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

Posted on: Dec 10th, 2017 By:

by Melanie Crew
Managing Editor

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

Monday, December 11

Spend the night with Gary Numan at the Masquerade! Catch screenings of James Cameron’s TITANIC (1997) at AMC Sugarloaf Mills 18 and AMC Dine-In North Point Mall 12, through Dec. 13! Spend Christmas with The Celts at City Winery! Reggae it up with Godwana and Rhythm Earth at Smith’s Olde Bar! Get old-timey at Avondale Towne Cinema with their Folk Roots event! Get funky and groove on down to Café 290 every second and fourth Monday of the month for a taste of Bumpin the Mango, ‘The groove that makes you want to move!” Get to the root of it all with Brandon Reeves at Blind Willie’s! Boogie on down to the Northside Tavern and spend an evening with Lola at her famous Monday Night Northside Jam!

Tuesday, December 12

Shake a ho-ho-holiday tail feather with Kool Kat Katherine Lashe and her burly-Q gals of Syrens of the South during their Tease Tuesday Burlesque: Naughty or Nice event, shakin’ it up at the Red Light Café! Northlake Festival Movie Tavern continues their Retro Cinema series with a screening of Michael Curtiz’ holiday classic, WHITE CHRISTMAS (1954) at 7:30pm! Or make your way to Cinebistro – Brookhaven for a screening of Frank Capra’s IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE (1946), through Dec. 13! Get some soul with Syleena Johnson at City Winery! Get rootsy and spend the evening with Patterson Hood, the Flatland Calvary and John Brauman at Eddie’s Attic! Darwin’s Burgers & Blues gets down with the Poverty Level Band! Blind Willie’s goes old-school with Andrew Black! Jam it up with Joe Gransden and his jazz jam session at Venkman’s every Tuesday! The Star Bar delivers a night of retro shenanigans with DJ Quasi Mandisco’s Little 5 Points Dance Party featuring retro-soul, funk, ‘80s, ‘90s and more! And as always, groove on down with Swami Gone Bananas at the Northside Tavern!

Wednesday, December 13

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

Thursday, December 14

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

Friday, December 15

Come one, come all as Kool Kat Jeffrey Butzer and his trio deliver their 10th Anniversary of A Charlie Brown Christmas at The Earl! Kink it up holiday-style with A John Waters Christmas at the Variety Playhouse! Jingle on down to Atlanta Symphony Hall for A Very Merry Holiday Pops featuring Joe Gransden’s Big Band and more! Or get your glam on with Jerome Newton & the Band Who Fell To Earth’s The Songs of Bowie from Brixton to Blackstar event at Avondale Towne Cinema! Danny ‘Mudcat’ Dudeck and the Atlanta Horns get Christmas Crunk at The Vista Room! Boogie woogie on down to Darwin’s Burgers & Blues for a night with Victor Wainwright! Jazz it up with the Brian Hogans Quartet at the High Museum! Sleaze it up and rock out at The Star Bar with Order of the Owl, Dirty magazines, Insomniac and Buzzards of Fuzz! Get some soul with The Revivalists at the Tabernacle! Jam it up with The Marcus King Band at Terminal West! Catch a free screening of Chuck Jones’ holiday classic, HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS (1966) at Venkman’s, followed by a funky night with the Atlanta Funk Society! Boogie down to The Earl Smith Strand Theatre for A Christmas Tradition, their holiday song and dance revue, jingling all the way through Dec. 23! Holiday shop with your favorite local artists during Project Pop-Up 2017 at Ria’s Bluebird! Sadie Hawkins hears it for the boys during her The Men’s Room: Gentlemen, Quarterly event at the Red Light Café! Folk it up with the Ben Trickey Band, Charles Walker and the Waller Duo at Smith’s Olde Bar! Funk it up with the Mike Veal Band at Tin Roof Cantina! Blues it up with House Rocker Johnson & The Shadows at Blind Willie’s! Get the blues with Stoney Brooks at Northside Tavern! Time-Warp it up at The Plaza Theater as they continue their tradition of screening THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW (1975) every Friday night, featuring the live cast of Lips Down on Dixie at midnight!

Saturday, December 16

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

Sunday, December 17

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

Ongoing

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

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

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

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

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

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

Geek it up and get to bowlin’ at The Comet Pub & LanesComet Cosplay, getting nerdy the first Monday of every month!

Dad’s Garage’s Big Boozy Nerdy Game Night brings out the kid in you, every first Monday of the month at 7pm! 

Union EAV rocks out with their Punk Rock Karaoke ATL, and every last Tuesday of the month!

Geek it up at My Parents’ Basement with their weekly Tuesday night Nerd Trivia at 8pm!

Nerd Film Mafia screenings at the Diesel Filling Station following NerdCore Trivia, every last Tuesday of the month!

The Plaza Theater Time-Warps it up as they screen, THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW (1975) every Friday night, featuring the live cast of Lips Down on Dixie at midnight!

Get your reggae fix with Rub-A-Dub gettin’ down at WildPitch Music Hall, every second Sunday of the month!

Every first and third Mondays are Big Band Nights at Café 290, featuring Joe Gransden and his amazing 16-piece orchestra playing jazz and swing standards in the tradition of The Glen Miller Orchestra and other legendary groups.  Second and fourth Mondays are Bumpin the Mango, ‘The groove that makes you want to move!’

Every first Wednesday is the Graveyard Tavern’s Graveyard Swing Night, featuring the swingin’ jazz and boogie-woogie sounds of the Savoy Kings!

If you have a suggestion for a future event that should be included in This Week in Retro Atlanta or see something we missed, please email us at atlretro@gmail.com.

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

Posted on: Dec 3rd, 2017 By:

by Melanie Crew
Managing Editor

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

Monday, December 4

Rock out with The Mike Dillon Band at Aisle 5! Get poetic and catch a screening of Peter Weir’s DEAD POETS SOCIETY (1989) at the Alpharetta Branch Library at 10:30am! Get folksy with Fairshake & Friends at the Red Light Café! Get old-timey at Avondale Towne Cinema with their Folk Roots event! Swing on by Big Band Night featuring Joe Gransden and his amazing 17-member orchestra at Café 290 every first and third Monday of the month! Boogie on down to the Northside Tavern and spend an evening with Lola at her famous Monday Night Northside Jam!

Tuesday, December 5

Spend the night with Sailor and Lula at Landmark Midtown Art Cinema’s screening of David Lynch’s WILD AT HEART (1990) during their “A Dish Best Served Cold” Classics Series at 7pm! Hilarity ensues with the Griswolds during Northlake Festival Movie Tavern’s screening of Jeremiah Chechik’s holiday classic, NATIONAL LAMPOON’S CHRISTMAS VACATION (1989) as part of their Retro Cinema series at 7:30pm! Make your way to City Winery for a night with David Crosby & Friends! Darwin’s Burgers & Blues gets down with the Poverty Level Band! Rock out with Seether at the Tabernacle! Catch Rick Springfield and Richard MarxAcoustic Tour at Atlanta Symphony Hall! Get your Americana fix with The Last Tycoon, Boo Reefa, Julian Morena and more at 529! Jam it up with Joe Gransden and his jazz jam session at Venkman’s every Tuesday! The Star Bar delivers a night of retro shenanigans with DJ Quasi Mandisco’s Little 5 Points Dance Party featuring retro-soul, funk, ‘80s, ‘90s and more! And as always, groove on down with Swami Gone Bananas at the Northside Tavern!

Wednesday, December 6

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

Thursday, December 7

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

Friday, December 8

Kamasi Washington gets some soul and jazzes it up with Moonchild at the Variety Playhouse! The Landmark Midtown Art Cinema kinks it up and hosts the Atlanta release of Dome Karukoski’s TOM OF FINLAND (2017)! Cross the pond to Venkman’s for their Beatles, Burgers and Beer event! Start new holiday traditions and experience the Atlanta Ballet’s NUTCRACKER at the Fox Theatre, through Dec. 28! Pop on over to the Red Light Café for the International Pop Overthrow (IPO) Day I, featuring Leisure McCorkle, The Good Graces, Casper & The Cookies, Sex Clark Five, The Shut-Ups and Kenny Howes & The Wow! The Alliance Theatre dishes out a holiday classic and presents the ghastly A CHRISTMAS CAROL at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center, through Dec. 24! Rock out with The Barbaric Gentlemen and The Billy Jacks at Avondale Towne Cinema! Goth on down to Mary’s for their Baddest Bitch: Siouxie Sioux tribute! Blues it up with Heather Luttrell at Darwin’s Burgers & Blues! Rock out with The Dream Syndicate and Elephant Stone at The Earl! Fernbank After Dark gets ‘20s/’30s jazzy with The Hobohemians! Rock out at the Masquerade with The F@cking Pantera Cover Band! Spend the night with Robin Bullock and Steve Baughman at the Red Clay Theatre! Get down with The Sundogs and The Haraway Brothers at Smith’s Olde Bar! Wynton Marsalis and Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra gets jazzy holiday-style at Atlanta Symphony Hall! Get the Delta blues with BJ Wilbanks, Cody Marlowe and JR Rund at Vinyl! OnStage Atlanta performs A CHRISTMAS STORY, through Dec. 23!  Bill Sheffield gets the blues at Northside Tavern! Time-Warp it up at The Plaza Theater as they continue their tradition of screening THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW (1975) every Friday night, featuring the live cast of Lips Down on Dixie at midnight!

Saturday, December 9

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

Sunday, December 10

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

Ongoing

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

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

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

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

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

Geek it up and get to bowlin’ at The Comet Pub & LanesComet Cosplay, getting nerdy the first Monday of every month!

Dad’s Garage’s Big Boozy Nerdy Game Night brings out the kid in you, every first Monday of the month at 7pm! 

Union EAV rocks out with their Punk Rock Karaoke ATL, and every last Tuesday of the month!

Geek it up at My Parents’ Basement with their weekly Tuesday night Nerd Trivia at 8pm!

Nerd Film Mafia screenings at the Diesel Filling Station following NerdCore Trivia, every last Tuesday of the month!

