Exclusive Interview with Netherworld Haunted House Co-Founder

Netherworld’s Co-Founder tells us about this year’s haunted house and more…

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Netherworld’s new Stone Mountain location.

Last week, I visited Netherworld Atlanta, one of the most popular and top rated  haunted houses in the nation. During the visit, I went through both attractions “The Awakened” and “Subject:Unknown.” Each were entertaining in their own way; the attention to detail of each haunt was impressive, and the monsters are realistic and lifelike, whether in the haunted house or roaming the grounds.

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Citizens residing in “The Awakened”

Once you descend into the pitch black hallways, you’ll find creepy, old authentic furniture, “jail cells” where monsters hide in the shadows and jump at you, and visual illusions like the vortex tunnel. Netherworld is pulling out all the stops this year and it shows.

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I got a chance to sit down with the co-founder of Netherworld, Ben Armstrong, to find out what it has to offer at their new Stone Mountain location.

ABD: How are you enjoying the new location? Is there anything you can accomplish here that you couldn’t at the old one?

BA: First off, we own the building now and 9.5 acres of land. So, we’re able to do what we need to with the structure to fit our needs. It’s been good so far; we have offices now, we have room to do escape games, for our monster museum and we have a ton more backstage space allowing the haunts to expand. All very important things!

ABD: How long have you been in the haunting business? How’d you get started?

BA: I’ve been haunting since I was a little kid. My background actually is in television, I worked in TV in Tallahassee, Florida for 18 years. I hosted a late night horror show, and produced segments of the Jerry Lewis telethon. When I moved to Atlanta, I realized there were professional haunted houses, like it was a business. That’s also when I met my business partner Billy Messina. One year, the guy who did the haunts we both worked on said “he was done with them.” And that’s where the first Netherworld started.

ABD: What does Halloween mean to you?

BA: It’s a unique holiday and one of fun. With haunted houses, it becomes a tradition and groups of people get together, go, scream, have a good time. I love when I see people on social media like “We’re going to Netherworld!” and see them getting scared as they’re on the way.

ABD: How many people does it take to keep Netherworld going?

BA: This year it took a big staff because we moved and had to recreate something we’ve been doing for over 20 years. Now that we’re open, we have an even larger staff, about 400 people. Around 100 to 150 people will work on any given evening.

ABD: What have you learned from all the years of doing this? Have you stuck to the same plan or do you often change it up?

BA: If you ever stop learning, you stagnate. If you think you know it all about any subject, that’s a sign that you don’t. I learn new things every year, really every day.  Some little shadow in the corner you didn’t think twice about scares people a lot, or fascinates them. It’s like a movie where some little character that doesn’t seem important ends up becoming the most popular character to fans.

ABD: Tell us more about your haunts.

BA: We have two new haunts this year, “The Awakened” and “Subject: Unknown.” Conceptually “The Awakened” encompasses all the things Netherworld is about. You’ve got supernatural, monsters, mythology, ancient cities; the traditional things you’d expect to see in a haunted house. “Subject: Unknown” is more the science fiction end of the scale. There’s aliens, robots, dinosaurs.

ABD: What can returning fans look forward to in 2018?

BA: We have 3 escape games we’ll be doing year-round. We have a large “midway” area where you gather after exiting the haunts. There’s a gift shop, food, games, TONS of photo ops. People love to take pictures and our live monsters running around will pose or maybe just “show up” in your pics!

We’re going to be doing additional shows that we will announce soon like a glow-stick very dark version of the haunted house, the weekend after we close, November 4th. We’ll also be doing a Christmas and Valentine’s show.

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Be sure to check out the Netherworld Haunted House in Stone Mountain! It’s $23 on weekdays and $25 weekends and Halloween for “The Awakened.” For an extra $5 on weekdays, and $8 on weekends you can experience “Subject: Unknown” as well. For $55 on any night you will get a VIP Fast Pass which puts you to the front of line once you arrive.

For escape games book on the Netherworld site.

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During escape games you’ll have to work together.

