This Week in ATLRetro, June 26-July 2, 2017

Posted on: Jun 25th, 2017 By:

by Melanie Crew
Managing Editor

ATLRetro is hot, hot, hot This Week! Come see all the shakin’ summer shenanigans we’ve dug up just for you!

Monday, June 26

Get prehistoric and catch a free screening of John Milius’ eighties classic, CONAN THE BARBARIAN (1982) at Dad’s Garage Theatre Company at 8:30pm! Catch a screening of Robert Mulligan’s SUMMER OF ’42 (1971) at the Alpharetta Branch Library at 10:30am! GKids Presents Studio Ghibli Fest 2017 with a screening of Hayao Miyazaki’s MY NEIGHBOR TOTORO (1988) at theatres across Atlanta [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) and AMC Southlake Pavilion 24 (Morrow)]! Stomp on down to Eddie’s Attic for a night with The Station Breaks! Rock out with Dave Mason (Traffic) at City Winery! 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! Skye Paige, “Queen of Slide Guitar” rocks out at the Little Vinyl Lounge! 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 as they dish out The Pork Bellys and a plate full ‘o finger lickin’ BBQ!

Tuesday, June 27

Get horrorific with our Kool Kat of the Week, Vanessa Ionta Wright (RAINY SEASON) and Kool Kat Debbie Hess (HORROR HOTEL) and more local horror aficionados during the Attack of the 50 Foot Film Fest, promising to terrify at The Plaza Theater at 7pm! Or hop across the pond and catch Scott Freiman’s documentary, DECONSTRUCTING THE BEATLES’ SGT. PEPPER’S LONELY HEARTS CLUB BAND (2017) tonight and Thurs. June 29! Or why not celebrate the album’s 50th Anniversary with a screening of Robert Stigwood’s SGT. PEPPER’S LONELY HEARTS CLUB BAND (1978) at the Northlake Festival Movie Tavern at 7:30pm! Get some soul with Sam Lewis at Eddie’s Attic! Funk it up with Jon Cleary and Bobby Messano at City Winery! Make your way to Smith’s Olde Bar for a night with Micah Schnabel (Two Cow Garage) and Trae Vedder!  Get down with John Mellencamp at Chastain Park! Blues it up with Frankie’s Blues Mission at Blind Willie’s! Get jazzy with Deb Bowman at The Regent Cocktail Club! 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 their Downtown Tuesday Night Dance Party featuring retro-soul, funk, ‘80s, ‘90s and more! Get down and dirty with Gray & The Bad Boys at Fat Matt’s Rib Shack! And as always, groove on down with Swami Gone Bananas at the Northside Tavern!

Wednesday, June 28

Get some classic soul ‘n’ funk with Nick & The Grooves at Avondale Towne Cinema! Catch an encore screening of Robert Stigwood’s SGT. PEPPER’S LONELY HEARTS CLUB BAND (1978) at the Northlake Festival Movie Tavern at 7:30pm! Bluegrass it up at The Vista Room during Bluegrass and Beyond with The Vista String Band! Rock out with the Garrison Blagg Band at The Regent Cocktail Club! The Hollidays deliver a night of rhythm ‘n’ soul and rock ‘n’ roll at Fat Matt’s Rib Shack! Get jazzy at the Red Light Café with The Gordon Vernick Quartet! Get your Chicago/West Coast blues fix with The Electromatics at Blind Willie’s! 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, June 29

Skank it up at The Star Bar for a rockin’ ruckus with The Toasters and Lloyd’s Rocksteady Revue! Get funky with the 4th Ward Afro-Klezmer Orchestra, Bill Brovold, the Frank Pahl Duo, and Duet for Theremin and Steel at Avondale Towne Cinema! It’s Mai Tai Thursday, so hula on down to Trader Vic’s for a night with Kool Kat Joshua Longino and The Disapyramids! The Red Light Café dishes out a night of murder, mayhem and mockery with the Tied and Tasseled Fetish Cabaret’s Wanted! A Criminal Night of Burlesque and Drag! Rock out with Spiral Stairs, The Preakness and Floral Print at The Earl! Get countrified with The Steel Woods and George Shingleton at Eddie’s Attic! Get rootsy with The Black Lillies at City Winery! Get rocked at Lakewood Amphitheatre with the Van’s Warped Tour! Atlantic Station’s Movies in Central Park continues with a free screening of Jan de Bont’s TWISTER (1996) at dusk! Or catch a free screening of David Anspaugh’s RUDY (1993) at Town Brookhaven’s Movies on the Town event at dusk! Get down with George Hughley & The Shadows at Blind Willie’s! 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, June 30

Get trapped at Videodrome (JavaDrome) for a screening of Brian Trenchard-Smith’s DEAD END DRIVE-IN (1986) at 8:30pm! Boogie down in The Basement with Nonsense ATL’s Commotion: A Tribute to Women in Music! Honkytonk it up with Lee Bains III & The Glory Fires, Lonnie Holley, Bitter and Reconciler at The Earl! Get to rockin’ with ZOSO Rising, Cannibal Joe and Lars Nagel (El Caminos) at Smith’s Olde Bar! Boogie on down to The Earl Smith Strand Theatre for their Jukebox Giants: Motown & More event! Swing on by American Legion Post 201 (Alpharetta) for a night of Swingin’ the Blues! Stomp on down to Avondale Towne Cinema for a night with Heather Luttrell and Skye Paige! Get down and dirty with House Rocker Johnson & The Shadows at Blind Willie’s! Get the blues with Groove Rocket at Fat Matt’s Rib Shack! Get your old-school blues fix with Albert White at the Northside Tavern! And as always, time-warp it up and get naughty with some uber musically-inclined transsexual aliens 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, July 1

Glam it up at The Earl as Jerome Newton & The Band Who Fell to Earth recreates Ziggy Stardust’s farewell concert! Rock on down to The Star Bar for a night with The Dwarves, Richie Ramone, the Vaginas and We Want Blood! Jazz it up with Marcus Johnson at City Winery! Get old-timey with Tray Dahl & The Jugtime Ragband at The Vista Room! Get funky with the 4th Ward Afro-Klezmer Orchestra at Venkman’s! Boogie on down to The Earl Smith Strand Theatre for night two of their Jukebox Giants: Motown & More event! Eighties it up with Kool Kat Becky Cormier Finch and Denim Arcade at Guston’s Grille (Kennesaw)! Or boogie down to The Basement for their Heyday 80’s Dance Party! Make your way to Eddie’s Attic for a night with Kick the Robot! Robert Lee Coleman dishes out the blues at the Northside Tavern! St. James Live! delivers their Tribute to the Legends night every Saturday night!

Sunday, July 2

Geek it up at the Atlanta Comic Convention July 2017, from 11am – 5pm! Get some soul with Kool Kat Ruby Velle & The Soulphonics during Park Tavern’s Sunset Sessions! Back in the Saddle delivers a night of old-school western with Little Country Giants at Eddie’s Attic! Get old-timey with Tray Dahl & The Jugtime Ragband at Venkman’s! Boogie on down to The Earl Smith Strand Theatre for night three of their Jukebox Giants: Motown & More event! Get sweet and low down blues-style at the Northside Tavern with Uncle Sugar!

Ongoing

Catch the Andy Warhol exhibit at the High Museum through Sept. 3!

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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Kool Kat of the Week: Vanessa Ionta Wright Dishes on the Atlanta Debut of Her Film Short, RAINY SEASON, Screening at the Attack of the 50 Foot Film Fest at The Plaza Theatre

Posted on: Jun 21st, 2017 By:

by Melanie Crew
Managing Editor

Vanessa Ionta Wright, local filmmaker, co-founder and Director of the Women in Horror Film Festival, and horror aficionado helps dish out a night of terror, alongside fellow Atlanta indie filmmakers, with a screening of her short film, RAINY SEASON (2017), during the first ever Attack of the Fifty Foot Film Fest! Hosted by HORROR HOTEL producer and Kool Kat Debbie Hess, the fest features quality shorts created by local filmmakers (HORROR HOTEL episode “Sleep Tight” by Kool Kat Ricky Hess et al; ATTACK OF THE FACE MELTERS co-directed by Blake K. Swell and Tyler Weddle; and MR. LOCKJAW PREQUEL: EPISODE ONE directed by Byron Erwin)! So if you’re looking for a bloody fangtastic time and want to chat it up with some killer local filmmakers, make your way to The Plaza Theatre on June 27 at 7pm!

Wright, both writer and director of RAINY SEASON received full authorization by the King of Horror himself, Stephen King, to adapt his short story, “Rainy Season,” (first published in the Spring 1989 issue of MIDNIGHT GRAFFITI), into a live-action piece of bloody art, for the sole purpose of screening at film festivals in 2015. By way of King’s Dollar Babies program, Wright invested her blood, sweat and tears along with her WIHFF co-founder and Executive Producer Samantha Kolesnik and they are excited to bring the film to Atlanta’s horror film-loving audience!

ATLRetro caught up with Vanessa to chat about her film, the Attack of the Fifty Foot Film Fest, women in genre filmmaking and her upcoming Women in Horror Film Festival. While you’re takin’ a gander at our little Q&A, why not take a peek at RAINY SEASON’s official 2017 trailer, here.

ATLRetro: Attack of the 50 Foot Film Fest! Sounds exciting and right up ATLRetro’s alley! Can you tell us a little about the event, what inspired it, and how you got involved?

Vanessa Ionta Wright: The organizer of the event, Debbie Hess, wanted to put together a ‘mini’ fest of horror/sci-fi/suspense themed films produced by local Atlanta filmmakers that were either world premiere films or first time in Atlanta proper premieres. She wanted to curate a selection of quality indie films that would showcase and celebrate the talent and production capabilities of Atlanta filmmakers themselves. The world knows Atlanta as a premium destination for studio filmmaking with big budgets but Atlanta also has some excellent and creative filmmakers right here that can deliver the goods on an indie level as well. Collaborating with multiple filmmakers made it feasible to bring these short films to the big screen. The Plaza Theatre seemed the perfect venue with its historic background for such films. She put out a call to submit films for consideration. RAINY SEASON was a good fit.

Care to share a little about the other featured films and their directors?

