This Week in ATLRetro, February 18-24, 2019

by Melanie Crew
Managing Editor

Take a gander at what’s’ shakin’ in ATLRetro This Week!

Monday, February 18

Rev it up as Kool Kat Hot Rod Walt goes solo for the night at Smokin’ Cues in Stockbridge! Spend the night with Kool Kat Andy Ditzler at Buteco! Catch a screening of Bill Gunn’s GANJA & HESS (1973) at The Plaza Theater through Feb. 21! Folk it up with Tom Rush at City Winery! 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!

Tuesday, February 19

Tommy Emmanuel and John Knowles bring their Heart Songs Tour to City Winery! Get your post-punk revival fix with The Kooks at the Buckhead Theatre! Reggae it up in Heaven with The Wailers at the Masquerade! Stomp on down to the Red Light Café for a night with Brian Grilli! 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! Get the blues with the Bill Sheffield at Blind Willies! And as always, groove on down with Swami Gone Bananas at the Northside Tavern!


Wednesday, February 20

Emory Cinematheque continues their “History of Color Films” series with a screening of Douglas Sirk’s ALL THAT HEAVEN ALLOWS (1955) at 7:30pm! Roots rock it up with The Werks at Aisle 5! The Atlanta Jewish Film Festival presents a 20th Anniversary screening of Rolf Schubel’s GLOOMY SUNDAY (1999) at the Sandy Springs Performing Arts Center at 2:55pm! Get rocked with Tesla at the Buckhead Theatre! TCM Big Screen Classics presents a 50th Anniversary screening of George Cukor’s MY FAIR LADY (1965) at 3pm/7pm at theatres across Atlanta [AMC Barrett Commons 24 (Kennesaw); AMC Southlake Pavilion 24 (Morrow); AMC Avenue Forsyth (Cumming); Hollywood Stadium 24 (Chamblee); Perimeter Pointe 10; AMC Sugarloaf Mills 18 (Lawrenceville); Avalon Stadium 12 (Alpharetta); Cinemark Tinseltown 17 (Fayetteville); Regal McDonough Stadium 16 (McDonough); Georgian Stadium 14 (Newnan); Regal Mall of Georgia Stadium (Buford); and Regal Atlantic Station Stadium 18]! Spend the night with The Josephines at The Drunken Unicorn! Get down with The Eloveters at Smith’s Olde Bar! Terminal West brings you a night with Lee “Scratch” Perry! Catch a double feature of Robert Townsend’s B.A.P.S (1997) and Ice Cube’s THE PLAYERS CLUB (1998) at Noni’s Bar & Deli during their Cinema Paradiso film event starting at 10pm! Tommy Emmanuel and John Knowles bring their Heart Songs Tour to City Winery! Celebrate awkward love with a 30th Anniversary screening of Rob Reiner’s WHEN HARRY MET SALLY (1989) at Studio Movie Grill (Alpharetta/Duluth/Marietta) at 7:15pm! 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! Catch a Flashback Cinema screening of Robert Mulligan’s TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD (1962) 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! 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! Blind Willies gets the Chicago/West coast blues with the Electromatics! And as always, it’s Ladies Night at Johnny’s Hideaway which plays hits from Sinatra to Madonna for a generally mature crowd.

Thursday, February 21

Get bizarre as Videodrome and The Plaza Theater (Plazadrome) present a screening of Andrzej Zulawski’s psycho-sexual masterpiece POSSESSION (1981) at 9:30pm! The Atlanta Jewish Film Festival presents a 95th Anniversary screening of Hans Karl Breslauer’s THE CITY WITHOUT JEWS (1924) at Regal Perimeter Pointe 10 at 7pm, and a 40th Anniversary screening of Robert Aldrich’s THE FRISCO KID (1979) at Regal Tara 4 at 2:50pm! Get heavy with Saxon at Center Stage! Or get your ‘60s-‘70s rock fix with Dave Mason (Traffic) at City Winery! Rock out with Mike Doughty and Wheatus at The Earl! Roll the dice and head on over to the Red Light Café as Dream Girls Lyra present their Vegas Nights Valentine’s Showcase! Ragtime it up with Luke Winslow-King and The Broken String Band at Smith’s Olde Bar! Spend the night with Nightmares on Wax at Terminal West! Get the blues with The Shadows at Blind Willies! Roots rock it up for night two with The Werks at Aisle 5! It’s Mai Tai Thursday at Trader Vic’s so get swanky with Bogey & The Viceroy and some 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, February 22

