This Week in ATLRetro, August 21-27, 2017

Posted on: Aug 20th, 2017 By:

by Melanie Crew
Managing Editor

Get rocked, get shocked and come see what’s shakin’ in ATLRetro This Week!

Monday, August 21

It’s a night of gangs, girls and rock ‘n’ roll as The Plaza Theater screens Philip Kaufman’s THE WANDERERS (1979), through Aug. 24! The Fox Theatre dishes out some culture with their legendary Behind the Scenes Tours through Aug. 26! Sludge on down to The Earl for a night with EYEHATEGOD and Negative Approach! Get some soul with Durand Jones & The Indications at the Masquerade! Rock out old-school with Deep Purple and Alice Cooper at Chastain Park! Swing on by Big Band Night featuring Joe Gransden and his amazing 17-member orchestra at Café 290 every first and third Monday of the month! Get some soul with Brandon Reeves at Blind Willie’s! Boogie on down to the Northside Tavern and spend an evening with Lola at her famous Monday Night Northside Jam! And blues on down to Fat Matt’s Rib Shack for a side of Dry White Toast and a plate full ‘o finger lickin’ BBQ!

Tuesday, August 22

Landmark Midtown Art Cinema claims their kingdom with their Classics Series screening of Kenneth Branagh’s HENRY V (1989) at 7pm! Or shake a tail feather and celebrate 30 years of Emile Ardolino’s ‘80s classic, DIRTY DANCING (1987) during the Northlake Festival Movie Tavern’s Retro Cinema series at 7:30pm! The Real Deal Blues Band gets down at Blind Willie’s! Jam it up with Joe Gransden and his jazz jam session at Venkman’s every Tuesday! The Star Bar delivers a night of retro shenanigans with their Downtown Tuesday Night Dance Party featuring retro-soul, funk, ‘80s, ‘90s and more! And as always, groove on down with Swami Gone Bananas at the Northside Tavern!

 

Wednesday, August 23

Get mischievous and rock out with Jack Oblivion & The Sheiks, Kool Kat Rod Hamdallah and Deadly Lo-Fi at The Star Bar! Or raise a ruckus with Social Distortion at the Tabernacle! Honkytonk it up with Dale Watson at Smith’s Olde Bar! Have a jazzy good time with Joe Gransden at Valenza in Brookhaven! Fat Matt’s Rib Shack dishes out a night of the blues with Frankie’s Blues Mission! Or shake a tail feather and celebrate 30 years of Emile Ardolino’s ‘80s classic, DIRTY DANCING (1987) during the Northlake Festival Movie Tavern’s Retro Cinema series at 7:30pm! Get jazzy at the Red Light Café with The Gordon Vernick Quartet! Get your southern soul fix with Kool Kat Scott Glazer’s Mojo Dojo at Blind Willie’s! Or make your way to the Northside Tavern as Danny ‘Mudcat’ Dudeck fires it up with his rockin’ blues! St. James Live! delivers their Hump Days Blues night, getting classic blues-style every Wednesday! And as always, it’s Ladies Night at Johnny’s Hideaway which plays hits from Sinatra to Madonna for a generally mature crowd.

Thursday, August 24

Celebrate 5 Years of Nightmares with Horror in Clay at the Highlander (see our Shop Around feature here)! Get teleported to theatres across Atlanta for RiffTrax Live: DOCTOR WHO: THE FIVE DOCTORS (1983) at 7:30pm [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); AMC Southlake Pavilion 24 (Morrow); Georgian Stadium 14 (Newnan); AMC Sugarloaf Mills 18 (Lawrenceville); AMC Avenue Forsyth (Cumming); and Merchant’s Walk (Marietta)]! Rock on down to The Earl for Small Reaction’s LP Release Show, featuring Deep State and The Sticky & Smooth Variety Show! Folk it up with Michelle Shocked at City Winery! Grinder Nova rocks out and surfs it up at Trader Vic’s Mai Tai Thursday! Get smooth and sail on down to Venkman’s for a night of acoustic Yacht Rock Revue! Kristen & The Honey Badgers get down at Blind Willie’s! The Northside Tavern gets rockin’ with a little Chicago/Delta blues of The Breeze Kings! Stagger on over to Noni’s Bar & Deli for their Bitter Heroes event featuring DJ Brian Parris as he gets charmingly morose with a little New-Wave, The Smiths and The Cure! Get your boogie on at Fat Matt’s Rib Shack, as Chickenshack featuring Eddie Tigner, delivers some honky-tonk blues! And as always, boogie down at Mary’s, as the East Atlanta venue gets funky with their weekly Disco in the Village.

Friday, August 25

Film Love and Kool Kat Andy Ditzler presents How to Live in the City: The Story of the American Music Show at Whitespace Gallery! You won’t want to miss Landmark Midtown Art Cinema’s screening of RUMBLE: THE INDIANS WHO ROCKED THE WORLD (2017), a documentary by Catherine Bainbridge and Alfonso Maiorana about American Indian rock guitarist Link Wray, through Aug. 31! Get old-timey at The Vista Room with Trey Dahl & The Jugtime Ragband with Back in the Saddle! Get possessed at Videodrome (JavaDrome) with a screening of Sam Firstenberg’s NINJA III: THE DOMINATION (1984) at 8:30pm! Street Fighting Band rocks out and pays tribute to The Rolling Stones at Good ol’ Days Irish Pub! Sample wines and jazz it up with Joe Gransden at the Georgia Aquarium’s 12th Annual Aqua Vino event! Get hellacious with Raven at The Earl! Get your Americana fix with Jim Lauderdale at Eddie’s Attic! Make your way to The Star Bar for a night with the Young Antiques, Zen Arcade, The Highriders and The Accidents! Get to rockin’ with Rik Emmett (Triumph) at City Winery! Venkman’s dishes out The Music of Michael McDonald! Get the blues with Jontavious Willis at Avondale Towne Cinema! Make your way to the Red Light Café for a night with The Presmanes Brothers! The Cody Matlock Band dishes out the blues at Blind Willie’s! Jazz it up with Denise Kirkland at Fat Matt’s Rib Shack! It’s a night of rockin’ bluesy mayhem with Danny ‘Mudcat’ Dudeck & The Atlanta Horns, featuring Beverly “Guitar” Watkins at Northside Tavern! And as always, time-warp it up and get naughty with some uber musically-inclined transsexual aliens at The Plaza Theater as they continue their tradition of screening THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW (1975) every Friday night, featuring the live cast of Lips Down on Dixie at midnight!

