Kool Kat of the Week: Jeffrey Butzer Delivers A Lynchian Tour de Force with His “Club Silencio: Music From the Feature Films of David Lynch” Kicking Off Its Southeastern Summer Tour at The Earl

Posted on: May 30th, 2017 By:

by Melanie Crew
Managing Editor

It’s been exactly half a decade since we shot the breeze with Atlanta’s own jack of all musical trades and film score junkie, Jeffrey Butzer (The Bicycle Eaters/The Compartmentalizationalists). So we caught up with him once again to get the scoop on his upcoming venture into the bizarre land of Lynch. His “Club Silencio: Music From the Feature Films of David Lynch” tours the southeast this summer with a killer kick-off at The Earl this Friday, June 2 at 9 pm, featuring the “Ladies in the Radiator” also known as Butzer (guitar); T.T. Mahony (synth/piano); Bicycle Eaters Matt Steadman and Sean Zearfoss (rhythm section); Ben Davis (sax), Jade Poppyfield and Renee Nelson (rotating vocalists). Club Silencio promises an unconventionally surreal evening sending you dangling head first into The Pink Room. And if you just can’t get enough Lynch-madness after the June 2 date, you can catch the tour at its stops at the High Dive in Gainesville, FL on June 23, at Saturn in Birmingham, AL on July 8, and at the Caledonia Lounge in Athens on July 15!

ATLRetro caught up with Jeffrey Butzer for a quick tête-à-tête about “Club Silencio,” his love affair with film scores and film in general, and what he and the Bicycle Eaters/The Compartmentalizationalists have been up to in the last five years. While you’re takin’ a gander at our little Q&A with Butzer, why not listen to a bit o’ Butzer and The Compartmentalizationalists’ “Mother’s Gray Dress.”

ATLRetro:  It’s been nearly half a decade since we spoke to you about the release of The Bicycle Eaters’ new 7-inch HIDING PLASTIC SPIDERS. So much has happened since, and now you’re diving head first into David Lynch’s land of the bizarre with your newest musical escapade, CLUB SILENCIO: MUSIC FROM THE FEATURE FILMS OF DAVID LYNCH. What draws you to Lynch’s film scores?

Jeffrey Butzer: What I love about Lynch’s work is his element of surprise. The new TWIN PEAKS series is a great example of that. I love that every week I have no idea what I am getting into. Will it scare me or be hilarious?  …Who knows?

Your CLUB SILENCIO tour was originally slated for 2008, as a follow up to your BEAUTIFUL LOSERS: THE SONGS OF CAVE, WAITS AND COHEN and A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS tours. Of course we have to know, what took so long and why now?

I am not sure? It wasn’t feeling right in 2008. I never could get in to the mindset to put it together. As Lynch would say, “The ideas weren’t coming.” I had a set list, which really hasn’t changed very much. But that was it. Earlier this year, I had a conversation with a musician who was sort of pushing me to finally do it. Then Julee Cruise and I sort of discussed a mini tour, which neither of us could make happen but, at that point I was really into the idea again, and with the timing of the new TWIN PEAKS it was easy to get everyone motivated.

Can you tell our readers a little about “The Ladies in the Radiator” who will be performing with you on the CLUB SILENCIO tour?

Yes, my longtime collaborator T.T. Mahony is playing synth/piano, Bicycle Eaters Matt Steadman and Sean Zearfoss are the rhythm section, Ben Davis (Purkenji Shift/Noot d’Noot) on Sax, Meghan Dowlen a.k.a. ”Jade Poppyfield and Renee Nelson (Jarboe) are both singing on different dates. I am playing guitar. It is a really great band. I am really happy with all the arrangements.

Film scores are a big influence on your music, with the Bicycle Eaters and The Compartmentalizationalists, et al. It seems many musicians are influenced by particular musicians (past or present) or a particular type of popular music (the art being the whole), but film’s scores tell a different kind of story, as accompaniments or pieces or carriers of the whole. Can you tell our readers what it is about film scores that influence you and the part they play in carrying a film?

I am a film lover in general. I like when films have no music, like in NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN or films by my hero Luis Bunuel. But, I also like when music is almost like a main character in a movie, like THE MASTER or films by Fellini, for example. I am not sure how film music influences me exactly. I guess I like the abstract nature of creating feelings out of noises. Mood is my primary goal in the music that I create.

We see that you’ve composed several scores as well for films such as Raymond Carr’s WILD IS THE WIND (2011); HITORI (2014); GOOD GRIEF SUICIDE HOTLINE (2015); ABACUS, MY LOVE (2014); BIRDCATCHER (2006), etc. Do you prefer composing behind the scenes, or playing in front of a crowd? Pros and cons?

I enjoy both for different reasons. Making a score is really strange to me. I really never know what I am doing. I still do not have a method of working and I don’t write out music. Matt Steadman (producer, musician) and I normally meet and see what happens and eventually we come up with music we are happy with. Live shows are very thrilling for me. Something like Club Silencio is fun, because we get to have our own Lynchian spin on expectations. We created this as massive admirers and fans of Lynch and have put together the show we would want to see. I’m getting really obsessed with details like stage plot, lighting, clothing. We put a lot of thought in to these types of shows. We really want them to feel special and fun for people.

Which film score(s) influenced you the most before you began composing your own, and how did it influence you?

Nino Rota’s 8 ½, Michael Nyman/Peter Greenaway scores and the spaghetti westerns by Morricone and Luis Bacolov were all influential to me.

Who are your top five favorite film composers and the film scores they composed that moved you most?

In no particular order my favorites would be Nino Rota (8 ½); Angelo Badalamenti (most Lynch films); Ennio Morricone (ONCE UPON A TIME IN THE WEST/ THE GREAT SILENCE); Michael Nyman (A ZED AND TWO NOUGHTS/ THE COOK, THE THIEF, HIS WIFE AND HER LOVER); and Carter Burwell (FARGO/ BARTON FINK). However, it is difficult to speak about influence. As a musician I strive to not show my influences. I can say that when I sit down to write, music is the last thing on my mind. I am typically thinking about a story, sometimes my own, sometimes a book or film. Then, I try to musically paint a picture. I am very bad with narrative, which is probably why I am drawn to filmmakers like Lynch, who seems more concerned with mood.

Can you give us five things you’re into at the moment that we should be listening to right now–past or present, well-known or obscure?

1) Rowland S. Howard, the guitarist from The Birthday Party has a great, dark, and beautiful album called TEENAGE SNUFF FILM; 2) the singer Lhasa, especially her song Rising, and a song called “That Leaving Feeling she recorded with Stuart Staples of Tindersticks. She passed away a few years ago. Her voice is one of my favorite things; 3) Leonard Cohen’s underrated album NEW SKIIN FOR THE OLD CEREMONY is an all time favorite of mine; 4) Emiliana Torrini’s version of “If You Go Away” has been in my steady rotation. I love Brel’s version of course, but hers in a wonderful modern take; and 5) Rennie Sparks (The Handsome Family): Many now know of them from the theme from True Detective, but do yourself a favor and delve in to their world. Rennie’s books and paintings are so strange and vivid and their last album is one of their best. Rennie, as a writer is one of my biggest influences.

Back to the surreal. If you had to choose just one (I know it’s hard!), which Lynch film would be your absolute favorite?

I honestly cannot pick one. MULHOLLAND DRIVE is always in my top three. BLUE VELVET is the first one I fell in love with. INLAND EMPIRE is a misunderstood masterpiece. If you’ve only seen it once and are on the fence or don’t really like it, see it three more times. It is so dense it demands multiple viewings.

You’re taking this epic and eccentric beast on a trip across the equally bizarre south this summer after your gig at The Earl on June 2, with shows at the High Dive in Gainesville, FL (June 23); Saturn in Birmingham (July 8); and the Caledonia Lounge in Athens (July 15). What exciting things can folks expect when they come to one of your shows? And will this be the last of the tour, or will you be giving Atlanta an encore presentation in the near future?

If this goes well, we plan to make it a summer tradition. We are doing our best to make you feel like you are visiting the Pink Room/Black Lodge and deliver the best renditions of these iconoclastic songs as possible.

And last but not least, any other exciting plans in the future for Jeffrey Bützer? The Bicycle Eaters? The Compartmentalizationalists?

Bicycle Eaters have our first vocal full-length in the editing room as we speak…er, type. I’m also writing a play/screenplay entitled “Partialisms” that I plan to bring to a stage or screen in the near future.

All photos are courtesy of Jeffrey Butzer and used with permission.

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A Charlie Brown Christmas Is What It’s All About: Jeffrey Butzer and TT Mahony’s Jazzy Musical Tribute to Vince Guaraldi’s PEANUTS Score Comes to The Earl & Nine Street Kitchen

Posted on: Dec 10th, 2012 By:

Nostalgic adults and kids will dig Jeffrey Butzer and T.T. Mahony’s jazzy musical tribute to Vince Guaraldi’s A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS.  This year, the duo will be presenting their holiday treat at The Earl Fri. Dec. 14 and Sat. Dec. 15 and performing a more family-friendly reprise at Nine Street Kitchen in Roswell Mon. Dec. 10 and Thurs. Dec. 20. All shows will start with an instrumental set by Jeffrey’s band, The Bicycle Eaters and also feature surf favorites from THE VENTURES CHRISTMAS ALBUM  rendered by Chad Shivers and the Silent Knights.

As noted last year, the seasonal sell-out shows of A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS are a labor of love for Jeffrey, a musician/composer whose solo works tend towards the minimalism of the simple Christmas tree in the iconic Charles Schultz special. His band, the Bicycle Eaters, takes a different bend, inspired by Ennio Morricone spaghetti western scores, klezmer and gypsy. And he’s been collaborating with recent Kool Kat The Residents’ Molly Harvey lately, too. Frankly that’s just a small taste of the musical adventures of this diverse Atlanta performer and affirmed cineaste, who was our Kool Kat of the Week last March.

ATLRetro caught up with Jeffrey to find out more about this year’s A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS, and what’s next for him with The Bicycle Eaters and as a solo composer/musician.

How old were you when you first saw A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS on TV and what did the show and its music mean to you when growing up?

I don’t remember a time NOT knowing who Charlie Brown was. It is like Bruce Lee, Elvis or Grandma, something that seemed to always exist to me. Growing up, it was always my favorite special. I liked how blue it was. Both literally and figuratively. Cartoon music in general affects you strangely. Like Carl Stalling and Raymond Scott with the Looney Tunes, I wasn’t aware of them until I was older and started playing music. But again, it is hard to remember a time when I didn’t listen to that record every year.

How did you and TT Mahony get the idea of developing A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS holiday show, and for how many years have you been doing it?

This is year four. I approached TT after he played a Leonard Cohen/Tom Waits/Nick Cave tribute show I worked on. He is an amazing piano player, very witty , too. I had kicked around the idea of doing a holiday show in the past but never really knew a pianist that could handle Guaraldi. Robby Handley is the best upright bass player I know. Great hair, too. And here is an odd fact about TT. He can jump really, really high. I’ve told him he should find some way to compete. I once saw him jump from the ground onto the top of a Toyota.

I understand last year’s shows were packed. Are you surprised that so many adults are so enthusiastic about music from a 1960s kids TV show/Christmas LP? What kind of comments do you get after your performances?

Yes, we were hoping for the best, that our fans and friends would enjoy the show and hopefully some new faces would come out. But the response has been overwhelming. Last year we had to start doing two nights. As far as comments, the one we get the most is “Can you do an all-ages one too…for the babies?” The reason we haven’t is because. the mood we set in The Earl seems to really suit Snoopy and the gang. It is cozy, dark, and has energy almost like a rock show. We are really looking forward to playing Nine Street Kitchen, it sounds like it is going to turn into a great venue. And playing for children will be a blast. My 3-year-old son Francis is happy he can come out to “Dad’s Show.”