I haven’t personally met any of them yet, but am very much looking forward to it, as well as seeing their films. Here is all the information I was able to gather with my spy skills: The Hesses (Ricky, Al and Debbie) produce the HORROR HOTEL series filmed in Atlanta. Ricky is the creator and primary director of the series with the first season streaming on Hulu, an anthology feature film of the 2nd season episodes which are available on Amazon Prime and coming soon to DirectTV. Their festival film, “Sleep Tight” is the pilot episode of the 3rd season and promises to creep it up with attack bed bugs! ATTACK OF THE FACE MELTERS, written by Blake K. Swell and co-directed by Tyler Weddle and Swell, features Jack, a lovable comic geek that enjoys his comics more than his girlfriend. Life takes a turn when Jack’s comic book comes to life. And LOCKJAW PREQUEL: Episode One, directed by Byron Conrad Erwin, written by Justin Craig, features a ventriloquist with mundane aspirations of becoming a children’s entertainer who becomes subject to his dummy’s more sinister desire: interrogating and torturing criminals for the mob.

We’re excited to see that your short film RAINY SEASON, adapted from Stephen King’s short story will be screening at the fest. Can you tell us a little about the film and the making of? Any interesting or crazy tales to tell about filming your short?

I feel like the entire experience from beginning to end has been crazy and interesting. I secured the non-exclusive rights back in July 2015 and began work on the script. Once the script was basically locked — I say basically because I was doing rewrites up until a day before shooting — I started putting together a team to get this sucker produced. I

Vanessa Ionta Wright

met Executive Producer Samantha Kolesnik at a film festival in Los Angeles and she was in the process of having her short film THE PRICE OF BONES (2016) produced and wanted to be more involved with production, so I asked if she wanted to jump on board RAINY SEASON.  She went from “Sure, I’ll help out,” to Executive Producer.  This film would not have happened without her. I then reached out to Director of Photography Mark Simon and was honored that he wanted to be a part of this project. Working alongside John Hughes, Mark began his career on some of the most iconic films in history (SIXTEEN CANDLES, THE BREAKFAST CLUB, FERRIS BUELLER’S DAY OFF). We were so lucky to be working with so many talents in this industry.

One of our biggest challenges, being on such a tight and small budget, was the fact that our set had no electricity or running water and we were shooting nights in an isolated location during the hottest days of August.  Thank goodness for generators, port-a-potties and a healthy respect for bats.

And how cool that your adaptation is fully authorized by King. Can you tell us a little about that process and how long it took for you to get King’s blessing?

This wasn’t as daunting as I thought it might be. The process was fairly simple. “Rainy Season” is part of King’s Dollar Babies Program, which allows aspiring filmmakers to secure the non-exclusive rights to his work and adapt it for the screen. I looked at the list of available stories and filled out an application and waited. Two weeks went by and I received an email granting me permission to adapt the story. I signed the contract and mailed my dollar bill to the “Master of Horror.”  The completed film can in no way make a profit or be distributed. It is for festival use only. So many people have asked, “Why on earth would you make a film that can’t be distributed or make any money?” I look at this film as a very expensive resume. I felt like this film could be a great opportunity for everyone involved to take the next step. Plus it doesn’t hurt to have Stephen King’s name on your film.

Behind the scenes – RAINY SEASON

Are there any other horror stories you’d like to adapt to film, those that have yet to hit the big screen?

I am always late to the party when it comes to reading. Generally, I’ll read a book and think, “That would make an awesome film!” and then I look it up and it’s already been done. I also read a lot of older books…I might need some book recommendations on new horror releases.

Can you tell our readers what drew you to filmmaking and which filmmakers would you say inspired you most?

I think I’ve been drawn to filmmaking my entire life, I just didn’t realize that it could be a career. I started writing stories at an early age, and the moment our family got a VHS movie camera I started bringing those stories to life. I have always been inspired by those who can take the seeds of an idea and grow it into a visual medium that can evoke an emotional response, be it laughter, tears or fear. I grew up on television and movies.  So much of it was still new. Premium cable television got popular in the early 1980s and I was front and center. I was always drawn to the scarier programs. I remember sneaking around to watch COMMANDER USA’s GROOVIE MOVIES and films like MY BLOODY VALENTINE , FRIDAY THE 13TH III, AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON, CAT PEOPLE and more. I was also an avid watcher of the early TWILIGHT ZONE series and the films of Alfred Hitchcock. I loved suspense more than anything. Gore was fun, but the anticipation of terror got me every time. And the horror of the 1970s and 1980s is so iconic. I watched films by John Carpenter, Wes Craven and Tobe Hooper and thought, “I want to do that!”

As an independent female filmmaker working in the horror genre, what challenges have you personally faced that seem to be a common theme amongst women in the industry?

I don’t know that I have faced any challenges in the industry due to being a woman. I think the challenges I have faced are common to all independent filmmakers regardless of gender. There is an audience for every film and I think as filmmakers we are all trying to find the most effective route to get our films in front of those audiences. Filmmaking is expensive, time consuming and extremely competitive. I think for years this industry has been dominated by men at the top, but we are seeing more and more women in these top creative and executive roles. And I certainly don’t think that I, or any other woman, should be given opportunities simply based on our gender. If I get hired as a director it should be because I am the best director for the job, not because I’m a good female director.

It seems that little by little, women are finally getting the attention they deserve when it comes to film, especially within the horror genre, which brings us to your Women in Horror Film Festival coming up in September. Can you give us a sneak peek into that venture and why you think it’s important that these types of events take place?

Samantha Kolesnik and I are very excited to be bringing this event to the Atlanta area. As genre filmmakers, we have noticed an unbalanced representation of women at horror film festivals and at the box office. We decided to create a platform to showcase female genre filmmakers and screenwriters. Not to create a women only event, but to promote those women who are currently creating films and screenplays and to get them noticed in an otherwise saturated market. We are striving for more equality in the industry, a balanced representation of talented filmmakers and writers. We are very excited to be welcoming some very special guests to the event that many horror fans will recognize: Heather Langenkamp, Amanda Wyss, Jen and Sylvia Soska, Horror Producer Marianne Maddalena, Lynn Lowry, Horror authors Mylo Carbia and Meg Hafdahl and famed zombie from AMC’s THE WALKING DEAD, Sonya Thompson.  These trailblazing women have been hugely supportive of what Samantha and I have created and we’re thrilled to be working alongside them. The festival will be accepting submissions through July 15, 2017, and the fest will take place September 21-24, 2017, at the Crowne Plaza Hotel & Conference Center in Peachtree City, just down the street from Pinewood Atlanta Studios and Raleigh Studios, home of THE WALKING DEAD.  Your readers can go here for more information.

Who are your favorite women horror directors and why?

Some of my favorites would be Kathryn Bigelow (NEAR DARK), Jennifer Kent (THE BABADOOK), Mary Lambert (PET SEMATARY), Mary Harron (AMERICAN PSYCHO). I am quickly becoming a fan of some amazing up and coming indie directors like Heidi Hartwig (WONDER VALLEY), Justine Raczkiewicz (WASTE) and Audrey Cummings (BERKSHIRE COUNTY). Why I like these particular directors? They know how to tell great stories. They are able to scare and disturb audiences while also creating thought provoking subject matter. I like them because they make great films. It’s why I like any director. I know I’m leaving people off of my list. I could create a spreadsheet of my favorite horror films and directors and you could offer a centerfold-type fold out for your readers. -Ha!-

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

I love lists! I’m limited to only 5?! WATCHING: THE KEEPERS (Netflix Docuseries); MAKING A MURDERER (Netflix Docuseries); submissions for WIHFF – even though Sam and I are not judging the work, we are watching and enjoying all of the films, so that has been taking up a lot of my screen time; and some of my all time favorite films and TV shows in no particular order: RUSHMORE (Anderson), RAISING ARIZONA (Cohen Bros), HALLOWEEN (Carpenter), PSYCHO (Hitchcock), PULP FICTION (Tarantino), GOODFELLAS (Scorsese), A BRONX TALE (DeNiro), BACK TO THE FUTURE (Zemeckis), SLING BLADE (Thorton), ROCKY (Stallone), DIE HARD (McTierman), ALIEN (Scott). Series that I love and have loved:  THE WALKING DEAD, HEROES, BREAKING BAD, FRIDAY THE 13th the Series, AMAZING STORIES, STRANGER THINGS, GREATEST AMERICAN HERO, V, THE TWILIGHT ZONE, DARK SHADOWS, etc. There are so many more that I will remember after this is printed!

Any advice for women filmmakers out there trying to get their foot in the door?

This advice is for all filmmakers. Get out there and make your films. Find good talented people to work and collaborate with and get your film made.  There are so many resources for funding now. Get your hands on a good script or write one yourself and do it. There is no career in film without the film. And surround yourself with good, creative, talented people. You never know who you might meet, so network like crazy. Go to film festivals, get involved with the local indie film scene, and offer to help out on set even if you don’t get paid. Favors get repaid, so support each other, and treat your cast/crew with respect and kindness.

Getting back to what brought us here, Attack of the 50 Foot Film Fest! Anything exciting planned for fest-goers? Can we expect this to be an annual event, something we all can look forward to in years to come?

I’m not sure if this will become an annual event, but I do hope so! I love that Debbie Hess is giving an opportunity to local filmmakers to screen their films. This is about sharing our work. It’s not a competition and we are all there to cheer each other on and give audiences a chance to see some films they might not otherwise have the opportunity to see. And the Plaza is just a super cool venue, so much history there! Friends, fans and moviegoers will have the chance to meet the filmmakers and even the cast of some of these films, which is pretty exciting in my book.
And last but not least, what’s next for Vanessa Ionta Wright? Any other films in the works we should know about?

Right now I am enjoying the RAINY SEASON ride. It’s currently hitting festivals and I want to enjoy the success of the film before I jump into the next one. And WIHFF is keeping me pretty busy as it’s the first year! My plan is hopefully direct a feature in the next year or two so Samantha Kolesnik and I have been making a plan to make that happen. We are actually currently working on a screenplay together, which I am very excited about. I will be at the Attack of the 50ft Film Fest so please be sure to stop by and say hi, I love meeting people!

All photos courtesy of Vanessa Ionta Wright and used with permission.

 

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This Week in ATLRetro, June 19-25, 2017

Posted on: Jun 18th, 2017 By:

by Melanie Crew
Managing Editor

Rock ‘n’ Roll into the summer and check out all the shakin’ shindigs we’ve found just for you in ATLRetro!

Monday, June 19

The Plaza Theater continues their Clint Eastwood Film Festival through June 22, with screenings of Eastwood’s GRAN TORINO (2008) at 7:10pm, and Eastwood’s PLAY MISTY FOR ME (1971) at 9:30pm! Or head out to the Alpharetta Branch Library for their screening of Norman Jewison’s MOONSTRUCK (1987) at 10:30am! Funk it up with Soul Underrated at City Winery! Make your way to Terminal West for a night with Bokante! 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! Retrowave on down to Vinyl for a night with Vampire Step-Dad! Barrel House Bob Page dishes out a night of rockin’ blues at Blind Willie’s! Skye Paige, “Queen of Slide Guitar” rocks out at the Little Vinyl Lounge! 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 as they dish out The Pork Bellys and a plate full ‘o finger lickin’ BBQ!