 

A Quick Guide to Atlanta’s Haunted Houses

A Quick Guide to Atlanta’s Haunted Houses

What frightens you the most? Is it phantoms draped in blood-soaked clothing, clamoring for your life juices and organs? Is it gruesome gargoyles, zombies and demonic figures jumping out from the shadows to greet you? Is it the buzz of chainsaws, rusty mill equipment and screams of ghouls in the night?

The season of frights and freaky sights is upon us, and people seeking the thrill of a good scare will surely be able to get their fill this month.

Numerous haunted houses are up and running all around the Atlanta area, and the rest of Georgia. Take a look below for the low down on some of what Atlanta has to offer this year.

Netherworld Haunted House

Netherworld is Atlanta’s premiere haunted house. This year, it’s pulled up stakes to a new location in Stone Mountain, under new management. Netherworld promises uniquely frightening experiences for Atlantans and those in the city during October and early November.

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Attendees will scream in fright while being ambushed in close corridors by the likes of mummified corpses and extraterrestrial beings. Expect to be confronted by residents looking like they belong to an insane asylum, ghouls and giant robots wielding buzz saws.

The chamber of failed alien experiments at Netherworld.

Featuring two unique haunted houses with over 100 trained actors as zombies, ghouls and more otherworldly creatures, Netherworld is back and bigger than ever!

The Awakened, Netherworld Atlanta

The first haunted house, The Awakened, will have you traveling through the town of Whyshburg and the haunted Colber Mansion. Prepare to make your way past “The Awakened’s” residents, three-eyed once dead citizens, feral “Bone-Gnawers,” and more creatures of the undead. As you trek through cemeteries and the Forbidden City, you will confront and discover the origins of The Awakened, if you have the guts!

Subject: Unknown, Netherworld Atlanta

Netherworld’s second haunted house, Subject: Unknown, takes place in a research facility known as the BOX, where experiments on extraterrestrial and virus infected beings have gone awry, and they have broken free and roam about. You will witness alien autopsies, cloned prehistoric beasts and even take a ride in “The Elevator of Doom” as this horror science-fiction attraction gnaws away at your sanity!
This week, leading up to November 4th, Netherworld will have extended hours to accommodate the large crowds that are expected. You can pay extra to get a “fast pass” and jump to the front of the line.

Price: $23 for The Awakened | $28 to visit Awakened + Subject Unknown | $55 for a Speed Pass

Hours of Operation: Sunday – Thursday: 7:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. | Friday – Saturday: 7:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m.

Dates: October 5th until November 4th.

ATL Dead
The ATL Dead attraction has been a staple in the DC area and in Oklahoma City. This year, it also comes to Atlanta.

“The undead have taken over the “A” and only one outpost remains, “ from the ATL Dead website. “Teams of up to 6, armed with foam dart guns, will fight their way through an abandoned storefront in search of a vaccine that could rid humanity from the infection. Will you survive long enough to save the city? One part haunted house, one part immersive theatre, and one part live action video game, this 45 minute adventure is recommended for brave souls 10 years of age and up. Flat closed toe shoes are recommended.”
Described in reviews as “a realistic Resident Evil,” or like being in “an episode of The Walking Dead,” ATL Dead brings a more interactive experience to the haunted house arena.
This haunted house will have attendees climbing ladders, firing Nerf and other foam guns for zombie tagging, cooperation and team involvement. Flat closed-toed shoes are recommended. This is a cooperative experience that the whole family can enjoy.

Price: $30 – 35

Hours of Operation: 7 p.m. – 11 p.m. / Sundays 2 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Dates: October 11th – November 3rd.
*Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult or guardian.

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The Haunted Pink Trap House. Credit Haunted Pink Trap House & Atlanta Magazine.

The legendary 13 Stories is one of the few haunted houses in Georgia where, each year, it is required for patrons to sign a “waiver” upon entry. Monsters and creatures are allowed to “torment you mentally and physically” describes the 13 Stories’ website. The often talked about haunted house on social media is teaming up with rapper 2 Chainz’ “Pink Trap House” to bring you “The Haunted Pink Trap House.13 Stories will feature 3 haunted houses this year. To complete all three takes about an hour.