Saturday, August 26

Get sinister at Avondale Towne Cinema as Kool Kat Shane Morton, a.k.a. ghost host with the most, Prof. Morte and his Silver Scream Spook Show presents a live Spook Show followed by a screening of Jacques Tourneur’s CURSE OF THE DEMON (1957) at 1pm and 10pm!End the summer with a bang at the 15th Annual Summer Shade Festival in Grant Park, through Aug. 27, featuring tasty food, an artists’ market and live retro tunes on two stages! Saturday’s lineup includes Blue Spirit Wheel, the Wheeler Boys, Mia Green, Jimmy Galloway, Grinder Nova, James Hall & The Steady Wicked, Grant Green, Jr. and Kool Kat Ruby Velle & The Soulphonics on the Boulevard Stage; with Moody Hollow, the Foe Killer Creek Band, Honeywood, Blue Mother Tupelo, Rockabilly Kitty Rose and the Front Porch Session Players on the Cherokee Stage! Jesse Colin Young (Youngbloods) folks it up at City Winery! Make your way to the Donald Nixon Centre for the Performing Arts (Newnan) for Joe Gransden and Carmen Bradford’s “Happy 100th to Ella Fitzgerald” event! Get trippy and rock out with Interstellar Echoes as they pay tribute to Pink Floyd at The Vista Room! Or rock out with The Cherry Bomb and Learning to Count at Tin Roof Cantina! Eighties it up with Kool Kat Becky Cormier Finch and Denim Arcade at the Dawsonville Tavern! Haunt on down to Amsterdam Atlanta for Kool Kat VJ Anthony’s COFFIN CLASSICS: Goth Industrial Music Video Dance Party featuring Goth, dark 80s and more! Dwan Bosman with Morgan Bosman jazz it up at the Red Light Café! Groove on down to the Variety Playhouse for a night with Perpetual Groove! It’s an encore night of rockin’ bluesy mayhem with Danny ‘Mudcat’ Dudeck & The Atlanta Horns at Northside Tavern! Make your way to Eddie’s Attic for Jackson County Line! Back N Black pays tribute to AC/DC at Venkman’s! Delta Moon gets rootsy at Blind Willie’s! Get down and dirty with The Vipers at Fat Matt’s Rib Shack! Get some soul with Grant Green, Jr. at Northside Tavern! St. James Live! delivers their Tribute to the Legends night every Saturday night!

Sunday, August 27

It’s your last chance to rock out at the final day of the 15th Annual Summer Shade Festival featuring a rockin’ musical lineup with Saturation, Indianapolis Jones, Greg Lee (Yacht Rock Revue), Adron, Michelle Malone and Kool Kat Blair Crimmins & The Hookers on the Boulevard Stage; with Anti Trance, Yes Maam, Lord High Admirals, The Skylarks, Rust and the Matt Wauchope Trio on the Cherokee Stage! GKids Presents Studio Ghibli Fest 2017 with a screening of Hayao Miyazaki’s CASTLE IN THE SKY (1989) at theatres across Atlanta at 12:55pm [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)]! Get the blues with Jackie Venson at the Red Light Café! Stomp on down to City Winery for a night with Shooter Jennings and The Cordovas! Get down with Max & The Italians at Fat Matt’s Rib Shack! Get sweet and low down blues-style at the Northside Tavern with Uncle Sugar!

Ongoing

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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This Week in ATLRetro, August 14-20, 2014

Posted on: Aug 13th, 2017 By:

by Melanie Crew
Managing Editor

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

Monday, August 14

Get some soul with an Anita Baker Tribute at City Winery! Make your way to Smith’s Olde Bar for a night with Jimmy Galloway and Big Brutus! 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! Jazz it up with the Emerald Empire Band at The Vista Room! Blues it up with Barrel House Bob Page at Blind Willie’s! Boogie on down to the Northside Tavern and spend an evening with Lola at her famous Monday Night Northside Jam! And blues on down to Fat Matt’s Rib Shack for a side of Dry White Toast and a plate full ‘o finger lickin’ BBQ!

Tuesday, August 15

Landmark Midtown Art Cinema takes you near the enemy line and continues their new Classics Series with Robert Altman’s M*A*S*H (1970) at 7pm! Rock out during Kevn Kinney’s Rocket Shop & Travel Show at City Winery! You won’t want to miss the Tony Award-winning production, AN AMERICAN IN PARIS at the Fox Theatre, through Aug. 20! Get down with the Nick Johnson Band at Blind Willie’s! Jam it up with Joe Gransden and his jazz jam session at Venkman’s every Tuesday! The Star Bar delivers a night of retro shenanigans with their Downtown Tuesday Night Dance Party featuring retro-soul, funk, ‘80s, ‘90s and more! And as always, groove on down with Swami Gone Bananas at the Northside Tavern!

Wednesday, August 16

Rev it up with The Octanes, the Sideburners, Sweatin’ Bullets and Kool Kat Hot Rod Walt at The Star Bar! TCM Big Screen Classics get criminal with their 50th Anniversary screening of Arthur Penn’s BONNIE AND CLYDE (1967) at theatres across Atlanta (2pm/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); AMC Southlake Pavilion 24 (Morrow); Georgian Stadium 14 (Newnan); AMC Sugarloaf Mills 18 (Lawrenceville); and AMC Avenue Forsyth (Cumming)]! Folk it up Irish-style with The High Kings at City Winery! Get your ‘70s super group fix with Captain Beyond and Mathis Hunter at The Earl! Make your way to Atlanta Symphony Hall for a night with Donald Fagen (Steely Dan) & the Nightflyers! 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! Get the old-school blues with Andrew Black at Blind Willie’s! Or make your way to the Northside Tavern as Danny ‘Mudcat’ Dudeck fires it up with his rockin’ blues! St. James Live! delivers their Hump Days Blues night, getting classic blues-style every Wednesday! And as always, it’s Ladies Night at Johnny’s Hideaway which plays hits from Sinatra to Madonna for a generally mature crowd.