What can audiences expect at The Earl this weekend?

Cookies, dancing… It is basically a big Holiday Party with 300 of your closest, newest friends.

What are you doing at Nine Street Kitchen (in Roswell) to make it even more kid-friendly?

The show will not change much.

Why pair Peanuts with The Ventures? 

Well, the albums were released around the same time for one thing. They are both classic ‘60s albums. They are both easy to dance to.

And what about that opening set from Jeffrey Butzer and the Bicycle Eaters?

My band (The Bicycle Eaters) play Frenchy-Jazzy-Spaghetti Western-inspired instrumentals. We are releasing a limited EP at the show

What else are you and the Bicycle Eaters up to? Any more collaborations with Molly Harvey or new 2013 recordings you’d like to tell readers about? 

We have a vocal album on the way called collapsible with our new singer Cassi Costoulas and French singer Lionel Fondeville, as well as several other great guests: Brent Hinds, Don Chambers. Possibly Molly Harvey.

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Kool Kat of the Week: Stalking Tender Prey: The Residents’ Molly Harvey, Jeffrey Butzer and Friends Treat You to a Free Nick Cave Tribute Show at 529 on Tues. Oct. 30

Posted on: Oct 26th, 2012 By:

Molly Harvey performs at Black Mass 2011 Halloween show at 529. Copyright Vincent Tseng 2012. Used with permission. All rights reserved.

When Jeffrey Butzer clues us in about a gig, we always perk up our ears. But when Tender Prey turns out to be a FREE Nick Cave tribute show the day before Halloween featuring such interesting denizens of the Atlanta/Athens music scene as Jeffrey, Molly Harvey of The Residents,Cave Women, Andy DeLoach (The Lady Vanishes) and Ben Trickey – and also songs by Tom Waits, Leonard Cohen and PJ Harvey – well, you betcha we’re ready to head down to 529 on Tues. Oct. 30, declare it our Birthday Party and see what Bad Seeds may be planted or men be grinding.

Yup, we’re bat-crazy about Cave and have dug The Residents for longer than we can remember. There’s this pesky rumor that Residents rarely, if ever, give interviews, but Molly Harvey even was so awfully badass as to answer a few questions. So hell, yeah, we just had to make her the Kool Kat of Halloween Week. For your reading pleasure and because the show is on a Tuesday, it’s no trick. We’re going ahead and treating it to you early…

What’s your earliest memory of Nick Cave and was it disturbing?

I can actually remember where I was, in the living room of a $100/month house in Richmond, VA. My roommate was a big Birthday Party/Nick Cave fan, and he’d play them a lot. I actually did feel disturbed. Nick Cave’s music represented that [part] of the world which was still very unknown to me and seemed out of reach, like a language I never had any hope of learning.

Nick Cave has evolved chameleon-like through a number of musical iterations from the Birthday Party to solo work to Grinderman? Which Nick Cave will you be representing at Tender Prey and why?

We’ll be playing a variety of his music, not sticking with one album or era. We just tried to pick stuff that we like and that is a bit Halloween-y. Looks-wise I am fond of that Bad Seeds fancy bad man look. I’m encouraging suits and nice shoes. We’ll see.  Nick and the Residents certainly seem to share an obsessive interest in the odd, as well as pushing musical boundaries and making people uncomfortable.

Was Nick Cave an influence on you or the Residents or vice versa?

I would say he was probably not an influence on The Residents. I am always surprised by how many artists they DON’T listen to. But I could be wrong – they may be huge Nick Cave fans. I love his music, but I’m not an obsessive fan, and there is plenty of his material that I’ve never heard. So musically/stylistically, he’s not an influence but definitely is someone I admire. I love that no matter what he does, his stuff has a very definite signature, yet not all his stuff sounds exactly alike. That’s a delicate balance to achieve.

Can you tell us anything more about the Tender Prey show, how it came about, and why we shouldn’t miss it?

Well, you should come out because aside from our band, there are about 17 other acts (or two or three) doing great stuff: Leonard Cohen tunes, PJ Harvey, Tom Waits. It’s going to be high caliber songwriter night with a bunch of solid musicians. And did anyone mention it’s FREE? It’s free. So that’s always good. We did a Halloween show last year at 529 that was a lot of fun, so we thought-what the heck. Let’s do it again. And there will be puppets.  This is going to be a totally fun night, because everyone knows these songs we’re playing. All the bands that night are paying homage to artists we love, so right there it sets a really positive note up for the night. Jeffrey and I participated last year in a Halloween show at 529 that we called a Black Mass. It was silly and tongue-in-cheek, but I wasn’t interested in even parodying that energy this year. This is more celebratory.

You’ve been with the Residents, hang out with Jeffrey Butzer, and now you’re doing Nick Cave. Do you ever do anything musically that could be classified as remotely normal? Would you ever want to?

Normal like…doing commerical jingles? Or Christmas caroling? I would. No one asks me to, though. I actually auditioned for all these theaters here and didn’t get one call, so I think I should stick with weird. Normal people don’t usually really care about what I do.

The Residents, "Demons Dance Alone" concept album 2002. Photo courtesy of Henrik Kam.

How did you meet up with Jeffrey Butzer anyway and aren’t you collaborating with him on some stuff?

Jeffrey and I met through our mutual friend Matt Steadman, who is also playing guitar in the show. I guess Jeffrey was a Residents fan, and Matt and I worked together, and someone mentioned something and – voila! We are trying to collaborate on some stuff. We really want to make some original work together. It’s a matter of us being in the same place for enough time to develop something. But the wheels are turning for putting a little band together and doing original stuff. We’ll see.

This isn’t you, is it? http://www.mollyharvey.com/ Are there ever any uncomfortable mix-up moments and what would you say (or sing) if you were asked to lead a corporate soul woman leadership forum?

I actually have been told that there is a girl in [San Francisco] who pretends – or at least used to pretend – to be me. She apparently gets very drunk and blabbers on and on about her and The Residents. I hated hearing that. That’s the kind of thing that may have created misunderstandings that I don’t even know about. As far as the Corporate Soul Woman, I WISH I would get some of her clients. I’d tell them to listen to their hearts, but only for the month, that at the end of the month they’d have to come back and get checked out by me so I could give them more timeless wisdom.

What else are you up to right now, and when you will be playing live next?

I am momming it up. I have a young child and that takes up pretty much all my time. Creatively, I am a sewer. That came out wrong. I like to sew. I make things with fabric. I am also working on fleshing out a character who I hope will be singing with Jeffrey before too long.

The Residents at The Fillmore, Halloween, 1997. Photo courtesy of Henrik Kam.

Finally, since it’s Halloween and you have been known for some pretty insane stage costumes, are you willing to give a hint as to what costume you’ll be wearing? Any favorite place to shop for over-the-top clothing in Atlanta or Athens?

Funny, I have no intention of dressing up this year in any costume. Maybe that’ll change between now and next week, but if anything I sort of just feel like looking nice, like being onstage is a special occasion that I want to honor with a dress and matching socks and washed hair. Since dressing up for me has been the norm in my musical career, I want to explore and see what it’s like to create characters solely with my voice, face and body. But shoot, maybe I’ll find a great wig between now and then and that desire for realness will be over! Shopping-wise I have found some great, funny things at Rainbow, but thrift stores are always my favorite places to find that unintentionally over-the-top outfit.

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Kool Kat of the Week: Playing with Scissors, Dreaming of Unspiralled Stairs and Hiding Plastic Spiders with Jeffrey Butzer

Posted on: Mar 28th, 2012 By:

Jeffrey Butzer with accordion. Photo credit: Melissa J. Butzer.

Cinematic. Haunting. Minimalist. Unique. Perfect.  All of these words could describe Jeffrey Butzer‘s eclectic sound rendered with such unusual instrument choices as accordion, toy piano and glockenspiel. The motto of his live shows might be “expect the unexpected” in the best possible way, and his previous recordings and videos, solo and with bands The Bicycle Eaters and The Compartmentalists, have attracted praise from Canadian film director Guy Maddin (THE SADDEST MUSIC IN THE WORLD) and film critic Roger Ebert. In other words, if all you know about Jeffrey is his Charlie Brown Christmas tribute show (read our article about it here), you’re in for a real treat at the release party for Jeffrey Butzer and the Bicycle Eaters’ new 7-inch HIDING PLASTIC SPIDERS (The Great Big) this Saturday night March 31 at The Earl.

ATLRetro caught up with Jeffrey recently to find out more about HIDING PLASTIC SPIDERS, the influence of Spaghetti Western scores and scissors on his unique sound, and what it was like to wake up Roger Ebert in the middle of the night.

Just the title HIDING PLASTIC SPIDERS suggests a story behind the music. What’s on it, how did you come to write the songs and is it true it will be on red vinyl?

This might not be as mysterious as a back story as one might want to hear, [but] the title refers to something my wife and I did when we first met. We worked together, and at our job we had a bunch of magnetic spiders that were a promotional item for a film and we would hide them from each other. It is a fond memory of us getting to know each other (13 years ago, now). It is on red vinyl; it looks like a Jolly Rancher.

This is the first release as Jeffrey Butzer and the Bicycle Eaters, these are all songs that I came in with the basic structure and melodies, and they “fixed them up.” Kristin [Jarvis] and Chad [Shivers] are amazing with melodies and counter-melodies. Eric [Balint] is like a secret weapon; he knows just what to and not to do and the right times. And William [J. Brisby] has played bass in almost every project and has never missed one single note. That is not a joke.

What was it like recording with a band and a producer?

It was wonderful. I’ve known Luci, the producer, for a very long time, and he is patient and a perfectionist. He slows me down in a good way. He really excels at everything he tries. He’s an amazing photographer, musician and a great dresser. And recording with a band in the past has been impractical. Normally I multi-track the parts, then bring in other musicians after the fact. On this, it was really nice being able to record with most of us in the room; it added a nice mood to the record.

How did you hook up with Gea who directed the video of Case of Unspiralled Stairs ?

I’ve known her for several years; we are both big film enthusiasts. I liked her artwork and asked her if she wanted to do a video for the record, and thankfully she did and it turned out really great.

So Roger Ebert posts the video for “Case of Unspiralled Stairs” on Facebook and says “I woke up in the middle of the night. Jeffrey Butzer had sent me this. That was the perfect time to view it. My mind was still halfway in dreams.” How cool was that and was that the response you had hoped for from it?

It was very cool! I didn’t really know what to expect. He had never really commented when I sent him videos before. I “know” him through a secret society that he and I are both members of. Along with Ken Keeler (FUTURAMA), Neil Gaiman and Guy Maddin.

Speaking of Guy Maddin, how did you meet him and get him to do alternate cover artwork for HIDING PLASTIC SPIDERS?

I scored a film called BIRDCATCHER that Guy saw, and we sort of became friends. I am going to hang out with him in New York in a couple weeks! I saw the collages that he made, and he agreed to let us use [one of] them as cover art!

When your music is paired with video, it reminds me of a lost 1950s/60s existentialist French film. Can you talk a bit about how film has influenced your sound and visuals?

Film has always been the band’s biggest influence. All the greats: Buster Keaton, Fellini, Bunuel and Penny Marshall… well, maybe not her so much. I think when I first started making music I wanted to sound like certain artists. But as I got older, other mediums began to influence my music more, especially film. The instrumental music that we make is mostly about mood, much like the film style you mentioned. So I think the approach and what we are trying to achieve isn’t that far apart.

Some have heard the influence of Ennio Morricone’s Spaghetti Western scores. Are you a Spaghetti Western fan? What are your favorite films/scores from that genre?

