Blast-Off Burlesque launch their two-night World Tour tonight at 9 p.m. (doors at 8 p.m.) at 7 Stages. If you missed our exclusive Blast-Off Road Trips from Hell series, catch up with the first part here. The Beach Boys surf down into Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre. Solo artist Julie Dexter performs a variety of music from jazz to soul and beyond at Fernbank Museum of Natural History’s Martinis and IMAX. Big Mike and croons the classics at Ray’s on the River with the Kingsized Jazz Trio, Rich Rowlinson on piano and Father Tim Delaney on upright bass. Spanky & the Love Handles play funky dirty dance-able blues at Fat Matt’s, while the Hollidays are being soulful at Northside Tavern. Whiskey Belt honky-tonks it up at Hottie Hawg’s.
Atlanta-based director James Anthony Bickert’s biker/horror/sexploitation mash-up, “DEAR GOD NO!” was shot entirely on Super 16mm film, using practical effects, and limited to technology of the era that the film is set in. What could be more ’70s exploitation-inspired fun than rival biker gangs on a rape and murder find themselves battling a different enemy – a flesh-eating killing machine that lives in the forest! Anyway, this crazy (or crazed?) movie features a murder of local talent, including Shane Morton (Silver Scream Spookshow, Gargantua, Atlanta Zombie Apocalypse), Madeline Brumby (Silver Scream Spookshow, Dracula the Rock Opera), Jim Stacy (Palookaville, AM Gold, GET DELICIOUS!), Nick Morgan (Splatter Cinema), and many more. Catch its world premiere on the big screen at the Plaza tonight at 9:30 p.m.
With 9-11 just a day away, show your support for our brave men and women overseas by jumping on your motorcycle or into your Mini-Cooper and joining PinUps for Soldiers’ Memorial Ride. Registration/breakfast begins at 10 a.m. at The American Legion Post 127, Buford, Georgia with the first bike/mini leaving out at 11:30am. They also have the Armored Party Bus for those who want to participate but do not have a bike or a Mini-Cooper. Jason Lee and The Cyclones play at 5 p.m. Read more about PinUps for Soliders in this week’s Kool Kat feature on Dena Stahl here. Or support local heroic firefighters and police officers at Smyrna’s Heroes Gala & Auction, and enjoy live entertainment by Kingsized,the burlesque beauties of Dames Aflame and Wesley Cook, along with delicious food and both live and silent auctions!
The King of Pops serves up sweet old-fashioned ice-cold goodness under the marquee of The Plaza Theatre starting at 2:30 p.m. to celebrate an encore 35 mm screening of PEE WEE’S BIG ADVENTURE at 3 PM. Read our Retro Review by ATLRetro’s newest blogger Tom Drake here.
It’s the last big date of the season for the Atlanta Rollergirls as The Apocalypstix battle theDenim Demons in a 5 p.m. grudge match and then the Toxic Shocks take on the Sake Tuyas in the Champ bout at 7:30 p.m. at Yaarab Shrine Center.
After the show, head to Masquerade for a sci-fi-themed Mon Cherie’s Rockabilly Lounge, featuring Psycho DeVilles, DJ Rev. Andy of Garage 71 spinning Psychobilly Freakout, jello shots from Mon Cherie’s Pin-Up Beauties and local burlesque stars Evil Sarah, The Chameleon Queen, Stormy Knight, Fonda Lingue and Scarlett Page.
And hell, yeah, it’s an all-star honky tonk/Retrobilly 80th Birthday Tribute to honor Country Music Legend George Jones Saturday night at Star Bar with Caroline & the Ramblers, The Stumblers, Ghost Riders Car Club, Slim Chance & the Convicts, Serenaders and Joel Burkhart. All proceeds benefit Down Syndrome Association of Atlanta.
Blues pianist Ike Stubblefield tickles the ivories at Northside Tavern. Cazanovas bring Chicago style blues to Hottie Hawg’s BBQ. And DJ Romeo Colognetransforms the sensationally seedy Clermont Lounge into a ’70s disco/funk inferno late into the wee hours.
Sunday Sept. 11
Hear about Atlanta’s long-gone magical movie palaces and neighborhood theaters, their organs and theatre organists of the 1920s, ’30s and ’40s in Pipes on Peachtree, a panel discussion featuring organ technician/historian John Tanner and Joe Patten, Atlanta’s Phantom of the Fox in the Retro setting of 1920 Gothic-Tudor mansion, Callanwolde Fine Arts Center at 3 p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance & $12 in advance. For a sneak preview, check out our recent Kool Kat feature on Strand organist Ron Carter here. Also, The Washboard Confessional plays blues “dunch” between 1-4 PM at The Earl. Snake Legs bring on the blues at Fat Matt’s.
Closes Sept. 11
RADCLIFFE BAILEY: MEMORY AS MEDICINE, the most comprehensive exhibition of the Atlanta artist’s works to date, runs through Sept. 11 at the High Museum of Art. Read more about the artist and this powerful exhibition in this Kool Kat.
JOHN MARIN’S WATERCOLORS: A MEDIUM FOR MODERNISM, a companion exhibit also at the High this summer through Sept. 11, surveys the work of the man named America’s number one artist in a 1948 LOOK magazine survey. While his name is not a household one today, this exhibition reminds us of his important place in the modernist movement and why watercolors became such a powerful instrument for avante-garde art in the hands of him and other artists in the Stieglitz Circle,including Georgia O’Keefe.
Closes Sept. 24
The Museum of Design Atlanta (MODA)‘s current exhibit WaterDream: The Evolution of Bathroom Design, runs through Sept. 24 in the dynamic new Midtown space. Displays take visitors through a four-part journey into the bathroom from the birth of minimalist aesthetics in 20th century design to current concepts.
Tune back in on Monday for This Week in Retro Atlanta If you know of a cool happening, send suggestions to ATLRetro@gmail.com.