Thursday, August 17

New Wave it up with The Fixx at City Winery! Get teleported to theatres across Atlanta for RiffTrax Live: DOCTOR WHO: THE FIVE DOCTORS (1983) at 8pm [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); AMC Southlake Pavilion 24 (Morrow); Georgian Stadium 14 (Newnan); AMC Sugarloaf Mills 18 (Lawrenceville); AMC Avenue Forsyth (Cumming); and Merchant’s Walk (Marietta)]! Get mischievous with Kool Kat Aileen Loy and Till Someone Loses an Eye, Bad Friend and Dang Dang Dang at The Star Bar! Rock out with The Goddamn Gallows and Birdcloud at The Earl! Graceland presents Elvis Live in Concert with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra at Chastain Park! Make your way to the Red Light Café for a night with Ellis Dyson & The Shambles, The Extraordinary Contraptions and Rodeo Twister! Get the rockin’ blues with the Cazanovas at Blind Willie’s! Folk it up with Lilac Wine at Venkman’s! It’s Mai Tai Thursday, so hula on down to Trader Vic’s for some smokin’ hot 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, August 18

Roll in the hay and get monstrous with a screening of Mel Brooks’ classic YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN (1974) during TCM’s Summer Under the Stars event at Piedmont Park! Make your way to the Little Vinyl Lounge for Kool Kat Jeffrey Butzer’s monthly variety show ANT LODGE starring Pinkerton/Black, Dirty Titty and Rose Hotel! Kool Kat Talloolah Love, DJ Doctor Q and company get to swingin’ with their Speakeasy ElectroSwing Atlanta at the Red Light Café! Yacht Rock Schooner dishes out a night of Steely Dan at The Vista Room! Get reformed and catch a screening of Alan Clarke’s SCUM (1979) at The Plaza Theater, through Aug. 20! Rock out with A Drug Called Tradition, David Barbe, T. Hardy Morris and more at 529! Or get to rockin’ at the Buckhead Theatre for The Magpie Salute! Get your Texas roots fix with Lee Roy Parnell at City Winery! The Pettybreakers (tribute to Tom Petty) and The Journeymen rock out at the Frederick Brown Jr. Amphitheatre in Peachtree City! Get jazzy at the High Museum with Henry Conerway III, Russell Gunn & the Krunk Jazz Orchestra! Or rock out at the Highlander with Magoo’s Heroes, The Sentinels and Skatanic! Make your way to Blind Willie’s for a night with Beverly “Guitar” Watkins! Blues it up with Larry Griffith at Fat Matt’s Rib Shack! Get down with Stoney Brooks at Northside Tavern! Runaway Gin pays tribute to Phish at Terminal West! And as always, time-warp it up and get naughty with some uber musically-inclined transsexual aliens at The Plaza Theater as they continue their tradition of screening THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW (1975) every Friday night, featuring the live cast of Lips Down on Dixie at midnight!

Saturday, August 19

“The King” graces the stage at Avondale Towne Cinema’s Elvis Fest featuring Elvis & The Blue Suedes Rockabilly Tribute Show and more shakin’ shenanigans! Or spend the night and funk it up with Earth, Wind & Fire at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre! Make your way to the The Earl Smith Strand Theatre for a screening of Rob Reiner’s 1987 classic, THE PRINCESS BRIDE! Lyle Lovett & His Large Band invades Atlanta Symphony Hall! Jazz it up at Chastain Park with George Benson and Boney James! Get down with Mathis Hunter, Liz Brasher, Nikki & The Phantom Callers, Cereal Glypths, and Frosted Orange at 529! Roxie Watson dishes out a hootenanny and a half at Buckhead Theatre! Elzig gets hellacious at the Highlander! Folk it up with Sailing to Denver and The Ormewoods at Venkman’s! Get slayed with the Petty Fam Burlesque Tour at the Red Light Café! Get historic at the Historic Oakland Cemetery’s Malts & Vaults event! If you’re into hot rods, pin-ups, vintage art and revved up rockin’ tunes, you won’t want to miss the Rockabilly Rumble hosted by Southern Devil Harley-Davidson in Cartersville featuring Phil Rocker and the Screamin’ Demons! ATL Collective relives A Tribe Called Quest’s “LOW END THEORY” at Terminal West! Albert Castiglia gets down at Blind Willie’s! Get down and dirty with Beverly “Guitar” Watkins at Fat Matt’s Rib Shack! Get some soul with Grant Green, Jr. at Northside Tavern! St. James Live! delivers their Tribute to the Legends night every Saturday night!

Sunday, August 20

Sci-fi it up at Aurora Cineplex (Roswell) with a special screening of Mike HodgesFLASH GORDON (1980) at 7pm! Rock out with Band X at Johnny’s Hideaway! Reggae it up with The Elovaters at the Masquerade! Make your way to the Red Light Café for a night with Farewell Angelina! Catch the Shatka Jazz Trio at Venkman’s! Blues it up with Garrett Collins at Fat Matt’s Rib Shack! Stomp on down to Park Tavern for a night with Girls, Guns and Glory, Cold Heart Canyon and more! Get sweet and low down blues-style at the Northside Tavern with Uncle Sugar!

Ongoing

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Kool Kat of the Week: Playwright Lauren Gunderson Spins A Victorian Techie Tale with her Play ADA & THE MEMORY ENGINE’s East Coast Premiere During the 2017 Essential Theatre Play Festival

Posted on: Aug 8th, 2017 By:

This Week’s Kool Kat of the Week, award-winning playwright Lauren Gunderson hails from Decatur and joins a cast of fantastic local writers and performers at the 2017 Essential Theatre Play Festival, running through August 27 at the West End Performing Arts Center. Her Victorian-era play ADA & THE MEMORY ENGINE depicts the life and times of mathematician (credited as being the first computer programmer in history) Ada Byron Lovelace takes the stage in all its wounded, beautiful glory (schedule of performances here). In addition to Gunderson’s play, performances at the festival also include 2017 Essential Theatre Playwright Award winner G.M. Lupo’s ANOTHER MOTHER, and Dad’s Garage company member and writer for Turner Classic Movies, John D. Babcock III’s one-man show about legendary actor-director John Cassavetes, INDEPENDENT. If you love history, science, and formidable women, come on out and catch a glimpse of Gunderson’s lively portrayal of Ada Byron Lovelace, one of history’s forgotten gals of science, while supporting your local theatre!

