This Week in ATLRetro, Aug. 7-13, 2017

by Melanie Crew
Managing Editor

Go back to school with what’s shakin’ in ATLRetro! Take a peek at what we’ve dug up just for you!

Monday, August 7

Get your psyche soul fix with The Veldt, Shepherds and Twin Studies at 529!  The Plaza Theater gets devilish and screens George Pavlou’s RAWHEAD REX (1986), through Aug. 10 (no screening on Wed.)! Swing on by Big Band Night featuring Joe Gransden and his amazing 17-member orchestra at Café 290 every first and third Monday of the month! Catch a screening of Woody Allen’s ANNIE HALL (1977) at the Alpharetta Branch Library at 10:30am! Boogie on down to the Northside Tavern and spend an evening with Lola at her famous Monday Night Northside Jam! And blues on down to Fat Matt’s Rib Shack for a side of Dry White Toast and a plate full ‘o finger lickin’ BBQ!

Tuesday, August 8

Landmark Midtown Art Cinema takes you behind enemy lines and continues their new Classics Series with Steven Spielberg’s SAVING PRIVATE RYAN (1998) at 7pm! Let Kool Kat Katherine Lashe and her burly-Q gals of Syrens of the South get you ready for a new school year with their Tease Tuesday Burlesque: Back to School event, shakin’ it up at the Red Light Café! Rock out at City Winery with Kevn Kinney, Lenny Kaye, Tim Nielsen and David V. Johnson! Funk it up with Michael Franti & Spearhead and Trevor Green at the Variety Playhouse! Get down with Mary J. Blige at the Wolf Creek Amphitheatre! Celebrate 35 years of Amy Heckerling’s ‘80s classic, FAST TIMES AT RIDGEMONT HIGH (1982) at the Northlake Festival Movie Tavern’s Retro Cinema series at 7:30pm! Jam it up with Joe Gransden and his jazz jam session at Venkman’s every Tuesday! The Star Bar delivers a night of retro shenanigans with their Downtown Tuesday Night Dance Party featuring retro-soul, funk, ‘80s, ‘90s and more! And as always, groove on down with Swami Gone Bananas at the Northside Tavern!

Wednesday, August 9

Glam it up with a screening of Stephen Elliott’s THE ADVENTURES OF PRISCILLA, QUEEN OF THE DESERT (1994) at The Plaza Theater! Get to the root of it all with Jeff Mosier, The Migrant Workers, Inside Out and TnS at City Winery! Get the rockin’ blues with Stephen Stills & Judy Collins at Atlanta Symphony Hall! Celebrate 35 years of Amy Heckerling’s ‘80s classic, FAST TIMES AT RIDGEMONT HIGH (1982) at the Northlake Festival Movie Tavern’s Retro Cinema series at 7:30pm! Fat Matt’s Rib Shack dishes out a night of the blues with Frankie’s Blues Mission! Get jazzy at the Red Light Café with The Gordon Vernick Quartet! Or get down with The Man of Steel at the Studio Movie Grill’s (Alpharetta/Duluth) screening of Richard Donner’s SUPERMAN (1978) at 7:15pm! Or make your way to the Northside Tavern as Danny ‘Mudcat’ Dudeck fires it up with his rockin’ blues! St. James Live! delivers their Hump Days Blues night, getting classic blues-style every Wednesday! And as always, it’s Ladies Night at Johnny’s Hideaway which plays hits from Sinatra to Madonna for a generally mature crowd.

Thursday, August 10

Spend the evening with Emily Saliers (Indigo Girls) at Eddie’s Attic! Make your way to Chastain Park for a night with Lucinda Williams and Mary Chapin Carpenter! Get your acid jazz fix with N’Dea Davenport (The Brand New Heavies) at City Winery! Stomp on down to The Vista Room for Bluegrass & Beyond! Folk it up with Lilac Wine at Venkman’s! It’s Mai Tai Thursday, so get funky at Trader Vic’s with The Mar-Tans! The Northside Tavern gets rockin’ with a little Chicago/Delta blues of The Breeze Kings! Stagger on over to Noni’s Bar & Deli for their Bitter Heroes event featuring DJ Brian Parris as he gets charmingly morose with a little New-Wave, The Smiths and The Cure! Get your boogie on at Fat Matt’s Rib Shack, as Chickenshack featuring Eddie Tigner, delivers some honky-tonk blues! And as always, boogie down at Mary’s, as the East Atlanta venue gets funky with their weekly Disco in the Village.

Friday, August 11

Get sludged and fuzzy and rock out with Kool Kat Adam McIntyre with The Pinx, Bleach Garden, Buzzards of Fuzz and Hot Ram at The Star Bar! Get your retro rock fix with The Atlanta Brass Cats at Avondale Towne Cinema! Or soft rock it up with Air Supply at Chastain Park! The Stranger pays tribute to Billy Joel at City Winery! 3 Doors Down and Thomas Wynn & The Believers rock out at Cobb Energy Centre! Get the blues with Bobby Messano at Darwin’s Burgers & Blues! Make your way to Eddie’s Attic for a night with The Atlanta Rhythm Section! Jump on down to Fat Matt’s Rib Shack for an electrifying night with Atlanta Boogie! Or get your old-school blues fix with Eddie Tigner and Uncle Sugar at Northside Tavern! Rock on down to Smith’s Olde Bar for a night with Dead Affect and Jessie Albright & Foster Blues! Get funky with All the Locals, the AJ Ghent Band and Mac McComb at Vinyl! Raise a ruckus with Donna Hopkins and Ink & Ash at The Vista Room! And as always, time-warp it up and get naughty with some uber musically-inclined transsexual aliens at The Plaza Theater as they continue their tradition of screening THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW (1975) every Friday night, featuring the live cast of Lips Down on Dixie at midnight!