I’m way more into Spaghetti Western music than into the films. There are several I really enjoy. They’re so style-driven that you can really just watch scenes from them isolated from the movie. If I were to name some I like: THE GRAND DUEL and FOR A FEW DOLLARS MORE. The other band I’m in The Compartmentalizationalists touches more on the genre than the Bicycle Eaters.

Scissors play a key role in your video for “Lucy 5’s Egg” and I understand you dangle them on stage as well in some of your gigs. Why scissors, and will scissors be part of this week’s show?

I wrote lyrics to a song a really long time ago that had the lines “on a pillar in the sky, a sleeping woman lies, dreaming of the garden of scissors.” I really liked the image. I wrote a screenplay and an album based on that line, and it has sort of stuck as a motif over the years.

An image from the haunting video for "Case of Unspiralled Stairs."

The toy piano, accordion and glockenspiel are unusual instruments for a contemporary musician. What drew you to them?

I like how whimsical they sound together. I never wanted to make music that is old-fashioned or heavily referenced by something from the past. But on the other hand, nostalgia interests me a lot. I first heard toy pianos used a lot by Rob Burger and Margaret Leng Tan.

Why the “Bicycle-Eaters”?

That is a bit of an inside joke. The short version is just that my friend Matt Benard, who plays bass with us, sometimes knows a guy who, in fact…ate a bicycle.

Your gigs are known to include the unexpected, but without giving any big surprises, do you have any special plans for this week’s show at The Earl?

We have a couple OF guest singers and an unusual cover song we are doing. If I tell you anymore, it won’t be unexpected. ZING!

When will your new CD “COLLAPSIBLE” be released and what can you share about it?

I’m not sure. I am hoping for a May release at the Goat Farm. It is a collection of songs played mostly with small arrangements. So far it is just a solo album. I have had a few songs floating around for a while and I record at night after my son goes to sleep. Some are new interpretations of songs I have releases before – only a few though.

I have an odd process. I always set out to make an album with a list of songs in hand. Then when I’m done, as with this one, I cut half of the songs I originally wanted on and record a bunch of new things. For this album, which has between 12-15 songs, I recorded around 35… so far.

What else is up with Jeffrey Butzer? We’ve heard you’ve done some interesting collaborations lately and even dipped into film and theatrical scoring. Any more team-ups planned with Molly Harvey (The Residents)? And aren’t you going to Poland?

Molly and I are planning some shows. Some as a duo and some with a band. Other than that, I’ve got the score for PETER PAN at the Center for Puppetry Arts that starts playing April 5. I am recording a Compartmentalizationalists album with Claire Lodge and Nico from the band Places. Then I am taking a break in June when my second son will be born!  The Poland trip has been put on hold. Hopefully later on we will still go.

 

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A Charlie Brown Christmas Is What It’s All About: Jeffrey Butzer and TT Mahony’s Jazzy Musical Tribute to Vince Guaraldi’s PEANUTS Score Comes to The Earl & The Earl Smith Strand

Posted on: Dec 16th, 2011 By:

Jeffrey Butzer channels Schroeder & Vince Guaraldi in A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS, his annual holiday show with TT Mahony.

Not just nostalgic adults, but kids, too, will get to enjoy Jeffrey Butzer and T.T. Mahony’s jazzy musical tribute to Vince Guaraldi’s A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS this year with the duo presenting it at two Earls – first at The Earl Fri. Dec. 16 and Sat. Dec. 17 (both 9 p.m.) and then at the Earl Smith Strand Theatre in Marietta Tues. Dec. 20 (3 p.m. and 8 p.m.). All shows will feature an opening instrumental set by Jeffrey’s band, The Bicycle Eaters, and surf favorites from THE VENTURES CHRISTMAS ALBUM  rendered by Chad Shivers and Friends.

The seasonal sell-out shows of A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS are clearly a labor of love for Jeffrey, a musician/composer whose solo works tend towards the minimalism of the simple Christmas tree in the iconic Charles Schultz special. Inspired by melodic French musette, pieces on two albums SHE TRADED HER LEG (2006) and THE GARDEN OF SCISSORS (2009), both released by Lona Records, incorporate such eclectic instruments as accordions, bass drum, piano, glockenspiel and—perhaps inspired by a childhood admiration for Schroeder—toy piano. His band, the Bicycle Eaters, takes a different bend, inspired by Ennio Morricone spaghetti western scores, klezmer and gypsy, the former suggesting that their opening set will be more than appropriate for a vintage art deco movie theatre like the Strand. He’s also down a film soundtracks (Raymond Carr’s WILD IS THE WIND), collaborated live with Molly Harvey of The Residents and has ventured lately into the world of live scoring to Buster Keaton’s THE BALLOONATIC. And frankly that’s just a small taste of the musical adventures of this diverse Atlanta performer and affirmed cineaste.

Today though, ATLRetro caught up with Jeffrey to chat about A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS, what to expect at The Earl and The Strand, and what’s next for him with The Bicycle Eaters and as a solo composer/musician.

How old were you when you first saw A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS on TV and what did the show and its music mean to you when growing up?

I don’t remember a time NOT knowing who Charlie Brown was. It is like Bruce Lee, Elvis or Grandma, something that seemed to always exist to me. Growing up, it was always my favorite special. I liked how blue it was. Both literally and figuratively. Cartoon music in general affects you strangely. Like Carl Stalling and Raymond Scott with the Looney Toons, I wasn’t aware of them until I was older and started playing music. But again, it is hard to remember a time when I didn’t listen to that record every year.

How did you and TT Mahony get the idea of developing A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS holiday show, and for how many years have you been doing it?

This is year four. I approached TT after he played a Leonard Cohen/Tom Waits/Nick Cave tribute show I worked on. He is an amazing piano player, very witty , too. I had kicked around the idea of doing a holiday show in the past but never really knew a pianist that could handle Guaraldi. Robby Handley is the best upright bass player I know. Great hair, too. And here is an odd fact about TT. He can jump really, really high. I’ve told him he should find some way to compete. I once saw him jump from the ground onto the top of a Toyota.

I understand last year’s shows were packed. Were you surprised that so many adults were so enthusiastic about music from a 1960s kids TV show/Christmas LP? What kind of comments did you get after your performance?

Yes, we were hoping for the best, that our fans and friends would enjoy the show and hopefully some new faces would come out. But the response has been overwhelming. Last year we had to start doing two nights. As far as comments, the one we get the most is “Can you do an all-ages one too…for the babies?” The reason we haven’t is because. the mood we set in The Earl seems to really suit Snoopy and the gang. It is cozy, dark, and has energy almost like a rock show. We are really looking forward to adjusting it for a sitting crowd at The Strand. We love the room. It is like a miniature Fox Theatre. And playing for children will be a blast. My 2-year-old son Francis dances every time he hears “Linus and Lucy.”

What audiences can expect at The Earl this weekend?

Cookies, dancing… It is basically a big Holiday Party with 300 of your closest, newest friends.

What are you doing at The Strand to make it even more kid-friendly?

The show will not change much. We do have a kid’s choir with us at the Strand!

Why pair Peanuts with The Ventures?

Well, the albums were released around the same time for one thing. They are both classic ‘60s albums. They are both easy to dance to.

Jeffrey Butzer. Photo credit: Melissa J. Butzer.

And what about that opening set from Jeffrey Butzer and the Bicycle Eaters?

My band (The Bicycle Eaters) play Frenchy-Jazzy-Spaghetti Western-inspired instrumentals. We are releasing a limited EP at the show

What else are you and the Bicycle Eaters up to? Any 2012 gigs or recordings you’d like to tell readers about?

We almost all have children, so we’ve been laying low, only doing select shows. But we will have an official release for our new 7” at The Earl in March. I’m also working on a score for PETER PAN at The Center for Puppetry Arts. Then I have a solo record coming out named COLLAPSIBLE. Then off to play some dates inPoland.

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This Week in ATLRetro, Dec. 11-17, 2017

Posted on: Dec 10th, 2017 By:

by Melanie Crew
Managing Editor

Start some new ho-ho-holiday traditions with ATLRetro this year! Come see all the shakin’ shenanigans we’ve found just for you!

Monday, December 11

Spend the night with Gary Numan at the Masquerade! Catch screenings of James Cameron’s TITANIC (1997) at AMC Sugarloaf Mills 18 and AMC Dine-In North Point Mall 12, through Dec. 13! Spend Christmas with The Celts at City Winery! Reggae it up with Godwana and Rhythm Earth at Smith’s Olde Bar! Get old-timey at Avondale Towne Cinema with their Folk Roots event! 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!” Get to the root of it all with Brandon Reeves at Blind Willie’s! Boogie on down to the Northside Tavern and spend an evening with Lola at her famous Monday Night Northside Jam!

Tuesday, December 12

Shake a ho-ho-holiday tail feather with Kool Kat Katherine Lashe and her burly-Q gals of Syrens of the South during their Tease Tuesday Burlesque: Naughty or Nice event, shakin’ it up at the Red Light Café! Northlake Festival Movie Tavern continues their Retro Cinema series with a screening of Michael Curtiz’ holiday classic, WHITE CHRISTMAS (1954) at 7:30pm! Or make your way to Cinebistro – Brookhaven for a screening of Frank Capra’s IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE (1946), through Dec. 13! Get some soul with Syleena Johnson at City Winery! Get rootsy and spend the evening with Patterson Hood, the Flatland Calvary and John Brauman at Eddie’s Attic! Darwin’s Burgers & Blues gets down with the Poverty Level Band! Blind Willie’s goes old-school with Andrew Black! Jam it up with Joe Gransden and his jazz jam session at Venkman’s every Tuesday! The Star Bar delivers a night of retro shenanigans with DJ Quasi Mandisco’s Little 5 Points 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, December 13

Die laughing with a screening of Robert ZemeckisDEATH BECOMES HER (1992) at The Plaza Theater at 7pm! The Breeze Kings and Dyn-O-Mite bring you one groovy night at The Vista Room! Stomp on down to Avondale Towne Cinema for a night with Shooter Jennings! Northlake Festival Movie Tavern continues their Retro Cinema series with an encore screening of Michael Curtiz’ holiday classic, WHITE CHRISTMAS (1954) at 7:30pm! Get swampy and rock out with the Vincas, GT, Lady Legs and Nikki & The Phantom Callers at The Earl! Patterson Hood gives an encore performance at Eddie’s Attic! Get the rockin’ blues with The Cazanovas at Darwin’s Burgers & Blues! Get psychedelic at The Drunken Unicorn with Morning Teleportation and Fox Grin! TCM Big Screen Classics presents a 50th Anniversary screening of Stanley Kramer’s classic, GUESS WHO’S COMING TO DINNER (1967) at theatres across Atlanta at 2pm/7pm [AMC Barrett Commons 24 (Kennesaw); AMC Southlake Pavilion 24 (Morrow); Hollywood Stadium 24 (Chamblee); Avalon Stadium 12 (Alpharetta); Cinemark Tinseltown 17 (Fayetteville); Perimeter Pointe 10; Regal McDonough Stadium 16 (McDonough); Georgian Stadium 14 (Newnan); AMC Sugarloaf Mills 18 (Lawrenceville); and AMC Avenue Forsyth (Cumming)]! Funk it up with the Mike Veal Band at Tin Roof Cantina! Catch a screening of Bob Clark’s A CHRISTMAS STORY (1983) at Studio Movie Grill (Alpharetta/Duluth) at 7:15pm! Get down with Bob Page at Blind Willie’s! Get jazzy at the Red Light Café with The Gordon Vernick Quartet! Or make your way to the Northside Tavern as Danny ‘Mudcat’ Dudeck fires it up with his rockin’ blues! St. James Live! delivers their Hump Days Blues night, getting classic blues-style every Wednesday! And as always, it’s Ladies Night at Johnny’s Hideaway which plays hits from Sinatra to Madonna for a generally mature crowd.