The Haunt – The traditional 13 Stories haunted house returns this year with a hip-hop themed vibe that will emulate scenes from 80s and 90s urban classic films. Expect horror meets retro film entertainment.

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Apocalypse Zombie Kill Experience – This attraction is an interactive zombie killing experience. Becoming increasingly popular across the nation, in this type of experience, you will be given a gun (in this case, an M4 rifle with 150 rounds), and will be tasked with eliminating the zombies populating a deserted wasteland. Think you, inside The Walking Dead with elements of first-person shooter video games.

The Sacrifice (Waiver required) – Unlike other haunted houses, this house requires signature of a waiver to accentuate the level of terror 13 Stories promises to bring. Creatures and denizens of the undead world will scare you, touch you and torment you from start to finish. Certain sections of the house must be completed alone. Strobe lights, smoke, loud noises and alarms, electric shock, water and animals are all potential methods of freaking you out. Gory scenes and lifelike violence may be portrayed. (Adults and children have been known to not make it through the entirety of the event!)

Price: Tickets range from $15 to $51, depending on how many houses you want to go in | $77 for VIP Access Fast Pass.

Hours of Operation: Weekdays 7:00 pm – 11:00 p.m. | Weekends 7:00 p.m. – 11:59 p.m.

Dates: Sept. 21st through Nov. 11th

Other Georgia Haunted Houses that are a small drive outside of metro area:
Folklore Atlanta in Acworth, Escape Woods in Powder Springs, Buford Corn Maze in Buford, and Camp Blood in Carrollton.
Are you brave enough to make it through one of Atlanta’s haunted houses this year, Atlanta?

Opening Night at Nick’s Flamingo Grill

As you all know by now, the Queen of the Gnomes is a massive patron of the theatre. From One-Act Plays to Musicals and Improv, I will see it all no matter the type.

On Thursday of this past week, the Giant King and I attended the World-Premier of Nick’s Flamingo Grill over at the Alliance Theatre.

Written by the multi-talented and legendary Phillip DePoy, Nick’s Flamingo Grill is described as a “play with live-music” performed by an amazing cast of actors. Bouncing between post-WWII Paris to 1950s Atlanta, Nick’s Flamingo Grill tells the story of two ex-WWII GIs with a dream of opening their own “club du jazz” here in America. Along with a Cuban songbird and a “pretty” French Resistance fighter, the four decide to create a “Camelot” of lively music and good food.

The play focuses on various themes from racial segregation to fraternal brotherhood. A unique aspect of Nick’s Flamingo Grill is that it’s actually based on a real place.

“The club was real…my father was in the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, and would sit-in with his friends and sometimes play there,” explained DePoy.

Located near the old Armor Meat Packing Plant [now Castleberry Hill]; the club was “technically” illegal due to Segregation Laws at the time. While DePoy may not have been able to verify the existence of this mystical, mixed-race club, that didn’t stop him from writing one of the most humorous and heartfelt plays performed on the Hertz Stage.

Featuring ten original jazz songs by both DePoy and New Orleans’s jazz pianist: Tyrone Jackson, Nick’s Flamingo Grill had the audience snappin’ and tappin’ throughout the evening.

The Gnome Queen highly recommends seeing this fantastic *performance not only for the music, but for the message as well.

*The play is about an hour and a half with no intermission and does include some loud “explosions” for those with sensory-sensitivities.

ATL by Night Highlights October 12 – 14

My goodness, another exciting weekend in Atlanta! The fall cotillions aside, the city is a vibrant hub of events every day. In this article, I’m shining my light on events that are happening the weekend of Friday, October 12th to Sunday, October 14th. If you’re looking for events this weekend, check out my article I put out last week.

First off is Atlanta Pride Weekend! A celebration of Atlanta’s LGBTQ+ community begins with Femme, a celebration of women in music and art. Guests will be entertained with music, visual and performance artists by the likes of Amber Monson, Melissa Coffey, Bella Dorado, JayBella Banks, and XT Venus Valentine. That is going on at The Deep End on Friday, October 12th starting at 8pm.

