This Week in ATLRetro – Home Edition #8 – May 4-10, 2020

by Melanie Crew
Managing Editor

We at ATLRetro care about your health and well-being, so This Week we are bringing you our eighth installment of our Home-Edition, a week’s worth of retrotastic fun you can experience straight from your couch! Want to know how to support our local artists, vendors and businesses? Scroll to the end of the calendar for a listing of creatives and how to support!

Manic Monday, May 4

You won’t want to miss ACME RADIO LIVE’s SOCIAL DISTANCING SESSIONS via ACME RADIO LIVE’S FACEBOOK PAGE! Tonight’s kickin’ line-up includes Elijah Ocean (6 – 6:45pm CST), Nick Dittmeier & the Sawdusters (7 – 7:45pm CST), and Black Bettie (8 – 8:45pm CST)! Or get monsterific and stream Paul Wegener’s THE GOLEM (1920) via KinoNow here! Get experimentally rocked with The Residents livestreaming at The Variety Playhouse here! Check out Eddie’s Attic’s Songwriters Open Mic here! DooGallery presents their daily Covid-19 Art Show virtually in support of local artists through May 31! Join 7 Stages online every Monday at 5pm here for 7S Manic Monday Live! Get your Americana fix and go Live with Alice and Palmer! Rock out and tune into Kool Kat Rev. Andy Hawley’s Psychobilly Freakout Radio broadcasting on Garage 71 at 8pm, every Monday! Check out Aurora Theatre’s Digital Series 2020 featuring crafting, art, games and more!

Timeless Tuesday, May 5

Check out Kool Kat Jeffrey Butzer’s new piano collection of his older songs via LP here! Get rocked as L7 unleashes “Fake Friends” single featuring Joan Jett paired with spooky “Witchy Burn” B-Side! Brigid Dawson & The Mothers Network (Thee Oh Sees) announce debut LP, BALLET OF APES, out May 23rd on Castle Face Records. Check out their “Is the Season for New Incarnationshere! Get your ‘80s new-wavy fix with Bloods’ “I Hate It” music video here! Goth noir it up with Marchelle Bradanini’s new single “Red White & Blueshere! We know you need your swingin’ Joe Gransden fix, so why not visit his site and catch a video or two of his, including him and his band swingin’ it up at Café 290, here! Get musical with Andrew Lloyd Webber as he streams his musicals free online, every Friday, via his The Shows Must Go On YouTube channel here!

Way Back Wednesday, May 6

A Cappella Books presents legendary singer-songwriter, activist and author Billy Bragg with a live virtual author event online at 6pm here! Bragg will join Atlanta music journalist Chad Radford for a Zoom discussion of his career and two most recent books, “The Three Dimensions of Freedom” (2019) and “Roots, Radicals and Rockers: How Skiffle Changed the World” (2017), followed by an online Q&A session. Brooklyn-based psych rockers Zebedee share new EP, FANCY SEEING YOU HERE, out on Bandcamp here! You won’t want to miss ACME RADIO LIVE’s SOCIAL DISTANCING SESSIONS via ACME RADIO LIVE’S FACEBOOK PAGE! Tonight’s kickin’ line-up includes Tim Easton (6 – 6:45pm CST), Kirby Brown (7 – 7:45pm CST), and Mike Maimone (8 – 8:45pm CST)! Get down with Frenchy and the Punk’s Live Stream Mini Concert from Batfrog HQ, with this week’s theme being “Stripped Down” at 8pm! Surf-Western duo Andrea & Mud announce new LP, BAD NEWS DARLIN’ out June 12! Check out their single, “Bad News Darlin’here! Check out Emory’s Carlos Museum’s “Carlos at Home” virtual exhibition tours and more. This week you’ll get a chance to experience artwork related to the Indian epic Ramayana!

Throwback Thursday, May 7

Kool Kat Vanessa Wright with the Women in Horror Film Festival present Hellbent for Horror Takeover at 8pm via Zoom joined by special guest, writer/director Adam Marcus (JASON GOES TO HELL, SECRET SANTA, TEXAS CHAINSAW 3-D)! We love The Plaza Theatre, so we’re sharing the love with their special online Virtual Tour of 80 years of cinema in Atlanta at 7pm! HENNESSEY share their single, “LET’S PRETEND (IT’S THE 80s)here and announce S/T EP out this summer on Velvet Elk Records! Atlanta alt-country/indie rock band Nikki & The Phantom Callers releases debut LP, EVERYBODY’S GOING TO HELL (BUT YOU AND ME) out now! Check out their “Fallen Angel” video here! Atlanta Contemporary presents their exhibit “The Life and Death of Charles Williams” which can be virtually toured here. Check out Infinite Eve’s cover of Heart’s “Barracudahere! Parisian space disco six piece L’Imperatrice have some freaky fun with their new single “Exit”(“Fou”)here! Unloved have released a new single “Why Not”, available now via Heavenly Recordings. UGA Extension Fulton County presents a free webinar on the basics of home canning with their Home Canning for Beginners event at 6pm! Check out the Kennedy Center’s YouTube channel/digital stage here featuring concerts from Gladys Knight, Queen Latifah and more! The Metropolitan Opera is offering a Nightly Opera Stream. Click here for more information, including weekly schedule. The National Theatre is streaming a production a week, every Thursday, here.

