This Week in ATLRetro, Sept. 16-22, 2019

by Melanie Crew
Managing Editor

Come see what’s shakin’ in ATLRetro This Week!

Monday, September 16

WUSSY MAG and Out on Film present their monthly series, Queers on Film, at The Plaza Theater with a screening of Frank Simon’s newly-restored documentary THE QUEEN (1968) at 7pm! Get some soul with Angie Stone at City Winery! Grunge it up at the Red Light Café with Play Center, Buzzard Cult, Cosmic Kitten and Jerry Would Let Me Down! Or get old-timey at Smith’s Olde Bar with the Tyler Neal Band, Folk Family Revival, John Evans and Alex Culbreath! Head out to the Sahara for a night with Tinariwen and Lonnie Holley at the Variety Playhouse! Break the boundaries and jazz it up with a screening of Stanley Nelson Jr.’s documentary, MILES DAVIS: BIRTH OF THE COOL (2019), through Sept. 19 at The Plaza Theater! Or make your way to Regal Tara Cinemas for a screening of Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman’s documentary, LINDA RONSTADT: THE SOUND OF MY VOICE (2019), or Max Lewkowicz’s documentary, FIDDLER: A MIRACLE OF MIRACLES (2019), through Sept. 19! AJFF on Campus presents a screening of  Ema Ryan Yamazaki’s documentary, MONKEY BUSINESS: THE ADVENTURES OF CURIOUS GEORGE’S CREATORS (2017) at 5:30pm in White Hall 208/Emory! Americana it up with Jason Waller 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! Get your vinyl fix at Little 5 Points Corner Tavern’s Records of Mass Destruction, every Monday! 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 night with Larry Griffith!

Tuesday, September 17

The Landmark Midtown Art Cinema continues their Classics Series with a screening of Alain Robbe-Grillet’s LAST YEAR AT MARIENBAD (1961) at 7pm! Or have some late night laughs as The Plaza Theater and the Silver Scream Spook Show present a screening of Shinichirou Ueda’s ONE CUT OF THE DEAD (2017) at 9pm! Jeff Sparks gets jazzy at City Winery! Spend the night with Sinkane at The Earl! Folk it up with Barns Courtney and The Hunna at The Loft! Get the Piedmont blues with Mudcat during Gypsy Rose’s Mudcat Tuesdays event! 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! Eddie & the 9 Volts get the rockin’ blues at Fat Matt’s Rib Shack! And as always, groove on down with Swami Gone Bananas at the Northside Tavern!

Wednesday, September 18

Rock out with The Who at State Farm Arena! Emory Cinematheque screens Billy Wilder’s DOUBLE INDEMNITY (1944) at 7:30pm! Get rocked with Shonen Knife at Smith’s Olde Bar! Get some soul with Syleena Johnson at City Winery! Catch a Flashback Cinema screening of Peter Jackson’s THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE RETURN OF THE KING (2003) 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)! Get down with Mudcat & the Piedmont Playboys at Blind Willie’s! Live long and prosper and catch a 40th Anniversary screening of Robert Wise’s STAR TREK: THE MOTION PICTURE (1979) at theatres across Atlanta [AMC Barrett Commons 24 (Kennesaw); Hollywood Stadium 24 (Chamblee); Avalon Stadium 12 (Alpharetta); Perimeter Pointe 10; Georgian Stadium 14 (Newnan); AMC Sugarloaf Mills 18 (Lawrenceville); Regal Mall of Georgia Stadium (Buford); and Regal Atlantic Station Stadium 18]! Bluegrass it up at Waller’s Coffee Shop! Honkytonk on down to The Star Bar for Cowboy Karaoke! 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 Electric Blue Express! And as always, it’s Ladies Night at Johnny’s Hideaway which plays hits from Sinatra to Madonna for a generally mature crowd.

Thursday, September 19

Spend the night with the godfather of Hong Kong action films with Videodrome and The Plaza Theater during PlazaDrome’s screening of Jackie Chan’s POLICE STORY (1985) at 9:30pm! Get some soul with the Seratones and Wanderwild at The Earl! Stomp on down to Waller’s Coffee Shop for a night with Kool Kat Spike Fullerton and the Russian Roulette Band! Geek it up as NerdLanta presents their Back to the ‘80s Movie Night, every third Thursday of the month, at Mother Bar+Kitchen, this month featuring a screening of Robert Zemeckis’s BACK TO THE FUTURE (1985) and bingo! Get your ‘90s alt rock fix with Matthew Sweet at City Winery! Shimmy on down to the Red Light Café for Bombshell Burlesque! 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! The Star Bar kicks it in the Little Vinyl Lounge with Karaoke Night, every Thursday! 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, September 20