Thursday, December 14

Rock out with a night of tributes at Avondale Towne Cinema with Rapture (Blondie) and Running Down A Dream (Tom Petty)! Prog rock it up with Spurge, Hotplate, Celestial Inferno and Blood Oaks at The Earl! Get folksy with Dar Williams at Eddie’s Attic! It’s a night of Appalachian honkytonk with Amanda Anne Platt & the Honeycutters, Town Mountain and Mermaid Motor Lounge at Smith’s Olde Bar! Get your ‘90s alt rock fix with Gin Blossoms at the Variety Playhouse! Stomp on down to the Red Light Café for their Holiday Bluegrass Pickin’ Party! Cody Matlock & the Mothership get down at Darwin’s Burgers & Blues! It’s Mai Tai Thursday at Trader Vic’s so hula on down for a night with the Tiki Tonk Quartet and some killer cocktails! The Northside Tavern gets rockin’ with a little Chicago/Delta blues of The Breeze Kings! Stagger on over to Noni’s Bar & Deli for their Bitter Heroes event featuring DJ Brian Parris as he gets charmingly morose with a little New-Wave, The Smiths and The Cure! Get your boogie on at Fat Matt’s Rib Shack, as Chickenshack featuring Eddie Tigner, 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, December 15

Come one, come all as Kool Kat Jeffrey Butzer and his trio deliver their 10th Anniversary of A Charlie Brown Christmas at The Earl! Kink it up holiday-style with A John Waters Christmas at the Variety Playhouse! Jingle on down to Atlanta Symphony Hall for A Very Merry Holiday Pops featuring Joe Gransden’s Big Band and more! Or get your glam on with Jerome Newton & the Band Who Fell To Earth’s The Songs of Bowie from Brixton to Blackstar event at Avondale Towne Cinema! Danny ‘Mudcat’ Dudeck and the Atlanta Horns get Christmas Crunk at The Vista Room! Boogie woogie on down to Darwin’s Burgers & Blues for a night with Victor Wainwright! Jazz it up with the Brian Hogans Quartet at the High Museum! Sleaze it up and rock out at The Star Bar with Order of the Owl, Dirty magazines, Insomniac and Buzzards of Fuzz! Get some soul with The Revivalists at the Tabernacle! Jam it up with The Marcus King Band at Terminal West! Catch a free screening of Chuck Jones’ holiday classic, HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS (1966) at Venkman’s, followed by a funky night with the Atlanta Funk Society! Boogie down to The Earl Smith Strand Theatre for A Christmas Tradition, their holiday song and dance revue, jingling all the way through Dec. 23! Holiday shop with your favorite local artists during Project Pop-Up 2017 at Ria’s Bluebird! Sadie Hawkins hears it for the boys during her The Men’s Room: Gentlemen, Quarterly event at the Red Light Café! Folk it up with the Ben Trickey Band, Charles Walker and the Waller Duo at Smith’s Olde Bar! Funk it up with the Mike Veal Band at Tin Roof Cantina! Blues it up with House Rocker Johnson & The Shadows at Blind Willie’s! Get the blues with Stoney Brooks at 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, December 16

It’s a Kool Kat holiday hootenanny with Kool Kat Jeffrey Butzer and his trio’s 10th Anniversary of A Charlie Brown Christmas with Kool Kat Chad Shivers & the Silent Knights at The Earl! Rock out for a cause at The Star Bar’s 16th Annual Toys For Tots Celebration featuring Kool Kat Spike Fullerton’s Ghost Riders Car Club, Kool Kat Aileen Loy and Til Someone Loses an Eye, Bigfoot, Dry Gulch, BSOL, AM Gold, The Scragglers, Front Porch Session Players, JJ & The Hustlers and more! The Highlander doesn’t care if you’ve been naughty or nice, so rock on down to their Holiday Art Market, featuring cool holiday gifts from local vendors and artists including Kool Kat Chris Hamer (Urbnpop) at 4pm! Make your way to 529 for a night with A Drug Called Tradition, Nikki & The Phantom Callers and more! Blues on down to The Vista Room for a Royal Blues Holiday Celebration featuring blues legend Bobby Rush, Big Bill Morganfield and more! Get your holiday rock on at the Avondale Towne Cinema’s Xmas Jam! Get traditional and make your way to the Rialto Center for the Arts for a Celtic Christmas! Kool Kat Hot Rod Walt & The Psycho Devilles rev it up at the Dixie Tavern! Or get a double dose of holiday fun with SCADShow’s screenings of MICKEY’S CHRISTMAS CAROL (1983) and John Pasquin’s THE SANTA CLAUSE (1994) at 2pm! Jingle on down to Atlanta Symphony Hall for A Very Merry Holiday Pops encore featuring Joe Gransden’s Big Band and more! Jam it up with a second night of The Marcus King Band at Terminal West! Spend the night with Eva Rose & The Bottom Line at Tin Roof Cantina! Catch a screening of Jon Favreau’s holiday classic, ELF (2003) at Regal Theatres across Atlanta as part of their Holiday Classics Series at 12pm [Regal Atlantic Station Stadium 18; Regal Hollywood Stadium 24 (Chamblee); Regal Mall of Georgia 20 Plus Imax (Buford); and Regal McDonough Stadium 16 (McDonough)]! Randall Bramblett and Nick Johnson get down at Serenbe Inn! Blind Willie’s gets rockin’ with a little Chicago/Delta blues of The Breeze Kings and Sandra Hall! Catch a free screening of Jon Favreau’s ELF (2003) at Venkman’s! Suzy Bogguss pays tribute to Merle Haggard at the Red Clay Theatre! Stomp on down to Darwin’s Burgers & Blues for a night with Tommy Talton! Get the blues with Ike Stubblefield at the Northside Tavern! Boogie down ‘80s-style with Kool Kat VJ Anthony during his 80s New Wave Music Video Dance Party: INXS Edition at Amsterdam Atlanta! St. James Live! delivers their Tribute to the Legends night every Saturday night!

Sunday, December 17

Geek it up with your favorite comics, toys and more during the December 2017 Atlanta Comic Con, at the Atlanta Marriott Century Center, from 11am – 5pm! Or pick up some last-minute vintage goodies, art and crafts with My Parents’ Basement’s December Bizarre Bazaar, from 12p – 5pm! Get ginger snappy at the Euclid Avenue Yacht Club’s annual Gingerbread Trailer Park Contest! The Earl dishes out a rockin’ hootenanny with Chickens and Pigs, The Skylarks and CJ Jones & Spirit Bones! Raise a ruckus with The Hot Toddies featuring Michelle Malone at The Vista Room! Get some soul with Avery*Sunshine and Chantae Cann at City Winery! Swamp folk it up with The Krickets and Rebel Union at Eddie’s Attic! Rock out in Hell with Whores, ’68, Pretty Please and Bataille at the Masquerade! Janet Jackson gets down and invades Philips Arena! Jingle on down to Venkman’s as David Ellington jazzes it up with his Charlie Brown Christmas! Rock out with Band X at Johnny’s Hideaway! Get sweet and low down blues-style at the Northside Tavern with Uncle Sugar with Eddie Tigner!

Ongoing

Aurora Theatre – Lawrenceville presents A CHRISTMAS CAROL, bah humbugging through Dec. 23!

Boogie down to The Earl Smith Strand Theatre for A Christmas Tradition, their holiday song and dance revue, jingling all the way through Dec. 23!

OnStage Atlanta performs A CHRISTMAS STORY, through Dec. 23!

The Alliance Theatre dishes out a holiday classic and presents A CHRISTMAS CAROL at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center, through Dec. 24!

The Atlanta Ballet presents the NUTCRACKER at the Fox Theatre, through Dec. 28!

Center for Puppetry Arts presents your favorite traditional seasonal reindeer tale, RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER, jinglin’ through Dec. 31!

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!

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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This Week in ATLRetro, Dec. 4-10, 2017

Posted on: Dec 3rd, 2017 By:

by Melanie Crew
Managing Editor

ATLRetro is the Kat’s meow this ho-ho holiday season! If you’re lookin’ for a thrill and the weather’s got you down, get off that couch, put on your dancin’ shoes and live la vida Retro!

Monday, December 4

Rock out with The Mike Dillon Band at Aisle 5! Get poetic and catch a screening of Peter Weir’s DEAD POETS SOCIETY (1989) at the Alpharetta Branch Library at 10:30am! Get folksy with Fairshake & Friends at the Red Light Café! Get old-timey at Avondale Towne Cinema with their Folk Roots event! 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, December 5

Spend the night with Sailor and Lula at Landmark Midtown Art Cinema’s screening of David Lynch’s WILD AT HEART (1990) during their “A Dish Best Served Cold” Classics Series at 7pm! Hilarity ensues with the Griswolds during Northlake Festival Movie Tavern’s screening of Jeremiah Chechik’s holiday classic, NATIONAL LAMPOON’S CHRISTMAS VACATION (1989) as part of their Retro Cinema series at 7:30pm! Make your way to City Winery for a night with David Crosby & Friends! Darwin’s Burgers & Blues gets down with the Poverty Level Band! Rock out with Seether at the Tabernacle! Catch Rick Springfield and Richard MarxAcoustic Tour at Atlanta Symphony Hall! Get your Americana fix with The Last Tycoon, Boo Reefa, Julian Morena and more at 529! Jam it up with Joe Gransden and his jazz jam session at Venkman’s every Tuesday! The Star Bar delivers a night of retro shenanigans with DJ Quasi Mandisco’s Little 5 Points 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, December 6

Videodrome New-Waves it up and presents a matinee screening of Jonathan Demme’s STOP MAKING SENSE (1984) at 529 at 4pm! Two-time Kool Kat Jeffrey Butzer and his Trio present A Charlie Brown Christmas at MadLife Stage & Studios in Woodstock! Hilarity ensues with the Griswolds during Northlake Festival Movie Tavern’s encore screening of Jeremiah Chechik’s holiday classic, NATIONAL LAMPOON’S CHRISTMAS VACATION (1989) as part of their Retro Cinema series at 7:30pm! Get some soul with Ronnie Spector at City Winery! Get the rockin’ blues with The Cazanovas at Darwin’s Burgers & Blues! Get mischievous at The Star Bar with Dinos Boys, Poison Boys and Fixed Faces, or head downstairs to the Little Vinyl Lounge for a night with Stevie Tombstone and Slim Chance! Swing on by Atlanta Symphony Hall for a night with The Brian Setzer Orchestra and The Texas Gentlemen! Or ragtime it up and get countrified with Pokey LaFarge and The Easy Leaves at Terminal West! Funk it up with the Mike Veal Band at Tin Roof Cantina! Catch a screening of Jon Favreau’s ELF (2003) at Studio Movie Grill (Alpharetta/Duluth) at 7:15pm! Get the blues with Ike Stubblefield at Avondale Towne Cinema! Get jazzy at the Red Light Café with The Gordon Vernick Quartet! Or make your way to the Northside Tavern as Danny ‘Mudcat’ Dudeck fires it up with his rockin’ blues! St. James Live! delivers their Hump Days Blues night, getting classic blues-style every Wednesday! And as always, it’s Ladies Night at Johnny’s Hideaway which plays hits from Sinatra to Madonna for a generally mature crowd.

