This Week in ATLRetro, Jan. 21-27, 2019

by Melanie Crew
Managing Editor

This Week in ATLRetro is the bee’s knees! Come see all the swell shenanigans we’ve dug up just for you!

Monday, January 21

Make your way to the Atlanta History Center and celebrate the life of MLK with their Martin Luther King, Jr. Day special programming including a screening of Frederick Lewis’ documentary PAUL LAURENCE DUNBAR: BEYOND THE MASK (2017) at 1pm, and free admission. Get rocked with U.S. Bombs and Total Chaos at The Earl! Make your way to the Red Light Café for a night with Harlem River Noise! Get really retro and journey back 220 million years to when massive pterosaurs ruled the skies with Fernbank Museum of Natural History’s newest Giant Screen film, FLYING MONSTERS 3D, through June 1! 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 night with Larry Griffith!

Tuesday, January 22

Swing on by the Cobb Energy Centre for a night with Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox! Get folksy with Laura Gibson and Takenobu at The Earl! Eddie’s Attic dishes out a night of rockin’ roots with Sarah Potenza! Get your Israeli jazz rock fusion fix with Marbin at Smith’s Olde Bar! Jam it up with Joe Gransden and his jazz jam session at Venkman’s! Jam it up with Joe Gransden and his jazz jam session at Venkman’s! 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 Matt Pendrick at Blind Willies! Get down with J.T. Speed at Fat Matt’s Rib Shack! And as always, groove on down with Swami Gone Bananas at the Northside Tavern!

Wednesday, January 23

Emory Cinematheque continues their “History of Color Films” series with a screening of John Murray Anderson’s KING OF JAZZ (1930) at 7:30pm! Get rockin’ with Sash the Bash at the Dixie Tavern in Marietta! Get intergalactic make your way to Studio Movie Grill’s (Alpharetta/Duluth/Marietta) screening of Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY (1968) at 7:15pm! Jazz it up with Jane Monheit at City Winery! Spend the night with Stout at Eddie’s Attic! Make your way to Terminal West for a night with Amen Dunes! Get down at the Fox Theatre with Toni Braxton! The Star Bar eighties it up during their ‘80s Dance Party with DJ Kahle! The Highlander rocks out with their Punk/Metal/New Wave Karaoke Night, every Wednesday! Join the [REDACTED] Film Club, a free weekly film screening (different monthly themes) hosted by Videodrome and Patina Pictures, and catch a super secret screening at the Georgia Beer Garden at 7pm, through April 24 [January’s theme – Party Like it’s 1999]! Make your way to SCADShow for THE FABRIC OF MY LIFE performance and book signing by Tziporah Salamon at 6pm! Catch a Flashback Cinema screening of Alfonso Cuaron’s HARRY POTTER & THE PRISONER OF AZKABAN (2004) at theatres across Atlanta [Northlake Festival Movie Tavern (Tucker); GTC Merchant’s Walk Cinemas (Marietta); Movie Tavern at Horizon Village (Suwannee); and The Springs Cinema & Taphouse (Sandy Springs)]! Funk it up with the Mike Veal Band at Tin Roof Cantina! It’s a night of Honky-Tonk Karaoke with Andrea Colburn & Mud Moseley at The Star Bar! Get jazzy at the Red Light Café with The Gordon Vernick Quartet! 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! Boogie down with Art Holliday at Fat Matt’s Rib Shack! Blind Willies gets rockin’ with a little Chicago/Delta blues of The Breeze Kings! And as always, it’s Ladies Night at Johnny’s Hideaway which plays hits from Sinatra to Madonna for a generally mature crowd.

Thursday, January 24

Spend the night with Jake Lat Botz at Smith’s Olde Bar! Garage rock it up and get to Beer & Lounging at the Clermont Lounge with Kool Kat Rod Hamdallah, The Tenders and Black Cat Rising! Get groovy with Groove Moose and The Aquaducks at Aisle 5!  Make your way to City Winery for a night with Shawn Colvin! Swing on by the Cobb Energy Centre for The Chinese Acrobats of Hebei! Stomp on down to Eddie’s Attic for a night with Pat Reedy, Andrea Colburn & Mud Moseley and Pat Byrne! Get rocked at The Star Bar with The Warsaw Clinic, Wet Jeans, Post Hunk and Fine Lines! Spend the night with Crash Test Dummies at the Variety Playhouse! Bluegrass it up with Magic Beans and Kitchen Dwellers at Vinyl! Shimmy on down to the Red Light Café for The Candybox Revue’s Burlesque Karaoke! It’s Mai Tai Thursday at Trader Vic’s so hula on down for a night of rockin’ island tunes and some killer island cocktails! Boogie down with The Juke Joint Dukes at Blind Willies! 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, January 25

Get traumatized and HORROR-fied this weekend as the Days of the Dead Convention kills it at the Sheraton Atlanta hotel for three days of ghastly gore-filled events, running through Jan. 27! You won’t want to miss monstrous retro celebrity guests Clive Barker (HELLRAISER; CANDYMAN; NIGHT BREED); Doug Bradley (HELLRAISER); Tsutomu Kitagawa (GODZILLA: MILLENNIUM SERIES); Bin Furuya (ULTRAMAN); John Amplas (DAWN OF THE DEAD; CREEPSHOW); Skeet Ulrich (SCREAM); PJ Soles (HALLOWEEN); Edward Furlong (TERMINATOR III: JUDGEMENT DAY), Tony Todd (CANDYMAN), Kathy Najimy (HOCUS POCUS); masked menace Kane Hodder of FRIDAY THE 13TH fame; Reels of the Dead: Red Track; and so much more! So, get your fill of the blood-bath that is, Days of the Dead!

