This Week in ATLRetro, July 16-22, 2018

by Melanie Crew
Managing Editor

Get sizzlin’ in ATLRetro This Week! Come see what we’ve dug up just for you!

Monday, July 16

Never say die and catch a screening of Richard Donner’s THE GOONIES (1985) at City Winery at 6:30pm! Raise a psychedelic ruckus with Spendrift, Jesika von Rabbit, Sash the Bash and Where.Are.We at The Earl! Geek it up with Pirate Bob during My Parents’ Basement’s Drink & Draw event! 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! Get the blues with Clark Ashton at Blind Willies! The Plaza Theater screens Samuel D. Pollard’s documentary, MAYNARD (2017) about the life and times of the first black mayor of Atlanta at 7:30pm, through July 18! Boogie on down to the Northside Tavern and spend an evening with Lola at her famous Monday Night Northside Jam! And get the blues with Larry Griffith at Fat Matt’s Rib Shack!

Tuesday, July 17

The Landmark Midtown Art Cinema continues their Film in Films Classics Series with a screening of Federico Fellini’s 8 ½ (1963) at 7pm, which includes a pre-show intro and post-show Q&A session! Rock on down to The Earl for a night with Kool Kat Rod Hamdallah, Go Fever and Black Cat Rising! Americana it up with Anna & Elizabeth at City Winery! Spend the night with Pony Bradshaw, Michelle Malone & The Hot Toddies and The John Driskell Hopkins Band at Eddie’s Attic! Dogs of Verona rock out at Smith’s Olde Bar! Get experimental with Animal Collective and Lonnie Holley at Atlanta Symphony Hall! Get the rockin’ blues with the Chris Duarte Band at Darwin’s Burgers & Blues! Nick Johnson fires it up Blind Willies! 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 Little 5 Points Dance Party featuring retro-soul, funk, ‘80s, ‘90s and more! JT Speed gets down at Fat Matt’s Rib Shack! And as always, groove on down with Swami Gone Bananas at the Northside Tavern!

Wednesday, July 18

Get post-punk and new-wavy with the Violent Femmes and Echo & The Bunnymen at Chastain Park! The Memphis Murder Men, a.k.a. the bastard child of ‘50s rock ‘n’ roll, rock out with We Want Blood and The Casket Kids at The Star Bar! It’s a night of Japanese animation with screenings of Hayao Miyazaki’s PRINCESS MONONOKE (1997) and Kazuki Akane’s ESCAFLOWNE: THE MOVIE (2000) at Noni’s Bar & Deli during their Cinema Paradiso film event starting at 10pm! TCM Classics presents a 3oth Anniversaryscreening of Penny Marshall’s BIG (1988) at theatres across Atlanta at 2pm/7pm [Studio Movie Grill (Alpharetta/Duluth/Marietta); AMC Barrett Commons 24 (Kennesaw); Regal Atlantic Station Stadium 18; 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); AMC Southlake Pavilion 24 (Morrow); and AMC Avenue Forsyth (Cumming)]! Get some soul with Miki Howard at City Winery! Spend the night with Dylan Carlson at The Earl! 529 rocks out with the Irrelevant Music Fest, a rockin’ three-day event with one helluva lineup tonight, including Microwave, Fever Blush, Chick Wallace, Jay Americana, King of Summer and more! Got the need for speed? Well then, make your way to the Northlake Festival Movie Tavern’s Flashback Cinema series screening of Tony Scott’s TOP GUN (1986) at 2:30pm/7:30pm! Studio Movie Grill (Alpharetta/Duluth) presents a screening of Mel Brooks’ hilarious classic BLAZING SADDLES (1974) at 7:15pm! Blind Willie’s gets rockin’ with a little Chicago/Delta blues of The Breeze Kings! 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! 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, July 19

Videodrome and The Plaza Theater get bizarre and undead with their Plazadrome Cult Film Series screening of Thom Eberhardt’s NIGHT OF THE COMET (1984) at 9:30pm! Bossa nova on down to Center Stage for a night with La Santa Cecilia! Get folksy with Michael Zaib at City Winery! Or folk rock on down to Eddie’s Attic for a night with Angie Aparo and Katie Ruvane! Or rock on down to the Masquerade for a night with The Get Up Kids, Racquet Club and Ageist! The BadAsh AllStar Team pays tribute to R.E.M. at the Red Light Café! Kool Kat Rich Desantis and The Street Fighting Band pay tribute to The Rolling Stones at Venkman’s! You won’t want to miss Dang Dang Dang’s CD Release Show featuring Roadkill Debutante and Ricer at The Earl! Stomp on down to The Star Bar for a night with Wonky Tonk! Rock on down to 529 for night two of the Irrelevant Music Fest featuring Material Girls, Arbor Lane Union and more! Get horrorifically intergalactic as the Mable House Barnes Amphitheatre presents THE LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS through July 20! Jazz it up with Rahsaan Patterson at Suite Food Lounge! Make your way to the Aurora Theatre in Lawrence for their presentation of Disney’s NEWSIES, through Sept. 2! Cody Matlock & the Mothership get down at Darwin’s Burgers & Blues! It’s Mai Tai Thursday at Trader Vic’s so hula on down for a night of rockin’ island tunes and killer island cocktails! Make your way to Blind Willie’s for a night with George Hughley & The Shadows! 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, July 20

