This Week in ATLRetro, October 9-15, 2017

by Melanie Crew
Managing Editor

Become one with the creatures of the night kiddies! Rock out and come see what spooktacular shenanigans we’ve dug up just for you This Week in ATLRetro!

Monday, October 9

Get funky and acid jazz it up with Incognito at City Winery! Regal Atlantic Station Stadium 18 dishes out a deadly double feature with screenings of David Cronenberg’s THE DEAD ZONE (1983) and Mary Lambert’s PET SEMATARY (1989) at 7pm! Head on down to The Earl for a night with Book Club, An English Place and Ben Trickey! Get your bloody fill of John Carpenter at The Plaza Theater with screenings of THE THING (1982), through Oct. 11! Rock out with Breaking Benjamin at the Buckhead Theatre! Smith’s Olde Bar dishes out a rock ‘n’ roll cabaret with Electric Glitterland! Grab the kiddies and spook down to the Atlanta History Center for their Magic Monday: Historic Halloween event! Get funky and groove on down to Café 290 every second and fourth Monday of the month for a taste of Bumpin the Mango, ‘The groove that makes you want to move!” 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 night with Larry Griffith!

Tuesday, October 10

Monster mash it up at Regal Atlantic Station Stadium 18’s screenings of Fred Dekker’s classic, THE MONSTER SQUAD (1987) at 7pm/10pm! Or get sinister and shake it up with Kool Kat Katherine Lashe and her burly-Q gals of Syrens of the South during their Tease Tuesday Burlesque: Boolesque Spooktacular event, shakin’ it up at the Red Light Café! Get fangy and catch a screening of John Carpenter’s VAMPIRES (1998) at The Plaza Theater (and Oct. 12)! Bluegrass it up with Andrew Vickery & Friends and The Dryes Avondale Towne Cinema! Funk it up with an encore of Incognito at City Winery! Rock out with Black Guayaba at Smith’s Olde Bar! JT Speed gets down at Fat Matt’s Rib Shack! 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 11

Get bizarre with Video Video Nasty and The Atlanta Film Society as they bring you The Eyeslicer Roadshow in Smell-O-Vision at The Plaza Theater! Get the Desert Blues with Songhoy Blues at City Winery! Get industrial German-style with KMFDM at the Masquerade! It’s a night of good ‘ole American rock ‘n’ roll with Folk Family Revival, Watching for Foxes, and Taylor Chaffin at Smith’s Olde Bar! Or rock on down to The Star Bar for a night with Five Eight, The Pauses and the World is Watching! Catch a screening of Tim Burton’s BEETLEJUICE (1988) at the Happy Tabby Cat Café at 7pm! Get your Gothic folksy rock fix with Chelsea Wolfe at Aisle 5! Get chilled to the bone with The Ghastly Dreadfuls at Center For Puppetry Arts, spooking through Oct. 28! Emory Cinematheque continues their Resist Fascism Series with a screening of Frank Beyer’s NAKED AMONG WOLVES (1963) at 7:30pm! Or get your classic Western fix with a screening of Sam Peckinpah’s THE WILD BUNCH (1969) at Studio Movie Grill (Alpharetta/Duluth) at 7:15pm! Get the blues with Michael Preston at Fat Matt’s Rib Shack! 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 12

Honkytonk on down to The Earl for a night with Banditos, Midnight Larks and Andrea Colburn & Mud Moseley! Or get down with The Woolly Bushmen and Kool Kat Rod Hamdallah at The Star Bar! Get sinister with a screening of Lamberto Bava’s DEMONS (1985) at The Plaza Theater! Dance with the dead and Party With the Past at the Historic Oakland Cemetery!  Make your way to City Winery for The Jerry Douglas Band! 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 13

It’s Friday the 13th Kool Kiddies! So boogie down in ATLRetro and see what sinister goodies we’ve found for you! Get spooked ’80s-style during the Diesel Filling Station’s Stranger Than The 80s Pub Crawl! Or get horrorfied during the 7th Annual HorrorQuest Film Festival, killing it through Oct. 15 at GSU’s Cinefest (100% free)! Or make your way to Stone Mountain Park for their Tour of Southern Ghosts! Get your old-school monster fix during Kennesaw Friday Night Frights – The Undead Night, featuring a monstrous double-feature of George A. Romero’s NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD (1968) and Joseph Green’s THE BRAIN THAT WOULDN’T DIE (1962) at 7:30pm, hosted by Carnival of Doom! Let 1UP Comedy tickle your funny bone with THE ROAST OF STRANGER THINGS at The Highland Inn & Ballroom Lounge! Get freaky with Kool Kat Shane Morton, ghost host with the most, a.k.a. Professor Morte, and the Ghoul Ghoul gals during the Silver Scream Spook Show’s screening of Brad Grinter’s BLOOD FREAKS (1972), presented by the Y’allywood Film Festival at 7 Stages at 9pm! Time-Warp it up at theatres across Atlanta with screenings of Jim Sharman’s THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW (1975) at 10pm [AMC Classic North Dekalb 16; AMC Classic Snellville 12; AMC Sugarloaf Mills 18 (Lawrenceville); and AMC Classic Mansell Crossing 14 (Alpharetta)]!

The Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, descends upon Atlanta at the Fox Theatre! Rock out with the Legendary Shack Shakers, Bloodshot Bill and Andrea Colburn & Mud Moseley at The Star Bar! Gypsy jazz it up with Kool Kat Amy Pike and The Bonaventure Quartet at Eddie’s Attic! Spend the evening with twang-y crooner Chris Isaak at Atlanta Symphony Hall! New Wave it up with Yacht Rock Revue as they perform Talking Heads’ STOP MAKING SENSE at Venkman’s! Raise a ruckus at Avondale Towne Cinema with The Skylarks, The Todd Prusin Experience and Bad Friend! Get countrified at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center with Travis Tritt! It’s a night of Strange Science and rock ‘n’ roll with Dangfly! at Fernbank’s After Dark event! Space rock on down to The Highlander for a night with Yawning Man, We Are the Asteroid, The Buzzards of Fuzz and Gnomonaut! Get the blues with Bill Sheffield at Northside Tavern! Spend the night with The Growlers at the Variety Playhouse! Raise a ruckus with Thunder Gyspy at Fat Matt’s Rib Shack! Catch a screening of Joe Pytka’s SPACE JAM (1996) 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 14

Start your day old-school style with Y’allywood Film Festival’s free 16mm Saturday Morning Madness at 7 Stages! Rock out with the Legendary Shack Shakers, Bloodshot Bill and Andrea Colburn & Mud Moseley for a second time at The Star Bar! Make your way to Oakhurst Porchfest featuring a helluva lot of rockin’ retro tunes across the neighborhood, from 12-7pm!  Get your classic country fix with Willie Nelson & Family at Chastain Park! Kool Kat Chad Shivers presents his Southern Surf Stomp featuring the Indicators, Nuclear Juarez, and Kool Kat Jeffrey Butzer at Kavarna! Glam it up at the Little Vinyl Lounge (The Star Bar) during the Cult Candy Exploding Plastic Inevitable with Black Cat Rising and more! Shimmy down with Kool Kat Kitty Love’s Cheeky Belles Burlesque: Glamour Goddess Revue at Tighten Up Rehearsal Studios! Rock on down and rev it up with The Sideburners, the Screamin’ Demons and The Breaks at The Highlander! Boogie down ‘80s-style with Kool Kat VJ Anthony during his 80s New Wave Music Video Dance Party: Atlanta Pride 2017 at Amsterdam Atlanta! Rock out and funk it up during the AFROPUNK FEST 2017 featuring Flatbush Zombies, Blood Plums, Adia Victoria, Lonely Horse, Zuluzuluu, The TXLIPS and more, through Oct. 15! Time-Warp it up at theatres across Atlanta with screenings of Jim Sharman’s THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW (1975) at 10pm [AMC Classic North Dekalb 16; AMC Classic Snellville 12; AMC Sugarloaf Mills 18 (Lawrenceville); and AMC Classic Mansell Crossing 14 (Alpharetta)]! Avondale Towne Cinema dishes out an Allman Brothers Jam! Rock out with Craig Finn & The Uptown Controllers at City Winery! Bluegrass it up with Sierra Hull at Eddie’s Attic! The Northside Tavern dishes out a blues rockin’ time with Lola and Eddie Tigner! Folk it up with The Heartstring Hunters at the Red Light Café! Make your way to Smith’s Olde Bar for a rockin’ night with the Ballbreakers, Streetfighting Band and The Vinyl Sun! Rock out with The Wild Hares at Fat Matt’s Rib Shack! Make your way to the Record-CD Fundraiser Sale and add that missing album to your collection for a good cause! Celebrate the season and make your way to the Fall Festival on Ponce 2017, featuring live music, an artists’ market, tasty food and more! St. James Live! delivers their Tribute to the Legends night every Saturday night!

Sunday, October 15

Truck on down to 7 Stages for Y’allywood Film Festival’s free screening of Hal Needham’s SMOKEY AND THE BANDIT (1977) at 4:30pm! Get chilled and really retro with the walking dead at The Plaza Theater’s


screening of Victor Halperin’s WHITE ZOMBIE (1932)! Get your Dread Pirate Roberts fix with a screening of Rob Reiner’s classic, THE PRINCESS BRIDE (1987) at theatres across Atlanta at 2pm/7pm [AMC Barrett Commons 24 (Kennesaw); AMC Southlake Pavilion 24 (Morrow); Hollywood Stadium 24 (Chamblee); Avalon Stadium 12 (Alpharetta); Cinemark Tinseltown 17 (Fayetteville); Perimeter Pointe 10; Regal McDonough Stadium 16 (McDonough); Georgian Stadium 14 (Newnan); Studio Movie Grill (Alpharetta/Duluth); Atlantic Station; Regal Atlantic Station Stadium 18; and AMC Avenue Forsyth (Cumming)]! Nineties it up with 10,000 Maniacs at City Winery! Danny ‘Mudcat’ Dudeck & The Atlanta Horns boogie down with Beverly “Guitar” Watkins at Eddie’s Attic! Rock out with Band X at Johnny’s Hideaway! Get your gyspy western swing fix with Django Earnhardt at Venkman’s! Catch Pete Yorn at Vinyl! Blues it up with Fat Back Deluxe at Fat Matt’s Rib Shack! Get sweet and low down blues-style at the Northside Tavern with Uncle Sugar with Eddie Tigner!


Get chilled to the bone with The Ghastly Dreadfuls at Center For Puppetry Arts, spooking through Oct. 28!

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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