This Week in ATLRetro, Feb. 17-23, 2020

by Melanie Crew
Managing Editor

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

Monday, February 17

WUSSY MAG and Out on Film present their monthly series, Queers on Film, at The Plaza Theater with a screening of William Friedkin’s THE BOYS IN THE BAND (1970) at 7pm! Or catch a screening of Rob Garver’s documentary on the controversial classic film critic, WHAT SHE SAID: THE ART OF PAULINE KAEL (2018) at the Landmark Midtown Art Cinema through Feb. 23! Spend the night with Rodriguez at City Winery! The BadAsh Allstar Team gets down at the Red Light Café with their Protest Jam II! 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! 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! 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, February 18

Make your way to Landmark Midtown Art Cinema as they continue another killer Classics Series with a screening of Melvin Van Peebles’s SWEET SWEETBACK’S BAADASSSSS SONG (1971) at 7pm! Retro it up at The Earl Smith Strand Theater as they present MIDDLETOWN, featuring Didi Conn (GREASE), Sandy Duncan (PETER PAN), Donny Most (HAPPY DAYS) and Adrian Zmed (T.J. HOOKER), running through Feb. 23! Folk it up with Papa Jack Couch & The Standard Electric at the Red Light Café! The Atlanta Jewish Film Festival presents a special screening of Otto Preminger’s EXODUS (1960) at the Sandy Springs Performing Arts Center at 1:50pm! Terminal West dishes out a night of Texas country with Jason Boland & The Stragglers! Folk rock it up with Gordon Lightfoot during his 80 Years Strong Tour at the Cobb Energy Centre! Get the rockin’ blues with the Crosstown Allstars at Fat Matt’s Rib Shack! 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! And as always, groove on down with Swami Gone Bananas at the Northside Tavern!

Wednesday, February 19

The Atlanta Jewish Film Festival presents a special screening of Charlie Chaplin’s THE GREAT DICTATOR (1940) at Regal Perimeter Pointe 10 at 12:20pm! Hula on down to Tiki Tango Hideaway Oasis for Retro Game Night featuring Tiki Bingo & Geeks Who Drink Trivia! Reggae it up with Adwela & The Uprising at Smith’s Olde Bar, with Space Koi! Emory Cinematheque continues their African-Americans in American Film Series with a screening of Ivan Dixon’s THE SPOOK WHO SAT BY THE DOOR (1973) at 7:30pm in White Hall 208! Ana Popovic dishes out a night of rockin’ blues at Terminal West! Folk it up with The Critton Hollow String Band at Waller’s Coffee Shop! Get bewitched and catch a screening of Alfonso Cuaron’s HARRY POTTER & THE PRISONER OF AZKABAN (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)! 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! It’s a Hoodoo Party with Skyler Saufley & the 99th Degree at Blind Willie’s! Get the blues with Frankie’s Blues Mission at Fat Matt’s Rib Shack! And as always, it’s Ladies Night at Johnny’s Hideaway which plays hits from Sinatra to Madonna for a generally mature crowd.

Thursday, February 20

Get hypnotized as Videodrome’s PlazaDrome gets bizzare at The Plaza Theater with a screening of Michael Arias’s TEKKONKINKREET (2006) at 9:30pm! Or boogie on down Bladerunner-style to Edgewood Speakeasy for Atl’85 Synthwave Night! The Atlanta Jewish Film Festival presents a special screening of Otto Preminger’s EXODUS (1960) at Tara Cinemas at 7pm! Spend an Evening with Andrea & Mudd at the world famous Clermont Lounge! Get down with Gregory Porter at the Cobb Energy Centre! Catch a bluegrass tribute to the Grateful Dead, Grass is Dead, at Smith’s Olde Bar, with the Lagoons! Get down with the Atlanta Latin Jazz Orchestra at Venkman’s! Catch a live recording of Mudcat’s The Piedmont Report podcast at Waller’s Coffee Shop featuring Sammy Blue, Ross Pead, Shelton Powe, Veronika Jackson, Joey Hoegger, Skunk Weed JuJu, Jason Waller and more! 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, February 21