Tuesday, June 20

Rock out with Dirty Fences and RMBLR at The Earl! Get cosmic and funky with Electric Kif and the Stephen Cox Electric Trio at the Red Light Café! Catch a screening of Don Siegel’s THE BEGUILED (1971) at 7pm and Sergio Leone’s THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE UGLY (1967) at 9pm during The Plaza Theater’s Clint Eastwood Film Festival! Catch the beach boogie encore as RiffTrax LIVE presents a Summer Shorts Beach Party at theatres across Atlanta at 7:30pm [Hollywood Stadium 24 (Chamblee); AMC Barrett Commons 24 (Kennesaw); Avalon Stadium 12 (Alpharetta); AMC Sugarloaf Mills 18 (Lawrenceville); Cinemark Tinseltown 17 (Fayetteville); Perimeter Pointe 10; Regal McDonough Stadium 16 (McDonough); Georgian Stadium 14 (Newnan); and AMC Southlake Pavilion 24 (Morrow)]! Folk it up with the Joe Taylor Group and Guthrie Brown at Eddie’s Attic! Stomp on down to Blind Willie’s for The Boo Hoo Ramblers! Get jazzy with Deb Bowman at The Regent Cocktail Club! 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 their Downtown Tuesday Night Dance Party featuring retro-soul, funk, ‘80s, ‘90s and more! Get down and dirty with Gray & The Bad Boys at Fat Matt’s Rib Shack! And as always, groove on down with Swami Gone Bananas at the Northside Tavern!

Wednesday, June 21

Make your way to Chastain Park for a night with Lindsey Buckingham and Christine McVie! Get your ‘60s neotropical pop/soul fix with Adron and Josh Kelley at Eddie’s Attic! Get Dirty Harry’d at Studio Movie Grill’s (Alpharetta/Duluth) screening of Ted Post’s MAGNUM FORCE (1973) at 7:15pm! Rock out with the Garrison Blagg Band at The Regent Cocktail Club! The Hollidays deliver a night of rhythm ‘n’ soul and rock ‘n’ roll at Fat Matt’s Rib Shack! Get jazzy at the Red Light Café with The Gordon Vernick Quartet! Get some southern soul with Kool Kat Scott Glazer’s Mojo Dojo at Blind Willie’s! Or make your way to the Northside Tavern for a rockin’ night of the blues with Beverly “Guitar” Watkins! 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, June 22

The Plaza Theater closes out their Clint Eastwood Film Festival with a 9:30pm screening of Sergio Leone’s FOR A FEW DOLLARS MORE (1967)! Rock out with 10 Hit Combo, Swartzwelder, The 19 Hands and Bleach Garden at Union EAV! Get rocked with Los Colognes and the Roadkill Ghost Choir at The Earl! Raise a ruckus with MIPSO at Eddie’s Attic! Get poppy with Baby Baby and Pls Pls at The Star Bar! Folk it up with Lilac Wine at Venkman’s! The Madrid Express keeps the music alive in memory of Kool Kat Col. Bruce Hampton at The Vista Room! Atlantic Station’s Movies in Central Park continues with a free screening of Sydney Pollack’s SABRINA (1995) at dusk! Get countrified with Mac McAnally at City Winery! Get down at Sweet Betty’s Birthday Bash at Blind Willie’s! It’s Mai Tai Thursday, so swank it up with Bogey & The Viceroy at Trader Vic’s! 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, June 23

Get some rockin’ soul with Pzzyfoot, BAST and Concrete God at Avondale Towne Cinema! Get your 007 fix with SCADShow’s screening of Peter R. Hunt’s ON HER MAJESTY’S SECRET SERVICE (1969) at 7pm! Alt-rock it up with Kevin Griffin (Better Than Ezra) at City Winery! Get the blues with the Barry Richman Band at Darwin’s Burgers & Blues! Folk rock it up with Daniel Romano at The Earl! Bluegrass on down to Eddie’s Attic for a night with Robbie Fulks and Jack’s River Band! Get revived with Elevation, The Howling Tongues, Gasoline Heart and Mike Dunn at Vinyl! Swank it up with Bogey & The Viceroy at The Vista Room! Get down and dirty with Sandra Hall & The Shadows at Blind Willie’s! Get some southern fried soul with Secondhand Swagger at Venkman’s! Make your way to the Verizon Amphitheater for a night with Chicago and The Doobie Brothers! Rock out with The Wild Hares at Fat Matt’s Rib Shack! Get the rockin’ blues at the Northside Tavern with Danny ‘Mudcat’ Dudeck & the Atlanta Horns and special guest Beverly “Guitar” Watkins! And as always, time-warp it up and get naughty with some uber musically-inclined transsexual aliens 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, June 24

Jazz it up with Sweet Lu Olutosin at the Red Light Café! Old-time it up with Tray Dahl & The Jugtime Band at City Winery! Or get your Americana fix with The Roosevelts and Eliot Bronson at Eddie’s Attic! Make your way to the Frederick Brown Jr. Amphitheatre (Peachtree City) for a night with Paul Anka! Get to jammin’ with the Charlie Fog Band and Gr8ful Dude & Frenz at Smith’s Olde Bar! Rock out with Richard Lloyd (Television) and The Night Terrors at The Star Bar! Get folksy with The Good Graces, Straw Polly and the Skipperdees at Avondale Towne Cinema! Put on your boogie shoes and make your way to The Basement to celebrate five years of their Keep on Movin! Dance Party! Head south to Jonesboro, GA as they host the Smokey & The Bandit 40th Anniversary Festival, from 11am to 6pm!  Boogie down and get artsy at The ArtsATL Lawn Party at the Historic Oakland Cemetery! Eighties it up with Kool Kat Becky Cormier Finch and Denim Arcade at the Dawsonville Tavern! Haunt on down to Amsterdam Atlanta for Kool Kat VJ Anthony’s COFFIN CLASSICS: Goth Industrial Music Video Dance Party featuring Goth, dark 80s and more! Get some redemption with Sal’s Soulful Sinners at Darwin’s Burgers & Blues! Folk it up with Sailing to Denver at Venkman’s followed by ‘70s jazz funk classics with Grant Green, Jr.! Randall Bramblett gets the blues at The Vista Room! Rock out with JGBCB and Tribute at the Variety Playhouse! Get rootsy with Damon Fowler at Blind Willie’s! Get the rockin’ blues at the Northside Tavern with Danny ‘Mudcat’ Dudeck & the Atlanta Horns and special guest Beverly “Guitar” Watkins! Get venomous with The Vipers at Fat Matt’s Rib Shack! Make your way to the Landmark Midtown Art Cinema for their Studio Ghibli series, featuring a screening of Hayao Miyazaki’s KIKI’S DELIVERY SERVICE (1989) at 10:30am and PRINCESS MONONOKE (1997) at 1pm! St. James Live! delivers their Tribute to the Legends night every Saturday night!

Sunday, June 25

Surf on down to Park Tavern for a night with Surfer Blood, Winter and Small Reactions! Twang it up with Saint Luke’s Drifters and The Western Sizzlers at Smith’s Olde Bar! Make your way to Venkman’s for The SoPo Playboys! Rock out with Dave Mason (Traffic) at City Winery! Come on out to Chastain Park for a night with Sheryl Crow! Check out The Station Breaks at Eddie’s Attic! Make your way to the Landmark Midtown Art Cinema for their Studio Ghibli series, encore screening of Hayao Miyazaki’s KIKI’S DELIVERY SERVICE (1989) at 10:30am and PRINCESS MONONOKE (1997) at 1pm! Get sweet and low down blues-style at the Northside Tavern with Uncle Sugar! And get the blues with 10,000 Pontiacs at Fat Matt’s Rib Shack!

Ongoing

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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Kool Kats of the Week: WOLVERTON Co-Writers Michael Stark and Terrell T. Garrett Get Adventurous in Turn of the Century London Where the Science of H.G. Wells Goes Head to Head with the Mysterious

Posted on: Jun 13th, 2017 By:

by Melanie Crew
Managing Editor

Michael Stark, former screenwriter for Disney and Universal Pictures and current purveyor of rare horror and sci-fi books (Burnt Biscuit Books) “in the shadows of Pinewood Studios,” and Terrell T. Garrett, screenwriter, reside south of the Atlanta Airport, a.k.a. “Hillbilly Hollywood.” Having written several screenplays together, they decided to take an artistic leap and are currently in the process of producing their first comic, “WOLVERTON: THIEF OF IMPOSSIBLE OBJECTS, along with artist Derek Rodenbeck. Initially slated for the big screen but not quite making it past Hollywood’s current aversion to original works, WOLVERTON was revived as a self-published comic book and labor of love for Stark and Garrett. This action-packed story entangles Jack Wolverton, gentleman thief, within a wicked supernatural web, and “Only he can save the world’s most powerful artifacts from getting into the wrong hands.” While their tale takes place in turn of the century London and Wolverton holds H.G. Wells’ science in high esteem, as opposed to the superstition-riddled occultish general population, “Wolverton isn’t exactly steampunk,” tweeted Stark. “He’s more Schvitz Punk!” The premier issue is finished, however, Stark and Garrett made a decision to add four previously cut pages back in before it goes to the printers, so all you retro-fabulous turn of the century comic-loving kiddies will have more action-packed goodness when it hits the shelves!

Stark and Garrett’s home-grown labor of love is being crowd-funded by a Kickstarter campaign, in part to cover printing costs (28 full-color pages with a 5000 copy run!), but also to put feelers out to gauge interest in their project. They are offering many enticing perks for backers, including digital and hard copies, exclusive signed prints and the chance for a few lucky folks to get drawn and/or written into the action. So come on out and be a part of WOLVERTON history and snatch up an adventurous perk or two via the Kickstarter campaign available through July 6! Check out the full range of rewards here!

ATLRetro caught up with Michael Stark and Terrell T. Garrett to gab a bit about their upcoming comic,  writing for the Hollywood machine; and why going with crowd-funding made sense for this project. While you’re takin’ a gander at our little Q&A, why not take a peek at the teaser trailer and a wee history of WOLVERTON here.