The Plaza Theater Time-Warps it up as they screen, THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW (1975) every Friday night, featuring the live cast of Lips Down on Dixie at midnight!

Get your reggae fix with Rub-A-Dub gettin’ down at WildPitch Music Hall, every second Sunday of the month!

Every first and third Mondays are Big Band Nights at Café 290, featuring Joe Gransden and his amazing 16-piece orchestra playing jazz and swing standards in the tradition of The Glen Miller Orchestra and other legendary groups.  Second and fourth Mondays are Bumpin the Mango, ‘The groove that makes you want to move!’

Every first Wednesday is the Graveyard Tavern’s Graveyard Swing Night, featuring the swingin’ jazz and boogie-woogie sounds of the Savoy Kings!

If you have a suggestion for a future event that should be included in This Week in Retro Atlanta or see something we missed, please email us at atlretro@gmail.com.

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This Week in ATLRetro, Nov. 27-Dec. 3, 2017

Posted on: Nov 26th, 2017 By:

by Melanie Crew
Managing Editor

Baby, it’s cold outside! But no worries ‘cause ATLRetro promises to get you warm and toasty with a week of rockin’ good times, filled to the brim with nostalgic holiday goodness! So get hep to the jive and come on out to see what ATLRetro has in store for you!   

Monday, November 27

Stay alive at The Plaza Theater and catch a 40th Anniversary screening of John Badham’s boogietastic SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER (1977), through Nov. 30! Get countrified and folksy with Kristian Bush at Eddie’s Attic! Get funky and groove on down to Café 290 every second and fourth Monday of the month for a taste of Bumpin the Mango, ‘The groove that makes you want to move!” Boogie on down to the Northside Tavern and spend an evening with Lola at her famous Monday Night Northside Jam! Blues it up with Bob Page and more at Blind Willie’s! And blues on down to Fat Matt’s Rib Shack for a side of Dry White Toast and a plate full ‘o finger lickin’ BBQ!

Tuesday, November 28

Vengeance is yours so make your way to Landmark Midtown Art Cinema as they continue their “A Dish Best Served Cold” Classics Series with a screening of Toshiya Fujita’s LADY SNOWBIRD (1973) at 7pm! Or haunt on down to the Fox Theatre for Andrew Lloyd Webber’s LOVE NEVER DIES, THE PHANTOM RETURNS, through Dec. 3! Take a trip to the North Pole with the Northlake Festival Movie Tavern’s screening of Jon Favreau’s ELF (2003), as part of their Retro Cinema series at 7:30pm! Jam it up with Joe Gransden and his jazz jam session at Venkman’s every Tuesday! Blind Willie’s dishes out a night of rockin’ blues with Frankie’s Blues Mission! The Star Bar delivers a night of retro shenanigans with DJ Quasi Mandisco’s Little 5 Points Dance Party featuring retro-soul, funk, ‘80s, ‘90s and more! And as always, groove on down with Swami Gone Bananas at the Northside Tavern!

Wednesday, November 29

Rock on down to The Earl and catch a screening of Tim Irwin and Keith Schieron’s documentary, DON’T BREAK DOWN: A FILM ABOUT JAWBREAKER (2017) at 7:30pm! Or take a trip to the North Pole with the Northlake Festival Movie Tavern’s encore screening of Jon Favreau’s ELF (2003), as part of their Retro Cinema series at 7:30pm! Or catch a screening of Victor Fleming’s award-winning classic GONE WITH THE WIND (1939) at Studio Movie Grill (Alpharetta/Duluth) at 7:15pm! Jazz it up with Kurt Elling at City Winery! Catch the Dead Affect at Smith’s Olde Bar! Get the blues with Ike Stubblefield at Avondale Towne Cinema! Rock out with Cosmic Charlie at Vinyl! Make your way to the Elliott Street Pub for the Jordan Shalhoup Mini Big Band! Hang with The Dude as Videodrome presents a screening of The Coen Brothers’ THE BIG LEBOWSKI (1998) at 529 at 9pm! Get down with Jetback & The Whachos at Blind Willie’s! Fat Matt’s Rib Shack dishes out a night of the blues with Frankie’s Blues Mission! Get jazzy at the Red Light Café with The Gordon Vernick Quartet! Or make your way to the Northside Tavern as Danny ‘Mudcat’ Dudeck fires it up with his rockin’ blues! St. James Live! delivers their Hump Days Blues night, getting classic blues-style every Wednesday! And as always, it’s Ladies Night at Johnny’s Hideaway which plays hits from Sinatra to Madonna for a generally mature crowd.

Thursday, November 30

Witch it up and catch HARRY POTTER AND THE SORCERER’S STONE in Concert with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra at Atlanta Symphony Hall at 8pm, through Dec. 2! NOLA legends Joe Krown and Mitch Woods pay tribute to Fats Domino at The Vista Room! Folk rock it up with Roadkill Ghost Choir at Terminal West! Make your way to Venkman’s for ‘80s Soundtrack Night! Folk rock it up with Aaron West & The Roaring Twenties, Steady Hands, Chase Huglin, and Norwegian Arms at the Masquerade! Rock out with The Stacktone Slims and Black Cat Rising at The Star Bar! Get funky with the Yonrico Scott Band, Funk Xtreme and the Glen Pridgen Band at Smith’s Olde Bar! Make your way to City Winery for a night with Mike Cooley (Drive By Truckers)! Flamenco on down to the Red Light Café with Jose Manuel, Francisco Orozco, Antonio Granjero and Julie Moon! Catch a screening of Tommy Wiseau’s THE ROOM at The Plaza Theater (2003) at 7:30pm, through Dec. 3! Blues it up with George Hughley & The Shadows at Blind Willie’s! It’s Mai Tai Thursday at Trader Vic’s so hula on down for some rockin’ island tunes and a couple of cocktails! The Northside Tavern gets rockin’ with a little Chicago/Delta blues of The Breeze Kings! Stagger on over to Noni’s Bar & Deli for their Bitter Heroes event featuring DJ Brian Parris as he gets charmingly morose with a little New-Wave, The Smiths and The Cure! Get your boogie on at Fat Matt’s Rib Shack, as Chickenshack featuring Eddie Tigner, delivers some honky-tonk blues! And as always, boogie down at Mary’s, as the East Atlanta venue gets funky with their weekly Disco in the Village.

Friday, December 1

The Masquerade dishes out one hellacious hootenanny with the Reverend Horton Heat, Junior Brown, The Blasters and Big Sandy! It’s maniacal mayhem at The Star Bar with the Subsonics, Sit N Spin, Bad Spell and Nikki & The Phantom Callers! Film Love and Kool Kat Andy Ditzler presents The American Music Show #5: National Holidays at Whitespace Gallery! Rock out and honkytonk on down to The Earl for a night with Lee Bains III & The Glory Fires with BITTER and Hunger Anthem! Get naughty with St. Nick during The Plaza Theater’s screening of Terry Zwigoff’s BAD SANTA (2003), through Dec. 2! New Wave it up with Cut Copy at the Variety Playhouse! Alt rock out with Marc Roberge (O.A.R.) at City Winery! Have a Merry Funkin’ Christmas with Secondhand Swagger at Venkman’s! Boogie on down to Mammal Gallery for The Sock Hop Music & Arts Festival, bee bopping through Dec. 2! Get the ‘70s southern blues with Alex Guthrie at Eddie’s Attic! Folk it up with The Good Graces at Avondale Towne Cinema! Get down and dirty with Lil’ Ed & the Blues Imperials at Blind Willie’s! Cody Matlock gets the blues at Northside Tavern! Time-Warp it up at The Plaza Theater as they continue their tradition of screening THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW (1975) every Friday night, featuring the live cast of Lips Down on Dixie at midnight!

Saturday, December 2

Spend A Victorian Holiday at the Historic Oakland Cemetery from 11-4pm, with a Holiday Tour of Eternal Homes, carols, a reading of “The Night Before Christmas”, hot cocoa and more! It’s night two of maniacal mayhem at The Star Bar with Tiger! Tiger!, Sit N Spin and DJ Viki Vaden (Fringe Factory)! War gets funky at the Buckhead Theatre! Keep on keepin’ on with the Fare Thee Well Foundation 10th Annual Holiday Ball featuring the Donna Hopkins Band, Hoodoo Moon, The Missile Toes and Bolder Monkey at The Vista Room! Rock on down to The Earl for Roxonian (Smithsonian performing Roxy Music) with Parsons Rocket Project! Spend the night with Zen Time, The Western Sizzlers and Skye Paige at Avondale Towne Cinema! Get the blues with Revelator Hill at Darwin’s Burgers & Blues! Stomp on down to the Variety Playhouse for the 9th Annual Y’alltide Celebration with The Whiskey Gentry, Corey Branan and Pony League! Get to the root of it all at the Red Light Café with Hard Luck & Trouble, Cedar Hill and the Red Clay Poets! Get the old-school blues with Albert White at Northside Tavern! Boogie down to The Basement for their Heyday ‘80s Dance Party! Rock out with The Skylarks at Kavarna! Make your way to Eddie’s Attic for a night with Randall Bramblett and Nick Johnson, followed by a little rockin’ soul with Diane Durrett! Get a second helping of Lil’ Ed & the Blues Imperials at Blind Willie’s! St. James Live! delivers their Tribute to the Legends night every Saturday night!

Sunday, December 3

Get revived, swing-style with two helpings of the Squirrel Nut Zippers at City Winery! Support your local artists at the EAYC’s Lovecrafts: Local Artist’s Market from 1-6pm! Funk it up with Moses Mo (Mother’s Finest) at Smith’s Olde Bar! Get mischievous with the blood of gods with Gwar at the Masquerade! Make your way to Atlanta Symphony Hall for ASO’s live accompaniment to Dianne Jackson’s animated film, THE SNOWMAN (1982)! Gypsy jazz it up with The Hot Club of Atlanta at Venkman’s! Get sweet and low down blues-style at the Northside Tavern with Uncle Sugar with Eddie Tigner!

Ongoing

Haunt on down to the Fox Theatre for Andrew Lloyd Webber’s LOVE NEVER DIES, THE PHANTOM RETURNS, through Dec. 3! (LAST CHANCE!)