Get adventurous as Theatre du Reve presents CODE NOIR: LES AVENTURES DU PREMIER COMTE DE MONTE CRISTO in French with English supertitles, running through March 10! Get mischievous at The Star Bar with Bad Friend, Rodney Henry and Dang Dang Dang! Wasted Potential Brass Band presents Mardi Gras in the Old 4th Ward with special guests Dillon & Lobsterdamus at Venkman’s! Laugh it up with Paula Poundstone at the Buckhead Theatre! Cow punk it up with Los Lobos at City Winery! Get your Americana fix with Hannah Aldridge at the Crimson Moon Cafe! Rock out at Smith’s Olde Bar with The RelicsCD Release Party with Garrett Wheeler, The Royal Turns, The Sound of Fire and Chloe & The Ramblers! The Black Jacket Symphony pays tribute to Queen as they relive A NIGHT AT THE OPERA at Atlanta Symphony Hall! Stomp on down to the Tin Roof Cantina for a night with Slim Chance & The Convicts, The Wheel Knockers and The Stoplight Roses! Street Fighting Band pays tribute to The Rolling Stones at MadLife Stage & Studios! Salsa it up at the Fernbank during their Friday night Latin Dance Series! Catch a screening of Sidney Lumet’s THE WIZ (1978) at The Earl Smith Strand Theatre at 8pm! Spend the night with the Layne Denton Band and Last Chance Riders at the Red Clay Theatre! Rumours pay tribute to Fleetwood Mac at The Vista Room! Goth it up during Ritual’s SPELLBOUND Goth-themed party! Catch a screening of Cameron Crowe’s JERRY MAGUIRE (1996) at 7pm at SCADShow! Spend the night with Christopher Cross at Center Stage! Get countrified with Kasey Chambers and Carley Burruss at the Variety Playhouse! Blues it up with The Ribshack Lady & The Atlanta Horns at the Northside Tavern! Ambassador of the Blues, James Armstrong, gets down at Blind Willies! 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, February 23

It’s Rock ‘n’ Roll High School at The Star Bar during their tribute to The Ramones featuring rockin’ live tunes with Kool Kat Hot Rod Walt & The Psycho-Devilles, The Eskimo Brothers, V8 Deathcar, The Aggravated, Slim & The Gems, Bucky Lastard, Slow Poison, The Liquors, the Mikey Clams Band, Kitty Rose & The Rattlers, The Kleptones, Store Bought Bones, ELZIG and more! Get the moody blues with Justin Hayward and Mike Dawes at Center Stage! Make your way to The Earl for a night with The Underhill Family Orchestra, She Returns from War and Chick Wallace! Get some soul with The-Dream at The Loft! Get folksy with Kathy Mattea at the Red Clay Theatre! It’s Prohibition pandemonium at the Steamhouse Lounge with Kool Kat Blair Crimmins & The Hookers, Moontower, The Rogue Tones, Hoodoo Moon and Fransisco Vidal during OysterFest 2019! Sail on down to Park Tavern for Brunchfest featuring Yacht Rock Revue! Or make your way to Kavarna for a night with Tablao Flamenco! Radio 80s rocks out at Guston’s in Woodstock! It’s Bowie vs. Gabriel at Venkman’s with Jerome Newton & The Band Who Fell to Earth and The Sledgehammers! Eighties it up with Kool Kat Becky Cormier Finch with Denim Arcade at Wild Wing Café in Alpharetta!  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! Get poppy with Bob Schneider at City Winery! The Ultimate King of Pop pays tribute to Michael Jackson at MadLife Stage & Studios! Get heavy at the Masquerade with Corrosion of Conformity, Crowbar, The Obsessed and Mothership! Blues it up with The Ribshack Lady & The Atlanta Horns and Bill Sheffield  at the Northside Tavern! St. James Live! delivers their Tribute to the Legends night every Saturday night! Boogie down at Blind Willies during their 33rd Annual Anniversary Party! 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, February 24

Get your classic silent film fix at The Earl Smith Strand Theatre’s screening of G. W. Pabst’s PANDORA’S BOX (1929), featuring live organ accompaniment at 3pm with Kool Kat Ron Carter! Spend the night with Jake Shimabukuro at City Winery! Catch Drivin’ N’ Cryn’, Truett, Mudcat and Fransisco Vidal at the Steamhouse Lounge’s OysterFest 2019! Funk it up with The Jazz of Prince at Venkman’s! Make your way to the Red Light Café for New Renaissance: A Burlesque & Poetry Variety Show Celebrating Black Culture & History! Catch a Flashback Cinema screening of Robert ZemeckisFORREST GUMP (1994) 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 Risky Biscuit at Tin Roof Cantina! Get bluesy with No Solution at Blind Willies! Get sweet and low down blues-style at the Northside Tavern with Uncle Sugar with Eddie Tigner!

Ongoing

Take a walk through history during the Historic Oakland Cemetery’s African American History Tours, through Feb. 20! (LAST CHANCE!)

Get adventurous as Theatre du Reve presents CODE NOIR: LES AVENTURES DU PREMIER COMTE DE MONTE CRISTO in French with English supertitles, running through March 10!

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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