You can also party down at the Georgia Aquarium at the with the official Kickoff Party. DJ Kevin Durard and VJ Mark Gordon will be your entertainment, along with aquatic residents. Someone please pet a turtle or stingray for me!

Drag yourself back to The Deep End Saturday morning for 2nd Annual BOTTOMS UP Drag Brunch + Social, featuring Brigitte Bidet, Taejah Thomas, and Molly Rimswell. Other fabulous things about Drag Brunch besides the performances: brunch buffet, bottomless Bloody Mary’s courtesy of Tito’s Vodka, the Lewks Photobooth, there will be gift bag giveaways and boys, boys, BOYS!

After you’ve recovered at brunch, get ready for the Peep Show starring Alaska Thunderfuck, star of RuPaul’s Drag Race: All Stars Season 2. This a “titillating cabaret” of performers trained in the art of seduction –featuring acts from Alaska Thunderfuck, Brigitte Bidet, LaLa Ri, John James, Molly Rimswell, Melissa Coffey,  Michael Robinson, Diego Serna, and PhaeMonae. Doors open at 9pm.

Don’t forget the parades happening in conjunction with Pride Weekend: the Trans March is Saturday at 1:45pm, the Dyke March is Saturday at 6pm, and the Pride Parade is Sunday at 12pm sharp.

Atlanta Pride is putting on a free concert at Piedmont Park, too! Headliners are Bebe Rexha, Mike Posner, CeCe Peniston, Michele Malone, and Starlight Cabaret. That’s Saturday and Sunday, start times vary.

Paul Oakenfold is headlining Believe Music Hall on Friday, October 12th. The 2004 Grammy nominated DJ and world renowned entertainer is making a stop in Atlanta that night to promote his latest album “Pop Killer.” In addition, Ryan Michael, Founder of Unity Events, is doing support for Oakenfold on the main stage.

Don’t want to hang out in town for Pride Weekend but still looking for something unique? Think about heading up to Alpharetta for the Inner Quest Fest! The Inner Quest Church in Roswell/Alpharetta is holding a one-day festival that offers activities and gifts for the body and soul. Schedule of activities include: Reiki, reflexology, chair massage, color therapy and Sedona Release Method. Readings and healing are $15 each, or you can get a reading and a healing for $25. It’s been real crazy in the world, so you may catch me up there get some bad energy cut out of my auric fields.

Chalktoberfest is happening all weekend in Marietta. You can catch an array of talented artists creating chalk masterpieces on the streets of Marietta Square. It is an award-winning festival sponsored by the Marietta Cobb Museum of Art.

Keep celebrating, Atlanta!

 

 

 

 

Post-Cheese Fest Atlanta

Autumn in Atlanta officially kicked off this past weekend with an amazing variety of events throughout the city. From the Fall Fest in Candler Park to the Mimosa Festival at Atlantic Station, residents definitely knew where to have fun.

Cheese Market

For the Gnome Queen, I attended the 6th Annual Cheese Fest Atlanta over in the Historic Fourth Ward Park.

Cheese Market Inside

And let me tell you, it was fantastic.

Vermont Creamery

Started in 2012 by Gourmet Foods International, this year’s event provided attendees with:  4 huge Tasting Tents, the Meltdown Competition featuring popular Atlanta chefs “grilling it out” for the coveted People’s and Judges’ Choice Awards, VIP Pairing Sessions, Live Entertainment, and a whole lot of cheese.

Cypress Grove

A special aspect of this year’s event also included a portion of all proceeds going to the local nonprofit: Giving Kitchen.  Giving Kitchen’s mission is to provide emergency financial assistance to restaurant workers and their families while in need through the Giving Kitchen Crisis Grants.

Rio Briati

The event kicked off around 5 P.M. with a light bit of rain; however that didn’t stop attendees from munching on over 100 different Vendor’s samples and goodies. While several of these Vendors were either local or from the States’, many also traveled from Europe and South America.  With an assortment of cheeses, olives, charcuteries, crackers and more, the Cheese Fest Atlanta came prepared.

