This Week in ATLRetro, November 5-11, 2018

by Melanie Crew
Managing Editor

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

Monday, November 5

Rock on down to The Earl for a night with the Smoking Popes, The Pink Spiders and Amuse! Goth it up with The Birthday Massacre, Julien-K and Ghost Fader at the Variety Playhouse! The Plaza Theatre giallos it up with screenings of Dario Argento’s THE BIRD WITH THE CRYSTAL PLUMAGE (1970) through Nov. 7!  Groove on down to City Winery for a night with Bumpin the Mango! Landmark Midtown Art Cinema screens James Crump’s documentary ANTONIO LOPEZ 1970: SEX, FASHION & DISCO (2018), through Nov. 8! Get revved and tune into Kool Kat Rev. Andy Hawley’s Psychobilly Freakout Radio broadcasting on Garage 71 at 8pm! Blues it up with Bill Sheffield at Blind Willie’s! Get your vinyl fix during Little 5 Points Corner Tavern’s Records of Mass Destruction event every Monday! 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! 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, November 6

Videodrome and The Plaza Theater head into the shadows with a NOIRVEMBER screening of Stanley Kubrick’s THE KILLING (1956) at 7pm! And stick around for a bloody fantastic time with a screening of Dario Argento’s SUSPIRIA (1977), through Nov. 8! The Landmark Midtown Art Cinema continues their new Classics Series with a screening of Steven Spielberg’s INDIANA JONES AND THE TEMPLE OF DOOM (1984) at 7pm! Make your way to 529 for a night with Kool Kat Jeffrey Butzer, Myke Johns and Ben Trickey! Get jazzy at Center Stage with Allen Sloan and Nick Waterhouse! Or get heavy and rock out at The Earl with King Buffalo, Dead Now and the Mathis Hunter Band! 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! Blues it up with the Crosstown Allstars at Fat Matt’s Rib Shack! Ramble on down to Blind Willie’s for a night with the Redstone Ramblers! And as always, groove on down with Swami Gone Bananas at the Northside Tavern!

Wednesday, November 7

Emory Cinematheque kills it with their “Hitchcock/Hitchcockian” series with a screening of Alfred Hitchcock’s NORTH BY NORTHWEST (1959) at 7:30pm! Or get intergalactic at the Northlake Festival Movie Tavern’s Flashback Cinema series screening of Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY (1968) at 2:30pm/7:30pm, or catch a screening at The Springs Cinema & Taphouse at 6:40pm! Boogie down with Billy F. Gibbons and Benton Blount at the Variety Playhouse! Honky-tonk on down to The Earl for Lee Bains III & The Glory Fires, Hunger Anthem and Reconciler! Folk it up with the Fruit Bats and Vetiver at Eddie’s Attic! Sludge on down to Heaven at the Masquerade for a rockin’ night with High on Fire, Municipal Waste, Toxic Holocaust and Haunt! Get freaky and make your way to Smith’s Olde Bar for a night with the Hellzapoppin Circus Sideshow Revue! Funk it up with the Mike Veal Band at Tin Roof Cantina! Spend the night with Robyn Hitchcock (Soft Boys) and Max Putnam at City Winery! Catch a screening of Robert ZemeckisFORREST GUMP (1994) at Cobb CineBistro at 7pm! It’s a night of Honky-Tonk Karaoke with Andrea Colburn & Mud Moseley at The Star Bar! Make your way to the Studio Movie Grill’s (Alpharetta/Duluth/Marietta) screening of Tim Burton’s BATMAN (1989) at 7:15pm! Get jazzy at the Red Light Café with The Gordon Vernick Quartet! Fat Matt’s Rib Shack gets down with Frankie’s Blues Mission! The Cazanovas host a Blues Jam at Blind Willie’s! Or make your way to the Northside Tavern for a rockin’ night of blues with the Tyler Neal Band! 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, November 8

Honky-tonk on down to the Clermont Lounge for a night with Kool Kat Spike Fullerton and Ghost Riders Car Club! Or spend the night with Brian Wilson at the Fox Theatre! Celebrate 20 years of The Dude with a screening of the Coen BrothersTHE BIG LEBOWSKI (1998) at The Plaza Theater at 7pm! Get your Americana fix with Will Hoge and Ryan Culwell at City Winery! Or spend the night with Darden Smith at Eddie’s Attic! Rock out at The Highlander with DJ Howiestein and Mister Wilson’s Over the Edge Record Party! Stomp on down to Smith’s Olde Bar for a night with Jerry Joseph & The Jackmormons and Danny Hutchins! Folk it up with Davin McCoy at Solis Two Porsche Drive! Spend the night with Robert Earl Keen and Adam Wright at the Variety Playhouse! It’s Mai Tai Thursday at Trader Vic’s so hula on down for a night of rockin’ island tunes with Coast Guard and some killer island cocktails! The Northside Tavern gets rockin’ with a little Chicago/Delta blues of The Breeze Kings! Make your way to Blind Willie’s for a night with Frankie’s Blues Mission! 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, November 9

