This Week in ATLRetro, Oct. 2-8, 2017

by Melanie Crew
Managing Editor

Come see what’s shakin’ in ATLRetro This Week!

Tuesday, October 3

Monster rock it up with Rob Zombie at the Coca-Cola Roxy! Or get your garage rock fix with Reigning Sound and Tiger! Tiger! at The Earl! It’s a night of neo-psychedelia occult shenanigans at The Drunken Unicorn with MOON DUO and Birds of Avalon! The Plaza Theater gets hell-bent and screens Lucio Fulci’s THE BEYOND (1981), through Oct. 4! Spend the night with The Dude at the Northlake Festival Movie Tavern’s screening of the Coen BrothersTHE BIG LEBOWSKI (1998) during their 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 DJ Quasi Mandisco’s 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, October 4

Eliminate Replicants at theatres across Atlanta with a screening of Ridley Scott’s BLADE RUNNER: THE FINAL CUT (1982) at 7pm (AMC Phipps Plaza 14; AMC Dine-In North Point Mall 12 (Alpharetta); AMC Barrett Commons 24 (Kennesaw); AMC Sugarloaf Mills 18 (Lawrenceville); and AMC Southlake Pavilion 24 (Morrow))! The Vibrators invade The Star Bar with a fury for all you rockin’ miscreants, with Rockett 77 and Bad Spell! Or surf on down to The Basement for a rip roarin’ night with Daikaiju, The Mystery Men? (with Kool Kat Chad Shivers), The Pinx (Kool Kat Adam McIntyre) and Zruda! Get your spooky geek on at Battle & Brew’s Halloween Geek Trivia sponsored by the Center for Puppetry ArtsGhastly Dreadfuls! Celebrate this bloody season with a screening of John Carpenter’s HALLOWEEN (1978) at The Plaza Theater, through Oct. 5! Spend the night with The Dude at the Northlake Festival Movie Tavern’s encore screening of the Coen BrothersTHE BIG LEBOWSKI (1998) during their Retro Cinema series at 7:30pm! Emory Cinematheque continues their Resist Fascism Series with a screening of Orson WellesTHE STRANGER (1946) at 7:30pm! Or get your classic Western fix with a screening of John Huston’s THE TREASURE OF THE SIERRA MADRE (1948) at Studio Movie Grill (Alpharetta/Duluth) at 7:15pm! Swing on by the Graveyard Tavern for their Graveyard Swing Night, featuring the swingin’ jazz and boogie-woogie sounds of the Savoy Kings! Get jazzy at the Red Light Café with The Gordon Vernick Quartet! 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, October 5

Kool Kat Hot Rod Walt gets acoustic and rocks out at Porterdale Bar & Grill! Satan’s canine minion is man’s best friend, so join in on the fun as CINEPROV riff’s Curtis Harrington’s DEVIL DOG: THE HOUND OF HELL (1978) at The Plaza Theater at 7:00pm! Film Love and Kool Kat Andy Ditzler presents The American Music Show #2: Early Years at Whitespace Gallery! You won’t want to miss the hootenanny that is Hog Heaven: A Magical Tribute to Hee Haw at Smith’s Olde Bar, featuring Cherokee Ragtime Pals, The Waymore’s, Kenneth Johnson & Friends, Rodeo Twister, Atomic Boogie, Andrea Colburn & Mud Moseley, and more! Rock out with the Hard Working Americans at the Variety Playhouse! Haunt on down to The Highlander for Something Wicked This Way Comes III, a multi-media art show! It’s Mai Tai Thursday, so hula on down to Trader Vic’s for some cool island tunes and a couple cocktails! 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, October 6

Get your bloody fill of John Carpenter at The Plaza Theater with screenings of THE THING (1982) and VAMPIRES (1998), through Oct. 8 (this week)! Get your kaiju fix during Kennesaw Friday Night Frights – Japanese Monster Night, featuring a monstrous double-feature of Jun Fukuda’s GODZILLA VS. MEGALON (1973) and Noriaki Yuasa’s GAMMERA THE INVINCIBLE (1966) at 7:30pm, hosted by Carnival of Doom! Make your way to the annual AfroFuturism Festival, celebrating black sci-fi, fantasy and horror, through Oct. 7, at Atlanta Technical College’s Dennard Center and GSU’s Cinefest, hosted by Urban Mediamakers! Get to the root of it all reggae style with The Wailers at Center Stage! Rock out with the Georgia Players Guild as they pay tribute to Chicago and Boston at The Earl Smith Strand Theatre! Make your way to The Vista Room for a night with Geoff Achison & The Souldiggers! Funk it up with Freekbass at Venkman’s! Get freaky at the High Museum’s First Friday, featuring performances by Serenbe Playhouse, “Thriller” dance lessons, caramel apples and more! Rock out with The Muckers at the Masquerade! The Fox Theatre gets sludgy and rocks out with Mastadon! Spend the night with Kevin Smith at Center Stage! Electric Avenue performs Duran Duran’s Greatest Hits and other ‘80s tunes at Smith’s Olde Bar! Catch a screening of BATMAN: MASK OF THE PHANTASM (1993) at SCADShow at 7pm! 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, October 7

Project Pabst 2017 rocks out with Iggy Pop, Dinosaur Jr., The Coathangers, Kool Kat Ruby Velle & The Soulphonics, Gentleman Jesse & His Men, The Difference Machine, The Powder Room, RMBLR, A Drug Called Tradition and more! It’s a Chicken Picken’ Brunch with Dusty Roads at Venkman’s! Skank on down to City Winery for a night with Kool Kat Rev. Andy Hawley and Southern Ska Syndicate! Kick off the Halloween season with a Ghastly Gathering at Center for Puppetry Arts! Spend the night with Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band at the Infinite Energy Center! ATL Collective relives Portishead’s DUMMY at Venkman’s! Skate on down to Piedmont Park for the Atlanta Roller Girls: Running of the Bulls event! Electric Avenue performs Tears for Fears’ Greatest Hits and other ‘80s tunes at Smith’s Olde Bar! Get gussied up and make your way to the Fernbank Museum’s Time After Timeless Gala After Party! St. James Live! delivers their Tribute to the Legends night every Saturday night!

Sunday, October 8

Geek it up at the Atlanta Comic Convention 2017, at the Atlanta Marriott Century Center, from 11am – 5pm, hosted by Atlanta Comic News! Catch a screening of HAROLD LLOYD’S SAFETY LAST (1923) at The Earl Smith Strand Theatre at 3pm! Get your rockin’ art fix at the Little Five Arts Alive: Artist and Maker Market, featuring Kool Kat Amber Taylor of The Sexual Side Effects, and so much more! Rock out with Wilco at the Fox Theatre! Get sweet and low down blues-style at the Northside Tavern with Uncle Sugar!


Get intergalactic with Wicket: The Musical at Dad’s Garage Theatre Company, geeking it up through Oct. 7! (LAST CHANCE!)

Haunt on down to Norcross for Netherworld Haunted House’s horrorific 21st season, gorrifying through Nov. 1!

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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