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

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

Geek it up and get to bowlin’ at The Comet Pub & LanesComet Cosplay, getting nerdy the first Monday of every month!

Dad’s Garage’s Big Boozy Nerdy Game Night brings out the kid in you, every first Monday of the month at 7pm! 

Union EAV rocks out with their Punk Rock Karaoke ATL, and every last Tuesday of the month!

Geek it up at My Parents’ Basement with their weekly Tuesday night Nerd Trivia at 8pm!

Nerd Film Mafia screenings at the Diesel Filling Station following NerdCore Trivia, every last Tuesday of the month!

The Plaza Theater Time-Warps it up as they screen, THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW (1975) every Friday night, featuring the live cast of Lips Down on Dixie at midnight!

Get your reggae fix with Rub-A-Dub gettin’ down at WildPitch Music Hall, every second Sunday of the month!

Every first and third Mondays are Big Band Nights at Café 290, featuring Joe Gransden and his amazing 16-piece orchestra playing jazz and swing standards in the tradition of The Glen Miller Orchestra and other legendary groups.  Second and fourth Mondays are Bumpin the Mango, ‘The groove that makes you want to move!’

Every first Wednesday is the Graveyard Tavern’s Graveyard Swing Night, featuring the swingin’ jazz and boogie-woogie sounds of the Savoy Kings!

If you have a suggestion for a future event that should be included in This Week in Retro Atlanta or see something we missed, please email us at atlretro@gmail.com.

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This Week in ATLRetro, November 20-26, 2017

Posted on: Nov 19th, 2017 By:

by Melanie Crew
Managing Editor

Hey all you Kool Kiddies! Start some new holiday traditions this year and let us guide the way! Whether you’re lookin’ to escape or just needing to get out and breathe, we’ve got a cornucopia of holiday rockin’ fun lined up that will fill you to the brim with giddy! So, come on out and rock out Retro holiday-style!

Monday, November 20

Rock out with Unsane, Plaque Marks and more at The Earl! Swing on by Big Band Night featuring Joe Gransden and his amazing 17-member orchestra at Café 290 every first and third Monday of the month! Boogie on down to the Northside Tavern and spend an evening with Lola at her famous Monday Night Northside Jam! Get some soul with Brandon Reeves at Blind Willie’s! And blues on down to Fat Matt’s Rib Shack for a side of Dry White Toast and a plate full ‘o finger lickin’ BBQ!

Tuesday, November 21

Vengeance is yours so make your way to Landmark Midtown Art Cinema as they continue their “A Dish Best Served Cold” Classics Series with a Quentin Tarantino double feature of KILL BILL VOL. 1 (2003) and KILL BILL VOL. 2 (2004) at 7pm! Swamp funk it up with Dirty Bird & The Flu, New Mantra and Hudson Dockett at Smith’s Olde Bar! Jam it up with Joe Gransden and his jazz jam session at Venkman’s every Tuesday! Stomp on down to Blind Willie’s for a night with the BooHoo Ramblers ! The Star Bar delivers a night of retro shenanigans with DJ Quasi Mandisco’s Little 5 Points Dance Party featuring retro-soul, funk, ‘80s, ‘90s and more! And as always, groove on down with Swami Gone Bananas at the Northside Tavern!

Wednesday, November 22

Stomp on down to The Earl for a night with I Want Whiskey, Waller and The Villain Family! ATL Collective relives Simon & Garfunkel’s BRIDGE OVER TROUBLED WATER at City Winery! Smith’s Olde Bar dishes out a rockin’ tribute with Celebration Day (Led Zeppelin tribute) and Free Hat, or get swampy and raise a ruckus downstairs with Willow Walkers, The Dirty Hands and Steve Coughlin & Probable Cause! Get mischievous outlaw-style with Reverend Hylton, Odd Job Ensemble and Frankie Boots at The Star Bar! Spend the night with John McLaughlin and Jimmy Herring at Atlanta Symphony Hall! The Variety Playhouse delivers a night of rockin’ tributes with Rumours and The Dirty Doors! Yacht Rock Revue, the “Sultans of Smooth,” deliver a night of ‘70s and ‘80s hits with Turkey Day Eve shows at Venkman’s! Funk it up with the Mike Veal Band at Tin Roof Cantina! Get the Chicago/West Coast blues with the Electromatics at Blind Willie’s! Fat Matt’s Rib Shack dishes out a night of the blues with Frankie’s Blues Mission! Get jazzy at the Red Light Café with The Gordon Vernick Quartet! Or make your way to the Northside Tavern as Danny ‘Mudcat’ Dudeck fires it up with his rockin’ blues! St. James Live! delivers their Hump Days Blues night, getting classic blues-style every Wednesday! And as always, it’s Ladies Night at Johnny’s Hideaway which plays hits from Sinatra to Madonna for a generally mature crowd.

Thursday, November 23

Burn off all the extra Turkey Day stuffing in ATLRetro! Boogie down Turkey Day Goth-style at 529! Get killer with Santa at The Plaza Theater’s screening of Lewis Jackson’s holiday terror CHRISTMAS EVIL (1980), through Nov. 24, or catch a screening of Tommy Wiseau’s THE ROOM (2003) at 7:30pm! It’s Mai Tai Thursday at Trader Vic’s so hula on down for some rockin’ island tunes and a couple of cocktails! The Northside Tavern gets rockin’ with a little Chicago/Delta blues of The Breeze Kings! Stagger on over to Noni’s Bar & Deli for their Bitter Heroes event featuring DJ Brian Parris as he gets charmingly morose with a little New-Wave, The Smiths and The Cure! Get your boogie on at Fat Matt’s Rib Shack, as Chickenshack featuring Eddie Tigner, delivers some honky-tonk blues! And as always, boogie down at Mary’s, as the East Atlanta venue gets funky with their weekly Disco in the Village.

Friday, November 24

Get folksy and rock on down to the Red Light Café for the annual Glen Phillips Day-After-Thanksgiving Show! Rock on down to The Star Bar for a night with Robot Party, Bleach Garden, Air Wolves and Twin Trances! Moontower celebrates the music from the best cult classics of all time with their At the Movies with Moontower event at The Vista Room! Stay alive at The Plaza Theater and catch a 40th Anniversary screening of John Badham’s boogietastic SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER (1977), through Nov. 26! Rock out with Battalion of Saints, the Nobodys, The Cryptics and more at The Earl! Funk it up with Mother’s Finest at the Buckhead Theatre! “King of Strings” Ken Ford gets down at Center Stage! Who’s Bad, the Ultimate Michael Jackson tribute hits the stage at City Winery! Get jazzy with Dave Koz at Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center! Get folksy with Livingston Taylor at Eddie’s Attic! Get down with the Sly Dog Band at Fat Matt’s Rib Shack! Kick off the holiday season with Aurora Theatre – Lawrenceville’s presentation of A CHRISTMAS CAROL, bah humbugging through Dec. 23! Sleuth on down to the Historic Oakland Cemetery for The Harvest Hunt! Get artsy pop-style and spend the night with Kool Kat Chris Hamer of UrbnPop and his Drawn & Disordery as they present Black Friday with Red Brick at the Red Brick Brewing Co.! Get down and dirty with Sandra Hall & The Shadows at Blind Willie’s! Danny ‘Mudcat’ Dudeck fires it up with his rockin’ blues with the Atlanta Horns at Northside Tavern! Time-Warp it up at The Plaza Theater as they continue their tradition of screening THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW (1975) every Friday night, featuring the live cast of Lips Down on Dixie at midnight!

Saturday, November 25

Get freaky and stomp on down to the Dixie Tavern in Marietta for the Southern Fried Rock & Roll Show featuring creepy sideshow antics with Captain & Maybelle with special guests JB Walker & the Cheap Whiskey Band! Funk it up with Mother’s Finest at the Buckhead Theatre! Or get your Southern Rock fix with Drivin’ n’ Cryin’ at the Variety Playhouse! Learning to Count pays tribute to The Ramones, with ELZIG and Pure Ed at Sweetwater Bar & Grill! Blues rock it up and grunge out with The Vinyl Suns, Jive Revival and Wet Jeans at Smith’s Olde Bar! Kool Kat Hot Rod Walt & The Psycho Devilles rev it up at The Alamo in Newnan! The Last Waltz Ensemble plays tribute to Bob Dylan and The Band at The Vista Room! Edwin McCain dishes out a night of ‘90s alt rock at City Winery! Folk it up with Ellis Paul at Eddie’s Attic! Get the old-school blues with Tinsley Ellis at the Red Clay Theatre! Make your way to Atlanta Symphony Hall for Disney’s Broadway Hits, through Nov. 26! Rock out with Departure and pay tribute to Journey at The Earl Smith Strand Theatre! The Historic Oakland Cemetery continues their Malts & Vaults series, with the Prohibition Edition! Get the blues with Garrett Collins at Fat Matt’s Rib Shack! Blues it up with Selwyn Birchwood at Blind Willie’s! Danny ‘Mudcat’ Dudeck fires it up with his rockin’ blues with the Atlanta Horns at Northside Tavern! St. James Live! delivers their Tribute to the Legends night every Saturday night!

Sunday, November 26

Get to the nitty gritty of it all as The Candybox Revue presents their Inglorious Berlesque: A Burlesque Tribute to Quentin Tarantino at Smith’s Olde Bar! Get merry with The Christmas Queens at Center Stage! Funk it up with the Mike Veal Band at Johnny’s Hideaway! Cody Matlock gets the blues at Fat Matt’s Rib Shack! Get sweet and low down blues-style at the Northside Tavern with Uncle Sugar with Eddie Tigner!

Ongoing

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

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

Geek it up and get to bowlin’ at The Comet Pub & LanesComet Cosplay, getting nerdy the first Monday of every month!

Dad’s Garage’s Big Boozy Nerdy Game Night brings out the kid in you, every first Monday of the month at 7pm! 

Union EAV rocks out with their Punk Rock Karaoke ATL, and every last Tuesday of the month!

Geek it up at My Parents’ Basement with their weekly Tuesday night Nerd Trivia at 8pm!