Gunderson, named by American Theatre Magazine as the Most Produced Living American Playwright of 2016 hails from Decatur and has rejoined her Essential Theatre family with the East Coast Premiere of her homage to the forgotten women of science, ADA & THE MEMORY ENGINE, directed by Essential’s Ellen McQueen, and starring Ashley Anderson as “Ada,” Mark Cosby as “Charles Babbage,” and Brandon Partrick as “Lord Lovelace.” Gunderson’s writing career began to take root with her first play, Parts They Call Deep, winning the first Essential Theatre Playwriting Award in 2001, followed by her second ETPA award in 2004. She went on to procure other envied awards including the Steinberg/ATCA New Play Award, Aurora Theatre’s Global Age Award, the Eric Bentley New Play Award and the Dramatists Guild’s Lanford Wilson Award. Gunderson continues her prolific writing career, spinning tales for the stage and in the pages of children’s books (Dr. Wonderful and Her Dog: Blast Off to the Moon!).  Atlanta will have the opportunity to experience more of her works in the coming months at Theatrical Outfit and Synchronicity Theatre, which if they’re anything like ADA, we at ATLRetro be dying to catch them! We caught up with Gunderson for a quick chat about her love of writing, what draws her to the forgotten women of science, and coming home to her Decatur/Atlanta roots.

Lauren Gunderson

ATLRetro: You hail from Decatur. Was there anything you did while growing up here that fed into your ultimate career in theatre?

Lauren Gunderson: I was lucky to be in the care of some amazing theater teachers both in theatre and in the sciences. In high school theater I was lucky enough to play roles in some of the best literature there is, Tennessee Williams and Shakespeare. Lynn Hosking, Peggy Hasty and Olivia Roller allowed me those chances to be onstage and I’ll never forget it. Performing those plays gave me the kind of intimate relationship with good writing that would lead me to having a single clue as to how to write a good play. One of my favorite teachers was Joe Winterschiedt who taught physics at Decatur High. He was such a jubilant and creative science teacher and he opened the door to my understanding that science isn’t just memorizing equations and facts; it’s a completely creative and transcendent approach to knowing and proving what’s true. These are the stories I most often tell in the theatre, the stories of great moments in science, of discovery, of the tough and exciting quest for real truth.

Your first professional play, “Parts They Call Deep” won the Essential Theatre Playwriting Award in 2001, when you were just 18, and you won again for BACKGROUND in 2004. Of course, you went on to win many other awards, but what was it about Essential then that helped nurture you as a beginning playwright?

They gave me my start as a playwright. I didn’t even know if I’d actually written a play until I gave it to Peter Hardy and he said, “It is a play AND it won our new award for Georgia writers!” I’ll always credit Essential Theatre as giving me the boost, the confidence, the experience and the first professional production of my career.

What is it like being back at Essential now. How did this production come about and what’s it like to work with Peter Hardy, director Ellen McQueen and the rest of the company?

It’s an honor. I’m so proud to be in the Essential family of artists. I was working remotely with most of the team because I live in San Francisco. But I have a contingent of Atlanta friends and family who always come to see my work. (Hi MoBo moms! Hi Oakhurst Family! Hi Emory!).

Production Still: Ashley Anderson as “Ada”

How did you become interested in Ada Byron Lovelace and what about her made you think she’d be a great play protagonist? We are in the age of tech and she started it! Hers is an amazing story for me to tell because of the convergence of art and science that swirls around her history. He father was the great poet Lord Byron, her mother was a mathematician and the company she kept included the greatest minds in England. She was a visionary, a rebel, a feminist before feminism, and a woman of passion and skill. She’s also deeply flawed and broken. That makes her a great human to build a story around.

What research did you do to write the play? Were you surprised by anything you discovered about Ada?

The most fun I had while researching was visiting the Computer History Museum out here in Palo Alto, CA, where they have a working full-scale model of Babbage‘s Difference Engine (his calculator). They actually run it once a day out here and it’s a sight to see. It’s as tall as a bus and about 10 feet long. The clanging and clacking when it’s calculating is mesmerizing. I took video. So cool. Check out the video here.

Also the wonderful spirited repartee between Ada and Charles Babbage. How much of that comes from their letters versus your imagination?

Many of the letters you hear in the play are taken directly from their actual correspondence. The sass and sexual tension is all mine! (Heh!)

When and where was the play first produced? Any anecdote about that production?

I wrote it for a company here in Berkeley called Central Works, for my friend and actor Kat Zdan as “Ada” and Kevin Clarke as “Babbage.” It was a dream to write for them and a wild process putting the play together. Much like Essential’s production, the premiere was a small company, a simple production – very intimate. I think the play works well like that. But the premiere had only 4 actors and Essential is doing it without doubling – a larger cast, a bigger landscape of characters.  The original song sung in the play was written by the incredible band The Kilbanes (Kate Kilbane and Dan Schlessinger). They wrote something magnificent for the show – mathematical, moving, soaring, sad, and beautiful. I’m so impressed with it. I sing it to myself often. You can hear it on the tumblr page here.

Production Still: (l-r) Ashley Anderson, Mark Cosby (as “Babbage”)

Without giving away spoilers, Ada’s “reading aloud” of “She Walks In Beauty” frames the play. Why this particular short work rather than another of Lord Byron’s many poems?

This was the first Byron poem I remember and it still haunts me – the elegance, the meter, the imagery. I find it terribly romantic.

What was the most challenging part of writing ADA AND THE MEMORY ENGINE?

The ending. Even though the final scene was the first one I wrote, it asks a lot of the actors, the play, and the audience to go with me. But I think it surprises you and deepens the story beyond where you might think it could go.

Do have a favorite scene, either that was fun to write or that when you see the play performed, you are especially delighted by?

I love their fight at the beginning of Act 2. It’s so great to see the actors let loose and get messy with their emotions.

This isn’t your first play about forgotten women scientists. Who else have you written about, what draws you to this theme, and will there be more in your future writing?

I write a lot about science and particularly women in science. Partly because GO LADIES OF SCIENCE! And partly because there is inherently more struggle in a woman’s story than in a man’s. The world is tougher for her – it’s biased, it judges, it wants her to fail. That’s even before she gets into a male dominated field like tech or the sciences. More struggles mean more obstacles mean better drama.

It’s hard to earn a living as a playwright (or as a writer in general) but you were dubbed the Most Produced Living American Playwright in 2016 by American Theatre Magazine. What’s your secret and do you have any advice for young playwrights?

Production Still: Mark Cosby, Ashley Anderson

I write a lot. I write fast. That is, in no short order, why I’m on that list. I love to write, I love figuring out the way a story works. Writing is like solving a mystery or cracking a puzzle. I love the work, which also means I do a lot of it. If you want to be a playwright, see a lot of plays, read about dramatic structure, and write every day.

What are you writing now, or what was your last completed work and when/where can we see those being produced? Any more productions coming up at Essential or any other Atlanta companies?

