This Week in ATLRetro, April 14-21, 2019

by Melanie Crew
Managing Editor

Shake a tail feather in ATLRetro This Week!

Monday, April 15

Get intergalactically improvisational as Genre-ly Speaking (with Kool Kat Madeline Brumby) presents Ed Wood’s PLAN 9 FROM OUTER SPACE (1959) at The Plaza Theater at 7:30pm! Jazz it up with Kim Waters 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, April 16

The Landmark Midtown Art Cinema gets experimental with their new Classics Series screening of Jean-Luc Godard’s BREATHLESS (1960) at 7pm! Or spend the night with Kool Kat Andy Ditzler and his Film Love at the High event, Meet Marlon Brando and other works, at 7pm! Bluegrass it up with Dale Alvin & Jimmie Dale Gilmore at Eddie’s Attic! 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 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 17

Get your psychological thriller fix with The Plaza Theater’s screening of Robert Aldrich’s WHATEVER HAPPENED TO BABY JANE (1962) at 7pm! Emory Cinematheque continues their “History of Color Films” series with a screening of Martin Scorsese’s THE AVIATOR (2004) at 7:30pm! TCM Big Screen Classics presents a 60th Anniversary screening of William Wyler’s epic, BEN-HUR (1959) at theatres across Atlanta at 1pm/6pm [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); Regal McDonough Stadium 16 (McDonough); Georgian Stadium 14 (Newnan); Cinemark Tinseltown 17 (Fayetteville); Regal Mall of Georgia Stadium (Buford); and Regal Atlantic Station Stadium 18]! Roots rock it up with Ryan Bingham at the Buckhead Theatre! Get some soul with Cheryl Pepsii Riley at City Winery! Carsie Blanton folks it up at Eddie’s Attic! Stomp on down to Waller’s Coffee Shop for Sam Aranson’s Bluegrass Jam! The Highlander rocks out with their Punk/Metal/New Wave Karaoke Night, every Wednesday! Catch a Flashback Cinema screening of Mel Stuart’s WILLY WONKA AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY (1971) 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)]! Catch a double feature of Tommy Chong’s CHEECH & CHONG (1980) and Nicholaus Goossen’s GRANDMA’S BOY (2006) at Noni’s Bar & Deli during their Cinema Paradiso film event starting at 10pm! 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! 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 18

Get exploited and bizarre and catch PlazaDrome’s screening of Frank Henenlotter’s BRAIN DAMAGE (1988), introduced by Atlanta’s own, The Swimming Pool Q’s at 9:30pm at The Plaza Theater! Take a walk on the wild side as the Rock & Roll Animals pay tribute to Lou Reed at the Clermont Lounge! Get radioactive as shenanigans ensue at theatres across Atlanta with RiffTrax taking on Harry EssexOCTAMAN (1971) live at 8pm [AMC Barrett Commons 24 (Kennesaw); Regal Atlantic Station Stadium 18; Hollywood Stadium 24 (Chamblee); Avalon Stadium 12 (Alpharetta); Perimeter Pointe 10; Regal McDonough Stadium 16 (McDonough); Georgian Stadium 14 (Newnan); AMC Sugarloaf Mills 18 (Lawrenceville); Regal Mall of Georgia Stadium (Buford); AMC Avenue Forsyth (Cumming); and AMC Southlake Pavilion 24 (Morrow)]! Get funky with Voodoo Visionary at Aisle 5! Glenn Hughes performs classic Deep Purple at Center Stage! Indie folk it up with The Wild Reeds and Valley Queen at The Earl! Spend the night with ‘70s country rock revivalists The Lost Wages at Eddie’s Attic! Get funky with Charlie Hunter and Lucy Woodward at the Red Light Café! Get down with Moontower at Venkman’s! It’s Mai Tai Thursday at Trader Vic’s so get down with some island tunes and have some killer 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 19

Spend the night with John Cusack at Atlanta Symphony Hall with a screening of Stephen FrearsHIGH FIDELITY (2000) and post-film conversation at 7:30pm! The Fox Theatre Institute (FTI) celebrates its 10th Anniversary with a tour of Atlanta’s oldest operating and only independent cinema since 1939, The Plaza Theater, from 4pm – 5pm! Catch SCADShow’s Legacy Series screening of David Lean’s LAWRENCE OF ARABIA (1962) at 7pm! Swamp rock it up with The Subdudes at City Winery! Get down with Mermaid Motor Lounge at Eddie’s Attic! Runaway Gin pays tribute to Phish at The Loft! Get your Cajun swamp pop fix with The Revelers at the Red Clay Theatre! Honkytonk it up with Hillbilly Casino at Smokin’ Cues in Stockbridge! Kameron Corvet dishes out a night of rockin’ soul at Vinyl! Get the blues with Stoney Brooks at the Northside Tavern! 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 20

Monster madness ensues as Kaiju Cult 2019 invades Little Tree Art Studio in Avondale Estates featuring toy artists, killer local art, live tunes with Kool Kat Shane Morton and VALKYRIE, monstrous screenings and more, from 7pm – midnight! Get old-timey with The WaymoresDebut Album Release Party at the Red Light Café! It’s Fantastic Four Twenty with Cineprov as they riff Roger Corman’s unreleased “classic” FANTASTIC FOUR (1994) at The Plaza Theater at 7:30pm! Make your way to The Star Bar for their Waiting Around to Die: The Music of Townes Van Zandt, featuring Nikki Speake & Anna C. Kramer, Don Chambers, the Downer Brothers, Bill Taft, Michael C. Smith, Michael Bradley, Love Letter, Evan Stepp, CJ Bargamian, Kool Kat Jeffrey Butzer, Audrey Gamez and more! Rev on down to the Dixie Tavern for a night with Kool Kat Hot Rod Walt & The Psycho-DeVilles! Folk it up with High Mountain Prospect at the Crimson Moon Café! Celebrate 20 rockin’ years of The Earl with The Scientists, the Vincas, and GG King! Spend the night with the Vega String Quartet at the Schwartz Center! Bluegrass it up with Billy Strings and The Church at Terminal West! Get folksy with The Tallest Man on Earth at the Variety Playhouse! Get the rockin’ blues with Kool Kat Rod Hamdallah at the Northside Tavern! 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 21

Celebrate 20 rockin’ years of The Earl with The Scientists, Gentleman Jesse & His Men and The Subsonics! Get your bluegrass ‘n’ Grateful Dead fix with Grass is Dead at Smith’s Olde Bar! Catch a Flashback Cinema screening of Gene Kelly’s SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN (1952) 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)]! Indie folk it up with james of mosaics at Venkman’s! 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!


The Marietta Theatre Company presents YOU’RE A GOOD MAN CHARLIE BROWN, through April 27!

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!

Get merry as the Georgia Renaissance Festival kicks off its 34th year, jousting it up every weekend through June 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 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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