Nerd Film Mafia screenings at the Diesel Filling Station following NerdCore Trivia, every last Tuesday of the month!

The Plaza Theater Time-Warps it up as they screen, THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW (1975) every Friday night, featuring the live cast of Lips Down on Dixie at midnight!

Get your reggae fix with Rub-A-Dub gettin’ down at WildPitch Music Hall, every second Sunday of the month!

Every first and third Mondays are Big Band Nights at Café 290, featuring Joe Gransden and his amazing 16-piece orchestra playing jazz and swing standards in the tradition of The Glen Miller Orchestra and other legendary groups.  Second and fourth Mondays are Bumpin the Mango, ‘The groove that makes you want to move!’

Every first Wednesday is the Graveyard Tavern’s Graveyard Swing Night, featuring the swingin’ jazz and boogie-woogie sounds of the Savoy Kings!

If you have a suggestion for a future event that should be included in This Week in Retro Atlanta or see something we missed, please email us at atlretro@gmail.com.

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The 2017 Buried Alive Film Festival Gores it up with Five Days of the Best Global, US and Local Indie Horror Treasures!

Posted on: Nov 14th, 2017 By:

by Melanie Crew
Managing Editor

The Buried Alive Film Festival is back for its 12th chilling year, brought to you by the Buried Alive team of Kool Kat Blake Myers, Luke Godfrey, Mark Malek and Alyssa Myers, with five killer days (November 15-19) of film terror, including six features, 54 short new independent horror films from around the globe, and three extra special events.  Its sinister shenanigans return for a second year to 7 Stages Theatre in Little Five Points.

This year’s festival features five brand new movies, including our Kool Kat of the Week, Ashley Thorpe’s BORLEY RECTORY is a documentary feature (rotoscope/animation), described by Thorpe as “an ultrasound of a haunting” (see ATLRetro’s exclusive interview with Ashley here). The opening (Thursday) night feature is the latest from director Mickey Keating (POD; DARLING; CARNAGE PARK), a bloody tale of seven serial killers and their deadly agendas as they cross paths over one night, PSYCHOPATHS, which premiered at the Tribecca Film Festival earlier this year. Other feature films include AMERICAN GUINEA PIG: THE SONG OF SOLOMON, a story of satanic possession and the clergymen who confront it directed by Stephen Biro (AMERICAN GUINEA PIG: BLOODSHOCK); WHO’S WATCHING OLIVER, the tale of a mentally unstable loner and his killing spree directed by Richie Moore (CRAZY MEDICINE); and the World Premiere of BB, a provocative psycho-sexual thriller outlining the dangers of technology and who just may be peeking on the other side directed by CJ Wallis (DEAD HOOKER IN A TRUNK[editor]).

This year BAFF features will go beyond the usual horror narratives and include documentaries. FOOLISH MORTALS: A HAUNTED MANSION DOCUMENTARY explores the fan culture surrounding Walt Disney’s Haunted Mansion ride from director James H. Carter II featuring interviews with Disney legend Rolly Crump, artist Topher Adams, AMERICAN MARY’s Tristan Risk, Robert Kurtzman, SpookyDan Walker and more.

Buried Alive also continues to show its love for the local Georgia horror scene. This year’s festival includes six local shorts, with two  directed by our very own Kool Kats Dayna Noffke (UNDER THE BED about a girl and her favorite monster fiend) and Vanessa Ionta Wright (I BAKED HIM A CAKE). Other local shorts include AHEAD IN THE ROAD about three college girls learning the dangers of “the middle of nowhere” directed by Walt Guthrie and Matt McGahren, WEED WHACKER MASSACRE about a grumpy old man-turned-deadly machine vs. the HOA directed by Benjamin R. Dover, MONGO’S GOT A SPIDER GUN changing the world one arachnid at a time directed by Tim McGahren, and SKY TRIPPER featuring ancient artifacts and perilous actions directed by Philip Freeman.

Back by popular demand is the BAFF Sinema Challenge, which challenges local filmmakers with the opportunity to make a horror film in 13 days. Production starts on November 1 and the films will screen on the festival’s opening night, Wed. Nov. 15, at 8 p.m., judged by co-creator and exclusive programmer for Turner Classic Movies (TCM) weekly late-night cult movie showcase TCM Underground, Kool Kat Millie De Chirico and “Archer” animation director and Atlanta-based filmmaker, Marcus Rosentrater.

One of the real strengths, and our favorite part, of Buried Alive Film Fest is the shorts programs. This year brings five shorts sets (The Groundkeeper’s Faves; Cult of the Grave Worm; Weirdness from 6 Feet Under; If These Tombstones Could Make Movies!; and If this is all there is my friend? Then let’s keep digging.) presenting 54 new films that will enlighten, scare and disgust you to the fullest extent. A few highlights from the selections include Huseyin Hassan’s 2AM about a middle-aged man, a white rabbit and supernatural events, the American premiere of Finnish animator and Buried Alive awardwinner Tomi Malakias’ THE ZOO and Mathew E. Robinson’s RIGOR MORTIS about gory and guilt-ridden sibling rivalry. 

Finally, no respectable horror film festival would be complete without screening a few horror classics, and ATLRetro loves the two special events chosen this year. On Friday night at 10 p.m., BAFF will present a special screening of Robert Wiene’s silent horror classic THE CABINET OF DR. CALIGARI (1921) with a live soundtrack by Atlanta-based jazz group Samadha! And on Saturday night at 10 p.m., BAFF offers a special treat with a digitally remastered Tim Burton’s ED WOOD, the 1994 biopic starring Johnny Depp, Martin Landeau (as Bela Lugosi) and more. The screening will be hosted by Atlanta’s award-winning Blast Off Burlesque, who will stage one of their signature TabooLaLa events including a performance inspired by the film before the screening. With Plan 9 Graveyard photo-ops, auditions for ED, drag races for prizes and costume contests…let’s just say, things will get wonderfully bizarre.

The 7 Stages Theatre is located at 1105 Euclid Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30307. Individual program block tickets are $12, and five-day festival passes are just $100.

For more information and the complete Buried Alive Film Festival schedule, visit the website here. And view the official BAFF bumper here.

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Kool Kat of the Week: Ashley Thorpe Summons the Spirits of BORLEY RECTORY, Britain’s Most Haunted House, at Buried Alive Film Festival 2017!

Posted on: Nov 13th, 2017 By:

Filmmaker Ashley Thorpe.

In 2010, a trio of English filmmaker Ashley Thorpe’s short animated movies so captivated audiences at the fifth annual Buried Alive Festival, that they created the Visionary Award just for him. Ashley alas can’t make it back across the pond for the 12th annual Buried Alive (Nov. 15-19 at 7 Stages), but his Carrion Films‘ first feature BORLEY RECTORY is a much-anticipated festival highlight, screening Saturday Nov. 18 at 8 pm.

Ashley’s previous works formed a portmanteau of supernatural legends from Devon, where he resides with his wife Sue who played the femme fatale of “Scayrecrow,” a haunted highwayman’s revenge tale with a distinctly Hammer Films vibe. Also played at Buried Alive 5 were “The Screaming Skull” and The Hairy Hands.” BORLEY RECTORY is an eerie documentary chronicling the historic paranormal investigations of an Essex manor nicknamed “The Most Haunted House in England.” The unique look and high quality of his earlier works allowed him to expand the production to his most ambitious yet and attracted the star power of a who’s who of British character actors including Julian Sands (GOTHAM), Reece Shearsmith (LEAGUE OF GENTLEMEN), Nicholas Vince (HELLRAISER), and Jonathan Rigby (ROUND THE HORNE…REVISITED). In the past few years, Ashley also realized a lifelong dream to become a cover illustrator and interviewer for Fangoria, the seminal horror movie magazine for anyone who came of age from the ‘70s onward.

ATLRetro caught up with Ashley to find out more about his quest to summon the specters of BORLEY RECTORY and more macabre matters.

ATLRetro: You grew up on Hammer Horror and your shorts have a bit of a Hammer look, even with some cameos” as I recall in Scayrecrow.” Did Hammer movies inspire you to be a filmmaker? Which is your favorite and why?

Ashley Thorpe: I’ve always loved Hammer horror. It was the Universal classics of the ’30s and Hammer horrors that were the first horror films that I felt brave enough to watch as a kid. I thought they were glorious. I was actually inspired to become a filmmaker via animation, so weirdly it was artists like Svankmajer, the Brothers Quay and David Lynch that made me believe that this was a medium that could really express the things going on in my head. The influence came back when I was producing “Scayrecrow,” a tale of a ghostly highwayman, and started imagining what it would have been like if Hammer had produced it, full of blood and thunder!

How did you first learn about Borley Rectory and what about it, other than the obvious most haunted house in England,” inspired you to make a film about it?

I discovered the story in the USBOURNE BOOK OF GHOSTS at the local library as a boy. I was very susceptible to frightening material when I was young—due to suffering from night terrors—but there was something especially haunting about this one story and I just kept going back to it like a tongue probing a bad tooth. I loved that moniker “The Most Haunted House in England.” This wasn’t just “a” haunting, it was “THE” haunting.

The story is replete with such delicious gothic imagery—a nun bricked up within the walls, a phantom carriage driven by a headless coachman, cold spots and spectral messages scrawled upon the walls. Wonderful material. It also represented the beginning of that blend of scientific method meets the supernatural which, of course, was such a huge influence upon things like Shirley Jackson‘s THE HAUNTING OF HILL HOUSE and Richard Matheson‘s HELL HOUSE. At the time it was quite groundbreaking. Now, of course, it all seems so archetypal. Its fascination also lies with the people. All the major players in that case were curious characters. They’re all quite mercurial and mysterious so at the end of the case you’re left with more questions than answers. In fact, the ghosts are far easier to pin down than those investigating them!

Is it correct that BORLEY RECTORY started out as a short but expanded into a full feature? Can you talk about why you decided to take that bigger plunge with this particular project and how the finished film differs from your original concept?

