By the clicking of these keys, something Retro this way comes… The first installment of “This Week in Retro Atlanta” won’t be as complete as I hope to make it. But everything has to start somewhere—or in this case, some time. So the time has come simply to just get the first installment of ATLRetro’s top picks of things to do this week posted.
Monday Jan. 24
Let’s face it. You aren’t excited about Mondays and don’t feel like cooking, so forget about it and go out. That vintage dress and suit never goes out of style at Livingston in the art-deco Georgian Terrace Hotel. Even better you won’t break the bank because it’s Millionaire Mondays when you can enjoy a two-course dinner, usually featuring a whole lobster or filet, for just $16. While you’re there, be sure to descend the marble staircase like a Hollywood legend.
Tuesday Jan. 25
Another Opening, Another Show. The smash hit Broadway revival of WEST SIDE STORY dances into the Fabulous Fox Theatre for a one-week run Jan. 25-31. Be sure and come back tomorrow for an exclusive interview with Marietta’s own Cary Tedder who plays Snowboy.
Wednesday Jan. 26
Wednesday is for rockin’ blues. NRBQ sure seem to have been us long enough to more than qualify as a classic—well at least since 1967. While the band, known for its high-energy live performances, appearing in George Romero’s original DAY OF THE DEAD, and penning “Mayonnaise and Marmelade” for THE SIMPSONS, is officially on hiatus, you can catch NRBQ’s Terry Adams and His Rock & Roll Quartet at Smith’s Olde Bar tonight. Adding to the Retro quotient, also playing are Bobby Houck of The Band-inspired Blue Dogs and Jelly of The Last Waltz Ensemble Acoustic Duo.
Thursday Jan. 27
It has to comfort every tiki-lovin’ soul that they can count on hearing the luxurious live lounge sounds of Tongo Hiti just about every Thursday night at Trader Vic’s, as well as some trippy takes on iconic pop songs. In other words, if you hate Celine Dion’s Titanic theme, you might actually groove on Big Mike’s swingy take. The Mai-Tais are discounted, too, although on Thursdays, they are often mass-produced and you may have to ask for the right glass. In other words, true cocktail connoisseurs may prefer to order one of their many other signature drinks.
Friday Jan. 28
Grab your swankiest clothes and dancing shoes and head to Fernbank Museum of Natural History for swing dancing under the dinosaurs. Yes, it’s a double dose of Big Mike singing this time with his big band, Kingsized, during this week’s Martinis & IMAX. Live music starts at 6:30 p.m. and runs until after 10.
Saturday Jan. 29
The Silver Scream Spook Show presents a Universal Classic—FRANKENSTEIN. As regulars know, it’s not just the sheer treat of seeing the James Whale monsterpiece on the big screen but also the creepily creative preshow featuring “Ghost Host with the Most” Professor Morte, Retch, sexy “spooksmodels,” the guys and ghouls of Blast-Off Burlesque, and—just a guess—a rockin’ solo by the Creature himself. Ticket sales support the art deco, haunted Plaza Theatre, which opened its doors in 1939. Kids matinee at 1 p.m. and adult show at 10 p.m. Tune back on Thursday for an exclusive interview and sneak preview with Jon Waterhouse, the marvelous mad genius behind Retch.
Also, Richard Roundtree, the original SHAFT, is in town to receive one of nine Trumpet Awards, honoring the achievements of Black Americans who have succeeded against immense odds. Other recipients include Attorney General Eric Holder and Al Sharpton. The ceremony, which also features performances by the O’Jays, is at 4 p.m. at Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre, followed by a black tie VIP reception at the Hyatt Regency Atlanta downtown.
Sunday Jan. 30
I’m thinking you might want to get outside, maybe to Piedmont Park, but ask me again on Thursday. This is the first week, OK, and I want to get this thing posted.
OK, that’s it for This Week. Be sure to visit ATLRetro every day for new, exclusive features. And look for more details on the weekend in Thursday’s ATLRetro Weekend Update.