ATLRetro: How did you and your co-writer, Terrell T. Garrett, come up with the idea of “Wolverton?” What inspired the tale and why set the story in turn of the century London?

Michael: I had an old script about a gentleman thief that I pitched to Sean Connery’s company before he did ENTRAPMENT. I wanted to dust it off, but Terrell yawned, finding the trope a bit old-fashioned. So, out of the blue I blurted out: “What if we set it in Edwardian England and he only stole magical objects like the Monkey’s paw?” Suddenly, my writing partner leaned in, very interested, and we knew we had a great idea.

(l-r) Co-Writers Terrell T. Garrett and Michael Stark

Can you tell our readers a little about the creative team behind WOLVERTON?

Michael: I was making a good living writing in Hollywood in the ’90s without actually having anything produced. Those days have changed. The new normal is free options and free rewrites which is why I started looking at trying a different format. Our artist, Derek Rodenbeck, was an army vet whose testimony of overcoming great tragedy with his art really moved us. We think we found a very talented, young man.

Terrell:  I’m currently adapting Alistair MacLean‘s novel, FEAR IS THE KEY, for the big screen. In fact, most of the stuff I’ve written has been in the screenplay format except for a few short stories here and there and a novel that I’m working on at a glacial pace. I’m also a new father.

What is it about the “gentleman thief” trope that inspires you to create a character like Jack Wolverton?

Michael: We were getting known in Hollywood for writing wild set pieces.  I wanted to do something that mixed action with the wit and sophistication of a Preston Sturges or an Ernst Lubitch film. The Gentleman Thief trope fit both worlds perfectly.

We see that you and Garrett worked together on several screenplays, and that you’ve optioned a few to Universal and Disney. Comics and film are similar in that they both rely on dialogue, action and visuals to deliver an awe-inspiring story. As a screenwriter and now a comic book writer, what would you say are the biggest differences between the two, and the challenges of each?

Artist Derek Rodenbeck

Michael: I thought it would be pretty easy to transpose the script into comic book format. I was dead wrong! Especially because modern comic books like modern screenplays have far less text in ‘em than when I was a kid. So, even after we basically locked the book, I’m still calling the letterer and asking if we can fit in a new bit.

Can you tell our readers what drew you to screenwriting, and who would you say are your most inspirational screenwriters/films?

Michael: Thank God for PBS in the 70s.  I saw a Francois Truffaut and Luis Bunuel film festival when I was 10 years old and knew then I wanted to be a screenwriter. Not a director ’cause I looked lousy in jodhpurs. At NYU, I mentored under three Academy winning screenwriters: Ring Lardner JR (MASH, WOMAN OF THE YEAR), Waldo Salt (MIDNIGHT COWBOY, SERPICO) and Ian Hunter, who could tear apart and fix just about anything.

Terrell: I knew I wanted to be a filmmaker when I saw JURASSIC PARK when I was 14 years old. Something about the collective awe in the theater and seeing all the names in the credits made me realize I wanted to be a part of the movie magic. My favorite screenwriters and filmmakers who inspire me are Walter Hill (ALIEN franchise), James Cameron, Jane Goldman (KICK-ASS), Frank Darabont (THE MIST), Dan Gilroy (NIGHTCRAWLER), Joe Carnahan (THE GREY), Bryan Fuller (HANNIBAL TV series), Jon Spaihts (DOCTOR STRANGE, PROMETHEUS) and Diablo Cody (JUNO).

Of course we have to know, as a native Long Islander, what made you fly south, and what is it about Atlanta that’s kept you around for so long?

Michael: That is a very long and surreal story, but basically I was given a month to live a decade ago and went on a spiritual journey that ended up with this nice, Jewish kid from Long Island becoming a minister in a small, rural GA church. That of course would make a good screenplay, but I strictly believe in never writing about your own life. Oh, yeah, I didn’t die BTW.

Most kids (and now adults, as the guilty pleasure no longer carries the negative geek stigma) can’t wait to get their grubby little hands on the coolest of the cool comics. What comics were your favorite growing up and what are your favorites now?

Terrell:  I grew up reading Chris Claremont X-MEN comics and the ’90s issues of THE NEW MUTANTS. PREACHER and Neil Gaiman‘s SANDMAN blew my teenage mind. These days, I’m enjoying Alan Moore‘s PROVIDENCE, Brian K. Vaughan‘s SAGA and Matt Fraction‘s ODY-C.

MichaelTeam Marvel and mind warping EC reprints. Now anything by Alan Moore.

WOLVERTON began as an original screenplay and was then regenerated into a comic book. Can you tell us a little about that process and whether seeing it drawn on the page in color helps visualize how it will look on the big screen?

Michael: The screenplay was a director’s wet dream with action scenes that were beyond hyper kinetic. Derek did a great job capturing that energy on the page. Even Wolverton’s hair is constantly in motion.

Any plans to take the tale back to Hollywood after its success as a comic book?

Michael: Well, there was just a huge bidding war over a friend’s graphic novel, so, yes! Hollywood is more interested in acquiring existing material than original screenplays. Maybe they’ll come to us this time if the comic book is successful.

Why a Kickstarter campaign for WOLVERTON? What are the advantages of taking the crowd-sourcing route?

Terrell: We chose Kickstarter because it just felt logical. A lot of creatives have used the crowd-sourcing platform and have found success, especially in the realm of comics. We figured it was worth a shot. Not only to hopefully cover the cost of printing, but to see if people would be interested in our little story.

You’ve put together some great bonuses for investors, ranging from digital and hard copies to exclusive signed prints and the chance to get drawn into the action (Exciting!). What can folks looking to invest via Kickstarter expect to get when they back your comic?

Terrell: Backers can, firstly, expect a fun adventure story full of cool visuals, sparking dialogue and great characters.  Secondly, for the backers who dish out a little extra, they can expect to see their likeness or the name of their business in comic book form or own exciting and original artwork. Thirdly, they can know that they invested in a story with little risk, and have contributed to the dream of a brand new father.

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

Terrell:  Nonfiction Book: MIND HUNTER: INSIDE THE FBI’S ELITE SERIAL CRIME UNIT by John E. Douglas. Podcast: LIMETOWN. Podcast: THE BLACK TAPES. Science Fiction Book: RED RISING by Pierce Brown. Novella: “Agents of Dreamland” by Caitlin R. Kiernan.

Michael: I’m cycling through John Ford westerns and Jeeves and Wooster books at the moment. I’m not sure what I’ll spit out after that combo meal. Although, Terrell and I already wrote a script about Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show in Victorian London.  That may be our next comic book.

Any advice for writers and/or artists out there on putting together and publishing their own comic books?

Terrell:  Treat the artist as your collaborator. Be patient with the process. Never give up.

Michael: Who knew sticking it to the man – the man being Hollywood – would be so damn expensive. Many people I went to film school with are now editors at Marvel and DC. Some even started their own publishing companies. I knew if I asked for their advice, they’d probably talk me out of it and I didn’t want to be talked out of it.

Getting back to why we’re here chatting you up, WOLVERTON, and the comic book’s Kickstarter campaign! Without giving too much away, what can you tell our readers a little about the comic?

Michael:  Here’s how we pitched it to Hollywood. In turn of the century London, Jack Wolverton, gentleman thief, specializes in stealing the arcane, the accursed and the occult. With war about to break out, only he can stop the world’s most powerful artifacts (The Monkey’s Paw, The Hope Diamond and the Portrait of Dorian Gray) from falling into the wrong hands! Think Indiana Jones meets Pirates of the Caribbean.

And last but not least, how many issues are planned and how can our readers snag up their very own copies?

Michael: We are printing up 5,000 copies and you can get a copy before anyone on the planet does by backing us now. If the ship carrying them through the high China Seas isn’t attacked by pirates, expect a summer release.

All photos courtesy of Michael Stark and Terrell T. Garrett and used with permission.

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This Week in ATLRetro, June 12-18, 2017

Posted on: Jun 11th, 2017 By:

by Melanie Crew
Managing Editor

Come see what’s shakin’ in ATLRetro this week!

Monday, June 12

The Alpharetta Branch Library presents a screening of Richard BrooksCAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF (1958) at 10:30am! 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!” Skye Paige, “Queen of Slide Guitar” rocks out at the Little Vinyl Lounge! 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 as they dish out The Pork Bellys and a plate full ‘o finger lickin’ BBQ!

Tuesday, June 13

Let Kool Kat Katherine Lashe and her burly-Q gals of Syrens of the South help you get to jumpin’ with their Tease Tuesday Burlesque: June is Jumpin’ event, shakin’ it up at the Red Light Café! Get hunted at the Northlake Festival Movie Tavern’s screening of John McTiernan’s PREDATOR (1987) during their Retro Cinema series at 7:30pm! Nitty gritty it up at 529 with Gunpowder Gray, Illegal Drugs and GT! Get the rockin’ blues with Little Hurricane at The Earl! Get jazzy with Deb Bowman at The Regent Cocktail Club! Get freaky and celebrate 20 years of the Cut Throat Freak Show at Swayze’s! Boogie down with Kolars, The Sh-Booms and Sash the Bash at Vinyl! Jam out with Dead & Company at Lakewood Amphitheatre! Folk it up with Joan Shelley and Jake Xerxes Fussells at Eddie’s Attic! 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 their Downtown Tuesday Night Dance Party featuring retro-soul, funk, ‘80s, ‘90s and more! Get down and dirty with Gray & The Bad Boys at Fat Matt’s Rib Shack! And as always, groove on down with Swami Gone Bananas at the Northside Tavern!

