This Week in ATLRetro, June 17-23, 2019

by Melanie Crew
Managing Editor

Boogie down and shake a tail feather in ATLRetro This Week!

Monday, June 17

WUSSY MAG and Out on Film present their new monthly series at The Plaza Theater, Queers on Film with a screening of the Jennie Livingston’s newly restored documentary PARIS IS BURNING (1990) at 7pm! Rev it up as Kool Kat Hot Rod Walt goes solo for the night at Smokin’ Cues in Stockbridge! Get futuristic and catch a screening of John Carpenter’s ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK (1981) at The Plaza Theater through June 20! Get old school with the Silkworm Smugglers at Waller’s Coffee Shop! Rock out and tune into Kool Kat Rev. Andy Hawley’s Psychobilly Freakout Radio broadcasting on Garage 71 at 8pm, every Monday! Make your way to SCADShow for their Storytellers: Soundtracks event! 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, June 18

The Landmark Midtown Art Cinema gets criminal in Little Italy with their new Classics Series screening of Spike Lee’s CROOKLYN (1994) at 7pm! Jam it up with Joe Gransden and his jazz jam session at Venkman’s! TCM Big Screen Classics Presents a 30th Anniversary screening of Phil Aldon Robinson’s FIELD OF DREAMS (1989) 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); Regal Atlantic Station Stadium 18; and AMC Southlake Pavilion 24 (Morrow)]! Get the blues with Electric Blues Express at Fat Matt’s Rib Shack! 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, June 19

Get freaky as the Masquerade presents the HELLZAPOPPIN CIRCUS SIDESHOW at 7pm! Get really retro with Opera’s Greatest Hits in Piedmont Park! The Highlander rocks out with Punk/Metal/New Wave Karaoke Night, every Wednesday! Bluegrass it up at Waller’s Coffee Shop! Hey you guys! Get adventurous and catch a Flashback Cinema screening of Steven Spielberg’s ‘80s classic RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK (1981) 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 the Man in Black, Johnny Cash Now! And as always, it’s Ladies Night at Johnny’s Hideaway which plays hits from Sinatra to Madonna for a generally mature crowd.

Thursday, June 20

Get bloody and bizarre and catch PlazaDrome’s screening of Kathryn Bigelow’s NEAR DARK (1987) at 6:30pm at The Plaza Theater! Funk it up with the Afro-Klezmer Orchestra at Buteco! Get bizarre with Videodrome and The Plaza Theatre as they present An Evening with Deadly Prey Gallery exhibit, featuring the Chicago-based art gallery dedicated to the hand-painted movie posters from Ghana, through June 23! The Star Bar kicks it in the Little Vinyl Lounge with Karaoke Night, every Thursday! Darkwave it up at Noni’s during their weekly DARK ROOM event, every Thursday! 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, June 21

Catch SCADShow’s Legacy Series screening of William Wyler’s classic BEN-HUR (1959) at 7pm! The Gone With The Wine Marietta Museum proudly presents a GWTW 80th Anniversary Celebration with a grand reopening of the museum, through June 23! Folk rock it up with Todd Snider at the Variety Playhouse! The Grindhouse Players present their adaptation of 2003 thriller PHONE BOOTH at Pulp Atlanta, through June 22! 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, June 22

Get horror rocked at The Highlander with Swearwolf, Freakshow Sinema, and Blood Oaks! Rev on down to the Dixie Tavern for a night with Kool Kat Hot Rod Walt & The Psycho DeVilles! It’s your last chance to catch The Grindhouse Players’ adaptation of 2003 thriller PHONE BOOTH at Pulp Atlanta! The Mable House Barnes Amphitheatre presents An Evening of Jazz with Gregory Porter and Ken Ford! Get monstrous and boogie down the fourth Saturday of every month with Kool Kat VJ Anthony during his Coffin Classics: Spark: Goth/Industrial Dance Party at Amsterdam Atlanta! Catch a hilarious double feature at the Ivy Wall Drive-In Theatre in Dacula with John Hughes’s PLANES, TRAINS AND AUTOMOBILES (1987) and Carl Reiner’s THE JERK (1979) at 9pm! 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, June 23

Garage rock it up at The Earl during See My Friends, a Memorial for Jeff Walls, featuring The Woggles, Kool Kat Rod Hamdallah, Tiger! Tiger! and more! Skank on down to the Buckhead Theatre for a night with Reel Big Fish, Bowling for Soup and Nerf Herder! Celebrate 25 years of Robert Zemeckis FORREST GUMP (1994) 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); Studio Movie Grill (Alpharetta/Marietta); and Regal Atlantic Station Stadium 18]! Boogie down with a Flashback Cinema screening of Emile Ardolino’s ‘80s classic DIRTY DANCING (1987) 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

The Grindhouse Players present their adaptation of 2003 thriller PHONE BOOTH at Pulp Atlanta, through June 22! (LAST CHANCE!!)

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

Haunt on down to the Aurora Theatre for Ghost Tours through Sept. 28!

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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