Thursday, December 7

Naughty or nice? Doesn’t matter kiddies, just make your way to The Plaza Theater for Cineprov’s 10th Annual Ruining Childhood Memories Christmas Show, featuring hilarity with riffing and screenings of Larry Roemer’s 1964 animated television special, RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER and the HE-MAN AND SHE-RA: A CHRISTMAS SPECIAL (1985)! Kool Kat Hot Rod Walt  revs it up acoustic-style at Porterdale Bar & Grille! Funk it up as Hot Ice brings you their James Brown vs. Fela Kuti vs. Roy Ayers event at City Winery! Cody Matlock & the Mothership get down at Darwin’s Burgers & Blues! Bluegrass it up with Tyler Childers and Blank Range at The Earl! Death metal it up with Cannibal Corpse at the Masquerade! Get your ‘70s power pop fix with Kool Kat Scott Walker with The Head at Smith’s Olde Bar! Rock out with Darling Machine at The Star Bar! Power funk on down to Terminal West for a night of rockin’ soul with TURKUAZ and The Suffers! Jazz it up with Mike Phillips at Suite Food Lounge! It’s Mai Tai Thursday at Trader Vic’s so hula on down for some bluesy tunes with the Mike Lowery Band and a couple of cocktails! The Northside Tavern gets rockin’ with a little Chicago/Delta blues of The Breeze Kings! Stagger on over to Noni’s Bar & Deli for their Bitter Heroes event featuring DJ Brian Parris as he gets charmingly morose with a little New-Wave, The Smiths and The Cure! Get your boogie on at Fat Matt’s Rib Shack, as Chickenshack featuring Eddie Tigner, 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, December 8

Kamasi Washington gets some soul and jazzes it up with Moonchild at the Variety Playhouse! The Landmark Midtown Art Cinema kinks it up and hosts the Atlanta release of Dome Karukoski’s TOM OF FINLAND (2017)! Cross the pond to Venkman’s for their Beatles, Burgers and Beer event! Start new holiday traditions and experience the Atlanta Ballet’s NUTCRACKER at the Fox Theatre, through Dec. 28! Pop on over to the Red Light Café for the International Pop Overthrow (IPO) Day I, featuring Leisure McCorkle, The Good Graces, Casper & The Cookies, Sex Clark Five, The Shut-Ups and Kenny Howes & The Wow! The Alliance Theatre dishes out a holiday classic and presents the ghastly A CHRISTMAS CAROL at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center, through Dec. 24! Rock out with The Barbaric Gentlemen and The Billy Jacks at Avondale Towne Cinema! Goth on down to Mary’s for their Baddest Bitch: Siouxie Sioux tribute! Blues it up with Heather Luttrell at Darwin’s Burgers & Blues! Rock out with The Dream Syndicate and Elephant Stone at The Earl! Fernbank After Dark gets ‘20s/’30s jazzy with The Hobohemians! Rock out at the Masquerade with The F@cking Pantera Cover Band! Spend the night with Robin Bullock and Steve Baughman at the Red Clay Theatre! Get down with The Sundogs and The Haraway Brothers at Smith’s Olde Bar! Wynton Marsalis and Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra gets jazzy holiday-style at Atlanta Symphony Hall! Get the Delta blues with BJ Wilbanks, Cody Marlowe and JR Rund at Vinyl! OnStage Atlanta performs A CHRISTMAS STORY, through Dec. 23!  Bill Sheffield gets the blues at 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, December 9

Rock out for a cause a The Star Bar’s 16th Annual Toys For Tots Celebration featuring Kool Kat Spike Fullerton’s Ghost Riders Car Club, Kool Kat Aileen Loy and Til Someone Loses an Eye, Bigfoot, Dry Gulch, BSOL, AM Gold, The Scragglers, Front Porch Session Players, JJ & The Hustlers and more! Join the hordes of horned and cloven miscreants and creatures during the Wreck the Halls L5P Krampus Krawl at 8pm, with the ever mischievous Black Sheep Ensemble! Yacht Rock Revue delivers their Holiday Show at Venkman’s! The Plaza Theater holidays it up with screenings of Bob Clark’s A CHRISTMAS STORY (1983) and Frank Capra’s IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE (1946), through Dec. 10! Pop on over to the Red Light Café for the International Pop Overthrow (IPO) Day 2, featuring Tony Low, Paisley Garden, Netherglades, Ambulette, The Young and the Elder, and The Soogs!  Avondale Towne Cinema dishes out a rockin’ holiday special with The Rainmen! Get the rockin’ blues with The Cazanovas for a second night at Darwin’s Burgers & Blues! Skank on down to The Highlander for a night with the Taj Motel Trio, the Burrito Bandits and Swingset! Folk it up with Robert Earl Keen’s “Merry Christmas from the Fam-O-Lee” at the Variety Playhouse! Boogie on down to the Northside Tavern and spend the night with Lola! Support our local artists and make your way to Little Tree Art Studios, My Parents’ Basement and more in Avondale Estates for a Jingle Mingle Holiday Art Market from 10am – 6pm! Spend the holidays with Jim Henson as the Center for Puppetry Arts screens his holiday classic, EMMET OTTER’S JUG-BAND CHRISTMAS (1977) at 6pm! Boogie down ‘80s-style with Kool Kat VJ Anthony during his 80s New Wave Music Video Dance Party: INXS Edition at Amsterdam Atlanta! The Wet Jeans get down at the Tin Roof Cantina! St. James Live! delivers their Tribute to the Legends night every Saturday night!

Sunday, December 10

TCM Big Screen Classics presents a 50th Anniversary screening of Stanley Kramer’s classic, GUESS WHO’S COMING TO DINNER (1967) at theatres across Atlanta at 2pm/7pm [AMC Barrett Commons 24 (Kennesaw); AMC Southlake Pavilion 24 (Morrow); Hollywood Stadium 24 (Chamblee); Avalon Stadium 12 (Alpharetta); Cinemark Tinseltown 17 (Fayetteville); Perimeter Pointe 10; Regal McDonough Stadium 16 (McDonough); Georgian Stadium 14 (Newnan); AMC Sugarloaf Mills 18 (Lawrenceville); and AMC Avenue Forsyth (Cumming)]! Spend the night with Rickie Lee Jones at City Winery! Jam on down to Darwin’s Burgers & Blues for a night with Mark Michelson! It’s a night of rockin’ folk at The Earl with The Artisanals, Neighbor Lady and Drew Beskin (The District Attorneys)! Get funky with Moontower at Tin Roof Cantina! Jingle on down to Venkman’s as David Ellington jazzes it up with his Charlie Brown Christmas! Make your way to Yaarab Shriners for the Indie Craft Experience Holiday Market, from 11am – 6pm! Get sweet and low down blues-style at the Northside Tavern with Uncle Sugar with Eddie Tigner!

Ongoing

Aurora Theatre – Lawrenceville presents A CHRISTMAS CAROL, bah humbugging through Dec. 23!

OnStage Atlanta performs A CHRISTMAS STORY, through Dec. 23!

The Alliance Theatre dishes out a holiday classic and presents A CHRISTMAS CAROL at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center, through Dec. 24!

The Atlanta Ballet presents the NUTCRACKER at the Fox Theatre, through Dec. 28!

Center for Puppetry Arts presents your favorite traditional seasonal reindeer tale, RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER, jinglin’ through Dec. 31!

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!

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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This Week in ATLRetro, Nov. 13-19, 2017

Posted on: Nov 12th, 2017 By:

by Melanie Crew
Managing Editor

Have a hellacious good time in ATLRetro This Week! Come see all the shenanigans we’ve found for you!

Monday, November 13

Jazz it up with Kathleen Bertrand at City Winery! Or get psychedelic with Carl Broemel at Eddie’s Attic! Get dirty and doo wop it up surf-style with The Frights, Hockey Dad and Vundabar at the Masquerade! Nitty gritty it up at Smith’s Olde Bar with Mo Lowda & The Humble, It’s What’s For Breakfast and The Dirty Soul Revival! 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! Get the blues with Matthew Pendrick at Blind Willie’s! 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, November 14

Spend the night in The Zone and make your way to Landmark Midtown Art Cinema as they continue their “A Dish Best Served Cold” Classics Series with a screening of Andrei Tarkovsky’s STALKER (1979) at 7pm! Or get witchy and make your way to Diesel Filling Station for a night of Harry Potter Trivia! Have a festive adventure with a screening of John McTiernan’s DIE HARD (1988) at the Northlake Festival Movie Tavern, as part of their Retro Cinema series at 7:30pm! Swing on by City Winery for a night with Louis Prima, Jr. and Gwen Hughes! Get bizarre and rock out with Captured! By Robots at The Earl! Shake a tail feather with Kool Kat Katherine Lashe and her burly-Q gals of Syrens of the South during their Tease Tuesday Burlesque: Stripsgiving event, shakin’ it up at the Red Light Café! Bluegrass it up with the Kyle Tuttle Electric Band and the High River Band at Smith’s Olde Bar! Jam it up with Joe Gransden and his jazz jam session at Venkman’s every Tuesday! Andrew Black dishes out the old school blues at Blind Willie’s! The Star Bar delivers a night of retro shenanigans with DJ Quasi Mandisco’s Little 5 Points 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 15

Kick off the wickedly weird and bone-chilling adventure that is the 12th Annual Buried Alive Film Festival (BAFF), Atlanta’s premiere independent horror film festival presented by Kool Kats Blake Myers and Luke Godfrey and more, with screenings at 8pm of the 2017 Sinema Challenge, a thirteen day filmmaking competition, judged by Kool Kat Millie De Chirico and Marcus Rosentrater, at 7 Stages! Raise a ruckus with Shilpa Ray and Kool Kat Jeffrey Butzer’s The Compartmentalizationalists at The Drunken Unicorn! TCM Big Screen Classics presents a screening of Michael CurtizCASABLANCA (1942) at theatres across Atlanta at 2pm/7pm [AMC Barrett Commons 24 (Kennesaw); AMC Southlake Pavilion 24 (Morrow); Hollywood Stadium 24 (Chamblee); Avalon Stadium 12 (Alpharetta); Cinemark Tinseltown 17 (Fayetteville); Perimeter Pointe 10; Regal McDonough Stadium 16 (McDonough); Georgian Stadium 14 (Newnan); AMC Sugarloaf Mills 18 (Lawrenceville); and AMC Avenue Forsyth (Cumming)]! Prog rock it up with Goblin and Morricone Youth at The Loft! Videodrome presents a matinee screening of Jonathan Demme’s SOMETHING WILD (1986) at 529 at 4pm, followed by a raucous time with Lydia Lunch Retrovirus! Have a festive adventure with an encore screening of John McTiernan’s DIE HARD (1988) at the Northlake Festival Movie Tavern, as part of their Retro Cinema series at 7:30pm! Or catch a screening of Bruce Beresford’s DRIVING MISS DAISY (1989) at Studio Movie Grill (Alpharetta/Duluth) at 7:15pm! Folk it up with Shawn Colvin at City Winery! Get countrified with Colter Wall and Ian Noe at The Earl! Funk it up with the Mike Veal Band at Tin Roof Cantina! Get the blues with Ike Stubblefield at Avondale Towne Cinema! Get down with Bob Page at Blind Willie’s! Fat Matt’s Rib Shack dishes out a night of the blues with Frankie’s Blues Mission! Get jazzy at the Red Light Café with The Gordon Vernick Quartet! Or make your way to the Northside Tavern as Danny ‘Mudcat’ Dudeck fires it up with his rockin’ blues! St. James Live! delivers their Hump Days Blues night, getting classic blues-style every Wednesday! 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 16