Saturday, August 12

Garage rock out and celebrate 30 years of The Woggles with their TALLY-HO Record Release Party, with Tiger! Tiger! and Bad Spell at The Star Bar! Or Surf on downstairs to the Little Vinyl Lounge as Kool Kat Chad Shivers presents his Southern Surf Stomp! featuring The Del Rios and The Wheel Knockers! Rock out with Sweet Knives, GG King and Black Cat Rising at The Earl! Kool Kat Darcy Malone & The Tangle dish out a night of rockin’ Big Easy blues at the Red Light Café! Get your boogie on at the Decatur BBQ Blues & Bluegrass Festival, from 2-9pm, featuring smokin’ hot BBQ and live tunes on two stages by the Porch Bottom Boys, Donna Hopkins, Grizzly Goat, Beverly “Guitar” Watkins, Greg Humphrey’s Electric Trio, the Vista String Band, Kool Kat Brooks Mason and The Georgia Flood, Farewell Angelina and more! Stomp on down to Smith’s Olde Bar for a night with Russ Still & The Moonshiners, Mic Harrison & The High Score and Blake Rainey & His Demons! Get artsy and make your way to the Old Smyrna Firehouse for the Indie Arts Alliance Art Showcase at 7pm! Get the funky disco blues with Moontower at The Vista Room! Rock on down to Chastain Park for The Australian Pink Floyd Show! The BadAsh Allstar Team brings you their Lez Zeppelin Jam at Avondale Towne Cinema! Boogie down ‘80s-style with Kool Kat VJ Anthony during his 80s New Wave Music Video Dance Party: The Smiths Edition at Amsterdam Atlanta! Geek it up with Tom Servo and Crow and the whole gang as Atlanta Symphony Hall hosts MST3K Live: Secret Surprise Film! Make your way to 529 for a night with Dot.s, Flamingo Shadow and MonteQarlo! Get folksy with Mary Black at City Winery! Or get the rockin’ blues with the Ally Venable Band at Darwin’s Burgers & Blues! Raise a ruckus with Ink & Ash at Eddie’s Attic! R&B it up with The Isley Brothers, Keith Sweat, Kid ‘N Play and Evelyn Champagne King at Lakewood Amphitheatre! Geek it up at My Parents’ Basement’s 2nd Anniversary Party, featuring games, food and a huge comics sale! Willy Jackson gets the blues at Fat Matt’s Rib Shack! Bluegrass it up with the Sweetwater Creek Bluegrass Band at Venkman’s! Madrid Express gets down at Northside Tavern! St. James Live! delivers their Tribute to the Legends night every Saturday night!

Sunday, August 13

Cowpunk it up with Alejandro Escovedo and Joe Ely at City Winery! Catch The Stacktone Slims at The Earl! Kool Kat Russ Marshalek walks with fire dishes out a night of re-imagined Twin Peaks vibes at the Red Light Café with a place both wonderful and strange! Gypsy Jazz ‘n’ Western Swing it up with Django Earnhardt at Venkman’s! It’s Second Sunday, which means free tickets to the High Museum from 12-5pm! TCM Big Screen Classics get criminal with their 50th Anniversary screening of Arthur Penn’s BONNIE AND CLYDE (1967) at theatres across Atlanta (2pm/7pm) [Hollywood Stadium 24 (Chamblee); AMC Barrett Commons 24 (Kennesaw); Avalon Stadium 12 (Alpharetta); Cinemark Tinseltown 17 (Fayetteville); Perimeter Pointe 10; Regal McDonough Stadium 16 (McDonough); AMC Southlake Pavilion 24 (Morrow); Georgian Stadium 14 (Newnan); AMC Sugarloaf Mills 18 (Lawrenceville); and AMC Avenue Forsyth (Cumming)]! Blues it up with Garrett Collins at Fat Matt’s Rib Shack! Motown on down to the Infinite Energy Arena for a night with Lionel Richie! Get your ‘90s alt rock fix with Counting Crows and Matchbox Twenty at Lakewood Amphitheatre! Make your way to Park Tavern for a night with Thomas Wynn & The Believers and Marshall Ruffin! Get sweet and low down blues-style at the Northside Tavern with Uncle Sugar!


Catch the Andy Warhol exhibit at the High Museum through Sept. 3!

Geek it up and get to bowlin’ at The Comet Pub & LanesComet Cosplay, getting nerdy the first Monday of every month!

Dad’s Garage’s Big Boozy Nerdy Game Night brings out the kid in you, every first Monday of the month at 7pm!

Union EAV rocks out with their Punk Rock Karaoke ATL, and every last Tuesday of the month!

Geek it up at My Parents’ Basement with their weekly Tuesday night Nerd Trivia at 8pm!

Nerd Film Mafia screenings at the Diesel Filling Station following NerdCore Trivia, every last Tuesday of the month!

The Plaza Theater Time-Warps it up as they screen, THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW (1975) every Friday night, featuring the live cast of Lips Down on Dixie at midnight!

Get your reggae fix with Rub-A-Dub gettin’ down at WildPitch Music Hall, every second Sunday of the month!

Every first and third Mondays are Big Band Nights at Café 290, featuring Joe Gransden and his amazing 16-piece orchestra playing jazz and swing standards in the tradition of The Glen Miller Orchestra and other legendary groups.  Second and fourth Mondays are Bumpin the Mango, ‘The groove that makes you want to move!’

Every first Wednesday is the Graveyard Tavern’s Graveyard Swing Night, featuring the swingin’ jazz and boogie-woogie sounds of the Savoy Kings!

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