This Week in ATLRetro, Nov. 25-Dec. 1, 2019

by Melanie Crew
Managing Editor

It’s a Holiday Hootenanny in ATLRetro This Week! Take a gander at all the janglin’ shindigs we’ve found for you!

Monday, November 25

Experience the glow of the Atlanta Botanical Garden‘s annual electrical extravaganza shining nightly through Jan. 11! Rev it up as Kool Kat Hot Rod Walt goes solo for the night at Smokin’ Cues in Stockbridge! Make your way to The Earl for a night with Mikal Cronin and Shannon Lay! 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! Get some soul with K. Michelle at the Tabernacle! Make your way to Smith’s Olde Bar for a night with the Better Daze Ahead Band! 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, November 26

Get old-school with the Blind Boys of Alabama and Kristen Englenz at Eddie’s Attic! The Royal Opera House’s THE NUTCRACKER screens at Landmark Midtown Art Cinema at 7pm! Pop rock it up with Sara Bareilles at the Fox Theatre! Or get your death metal fix with Cannibal Corpse 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 27

Grinder Nova and the Mariachi Pit Stop Band return to The Star Bar, one night only! Boogie down with Bela Fleck & the Flecktones at Atlanta Symphony Hall! Spend the night with Coy Bowles (Zac Brown Band) at the Variety Playhouse! Bluegrass it up at Waller’s Coffee Shop! 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)! ATL Collective relives The Grateful Dead’s AMERICAN BEAUTY at City Winery! Stomp on down to Eddie’s Attic for a night with Sam Burchfield & The Scoundrals! The Manchester Orchestra presents the 10th Annual The Stuffing event featuring GroupLove, Foxing, O’ Brother, Kevin Devine, and Brother Bird at the Fox Theatre! Skank on down to Smith’s Olde Bar for a night with The Supervillians! The Highlander rocks out with their Punk/Metal/New Wave Karaoke Night, every Wednesday! Funk it up with the Mike Veal Band at Tin Roof Cantina! Waller’s Coffee Shop gets down with a Bluegrass Thanksgiving Jam! 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 28

Gobble, Gobble, Hey! it up in ATLRetro! Shake a ghastly tail feather at 529 with DKA Sisters of Turkey Goth Danse Party! Catch a screening of Tommy Wiseau’s THE ROOM (2003) at The Plaza Theater at 7:30pm! 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 29

Get your holiday cheer on during the Puddles Pity Party & Friends Holiday Jubilee at Center Stage, featuring Kool Kat Big Mike Greier! Get retro rocked at The Star Bar with the Highriders, JJ & the Hustlers, Ricer and RUST! Spend the night with Basquiat and catch a screening of Edo Bertoglio’s DOWTOWN ’81 (2000) at The Plaza Theater! Tribute pays tribute to the Allman Brothers Band at City Winery! Folk rock it up with Ralph Roddenbery at the Crimson Moon Cafe! Back N Black pays tribute to AC/DC at Madlife Stage & Studios! Get the garage rockin’ blues with Kool Kat Rod Hamdallah at the Northside Tavern! Rock on down to the Red Light Café for the 20th Annual Glenn Phillips Day-After-Thanksgiving Show! Get ‘90s alt-rocked at the Roxy with Collective Soul! The Last Waltz Ensemble pays tribute to The Band and Bob Dylan at Smith’s Olde Bar! Stomp on down to the Tabernacle for a night with Blackberry Smoke! Futurebirds rock out at the Variety Playhouse! The Dirty Doors pay tribute to The Doors at Venkman’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, November 30

Celebrate 20 rockin’ years of The Earl with The Oblivions and Kool Kat Quintron & Miss Pussy Cat! Holiday shenanigans ensue at Atlanta Symphony Hall as the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra provides the soundtrack to Chris Columbus’s holiday favorite, HOME ALONE (1990) at 7:30pm! Departure pays tribute to Journey at The Earl Smith Strand Theatre! Get funky with Mother’s Finest at the Buckhead Theatre! Stomp on down to the Crimson Moon Cafe for a night with Michelle Malone & The Hot Toddies! Ellis Paul gets folksy at Eddie’s Attic! Interstellar Echoes pay tribute to Pink Floyd at Madlife Stage & Studios! Get ‘90s alt-rocked at the Roxy with Collective Soul! Rockabilly it up at The Star Bar with the Georgia Dish Boys, Tyler Key & Strangers, Dan Clifford & The Tall Boys, Fun Isn’t Fair and Fatties! Stomp on down to the Tabernacle for a night with Blackberry Smoke! Americana it up with American Aquarium at Terminal West! Or get your folk-rock fix with Shawn Mullins at the Variety Playhouse! Get old-timey with the Canyon Ladies at Waller’s Coffee Shop! Make your way to The Bakery for Plasma Fest 2019! Get down with the Rib Shack Lady 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, December 1

Spend Dunch with Greg Cartwright (The Oblivions) at The Earl! Holiday shenanigans ensue for a second day at Atlanta Symphony Hall as the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra provides the soundtrack to Chris Columbus’s holiday favorite, HOME ALONE (1990) at 3pm! The Earl Smith Strand Theatre presents a Sing-A-Long with Robert Wise’s THE SOUND OF MUSIC (1965) at 3pm and 7:30pm! TCM Big Screen Classics presents a 30th Anniversary screening of Rob Reiner’s WHEN HARRY MET SALLY (1989) 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]! Get down with Boomers Gone Wild at the Crimson Moon Cafe! Or get countrified with Kristian Bush at Eddie’s Attic! Catch a Flashback Cinema screening of Chris Columbus’s HOME ALONE (1990) 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 the blues 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!

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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