This Week in ATLRetro, April 23-29, 2018

by Melanie Crew
Managing Editor

Come see all the retro-tastic events we’ve dug up for you This Week in ATLRetro!

Tuesday, April 24

Rock out with Hank Wood & The Hammerheads, Uniform and Hyena at The Earl! The Landmark Midtown Art Cinema continues their new Classics Series with a screening of Ingmar Bergman’s adaptation of Mozart’s THE MAGIC FLUTE (1975) at 7pm! Rock on down to the Masquerade for a night with Powerman 5000, Lullwater, Mammothor, Inviolate and HellBent! Get folksy with Dead Horses at Eddie’s Attic! Swing on by the Schwartz Center for a night with the Emory Big Band! Hadag Nahash dishes out a night of 90s Israeli hip hop at City Winery! Jam it up with Joe Gransden and his jazz jam session at Venkman’s every Tuesday! JT Speed gets down at Fat Matt’s Rib Shack! The Star Bar delivers a night of retro shenanigans with DJ Quasi Mandisco’s Little 5 Points 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, April 25

Celebrate thirty hellacious years with My Life With The Thrill Kill Kult at the Masquerade! The Earl dishes out a night of Texas Swing with Charley Crockett and Nikki Hill! It’s a night of moon fantasies and silent film at The Plaza Theater with a special screening of Milford ThomasCLAIRE (2001), with a live film score at 7pm. Or get campy and catch an encore screening of Mike NicholsBIRDCAGE (1996) presented by WUSSY MAG at The Plaza at 9pm! The rivalry continues during the COBRA KAI Premiere event featuring the first two episodes of the new YouTube Red series, along with a screening of John G. Avildsen’s THE KARATE KID (1984) at theatres across Atlanta at 7pm [AMC Barrett Commons 24 (Kennesaw); Hollywood Stadium 24 (Chamblee); Avalon Stadium 12 (Alpharetta); Cinemark Tinseltown 17 (Fayetteville); Perimeter Pointe 10; Regal McDonough Stadium 16 (McDonough); Georgian Stadium 14 (Newnan); AMC Sugarloaf Mills 18 (Lawrenceville); and AMC Southlake Pavilion 24 (Morrow)]! Rock on down to Center Stage for a night with Ministry, Chelsea Wolfe and The God Bombs! Spend the night with Dan Mangan and Stars at the Variety Playhouse! Get totally excellent and catch a screening of Penelope Spheeris’ comedy classic WAYNE’S WORLD (1992) during Northlake Festival Movie Tavern’s Flashback Cinema series at 2:30pm/7:30pm! Art Hollidays gets down at Fat Matt’s Rib Shack! Funk it up with the Mike Veal Band at Tin Roof Cantina! Get jazzy at the Red Light Café with The Gordon Vernick Quartet! Spend the night with Rock Hudson, James Dean and Elizabeth Taylor and catch a screening of George StevensGIANT (1956) at Studio Movie Grill (Alpharetta/Duluth) at 7:15pm! GKids Presents a Studio Ghibli Fest 2018 screening of Hiroyuki Morita’s THE CAT RETURNS (2002) at theatres across Atlanta at 7pm [AMC Barrett Commons 24 (Kennesaw); Hollywood Stadium 24 (Chamblee); Avalon Stadium 12 (Alpharetta); Cinemark Tinseltown 17 (Fayetteville); Perimeter Pointe 10; Regal McDonough Stadium 16 (McDonough); Georgian Stadium 14 (Newnan); AMC Sugarloaf Mills 18 (Lawrenceville); and AMC Southlake Pavilion 24 (Morrow)]! Get the rockin’ blues with The Cazanovas at Darwin’s Burgers & Blues! Or make your way to the Northside Tavern as Danny ‘Mudcat’ Dudeck fires it up a night of acoustic 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, April 26

Rock out to some punk, soul, metal, New Wave and more at The Highlander during Howiestein and Mister Wilson’s Over the Edge Record Party! Or disco on down to Noni’s for Electric Boogieland’s Studio 54 Dance Party! It’s a night of rockin’ folk at the Masquerade with Skinny Lister, The Muckers and Blood on the Harp! Get down with Sash the Bash, Dusty Booze & The Baby Haters and more at The Star Bar! Alt rock on down to Terminal West for a night with Superchunk and The Rock*A*Teens! Get your Latin jazz fix with The Atlanta Latin Jazz Orchestra at Venkman’s! Get rootsy with Animal Years at Smith’s Olde Bar! It’s Mai Tai Thursday at Trader Vic’s so hula on down for a night of rockin’ island tunes and killer island cocktails! The Northside Tavern gets rockin’ with a little Chicago/Delta blues of The Breeze Kings! 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, April 27

