This Week in ATLRetro, April 29-May 5, 2019

by Melanie Crew
Managing Editor

Get hep to the jive and check out all the swell shenanigans we’ve dug up for you This Week!

Monday, April 29

The Landmark Midtown Art Cinema gets cozy with Aretha Franklin as they screen Sydney Pollack’s AMAZING GRACE (2018) through May 2! Get psychedelic with Acid Mother’s Temple at The Earl! Rock out and tune into Kool Kat Rev. Andy Hawley’s Psychobilly Freakout Radio broadcasting on Garage 71 at 8pm, every Monday! Get funky and groove on down to Café 290 every second and fourth Monday of the month for a taste of Bumpin the Mango, ‘The groove that makes you want to move!” Boogie on down to the Northside Tavern and spend an evening with Lola at her famous Monday Night Northside Jam!

Tuesday, April 30

Get folk rocked with Joe Purdy and Smokey & The Mirror at Eddie’s Attic! International Jazz Day at the Red Light Café features Myrna Clayton & Friends! Catch The Atlanta Opera’s presentation of Verdi’s LA TRAVIATA at the Cobb Energy Centre! Spend the night with the Indigo Girls at the Variety Playhouse! Get the blues with Matt Pendrick at Blind Willies! 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, May 1

Get your Americana fix with The Yawpers at Smith’s Olde Bar! Get bewitched with a screening of Chris ColumbusHARRY POTTER & THE SORCERER’S STONE (2001) at Studio Movie Grill (Alpharetta/Duluth/Marietta) at 7:15pm! TheAtlanta Jewish Film Festival presents a screening of Ryan White’s ASK DR. RUTH (2019), the incredible life story of famed sex therapist and Holocaust survivor, Dr. Ruth at the UA Tara Theatre at 7:50pm, followed by a Q&A with Dr. Ruth’s daughter Miriam Westheimer! Folk it up with Willie Watson at Eddie’s Attic! The Highlander rocks out with their Punk/Metal/New Wave Karaoke Night, every Wednesday! Catch a Flashback Cinema screening of Rob Reiner’s WHEN HARRY MET SALLY (1989) 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! Blind Willies dishes out a night with The Cazanovas! 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, May 2

Cineprov haunts it up as they riff Ulli Lommel’s THE BOOGEYMAN (1980) at The Plaza Theater at 7:30pm! Get old-school folksy/country with The Brookses and Collins Drive at the Red Light Café! Stomp on down to The Star Bar for a night with the Chris Massey Band, Kool Kat Dave Weil and Blacktop (formerly Blacktop Rockets) and Truckstop Confidential! Gangstagrass dishes out a night of hip hoppin’ bluegrass at City Winery! Jazz it up with the Yellowjackets at Suite Food Lounge! Out Front Theatre Company presents THE SECRETARIES through May 18! 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 down with Frankie’s Blues Mission at Blind Willies! Get your boogie on at Fat Matt’s Rib Shack, as Chickenshack 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, May 3

Day one of the 3-day 2019 Shaky Knees Festival has arrived at Centennial Olympic Park, chock full of retro-inspired tunes! Rock on down and catch Tears for Fears, Beck, Tash Sultana, Liz Phair, Sharon Van Etton, Black Lips, Curtis Harding, Face to Face, Low Cut Connie and more! Why not stay together and get some soul with Al Green at the Fox Theatre! The Earl Smith Strand Theatre presents the Movie Palace Radio Hour: The Adventures of the Lone Ranger and The Shadow! Get the psycho-country blues at The Star Bar with RUST, Rare Birds and Blackfox! Folk it up with Peter Mulvey at Eddie’s Attic! Get rocked with Garbage at the Tabernacle! Jump in your T.A.R.D.I.S. and make your way to WHOLANTA 2019, Atlanta’s premiere Doctor Who & British Media Convention, time traveling through May 5! Yacht Rock Revue gets down with PURPLE RAIN and Prince tunes at The Roxy! The Queerly Beloved Revue presents Candida’s Born this Way Birthday Bash at the Red Light Café! The Vipers get the blues at the Northside Tavern! Get down with Sandra Hall & The Shadows 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, May 4

Hey all you miscreants! Get mischievous and rock out at May Ham Fest 2019, featuring vendors including Dirk Hays (see our Shop Around feature here), 2the 9’s Retro and Jezebel Blue [see our Shop Around feature here] and more; a pig roast; live music and more in Avondale Estates! You won’t want to miss a hellacious musical lineup with Graveyard Gospel, Dusty Booze & The Baby Haters, Kool Kat Spike Fullerton and The Russian Roulette Band, Al Shelton, Van Heineken, Kool Kat Adam McIntyre and The Pinx, Dex Romweber, The Tremolords, The Tomb Tones, Codeine Haze, Hot Ram and more! Stick around for a late night feature screening of Mel Brooks’ knee slapper, SPACEBALLS (1987)! Day two of the Shaky Knees Festival brings you Gary Clark, Jr., The Struts, The Dandy Warhols, Mipso and more! Free Comic Book Day invades Atlanta! Come see what Challenges Games & Comics (North Dekalb Mall) has in store! Or check out Criminal Records and what they have in store with live tunes with HYPERSPACE and more! Celebrate 80 years of Batman with a 30th Anniversary screening of Tim Burton’s BATMAN (1989) at theatres across Atlanta [Studio Movie Grill (Alpharetta/Marietta); AMC Barrett Commons 24 (Kennesaw); Regal Atlantic Station Stadium 18; Hollywood Stadium 24 (Chamblee); Regal McDonough Stadium 16 (McDonough); Georgian Stadium 14 (Newnan); AMC Sugarloaf Mills 18 (Lawrenceville); and Regal Mall of Georgia Stadium (Buford)] ! The Earl Smith Strand Theatre presents the Movie Palace Radio Hour: The Adventures of the Lone Ranger and The Shadow! Jam it up at the Red Light Café with gr8FLdude & frenz! Get rocked with Deerhunter at The Earl! Geoff Achison & The Souldiggers gets down at Eddie’s Attic!  Get funky New Orleans-style with the Wasted Potential Brass Band at the Northside Tavern! The Lucky Losers get the blues 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, May 5

Catch Day 3 of the Shaky Knees Festival featuring Deerhunter, Rayland Baxter and more! Croon it up at Atlanta Symphony Hall for a night with Tom Jones! TCM Big Screen Classics Presents a 50th Anniversary screening of Henry Hathaway’s TRUE GRIT (1969) at theatres across Atlanta [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); AMC Sugarloaf Mills 18 (Lawrenceville); Regal Mall of Georgia Stadium (Buford); AMC Avenue Forsyth (Cumming); Cinemark Tinseltown 17 (Fayetteville); and AMC Southlake Pavilion 24 (Morrow)]! The Earl Smith Strand Theatre presents the Movie Palace Radio Hour: The Adventures of the Lone Ranger and The Shadow! Rock out with Captain Beyond and the Reverends at The Earl! Catch a Flashback Cinema screening of Terry Gilliam’s MONTY PYTHON & THE HOLY GRAIL (1975) 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 sweet and low down blues-style at the Northside Tavern with Uncle Sugar!

Ongoing

Out Front Theatre Company
presents THE SECRETARIES through May 18!

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!

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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