The 12th Annual Buried Alive Film Festival officially begins tonight, horrifying through Nov. 19, and begins at 7pm! New Wave it up and rock out with Modern English and Entertainment at the Variety Playhouse! Tear it up with Kool Kat Rod Hamdallah, Hans Chew and Nikki & The Phantom Callers at The Star Bar! The Sledgehammers pay tribute to Peter Gabriel at Avondale Towne Cinema! Shawn Colvin dishes out a folksy encore at City Winery! Indie rock it up with David Bazan and Michael Nau at The Earl! Get some soul with The Blind Boys of Alabama at Emerson Concert Hall (Emory)! Stomp on down to Terminal West for a night with Mipso, The Brothers Comatose and The Lil Smokies! Jazz it up with Euge Groove at Suite Food Lounge! Get the rockin’ blues with The Cazanovas at Blind Willie’s! It’s Mai Tai Thursday at Trader Vic’s so hula on down for some rockin’ island tunes and a couple of cocktails! The Northside Tavern gets rockin’ with a little Chicago/Delta blues of The Breeze Kings! Stagger on over to Noni’s Bar & Deli for their Bitter Heroes event featuring DJ Brian Parris as he gets charmingly morose with a little New-Wave, The Smiths and The Cure! Get your boogie on at Fat Matt’s Rib Shack, as Chickenshack featuring Eddie Tigner, 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 17

Get your terrified tail during day three of the 12th Annual Buried Alive Film Festival for a helluva lot of monstrous goodness beginning at 6pm, including a special screening of Robert Wiene’s THE CABINET OF DR. CALIGARI (1921) at 10pm, with a live soundtrack by Samadha! Spend the night with Randy Newman at Atlanta Symphony Hall! Sleaze it up and rock out with Royal Thunder, Sons of Tonatiuh and Gunpowder Gray at The Star Bar! Avondale Towne Cinema dishes out a voodoo beach party hillbilly hootenanny with Southern Culture on the Skids! Shake a freaky side-show tail feather on down to the Red Light Café as Atlanta Speakeasy Electroswing presents The Freakeasy, featuring Tippy Tappage, Bette Machete, Lydia Treats, guest DJ Vourteque and more! Kool Kat Hot Rod Walt gets acoustic and rocks out at the Backwoods Bar & Grill in High Falls! Get indie with Je Suis France, Dot.s, Small Reactions, Beije and Thousand Arrows at 529! Make your way to City Winery for a night with Leftover Salmon! Get absurd and bluegrass it up with the Packway Handle Band and Antigone Rising at Eddie’s Attic! Rock out with The Shins at The Roxy! The Grass Is Dead dishes out rockin’ bluegrass versions of Grateful Dead tunes with Jeff Mosier at Smith’s Olde Bar! Funk it up with the Mike Veal Band at Tin Roof Cantina! The Steep Canyon Rangers bluegrass it up at Variety Playhouse! New Wave it up with The Swimming Pool Q’s and Love Tractor at The Vista Room! Rock on down to The Drunken Unicorn for a night with The Antarcticats, Jenny’s Henchmen and more! Film Love and Kool Kat Andy Ditzler presents The American Music Show #4: A Day in Forsyth County, A Night at Mardi Gras at Atlanta Contemporary Art Center! Folk it up and spend the night with John Prine at the Fox Theatre! Get bewitched at the Potter Pub Crawl #3, beginning at Diesel Filling Station, followed by the Rocky Horror Potter Show at The Plaza Theater! Get Victorian at the inaugural Atlanta SteamPunk Exposition churning through Nov. 19, and don’t miss the musical stylings of The Extraordinary Contraptions, The Gin Rebellion and Valentine Wolfe (including a live accompaniment to F. W. Murnau’s 1922 film, NOSFERATU)! Throw the dice and make your way to Park Tavern for their 4th Annual Casino Night! Rev it up at the Red Clay Theatre with Good Rockin’ Tonight and Rockabilly Revue! Get funky with Groove Centric at Venkman’s! Blues it up with the the Art Holliday Band at Fat Matt’s Rib Shack! Get the blues with House Rocker Johnson & The Shadows at Blind Willie’s! And blues it up with Stoney Brooks at Northside Tavern!

Saturday, November 18

Day four of the 12th Annual Buried Alive Film Festival kicks off at 2pm, with a screening of Kool Kat Vanessa Ionta Wright’s short “I Baked Him A Cake” (2017) and a hellacious good time with Blast-Off Burlesque’s film series TABOOLALA, featuring a live pre-screening performance, paying homage to Tim Burton‘s ED WOOD, followed by a screening of the 1994 film! In addition to the show, there will be Plan 9 Graveyard photo ops, an Angora Drag costume contest and more! Sleaze it up at The Star Bar with The GTVs, the Woolly Bushmen, Kool Kat Sen. Artie and The Mondellos and The Wildtones! Or horror punk it up with The Spectremen, Kool Kats The Casket Creatures and ELZIG at The Highlander! Spend the night with Peter Bradley Adams at Eddie’s Attic! Rock out with Interstellar Echoes and the Lennon Jones Band at Smith’s Olde Bar! Funk it up with The Motet at the Variety Playhouse! Catch a screening of Disney’s THE LITTLE MERMAID (1989) at Venkman’s, followed by ATL Collective reliving D’Angelo’s BROWN SUGAR! Stomp on down to Kavarna for a night with Blood on the Harp and Mayhayleys Grave! Kool Kat Hot Rod Walt & The Psycho Devilles revs it up at the Dixie Tavern in Marietta! Kick off your vintage holiday shopping at Indie Craft Experience’s Holiday Shopping Spectacular at Georgia Railroad Freight Depot! The Badash Allstar Team presents Pink Floyd’s THE WALL in its entirety at Avondale Towne Cinema! Mr. Chapman’s Quarterly Revue dishes out the blues at Fat Matt’s Rib Shack! Blind Willie’s gets down with Big Bill Morganfield! Get some soul with the Tyler Neal Band at Northside Tavern! St. James Live! delivers their Tribute to the Legends night every Saturday night!

Sunday, November 19

It’s your last chance to gore it up at the 12th Annual Buried Alive Film Festival, so come on out for some fangtastic films beginning at 2pm! Go straight to Hell and spend the night with The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band, The Muckers, and Mateo & The Wayward Souls at the Masquerade! Swing on by City Winery for Joe Gransden and his amazing 16-piece orchestra! Darwin’s Burgers & Blues dishes out their Friendsgiving with Radio Cult! Vinyl it up and make your way to The Atlanta Record & CD Show from 10am – 1pm! The Badash Allstar Team rocks out with their annual Steely Dan Jam at The Velvet Note! Kick off the Thanksgiving holiday with screenings of Jodie Foster’s HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS (1995) and John HughesPLANES, TRAINS AND AUTOMOBILES (1987), at The Plaza Theater! Get your indie folk fix with Hiss Golden Messenger and Takenobu at Eddie’s Attic! Pink Talking Fish rock out with a Pink Floyd/Talking Heads/Phish fusion at Terminal West! Make your way to Venkman’s for the Shakta Jazz Trio! Make your way to the Red Light Café as Sweet Lu Olutosin presents “Real Jazz Gives Back” benefitting the Atlanta Community Food Bank! Geek it up and make your way to My Parents’ Basement for Local Comic Shop Day! Get the blues with Garrett Collins at Fat Matt’s Rib Shack! Rock out with Band X at Johnny’s Hideaway! Get sweet and low down blues-style at the Northside Tavern with Uncle Sugar with Eddie Tigner!

Ongoing

7 Stages presents the Home Brew Festival, through Nov. 18! (LAST CHANCE!)

Center for Puppetry Arts presents your favorite traditional seasonal reindeer tale, RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER, jinglin’ through Dec. 31!

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!

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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This Week in ATLRetro, Oct. 30-Nov. 5, 2017

Posted on: Oct 29th, 2017 By:

by Melanie Crew
Managing Editor

Forget the horrorific daily grind and take a peek at what we have in store for you Kool Kiddies! Let ATLRetro fill you with a week’s worth of swingin’ good times; from vintage, fuzzed out rock ‘n’ roll to bloody fangtastic films to steamy burlesque to classic cinema galore! It’ll be a bloody good time, so get out and get Retro!

Monday, October 30

Regal Atlantic Station Stadium 18 dishes out a horrorific good time with a screening of Stanley Kubrick’s THE SHINING (1980) at 7pm/10pm! Or catch a screening of John Huston’s THE NIGHT OF THE IGUANA (1964) at the Alpharetta Branch Library at 10:30am! Rock out with the Craig Brown Band, Nikki & The Phantom Callers and Big Brutus at The Earl! Get folksy with Slaid Cleaves at Eddie’s Attic! Funk it up at City Winery with their Rick James vs. Michael Jackson vs. Prince showdown! Rock out with The Movielife at the Masquerade! Eighties it up at 529’s New Wave Halloween Dance Party! 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! Blues it up with Paul John Barry at Blind Willie’s! GKids Presents Studio Ghibli Fest 2017 with a screening of Hayao Miyazaki’s SPIRITED AWAY (2001) at theatres across Atlanta at 7pm [Hollywood Stadium 24 (Chamblee); AMC Barrett Commons 24 (Kennesaw); Avalon Stadium 12 (Alpharetta); Cinemark Tinseltown 17 (Fayetteville); Perimeter Pointe 10; Regal McDonough Stadium 16 (McDonough); Regal Mall of Georgia 20 Plus Imax (Buford); Studio Movie Grill (Duluth); and AMC Southlake Pavilion 24 (Morrow)]! 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 night with Larry Griffith!

Tuesday, October 31

IT IS FINALLY HERE! Get mischievous all you miscreants, spooks and ghouls! Pull out your ghastly costumes and get spooky and see what gory galas Retro Atlanta has in store for you, and don’t forget to check out our Haunted & Hellacious Halloween Guide 2017! Landmark Midtown Art Cinema continues their killer “A Dish Best Served Cold” Classics Series with a screening of David Hartman’s PHANTASM (1979) at 7pm! Roll—roll–roll in the hay with a screening of Mel BrooksYOUNG FRANKENSTEIN (1974) at the Northlake Festival Movie Tavern, as part of their Retro Cinema series at 7:30pm! Murder, mayhem and blood-thirsty plants invade Atlanta with screenings of Frank OzLITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS (1986), The Director’s Cut at theatres across Atlanta at 2pm/7pm [AMC Barrett Commons 24 (Kennesaw); AMC Southlake Pavilion 24 (Morrow); Hollywood Stadium 24 (Chamblee); Avalon Stadium 12 (Alpharetta); Cinemark Tinseltown 17 (Fayetteville); Perimeter Pointe 10; Regal McDonough Stadium 16 (McDonough); Georgian Stadium 14 (Newnan); AMC Sugarloaf Mills 18 (Lawrenceville); and AMC Avenue Forsyth (Cumming)]! Regal Atlantic Station Stadium 18 dishes out a horrorific good time with a screening of Stanley Kubrick’s THE SHINING (1980) at 7pm/10pm! The Red Light Café dishes out a folksy Halloween frenzy with Shayne Goss of Fairshake, Clint Grizzly and more! The Fox Theatre dishes out a spooktacular time as they haunt it up during their annual Fox Theatre Ghost Tours, chilling your bones! Get hellacious and creep on down to Six Flags’ Fright Fest and experience Kool Kat Shane Morton’s spooktacular haunted house, Madeline Mendoza’s Casa De Meurte! Make your way to Lithia Springs for Containment Haunted House, a multi-media immersive theatrical horror experience, terrifying through Nov. 4! Be the Headless Horseman’s next victim and get your bones chilled at Serenbe Playhouse’s thrilling presentation of their immersive spooky attraction and show, THE SLEEPY HOLLOW EXPERIENCE, haunting through Nov. 5! Get to stompin’ with The Ghost of Paul Revere at Eddie’s Attic! Get ghoulish and make your way to Halloween at Krog Street Market, with trick-or-treating and costume contests! City Winery transforms into Studio 54 during Clubesque’s Halloween Show! Time-Warp it up at theatres across Atlanta with screenings of Jim Sharman’s THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW (1975) at 10pm [AMC Classic North Dekalb 16; AMC Classic Snellville 12; AMC Sugarloaf Mills 18 (Lawrenceville); and AMC Classic Mansell Crossing 14 (Alpharetta)], and The Plaza Theater. And you won’t want to miss The Plaza’s screening of Alexandre O. Philippe’s 78/52 (2017), in-depth documentary about PSYCHO’s iconic shower scene (through Nov. 2)!