Wisconsin Whey

The Gnome Queen began her Cheese-Quest at the Tasting Tents which had an amazing variety of cheeses, ranging from Goat’s and Cow’s to Lactose-free options as well.

Parlano

While I won’t play favorites on which types of cheeses I prefer (because all cheese is delicious), the Gnome Queen definitely enjoyed the variety of “sharp”, tangy, and pepper-based cheeses as well as many of the more goat and soft cheeses. Some of these came from: Vermont Creamery, Cypress Grove, Rio Briati, Parlano, Sartori, and a collection of vendors from Proudly Wisconsin Cheese.

Blackberry Farm’s First Place Cheeses

I even got to try some of the Award-Winning Blackberry Farm’s goat cheeses which were without a doubt amazing.

Suga’s

Two notable pimento cheese-makers came locally from food service company: Suga’s and the restaurant: Home grown. Home grown provided their Award-Winning pimento cheeses which included original and jalapeno.

Hanging with Home grown

As someone who has an absolute love for mascarpone cheese, BelGioioso did not disappoint either.

BelGioioso

I even went back for thirds.

Sartori

For those who came specifically for the non-cheese items such as olives, crackers, sauces, and charcuterie, Cheese Fest Atlanta had you covered.

Spotted Trotter

Local meat-boutique: Spotted Trotter had a mouth-watering variety of samples to choose from as well as a Pig and Pint Pairing later on.

Samples Galore

Busseto, Principe “The Prosciutto Family” and Creminelli also had a succulent collection of meats and crackers to choose from.

Posing with Principe
Divina

Divina, Pickled Pink, and Delallo came ready with plates of olives, veggies, peppers and fruits.

Pickled Pink
Delallo
Rustic Bakery

While Rustic Bakery, Venus, Thinster’s, Cello, and ParmCrisps produced the crackers, cookies and breads.

Venus

From Chaza Bros. came some savory Hot Sauces;

The “Chaza” Family

Goodson with the Pecan Butter;

Goodson Pecans

Pepper Lane provided the Spicy Jellies;

Pepper Lane

And Lazzaris brought the fig sauce. Lazzaris also supplied a boozy shot of Fourth Ward Distillery Vodka with juiced fig.

Takin’ Shots with Lazzaris

I may have taken two or three….

Savannah Bee Company

Savannah Bee Co. had a variety of honey and honeycomb samples to taste while Mike’s Hot Honey had an enticing spicy-sweet margarita shot.

Margarita Shots with Mike’s Hot Honey

By 7 P.M., patrons and even the Gnome Queen began to feel the oncoming food-coma.  However, the journey continued to the one and only: Meltdown Competition.

Sample from the Meltdown Competition

From gourmet grilled cheeses topped with ice-cream to thick mac & cheese, the Gnome Queen made sure to try everything. (Twice.)

Little Alley Steak

Later on that evening, the winners of the 2018 Meltdown Competition were announced: Little Alley Steak won 1st place for Judge’s Choice and High Road Craft Ice Cream own 1st in People’s Choice

High Road Ice Cream

Congrats to the winners, and to each participant who’s food absolutely held a special place in my cheese-induced coma.

Little Alley Steak Sample

So if you’re kicking yourself for not attending the wonderful 2018 Cheese Fest Atlanta, welp better buy tickets next year.

Cheeselandia

Life Pro Hacks and Tips for the 2018 Atlanta BeltLine Lantern Parade

Started in 2010 the Atlanta BeltLine Lantern Parade is a glowing celebration of the art along the Eastside Trail. This year they expect more than 70,000 patrons to partake in the illuminating event! Getting there can be tricky; and knowing where to post up, or just what to expect can be a hassle. We here at ATLByDay want to pass along some tips that could be useful for first timers or vets. So here are our life pro hacks and tips for the 2018 Atlanta BeltLine Lantern Parade.

You can Participate

Unlike most parades where you need to register, this parade requires no registration or fee to be in the event. You do need some sort of glow to be in the event. Whether its leftover light up bracelets from the Moon Ride or your own lantern, find something that makes you fit in with the parade goers. If you don’t bring your own lantern, you will likely be able to purchase one at the start of the event. Kroger has sold lanterns in past years, as well as Richard’s Variety Store.