Power pop it up with The Bongos and Pylon Reenactment Society at The Earl! Or get your Gypsy jazz fix withKool Kat Amy Pike and the Bonaventure Quartet at Ziba’s in Grant Park! Celebrate love gone wrong at The Highlander’s Broken Hearts & Bloody Valentines Art Show! Boogie down as Bogey & The Viceroy celebrate Prince at The Vista Room! “Empress of the Blues” Sandra Hall & The Shadows get down at Blind Willies! Get funky at Venkman’s as the Wasted Potential Brass Band presents Mardi Gras in the Old 4th Ward! The Atlanta Jewish Film Festival presents a special screening of Edward Norton’s KEEPING THE FAITH (2000) at Regal Perimeter Pointe 10 at 11am! The Stranger pays tribute to Billy Joel at City Winery! Jazz it up with Benito Gonzalez at the High Museum! Get folksy with The Krickets at the Red Clay Theatre! Or folk it up with Daniel Champagne and Christie Lenee at the Red Light Café! Get down to Eddie’s Attic for Randall Bramblett’s Album Release Party! Get down with Sana Blues at Fat Matt’s Rib Shack! 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, February 22

Garage rock it up with The Minks, Slow Parade, Nordista Freeze and the Pussywillows at 529! Experience Afro Soca Love at the Masquerade! Indie rock it up with at Terminal West! It’s a night of roadhouse rock at the Variety Playhouse with Delbert McClinton! Geek it up during MarksterCon’s Hair of the Dragon IX  – 2020 Cosplay Photo Studio Party at Studio Space Atlanta! Or have a deadly good time during Kool Kat VJ Anthony’s COFFIN CLASSICS: Goth Industrial Dance every 4th Saturday at Amsterdam Atlanta! Get some soul with Miki Howard at City Winery! Rock on down to The Vista Room for a Weezer vs. Foo Fighters show featuring El Scorcho and February Stars! Stomp on down to Waller’s Coffee Shop for a night with 4 Man String Band! The Atlanta Jewish Film Festival presents a special screening of Edward Norton’s KEEPING THE FAITH (2000) at Landmark Midtown Art Cinema at 8:20pm!  Get the blues with Big Bill Morganfield at Blind Willie’s! Blues rock it up with The Sly Dog 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, February 23

Go Go Godzilla it up at the Variety Playhouse for a night with Blue Oyster Cult! TCM Big Screen Classics presents a screening of Steven Spielberg’s THE COLOR PURPLE (1985) 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 Avenue Forsyth (Cumming); and Movie Tavern (Tucker)]! Make your way to the Auburn Avenue Research Library on African American Culture and History for PORGY AND BESS: A Black Perspective at 3pm! Eighties it up at The Vista Room for an ‘80s Singalong! It’s a night of old-school Chicago blues at Sweet Georgia’s Juke Joint with William Reed! Get down with the BooHoo Ramblers at Blind Willie’s! Celebrate eighty years of Disney’s PINOCCHIO (1940) with a screening at the Center for Puppetry Arts at 7pm! Get some soul with Miki Howard at City Winery! Get criminal and catch a screening of Francis Ford Coppola’s THE GODFATHER (1972) 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 your Americana fix with the Brooks Hubbard Band at the Masquerade! Get the blues with Jet Black 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

Make your way to Synchronicity Theatre for a steam punk version of The Hobbit, through Feb. 23! (LAST CHANCE!)

The Atlanta Jewish Film Festival celebrates its 20th Anniversary and kicks off tonight, running through Feb. 27 at venues across Atlanta!

The Children’s Museum of Atlanta presents their Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Secrets of the Sewer exhibit, kicking tail through May 10!

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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