Wednesday, June 14

TCM Big Screen Classics brings Billy Wilder’s SOME LIKE IT HOT (1959) to theatres across Atlanta (2pm/7pm) [Hollywood Stadium 24 (Chamblee); AMC Barrett Commons 24 (Kennesaw); Avalon Stadium 12 (Alpharetta); AMC Sugarloaf Mills 18 (Lawrenceville); Cinemark Tinseltown 17 (Fayetteville); Perimeter Pointe 10; Regal McDonough Stadium 16 (McDonough); AMC Avenue Forsyth (Cumming); Georgian Stadium 14 (Newnan); and AMC Southlake Pavilion 24 (Morrow)]! Rock out with The Murder Junkies, The Mentors and Rotten Stitches at 529! Get hunted at the Northlake Festival Movie Tavern’s encore screening of John McTiernan’s PREDATOR (1987) during their Retro Cinema series at 7:30pm! Rock out with the Garrison Blagg Band at The Regent Cocktail Club! The Hollidays deliver a night of rhythm ‘n’ soul and rock ‘n’ roll 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, June 15

Get your beach boogie on as RiffTrax LIVE presents a Summer Shorts Beach Party at theatres across Atlanta at 8pm [Hollywood Stadium 24 (Chamblee); AMC Barrett Commons 24 (Kennesaw); Avalon Stadium 12 (Alpharetta); AMC Sugarloaf Mills 18 (Lawrenceville); Cinemark Tinseltown 17 (Fayetteville); Perimeter Pointe 10; Regal McDonough Stadium 16 (McDonough); Georgian Stadium 14 (Newnan); and AMC Southlake Pavilion 24 (Morrow)]! Get your indie 90s fix with Edwin McCain at City Winery! Or get geeky with Neil deGrasse Tyson at the Cobb Energy Center! Folk it up with Kelly McFarling and John Elliot at Eddie’s Attic! Atlantic Station’s Movies in Central Park continues with a free screening of Penelope SpheerisTHE LITTLE RASCALS (1994) at dusk! Or catch a free screening of Robert ZemeckisBACK TO THE FUTURE (1985) at Town Brookhaven’s Movies on the Town event at dusk! Rock out with Roger Clyne & The Peacemakers, Andrew Leahey and the Homestead and Nobody’s Darlings at Smith’s Olde Bar! It’s Mai Tai Thursday, so hula on down to Trader Vic’s for a night of rockin’ island tunes and tasty 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, June 16

Surf on down to The Star Bar as Kool Kat Chad Shivers and Southern Surf Stomp! presents The Blair-Pongracic Band, The Mystery Men? and The Surge! Rock out with The Producers and The REMakes at the Variety Playhouse! Get some soul with ATL Collective as they perform Marvin Gaye’s “WHAT’S GOING ON” at Terminal West! The Plaza Theater kicks off their Clint Eastwood Film Festival, running through June 22, with screenings of Ted Post’s HANG ‘EM HIGH (1968) at 5pm, Eastwood’s PLAY MISTY FOR ME (1971) at 7:30pm and Don Siegel’s DIRTY HARRY (1971) at 9:30pm! Make your way to Avondale Towne Cinema for a night with Escape Vehicle, the Honeysliders and Daybreaker! Get the blues with Mike Lowery and Rev. Freakchild at Darwin’s Burgers & Blues! Or blues on down to Fat Matt’s Rib Shack for a night with Deja Blues! Faith Carmichael dishes out a night of saucy jazz at the High Museum! Stomp on down to The Vista Room for a night with Donna Hopkins and Voodoo Visionary! Diesel Filling Station, home of many a cool retro shindig has a birthday coming up, so come on out and celebrate during their 9 Year Anniversary Party! Make your way to the Northside Tavern for a night with Stoney Brooks! And as always, time-warp it up and get naughty with some uber musically-inclined transsexual aliens 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, June 17

Swing on down and shimmy it up Shakespeare-style with DJ Doctor Q and Speak Easy Electro Swing Atlanta’s “A Midsummer Night’s Speakeasy” at the Red Light Café featuring Kool Kat Talloolah Love, Candy LeCouer, Flame Cynders and more! The Plaza Theater continues their Clint Eastwood Film Festival with screenings of Ted Post’s HANG ‘EM HIGH (1968) at 2:30pm, Don Siegel’s THE BEGUILED (1971) at 5:10pm and Eastwood’s UNFORGIVEN (1992) at 9:30pm! Rock out with Natural Velvet, Shepherds and more at 529! Avondale Towne Cinema dishes out a night of rock ‘n’ roll in celebration of the 50th Anniversary of “The Summer of Love” with The Rainmen and Kitten Fontaine! Put on your dancin’ shoes and make your way to Chastain Park for a night with the Gipsy Kings! Bluegrass it up at City Winery with the Packway Handle Band and Cicada Rhythm! It’s a night of blues ‘n’ swampfunk with The Rockin’ Jake Band at Darwin’s Burgers & Blues! Get down with The Rockaholics at Fat Matt’s Rib Shack! The Masquerade dishes out a night of garage pop with The Regrettes and Stef Chura! Spend the night with James McMurtry and Jonny Burke at the Variety Playhouse! Psyche rock it up with Black P*ssy, B.S.O.L and Timmy James & The Blue Flames at The Star Bar! Spend the night with The Skylarks at Kavarna! Departure pays tribute to Journey at The Earl Smith Strand Theatre! Make your way to the Landmark Midtown Art Cinema for their Studio Ghibli series, featuring a screening of Isao Takahata’s GRAVE OF THE FIREFLIES (1993) at 10:30am and Hayao Miyazaki’s SPIRITED AWAY (2001) at 1pm! Come celebrate Juneteenth at the Historic Oakland Cemetery featuring tours, storytelling and more! Make your way to the Elliott Street Pub for Pop-Up Palooza featuring live music, artists and vendors! Jazz it up as Atlanta Freedom Bands present “Gershwin!” at North Atlanta High School! Get the rockin’ blues with The Cazanovas at the Northside Tavern! Bluegrass it up at Venkman’s during their Chicken Pickin’ Brunch with Banjolicious! St. James Live! delivers their Tribute to the Legends night every Saturday night!

Sunday, June 18

Jazz it up with Norman Connors at City Winery! Or get your bluesy jazz fix with Francine Reed and Lily Windwood at Eddie’s Attic! Kool Kat Brooks Mason and The Georgia Flood funk it up at the Park Tavern The Plaza Theater dishes out more of their Clint Eastwood Film Festival with screenings of Eastwood’s GRAN TORINO (2008) at 1pm, Eastwood’s UNFORGIVEN (1992) at 3:30pm, Sergio Leone’s FOR A FEW DOLLARS MORE (1967) at 6pm, Don Siegel’s DIRTY HARRY (1971) at 7:30pm, and Sergio Leone’s THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE UGLY (1967) at 8:30pm! Or make your way to the Landmark Midtown Art Cinema for their Studio Ghibli series, featuring encore screenings of Isao Takahata’s GRAVE OF THE FIREFLIES (1993) at 10:30am and Hayao Miyazaki’s SPIRITED AWAY (2001) at 1pm! Get sweet and low down blues-style at the Northside Tavern with Uncle Sugar! And get the blues with 10,000 Pontiacs at Fat Matt’s Rib Shack!

Ongoing

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, June 5-11, 2017

Posted on: Jun 4th, 2017 By:

by Melanie Crew
Managing Editor

Shake a tail feather in ATLRetro and come see what we’ve dug up just for you this week!

Monday, June 5

Get your ‘80s adventure fix and catch a free screening of Richard Donner’s THE GOONIES (1985) at City Winery at 7pm! Geek it up and get to bowlin’ at The Comet Pub & LanesComet Cosplay: Wonder Woman, presented by NerdLanta and getting nerdy the first Monday of every month! Get your Bond fix at The Plaza Theater’s screening of Lewis Gilbert’s THE SPY WHO LOVED ME (1977), through June 8! The Alpharetta Branch Library sends you to court with a screening of Robert Benton’s KRAMER VS. KRAMER (1979) at 10:30am! Get the blues with Bill Sheffield at Blind Willie’s! 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! Skye Paige, “Queen of Slide Guitar” rocks out at the Little Vinyl Lounge! Boogie on down to the Northside Tavern and spend an evening with Lola at her famous Monday Night Northside Jam!

Tuesday, June 6

Rock out with Ann Wilson (Heart) at the Buckhead Theatre! Rock out with Nest Egg, Hidden Ritual and A Drug Called Tradition at The Earl! Make your way to Eddie’s Attic for a night with Bobby Whitlock (Derek & the Dominos) and CoCo Carmel! Make your way to City Winery for a night with Bernard “Pretty” Purdie! 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 their Downtown Tuesday Night Dance Party featuring retro-soul, funk, ‘80s, ‘90s and more! The Entertainment Crackers get bluesy with their folksy Americana at Blind Willie’s! And as always, groove on down with Swami Gone Bananas at the Northside Tavern!


Wednesday, June 7

TCM Big Screen Classics celebrates the 45th Anniversary of Francis Ford Coppola’s classic THE GODFATHER (1972) at theatres across Atlanta (2pm/7pm) [Hollywood Stadium 24 (Chamblee); AMC Barrett Commons 24 (Kennesaw); Avalon Stadium 12 (Alpharetta); AMC Sugarloaf Mills 18 (Lawrenceville); Cinemark Tinseltown 17 (Fayetteville); Perimeter Pointe 10; Regal McDonough Stadium 16 (McDonough); AMC Avenue Forsyth (Cumming); Georgian Stadium 14 (Newnan); Regal Atlantic Station 18; and AMC Southlake Pavilion 24 (Morrow)]! Suzy Bogguss pays tribute to Merle Haggard at Eddie’s Attic! Get funky and groove on down to City Winery for a taste of Bumpin the Mango! Get criminal and make your way to the Studio Movie Grill’s (Alpharetta/Duluth) screening of Don Siegel’s DIRTY HARRY (1971) at 7:15pm! Get the blues with the Cody Matlock Band at Blind Willie’s! Get jazzy at the Red Light Café with Burris and the Jack Jones Quartet, followed by 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, June 8

Make your way to Criminal Records for  an in store signing and Q&A panel with David J (Bauhaus/Love and Rockets)! Folk rock it up with The Avett Brothers at the Fox Theatre! Rock out with the Eric Johnson Electric Band at the Variety Playhouse! The Split Squad rocks out at The Earl with Dressy Bessy! The Ghost Wolves rock out at Smith’s Olde Bar with Foxtrot & The Getdown and The Bantam Breaks! Atlantic Station’s Movies in Central Park continues with a free screening of Andrew DavisTHE FUGITIVE (1993) at dusk! The Madrid Express keeps the music alive in memory of Kool Kat Col. Bruce Hampton at The Vista Room! Suzy Bogguss pays tribute to Merle Haggard at Eddie’s Attic! Get your Americana fix with Bay Station at the Red Light Café! It’s Mai Tai Thursday, so hula on down to Trader Vic’s for a night of tunes with the Knotty Boys and tasty 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 down with Kristen & The Honey Badgers at Blind Willie’s! 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, June 9

