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

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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: Thursday

If you live within a 15 mile radius of Atlanta, then you probably caught a glimpse of the 32nd Annual Dragon Con earlier this week.

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While some non-attending locals may have been extremely confused by the horde of cosplayers and visitors, this year’s Dragon Con actually began a whole day earlier due to the high-volume of expected turn out.

The Giant King & Jurassic Park

This year also marked my very first Dragon Con, and with me was my loving photographer: the Giant King. For Thursday, The Giant King cosplayed as a “Morty Trying to Find His Rick” while I was a “Cat That Curiosity Couldn’t Kill.

No Face & the Gnome Queen

We began our day going through each host hotel and shopping area, catching an assortment of cosplayers and even a “Quest Master”. Attendees could also donate blood to the  Robert A. Heinlein “Pay It Forward” Blood Drive

Later that afternoon we attended the Opening Ceremony at the Marriott Marquis, where patrons were provided with a live musical intro from the Black Sheep Ensemble and Funk Cake.

President Pat Henry

Dragon Con President Pat Henry gave a brief background on the Con and introduced the new: Diversity in Speculative Fiction & Literature Fandom Track. This Track would include a “Wakanda Welcomes the World to Dragon Con” party, a variety of art and film panels, as well as Literary Guest of Honor: Steven Barns.

Funk Cake & the Black Sheep Ensemble

The Opening Ceremony concluded with another live performance from the Black Sheep Ensemble and Funk Cake.

Belly Dancer

Check out the photos below to see more Thursday cosplaying from Dragon Con 2018!

Skeleton T-Rex
Attack on Titan Scout Regiment
The Men in Tights
Dance Dance Revolution at the AmericasMart
Lady Olenna & Queen Cersei
Master Chief

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Electro Brunch At Loca Luna: Good Eats, Good Beats

Let’s suppose that you are hung over from the night before, or missed the night before, or you didn’t go out at all but you love a good day party–I have something for you all.

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Over off Monroe Drive in Midtown and in the Amsterdam Ave shopping area is Loca Luna. Each Sunday, from noon to 5pm, on the patio area upfront, you can find DJs Ultralight and Rob Session spinning some techno, house, moombahton, tribal and deep house together to raise up the masses in Atlanta. There are weekly guests, too, like DJ Blast, that will step in and add a little extra spice to the mix.

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DJ Ultralight

 

“We are not affiliated with any club, or production group. Electro Brunch is very organic,” Ultralight remarked. “Atlanta needs more day parties. Covers to clubs seem ridiculous and not everyone wants to dress up. People who are not into the night scene can come here and experience the same music in a different environment.”

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DJ Rob Session

And what a different environment it was: The sun was out, birds were chirping, groups of girlfriend besties were happily sipping mimosas and there was some deep house playing–giving me LIFE while I chowed down on some shrimp and grits.

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Reservations are accepted but not necessary for Sunday brunch at Loca Luna. Parking is free and plentiful. My server suggested getting in super early or waiting until after 1pm if you like to hang out. The brunch menu looks AMAZING and delicious. Yes, there are drink specials: $12 for bottomless mimosas or sangrias. You can RSVP here or call Loca Luna directly.

Keep dancing, Atlanta–you’re going to need to after this brunch!

Dad Bod Fitness Reviews – Westside Yoga

Summer is here and it’s time to get your perfect beach body in shape!

For some of us that Summer body means bis, tris, and abs, but for many the “cut” look just ain’t gonna happen this Summer. That’s okay! Not everybody wants or needs the “ideal” fitness model body, and for those that do it’s never too late to start.

The journey from flab to 6 pack abs isn’t a matter of weeks but a matter of years, and it can be daunting to even start out. If you’re just looking at getting started in something like weight lifting, cardio, etc. it’s all about getting your foot in the door. I recommend fitness classes. It’s critical to push yourself and having an instructor in the front of the room guarantees you’ll be giving 100% the whole time.

As the owner of a classic Dad Bod, I’ve resolved to begin this series of Dad Bod Fitness Reviews to help out anybody else looking to start their fitness journey. I’ve signed up for Classpass, which will let me try out almost any studio in Atlanta for a few classes each month. In these reviews, I’ll be looking at the quality of each studio, class, and instructor based on how friendly that class would be to someone that basically just hopped off their couch and is looking to get back into fitness and shake off that extra weight.

