This Week in ATLRetro, May 6-12, 2019

by Melanie Crew
Managing Editor

No idea how and where to shake a tail feather in Atlanta? Well, don’t fret kiddies and check out all the shakin’ shindigs we’ve dug up for you This Week!

Monday, May 6

The Landmark Midtown Art Cinema presents a special screening of John McDermott’s documentary, JIMI HENDRIX: ELECTRIC CHURCH (2015) covering Hendrix’ performance at the 1970 Atlanta Pop Festival at 7pm! And you won’t want to miss their screenings of Sydney Pollack’s AMAZING GRACE (2018), and Ryan White’s ASK DR. RUTH (2019), both screening through May 9! Celebrate 80 years of Batman with a screening of Tim Burton’s BATMAN RETURNS (1992) 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)]! Get prog rocked with Meshuggah at the Buckhead Theatre! Garage rock it up with the Night Beats at 529! Spend the night with Uli Jon Roth (Scorpions) at City Winery! Rock out and tune into Kool Kat Rev. Andy Hawley’s Psychobilly Freakout Radio broadcasting on Garage 71 at 8pm, every Monday! Get doomed with WUSSY MAG’s screening of Gregg Araki’s THE DOOM GENERATION (1995) at The Plaza Theater at 7pm! 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, May 7

Get rocked at The Earl with Murphy’s Law, Antagonizers ATL and Five O’Clock Devil! Spend the night with Mariza at City Winery! Or rock out with MammaBear at Smith’s Olde Bar! Spark your wild imagination as Tipple & Rose Tea Parlor and Apothecary serves tea to celebrate the Atlanta Botanical Gardens’ installation of Imaginary Worlds: Alice in Wonderland at 6pm! 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! Blues it up with the Crosstown Allstars at Fat Matt’s Rib Shack! And as always, groove on down with Swami Gone Bananas at the Northside Tavern!

Wednesday, May 8

WUSSY MAG returns to The Plaza Theater with their monthly campy feature fantastico, with Michael Patrick Jann’s dark comedy DROP DEAD GORGEOUS (1999) at 7pm! Jazz it up with Herb Alpert and Lani Hall at City Winery! Get the back porch swamp blues with Adia Victoria at The Earl! Folk it up with Dead Horses and Benjamin Jaffe at Eddie’s Attic! Get some soul with Eli “Paperboy” Reed and GA-20 at Vinyl! TCM Big Screen Classics Presents a 50th Anniversary screening of Henry Hathaway’s TRUE GRIT (1969) at theatres across Atlanta at 12pm/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); 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)]! Get bewitched with a screening of Chris ColumbusHARRY POTTER & THE CHAMBER OF SECRETS (2002) at Studio Movie Grill (Alpharetta/Duluth/Marietta) at 7:15pm! Get rocked with Judas Priest at the Fox Theatre! Sleaze it up and rock out at the Masquerade with Nashville Pussy, Dusty Booze & The Baby Haters, Guitar Wolf and The Turbo A.C.’s! Jam out with Circles Around the Sun at Terminal West! 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 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! Fat Matt’s Rib Shack gets down with Frankie’s Blues Mission! 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 9

Paris on Ponce delivers one helluva swingin’ shindig with Big Sandy & His Fly-Rite Boys with Kool Kat Caroline & The Ramblers! Kool Kat Andy Ditzler and Film Love Atlanta concludes its 2019 High Museum retrospective with one of their most popular programs, a tribute to the legendary Atlanta cable TV treasure: The American Music Show at 7pm! Kool Kat Spike Fullerton and the Ghost Riders Car Club are back in the saddle with their Highfalutin’ Honky Tonk Show & Dance at the Clermont Lounge! Or retro rock out at The Star Bar with Rye Baby, Bonemeal Baker, Atomic Boogie and Warsaw Clinic! Darkwave it up at Noni’s during their weekly DARK ROOM event, every Thursday through July 26! Get rocked with Black Stone Cherry, Tyler Bryant & The Shakedown and The Josephines at Center Stage! Jazz it up with Carol Albert at City Winery! Make your way to Eddie’s Attic for a night of bluegrass with Town Mountain and Hunter Blalock! Get down to the Red Clay Theatre for Matthew Kaminski’s Gypsy Jazz Fellowship! Spend the night with The Whigs’ Parker Gispert at Smith’s Olde Bar! Americana it up at the Variety Playhouse with Railroad Earth! Jazz it up with Raul Midon at Suite Food Lounge! Meet some new ghastly friends as the Historic Oakland Cemetery takes you on a spooky tour during their Illumine event, through May 12! Spark your wild imagination as Tipple & Rose Tea Parlor and Apothecary serves tea to celebrate the Atlanta Botanical Gardens’ installation of Imaginary Worlds: Alice in Wonderland at 6pm! 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 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 10