Freaky Friday, May 8

The Plaza Movie Club Time Warps it up with The Rocky Horror Quarantine Show every Friday here (and keep your eyes peeled for info regarding The Plaza’s upcoming Drive-In Theatre experience)! Hilarity is bound to ensue as Dad’s Garage Theatre Company hosts a Free Online Improv Class at 7pm! Mark Lanegan (Screaming Trees) shares his new track “Stockholm City Blueshere! His new album STRAIGHT SONGS OF SORROW is due out today on Heavenly Recordings featuring members of Afghan Whigs, Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, Lamb of God and more! Pop punk it up with New Jersey’s FRND CRCL who have dropped their sophomore album INTERNET NOISE which can be streamed here! Check out their video for “Loose Cannonhere! Donita Sparks of L7 deliversThe Hi-Low Show with Donita Sparksevery Friday @ 3pm PT viaWe Are Hear: On The Air” streaming network. San Diego’s Hey, Chels releases their debut full-length EVERYTHING GOES digitally for FREE here! The LP will also be released on vinyl later this year via Brainworm Records. Stream the new music video “You’ve Got You Nowhere! The Earl Smith Strand Theatre is providing virtual classic double features every Friday night via Twitch TV here!

Scintillating Saturday, May 9

Join the National Endowment for the ArtsHuman: A Pretty Monstrous Experience, an arts festival intended to celebrate their 41st season. While the entirety of humanity encounters this pandemic together, our artists continue to connect while examining what is essential during this pretty monstrous experience. A variety of artistic responses inspired by Kelly Link’s PRETTY MONSTERS and our responsibility in navigating fear and social divide will knock down the barriers of isolation. Tune in between noon and 6 PM for all of these world premieres complete with introductions via live feed from the blood drive to keep you company along the way! Boogie down with DJ Livestream with Johnny’s Hideaway at 8pm! Indie-psych band Elephant Stone released their 6th album Hollow shortly before March, eerily about the end of the world. Today, they’ve shared a poignant new single, American Dream exclusively on Bandcamp. All proceeds will be donated to the PLUS1 COVID-19 Relief Fund! Garage rock duo, THE DODIES, released their debut album IT’S ONE HELL OF A RIDE on April 24. Check out their video for single “Boiling Pointhere! Georgia boy, Butch Walker, released new single “Gridlock” (which you can check out here) on his upcoming album, AMERICAN LOVE STORY, a rock opera that tackles racism, homophobia and the social divides in modern America out May 8. Pre-order the album here! The Center for Puppetry Arts is live-streaming performances and providing workshops on line via their website for free here! Hey parents! Check out the Children’s Museum of Atlanta’s virtual learning program #CMAatHome, featuring story time, singing and more!

Science ‘n’ more Sunday, May 10

The Winchester Mystery House is offering virtual tours here! The Fernbank Museum goes epically virtual! Catch virtual screenings of DINOS ALIVE! and MUMMIES and more! Glass Animals have released the first portion of their “Quarantine Covers which includes Nirvana’s “Heart Shaped Box.” Joan As Police Woman  released her acclaimed new COVER TWO album May 1 on Sweet Police / [PIAS]. Her new single “Under Control” (The Strokes)” is a soulful, classic R&B reimagination of the punky era-spanning original, featuring Jacob Silver (bass) and Parker Kindred (drums, vocals). Check out “Maelstrom by Duet For Theremin and Lap Steel here! Sword & Soul it up by supporting Sorghum & Spear and catch an interview with the one and only Nichelle Nichols here!

Help support our local businesses and artists (A-Z Listing)

 *Check out 7 Stages’ YouTube channel here to live stream, and while you’re at it, purchase a gift certificate or two to help now and see art later here!
*A Cappella Books – Join their VIP discount and membership club for discounts and more (A Cappella Choir). Members who would like to purchase anything online can do so by sending them your list via email or by phone order at (404) 681-5128. All choir members are eligible for free home delivery! Find out more and join here.
*Get monsterific and check out Monsterama’s Kool Kat Anthony Taylor’s Etsy page, Pop Kulture Vulture!
*Atlanta Science-Fiction & Fantasy Expo 2020 had to cancel/postpone (we’ll post their new dates when they announce) but you can still support their authors, artists & vendors at their Virtual Market!
*Browse and purchase your favorite books and more at Atlanta Vintage Books!
*Why not check out our Kool Kat Derek Yaniger’s art and creator of our ATLRetro logo!
*Dirk Hays, purveyor of all that is monstrous and weird, makes art, so why not check out Art by Dirk!
*Geek it up and check out Dr. No’s Comics & Games Superstore (online store here) in Marietta offering gift certificates which can be purchased over the phone for later use and curbside pick-up!
*Eagle Eye Book Shop is offering free shipping on $10 or more orders!
*The Earl Smith Strand Theatre – Help support them here.
*Help support the staff at Eddie’s Attic by contributing to their GoFundMe here.
*Jonathan Chaffin’s Horror in Clay, offers tiki mugs filling your every monster madness need!
*Check out Jeanne the Maskmaker’s Etsy page here!
*Get your vintage jewelry fix with Jezebel Blue and your retro style fix with 2the9s Retro!
*Kyle Yaklin gets creaturific with his creature masks and more!
*Landmark’s Midtown Art Theatre – Support by purchasing gift cards for future use here.
*Support the employees of the Masquerade via their GoFundMe here!
*The Plaza Theatre – Support by either purchasing vouchers for future events here, or by supporting their Go Fund Me here, or you can donate or become a member of The Plaza Theatre Foundation. Check out their online store here!
*Get jazzy and help support the Suite Food Lounge’s Suite Jazz Band here!
*Kool Kat Shane Morton,  and Silver Scream FX Lab offers one hellacious merch store with monster masks, art and more!

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