The classes will be reviewed based on a few criteria:

  • Studio Atmosphere
    • Is the studio neat and clean?
    • Is the studio atmosphere friendly to less fit individuals?
    • Amenities and PARKING
  • The Workout Class
    • Ratio of Cardio / Strength / Other
    • Difficulty level
    • Overall quality
  • The Instructor
    • Clarity for newbies
    • Relaxed? Encouraging? Pushy? Bossy?
    • Helpfulness and understanding

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My first step back into the gym was the BURN Yoga class at West Side Yoga. The class is a Vinyasa Power Yoga flow with some basic poses and options for more advanced variations. “Vinyasa” means that you’ll be moving through lots of poses like downward dog, upward dog, forward folds, and planks. “Power” means you’ll be sore the next day.

The studio itself is located in West Midtown near Fellini’s on Howell Mill – talk about temptation. Do I work out today, or get an 18″ wide sicilian pizza? The struggle is real. It’s easy enough to find with the word YOGA in massive letters across the top of the storefront, and there’s plenty of parking to go around.

Upon entering you’ll catch the scent of lavender and relaxation. It’s not exactly what hypes me up to do some deadlifting, but I can’t complain. On entering I was greeted by our instructor, who provided me with a loaner yoga mat and got me signed in.

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Shoes, phone, wallet, etc. went into the designated cubbies next to the studio. I’m usually anti-cubby, but these were being watched over by a security camera so I was more at ease.

I got my mat set up in a room of about 10 people, and got my little yoga block thing. About that time our instructor, Sarah, came in the room and started to warm us up. Sarah is an absolutely wonderful instructor and is genuinely helpful and nice to talk to! Check her out at @sarahleeyogini on Instagram.

The class is fast-paced and definitely not a walk in the park. It’s flow yoga, so you’re going to need balance and strength with a helping of cardio. The pace isn’t going to have you panting, but if you’re new to yoga you won’t have the auxiliary  muscles to hold some of the more advanced poses. Almost every pose had a variation for beginners as well as adults, and we were given the option to relax into child’s pose at any time in the class. Those options allow you to tune your own difficulty and tap out if necessary, but the class itself and attentive instruction will keep you pushing.

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A majority of the poses were from the standing position and focused on movement through breathing. You’d move from standing to plank to an upward dog (back arch) to a downward dog (high plank with arched back) position, inhaling and exhaling as you move. Or at least that’s how it’s supposed to be – if you’re in bad shape you’ll be breathing much harder and faster than the ideal yoga pace. Between the movement you’ll be holding static strength poses that will test your balance and muscle endurance. I wouldn’t say I was drenched by the end of the class (it’s not hot yoga), but I wish I’d worn a headband or something because it was one hell of a workout.

The fast pace of the flow did make it difficult to follow some of the more tricky poses, but Sarah did a great job of demonstrating each pose for those that were behind. This and explanations of how you should be feeling during each pose helped me find where I was going wrong in poses and fix my form. Sarah was not pushy, but rather encouraged us to work at our own paces and take breaks as needed. She made a point to show discuss how even showing up was a step in the right direction – something that I feel makes this a great first class for this series of articles. I would say the only more helpful she could have been would be physically adjusting people in the class, but honestly I’m glad she didn’t because I’m personally not a fan of that.

Tl;dr, here’s my take on Westside Yoga:

  • Studio Atmosphere – 7/10
    • Clean and calming atmosphere
    • Judgement-free atmosphere
    • Mats available, monitored cubbies, and plenty of parking
  • The Workout Class – 8/10
    • Mostly balance and strength with some cardio
    • Difficulty based on personal preference
    • I would definitely recommend the class
  • The Instructor – 10/10
    • Clear and attentive instruction
    • Encouraging and reassuring instruction
    • Understanding in allowing breaks and variations

Stay tuned for more reviews for the everyman, and check out Westside Yoga!

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Music Midtown 2018: Where to Find Cheap Tickets

The 2018 Music Midtown lineup has been announced and tickets are on sale today! As a fellow lover of music festivals and all things Atlanta, I’m here to tell you that if you haven’t gotten your tickets yet, now is the time. They are going fast, so you don’t want to wait!

Where do you find tickets at the best prices though? Well good news! I’ve gone ahead and done some digging. As it turns outs, Music Midtown is offering a pretty sweet hook-up on their website with super low ticket prices and minimal fees. SeatsForEveryone.com is also a great website that offers low prices and no additional up-charges, because who likes those? The best part is, I’ve linked both of them below for added convenience. You’re welcome.

Get cheap Music Midtown tickets here:

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SeatsForEveryone.com

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I can’t wait to see Kendrick Lamar, one of the headlining artists this year at Music Midtown!