Garage rock it up during the Subsonic’s LP Release party with Paint Fumes and Bad Spell at The Earl! Sophie Fiennes’ dynamic documentary GRACE JONES: BLOODLIGHT AND BAMI (2017) opens at the Landmark Midtown Art Cinema (keep your eyes peeled for our Retro Review coming soon)! Groove on down to Park Tavern in Piedmont Park as Yacht Rock Revue performs Prince’s PURPLE RAIN! Make your way to Goblin City and catch a screening of Jim Henson’s LABYRINTH (1986) at theatres across Atlanta at 2pm/7pm [AMC Barrett Commons 24 (Kennesaw); Hollywood Stadium 24 (Chamblee); Avalon Stadium 12 (Alpharetta); Cinemark Tinseltown 17 (Fayetteville); Regal Atlantic Station Stadium 18; Perimeter Pointe 10; Regal McDonough Stadium 16 (McDonough); Regal Mall of Georgia 20 Plus Imax (Buford); and AMC Southlake Pavilion 24 (Morrow)]! Or catch a screening of Richard Donner’s THE GOONIES (1985) at Earl Smith Strand Theatre at 8pm! Get down with Dirty Red & The Soul Shakers at the Crimson Moon Café! Shimmy on over to the Elliott Street Pub for The Candybox Revue’s Underground Burlesque Show featuring Kool Kat Talloolah Love, Kool Kat Roula Roulette and more! Rock out with Tyler Bryant & The Shakedown at the Masquerade! Dita Von Teese gets sultry with The Copper Coupe at the Tabernacle! Funk it up with The Main Squeeze and Joe Hertler & the Rainbow Seekers at Terminal West! Stomp on down to the Variety Playhouse for a night with the Paul Thorn Band, The Blind Boys of Alabama and the McCrary Sisters! Rock out with Illegal Drugs, Model Zero, Death Panels and more at The Star Bar! Rudiger Suchsland’s documentary HITLER’S HOLLYWOOD (2018) examining “German Cinema in the Age of Propaganda: 1933-1945” opens at The Plaza Theater! The Georgia String Band Festival presents The Down Hill Strugglers at the Harris Arts Center in Calhoun! Get down with Swap Raw Deal at Fat Matt’s Rib Shack! Time-Warp it up 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, April 28

It’s that time of year again, folks! Rock on down to the Annual Inman Park Spring Festival, running through April 29, featuring 3 stages of live music, home tours, a street parade, an artist’s market and more! Rockin’ retro performances include Kitten Fontaine, Soldado, Rockit 88, The Swingin’ Saddle Cats, Sandra Hall & The Shadows, Bad Cat Daddy, Dusty Roads, Yon Rico Scott & Grant Green Jr., Velvet Caravan, the Moody Hollow Band, The Young & The Elder, The Band Be Easy and more! Or rock on down to the Atlanta Music Festival in Murphy Park, the only music festival to feature ATL musicians, featuring Kool Kat Rod Hamdallah, The Black Lips, Kool Kats Gringo Star, the Midnight Larks, Chelsea Shag and more! The Dixie Dregs rock out at Center Stage! Get gussied up in your best ‘40s to ‘60s vintage pin-up gear and make your way to Pin-Up Day at the Zoo! The Foo Fighters deliver their Concrete & Gold Tour at Georgia State Stadium! Or Salsa it up at the Rialto Center for the Arts for a night with Larry Harlow’s Latin Legends Band with special guest Oscar Hernandez! Get bookish and celebrate our pals Eagle Eye Books15th Anniversary on Independent Book Store Day with special sales and more! Haunt on down to Amsterdam Atlanta for Kool Kat VJ Anthony’s COFFIN CLASSICS: Goth Industrial Darkwave Music Video Night featuring Goth, dark 80s and more! Rev on down to The Highlander for a night with The Sideburners, TC Costello, Bottle of Smoke and Burrito Banditos! Blues rock it up at the Crimson Moon Café with Delta Moon! The Whores dish out a night of hellacious rock ‘n’ roll at The Earl with Bummer, the Vincas and NAARC! Get rootsy and funk it up with Beauregard & The Downright, Bird City Revolutionaries and The Ellemeno Beat at The Star Bar! Or Prog Rock it up with Todd Rundgren’s Utopia at the Tabernacle! The Darkness glams it up with Diarrhea Planet at Terminal West! Gypsy jazz it up with Mayhayley’s Grave at the Tin Roof Cantina! Get down with the Dirty Guv’nahs at the Variety Playhouse! Departure pays tribute to Journey at Earl Smith Strand Theatre! The Vipers get down at Fat Matt’s Rib Shack! St. James Live! delivers their Tribute to the Legends night every Saturday night! And as always, DJ Romeo Cologne and DJ Kwasi Mandisco transforms the sensationally seedy Clermont Lounge into a ’70s disco/funk inferno late into the wee hours of the night.

Sunday, April 29

Swing on by day 2 of the Annual Inman Park Spring Festival featuring rockin’ performances by Rodeo Twister, the Squirrelheads, Delta Moon, Mingo Fishtrap, the Rockaholics, Eddie Tigner, Tray Dahl & The Jugtime Rag Band, Kool Kat Ruby Velle & The Soulphonics and more! Get bizarre with The Residents at the Variety Playhouse! Make your way to My Parents’ Basement for April’s Bizarre Bazaar from 12-6pm! Decatur Estates & Wayback Antiques brings you their 4th Annual Rides & Rescues for Lifeline Adoption event featuring music, food and more! The Earl delivers a night of dusty desert garage rock featuring Kool Kat Rod Hamdallah and Imarhan! The Used rock out at the Buckhead Theatre! Folk rock it up with Grayson Capps and Mutlu at Eddie’s Attic! Get down with The Devon Allman Project featuring Duane Betts at the Masquerade! Jazz it up with Deb Bowman & The Big Love Band at Venkman’s! Get sweet and low down blues-style at the Northside Tavern with Uncle Sugar with Eddie Tigner! And get the rockin’ blues with Fatback Deluxe at Fat Matt’s Rib Shack!


Emory Arts presents their exhibition The Dream Machine: The Beat Generation & the Counterculture, 1940-1975 in the Schatten Gallery, through May 15!

Get really retro at the Georgia Renaissance Festival, jousting through June 4!

My Parents’ Basement goes old-school with their monthly Pinball Tournament, every firsts Wednesday of the month!

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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