When you Participate

The parade starts at the beginning of the Eastside Trail in Inman Park, at the intersection of Krog St. and Irwin St, and is usually very crowded and congested. At times you’ll feel like a salmon trying to swim upstream. You don’t have to be at the start of the parade to be in the parade.  I see many people bail out halfway through the parade. One way to avoid the congestion at the start is to join halfway through the parade at the Ralph McGill bridge close to the location of New Realm and Two Urban licks. Also to have even more fun, target getting behind one of the many bands who participate in the parade. We’ve had a blast getting behind the Seed and Feed band, dancing our way through the parade.

What to Bring

You are absolutely going to need to bring a small soft cooler that you can carry with refreshments, and a towel to sit on is a nice bonus. You won’t have easy access to beverages; and if the weather this week is any indication, the beginning of the parade will be very hot. Be sure to bring some water! Bring good walking shoes, especially if you plan to be in the parade. Without a doubt you will be walking a bit, whether you are in the parade or not. Do not bring your bike. It is impossible to navigate the Beltline in the hours leading up to the parade. You will be walking that thing with tens’ of thousands of people expecting to be at the parade.

Where to Post

There are all kinds of bars now on the Beltline to enjoy the parade. Ladybird is a great spot, and so is New Realm; but as you would expect those places will be jam packed. If you don’t get there early you might not get a great spot. When we have watched the parade our favorite spot is under the Freedom Park bridge. Under the bridge offers sloped seating that allows an elevated view and you don’t have to worry about being in the front. Additionally under the bridge offers great acoustics for the bands. You’ll notice under the bridge, the bands sound a lot louder than when in the open on the Beltine.

Parking / Getting there

The best solution is always taking a taxi. There will likely be surge pricing around the event; but if you are splitting the fare with your friends, trust us, it is worth it. After the event, there is plenty of nightlife entertainment; so if you want to avoid the surge, wait it out. If you are just viewing the event, the major pay parking spots are going to be Ponce City Market or Inman Quarter. Don’t count on it though, as I can easily foresee those decks filling up fast. At the start of the parade, near Krog Street Market, is going to be real tough to find parking. Again, if you don’t want to find yourself up-creek without a paddle, take a taxi.

The Art

Each lantern parade brings new art installations along this glorified sidewalk. Some of the art is more permanent, while some is removed very shortly. You can go the day after to enjoy some of the temporary installations, or go well before the parade starts the day of. We were walking the trail today and saw many artists putting finishing touches on their work. There is sure to be some some impressive artwork, so keep your eyes peeled for them along the path.

We hope to see your glow at the parade. If we missed something or you have a tip yourself please share!

2018 Lantern Parade Details:

Saturday, September 22, 2018:
7:00 p.m. line-up
8:00 p.m. parade steps off

The Cheese Festival Atlanta

Do you enjoy munching on various cheeses and meats from around the world? Do you take pleasure in tasting deliciously crafted beer and wines? Do you feel sophisticated when you hear the word “charcuterie”?

Well then, get ready because the Gnome Queen has the event for you!

It’s the 6th Annual: Cheese Festival Atlanta!

Started in 2012 by Gourmet Foods International, this amazing event brings an assortment of national and international artisan cheese makers’ right here to Atlanta. The event will take place from 5 P.M.-10 P.M. Friday, September 28th at the Historic Fourth Ward Park.

As of now, General Admission tickets include samplings of over 100 cheese and meat vendors, live music from Rachel Baiman, and access to the one and only: “Meltdown Competition”.  The Meltdown Competition features popular Atlanta chefs “grilling it out” for the highly honored People’s Choice and Judges’ Choice Awards.

Patrons can also partake in an education class detailing the history and fermentation process of olives hosted by Divina; a “Pig and Pint” of charcuterie and beer pairings from Spotted Trotter; and finally, the Cheesemaker Unplugged/Uncensored: Meet the Maker. This session will feature cheese maker: Cellars at Jasper Hill who were awarded the 2018 “Best in Show” at the American Cheese Society Conference.