Now that you have your tickets, you can really get excited! The two-day festival is being held in Piedmont Park on September 15-16. It’s guaranteed to be an amazing event, with headliners including top artists such as Kendrick Lamar, Imagine Dragons, Post Malone and Fall Out Boy. Some other popular feature artists include Foster the People, Gucci Mane, Khalid, Thirty Seconds to Mars, Chromeo and Awolnation. With a lineup like that, you won’t want to miss it. I hope to see ya’ll there!

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Music Midtown 2018 Lineup Top Picks

The 2018 Music Midtown Lineup is finally here! Tickets go on sale this Friday June, 15th at 10am. Headliners include Kendrick Lamar, Imagine Dragons, Post Malone, Fall Out Boy, Gucci Mane, Khalid, and more! This festival is known to have a diverse lineup that includes over 30 artists across four stages.

Continue reading “Music Midtown 2018 Lineup Top Picks”

Atlanta’s Best Fitness Studios By Neighborhood: Midtown and West Midtown

For my second installment of the Best Fitness Studios in Atlanta by Neighborhood, I will be featuring Midtown and West Midtown. Being the first neighborhood I lived in Atlanta, West Midtown holds a very special place in my heart. Despite the fact that West Midtown was no where near as trendy when I lived there, many of the great studios in my list have been there for a while now. Midtown is where I’ve spent most of my time in Atlanta living, so I’ve had plenty of time to see what they have to offer.

If you are looking to shop around a bit before finding the perfect workout for you, many of the studios offer discounted first time trial classes! So make sure to click on the link to their websites and see what kind of offers they have available. Another great option is to sign up for Classpass. With a Classpass membership you’ll have access to hundreds of gyms in Atlanta. Take $40 of your first month by using the code here!

Want to know the best spots in Buckhead and Brookhaven? Check out my first article here!

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Check out Exhale’s sleek studio in Midtown for a booty-kicking barre class

Midtown

  • Barre
    • Exhale (1065 Peachtree St NW). Located in the Loews Hotel, Exhale is a fitness studio and spa, and it really shows in the locker rooms. Herbal scented with ambient music playing, these rooms provide everything from steam showers to fluffy robes. As for the classes, there are lots of options from traditional barre to HIIT training.
  • Cycling
    • FlyWheel (1180 W Peachtree St NW). This studio is very tricky to get to due to the parking situation but very worth it! Their instructors always have high energy and motivating playlists.
  • Pilates
    • Stellar Bodies (44 12th St NE). Stellar’s classes practice the Lagree method, which uses a Megaformer machine to practice a pilates-inspired regime. Each class is a 50min full body resistance workout.
  • Kick Boxing/Martial Arts
    • Unit 2 (240 Ponce De Leon Ave). Unit 2 offers classes like kickboxing and CrossFit but also more specialized martial arts like Jiu-Jitsu and Muay Thai. They even offer women’s only martial arts classes! You can try them for free for 1 week to see if this is the place for you!
  • Strength Training
    • Modo Fitness Bootcamp (Meets in the Park Tavern Parking Lot at 500 10th St NE). This is an outdoor bootcamp that runs through Piedmont Park every Monday-Friday at 6am and 630pm. It’s perfect for people who want to get outside and run but need a little motivation from an instructor. In addition to running through our beautiful Piedmont park, you will stop and do sets of burpees, pushups, sit ups, etc. for a fully body workout!
  • Yoga
    • CorePower Yoga (860 Peachtree St. NE). CorePower’s classes are not your typical yoga class. For example, they offer a class called Yoga Sculpt where you use hand weights and do things like bicep curls and back flys while in yoga poses. They also offer a heated candlelight power flow: be warned as it is HOT (100-103 degrees), much hotter than a traditional hot yoga class.
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Try a reformer class at The Daily in West Midtown!

West Midtown

  • Barre
    • Head over to Midtown for much better options!
  • Cycling
    • Torq Cycle (935 Marietta St. NW). This is the best spin studio in Atlanta, hands down! The owner, Alex Martinez, has been voted as Classpass Atlanta’s best instructor for the past 3 years! He has this incredible ability to remember your name even if you only went to one class 7 months ago. Such a friendly environment with challenging classes!
  • Pilates
    • The Daily (981 Joseph E Lowery Blvd NW). The Daily offers both traditional mat pilates classes and Reformer classes. If you’ve never tried a Reformer class before I highly recommend it! Reformer and Megaformer classes are the best way to sculpt lean muscles imo, as they are much more challenging than your traditional mat pilates classes.
  • Kick Boxing/Martial Arts
    • X3 Sports (1092 Huff Rd NW). X3 offers conditioning classes, like their “Fast-Track” class, as well as traditional martial arts classes, like Muay Thai.
  • Strength Training
  • Yoga