Get intergalactic with Nik Turner’s Hawkwind and Hedersleben at The Earl! Spend the night with Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats at the Coca-Cola Roxy! Get the rockin’ blues with two helpings of Anders Osborne & Jackie Greene at City Winery! Get down with JT Speed at Fat Matt’s Rib Shack! Or make your way to the Northside Tavern as Danny ‘Mudcat’ Dudeck fires it up with his rockin’ blues! Jam it up with Joe Gransden and his jazz jam session at Venkman’s every Tuesday! The Star Bar delivers a night of retro shenanigans with DJ Quasi Mandisco’s Downtown Tuesday Night 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 1

Get your Harry Dean Stanton fix with Videodrome’s screening of Alex CoxREPO MAN (1984) at 529 at 4pm followed by folksy shenanigans with Loudermilk & Moon! Spook it up at the Historic Oakland Cemetery during their Grave Diggers BOOze After Dark event! Celebrate the dead during All Saints Day with L5P’s All Souls Altars & Parade of the Dead! Get down with The English Beat at the Masquerade! Make your way to the Fox Theatre for an evening with Bob Dylan! Roll—roll–roll in the hay with an encore screening of Mel BrooksYOUNG FRANKENSTEIN (1974) at the Northlake Festival Movie Tavern, as part of their Retro Cinema series at 7:30pm! Or catch a screening of Orson Welles’ classic CITIZEN KANE (1941) at Studio Movie Grill (Alpharetta/Duluth) at 7:15pm! Spend the night with Blitzen Trapper at The Earl! Rock out with The Social Animals at Eddie’s Attic! Make you way to Smith’s Olde Bar for a night with the Trashcan Sinatras! Swing on by Graveyard Tavern’s Graveyard Swing Night, featuring the swingin’ jazz and boogie-woogie sounds of the Savoy Kings! Get some soul and rock ‘n’ roll with JD McPherson at Terminal West! GKids Presents Studio Ghibli Fest 2017 with a screening of Hayao Miyazaki’s SPIRITED AWAY (2001) at theatres across Atlanta at 7pm [Hollywood Stadium 24 (Chamblee); AMC Barrett Commons 24 (Kennesaw); Avalon Stadium 12 (Alpharetta); Cinemark Tinseltown 17 (Fayetteville); Perimeter Pointe 10; Regal McDonough Stadium 16 (McDonough); Regal Mall of Georgia 20 Plus Imax (Buford); Studio Movie Grill (Duluth); and AMC Southlake Pavilion 24 (Morrow)]! Raise a ruckus with Cody Matlock at Blind Willie’s! Emory Cinematheque continues their Resist Fascism Series with a screening of Volker Schlondorff’s THE TIN DRUM (1979) at 7:30pm! Get jazzy at the Red Light Café with The Gordon Vernick Quartet! Or make your way to the Northside Tavern as Danny ‘Mudcat’ Dudeck fires it up with his rockin’ blues! St. James Live! delivers their Hump Days Blues night, getting classic blues-style every Wednesday! 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 2

Get monstrous and join in on the fun as CINEPROV riff’s Bill L. Norton’s GARGOYLES (1972) at The Plaza Theater at 7:30pm! Boogie on down to The Star Bar for the Chomp & Stomp Preview Show and get a taste of the West King Stringband, the Georgia Mountain Stringband, The Muleskinner Macqueen Trio, Honeywood and more! Get countrified with The Lone Bellow and The Wild Reeds at the Variety Playhouse! Get revived with Parker Gispert (The Whigs) at Eddie’s Attic! Funk it up and rock out with Living Colour with Derek Day at The Loft! Rock on down to Avondale Towne Cinema for their Rock4Relief event featuring The Dammages, Kitty Rose & The Ramblers, The Tiger Kings and The Benders! Sweet Betty & The Shadows get the blues at Blind Willie’s!  It’s Mai Tai Thursday at Trader Vic’s so hula on down for some rockin’ island tunes and a couple of cocktails! The Northside Tavern gets rockin’ with a little Chicago/Delta blues of The Breeze Kings! Stagger on over to Noni’s Bar & Deli for their Bitter Heroes event featuring DJ Brian Parris as he gets charmingly morose with a little New-Wave, The Smiths and The Cure! Get your boogie on at Fat Matt’s Rib Shack, as Chickenshack featuring Eddie Tigner, 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 3

Kool Kat Blair Crimmins & The Hookers dish out a night of prohibition pandemonium at Venkman’s! Rock out with Nikki & The Phantom Callers, Art School Jocks, Lucis Flux at The Star Bar! Abbey Road Live! presents A Night to Imagine at the Buckhead Theatre! Avondale Towne Cinema gets retrotastic with Virginia Plane, Casper & The Cookies and Cortez Garza! It’s a weekend of magical fantasy with CONjuration 2017, being held at the Atlanta Marriott Century Center, through Nov. 5! Cross the pond and spend the evening with The Blackyardbirds at the Red Light Café! Get down with Big Bill Morganfield at Blind Willie’s! Get the old school blues with Albert White at 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 4

Raise a ruckus as Cabbagetown dishes out its annual old-time hootenanny during the Chomp & Stomp Chili Cookoff & Bluegrass Festival, featuring a day chock full of raucous bluegrass shenanigans with Control Burn, West King Stringband, Smokey’s Farmland Band, The Vista Stringband, The Plate Scrapers, Grandpa’s Cough Medicine, Arlo Finch, the Front Porch Session Players, The Muleskinner Macqueen Trio, Peachtree Station, W8ING4UFOs, Sugar Lime Blue, Slim Chance & The Convicts, Tray Dahl & The Jugtime Ragband, Georgia Mountain Stringband, Leah Calvert, Honeywood, the Packway Handle Trio and more! Or rumble on down to Avondale Towne Cinema for a Rockabilly Uprising with Kitty Rose & The Ramblers, Atomic Boogie and The Sideburners! Stomp on down to City Winery for a night with Los Lobos and T. Hardy Morris! Make your way to the Little Vinyl Lounge (The Star Bar) for Kool Kat Jeffrey Butzer’s ANT LODGE Vol. 4 starring The Hills and The Holler, Forbidden Waves, The Compartmentalizationalists and more! The Marshall Tucker Band rocks out at the Variety Playhouse! Make your way to Buford Highway/Northeast Plaza for their Dia De Los Muertos Festival and Parade at 5pm! Boogie on down to the KSU Museum of History & Holocaust Education for the 10th Annual 1940s Swing Dance! Get ghastly and sail on down to the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center for a performance of THE FLYING DUTCHMAN, running through Nov. 12! Rock out with the Subsonics, the Midnight Larks and A Drug Called Tradition at The Earl! Get the blues with the Randall Bramblett Band at The Vista Room! Or get strange with The Dirty Doors at MadLife Stage & Studios! Shimmy on down to the Red Light Café for a night with Kool Kat Mary Strawberry and more! Rock out with Michelle Malone and Five Eight at Eddie’s Attic! Walk like an Egyptian on down to the Basement for their Heyday ‘80s Dance Party! Yacht Rock Schooner dishes out a night of Steely Dan at Venkman’s! Blind Willie’s gets down and dirty with Sandra Hall & The Shadows! Rock out and pay tribute to The Allman Brothers with Tribute at Northside Tavern! St. James Live! delivers their Tribute to the Legends night every Saturday night!

Sunday, November 5

Stomp on down to City Winery for a second helping of Los Lobos and T. Hardy Morris! Get a little taste of history at the Historic Oakland Cemetery with their From Moses to Maynard: Oakland’s Legacy of Atlanta Mayors event! Get sweet and low down blues-style at the Northside Tavern with Uncle Sugar with Eddie Tigner!

Ongoing

Get hellacious and creep on down to Six Flags’ Fright Fest and experience Kool Kat Shane Morton’s spooktacular haunted house, Madeline Mendoza’s Casa De Meurte, weekends through Oct. 31! (LAST CHANCE!)

The Fox Theatre dishes out a spooktacular time as they haunt it up during their annual Fox Theatre Ghost Tours, bone chilling through Oct. 31! (LAST CHANCE!)

Get terrified at Sinister Suites Haunted Hotel in Griffin, GA, spooking through Oct. 31! (LAST CHANCE!)

Haunt on down to Norcross for Netherworld Haunted House’s horrorific 21st season, gorrifying through Nov. 1! (LAST CHANCE!)

A little blood splatter never hurt ya, so trek on down to Carrolton, GA for a helluva lot of haunted hillbillies ‘n’ dead rednecks at Camp Blood, horrifying through Oct. 31! (LAST CHANCE!)

Make your way to Lithia Springs for Containment Haunted House, a multi-media immersive theatrical horror experience, terrifying through Nov. 4! (LAST CHANCE!)

Be the Headless Horseman’s next victim and get your bones chilled at Serenbe Playhouse’s thrilling presentation of their immersive spooky attraction and show, THE SLEEPY HOLLOW EXPERIENCE, haunting through Nov. 5! (LAST CHANCE!)

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!

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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This Week in ATLRetro, October 16-22, 2017

Posted on: Oct 15th, 2017 By:

by Melanie Crew
Managing Editor

ATLRetro massacres this spooky season with all the haunting and bone-chilling madness your little black hearts desire! We’ve got horror flicks! We’ve got sinister seduction and the unruly undead! We’ve got ghosts and goblins and monsters, oh my! Check out all the spooktacular shenanigans we’ve dug up just for you!

Monday, October 16

Spook on down to Aurora Theatre for ghost stories and cocktails during their Spirits & Spirits event! Regal Atlantic Station Stadium 18 dishes out a monstrous double feature with screenings of Merian C. Cooper’s KING KONG (1933) and Gordon DouglasTHEM! (1954) at 7pm! Make your way to Terminal West for a night with Samantha Fish and John Nemeth! Funk it up with Bumpin the Mango at City Winery! 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! Get some soul with Brandon Reeves at Blind Willie’s! 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 night with Larry Griffith!