Incredibly the thing developed organically. It wasn’t initially a conscious decision until quite late into the project. As each cast member came on board—from Reece onwards—I amended the script to give more interesting scenes, better dialogue, all without even considering how this would affect the running time! They were so good I wanted to give them more material. Seems obvious now, but at the time I was so buried in the practicalities of animating, trying to earn a living, looking after my then baby daughter, the day-to-day things, that it wasn’t really until I cut together the first seance scene last year that I realized that there was no way that this would be a 30-minute film.

Surprisingly though the finished film doesn’t really differ from the original concept at all. Another thing that I hadn’t really anticipated was how the pacing would affect the overall running time. Again it sounds ludicrous. I wanted BORLEY RECTORY to harken back to an earlier age of cinema, far from the machine gun edits and gimmicks of modern horror. I wanted long slow takes, so your eyes can explore the frame and realize that you’ve been staring at a ghost all along. One of my favorite sequences lasts for about two minutes and consists of about four edits intercutting between a little girl staring into the darkness at the end of her bed and what she sees there in the shadows.

L-R: Reece Shearsmith. Ashley Thorpe, Jonathan Rigby.

You have some pretty prominent British character actors involved, some of whom like Julian Sands and Nicholas Vince, are familiar to US horror fans. Any stories about how they became involved and what it’s like to work with them?

I worked with Nicholas—albeit briefly—on “The Hairy Hands,” wherein he contributed the voice of one of the radio callers and we kept in touch hoping to work together again. I met Julian initially via a retrospective that I wrote for Fangoria on Ken Russell’s GOTHIC (1986). Julian found my short films online, loved them, and after watching them asked if I was working on anything currently. As it happened I had just finished the script for BORLEY RECTORY. So we recorded Julian’s narration around Christmas 2011 and then some additional passages at Trident Studios last year. Both Julian and Nicholas are wonderful, genuine, sincere people. They’ve both been so supportive and done nothing but sing the praises of the production since it started. Whenever we meet it really is like meeting old friends. My children pretty much consider Nicholas a part of the family!

And Steven Severin of Siouxsie and the Banshees was to do the soundtrack. How did you meet him and what happened with his illness?

Again Steven Severin became involved with the project due to a Fangoria interview. He was touring VAMPYR [(1932) silent film soundtrack] and performed in my home town, so I grabbed the opportunity to interview him about his work both past and present. We kept in touch and I suppose Steven must have looked into what else I did apart from the Fangoria journalism and came straight out and asked me if I was working on any animations and would I consider him scoring my next venture. I’ve always been a huge Banshees fan so I was over the moon.

As to how it was working with him, I haven’t really had much of an opportunity.  The curse of Borley struck again. Steven has been in consistently poor health since recovering from a kidney transplant while we were shooting. For a while it looked as if he was going to be fine and was keen on cracking on with the scoring. Around the time that the first cut was sent over early this year Steven suffered a major pulmonary embolism and was rushed to hospital. So, after discussing it with Steven and agreeing it was definitely the best plan until he could complete or create a companion piece, the remaining scoring duties were completed by my long-term collaborator Mick Grierson who did an amazing job at scoring the film beautifully under ridiculous time constraints.

Although he is still recovering Steven has stressed that he is still planning on finishing the special music for the pledged vinyls, but until he is out of hospital I cannot unfortunately give a concrete date as to when this will be. It’s all been a bit of a car crash really, and it’s been down to Mick that the film even reached completion when it did.

L-R: BORLEY RECTORY Producer Tom Atkinson, Julian Sands, Ashley Thorpe.

Financing an independent film is always a huge challenge. You did two Indiegogo campaigns, as I recall, and had some prominent supporters like best-selling author Neil Gaiman singing your praises. Did you also have private investors? How did you do it?

Yes, the project was financed via two Indiegogo campaigns. The first one raised just shy of £7K back in 2013 which—although about £3K short of our target—allowed us to get the production underway in the summer of 2014 and shoot the majority of Reece’s sequences as his involvement had raised the profile of the project tenfold. Once I’d animated that central montage of the journalist essentially telling us the legend, we rolled out a second campaign that raised a further £13K in the end. The campaigns themselves were a huge amount of work but I was lucky on the second one to have a team behind me led by my producer’s wife Alice Bonasio. She stressed that I should concentrate on generating media to share while she and a small team “got it out there.” It was very successful.

The money raised was channeled directly into the production: hiring the studios, equipment, costumes etc. I did have a couple of private benefactors who put extra money into the production, and it was due to them that I was able to continue working on the film as although the production was financed I was made redundant [laid off] pretty much at the start of production and essentially lost my livelihood. These people kept me going at a time when it seemed as if everything—redundancy, family illnesses, burnt-out Macs—was loaded against me finishing it.

Your previous films have all had a distinctive look, i.e. animated but not necessarily what the average viewer would expect as an animated film. Can you talk a little about the effects you employed for this film to make it…dare I say…genuinely scary?!

Yes, they’re not your traditional animation. They are a collage of a number of different techniques really. The actors are all filmed against green screen and then rotoscoped whilst the backgrounds are all digitally painted and animated over. There’s a little traditional animation in there—some of the ghosts are painted—and a little 3D stuff done in After Effects, such as the aerial shots of the Rectory, but my aim was to take the footage of the actors and make them resemble the look of the “painted” backgrounds as much as possible. I also spent a great deal of time working into the footage to take the digital shine off of it using masks with various strengths of blurring to emulate  a depth of field that we’d really struggle with doing live at the green screen composite level. BORLEY RECTORY has pretty much every technique I know applied in it in some way.

Seance scene in BORLEY RECTORY.

BORLEY RECTORY has already screened at a number of festivals and has a few awards under its belt. Where has it screened so far and have you been pleased with the audience response?

Response so far has been staggering really. It’s not an easy sell or an obvious “crowd pleaser,” it’s what I call a “Marmite film,” but it’s been snapped up by the festivals and feedback has been very positive. I think we’ve played 14 so far with more coming in weekly and all those initial festival appearances were by request rather than us having to submit via normal channels which is incredible. We premiered at GrimmFest in Manchester October 8 and then played Cinemagic in Belfast, Dead of Night Southport, Telluride Horror Show in Colorado, Celluloid Screams in Sheffield, Horror-Rama Toronto and the Folk Horror Revival in Edinburgh. Last week we won “Best Animated Feature” at Buffalo Dreams and after Buried Alive in Atlanta, we’re set to play Sydney, Australia at A Night of Horror festival. One of my favorite responses was from Lisi Russell, Ken Russell’s wife, who wrote a lovely review online. She adored it.

“Thorpe’s vision of the legend is elegant, meticulously cinematic, beautifully spooky, atmospherically enveloping. The detailed and seamlessly inter-woven animation and rotoscope by multi-talented Thorpe is hypnotic, shocking, visually stunning–each shot an artwork. This is a film for film noir lovers as well as haunted house and psycho-horror fans, conjuring up echoes of classic early British horror films like THE INNOCENTS, THE HAUNTING, PSYCHO. Asks important and unusual questions about what we need from ghosts as well as what they need from us. This film is very, very different. Ken Russell seal of approval.” – Lisi Russell

You came to Atlanta in 2010 when Buried Alive screened three of your shorts and I believe you have a certain fondness for this festival. Is it special to you that it’s screening here and what can you say to anyone on the fence about attending Buried Alive?

I had enormous fun when I came across in 2010. It was actually my first bonafide horror festival and I didn’t really know what to expect, but the team behind it were so passionate about what they were doing and really made me feel special. So many great memories. The festival itself is wonderfully eclectic as well. They program every aspect of the genre, so there really is something for everyone. The genre should be about diversity—there should be room for every style, every era—and Buried Alive reflects that beautifully. I really wish that I could have made it out there to attend in person, and with my film’s production history in mind, the fact that my film has been programmed right before a screening of ED WOOD is genius.

Nicholas Vince in BORLEY RECTORY.

You also are an artist and have done a bunch of Fangoria covers, as well as writing articles for Fango. What was that like and how do you feel about the recent demise of that seminal horror movie magazine?

Well. Fangoria was a big part of my youth. I fell in love with it at high school back in the ’80s, and growing up in a small British town it was something of a revelation. Pre-Internet, these films and their production felt a million miles away, so finding Fangoria on the newsstands was incredibly exciting. At school, it felt like an outlaw magazine. So you can imagine how excited I was to be asked by [then-editor] Chris Alexander to both write and eventually produce covers for it. As a result, I got to meet wonderful people like John Hurt, Peter Sasdy, and, of course, it put me in touch with people like Julian.

How it all collapsed is really sad. You could see that there was serious trouble brewing when the payments became few and far between and contributors started bailing. I’m still owed hundreds of dollars which I’m sure I’ll never see, and judging from some of the vitriol online, my story is not an uncommon one. The publisher ran it into the ground and destroyed it. So sad.

What’s next for Carrion Films?

Apart from touring and then sourcing distribution for BORLEY. I’ll be catching up on some illustration work and looking towards the next project. We have a couple of options. A script for SPRING HEEL JACK exists in an early form which would be a Victorian melodrama. I also have HELL TOR which would be an Amicus-style portmanteau based upon Dartmoor ghost stories. Although there looks to be a chance that my next project may be adapting a popular British genre screenwriter’s novella. We’re in talks with the agent at the moment so we’ll see what happens next.

Purchase advance tickets to BORLEY RECTORY and passes to Buried Alive Film Festival here.

All photos provided by Carrion Films and used with permission.

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

Posted on: Nov 12th, 2017 By:

by Melanie Crew
Managing Editor

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

Monday, November 13

Jazz it up with Kathleen Bertrand at City Winery! Or get psychedelic with Carl Broemel at Eddie’s Attic! Get dirty and doo wop it up surf-style with The Frights, Hockey Dad and Vundabar at the Masquerade! Nitty gritty it up at Smith’s Olde Bar with Mo Lowda & The Humble, It’s What’s For Breakfast and The Dirty Soul Revival! Get funky and groove on down to Café 290 every second and fourth Monday of the month for a taste of Bumpin the Mango, ‘The groove that makes you want to move!” Boogie on down to the Northside Tavern and spend an evening with Lola at her famous Monday Night Northside Jam! Get the blues with Matthew Pendrick at Blind Willie’s! And blues on down to Fat Matt’s Rib Shack for a side of Dry White Toast and a plate full ‘o finger lickin’ BBQ!