Now, for those of you who want a little bit more cheese-time with a specific drink pairing, then the VIP tickets are just for you. These tickets will include a seat in one of three select VIP-only pairing sessions and a VIP-only item upon festival entry.  The pairing sessions comprise of a Beer, Wine or Champagne option and will have a variety of times offered throughout the evening.

For the Gnome Queen, an amazing aspect of this delicious event includes a portion of all proceeds going to the local nonprofit: Giving Kitchen.  Giving Kitchen was started in May of 2013 by local community Chef Ryan Hidinger and his wife Jen Hidinger in response to Ryan’s stage-four cancer diagnosis.

Giving Kitchen’s mission is to provide emergency financial assistance to restaurant workers and their families while in need. Through the Giving Kitchen Crisis Grants, over 1100 workers have been served not only in Atlanta, but in 47 counties across the state of Georgia.

So, if none of that sparked your interest in attending the wondrous Cheese Festival, then you are not only cold and heartless, but clearly you don’t appreciate the value of cheese, meats, and alcohol.

To Purchase Tickets: https://www.bigtickets.com/e/gfi/cheese-fest-atlanta

To Make a Donation to Giving Kitchen: https://connect.clickandpledge.com/w/Form/d11bff52-0cd0-44d8-9403-465614e4f342

 

ICON A Celebration of Rihanna + Sia

Brigitte Bidet

This Saturday evening at The Deep End, ICON a Celebration of Rihanna + Sia will put on one of the best recurring entertainment shows in all of Atlanta. If you haven’t heard, this is a dance party and features performances to celebrity and music inspirations such as Lady Gaga, Janet + Michael Jackson, Madonna, Beyonce, Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera, to name a few.

Brandon Brandon, host of ICON a Celebration of, greeting the crowd at a past performance

Each month, The Deep End hosts the show and a rotating cast of performers put on a dazzling display of lip-syncing, dancing, aerial arts, burlesque, and sickening fashion to capture the essence of their inspirations as the music plays.  This September, the show is paying homage to Rihanna and Sia–two of the fiercest ladies in the music scene today! Last month was a celebration of Disco and it was AMAZING!

Diego Serna

If that’s not reason enough to come to The Deep End and see ICON then let me tell you the other reason to pull the drapes off the windows and sew yourself a cocktail dress: Shea Coulee of RuPaul’s Drag Race season 10! That’s right, Shea Couleé will be a featured performer in Saturday night’s event. If you haven’t been keeping tabs on Shea, she has skyrocketed on both social media and live performances  worldwide since her appearance on RPDR. Shea is one of a few RDPD former contestants that have and will be appearing in WUSSY Magazine events around town.

Michael Robinson

Amongst the talented cast of local performers featured this month are Michael Robinson, Brigitte Bidet, Diego Serna, Dotte Com, T-Rex, Bella Dorado, PhaeMonae, and Porter Grubbs.  But wait there’s more! DJ La Superior of La Choloteca will be spinning uplifting tunes for the crowd and there’s even a photo booth by Savana Ogburn. Every ICON performance is an amazing journey in expression and creativity that captures the BEST of Atlanta and the wonderful LGBTQIA community it possesses.To say “it gave/gives me life” would be understatement–I hope you can make it out Saturday night to celebrate the city and its people that inspire us to come together. Incredibly straight people-friendly and diversity is highly encouraged at ICON.

Melissa Coffey

Tickets are still on sale for only $10 for general admission and $20 for the Meet & Greet with Shea Couleé.

Dragon Con Tales: Saturday Parade

Here are some awesome pictures from the Dragon Con Parade!