Rev on down to The Star Bar for a night with Kool Kat Hot Rod Walt & the Psycho-Devilles and the Cigar Store Indians! Get your old-school game fix at the Southern-Fried Gameroom Expo 2017 featuring pinball machines, arcade games, consoles and more! And you won’t want to miss the Y’allywood Southern-Fried Film Fest, all running through June 11 at the Renaissance Atlanta Waverly Hotel! Get groovy with Yacht Rock Schooner’s Summer Sunsets at Park Tavern! Catch a screening of Gene Kelly/Stanley Donen’s SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN (1952) with a live accompaniment by the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra at Atlanta Symphony Hall (8pm)! Spend the night with Bond, James Bond at SCADShow’s screening of Guy Hamilton’s GOLDFINGER (1964) at 7pm! Boogie down with the boys as Sadie Hawkins presents: The Men’s Room Quarterly at the Red Light Café! Get brassy with the Wasted Potential Brass Band at the Northside Tavern! Get fuzzed out at The Earl with the White Reaper and The Buzzards of Fuzz! Get rootsy with The Subdudes at City Winery! Get jazzy and funk on down to Venkman’s for The JAZZ of Prince: A Night of Prince’s Jazz-Funk Compositions! Rock out with Captain Trips & The Sunstroke Serenaders at The Vista Room! Eighties it up with Kool Kat Becky Cormier Finch and Denim Arcade at Wild Wing Café in Dunwoody! “George Hughley & The Shadows dish out the blues at Blind Willie’s! And as always, time-warp it up and get naughty with some uber musically-inclined transsexual aliens 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, June 10

Haunt on down to the Historic Oakland Cemetery for Tunes from the Tombs 2017 (12p – 8pm), featuring 3 retro-tastic stages of live music! The Mailchimp Main Stages gets down with Tray Dahl & The Jugtime Ragband, Cadillac Jones, Secondhand Swagger, Delta Moon and Tinsley Ellis (paying tribute to Kool Kat Col. Bruce Hampton)! Shakin’ on the Creative Loafing Atlanta Stage will be The Atlanta Rock n’ Roll All Stars, Dang Dang Dang, Blake Rainey & His Demons, Spencer Garn & The Diamond Street Players, Bad Spell and Five Eight! And you won’t want to miss the Bell Tower Porte-Cochere Stage featuring Octave, Little Country Giants, the Wasted Potential Brass Band and Kool Kat Amy Pike with the Bonaventure Quartet! It’s tribute night at The Star Bar, so rock on down for a night with Clashinista and The Cherry Bomb! Make your way to Amsterdam Atlanta for Kool Kat VJ Anthony’s Prince 80s Music Video Dance Party: Purple Edition! Make your way to the Landmark Midtown Art Cinema for their Studio Ghibli series, featuring a screening of Hiromasa Yonebayashi’s THE SECRET WORLD OF ARRIETTY (2012) at 10:30am and Hayao Miyazaki’s NAUSICAA OF THE VALLEY OF THE WIND (1984) at 1pm! Funk it up with a twist with Zydefunk at the Northside Tavern! Get Hip to be Smooth at the The Earl Smith Strand Theatre’s tribute to Huey Lewis & The News and Hall & Oates! Catch an encore screening of Gene Kelly/Stanley Donen’s SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN (1952) with a live accompaniment by the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra at Atlanta Symphony Hall (8pm)! Get countrified at Venkman’s during their Chicken Pickin’ Brunch with Dusty Roads followed by an encore presentation of The JAZZ of Prince: A Night of Prince’s Jazz-Funk Compositions! House Rocker Johnson & The Shadows dish out the blues at Blind Willie’s! St. James Live! delivers their Tribute to the Legends night every Saturday night!

Sunday, June 11

Get your gypsy jazz fix at Venkman’s with The Hot Club of Atlanta! Make your way to the Infinite Energy Center for a night with Hall & Oates and Tears for Fears! Catch a screening of Victor Fleming’s classic, GONE WITH THE WIND (1939) at the Fox Theatre! TCM Big Screen Classics brings Billy Wilder’s SOME LIKE IT HOT (1959) to theatres across Atlanta (2pm/7pm) [Hollywood Stadium 24 (Chamblee); AMC Barrett Commons 24 (Kennesaw); Avalon Stadium 12 (Alpharetta); AMC Sugarloaf Mills 18 (Lawrenceville); Cinemark Tinseltown 17 (Fayetteville); Perimeter Pointe 10; Regal McDonough Stadium 16 (McDonough); AMC Avenue Forsyth (Cumming); Georgian Stadium 14 (Newnan); and AMC Southlake Pavilion 24 (Morrow)]! Boogie on down to Smith’s Olde Bar for Sadie HawkinsElectric Glitterland Rock ‘n’ Roll Cabaret! Or make your way to the Landmark Midtown Art Cinema for their Studio Ghibli series, featuring an encore screening of Hiromasa Yonebayashi’s THE SECRET WORLD OF ARRIETTY (2012) at 10:30am and Hayao Miyazaki’s NAUSICAA OF THE VALLEY OF THE WIND (1984) at 1pm! Get sweet and low down blues-style at the Northside Tavern with Uncle Sugar!

Ongoing

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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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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This Week in ATLRetro, May 29-June 4, 2017

Posted on: May 29th, 2017 By:

by Melanie Crew
Managing Editor

Kick off your summer with a helluva lot of killer shenanigans, retro-style! We’ve got it all kiddies, so come see what we’ve dug up for you This Week in ATLRetro!

Monday, May 29

Catch a screening of Alejandro Jodorowsky’s HOLY BLOOD (SANTA SANGRE) (1989) at The Plaza Theater, screening through June 1! Garage rock it up with Deaf Poets, The Buzzards of Fuzz and Bleach Garden at 529! 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! Skye Paige, “Queen of Slide Guitar” rocks out at the Little Vinyl Lounge! Boogie on down to the Northside Tavern and spend an evening with Lola at her famous Monday Night Northside Jam! And blues on down to Fat Matt’s Rib Shack for a side of Dry White Toast and a plate full ‘o finger lickin’ BBQ!

Tuesday, May 30

The Atlanta Latin Jazz Orchestra gets down at Café 290! Hang with John Travolta and the Pink Ladies during the Northlake Festival Movie Tavern’s screening of Randal Kleiser’s GREASE (1978) during their Retro Cinema series at 7:30pm! Rock out with Cusses, Double Ferrari and Motherfucker at 529! Jam it up with Joe Gransden and his jazz jam session at Venkman’s every Tuesday! Make your way to Blind Willie’s for a night Steve Cunningham & Lilac Wine! The Star Bar delivers a night of retro shenanigans with their 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, May 31

Psyche folk it up with Kikagaku Moyo, Al Lover and Suzanne Vines at The Earl! Get some classic soul ‘n’ funk with Nick & The Grooves at Avondale Towne Cinema! Hang with John Travolta and the Pink Ladies during the Northlake Festival Movie Tavern’s encore screening of Randal Kleiser’s GREASE (1978) during their Retro Cinema series at 7:30pm! Get down at City Winery with Roomful of Blues’ 50th Anniversary Tour! Stomp on down to The Vista Room for Bluegrass & Beyond! Make your way to the Studio Movie Grill’s (Alpharetta/Duluth) screening of Vincente Minnelli’s THE BAND WAGON (1953) at 7:15pm! Fat Matt’s Rib Shack dishes out a night of the blues with Frankie’s Blues Mission! Get the blues with the Cody Matlock Band at Blind Willie’s! Jazz it up 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, June 1

Hilarity ensues with Cineprov at The Plaza Theater as they get intergalactic and riff Don Dohler’s GALAXY INVADER (1985) at 7:00pm! Spend the night with Tom Russell at Eddie’s Attic! Atlantic Station’s Movies in Central Park continues with a free screening of Jon Avnet’s FRIED GREEN TOMATOES (1992) at dusk! The Madrid Express keeps the music alive in memory of Kool Kat Col. Bruce Hampton at The Vista Room! Arrested Development gets down at City Winery! Make your way to the Red Light Café for a night with Truett, Dreambrother and Karen Kole! It’s Mai Tai Thursday, so hula on down to Trader Vic’s for a night of island tunes and tasty 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 the rockin’ blues with The Cazanovas at Blind Willie’s! 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, June 2

Get wickedly bizarre with Kool Kat Jeffrey Butzer (The Bicycle Eaters; The Compartmentalizationalists) and the “Ladies in the Radiator” at The Earl with his Club Silencio: Music From the Films of David Lynch (Keep your eyes peeled for our new interview with Buzter coming soon!) Make your way to Chastain Park for a night with Paul Simon! Jazz it up with two shows featuring Joe Gransden and special guest Annie Sellick at Eddie’s Attic! Eighties it up with Kool Kat Becky Cormier Finch and Denim Arcade at Suburban Tap (Marietta)! Get filled with tasty food and tunes at the two-day Candler Park Music & Food Fest, featuring Friday night tunes by Railroad Earth, Matisyahu, Ripe and Chelsea Shag! Get your Bond fix at The Plaza Theater’s screening of Lewis Gilbert’s THE SPY WHO LOVED ME (1977)! Get alt-rocked ‘90s style with Blue October at the Variety Playhouse! Arrested Development gets down for night two at City Winery! Venkman’s delivers a night with Rapture: The Ultimate Blondie Experience! Avant-garde it up at the High Museum’s First Friday: Warhol Factory Party event where you can experience “Andy Warhol: Prints from the Collections of Jordan D. Schnitzer and His Family” before the exhibit opens to the public (June 3) and so much more! Get groovy with Swami Gone Bananas at the Northside Tavern! House Rocker Johnson & The Shadows dish out the blues at Blind Willie’s! And as always, time-warp it up and get naughty with some uber musically-inclined transsexual aliens 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, June 3

Get your twang on at Avondale Towne Cinema’s Hank Williams Night, featuring Skye Paige, Kira Annalise, Cool Hand Haves, Chris Estrada, Ron Harris, Andrew Vickery, The Tiger Kings, Donnie Piccou, Stephan Duncan, Joshua Gilliland, Bato Veljkov, Kool Kat Spike Fullerton and Chicken and Pigs! Make your way to The Moonshadow Tavern for a night with The Rainmen and Downtown Executives! Stomp on down to Venkman’s for a Chicken Pickin’ Brunch with La Terza Classe, followed by Kermit Ruffins & The Barbeque Swingers bringing you a taste of the Big Easy! Rock out with The Radio Men at the Red Light Café! Get horrorfied and gore-tastic with two helpings of Last Podcast on the Left at The Earl! Spend the night with Paula Cole at City Winery! Make your way to The Basement for Heyday! 80s Dance Party with Kimber and Saved By The Band! It’s a hootenanny and a half at Kavarna with Slim Chance & The Convicts! Rock out at The Drunken Unicorn with Art School Jocks, Shepherds, Shantih Shantih and Small Reactions! Electric Avenue pays tribute to George Michael at Terminal West! Come on out for Cabbagetown Reunion Day 2017, from 11am – 5pm, featuring live tunes by The Racketeers, Ross Pead, The Chumblers, the Griddle Lickers, Chicken & Wine, W8ing4UFOs and more! Rock on down to 97 Estoria for Estoriafest featuring Big Jesus, Midnight Larks, Dot.s, Bad Spell and more! Boogie on down for Day 2 of the Candler Park Music & Food Fest featuring Joe Russo’s Almost Dead, The Motet, Lake Street Dive, The Marcus King Band, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, Webster Band Atlanta and more! Get your glam on and come on out to the last ever East Point Possum Show, benefiting Lost-n-Found Youth! Eighties it up with Kool Kat Becky Cormier Finch and Denim Arcade at Wild Wing Café in Snellville! Make your way to the Landmark Midtown Art Cinema for their Studio Ghibli series, featuring a screening of Isao Takahata’s POM POKO (2005) at 10:30am and Hayao Miyazaki’s HOWL’S MOVING CASTLE  (2005) at 1pm! Get the blues with the Cody Matlock Band at the Northside Tavern! Sandra Hall & The Shadows get down at Blind Willie’s! St. James Live! delivers their Tribute to the Legends night every Saturday night!