Tuesday, November 14

Spend the night in The Zone and make your way to Landmark Midtown Art Cinema as they continue their “A Dish Best Served Cold” Classics Series with a screening of Andrei Tarkovsky’s STALKER (1979) at 7pm! Or get witchy and make your way to Diesel Filling Station for a night of Harry Potter Trivia! Have a festive adventure with a screening of John McTiernan’s DIE HARD (1988) at the Northlake Festival Movie Tavern, as part of their Retro Cinema series at 7:30pm! Swing on by City Winery for a night with Louis Prima, Jr. and Gwen Hughes! Get bizarre and rock out with Captured! By Robots at The Earl! Shake a tail feather with Kool Kat Katherine Lashe and her burly-Q gals of Syrens of the South during their Tease Tuesday Burlesque: Stripsgiving event, shakin’ it up at the Red Light Café! Bluegrass it up with the Kyle Tuttle Electric Band and the High River Band at Smith’s Olde Bar! Jam it up with Joe Gransden and his jazz jam session at Venkman’s every Tuesday! Andrew Black dishes out the old school blues at Blind Willie’s! The Star Bar delivers a night of retro shenanigans with DJ Quasi Mandisco’s Little 5 Points Dance Party featuring retro-soul, funk, ‘80s, ‘90s and more! And as always, groove on down with Swami Gone Bananas at the Northside Tavern!

Wednesday, November 15

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

Thursday, November 16

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

Friday, November 17

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

Saturday, November 18

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

Sunday, November 19

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

Ongoing

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

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

Geek it up and get to bowlin’ at The Comet Pub & LanesComet Cosplay, getting nerdy the first Monday of every month!

Dad’s Garage’s Big Boozy Nerdy Game Night brings out the kid in you, every first Monday of the month at 7pm! 

Union EAV rocks out with their Punk Rock Karaoke ATL, and every last Tuesday of the month!

Geek it up at My Parents’ Basement with their weekly Tuesday night Nerd Trivia at 8pm!

Nerd Film Mafia screenings at the Diesel Filling Station following NerdCore Trivia, every last Tuesday of the month!

The Plaza Theater Time-Warps it up as they screen, THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW (1975) every Friday night, featuring the live cast of Lips Down on Dixie at midnight!

Get your reggae fix with Rub-A-Dub gettin’ down at WildPitch Music Hall, every second Sunday of the month!

Every first and third Mondays are Big Band Nights at Café 290, featuring Joe Gransden and his amazing 16-piece orchestra playing jazz and swing standards in the tradition of The Glen Miller Orchestra and other legendary groups.  Second and fourth Mondays are Bumpin the Mango, ‘The groove that makes you want to move!’

Every first Wednesday is the Graveyard Tavern’s Graveyard Swing Night, featuring the swingin’ jazz and boogie-woogie sounds of the Savoy Kings!

If you have a suggestion for a future event that should be included in This Week in Retro Atlanta or see something we missed, please email us at atlretro@gmail.com.

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This Week in ATLRetro, November 6-12, 2017

Posted on: Nov 5th, 2017 By:

by Melanie Crew
Managing Editor

Let ATLRetro fill you with a week’s worth of swingin’ good times; from vintage, fuzzed out rock ‘n’ roll to steamy burlesque to classic cinema galore! It’ll be a bloody good time, so get out and get retro!

Monday, November 6

Spend the night with Rami Kleinstein at City Winery! Folk it up with The Strumbellas and Noah Kahan at Terminal West! Get your reggae fix with Jesse Royal at Vinyl! Spend the night with Scarlett Johansson, Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo and more as they perform a benefit reading of Thornton Wilder’s classic play, OUR TOWN, directed by Kenny Leon, at the Fox Theatre, with all proceeds going to Puerto Rico relief efforts! Swing on by Big Band Night featuring Joe Gransden and his amazing 17-member orchestra at Café 290 every first and third Monday of the month! Boogie on down to the Northside Tavern and spend an evening with Lola at her famous Monday Night Northside Jam! Get the blues with Bill Sheffield at Blind Willie’s! And blues on down to Fat Matt’s Rib Shack for a side of Dry White Toast and a plate full ‘o finger lickin’ BBQ!

Tuesday, November 7

Landmark Midtown Art Cinema continues their “A Dish Best Served Cold” Classics Series with a screening of Alejandro Jodorowsky’s THE HOLY MOUNTAIN (1973) at 7pm! Get your psychedelic avant-garde pop fix with Ariel Pink and the Clang Quartet at The Earl! Center for Puppetry Arts presents your favorite traditional seasonal reindeer tale, RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER, jinglin’ through Dec. 31! Jam it up with Joe Gransden and his jazz jam session at Venkman’s every Tuesday! Rumble on down to Blind Willie’s for a night with The Red Stone Ramblers! The Star Bar delivers a night of retro shenanigans with DJ Quasi Mandisco’s Little 5 Points Dance Party featuring retro-soul, funk, ‘80s, ‘90s and more! And as always, groove on down with Swami Gone Bananas at the Northside Tavern!

Wednesday, November 8

Prog rock it up with Goblin and Morricone Youth at The Loft! Videodrome presents a screening of Terry Zwigoff’s GHOST WORLD (2001) at 529 at 4pm! The Plaza Theater valley girls it up with a screening of Amy Heckerling’s CLUELESS (1995) at 8pm! Glam it up and rock out with Barb Wire Dolls, The Breaknecks and more at the Masquerade! Spend the night with H.E.R. at Center Stage! Rock out with the DeadPhish Orchestra and Maradeen at City Winery! Raise a ruckus with Kool Kat Scott Glazer’s Mojo Dojo at Blind Willie’s! Emory Cinematheque continues their Resist Fascism Series with a screening of Costa-GavrasAMEN (2002) at 7:30pm! Fat Matt’s Rib Shack dishes out a night of the blues with Frankie’s Blues Mission! Get jazzy at the Red Light Café with The Gordon Vernick Quartet! Or make your way to the Northside Tavern as Danny ‘Mudcat’ Dudeck fires it up with his rockin’ blues! St. James Live! delivers their Hump Days Blues night, getting classic blues-style every Wednesday! And as always, it’s Ladies Night at Johnny’s Hideaway which plays hits from Sinatra to Madonna for a generally mature crowd.

Thursday, November 9

Rock out with Black Linen, Kool Kat Rod Hamdallah and Black Cat Rising at Gaja Korean Bar! Kool Kat Hot Rod Walt gets acoustic and rocks out at Porterdale Bar & Grill! Rock on down to The Star Bar for Jabroni Fest (Nov. 9-11) featuring Burns Like Fire, Kool Kats Shehehe, Kool Kats The Joy Kills, Ganges Phalanges, Jaws the Musical and so much more! Or get your funk metal fix with Primus at the Tabernacle! Justin Townes Earl and Joshua Hedley dish out a night of rockin’ Americana at the Variety Playhouse! Get the blues with Kandace Springs at City Winery! The Ballroom Thieves folk it up with Chris Smither at Eddie’s Attic! Race a ruckus with The Good Graces, Chickens and Pigs, Emily Backus and more at the Red Light Café! Get countrified Texas-style with Reckless Kelly and The Trongone Band at Terminal West! Get some soul and make your way to The Vista Room for a Bill Withers Tribute! Or get your fiddler soul fix with Karen Briggs at Suite Food Lounge! Make your way to 7 Stages for the Home Brew Festival, through Nov. 18! Stomp on down to Blind Willie’s for a night with Heather Luttrell! It’s Mai Tai Thursday at Trader Vic’s so hula on down for some rockin’ island tunes and a couple of cocktails! The Northside Tavern gets rockin’ with a little Chicago/Delta blues of The Breeze Kings! Stagger on over to Noni’s Bar & Deli for their Bitter Heroes event featuring DJ Brian Parris as he gets charmingly morose with a little New-Wave, The Smiths and The Cure! Get your boogie on at Fat Matt’s Rib Shack, as Chickenshack featuring Eddie Tigner, delivers some honky-tonk blues! And as always, boogie down at Mary’s, as the East Atlanta venue gets funky with their weekly Disco in the Village.

Friday, November 10

Key it up with Tori Amos at Atlanta Symphony Hall! Cindy Wilson (The B-52s) New Waves it up at The Earl! Film Love and Kool Kat Andy Ditzler presents The American Music Show #3: Performance Practic at Eyedrum! Get to the root of it all with Delta Moon at The Vista Room! Shimmy on down to City Winery for a night with Wasabassco Burlesque! Patrick Davis & His Midnight Choir get down at Eddie’s Attic! Blues it up with the R ‘n’ B Revue at Fat Matt’s Rib Shack! It’s a night of speakeasy shenanigans with The Hobohemians at the Fernbank Museum! It’s a night of rockin’ Mods at MadLife Stage & Studios with their Rod Stewart Experience! Make your way to the Red Clay Theatre for a night with The Caroline Aiken Trio and Suzanne Slair! It’s a night of rockin’ blues with Patrick Sweany, Kool Kat Rod Hamdallah and Truett at Smith’s Olde Bar! Bluegrass it up with Darrell Scott & Jim Lauderdale at Variety Playhouse! Brass it up New Orleans style with the Wasted Potential Brass Band at Venkman’s! The Georgia Players Guild presents their tribute to Creedence Clearwater Revival and The Band at The Earl Smith Strand Theatre! Get the blues with James Armstrong at Blind Willie’s! Funk on down to Northside Tavern for a night with Zydefunk! Time-Warp it up at The Plaza Theater as they continue their tradition of screening THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW (1975) every Friday night, featuring the live cast of Lips Down on Dixie at midnight!

