This Week in ATLRetro, Nov. 18-24, 2019

by Melanie Crew
Managing Editor

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

Monday, November 18

WUSSY MAG and Out on Film present their monthly series, Queers on Film, at The Plaza Theater with a screening of Todd Solondz’s WELCOME TO THE DOLLHOUSE (1995) at 7pm! Get rocked at The Bakery with Material Girls and Control Top! Experience the glow of the Atlanta Botanical Garden‘s annual electrical extravaganza shining nightly Nov. 16 – Jan. 11! 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!

Tuesday, November 19

Prog rock it up with The Pineapple Thief and Gavin Harrison at the Variety Playhouse! Desert rock it up with King Buffalo at The Earl!  Get countrified with The Flatlanders at City Winery! Rock out with The Menzingers, Tigers Jaw and Culture Abuse at the Masquerade! 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, November 20

Bluegrass it up at Waller’s Coffee Shop! Emory Cinematheque screens Billy Wilder’s IRMA LA DOUCE (1963) in White Hall at 7:30pm! Get in the holiday mood and catch a Flashback Cinema screening of Robert Zemeckis’s THE POLAR EXPRESS (2004) 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)! Ice Nine Kills at the Buckhead Theatre! Get a cappella’d with Straight No Chaser at City Winery! Folk it up with Heather Woods Broderick at the Masquerade! Jam out with Jimmy Herring (Widespread Panic) at the Variety Playhouse! Catch Studio Movie Grill’s (Marietta/Alpharetta)  screening of Peter Jackson’s THE LORD OF THE RINGS: RETURN OF THE KING (2003) at 7:15pm! The Highlander rocks out with their Punk/Metal/New Wave Karaoke Night, every Wednesday! 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! And as always, it’s Ladies Night at Johnny’s Hideaway which plays hits from Sinatra to Madonna for a generally mature crowd.

Thursday, November 21

Get bizarrely criminal and raise a ruckus with Videodrome and The Plaza Theater during PlazaDrome’s screening of The Coen Brothers’s RAISING ARIZONA (1987) at 9:30pm! Get rocked at the Clermont Lounge with Mermaid Motor Lounge, Slow Parade and Tempest! Or stomp on down to The Earl for a night with Evan Stepp & The Piners, Ben Trickey, and Ryan Sheffield & The Highhills! Skip school and have a blast 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 John Hughes’s FERRIS BUELLER’S DAY OFF (1986) and bingo at 7:30pm! Jazz it up with Joe Alterman at Eddie’s Attic! Spend the night with the Sataras Quartet at the Red Light Café! Venkman’s gets down with the Atlanta Latin Jazz Orchestra! Celebrate the music of John Coltrane at Oakhurst Presbyterian Church during their A Love Supreme event! Get old-timey and classic with The Ruen Brothers at Smith’s Olde Bar! 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, November 22

Garage rock it up with Catfight, 6X and The Accidents at The Star Bar! Hilarity ensues at The Earl Smith Strand Theatre as Ed Asner stars in A Man and His Prostate. Get your diner fix this holiday season with Horizon Theatre’s production of WAFFLE PALACE CHRISTMAS, running through Dec. 29! Get down with James Hall & The Steady Wicked at The Earl! WUSSY MAG brings you The Potter Hour at 7 Stages, a night of comedy, music, drag, and spoken word all about Harry Potter! Metalcore it up with As I Lay Dying at the Buckhead Theatre! Who’s Bad pays tribute to Michael Jackson at City Winery! The Chi-Town Transit Authority pays tribute to Chicago at the Red Clay Theatre! Get retro rocked with White Denim and Spaceface at Terminal West! Be a smooth criminal and make your way to Venkman’s for a night with Yacht Rock Revue! Get folksy with CAAMP and Parker Louis at the Variety Playhouse! Make your way to Waller’s Coffee Shop for a night with Daniel Hearn! Get some holiday shopping done with local artists at EAV Farmer’s Market’s Candle Nights Marketplace! Help celebrate Mary’s 21st Birthday with all the shenanigans they’ve got lined up for you! Spend the night with The Ain’t Sisters, Granville Automatic and Anna Rose at Eddie’s Attic! Get rocked at Madlife Stage & Studios with Molly Hatchet, Vintage Vixens and 2 Broke Kings! Get the blues with The Vipers 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, November 23

Stomp on down to The Star Bar and raise a ruckus with Petunia (of Petunia & The Vipers), Andrea & Mudd and Rodeo Twister! Have a retrotastic time during Indie Craft Experience’s Holiday Shopping Spectacular at the Georgia World Congress Center! Or celebrate the holidays with Metropolitan Studios during their Nightmare Before Christmas Art Carnival with over 30 local vendors, live music, food, and more! Have a deadly good time during Kool Kat VJ Anthony’s COFFIN CLASSICS: Goth Industrial Dance at Amsterdam Atlanta! Rev it up with Kool Kat Hot Rod Walt & The Psycho DeVilles at the Dixie Tavern! Hilarity ensues at The Earl Smith Strand Theatre as Ed Asner stars in A Man and His Prostate. Get some soul with Regina Belle at City Winery! Stomp on down to the Crimson Moon Cafe for a night with Granville Automatic and Anna Rose! Gareth Asher dishes out a night of Southern soul at Eddie’s Attic! The Four Horsemen rock out at Madlife Stage & Studios! Jam out with Perpetual Groove at the Variety Playhouse! The Northside Tavern gets rockin’ with a little Chicago/Delta blues of The Breeze Kings! 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, November 24

Mannheim Steamroller invades the Fox Theatre, so come on out and start the season with a bang! Spend the night with Matt Wertz at City Winery! Get rocked with Bayside at the Masquerade! Doom folk it up with Dear Woodland Creatures at The Bakery! Hilarity ensues at The Earl Smith Strand Theatre as Ed Asner stars in A Man and His Prostate. Johnny’s Hideaway delivers a night with the Cosmic Gypsies! Get stoner rocked with Black Mountain at Terminal West! Get bewitched and catch a Flashback Cinema screening of Chris Columbus’s HARRY POTTER & THE SORCERER’S STONE (2001) 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 Aurora Theatre rings in the season with their Christmas Canteen, through Dec. 23!

Get your diner fix this holiday season with Horizon Theatre’s production of WAFFLE PALACE CHRISTMAS, running through Dec. 29!

Experience the glow of the Atlanta Botanical Garden‘s annual electrical extravaganza shining nightly Nov. 16 – Jan. 11!

New-Wave it up with Kool Kat VJ Anthony during an 80s New Wave Music Video Dance Party every 2nd Saturday of the month at Amsterdam Atlanta!

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!

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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