I’ve got about a thousand things going on including raising two kids and a cat. I am overjoyed that Theatrical Outfit is producing my play MISS BENNET this holiday season, co-written with Margot Melcon. And then Synchronicity Theatre is producing a wild, southern, political feminist farce, THE TAMING next June. Yay plays! I am so grateful to the Atlanta theatre community. It’s so rich with talent! Also my children’s book Dr. Wonderful and Her Dog: Blast Off to the Moon! just came out. It’s about a little girl scientist/adventurer and is pretty awesome with gorgeous illustrations. The Little Shop of Stories has signed copies in Decatur.

What’s your favorite thing to do when you come back to Atlanta/Decatur, and why?

Eat pimento cheese on the porch of my mom’s cabin in the North Georgia mountains, visit The Little Shop of Stories in Decatur to buy books for my boys, visit with friends and drink wine at Donna’s house, see some plays, walk the Highline, hug my friends at Oakhurst Baptist Church.

Photos courtesy of The Essential Theatre and Lauren Gunderson, and used with permission.

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This Week in ATLRetro, Aug. 7-13, 2017

Posted on: Aug 6th, 2017 By:

by Melanie Crew
Managing Editor

Go back to school with what’s shakin’ in ATLRetro! Take a peek at what we’ve dug up just for you!

Monday, August 7

Get your psyche soul fix with The Veldt, Shepherds and Twin Studies at 529!  The Plaza Theater gets devilish and screens George Pavlou’s RAWHEAD REX (1986), through Aug. 10 (no screening on Wed.)! 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! Catch a screening of Woody Allen’s ANNIE HALL (1977) at the Alpharetta Branch Library at 10:30am! Boogie on down to the Northside Tavern and spend an evening with Lola at her famous Monday Night Northside Jam! And blues on down to Fat Matt’s Rib Shack for a side of Dry White Toast and a plate full ‘o finger lickin’ BBQ!

Tuesday, August 8

Landmark Midtown Art Cinema takes you behind enemy lines and continues their new Classics Series with Steven Spielberg’s SAVING PRIVATE RYAN (1998) at 7pm! Let Kool Kat Katherine Lashe and her burly-Q gals of Syrens of the South get you ready for a new school year with their Tease Tuesday Burlesque: Back to School event, shakin’ it up at the Red Light Café! Rock out at City Winery with Kevn Kinney, Lenny Kaye, Tim Nielsen and David V. Johnson! Funk it up with Michael Franti & Spearhead and Trevor Green at the Variety Playhouse! Get down with Mary J. Blige at the Wolf Creek Amphitheatre! Celebrate 35 years of Amy Heckerling’s ‘80s classic, FAST TIMES AT RIDGEMONT HIGH (1982) at the Northlake Festival Movie Tavern’s Retro Cinema series at 7:30pm! Jam it up with Joe Gransden and his jazz jam session at Venkman’s every Tuesday! The Star Bar delivers a night of retro shenanigans with their Downtown Tuesday Night Dance Party featuring retro-soul, funk, ‘80s, ‘90s and more! And as always, groove on down with Swami Gone Bananas at the Northside Tavern!

Wednesday, August 9

Glam it up with a screening of Stephen Elliott’s THE ADVENTURES OF PRISCILLA, QUEEN OF THE DESERT (1994) at The Plaza Theater! Get to the root of it all with Jeff Mosier, The Migrant Workers, Inside Out and TnS at City Winery! Get the rockin’ blues with Stephen Stills & Judy Collins at Atlanta Symphony Hall! Celebrate 35 years of Amy Heckerling’s ‘80s classic, FAST TIMES AT RIDGEMONT HIGH (1982) at the Northlake Festival Movie Tavern’s Retro Cinema series 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 get down with The Man of Steel at the Studio Movie Grill’s (Alpharetta/Duluth) screening of Richard Donner’s SUPERMAN (1978) at 7:15pm! 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, August 10

Spend the evening with Emily Saliers (Indigo Girls) at Eddie’s Attic! Make your way to Chastain Park for a night with Lucinda Williams and Mary Chapin Carpenter! Get your acid jazz fix with N’Dea Davenport (The Brand New Heavies) at City Winery! Stomp on down to The Vista Room for Bluegrass & Beyond! Folk it up with Lilac Wine at Venkman’s! It’s Mai Tai Thursday, so get funky at Trader Vic’s with The Mar-Tans! 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, August 11

Get sludged and fuzzy and rock out with Kool Kat Adam McIntyre with The Pinx, Bleach Garden, Buzzards of Fuzz and Hot Ram at The Star Bar! Get your retro rock fix with The Atlanta Brass Cats at Avondale Towne Cinema! Or soft rock it up with Air Supply at Chastain Park! The Stranger pays tribute to Billy Joel at City Winery! 3 Doors Down and Thomas Wynn & The Believers rock out at Cobb Energy Centre! Get the blues with Bobby Messano at Darwin’s Burgers & Blues! Make your way to Eddie’s Attic for a night with The Atlanta Rhythm Section! Jump on down to Fat Matt’s Rib Shack for an electrifying night with Atlanta Boogie! Or get your old-school blues fix with Eddie Tigner and Uncle Sugar at Northside Tavern! Rock on down to Smith’s Olde Bar for a night with Dead Affect and Jessie Albright & Foster Blues! Get funky with All the Locals, the AJ Ghent Band and Mac McComb at Vinyl! Raise a ruckus with Donna Hopkins and Ink & Ash at The Vista Room! And as always, time-warp it up and get naughty with some uber musically-inclined transsexual aliens at The Plaza Theater as they continue their tradition of screening THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW (1975) every Friday night, featuring the live cast of Lips Down on Dixie at midnight!