Turn back time with Cher and boogie down at the Infinite Energy Arena! Get experimental with That 1 Guy at the Masquerade! Folk rock it up with Shawn Mullins at The Vista Room! Get your outlaw country fix with Shooter Jennings at Venkman’s! Zoso pays tribute to Led Zeppelin at the Variety Playhouse! Pulp Atlanta presents Neil Diamond’s PSYCHO: THE MUSICAL, through Feb. 9! Rev it up with Kool Kat Hot Rod Walt & The PsychoDevilles at Smokin’ Cues in Stockbridge! Catch a screening of Robert ZemeckisFORREST GUMP (1994) at The Earl Smith Strand Theatre at 8pm! Funk it up with Jeff Bradshaw & Friends, Glenn Lewis and N’DAMBI at City Winery! Folk rock it up with Liz Cooper & The Stampede at The Earl! Spend the night with Caroline Herring at Eddie’s Attic! Jazz it up with Emrah Kotan at the Red Light Café! Spend the night with Jim Brickman at Atlanta Symphony Hall! Funk it up with Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe at Terminal West! Or get the funk with Bird City Revolutionaries at Tin Roof Cantina! Get the blues with The Rib Shack Lady & The Atlanta Horns at the Northside Tavern! Lil’ Ed & The Blues Imperials get down at Blind Willies! Get down with Big C 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, January 26

It’s Day 2 to get spooked at the Days of the Dead Convention at the Sheraton Atlanta! Get your blood curdling fill of monsters galore with hellacious panels, the Etheria Film Fest with Stacy Pippi, celebrating the best women directed genre film at 3pm; one hell-bent horrorific after party with Kool Kats The Casket Creatures and ELZIG, and a midnight screening of Kool Kat James Bickert’s AMAZON HOT BOX (2018)!

Get down with Smokey Robinson at the Fox Theatre! Folk rock it up with Shawn Mullins at The Vista Room! Zoso pays tribute to Led Zeppelin at the Variety Playhouse! The REMakes pay tribute to R.E.M. at Venkman’s, and stick around for the Time Warp Orchestra! 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! Rock out at 529 with Clashinista (The Clash tribute) and Straw Polly! Get your old-school funk fix with Lettuce at Center Stage! Spend the night with Peabo Bryson at City Winery! Bluegrass it up with Monroe Crossing at the Crimson Moon Café! Hair of the Dog dishes out a night of foot stompin’ blues rockin’ Cajun tunes at Jekyll Brewing! Get down with the Randall Bramblett Band at the Red Clay Theatre! The Moonlighters Jazz Band dishes out jazzy tunes from the ‘30s-‘50s at the Red Light Café! Kool Kats The Head rock out at Smith’s Olde Bar! Americana it up with Koe Wetzel at Terminal West! Experience folk legend Arlo Guthrie at the Buckhead Theatre! Get the blues with The Rib Shack Lady & The Atlanta Horns and Bill Sheffield at the Northside Tavern! Get the Dixie blues with Seminole Jackson at Fat Matt’s Rib Shack! St. James Live! delivers their Tribute to the Legends night every Saturday night! Spend the night with The Empress of Soul, Sandra Hall & The Shadows at Blind Willies! 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, January 27

It’s Day 3 and your last chance to experience the rockin’ blood and horror fest, the Days of the Dead Convention! Geek it up at the Atlanta Comic Convention at the Atlanta Marriott Century Center, from 11am – 5pm! Get down to The Vista Room for Papa J’s Funky Blues Revue! TCM Presents a special 80th Anniversary screening of Victor Fleming’s THE WIZARD OF OZ (1939) at theatres across Atlanta [AMC Barrett Commons 24 (Kennesaw); AMC Southlake Pavilion 24 (Morrow); AMC Sugarloaf Mills 18 (Lawrenceville); AMC Avenue Forsyth (Cumming); Hollywood Stadium 24 (Chamblee); Avalon Stadium 12 (Alpharetta); Perimeter Pointe 10; Regal McDonough Stadium 16 (McDonough); Georgian Stadium 14 (Newnan); Regal Mall of Georgia Stadium (Buford); Regal Atlantic Station Stadium 18; and Cinemark Tinseltown 17 (Fayetteville)]! Get your tail to The Earl for Tag Team Goes to Hawaii and W8ing4UFOs! Upright bass it up with Scott Mulvahill at Eddie’s Attic! Get down with Papa J’s Funky Blues Revue at The Vista Room! Catch a Flashback Cinema screening of Jonathan Lynn’s MY COUSIN VINNY (1992) at theatres across Atlanta [Northlake Festival Movie Tavern (Tucker); GTC Merchant’s Walk Cinemas (Marietta); Movie Tavern at Horizon Village (Suwannee); and The Springs Cinema & Taphouse (Sandy Springs)]! Frankie’s Blues Mission gets down at Blind Willies! Funk it up with Risky Biscuit at Tin Roof Cantina! Get sweet and low down blues-style at the Northside Tavern with Uncle Sugar with Eddie Tigner! Or blues it up with Fat Back Deluxe at Fat Matt’s Rib Shack!

Ongoing

Pulp Atlanta presents Neil Diamond’s PSYCHO: THE MUSICAL, through Feb. 9!

The Aurora Theatre presents A DOLL’S HOUSE, PART 2, through Feb. 10!

The Alliance Theatre presents EVER AFTER, through Feb. 17!

Get really retro and journey back 220 million years to when massive pterosaurs ruled the skies with Fernbank Museum of Natural History’s newest Giant Screen film, FLYING MONSTERS 3D, through June 1!

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!

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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