Surf it up with The Disasternauts, The Manakooras and DJ Big Tiki Dude at the official Southern Surf StompFest Pre-Party at Trader Vic’s! WUSSY MAG nineties it up and invites you to The Buffy Hour: Party at the Hellmouth at 7 Stages! Have a slashing good time and catch HALLOWEEN: THE MUSICAL at Pulp Atlanta, through Sept. 21! Stomp on down to the Tin Roof Cantina for a night with The Muckers, Whiskey Magnolia and Shayne Goss! Nelson Ramos gets jazzy at the High Museum! SCADShow presents a Legacy Series screening of Disney’s SNOW WHITE AND THE SEVEN DWARFS (1937) at 7pm! Get jazzy at Callandwolde during their Jazz on the Lawn series featuring Bob Baldwin! Spend the night with Snarky Puppy at the Tabernacle! Get down with Stoney Brooks at the Northside Tavern! Get rocked with T.N.T. at Fat Matt’s Rib Shack! Get the blues with the Chris O’Leary Band at Blind Willie’s! 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, September 21

Rock out surf-style with the big kahuna, Kool Kat Chad Shivers and his kickin’ cohorts at the rockin’est annual shindig in Avondale Estates, the Southern Surf StompFest, catching a wave at Little Tree Art Studios, featuring The Surge!, The Mystery Men?, Fiend Without a Face, The Madeira, Surfer Joe, Insect Surfers, the Intoxicators, El Capitan & The Reluctant Sadists, The Flamethrowers and so much more to feed your kitschy vintage culture lust (check out our Shop Here feature for 2th9’s Retro and Jezebel Blue here)! In celebration of Southern Surf Stompfest, My Parents’ Basement brings back their Bizarre Bazaar featuring 50 artists, vintage dealers, collectables and oddities, comic books, vintage toys, and more! Get Muppet-y at the Center for Puppetry Arts for Henson Cosplay Day and stick around for a screening of Frank Oz/Henson’s THE MUPPETS TAKE MANHATTAN (1984) at 7pm! Head on over to the Children’s Museum of Atlanta for their opening of Curious George: Let’s Get Curious exhibit! Or make your way to the Old Fourth Ward Fall Fest featuring live music, tasty treats and a lantern parade! Get rocked with Kool Kats Blackfoot Gypsies at The Earl! Midsummer Night Faire in downtown Smyrna is an experience you don’t want to miss – with an artist’s market, fire performances, aerial performances, food trucks, palm readings Tarot readings, a dragon lighting and so much more! Spend the night with Bob Mould at City Winery! Or get hellacious with ELZIG and Kool Kats The Casket Creatures at Smokin’ Cues in Stockbridge! Make your way to Ameris Bank Amphitheatre for a night with Hank Williams, Jr.! The Destroy Boys rock out at the Drunken Unicorn! Spend the night with Fiona Silver, Sash the Bash, Damn Jackals and the Pussy Willows at The Star Bar! Make your way to the Ivy Wall Drive-In Theatre in Dacula for a buggy double-feature with Kurt Newmann’s THE FLY (1958) and David Cronenberg’s THE FLY (1986) at 8pm! Get old-timey with the Rev. Justin Hylton and Trent Rice at Waller’s Coffee Shop! Get the blues with Ron Cooley & The Hard Times at Fat Matt’s Rib Shack! The Northside Tavern gets down with the Tyler Neal Band! 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, September 22

Break free and celebrate the 25th Anniversary of Frank Darabont’s THE SHAWSHANK REDEMTPION (1994) at theatres across Atlanta [AMC Barrett Commons 24 (Kennesaw); Hollywood Stadium 24 (Chamblee); Avalon Stadium 12 (Alpharetta); Perimeter Pointe 10; Georgian Stadium 14 (Newnan); AMC Sugarloaf Mills 18 (Lawrenceville); Regal Mall of Georgia Stadium (Buford); AMC Southlake Pavilion 24 (Morrow); AMC Avenue Forsyth (Cumming); Regal McDonough Stadium 16; and Regal Atlantic Station Stadium 18]! New Wave it up with Squeeze at the Tabernacle! Stomp on down to City Winery for a night with Michelle Malone & Drag the River! Celebrate all things Japan at JapanFest at the Infinite Energy Center! Get rocked with GWAR at the Masquerade! Catch a screening of Dennis Hopper’s EASY RIDER (1969) and Herbert RossSTEEL MAGNOLIAS (1989) at The Plaza Theater! Make your way to The Earl Smith Strand Theatre’s Silent Film Series screening of Harold Lloyd’s THE KID BROTHER (1927), featuring live organ accompaniment at 3pm with Kool Kat Ron Carter! Get rocked with Strung Out, The Casualties and The Breaknecks at The Earl! Spend the night with Julio Iglesias at Gwinnett Arena! Get classical with Joshua Bell at Atlanta Symphony Hall! Get your film noir fix and catch a Flashback Cinema screening of John Huston’s THE MALTESE FALCON (1941) 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)! Or get down with 10,000 Pontiacs at Fat Matt’s Rib Shack! Funk it up with Risky Biscuit at Tin Roof Cantina! Get sweet and low down blues-style at the Northside Tavern with Uncle Sugar!


Geek it up as NerdLanta presents their Back to the ‘80s Movie Night, every third Thursday of the month, at Mother Bar+Kitchen!

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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