Jungle went to rehab, now it’s ready to celebrate

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Gay Atlanta dancing queens take note: The cavernous space of Jungle has been nip tucking its way through rehab. On Saturday, the dance and drag club is ready to give you a peek at the improvements. 

The renovation project isn't quite complete, but the changes can already be seen. There's a refinished dance floor, improved decor around the main bar, better lighting and lasers, and improvements to the stage. So Saturday, the club is hosting a preview of the renovations, a roast of club owner Richard Cherskov, a drag show and a dance party. 

“We are focusing on the customer experience – seating areas, mood lights, lasers, better club lighting throughout so Jungle feels more inviting,” Cherskov said. 

Jungle installed a custom remake of its sound system in December, but hasn't undergone extensive renovations since 2012.

More refurbishing projects are in the works to further spruce up the club ahead of Atlanta Pride, which is Oct. 8-9. And thanks to new owners for the buildings that house Jungle and the other LGBT businesses in the warehouse district, exterior improvements are in the planning stages, too.

“We are going to continue changing and evolving and making the experience better,” Cherskov said.

For now, though, Cherskov and the club are ready to do what they do best – throw a party and have some fun. And Cherskov knows how to have fun at his own expense. Remember that turnabout drag show a few years back? We sure do.

So the festivities on Saturday open with a Roast & Reset Preview of the club owner featuring a line up of queens that know how to deliver some dish. Phoenix will host a panel of guests that includes performer Celeste Holmes, Edie Cheezburger and Wild Cherry Sucret, LGBT activist and non-profit leader Rick Westbrook, party promoter Keith Young, and Jungle employees Travis Denison and Daniel Jones. With a $10 suggested cover, the roast is also a fundraiser for Ready 4 Hope.

When the bloodletting is done, stick around for the Fantasy Girls – the show's lineup includes Holmes and Phoenix – at 9 p.m. The evening shifts into overdrive when DJ Deanne steps up for the Reset Party. 

“We are excited to be getting through these projects and hope that people come in and check out our progress,” Cherskov said.


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