Get horrorfied with an OBSCURO: Mexican Horror Films screening of Carlos Enrique Taboada’s EVEN THE WIND IS AFRAID (HASTA EL VIENTO TIENE MIDEO) (1968) at Pulp Atlanta at 9pm! The Star Bar rocks out with Timmy James & The Blue Flames, the Black Cat Adventure Squad, Axis of Empires and Play Center! The Breakfast Club pays tribute to the ‘80s and gets down at Dixie Tavern in Marietta! Get folksy with Mothers at The Bakery! Or get old-timey with Lazybirds at City Winery! Spend the night with Shawn Mullins at the Crimson Moon Café! Folk it up with Sean McConnell at The Loft! Folk rock it up with Bear’s Den and Vera Sola at the Variety Playhouse! Folk it up with Cicada Rhythm, The Sweet Lillies and Sicard Hollow at Smith’s Olde Bar! Fat Matt’s Rib Shack proudly presents Harvey Brindell & The Tableknockers! Stoney Brooks gets the blues 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, May 11

The Star Bar delivers a hootenanny and a half with The Billygoats, Heather Luttrell and The Wheelknockers! Rev on down to Falcons Fury Harley-Davidson in Conyers for a rockabilly reckoning with Kool Kat Hot Rod Walt & The Psycho Devilles! Or stomp on down to Eddie’s Attic for Michelle Malone’s Birthday Blues ‘n’ BBQ Bash with Steven Conn! HellVegas it up with ELZIG and Los Meesfits at the Dixie Tavern in Marietta! The Georgia Players Guild presents the music of Chicago and The Beach Boys at The Earl Smith Strand Theatre! Spend the night with Bryan Adams at the Ameris Bank Amphitheatre! Birds of Chicago get folksy at Center Stage! Get rocked with Blac Rabbit, The Head and Mansell at The Drunken Unicorn! Get retro rocked with The Way Back Band at Fat Matt’s Rib Shack! Or get some soul with Johnnyswim at The Roxy! Make your way to the Tabernacle for Rocktopia: A Classical Revolution! Gypsy Jazz it up with City of the Sun at Vinyl! Get the blues with Cody Matlock 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, May 12

Get your silent film fix with The Plaza Theater’s special screening of King Vidor’s 1925 classic, THE BIG PARADE, with organ accompaniment by Kool Kat Ron Carter at 5pm! And why not stick around for a Mother’s Day screening of Albert and David Maysles’ classic documentary, GREY GARDENS (1976) at 8pm! Celebrate 80 years of Batman with a screening of Joel Schumacher’s BATMAN FOREVER (1995) 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)]! Kool Kat Amy Pike and the Bonaventure Quartet Gypsy Jazz it up at the Berkeley Lake Chapel! Or jazz it up with Ken Ford at City Winery! Spend the night with Shawn Mullins at the Crimson Moon Café! Stomp on down to Eddie’s Attic for a night with Sugarcane Jane! Get rocked with Band X at Johnny’s Hideaway! Go to Hell and catch Kool Kats The Casket Creatures at the Masquerade! Catch a Flashback Cinema screening of Robert Wise’s THE SOUND OF MUSIC (1965) 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!

Darkwave it up at Noni’s during their weekly DARK ROOM event, every Thursday through July 26!

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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