Saturday, August 12

Garage rock out and celebrate 30 years of The Woggles with their TALLY-HO Record Release Party, with Tiger! Tiger! and Bad Spell at The Star Bar! Or Surf on downstairs to the Little Vinyl Lounge as Kool Kat Chad Shivers presents his Southern Surf Stomp! featuring The Del Rios and The Wheel Knockers! Rock out with Sweet Knives, GG King and Black Cat Rising at The Earl! Kool Kat Darcy Malone & The Tangle dish out a night of rockin’ Big Easy blues at the Red Light Café! Get your boogie on at the Decatur BBQ Blues & Bluegrass Festival, from 2-9pm, featuring smokin’ hot BBQ and live tunes on two stages by the Porch Bottom Boys, Donna Hopkins, Grizzly Goat, Beverly “Guitar” Watkins, Greg Humphrey’s Electric Trio, the Vista String Band, Kool Kat Brooks Mason and The Georgia Flood, Farewell Angelina and more! Stomp on down to Smith’s Olde Bar for a night with Russ Still & The Moonshiners, Mic Harrison & The High Score and Blake Rainey & His Demons! Get artsy and make your way to the Old Smyrna Firehouse for the Indie Arts Alliance Art Showcase at 7pm! Get the funky disco blues with Moontower at The Vista Room! Rock on down to Chastain Park for The Australian Pink Floyd Show! The BadAsh Allstar Team brings you their Lez Zeppelin Jam at Avondale Towne Cinema! Boogie down ‘80s-style with Kool Kat VJ Anthony during his 80s New Wave Music Video Dance Party: The Smiths Edition at Amsterdam Atlanta! Geek it up with Tom Servo and Crow and the whole gang as Atlanta Symphony Hall hosts MST3K Live: Secret Surprise Film! Make your way to 529 for a night with Dot.s, Flamingo Shadow and MonteQarlo! Get folksy with Mary Black at City Winery! Or get the rockin’ blues with the Ally Venable Band at Darwin’s Burgers & Blues! Raise a ruckus with Ink & Ash at Eddie’s Attic! R&B it up with The Isley Brothers, Keith Sweat, Kid ‘N Play and Evelyn Champagne King at Lakewood Amphitheatre! Geek it up at My Parents’ Basement’s 2nd Anniversary Party, featuring games, food and a huge comics sale! Willy Jackson gets the blues at Fat Matt’s Rib Shack! Bluegrass it up with the Sweetwater Creek Bluegrass Band at Venkman’s! Madrid Express gets down at Northside Tavern! St. James Live! delivers their Tribute to the Legends night every Saturday night!

Sunday, August 13

Cowpunk it up with Alejandro Escovedo and Joe Ely at City Winery! Catch The Stacktone Slims at The Earl! Kool Kat Russ Marshalek walks with fire dishes out a night of re-imagined Twin Peaks vibes at the Red Light Café with a place both wonderful and strange! Gypsy Jazz ‘n’ Western Swing it up with Django Earnhardt at Venkman’s! It’s Second Sunday, which means free tickets to the High Museum from 12-5pm! TCM Big Screen Classics get criminal with their 50th Anniversary screening of Arthur Penn’s BONNIE AND CLYDE (1967) at theatres across Atlanta (2pm/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); AMC Southlake Pavilion 24 (Morrow); Georgian Stadium 14 (Newnan); AMC Sugarloaf Mills 18 (Lawrenceville); and AMC Avenue Forsyth (Cumming)]! Blues it up with Garrett Collins at Fat Matt’s Rib Shack! Motown on down to the Infinite Energy Arena for a night with Lionel Richie! Get your ‘90s alt rock fix with Counting Crows and Matchbox Twenty at Lakewood Amphitheatre! Make your way to Park Tavern for a night with Thomas Wynn & The Believers and Marshall Ruffin! Get sweet and low down blues-style at the Northside Tavern with Uncle Sugar!

Ongoing

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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This Week in ATLRetro, July 31-Aug. 6, 2017

Posted on: Jul 30th, 2017 By:

by Melanie Crew
Managing Editor

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

Monday, July 31

Liver Down the River and Blue Train Bound dish out a night of psychedelic bluegrass at City Winery! Get the blues with Larry Griffith at Fat Matt’s Rib Shack! 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! And Danny ‘Mudcat’ Dudeck fires it up at Blind Willie’s!

Tuesday, August 1

Landmark Midtown Art Cinema continues their new Classics Series with Darryl F. Zanuck’s THE LONGEST DAY (1962) at 7pm! Get post-industrial with PIG at the Drunken Unicorn! Catch Michelle Branch and Haerts at the Variety Playhouse! Rock out during Kevn Kinney’s Rocket Shop & Travel Show at City Winery! Jam it up with Joe Gransden and his jazz jam session at Venkman’s every Tuesday! The Star Bar delivers a night of retro shenanigans with their Downtown Tuesday Night Dance Party featuring retro-soul, funk, ‘80s, ‘90s and more! And as always, groove on down with Swami Gone Bananas at the Northside Tavern!

Wednesday, August 2

Get hell bent and catch Landmark Midtown Art Cinema’s 25th Anniversary screening of Clint Eastwood’s UNFORGIVEN (1992) at 7pm! Get down with Kool Kat Rod Hamdallah at The Star Bar! Celebrate 35 years of Amy Heckerling’s ‘80s classic, FAST TIMES AT RIDGEMONT HIGH (1982) at theatres across Atlanta (2pm/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); AMC Southlake Pavilion 24 (Morrow); Georgian Stadium 14 (Newnan); AMC Sugarloaf Mills 18 (Lawrenceville); and AMC Avenue Forsyth (Cumming)]! Folk it up with Von Grey at Eddie’s Attic! Get jazzy at the Red Light Café with The Gordon Vernick Quartet! Boogie on down to East Atlanta’s Graveyard Tavern for their Graveyard Swing Night, held the first Wednesday of every month, promising an evening of swingin’ jazz and jive with the Savoy Kings! 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, August 3

Hilarity ensues with Cineprov at The Plaza Theater as they get brutal and riff John Boorman’s ZARDOZ (1974) at 7:00pm! Dixieland it up with Waller, Sailing to Denver and Tray Dahl & The Jugtime Ragband at The Earl! Rock out at The Star Bar with Black Irish Texas, Pretty Please and Hot Wives! Get your ‘90s alt-rock fix with Dishwalla at City Winery! Get down at Rowdy Dowdy with Shagwuf, Reverends, Bad Spell and Weary Heads! Atlantic Station’s Movies in Central Park continues with a free screening of Donal Petrie’s MISS CONGENIALITY (2000) at dusk! Folk it up with Lilac Wine at Venkman’s! It’s Mai Tai Thursday, so rock on down to Trader Vic’s for a night with the The Sundogs! 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, August 4

Rock out with Wayne Kramer (MC5) at 529! Wipe out with The Surfaris featuring Bob Berryhill at the Masquerade! Or get covert and Bond it up with a screening of Martin Campbell’s GOLDENEYE (1995) at SCADShow at 7pm! Get ghoulish and boogie on down to Avondale Towne Cinema for the Spectres Ball featuring Paul Mercer, The Ghosts Project, Valentine Wolfe and more! Get a weekend full of fantasy, horror, and sci-fi films during the Something Wicked Film Fest 2017 at the Southern Performing Arts Academy (Lawrenceville), running through Aug. 6! Wanda Jackson, the “Queen of Rockabilly” revs it up at Vinyl! Have a hellacious time with Kool Kat Hot Rod Walt & The Psycho Devilles at Motorheads (McDonough)!  The Kevin See Quintet gets jazzy at the Red Light Café! Get funky with The Groove Orient at Venkman’s! Get the old-school blues with Ike Stubblefield & Friends at The Vista Room! Blues rock it up with Tinsley Ellis Blues is Dead and Captain Trips & The Sunstroke Serenaders at Terminal West! Get the blues with Jontavious Willis at the Northside Tavern! And as always, time-warp it up and get naughty with some uber musically-inclined transsexual aliens at The Plaza Theater as they continue their tradition of screening THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW (1975) every Friday night, featuring the live cast of Lips Down on Dixie at midnight!