Tuesday, October 17

The Fox Theatre dishes out a spooktacular time as they haunt it up during their annual Fox Theatre Ghost Tours, bone chilling through Oct. 31! Jazz it up with Herbie Hancock at Atlanta Symphony Hall! Get chilled and really retro with the walking dead at The Plaza Theater’s screening of Victor Halperin’s WHITE ZOMBIE (1932)! Get your nostalgic intergalactic fix with Northlake Festival Movie Tavern’s screening of Steven Spielberg’s E.T. THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL (1982) during their Retro Cinema series at 7:30pm! Have a bloody good time at Regal Atlantic Station Stadium 18’s screenings of Wes Craven’s A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET (1984) at 7pm/10pm! Rock out with The Rocketboys and Kool Kat Brooks Mason with The Georgia Flood at The Earl! Get countrified with BlackHawk at Eddie’s Attic! Rock out with The Red Planet at the Red Light Café! Blind Willie’s gets down with the Boo Hoo Ramblers! Jam it up with Joe Gransden and his jazz jam session at Venkman’s every Tuesday! The Star Bar delivers a night of retro shenanigans with DJ Quasi Mandisco’s Downtown Tuesday Night 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, October 18

Get spellbound with a screening of Andrew Fleming’s THE CRAFT (1996) at The Plaza Theater! Bike on down to Woodruff Park for a free screening of Kenny Ortega’s HOCUS POCUS (1993) at 8pm! Get folksy with Cicada Rhythm and Christian Lopez at Eddie’s Attic! Spend the night with The California Honeydrops and The Steady 45s at Terminal West! Get your nostalgic intergalactic fix with Northlake Festival Movie Tavern’s encore screening of Steven Spielberg’s E.T. THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL (1982) during their Retro Cinema series at 7:30pm! Shimmy down and get craftsy with Layna D’Luna during her Beelzaboob event at Metropolitan Studios! Get your Dread Pirate Roberts fix with a screening of Rob Reiner’s classic, THE PRINCESS BRIDE (1987) at theatres across Atlanta at 2pm/7pm [AMC Barrett Commons 24 (Kennesaw); AMC Southlake Pavilion 24 (Morrow); Hollywood Stadium 24 (Chamblee); Avalon Stadium 12 (Alpharetta); Cinemark Tinseltown 17 (Fayetteville); Perimeter Pointe 10; Regal McDonough Stadium 16 (McDonough); Georgian Stadium 14 (Newnan); Studio Movie Grill (Alpharetta/Duluth); Atlantic Station; Regal Atlantic Station Stadium 18; and AMC Avenue Forsyth (Cumming)]! Barrelhouse Bob Page gets down at Blind Willie’s! Emory Cinematheque continues their Resist Fascism Series with a screening of Jean-Pierre Melville’s ARMY OF SHADOWS (1969) at 7:30pm! Or get your classic Western fix with a screening of Clint Eastwood’s THE OUTLAW JOSEY WALES (1976) at Studio Movie Grill (Alpharetta/Duluth) at 7:15pm! Get the blues with Michael Preston at Fat Matt’s Rib Shack! Get jazzy at the Red Light Café with The Gordon Vernick Quartet! Or make your way to the Northside Tavern as Danny ‘Mudcat’ Dudeck fires it up with his rockin’ blues! St. James Live! delivers their Hump Days Blues night, getting classic blues-style every Wednesday! And as always, it’s Ladies Night at Johnny’s Hideaway which plays hits from Sinatra to Madonna for a generally mature crowd.

Thursday, October 19

Get horrorified during the 2017 Atlanta Horror Film Festival at Synchronicity Theatre through Oct. 22! Unleash ancient evil spirits with George Reinblatt’s EVIL DEAD THE MUSICAL hosted by the Newnan Theatre Company, killing it through Oct. 29! Make your way to the Little Vinyl Lounge (The Star Bar) for Kool Kat Jeffrey Butzer’s ANT LODGE Vol. 3 starring Kool Kat Sen. Artie Mondello, Antic Clay (Nick Cave tunes), 3 Way Mirror and more! Avondale Towne Cinema kicks off their Throwback Thursday Cinema event with a screening of Dennis Hopper’s EASY RIDER (1969) at 8:30pm! Or get sinister and catch a screening of Dario Argento’s SUSPIRIA (1977) at The Plaza Theater! Catch Peter Noone (Herman’s Hermits) at City Winery! Folk it up with Charlie Mars, David Borne and Tommy Castro & The Painkillers at Eddie’s Attic! Get jazzy with Tim Bowman at Suite Food Lounge! Spend the night with Dr. Frank n Furter during Out Front Theatre Company’s presentation of THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW, through Oct. 22! The Badash Allstar Team pays tribute with their Tom Petty Jam at the Red Light Café! Get the blues with House Rocker Johnson & The Shadows at Blind Willie’s! It’s Mai Tai Thursday at Trader Vic’s so hula on down and swank it up with Bogey & The Viceroy! Geek it up and get really retro while experiencing STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS as a Shakespeare play with Ian Doescher’s THE FORCE DOTH AWAKEN at FoxTales Book Shop at 6:30pm! The Northside Tavern gets rockin’ with a little Chicago/Delta blues of The Breeze Kings! Get the folksy blues with Alex Guthrie, Chelsea Shag, Baby Rose and D’angelo Miles at Smith’s Olde Bar! Stagger on over to Noni’s Bar & Deli for their Bitter Heroes event featuring DJ Brian Parris as he gets charmingly morose with a little New-Wave, The Smiths and The Cure! Get your boogie on at Fat Matt’s Rib Shack, as Chickenshack featuring Eddie Tigner, 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, October 20

Get smokin’ with Garage 71 Radio (Kool Kat Rev. Andy Hawley) and Grease Inc. Magazine’s 9th annual Hell on Wheels Vintage Drag Race revvin’ it up at the Atlanta Dragway in Commerce through Oct. 22, featuring vintage/classic cars, pin-ups, carnies, venders, classic film screenings and more! Catch some rockin’ tunes/entertainment with Andrea Colburn & Mud Moseley, Jason Lee Wilson, Back South: The Dirt Yard Choir and Kitty Rose, with drive-in style screenings of Hal Needham’s SMOKEY AND THE BANDIT (1977), George LucasAMERICAN GRAFFITI (1973), and Francis Ford Coppola’s THE OUTSIDERS (1983)!

Raise a ruckus at The Star Bar’s Pre-Halloween Parade Party with Dusty Booze & The Baby Haters, Zodiac Panthers and We Want Blood! Get gussied up for The Earl Smith Strand Theatre’s Ghouls & Glamour Gala at 7pm! Rock out with The BoDeans at City Winery! The Plaza Theater delivers two John Carpenter classics through Oct. 26 [IN THE MOUTH OF MADNESS (1994) and CHRISTINE (1983)]! It’s a night of funk psychedelia at The Earl with Mild High Club and Anemone! If ghastly things are your preference, haunt on down to the Historic Oakland Cemetery for their annual Capturing the Spirit of Oakland Ghost Tours, spooking it up through Oct. 29! Get your fill of ghosts and goblins during the 2017 Grant Park Halloween Lantern Parade featuring the Black Sheep Ensemble, the Wasted Potential Brass Band and more! It’s a night of fancy and fright during the Atlanta History Center’s Haunted Halloween event! Yacht Rock Revue wakes the dead as they pay homage to Michael Jackson’s THRILLER at the Variety Playhouse! Get old-timey with Old Crow Medicine Show at Atlanta Symphony Hall! It’s a night of gypsy brass circus rock with the Dirty Bourbon River Show at Venkman’s! Get intergalactic with Man or Astro Man? at 529! Get deadly during Atlantic Station’s Spooky Film Festival’s screening of Gore Verbinski’s THE RING (2002) at dusk! Kristy Lee dishes out a dirt road revival at Eddie’s Attic! Jazz it up with Nelson Ramos at the High Museum! Spend the night with The Eagles at Philips Arena! Sadie Hawkins presents a Burlesque Improv Showdown, Last Pasties Standing: ‘80s Rock and Metal at the Red Light Café! George Hughley & The Shadows get bluesy at Blind Willie’s! Get the blues with Stoney Brooks at Northside Tavern! Raise a ruckus with the Rockaholics at Fat Matt’s Rib Shack! Time-Warp it up at theatres across Atlanta with screenings of Jim Sharman’s THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW (1975) at 10pm [AMC Classic North Dekalb 16; AMC Classic Snellville 12; AMC Sugarloaf Mills 18 (Lawrenceville); and AMC Classic Mansell Crossing 14 (Alpharetta)], and as usual The Plaza Theater continues 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, October 21

Today is the day all you ghosts and goblins have been waiting for! Little 5 Points business district hosts its annual L5P Halloween Festival & Parade! So, come on out dressed to the bloody nines in your spookiest Halloween costume and get horrorifically haunted! Get fed! Get rocked! And get your flesh to the biggest Halloween parade in the south! The event wakes from the dead at noon and haunts until 11 pm, with an artists’ market, food venders, as well as two stages for live entertainment, featuring tunes by Kool Kat Sen. Artie Mondello with The Delusionaires, ELZIG, The Dirty Doors, Night Terrors, Kool Kats The Casket Creatures, AM Gold, DJ Romeo Cologne and more! The spooktacular parade of horror runs from 4 to 6 pm on Euclid and Moreland and promises to spook even the bravest of the brave, so pick a spot and hold on tight!  Get your faces rocked off with Kool Kats galore and more!

Get diabolique with Posman Books Atlanta’s double-headed monster with book signings by Kool Kat Michael Wehunt (GREENER PASTURES) and one of our favorite wicked weird sisters Kristi DeMeester (BENEATH) from 1-3pm! Rock out with Descendents at the Masquerade! Rev it up with Kool Kat Hot Rod Walt & the Psycho-Devilles at Dixie Tavern in Marietta! Get intergalactic with and encore of Man or Astro Man? at 529! Folk rock it up with Emily Saliers (Indigo Girls) at the Buckhead Theatre! Make your way to Chastain Park for a Three Dog Night and The Whiskey Gentry! It’s a rockin’ encore with The BoDeans at City Winery! Make your way to The Earl for a night with Pylon Reenactment Society, Five Eight and Small Reactions! Spend a second night with The Eagles at Philips Arena! Make your way to Venkman’s for a night with Sailing to Denver, Water Seed and Huntertones! Get down with Sandra Hall & The Shadows at Blind Willie’s! Make your way to Stone Mountain for Day 1 of the 45th Annual Highland Games! Funk it up with Kool Kat VJ Anthony’s FASCINATED: Electro Disco Freestyle Funk Video Dance Party at Amsterdam Atlanta! Time-Warp it up at theatres across Atlanta with screenings of Jim Sharman’s THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW (1975) at 10pm [AMC Classic North Dekalb 16; AMC Classic Snellville 12; AMC Sugarloaf Mills 18 (Lawrenceville); and AMC Classic Mansell Crossing 14 (Alpharetta)]! The Northside Tavern dishes out the rockin’ blues with The Cazanovas! Little G. Weevil dishes out a night of rockin’ blues at Fat Matt’s Rib Shack! St. James Live! delivers their Tribute to the Legends night every Saturday night!

Sunday, October 22

Get your rockin’ art fix at the Little Five Arts Alive: Artist and Maker Market, featuring Kool Kat Amber Taylor of The Sexual Side Effects, and so much more! Rock out with Against Me!, Bleached and The Dirty Nil at Center Stage! Get the sleazy rockin’ blues with Gunpowder Gray at Gaja Korean Bar! Folk it up with Barnaby Bright at Serenbe! Get your Americana fix with Driftwood at Smith’s Olde Bar! Spend the night with Michael McDonald at Atlanta Symphony Hall! Psyche it up with Chicano Batman at Terminal West! Get down with Shatka Jazz at Venkman’s! Make your way to The Earl Smith Strand Theatre for a theatrical tribute to Billie Holiday, IN ALL MY HAZE – A BILLIE STORY! Blues it up with Fat Back Deluxe at Fat Matt’s Rib Shack! Get sweet and low down blues-style at the Northside Tavern with Uncle Sugar with Eddie Tigner!

Ongoing

Get chilled to the bone with The Ghastly Dreadfuls at Center For Puppetry Arts, spooking through Oct. 28!

Unleash ancient evil spirits with George Reinblatt’s EVIL DEAD THE MUSICAL hosted by the Newnan Theatre Company, killing it through Oct. 29!

Get ghastly during the Historic Oakland Cemetery’s annual Capturing the Spirit of Oakland Ghost Tours, spooking it up through Oct. 29!

The Fox Theatre dishes out a spooktacular time as they haunt it up during their annual Fox Theatre Ghost Tours, bone chilling through Oct. 31!

Haunt on down to Norcross for Netherworld Haunted House’s horrorific 21st season, gorrifying through Nov. 1!

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!

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!

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