Saturday, November 11

Boogie down ‘80s-style with Kool Kat VJ Anthony during his 80s New Wave Music Video Dance Party: Eurythmics Edition at Amsterdam Atlanta! Kool Kat Hot Rod Walt & The Psycho Devilles revs it up at Sportsline Bar in Lawrenceville! Catch a screening of Jim Henson’s EMMET OTTER’S JUG-BAND CHRISTMAS (1977) at Center for Puppetry Arts at 7pm! It’s a night of jangle pop, psyche folk with Robyn Hitchcock at Eddie’s Attic! Skye Paige, “Queen of Slide Guitar” rocks out at Fat Matt’s Rib Shack! Rev on down to the Red Clay Theatre for a Trackside Hootenanny! Stomp on down to Smith’s Olde Bar for a night with The Bitteroots, Steve Baskin and Moody Hollow! Rock out with The Presmanes Brothers at the Red Light Café! Spend the night with Ringo Starr & His AllStar Band at the Fox Theatre!  Kool Kat Chad Shivers presents his Southern Surf Stomp! at Kavarna featuring Crazy Aces and The One and Only Bill Davis! The Del Rios and The Wheel Knockers! Blind Willie’s gets down with their Blues Stotts Fest! Funk on down to Northside Tavern for a second helping of with Zydefunk! St. James Live! delivers their Tribute to the Legends night every Saturday night!

Sunday, November 12

It’s a night of jangle pop, psyche folk with Robyn Hitchcock and The Black Lillies at Eddie’s Attic! Here’s looking at you Retro Kiddies! It’s a night of surf noir garage psyche at Gaja Korean Bar with Midnight Larks and Groovy Movies! Hilarity ensues at Atlanta Symphony Hall with John Cleese! TCM Big Screen Classics presents a screening of Michael CurtizCASABLANCA (1942) at theatres across Atlanta at 2pm/7pm [AMC Barrett Commons 24 (Kennesaw); AMC Southlake Pavilion 24 (Morrow); Hollywood Stadium 24 (Chamblee); Avalon Stadium 12 (Alpharetta); Cinemark Tinseltown 17 (Fayetteville); Perimeter Pointe 10; Regal McDonough Stadium 16 (McDonough); Georgian Stadium 14 (Newnan); AMC Sugarloaf Mills 18 (Lawrenceville); and AMC Avenue Forsyth (Cumming)]! Rock out with Badfinger: Straight Up at City Winery! Get bluegrassy with The Dustbowl Revival and Amythyst Kiah at The Earl! Get the blues with The Vipers at Fat Matt’s Rib Shack! Simply Three dish out a classical crossover at The Loft! Rock out with The Jesus and Mary Chain and Mark Rozer & The Rels at the Variety Playhouse! Get your gypsy jazz and western swing fix with Django Earnhardt, the Atlanta Jazz Orchestra and Orquestra MaCuba at Venkman’s! Get sweet and low down blues-style at the Northside Tavern with Uncle Sugar with Eddie Tigner!

Ongoing

7 Stages presents the Home Brew Festival, through Nov. 18!

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

Geek it up and get to bowlin’ at The Comet Pub & LanesComet Cosplay, getting nerdy the first Monday of every month!

Dad’s Garage’s Big Boozy Nerdy Game Night brings out the kid in you, every first Monday of the month at 7pm! 

Union EAV rocks out with their Punk Rock Karaoke ATL, and every last Tuesday of the month!

Geek it up at My Parents’ Basement with their weekly Tuesday night Nerd Trivia at 8pm!

Nerd Film Mafia screenings at the Diesel Filling Station following NerdCore Trivia, every last Tuesday of the month!

The Plaza Theater Time-Warps it up as they screen, THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW (1975) every Friday night, featuring the live cast of Lips Down on Dixie at midnight!

Get your reggae fix with Rub-A-Dub gettin’ down at WildPitch Music Hall, every second Sunday of the month!

Every first and third Mondays are Big Band Nights at Café 290, featuring Joe Gransden and his amazing 16-piece orchestra playing jazz and swing standards in the tradition of The Glen Miller Orchestra and other legendary groups.  Second and fourth Mondays are Bumpin the Mango, ‘The groove that makes you want to move!’

Every first Wednesday is the Graveyard Tavern’s Graveyard Swing Night, featuring the swingin’ jazz and boogie-woogie sounds of the Savoy Kings!

If you have a suggestion for a future event that should be included in This Week in Retro Atlanta or see something we missed, please email us at atlretro@gmail.com.

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

Posted on: Oct 29th, 2017 By:

by Melanie Crew
Managing Editor

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

Monday, October 30

Regal Atlantic Station Stadium 18 dishes out a horrorific good time with a screening of Stanley Kubrick’s THE SHINING (1980) at 7pm/10pm! Or catch a screening of John Huston’s THE NIGHT OF THE IGUANA (1964) at the Alpharetta Branch Library at 10:30am! Rock out with the Craig Brown Band, Nikki & The Phantom Callers and Big Brutus at The Earl! Get folksy with Slaid Cleaves at Eddie’s Attic! Funk it up at City Winery with their Rick James vs. Michael Jackson vs. Prince showdown! Rock out with The Movielife at the Masquerade! Eighties it up at 529’s New Wave Halloween Dance Party! Swing on by Big Band Night featuring Joe Gransden and his amazing 17-member orchestra at Café 290 every first and third Monday of the month! Blues it up with Paul John Barry at Blind Willie’s! GKids Presents Studio Ghibli Fest 2017 with a screening of Hayao Miyazaki’s SPIRITED AWAY (2001) at theatres across Atlanta at 7pm [Hollywood Stadium 24 (Chamblee); AMC Barrett Commons 24 (Kennesaw); Avalon Stadium 12 (Alpharetta); Cinemark Tinseltown 17 (Fayetteville); Perimeter Pointe 10; Regal McDonough Stadium 16 (McDonough); Regal Mall of Georgia 20 Plus Imax (Buford); Studio Movie Grill (Duluth); and AMC Southlake Pavilion 24 (Morrow)]! Boogie on down to the Northside Tavern and spend an evening with Lola at her famous Monday Night Northside Jam! And blues on down to Fat Matt’s Rib Shack for a night with Larry Griffith!

Tuesday, October 31

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

Get intergalactic with Nik Turner’s Hawkwind and Hedersleben at The Earl! Spend the night with Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats at the Coca-Cola Roxy! Get the rockin’ blues with two helpings of Anders Osborne & Jackie Greene at City Winery! Get down with JT Speed at Fat Matt’s Rib Shack! Or make your way to the Northside Tavern as Danny ‘Mudcat’ Dudeck fires it up with his rockin’ blues! Jam it up with Joe Gransden and his jazz jam session at Venkman’s every Tuesday! The Star Bar delivers a night of retro shenanigans with DJ Quasi Mandisco’s Downtown Tuesday Night Dance Party featuring retro-soul, funk, ‘80s, ‘90s and more! And as always, groove on down with Swami Gone Bananas at the Northside Tavern!

Wednesday, November 1

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

Thursday, November 2

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

Friday, November 3

Kool Kat Blair Crimmins & The Hookers dish out a night of prohibition pandemonium at Venkman’s! Rock out with Nikki & The Phantom Callers, Art School Jocks, Lucis Flux at The Star Bar! Abbey Road Live! presents A Night to Imagine at the Buckhead Theatre! Avondale Towne Cinema gets retrotastic with Virginia Plane, Casper & The Cookies and Cortez Garza! It’s a weekend of magical fantasy with CONjuration 2017, being held at the Atlanta Marriott Century Center, through Nov. 5! Cross the pond and spend the evening with The Blackyardbirds at the Red Light Café! Get down with Big Bill Morganfield at Blind Willie’s! Get the old school blues with Albert White at Northside Tavern! Time-Warp it up at The Plaza Theater as they continue their tradition of screening THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW (1975) every Friday night, featuring the live cast of Lips Down on Dixie at midnight!

Saturday, November 4

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

Sunday, November 5

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

Ongoing

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Geek it up and get to bowlin’ at The Comet Pub & LanesComet Cosplay, getting nerdy the first Monday of every month!

Dad’s Garage’s Big Boozy Nerdy Game Night brings out the kid in you, every first Monday of the month at 7pm!

Union EAV rocks out with their Punk Rock Karaoke ATL, and every last Tuesday of the month!

Geek it up at My Parents’ Basement with their weekly Tuesday night Nerd Trivia at 8pm!

Nerd Film Mafia screenings at the Diesel Filling Station following NerdCore Trivia, every last Tuesday of the month!

The Plaza Theater Time-Warps it up as they screen, THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW (1975) every Friday night, featuring the live cast of Lips Down on Dixie at midnight!

Get your reggae fix with Rub-A-Dub gettin’ down at WildPitch Music Hall, every second Sunday of the month!

Every first and third Mondays are Big Band Nights at Café 290, featuring Joe Gransden and his amazing 16-piece orchestra playing jazz and swing standards in the tradition of The Glen Miller Orchestra and other legendary groups.  Second and fourth Mondays are Bumpin the Mango, ‘The groove that makes you want to move!’

Every first Wednesday is the Graveyard Tavern’s Graveyard Swing Night, featuring the swingin’ jazz and boogie-woogie sounds of the Savoy Kings!

If you have a suggestion for a future event that should be included in This Week in Retro Atlanta or see something we missed, please email us at atlretro@gmail.com.

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ATLRetro’s Haunted & Hellacious Halloween Guide 2017

Posted on: Oct 25th, 2017 By:

by Melanie Crew
Managing Editor

Calling all ghouls and gals! Come see why we think you should raise hell in ATLRetro this Halloween season!

1. HEAD ROLLING TUNES. Get sinister for All Hallows Eve with a helluva lot of raucous rock ‘n roll across ATLRetro! Raise a hellacious ruckus during the Clermont Lounge’s Halloween 2017 Bash featuring Kool Kats the Casket Creatures, Captain & Maybelle, ELZIG and Dusty Booze & The Baby Haters (Oct. 26)! Or horror punk it up with Kool Kats the Casket Creatures at Mule Camp Tavern in Gainesville (Oct. 28)! The Georgia Players Guild pays tribute to Meatloaf and the Rocky Horror Picture Show at The Earl Smith Strand Theatre (Oct. 28)! The Star Bar dishes out a hellacious Halloween Bash with Dinos Boys, Paralyzer, Bad Spell and Black Cat Rising (Oct. 28)! It’s Halloween Tribute Night at The Earl with Nameless Nameless (Nirvana) and Rusty Cage (Soundgarden) (Oct. 27)!

