When you’re very nearly all cried out, there’s one thing left to do. Less than a month after the loss of gay Atlanta’s own Ria Pell, friends and family honored her memory as she would have wanted–with a rockin’ party in her honor.
Ria Riot! Queers, Punks, DJs and Eats! packed the floor of Variety Playhouse on Friday to give the grieving a celebration of Pell’s life. The event featured performance art, live bands, DJs, food, a raffle, silent auction and commemorative merchandise. Pell’s partner, family and hundreds of friends raised many a glass and shed a few more tears over the local queer organizer, lesbian owner of Ria’s Bluebird, and winning “Chopped” TV chef.
Photos and video by Alli Royce Soble