New wave it up with The Swimming Pool Q’s at The Vista Room! Get rocked at the Drunken Unicorn with Bad Spell, Twisty Cats, The Minks and Black Cat Rising! Hot Licks & Rhetoric pay tribute to Steely Dan at Jimmy’s Tequila & Carnes! Peter Bogdanovich’s documentary THE GREAT BUSTER: A CELEBRATION (2018) opens at Landmark Midtown Art Cinema! The Los Lonely Boys roots rock it up at City Winery! Spend the night with Adrian Legg at the Crimson Moon Café! Get down with Patrick Davis & His Midnight Choir at Eddie’s Attic! Or get country-westerned with The Vaudevillains at the Red Light Café! Jam it up at Smith’s Olde Bar with the Affected Phamily Band! The Gordon Vernick Quartet jazz it up at Solis Two Porsche Drive! Slightly Stoopid get psychedelic at the Tabernacle! Get rocked ‘60s/’70s-style with The Rainmen and Penny Western at Tin Roof Cantina! Get folksy with River Whyless and Takenobu at Vinyl! Jazz it up at Park Tavern with YOU’VE GOT A FRIEND, a musical cabaret featuring Lynn Loosier! The Theatre Project presents SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN at the Mable House Barnes Amphitheatre, through Nov. 11! Get grindin’ with Courtney Daly at Fat Matt’s Rib Shack! Funk it up with the Mike Veal Band at Wild Wing Café in Dunwoody! Debbie Bond gets the blues at the Northside Tavern! Blind Willie’s gets down with Selwyn Birchwood! 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, November 10

Landmark Midtown Art Cinema celebrates Buster Keaton with double-bill matinee screenings of his SHERLOCK JR (1924) and SEVEN CHANCES (1925) at 11am! Explore death in the avant garde tradition of the European salon and café philos at Death Café #50 at the Historic Oakland Cemetery at 3pm! Gypsy jazz it up with Kool Kat Amy Pike and the Bonaventure Quartet at Eddie’s Attic! Rock on down to Avondale Towne Cinema for a Pink Floyd Jam! Gary Brewer & The Kentucky Ramblers bluegrass it up at the Crimson Moon Café! Get some soul with Emily King at the Variety Playhouse! Spend the night with Neon Queen at The Vista Room! Back N Black pay tribute to AC/DC at Wild Wing Café in Dunwoody! Rock out at The Earl Smith Strand Theatre as the Georgia Players Guild pays tribute to the songs of Lynyrd Skynyrd and Creedence Clearwater Revival! Catch a screening of Disney’s BEAUTY AND THE BEAST (1991) at Venkman’s at 10am! Jazz it up at the Sandy Springs Performing Arts Center with Spyro Gyra! Get countrified with Craig Morgan at City Winery! Get the blues with Kerry Hill at Fat Matt’s Rib Shack! Get down with Lola and Bill Sheffield at the Northside Tavern! Sandra Hall & The Shadows get down 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, November 11

Landmark Midtown Art Cinema continues their Buster Keaton matinees with a screening of his THE GENERAL (1926) at 11am! Ragtime it up with Tray Dahl & the Jugtime Ragband at The Vista Room! Corey Henry & The Funk Apostles funk it up at Terminal West! TCM Big Screen Classics presents a 30th Anniversary screening of John McTiernan’s DIE HARD (1988) at theaters across Atlanta at 2pm/7pm [AMC Barrett Commons 24 (Kennesaw); Hollywood Stadium 24 (Chamblee); Avalon Stadium 12 (Alpharetta); Perimeter Pointe 10; Regal McDonough Stadium 16 (McDonough); Georgian Stadium 14 (Newnan); Cinemark Tinseltown 17 (Fayetteville); AMC Southlake Pavilion 24 (Morrow); AMC Sugarloaf Mills 18 (Lawrenceville); Studio Movie Grill (Alpharetta/ Duluth/Marietta); Regal Atlantic Station Stadium 18; and AMC Avenue Forsyth (Cumming)]! Esme Patterson and Rose Hotel get folksy at The Earl! Support your local artists at the Historic Oakland Cemetery with the Bell Tower Boutique: A Pop-Up Shop from 11am – 5pm! Get some blues ‘n’ southern soul with Thunder Gypsy at Park Tavern! Catch a screening of James William Guercio’s ELECTRA GLIDE IN BLUE (1973) at The Plaza Theater! Get your ‘80s Latin pop fix with Amanda Miguel and Diego Verdaguer at the Buckhead Theatre! Get rootsy with Reckless Kelly at City Winery! Or get down to your Texas roots with Lee Roy Parnell at Crimson Moon Café! Spend the night with Mutlu and Suzy Jones at Eddie’s Attic! Get the blues with Garrett Collins at Fat Matt’s Rib Shack! Get funky with Wanyama at the Red Light Café! Or funk it up with Risky Biscuit at Tin Roof Cantina! Make your way to the Northlake Festival Movie Tavern’s Flashback Cinema series screening of Franklin J. Schaffner’s PATTON (1970) at 2:30pm/7:30pm! Get sweet and low down blues-style at the Northside Tavern with Uncle Sugar with Eddie Tigner!


Haunt on down to Netherworld Haunted House’s new deadly digs in Stone Mountain for their horrorific 22nd season, getting gory through Nov. 10! (LAST CHANCE!)

Be the Headless Horseman’s next victim and get your bones chilled at Serenbe Playhouse’s thrilling presentation of their immersive spooky attraction and show, THE SLEEPY HOLLOW EXPERIENCE, haunting through Nov. 11! (LAST CHANCE!)

13 Stories Haunted House gores it up for another haunted season in Newnan, through Nov. 11! (LAST CHANCE!)

The Michael C. Carlos Museum exhibits Chimera: Andy Warhol through the 1980s, through Nov. 25!

Get revved and tune into Kool Kat Rev. Andy Hawley’s Psychobilly Freakout Radio broadcasting on Garage 71 at 8pm, every Monday through Dec. 31!

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 first 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!

The Highlander rocks out with their Punk/Metal/New Wave Karaoke Night, every Wednesday!

Get your vinyl fix during Little 5 Points Corner Tavern’s Records of Mass Destruction! event, every Monday!

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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