This Week in ATLRetro, January 6-12, 2020

by Melanie Crew
Managing Editor

Welcome to 2020! Kick off the new year with ATLRetro and check out all the swingin’ shenanigans we’ve dug up for you This Week!

Monday, January 6

Here’s Johnny! Have a killer time at The Plaza Theater with a screening of Stanley Kubrick’s THE SHINING (1980) at 3:15pm! Experience the glow of the Atlanta Botanical Garden‘s annual electrical extravaganza shining nightly through 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! Get the blues with Larry Griffith at Fat Matt’s Rib Shack! Boogie on down to the Northside Tavern and spend an evening with Lola at her famous Monday Night Northside Jam!

Tuesday, January 7

Zydeco it up with C.J. Chenier & The Red Hot Louisiana Band at Eddie’s Attic! Boogie down to Woof’s for a Retro Video Jukebox party! Get your Americana fix with Clark Ashton at Blind Willies! Experience the glow of the Atlanta Botanical Garden‘s annual electrical extravaganza shining nightly through Jan. 11! Jam it up with Joe Gransden and his jazz jam session at Venkman’s! Hula on down to Waller’s Coffee Shop for a Ukulele Jam! Get the blues with J.T. Speed at Fat Matt’s Rib Shack! And as always, groove on down with Swami Gone Bananas at the Northside Tavern!

Wednesday, January 8

Get horrorific and make your way to SCADShow for their Monsters & Metaphors: The Art of the Horror Genre event, featuring a discussion with documentary filmmaker Alexandre Phillipe (78/52), followed by a screening of his MEMORY: THE ORIGINS OF ALIEN (2019), at 5:30pm! Wussy Wednesdays (WUSSY MAG) return to The Plaza Theater with a screening of Emile Ardolino’s SISTER ACT (1992) at 7pm! Get old-timey with Bernadette Seacrest at Waller’s Coffee Shop! Celebrate The King and catch a screening of Denis Sanders’s ELVIS: THAT’S THE WAY IT IS (1980) 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)! A1A pays tribute to Jimmy Buffet at City Winery! Stomp on down to Eddie’s for a night with Ward Davis and Charles Wesley Godwin! Experience the glow of the Atlanta Botanical Garden‘s annual electrical extravaganza shining nightly through Jan. 11! Get some rhythm and soul and rock ‘n’ roll with Art Holliday at Fat Matt’s Rib Shack! The Highlander rocks out with their Punk/Metal/New Wave Karaoke Night, every Wednesday! Get jazzy at the Red Light Café with The Gordon Vernick Quartet! Funk it up with the Mike Veal Band at Tin Roof Cantina! 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, January 9

Raise a ruckus as Kool Kat Spike Fullerton and the Ghost Riders Car Club bring you a Red-Hot Honky-Tonk Show at the Clermont Lounge! Glam it up with the BadAsh Allstar Team’s David Bowie Birthday Party/Jam at the Red Light Café! Have a killer time at The Plaza Theater with a screening of Stanley Kubrick’s THE SHINING (1980) at 9:30pm! Get alt-rocked at 529 with The Van Allen Belt, Cousin Dan, Sister Sai and Goodbye Galaxy! Soft rock it up with Felix Cavaliere’s Rascals at Center Stage! Experience Jazz is Phish at City Winery! Jazz it up with the Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio at Terminal West! The Tin Roof Cantina gets down with Moses Mo & the Real Cool Band, Madame Vega and Carly Gibson! Spend the night with Bridget Leen at Waller’s Coffee Shop! Get down with The Lady in Red, Karen Briggs at Suite Food Lounge! Experience the glow of the Atlanta Botanical Garden‘s annual electrical extravaganza shining nightly through Jan. 11! 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, January 10

Get criminal and catch SCADShow’s Legacy Series screening of Martin Scorsese’s GOODFELLAS (1990) at 7pm! Folk it up with Cicada Rhythm and The High Divers at The Earl! It’s a night of old-time country and western swing at Red Light Café with The VaudeVillians, Richard Smith and Kevin Ward! Or stomp on down to Waller’s Coffee Shop for a night with Auction House Letters and Chickens & Pigs! Zoso pays tribute to Led Zeppelin at the Variety Playhouse! Make your way to Buteco for a night with Heather Luttrell & The Possum Den! Get down to Venkman’s for Laugh Tracks & Fanny Packs: A Night of Eighties Music & Comedy featuring Members Only! RITUAL presents their Steampunk Party at Heretic! Get rocked at City Winery with Cracker and Camper Van Beethoven! Or get countrified with Patrick Davis at Eddie’s Attic! Runaway Gin pays tribute to Phish at the Masquerade! The Wax Throwbacks pay tribute to old-school hip hop at Tin Roof Cantina! Freebird pays tribute to Lynyrd Skynyrd at The Vista Room! Get the rockin’ blues with Eddie & the 9Volts at the Northside Tavern! Fat Matt’s Rib Shack gets down with Big C! 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, January 11

Get rocked with the legend, Ian McNabb and Kenny Howes at The Earl! Buteco gets funky and brings you the Big Easy with the 4th War Afro-Klezmer Orchestra! New-Wave it up with Kool Kat VJ Anthony during an 80s New Wave Music Video Dance Party (Special Bowie Tribute) every 2nd Saturday of the month at Amsterdam Atlanta! Boogie on down to 529 for their Underground BritPop, UK Indie, New Wave Dance Party! Spend the evening with Celine Dion at State Farm Arena! Funk it up with Risky Biscuit at Tin Roof Cantina! Spend the night with The Pour Downs at Waller’s! The Rainmen deliver a night of ‘60s and ‘70s rock ‘n’ roll at the Northside Tavern! Get the blues with the Kerry Hill Band at Fat Matt’s Rib Shack! 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, January 12

Sci-fi it up and catch a screening of Ridley Scott’s BLADE RUNNER (1982) 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 Fatback Deluxe at Fat Matt’s Rib Shack! Get sweet and low down blues-style at the Northside Tavern with Uncle Sugar!

Ongoing

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

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!

Have a deadly good time during Kool Kat VJ Anthony’s COFFIN CLASSICS: Goth Industrial Dance every 4th Saturday 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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