Get some rockin’ cheap thrills with The Fabulous Thrillbillies, Sash the Bash and The Crush at The Star Bar! The Plaza Theater kicks off their screenings of Stephen Nomura Schible’s documentary portrait of the artist and the man, RYUCHI SAKAMOTO: CODA (2017)! Reggae it up with Fred McGregor at Center Stage! Get jazzy with Marcus Johnson and Kathy Kosins at City Winery! Get your transvestite Viking rock fix with Kool Kat Shane Morton with Valkyrie and Metal McDonald at The Earl! Or folk rock on down to Eddie’s Attic for a night with Angie Aparo, Molly Elizabeth, Nathan Angelo and Bryce Merritt! Joe Gransden and his amazing 16-piece orchestra plays jazz and swing standards in the tradition of The Glen Miller Orchestra at the High Museum! Dead Affect pays tribute to the Grateful Dead at Smith’s Olde Bar! Spend the night with Shannon & The Clams and Paint Fumes at Terminal West! Get the devil blues with Rusty Cage at Vinyl! Rock on down to 529 for night three of the Irrelevant Music Fest featuring the Pylon Reenactment Society, YUKONS and more! Blues it up at Avondale Towne Cinema with Danny ‘Mudcat’ Dudeck’s Piedmont Report Live, featuring one hoppin’ lineup with Bill Sheffield, Joey Hoegger, Stoney Brooks, David Bartlett, Ross Pead, Georgia Slim, Skye Paige, The Blues Dude, Shelton Powe, Nate Nelson and Mudcat’s Piedmont Playboys! Funk it up with the Wasted Potential Brass Band at the Northside Tavern! Or get the blues with the Johnny Burgin Band at Darwin’s Burgers & Blues! Or get some old-school soul with Herman Hitson at Fat Matt’s Rib Shack! Sandra Hall & The Shadows get down at Blind Willie’s! 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, July 21

Go-Go Godzilla on down to the Variety Playhouse for a night with Blue Oyster Cult! The Historic Oakland Cemetery gets macabre with Death Café Atlanta where the topic of the day is death while with a side of tea, coffee and tasty cakes, followed by their Malts & Vaults event! Madam Company pays tribute to Bad Company at Avondale Towne Cinema! Get rocked with The Rock*A*Teens and FLAP at The Earl! Indie it up with Kool Kat VJ Anthony during his ‘90s Alternative Music Video Dance Party at Amsterdam Atlanta! Get folksy and polka it up with Eliot Bronson at the Art Farm/Serenbe! Tribute pays tribute to the Allman Brothers Band at City Winery! Get countrified with Jonathan Byrd & the Pickup Cowboys at the Crimson Moon Café! Punk out with The Aggravated, Sceptic?, Rotten Stitches and Eliminate Earth at The Highlander! Rock out with The Fantastic Negrito with Hank & Cupcakes at the Masquerade! Sadie Hawkins presents her Last Pasties Standing burlesque game show at the Red Light Café! Rock out with the Young Antiques, Virginia Plane and Parsons Rocket Project at The Star Bar! Yesterday Calling rocks out to the tune of ‘60s, ‘70s, ‘80s and more at Kavarna! Get to the root of it all at Darwin’s Burgers & Blues with the Josh Garrett Band! Rudy Currence dishes out a night of old-school soul at Eddie’s Attic! Ellis Paul folks it up at the Red Clay Theatre! Or get the blues with the Johnny Burgin Band  at Fat Matt’s Rib Shack! Albert White and Robert Eskew get the old-school blues at the Northside Tavern! Selwyn Birchwood dishes out the blues at Blind Willie’s! 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, July 22

Get nostalgic and pop on down to Chastain Park for a night with Culture Club, The B-52s and The Thompson TwinsTom Bailey! Get your masked crusader fix at the Northlake Festival Movie Tavern’s Flashback Cinema series screening of Tim Burton’s BATMAN (1989) at 2:30pm/7:30pm! Get doomed at The Earl with Witch Mountain, Order of the Owl and JohnDenver DeathPlane! Sixties it up and celebrate 25 years of David M. EvansTHE SANDLOT (1993) at theatres across Atlanta at 1pm/4pm [AMC Barrett Commons 24 (Kennesaw); Studio Movie Grill (Alpharetta); Regal Atlantic Station Stadium 18; Hollywood Stadium 24 (Chamblee); Avalon Stadium 12 (Alpharetta); Georgian Stadium 14 (Newnan); and AMC Sugarloaf Mills 18 (Lawrenceville)]! GKIDS presents Studio Ghibli Fest 2018 screening of Hayao Miyazaki’s PRINCESS MONONOKE (1997) at theatres across Atlanta at 12:55pm [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 down with Angie Stone at City Winery! Spend the night with the Ruen Brothers and Ray Scott at Eddie’s Attic! New wave it up with The New Division, Nite, Dream Culture and HFF at Smith’s Olde Bar! Time travel on down to the Red Light Café for The Fandom Nerdlesque’s Sexcellent Adventure! Swing on by The Vista Room for Joe Gransden’s Big Band Sunday Dance Party! Get funky with Risky Biscuit at Tin Roof Cantina! 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!

Ongoing

The Aurora Theatre in Lawrence presents Disney’s NEWSIES, through Sept. 2!

ATL CRAFT presents a magical occult Movie Night every second Friday of every month!

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!

If you have a suggestion for a future event that should be included in This Week in Retro Atlanta or see something we missed, please email us at atlretro@gmail.com.

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