Infinity Stone Cast
The Mystery Machine
Scooby & the Gang
Dragon Cosplay
The Beloved Joystick Gamebar Staff
Magnificent Maleficent

Robot
Forest Gump Running Before the Parade
The Wicked Witch of the West
Aladdin’s Carpet
Cult of Marriott Carpet
Netherworld Creature
Netherworld Demon
Netherworld Wolf & Float
Ariel Ghostbuster
M’Baku & Killmonger
Wakanda Warriors
Block Storm
Wolverine Car
Deadpool Ballerina
The Deadpool Parade Squad
Pokemon
Captain America
Bumblebee
Zombie Girl
Immortal Joe
Handmadiens
Real Abs & Spartans
He-Man Squad
Pickle Rick
All Hail Bill Cipher
Aang & Appa
“Can I help you Peasant?”- Queen of Hearts
Pirate Float
Flying Spaghetti Monster Float  [I do believe]
Fabulous Rhodium
The Fan-Ship Who Lived
Sword Balancer
Hela Good Cosplay
Big Daddy & Little Sister
Blue BB-8
R2-D2
Run DMC Storm Troopers
Deadmau5 Tropper
A Great Rey
“Is that Mark Hamill?”
The Great Jawa Horde
Sandcrawler
Adorable
“Kill All Humans, Must Kill All Humans”
Darth Vader
I Want Pictures of Spiderman!

There you have it!

To see my Dragon Con Tales: Thursday post, clicker here: https://atlbyday.com/2018/09/02/gettin-schwifty-at-dragon-con-2018/

For Dragon Con Tales: Friday : https://atlbyday.com/2018/09/05/a-funtastic-friday/

For my Christopher Paolini interview : https://atlbyday.com/2018/09/03/a-great-interview-with-christopher-paolini/

I hope you had a great Dragon Con everyone!

Dragon Con Tales: Friday

Chances are this Labor Day weekend, you either spent the time lounging at Lake Lanier or stuck in Midtown traffic.
Ichigo Kurosaki from Bleach
If you were the latter, then I know you got to see the assortment of cosplayers and visitors attending this year’s Dragon Con.
Drinker Bell & Tinker Bell
A variety of events and panels were scheduled for Friday which began for the Giant King and I with an amazing 1-on-1 interview with novelist Chris Paolini.
Rick & Summer Gone Give It to Ya!

We then got to relive our childhoods by attending the Spongebob Squarepants Panel with voice actor: Tom Kenny. As an avid Spongebob fan, it was a dream come true to hear Mr. Kenny physically jump between his normal voice and Spongebob’s.

Tom Kenny!!!!

Towards the end of the panel, a Q&A session took place where audience members of all ages were able to asked Mr. Kenny various questions on his career and comedic roots.

Answering Questions

I myself was able to ask him a question regarding ways in which aspiring voice actors and actresses can practice or even find ways to begin in the industry. (I gotchu ATL actors.)

His response was flawless: “Just hear everything and listen; you’re always one audition away from changing your life”. He also said to check out: http://iwanttobeavoiceactor.com so take his advice!

Dragon Con Friends

Later on, the Giant King entered into the “Lord & Ladies Coiffure Contest” hosted by the Alternate History Track. The contest focused on best types of hair which ranged from mustaches and beards, to amazingly styled “head-hair” designs.

Alternate History Track

The Giant King ended up winning 2nd place in the “Best-Styled” Head Hair category. The Gnome Queen was so proud.

Ariel Pinup

Towards the end of the evening, I entered Talloolah Love’s Pinups by the Pool Contest which featured a lovely group of pinups and cosplayers.

Wonder Woman Pinup

I actually made it into the “Stage” Round of the contest with my amazing “Drinker Bell” cosplay costume. For those of you who don’t know, Drinker Bell is Tinker Bell’s rave-loving cousin.

Drinker Bell with Unicorn Tears Martini

The entire day was a solid success and I knew that the remaining weekend would be even better.

For more Pinups By the Pool, scroll below!

To check out my interview with Chris Paolini, click here: https://atlbyday.com/2018/09/03/a-great-interview-with-christopher-paolini/

To see Dragon Con Tales: Thursday, click here: https://atlbyday.com/2018/09/02/gettin-schwifty-at-dragon-con-2018/

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An Intense Pool Ball Game
Talloolah Love
Space Pinup
A Fun Time
Chibiusa Pinup
Captain Claw