Saturday, August 5

Kool Kats The Casket Creatures rock out during the Heavy Metal Homecoming III at the Masquerade! The Plaza Theater gets devilish and screens George Pavlou’s RAWHEAD REX (1986), through Aug. 10! Make your way to The Earl for a night with Adam Torres, Moses Nesh and Big Brutus! Tribute dishes out a night of The Allman Brothers tunes at City Winery! Get your reggae Talking Heads fix with the Talking Dreads at Venkman’s! Tommy Talton and Scott Boyer are Laying it Back One More Time at Avondale Towne Cinema! Boogie on down to The Vista Room for DJ Romeo Cologne’s Disco Dance Party! Walk like an Egyptian on down to The Basement for their Heyday – 80s Dance Party! Make your way to the The Earl Smith Strand Theatre for A Tribute to Eagles/Alabama: East Meets West! The Fox Theatre gets witchy and screens the first three films in the HARRY POTTER series at 12pm! Head south for the City of Jonesboro’s Summer Concert & Beach Party featuring the Swingin’ Medallions! Have a rockin’ time with Kool Kat Hot Rod Walt & The Psycho Devilles at Sportsline Bar (Lawrenceville)! Blues it up with The Cody Matlock Band at Northside Tavern! St. James Live! delivers their Tribute to the Legends night every Saturday night!

Sunday, August 6

Rock on by Criminal Records for their Garbage Book Signing event (THIS IS THE NOISE THAT KEEPS ME AWAKE) at 12pm! Follow that up with a killer time at Chastain Park with Blondie and Garbage! Shimmy on down to Smith’s Olde Bar Disney-style as The Candybox Revue presents their New York STRIPPED Burlesque Show paying tribute to Disney on Broadway at 8:30pm! Get your flamenco fix with Cristian Puig at the Red Light Café! Stomp on down to Eddie’s Attic for a night with Mary Bragg! Get rocked retro-style with Radio Birds, the Cordovas and Foxtrot & The Get Down at Park Tavern’s Sunset Sessions! Gypsy jazz it up with The Hot Club of Atlanta at Venkman’s! Get to jammin’ at Terminal West during their 10th Annual Jerry Day featuring JGBCB, Dead Affect, String ‘N Bones, Escape Vehicle, The Charlie Fog Band, Gr8fldude & Frenz, Honeywood and more! Get sweet and low down blues-style at the Northside Tavern with Uncle Sugar!

Ongoing

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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This Week in ATLRetro, July 24-30, 2017

Posted on: Jul 23rd, 2017 By:

by Melanie Crew
Managing Editor

Check out what’s on the Retro menu This Week in ATLRetro!

Monday, July 24

GKids Presents Studio Ghibli Fest 2017 with a screening of Hayao Miyazaki’s KIKI’S DELIVERY SERVICE (1989) 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) and AMC Southlake Pavilion 24 (Morrow)]! You’re your way to Avondale Towne Cinema for Hamiltunes! Folk it up with Todd Sheaffer at City Winery! Get the blues with Larry Griffith at Fat Matt’s Rib Shack! 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! And get some soul with Brandon Reeves at Blind Willie’s!

Tuesday, July 25

The Landmark Midtown Art Cinema kicks off their new Classics Series with David Lean’s THE BRIDGE ON THE RIVER KWAI (1957) at 7pm! Or spend the night with a screening of Alfred Hitchcock’s VERTIGO (1958) at the Northlake Festival Movie Tavern’s Retro Cinema series at 7:30pm! “Swamp Yankee” The Suitcase Junket, Big Brutus and Chastity Brown get down at Eddie’s Attic! Rock out with Jimmy Herring & The Invisible Whip at Terminal West! Blues it up with JT Speed at Fat Matt’s Rib Shack! The Redstone Ramblers get down at Blind Willie’s! Jam it up with Joe Gransden and his jazz jam session at Venkman’s every Tuesday! The Star Bar delivers a night of retro shenanigans with their Downtown Tuesday Night Dance Party featuring retro-soul, funk, ‘80s, ‘90s and more! And as always, groove on down with Swami Gone Bananas at the Northside Tavern!

Wednesday, July 26

Rock out and make your way to The Star Bar for a night with Las Pinas and Kool Kat Jeffrey Butzer & The Bicycle Eaters! Get jazzy at the Red Light Café with The Gordon Vernick Quartet! Spend the night with an encore screening of Alfred Hitchcock’s VERTIGO (1958) at the Northlake Festival Movie Tavern’s Retro Cinema series at 7:30pm! It’s a night of fuzzy rock ‘n’ roll at 529 with Shantih Shantih, Impossible Vacation, Minorcan and Nikki & The Phantom Callers! Get to rockin’ with Matthew Sweet and Tommy Keene at City Winery! Get folksy with Steve Poltz at Eddie’s Attic! Cody Matlock dishes out the blues at Blind Willie’s! Make your way to The Vista Room for Bluegrass & Beyond! It’s a night of late ‘90s power metal with DragonForce at the Masquerade! Get the blues with Michael Preston 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! 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, July 27

Shimmy on down to the Red Light Café for The Savannah Sweet Tease’s “I Love the ‘90s” event with featured guest Kool Kat Lola LeSoleil! Spend the night with Barry Manilow at the Fox Theatre! Get countrified and stomp on down to The Star Bar for a night with Truckstop Confidential, BLACKFOX, Chickens and Pigs and Antic Clay! Or rock on down to the Clermont Lounge for a night of debauchery with The Crush, Forsaken Profits, We Want Blood and ATTN SPAN! Get to rockin’ with Matthew Sweet and Tommy Keene at City Winery! Or get rootsy with Mark Miller at Eddie’s Attic! Reggae it up with Rebelution and Nahko & Medicine for the People at the Tabernacle! Folk it up with Lilac Wine at Venkman’s! Get the blues with George Hughley & The Shadows at Blind Willie’s! It’s Mai Tai Thursday, so rock on down to Trader Vic’s for a night with the Knotty Boys! 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, July 28