Sunday, June 4

TCM Big Screen Classics celebrates the 45th Anniversary of Francis Ford Coppola’s classic THE GODFATHER (1972) at theatres across Atlanta (2pm/7pm) [Hollywood Stadium 24 (Chamblee); AMC Barrett Commons 24 (Kennesaw); Avalon Stadium 12 (Alpharetta); AMC Sugarloaf Mills 18 (Lawrenceville); Cinemark Tinseltown 17 (Fayetteville); Perimeter Pointe 10; Regal McDonough Stadium 16 (McDonough); AMC Avenue Forsyth (Cumming); Georgian Stadium 14 (Newnan); Regal Atlantic Station 18; and AMC Southlake Pavilion 24 (Morrow)]! Folk it up with Jamestown Revival during Park Tavern’s Sunset Sessions Live! Or make your way to the Landmark Midtown Art Cinema for their Studio Ghibli series, featuring encore screenings of Isao Takahata’s POM POKO (2005) at 10:30am and Hayao Miyazaki’s HOWL’S MOVING CASTLE  (2005) at 1pm! Get revived with Otis Redding III and Danny ‘Mudcat’ Dudeck with the Atlanta Horns during Eddie’s Attic’s Gospel Brunch! Get some soul with Howard Hewett at City Winery! Get old-timey at Venkman’s with the Trey Dahl Jazz Quintet! Get sweet and low down blues-style at the Northside Tavern with Uncle Sugar!

Ongoing

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, May 22-28, 2017

Posted on: May 21st, 2017 By:

by Melanie Crew
Managing Editor

Come see all the retrotastic events we’ve found for you This Week in ATLRetro!

Monday, May 22

Get bizarre and make your way to The Plaza Theater for a screening of Jon Nguyen/Olivia Neergaard-Holm/Rick Barnes’ documentary, DAVID LYNCH: THE ART LIFE (2016), screening through May 25! Get indie folked with The Mountain Goats and The Hot at Nights at Terminal West! Get rootsy with Brandon Reeves at Blind Willie’s! 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!” Skye Paige, “Queen of Slide Guitar” rocks out at the Little Vinyl Lounge! Boogie on down to the Northside Tavern and spend an evening with Lola at her famous Monday Night Northside Jam! And blues on down to Fat Matt’s Rib Shack for a side of Dry White Toast and a plate full ‘o finger lickin’ BBQ!

Tuesday, May 23

Landmark Midtown Art Cinema continues their Classics Series and disturbs with a screening of Martin Scorsese’s TAXI DRIVER (1976) at 7pm! Or rock out Icelandic-style with Sigur Ros at the Fox Theatre! Make your way to The Earl for a night with Bash & Pop (Tommy Stinson of The Replacements)! Asleep At The Wheel dishes out a night of old-time Texas country at City Winery! Get folksy with Angie Aparo at Eddie’s Attic! Or folk it up with Julia Finch and Kittens Slay Dragons at the Red Light Café! Jam it up with Joe Gransden and his jazz jam session at Venkman’s every Tuesday! Get bluesy with the Nick Johnson Band at Blind Willie’s! The Star Bar delivers a night of retro shenanigans with their 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, May 24

TCM Big Screen Classics celebrates the 40th Anniversary of Hal Needham’s SMOKEY AND THE BANDIT (1977) at theatres across Atlanta (2pm/7pm) [Hollywood Stadium 24 (Chamblee); AMC Barrett Commons 24 (Kennesaw); Avalon Stadium 12 (Alpharetta); AMC Sugarloaf Mills 18 (Lawrenceville); Cinemark Tinseltown 17 (Fayetteville); Perimeter Pointe 10; Regal McDonough Stadium 16 (McDonough); AMC Avenue Forsyth (Cumming); Georgian Stadium 14 (Newnan); and AMC Southlake Pavilion 24 (Morrow)]! Get a second helping of Angie Aparo at Eddie’s Attic! Make your way to the Masquerade for a night with Saintseneca! Get the rockin’ blues with Aiden Connell, The Love Agenda and The Wild Now at Smith’s Olde Bar! Rock out at The Star Bar with 20 Watt Tombstone, Stephen El Ray, Catfish & The Bottom and Sasha Vallely! ! Spend the night with Frank Sinatra at the Studio Movie Grill’s (Alpharetta/Duluth) screening of George Sidney’s ANCHORS AWEIGH (1945) at 7:15pm! Fat Matt’s Rib Shack dishes out a night of the blues with Frankie’s Blues Mission! Get the Chicago/West Coast blues with The Electromatics at  Blind Willie’s! Jazz it up 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, May 25

Get rocked with Brit Floyd at the Fox Theatre! Atlantic Station’s Movies in Central Park continues with a free screening of Disney’s BEAUTY AND THE BEAST (1991) at dusk! Get funky and rock out with Doesin, Flower, Cinema Novo and Gas Hound at The Earl! It’s a night of folksy blues with Randall Bramblett at Madlife Stage & Studios in Woodstock! Stomp on down to Smith’s Olde Bar for a night with Kira Annalise & The Trainwrecks! Make your way to the Red Light Café for a night with Beau & Luci, Robot Jurassic, Horrible Idea and The Ain’t Sisters! It’s Mai Tai Thursday, so hula on down to Trader Vic’s for a night with Kool Kat Joshua Longino and The Disapyramids! 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! Stomp on down to Blind Willie’s for a night with Heather Luttrell! 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, May 26

Raise a ruckus and get down with one helluva hootenanny and sleaze-fest with Kool Kats galore at Bubbapalooza 2017 at The Star Bar running through Sat. May 27, featuring a whole lotta nitty gritty with Kool Kat Dave Weil and The Blacktop Rockets, Rodeo Twister, Kool Kat Sen. Artie Mondello and The Delusionaires, The Mystery Men?, Slim Chance & The Stoned Mountain Folk, AM Gold, The Scragglers, Nikki & The Phantom Callers, Kool Kat Rev. Andy and Southern Ska Syndicate, Rockabilly Kitty Rose, ELZIG, The Wheelknockers, JJ & The Hustlers, Kool Kat Jeffrey Butzer and The Compartmentalizationalists, Al Shelton, DJ Dusty Booze and more! Get dosed with a night cultish shenanigans at Videodrome’s JavaDrome screening of Frank Henenlotter’s BRAIN DAMAGE (1988) at 8:30pm! Or catch a screening of Alejandro Jodorowsky’s HOLY BLOOD (SANTA SANGRE) (1989) at The Plaza Theater, screening through June 1! Get jazzy in Piedmont Park with the 40th Annual Atlanta Jazz Festival running through May 28, kickin’ things off with The Pedrito Martinez Group and the Robert Glasper Experiment! Get shakin’ and shimmy on down to Elliott Street Pub’s “The 51” for The Candybox Revue Underground with Kool Kat Talloolah Love, DJ Doctor Q and so much more! Get down with Freddie Jackson at City Winery! Rock out with The Music Tapes at The Drunken Unicorn! Or rock on down to The Earl for a night with The Rock*A*Teens, Bad Sports and the All Night Drug Prowling Wolves! Spend the night with Reuben Bidez at Eddie’s Attic! Get your AC/DC fix with Back N Black at Madlife Stage & Studios in Woodstock! Funk it up with the Atlanta Funk Society at Venkman’s! Get cozy with The Dude at The Earl Smith Strand Theatre’s screening of The Coen BrothersTHE BIG LEBOWSKI (1998) at 8pm! It’s a night of rockin’ Americana at the Red Light Café with the Bill Hart Band and the Carl Culpepper Band! Sandra Hall & The Shadows get down at Blind Willie’s! Spend the night with Danny ‘Mudcat’ Dudeck and Beverly “Guitar” Watkins at the Northside Tavern! Make your way to Fat Matt’s Rib Shack for The Silvertones! And as always, time-warp it up and get naughty with some uber musically-inclined transsexual aliens 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, May 27

Creep on down to Avondale Towne Cinema for the Silver Scream Spook Show’s matinee (1pm) screening of Julian Roffman’s THE MASK 3D (1961), and an encore screening at 10pm, with Kool Kat Shane Morton, a.k.a. ghost host with the most, Prof. Morte and more! Noir it up at The Earl Smith Strand Theatre’s screening of John Huston’s classic, THE MALTESE FALCON (1941) at 8pm! Or head to downtown Decatur for the Decatur Arts Festival featuring performing arts, literary events, tasty food and live music with Hollis Brown, Chelsea Shag, Paul Melancon, Underhill Rose, The Ain’t Sisters, the ConunDrums and more, through May 28! Skank on down to City Winery for a night with Kool Kat Rev. Andy and Southern Ska Syndicate! Make your way to the Landmark Midtown Art Cinema for their Studio Ghibli series, featuring a screening of Hayao Miyazaki’s PORCO ROSSO (1992) at 10:30am and MY NEIGHBOR TOTORO (1988) at 1pm! Retro-glam it up with the Wasabassco Burlesque Company at City Winery! Make your way to Piedmont Part for Day 2 of the 40th Annual Atlanta Jazz Festival featuring The Allan Harris Band, Regina Carter, Randy Weston’s African Rhythm Quintet, Rene Marie, the Charles Lloyd Sky Trio and more! Rumours pay tribute to Fleetwood Mac at the Variety Playhouse! Make your way to Summerville and get folksy and low-brow during Finster Fest 2017 at Howard Finster’s Paradise Gardens, running through May 28! Don’t forget to get rocked and rolled at Day 2 of Bubbapalooza 2017 at The Star Bar! Blues it up with the Legendary Ike Stubblefield at The Vista Room! Haunt on down to Amsterdam Atlanta for Kool Kat VJ Anthony’s COFFIN CLASSICS Goth Industrial Music Video Dance Party featuring Goth, dark 80s and more!! Get down and dirty with Beverly “Guitar” Watkins at Fat Matt’s Rib Shack! Spend the night with Danny ‘Mudcat’ Dudeck at the Northside Tavern! Selwyn Birchwood dishes out the blues at Blind Willie’s! St. James Live! delivers their Tribute to the Legends night every Saturday night!