2. FANGTASTIC FILMS.  Have a bloody good time during Kennesaw Friday Night Frights – Vincent Price Night, featuring a monstrous double-feature of William Castle’s HOUSE ON HAUNTED HILL (1959) and Crane Wilbur’s THE BAT (1959) at 7:30pm, hosted by Carnival of Doom (Oct. 27)! Spook it up with The Earl Smith Strand Theatre’s diabolique double feature of Harold Lloyd’s HAUNTED SPOOKS (1920) and F. W. Murnau’s NOSFERATU (1922) at 3pm (Oct. 29)! Get horrorfied at The Plaza Theater with screenings of John Carpenter’s CHRISTINE (1983) and George A. Romero’s NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD (1968) (Oct. 26), THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW (1975) (Oct. 27-28, 31); and Alexandre O. Philippe’s 78/52 (2017), an in-depth documentary about PSYCHO’s iconic shower scene (Oct. 27-31)! Get freakishly bizarre at Videodrome’s (JavaDrome) screening of Chester Novelle Turner’s TALES FROM THE QUADEAD ZONE (1987) at 8pm (Oct. 27)! Landmark Midtown Art Cinema continues their killer “A Dish Best Served Cold” Classics Series with a screening of David Hartman’s PHANTASM (1979) at 7pm (Oct. 31)! Avondale Towne Cinema continues their Throwback Thursday Cinema event with a devilish double feature of Tobe Hooper’s THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE 2 (1986), followed by a screening of George A. Romero’s NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD (1968), starting at 8:30pm (Oct. 26)! Catch screenings of Tim Burton’s A NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS (1993) at theatres across Atlanta at 2pm/7pm [Hollywood Stadium 24 (Chamblee); Avalon Stadium 12 (Alpharetta); Regal McDonough Stadium 16 (McDonough); Regal Atlantic Station Stadium 18; and Regal Mall of Georgia 20 Plus Imax (Buford)] (Oct. 27)! Get witchy during Atlantic Station’s Spooky Film Festival’s screening of Kenny Ortega’s HOCUS POCUS (1993) at dusk (Oct. 27)! Time-Warp it up at theatres across Atlanta with screenings of Jim Sharman’s THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW (1975) at 10pm [AMC Classic North Dekalb 16; AMC Classic Snellville 12; AMC Sugarloaf Mills 18 (Lawrenceville); and AMC Classic Mansell Crossing 14 (Alpharetta)] (Oct. 27-28)! Murder, mayhem and blood-thirsty plants invade Atlanta with screenings of Frank OzLITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS (1986), The Director’s Cut at theatres across Atlanta at 2pm/7pm [AMC Barrett Commons 24 (Kennesaw); AMC Southlake Pavilion 24 (Morrow); Hollywood Stadium 24 (Chamblee); Avalon Stadium 12 (Alpharetta); Cinemark Tinseltown 17 (Fayetteville); Perimeter Pointe 10; Regal McDonough Stadium 16 (McDonough); Georgian Stadium 14 (Newnan); AMC Sugarloaf Mills 18 (Lawrenceville); and AMC Avenue Forsyth (Cumming)] (Oct. 29 & 31)!

3. BOOGIE WITH THE DEAD. Get hellacious with the Fox Theatre’s Atlanta Horror Story Halloween Party (Oct. 28)! Or stagger on over to Ponce City Roof for their Day of the Dead Halloween Party (Oct. 28)! Tromp on down to Virginia Highlands for their Halloween in the Highlands Block Party from 6pm-2am (Oct. 28)! It’s a night of creepy clowns, carnival food and more during Fernbank Museum of Natural History’s’s Fright Night Halloween Party, dripping with devilish drinks, costume contests and more (Oct. 27)! Boogie down ‘80s-style at Tin Roof Cantina’s ‘80s Prom Halloween Party (Oct. 28)! Spend the night in the Upside Down during A Stranger Halloween Party at Live! At the Battery Atlanta (Oct. 28)! Rock on down to the Center Stage for their 8th Annual Boos & Brews Halloween Party (Oct. 28)! Geek it up with Radio Cult during their spooky all-ages Halloween Party at Galactic Quest in Lawrenceville (Oct. 26)! Do the Monster Mash at the Euclid Avenue Yacht Club’s annual Halloween Dance Party (10/28)!  Put on those dancin’ shoes and groove like a ghoul ‘90s-style at The Basement as they get down during their ‘90s Halloween Dance Party (10/28)! Eighties it up at Venkman’s with their Back to the Future Halloween Bash featuring Members Only (Oct. 26)! It’s a night of goo-core punk at Criminal Records Halloween Party with The Manx (Oct. 28)! Kool Kat Becky Cormier Finch and Denim Arcade deliver a rockin’ ‘80s Halloween Party at the Wild Wing Café in Dunwoody (Oct. 27)!

4. TERRORIFIC TOURS. Get ghastly during the Historic Oakland Cemetery’s annual Capturing the Spirit of Oakland Ghost Tours, featuring music, a fortune teller and more! Come on out and tiptoe through the graves, make a few new spirited friends and hear the hallowed tales of some of their eternal residents, through Oct. 29! The Fox Theatre dishes out a spooktacular time as they haunt it up during their annual Fox Theatre Ghost Tours, chilling your bones through Oct. 31! Dead men tell no tales, or so they say, but the Aurora Theatre begs to differ. Creep on down and see during their Lawrenceville GA Ghost Tours, every night during the month of October. Stone Mountain Park gets ghastly with A Tour of Southern Ghosts, through Oct. 29!

5. GOTHIC & GHASTLY. Haunt on down to Amsterdam Atlanta for Kool Kat VJ Anthony’s COFFIN CLASSICS: Halloween Goth Industrial Music Video Dance Party featuring Goth, dark 80s and more (Oct. 28)! Get sinister with 1349 at The Earl (Oct. 28)! And experience Evanescence invading Chastain Park (Oct. 27)!

6. HORRIFYING HIKES & HAUNTS.  Nightmares are what this season’s all about! So get hellacious and creep on down to Six Flags’ Fright Fest and experience Kool Kat Shane Morton’s spooktacular haunted house, Madeline Mendoza’s Casa De Meurte, weekends through Oct. 31!  So, spook on down to Netherworld Haunted House and spook it up during their 21st and last season in the Norcross location, through Nov. 1 (7:30pm-10:30pm week days; 7pm-midnight weekends)! Get terrified at Sinister Suites Haunted Hotel in Griffin, GA, spooking through Oct. 31! A little blood splatter never hurt ya, so trek on down to Carrolton, GA for a helluva lot of haunted hillbillies ‘n’ dead rednecks at Camp Blood, horrifying through Oct. 31! Make your way to Lithia Springs for Containment Haunted House, a multi-media immersive theatrical horror experience, terrifying through Nov. 4! And 13 Stories Haunted House gores it up for another haunted season in Newnan!

7. THRILLING & CHILLING THEATRICS, FESTIVALS & PARADES.  Unleash ancient evil spirits with George Reinblatt’s EVIL DEAD THE MUSICAL hosted by the Newnan Theatre Company, killing it Oct. 26-29! Make your way to Atlanta Symphony Hall as the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra presents their live score to Tim Burton’s A NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS (1993) at 8pm (Oct. 27 & 28)! Theatre Emory presents Mary Shelley’s FRANKENSTEIN; OR THE MODERN PROMETHEUS at the Michael C. Carlos Museum at 3pm (10/29)! Get chilled to the bone with The Ghastly Dreadfuls at Center For Puppetry Arts, spooking through Oct. 28! Spook it up during the Owl-O-Ween Hot Air Balloon Festival in Kennesaw (Oct. 27)! Boogie on down to Hellbender Harley Davidson’s (Marietta) Monster Mash Anniversary Bash, featuring live music, freak shows, zombie pin-up contests, car/bike show, costume contests and more (Oct. 28)! Spend the night with Clownvis Presley at 529 (Oct. 28)! Spook on down to the Fall Fest & Haunted Trail at the Clyde Shepherd Nature Preserve, featuring a bonfire, s’mores, games and more (Oct. 28)! Be the Headless Horseman’s next victim and get your bones chilled at Serenbe Playhouse’s thrilling presentation of their immersive spooky attraction and show, THE SLEEPY HOLLOW EXPERIENCE, haunting through Nov. 5! Spook on down to the Buford Highway Halloween Parade and Pop-Up, from 5-8pm (Oct. 29)! Make your way to the Atlanta History Center for the Day of the Dead Festival featuring traditional dance, crafts, authentic Mexican food and more (Oct. 29)!

8. TRICKS, TREATS & A WITCHIN’ GOOD TIME. Make a trick or treat trek to North Dekalb Mall (Decatur) for their Halloween Bash (Oct. 28)! Get weird ‘n’ geeky during My Parents’ Basement’s October Bizarre Bazaar, from 12p – 5p (Oct. 29)! Get ghoulish and make your way to Halloween at Krog Street Market, with trick-or-treating and costume contests (Oct. 31)! Spook on down to Callanwolde Fine Arts Center for their Halloween Night on Callanwolde Mountain family-friendly party featuring trick-or-treating, live music with the Callanwolde Concert Band featuring Matthew Kaminski, costume contests and more (10/27)!

9. BOOLESQUE.  Get your spine tingled during the 3rd Annual Spookeasy Electro Swing Atlanta with Kool Kat Talloola Love, DJ Doctor Q, Nikki Nuke’m and more at the Red Light Café (Oct. 28)! Or chill your bones during Scarendipity ATL’s 12th Annual Halloween Bash: The Vaudeville Edition, featuring live tunes with Mayhayley’s Grave, Kool Kat Ruby Velle & The Soulphonics and more (Oct. 28)! City Winery transforms into Studio 54 during Clubesque’s Halloween Show (10/31)!

10. UNHOLY & UNDEAD. ATL Collective delivers an evening of rotting flesh as they raise the dead with their performance of Michael Jackson’s Halloween classic, “Thriller” at Aisle 5 (10/27 & 28)! Spend the weekend with the undead during the 5th Annual Walker Stalker Con at the Georgia World Congress Center (Oct. 27- 29)!

 

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