, sex or age.”
Out of the need to social distance, festival organizers created an outlet for some route alternatives by launching the hashtag #ACFVirtualFestival and the social media campaign Our Favorite Streets Series.
FINE PRINT: Adhere to all normal traffic laws. Wear helmets, bring lights, and exercise caution at all times. These routes are active roads, ride at your own risk.
Free. Visit website for daily schedule and locations. atlantacyclingfestival.com @atlcyclingfest
Little 5 Points Halloween Festival, Little Five Points — Our dear L5P Halloween parade may be cancelled this year, but the festival goes on with lots of ghoulish events. Three days of hair-raising music, costumes, an artist market, and an artist scavenger hunt — not to mention ghost tours going on all month — can bring us all a sense of normalcy this October. The festival is partnering with Punk Black, a multi-media collective creating inclusive spaces for BIPOC artists, to bring performances, which include Killer Kroc, Chirp, Phoxglove, W8ing4UFO’s, and Aldente.
Need more spook? L5P Ghost Tours pack hauntings and history into a one mile, hour-and-a-half-long stretch starting at the Center for Arts and Community. Psst ... In the weeks leading up to the two-day celebration of all things morbid, look over your shoulder for the L5P Cocktail Parade. Can’t make it? Support virtually and send a Venmo to @LittleFivePoints-Halloween.
Free. Festival 11:00 a.m. Sat. and 12:00 p.m. Sun. Little Five Points Neighborhood. l5phalloween.com @l5phalloween
EGREGORE, The Bakery South Downtown — The Atlanta Surrealist Group describes the star, Egregore, of their upcoming avant-garde exhibit as “a very strange beast. A spectral entity created inside the alchemical furnace of true collectivity, an external spirit which surpasses all its individual components. It is the ‘something more than,’ it is the ‘space between,’ which haunts all our activity. A trickster child that, once birthed, immediately overshadows its parents, creating a paradoxical new reality, a third invisible other. A 1 + 1 which, quite inexplicably, is seen equaling 3.”
The show will open with a performance and screening. Founded in 2013 by artist Derrick Tyson, the Atlanta Surrealist Group is a multifaceted collective of artists, poets, musicians, dancers, and anyone that is interested in surrealism in the Atlanta-area.
Free. 6:00 p.m. Thurs-Sun. The Bakery South Downtown, 92 Peachtree St. S.W. thebakeryatlanta.com @thebakeryatlanta
Kaki King, Ferst Center for the Arts at Georgia Tech — Kaki King is now a season regular at Georgia Tech’s Ferst Center for the Arts, but the show never goes stale. Using technology and quarantine to perfect her guitar and composition skills, she returns to Atlanta for another serving of the most pleasant sensory overload a ticket can buy. The show is always visually pleasing with King’s use of projection mapping to give her guitar even more life.
If you haven’t seen this mixed-media artist live, you are missing out on a collaboration of technology, sound, and nutrients for the eyes displayed by a prodigy. Listen and watch for the unique passerelle guitar technique King invented, making her one of the most influential guitar players of this century.
$10-25. 8:00 p.m. Ferst Center for the Arts, 349 Ferst Dr. N.W. arts.gatech.edu @artsattech @kakigram
ELEVATE Atlanta — ELEVATE is a temporary public art program hosted by the Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs. Each weekend through September and October, Elevate highlights unique visual art exhibits, performances, and cultural events happening in the city. For the weekend of October 1-3, ELEVATE lists events from glass art exhibits to virtual reality safaris. Although information for other weekends in October have not yet been posted, check the website for updates.
elevateatlart.com @elevateatl —CL—