Sunday, May 28

Head on down to the Landmark Midtown Art Cinema for their Studio Ghibli series, encore screenings of Hayao Miyazaki’s PORCO ROSSO (1992) at 10:30am and MY NEIGHBOR TOTORO (1988) at 1pm! Make your way to Piedmont Part for the final day of the 40th Annual Atlanta Jazz Festival featuring Dwight Andrews, Joe Gransden’s Big Band, The Ojeda Penn Experience, Freddy Cole and more! Make your way to City Winery for Who’s Bad, the Ultimate Michael Jackson Experience! It’s your last chance to make it out to the Decatur Arts Festival, so come on out and catch Grant Green, Jr., Cody Matlock, Tray Dahl & The Jugtime Ragband and more! Rock out with Tim Kasher at The Earl! Celebrate three decades of the Euclid Avenue Yacht Club with their 30th Anniversary Extravaganza promising beer, bands and BBQ! Blues it up with Dr. Dixon & The Operators at Fat Matt’s Rib Shack! Get sweet and low down blues-style at the Northside Tavern with Uncle Sugar!

Ongoing

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, May 15-21, 2017

Posted on: May 15th, 2017 By:

by Melanie Crew
Managing Editor

ATLRetro gets down this week! Come see all the shakin’ shenanigans we’ve dug up just for you!

Monday, May 15

Take the stage at the Shakespeare Tavern for LadyShakes 2017: An Evening of Shakespeare! 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!  Skye Paige, “Queen of Slide Guitar” rocks out at the Little Vinyl Lounge! Boogie on down to the Northside Tavern and spend an evening with Lola at her famous Monday Night Northside Jam! And blues on down to Fat Matt’s Rib Shack for a side of Dry White Toast and a plate full ‘o finger lickin’ BBQ!

Tuesday, May 16

Landmark Midtown Art Cinema continues their Classics Series with a steamy suspenseful screening of Alfred Hitchcock’s MARNIE (1964) at 7pm! Get mischievous and rocked during X’s 40th Anniversary Tour at the Masquerade! Rock on down to 529 for a night with Doug Tuttle, Shantih Shantih and Grand Vapids! Get cozy with The Dude and have a White Russian special at City Winery during their free screening of The Coen BrothersTHE BIG LEBOWSKI (1998) at 7pm! Get adventurous at the Northlake Festival Movie Tavern’s screening of Rob Reiner’s THE PRINCESS BRIDE (1987) during their Retro Cinema series at 7:30pm! Jam it up with Joe Gransden and his jazz jam session at Venkman’s every Tuesday! Get to the root of it all with Joe McGuinness at Blind Willie’s! The Star Bar delivers a night of retro shenanigans with their 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, May 17

It’s a night of nitty gritty rock ‘n’ roll at The Star Bar with Dr. Boogie, Sleazy Cheetah and Adam Anzio! Sci-fi it up and celebrate 20 years of Luc Besson’s THE FIFTH ELEMENT (1997) at theatres across Atlanta (2pm/7pm) [Hollywood Stadium 24 (Chamblee); Regal Atlantic Station 18; AMC Parkway Point 15; Regal Mall of Georgia 20 plus IMAX; AMC Barrett Commons 24 (Kennesaw); Avalon Stadium 12 (Alpharetta); AMC Sugarloaf Mills 18 (Lawrenceville); Cinemark Tinseltown 17 (Fayetteville); Perimeter Pointe 10; Regal McDonough Stadium 16 (McDonough)]! Get some classic soul ‘n’ funk with Nick & The Grooves at Avondale Towne Cinema! Funk it up with the Victor Wooten Trio at the Variety Playhouse! Make your way to Terminal West for a night with Kiefer Sutherland! Put on your dancin’ shoes and make your way to the Studio Movie Grill’s (Alpharetta/Duluth) screening of Vincente Minnelli’s AN AMERICAN IN PARIS (1951) at 7:15pm! Get adventurous at the Northlake Festival Movie Tavern’s encore screening of Rob Reiner’s THE PRINCESS BRIDE (1987) during their Retro Cinema series at 7:30pm! Fat Matt’s Rib Shack dishes out a night of the blues with Frankie’s Blues Mission! Kool Kat Scott Glazer’s Mojo Dojo gets down at  Blind Willie’s! Jazz it up 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, May 18

Atlantic Station’s Movies in Central Park kicks off with a free screening of Ron Underwood’s TREMORS (1990) at dusk! Get revived at the Clermont Lounge’s Grand Re-Opening featuring Kool Kat Spike Fullerton and the Ghost Riders Car Club! Catch a night of acoustic Prince vs. Bowie with Nick from Yacht Rock Revue at Venkman’s! Get a taste of Argentina at Avondale Towne Cinema with the Tango Orchestra Club Atlanta! Swing on by Big Band Night featuring Joe Gransden and his amazing 17-member orchestra at City Winery! Get down at Eddie’s Attic with Kip Winger, Jim Richey and Hass Kowert Tice! The Sonics and Flat Duo Jets rock out and psychobilly it up at the Masquerade! Stomp on down to the Red Light Café for a night with the Donna Hopkins Band, Robert Bidney and Heidi Pollyea! Spend the night with Chris Knight at Terminal West! Make your way to the Tabernacle for a night with Korn! Surf down to Trader Vic’s for Mai Tai night and island tunes! 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 down and dirty with The Shadows at Blind Willie’s! 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, May 19

Garage rock it up with The Woggles, Black Cat Rising, Sash the Bash and more at The Star Bar! Swing on down and shimmy it up with DJ Doctor Q’s Speak Easy Electro Swing Atlanta at the Red Light Café featuring Kool Kat Roula Roulette, Kool Kat Vivien Laye, Kool Kat Talloolah Love and more! Make your way to SCADShow for the hilarity that is Mel BrooksBLAZING SADDDLES (1974) at 7pm! ATL Collective relives The Eagles’ “Hotel California” at City Winery! Blues it up with Joe Louis Walker at Blind Willie’s! Rock out with Saint Pe, A Drug Called Tradition and MammaBear at The Earl! Get retro rocked with Yacht Rock Revue Unplugged at Venkman’s! Funk it up for three days with 2017’s Atlanta Funk Fest getting down at Wolf Creek Amphitheatre featuring Erykah Badu, Digable Planets, Bell Biv Devoe, En Vogue and more! Spend the night with Stoney Brooks at the Northside Tavern! Make your way to Fat Matt’s Rib Shack for the Rockin’ Blues Revue! And as always, time-warp it up and get naughty with some uber musically-inclined transsexual aliens 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, May 20

Come on down to Two LiRu Antiques (Acworth) for Lynn Lowry Signing (SHIVERS, THE CRAZIES, CAT PEOPLE) hosted by Monsterama at 3pm! Take a stroll down to the 15th Annual Kirkwood Spring Fling featuring local art, tasty food and a live musical lineup featuring Little Tybee, Kool Kat Ruby Velle, Control Burn, Slow Parade and more! Make your way to The Earl Smith Strand Theatre for their Tribute to Janis Joplin and Sly & The Family Stone: Soul Revolution at 8pm! It’s Tribute Night at The Star Bar, so rock on down for a night with The Dirty Doors (The Doors) and Ballbreakers (AC/DC)! Rock out with the North Mississippi All Stars at the Variety Playhouse! Get rocked with Face to Face and The Attack at The Earl! Mythology meets mausoleums at Arts At Oakland Presents: Persephone, Oakland Cemetery’s third annual art event featuring the work of Sanithna Phansavanh! Or get some tasty grub and more at Decatur Farmer’s Market’s BBQ Picnic Fest! Rock out at RATAID2017 at Smith’s Olde Bar, featuring Dan Baird, Kool Kat Ray Dafrico, 68-75 and Bryce Clifford! Make your way to the Center for Puppetry Arts’ screening of Spike Jonze’s BEING JOHN MALKOVICH (1999) at 8pm! Kavarna dishes out a night of Kenny Howes and the Wow! and The Soogs! Eighties it up with Kool Kat Becky Cormier Finch and Denim Arcade at Wild Wing Café in Suwannee! Get the blues with Lazer Lloyd at the Crimson Moon Café! Get folksy and stomp on down to Eddie’s Attic for a night with The Bitteroots and Cereus Bright! Catch the Sole Travelers at Fat Matt’s Rib Shack! Get down at the Red Light Café with Collins Drive, Kool Kat Spike Fullerton’s Russian Roulette Band and The Brookses! Surf on down to Swayze’s for a night with Genki Genki Panic! The REMakes pay tribute to early R.E.M. at Venkman’s! The Madrid Express keeps the music alive in memory of Kool Kat Col. Bruce Hampton at the Northside Tavern! Get the blues with House Rocker Johnson & The Shadows at Blind Willie’s! St. James Live! delivers their Tribute to the Legends night every Saturday night!

Sunday, May 21

TCM Big Screen Classics celebrates the 40th Anniversary of Hal Needham’s SMOKEY AND THE BANDIT (1977) at theatres across Atlanta (2pm/7pm) [Hollywood Stadium 24 (Chamblee); AMC Barrett Commons 24 (Kennesaw); Avalon Stadium 12 (Alpharetta); AMC Sugarloaf Mills 18 (Lawrenceville); Cinemark Tinseltown 17 (Fayetteville); Perimeter Pointe 10; Regal McDonough Stadium 16 (McDonough); AMC Avenue Forsyth (Cumming); Georgian Stadium 14 (Newnan); and AMC Southlake Pavilion 24 (Morrow)]! Geek it up at My Parents’ Basement for the B-Geeky Collectibles Bazaar! Rock out with Ritchie Kotzen at City Winery! Blues it up with Garrett Collins at Fat Matt’s Rib Shack! Get sweet and low down blues-style at the Northside Tavern with Uncle Sugar!


Ongoing

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 17-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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