Make your way to The Star Bar for a night with The Woolly Bushmen, Midnight Larks and Pono AM! Get down with The Swimming Pool Q’s and Pylon Reenactment Society at The Vista Room! Retro it up at Chastain Park during the Retro Futura Tour featuring Howard Jones, Men Without Hats, English Beat, Katrina & The Waves and Modern English! Get hellacious with Kool Kats The Casket Creatures, Die 985 and The Zombie Mafia at Sweetwater Bar & Grill (Duluth)! Get psyched for A Drug Called Tradition’s MEDICINE MUSIC LP release party at The Earl! Get old-timey with the Georgia Mountain String Band and Cold Heart Canyon at Eddie’s Attic! Hula on down to Heretic and have a helluva good time at RITUAL’s Gothic Luau! Spend the night with James Bond as SCADShow screens John Glen’s THE LIVING DAYLIGHTS (1987) at 7pm! Rock on down to The Highlander for a night with Air Wolves, Boston Marriage, and Dogs in Slow Motion! Gets some soul with The Raukus Jubilee featuring Gina Maria at the Red Light Café! Funk it up at Venkman’s with Spirk and The Atlanta Funk Society! Groove on down to Park Tavern for a night with Yacht Rock Schooner! Get the blues with Michael Preston at Darwin’s Burgers & Blues! House Rocker Johnson gets the blues at Blind Willie’s! Get down with Danny ‘Mudcat’ Dudeck and Beverly “Guitar” Watkins at the Northside Tavern! And as always, time-warp it up and get naughty with some uber musically-inclined transsexual aliens at The Plaza Theater as they continue their tradition of screening THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW (1975) every Friday night, featuring the live cast of Lips Down on Dixie at midnight!

Saturday, July 29

Get monsterific at Avondale Towne Cinema as Kool Kat Shane Morton, a.k.a. ghost host with the most, Prof. Morte and his Silver Scream Spook Show presents Atlanta’s first ever kaiju toy show (Kaiju Cult) featuring toys, art (with special guests, including Kyle Yaklin and more) and a live Spook Show followed by screenings of Shan Hua’s INFRA-MAN (1975) at 1pm and 10pm! Get intergalactic at The Earl Smith Strand Theatre during their screenings of Steven Spielberg’s E.T. (1982) at 3pm and 8pm! Or get sin-sational and make your way to Diesel Filling Station for the 2017 Atlanta ZOMBIE Pin-Up Contest! Honkytonk it up with the Georgia Soul Council and Cadillac Jones at 529! Chastain Park rocks out with Foreigner’s 40th Anniversary Tour featuring Cheap Trick and Jason Bonham! Get folksy with Michelle Shocked at City Winery! Get the folk blues with Hill Roberts at Darwin’s Burgers & Blues! Make your way to Eddie’s Attic for a night with Lonnie Holley, Minton Sparks and Michelle Malone! Blues on down to Fat Matt’s Rib Shack for a side of Dry White Toast and a plate full ‘o finger lickin’ BBQ! Get old-timey with The Vaudevillains, Kool Kat Spike Fullerton, the Glacier Singers and more at the Red Light Café! Head on down to the Variety Playhouse for a night with Toad the Wet Sprocket and Beta Play! Rockabilly it up with Rodeo Twister at Venkman’s! Get the bottleneck slide blues with the Jon Harris Band at The Vista Room! Get mischievous at The Star Bar with Gateway to Hell, Dusty Booze & The Baby Haters and We Want Blood! It’s a scattered, smothered and covered sort of day with the Waffle House Museum Open House in Decatur! Make your way to Elliott Street Pub for a night with Bird City Revolutionaries and The Morkestra Live! Get down with Danny ‘Mudcat’ Dudeck at Northside Tavern! Or get bluesy with the Randall Bramblett Band at the Red Clay Theatre! Get down and dirty with Sandra Hall & The Shadows at Blind Willie’s! St. James Live! delivers their Tribute to the Legends night every Saturday night!

Sunday, July 30

Celebrate 35 years of Amy Heckerling’s ‘80s classic, FAST TIMES AT RIDGEMONT HIGH (1982) at theatres across Atlanta (2pm/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); AMC Southlake Pavilion 24 (Morrow); Georgian Stadium 14 (Newnan); AMC Sugarloaf Mills 18 (Lawrenceville); and AMC Avenue Forsyth (Cumming)]! Make your way to City Winery for The Band of Heathens! Have a barrel of laughs at The Earl Smith Strand Theatre’s 6th Annual Silent Comedy Shorts featuring the antics of Keaton, Chaplin and more, from 3pm – 5pm! Get sweet and low down blues-style at the Northside Tavern with Uncle Sugar! And Fatback Deluxe dishes out some classic blues at Fat Matt’s Rib Shack!

Ongoing

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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This Week in ATLRetro, July 17-23, 2017

Posted on: Jul 16th, 2017 By:

by Melanie Crew
Managing Editor

ATLRetro is hot, hot, hot This Week! Cool off with a Kool Kat fix and come see what we’ve dug up just for you!

Monday, July 17

Get horrorific and make your way to Synchronicity Theatre for Horror Films in Hotlanta: Film Festival 2017! Make your way to the Mammal Gallery for 16mm Avante-Garde films by Julie Orlick! Catch a screening of Herbert RossSTEEL MAGNOLIAS (1989) at the Alpharetta Branch Library at 10:30am! Get the blues with Larry Griffith at Fat Matt’s Rib Shack! Get some old southern soul with The Pussywillows, Hans Wenzel & The Eighty Sixers and Danielle Howle at Smith’s Olde Bar! 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! Or catch Bill Sheffield at Blind Willie’s!

Tuesday, July 18

The Tabernacle dishes out a night with AFI and Circa Survive! Garage rock it up with The Coathangers, the Residuals, The Gartrells and Bitter at The Earl! Get folksy with Wild Rivers and Von Strantz at Eddie’s Attic! Spend the night with Hans Zimmer at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre! Blues it up with JT Speed at Fat Matt’s Rib Shack! The Real Deal Blues Band gets down at Blind Willie’s! Jam it up with Joe Gransden and his jazz jam session at Venkman’s every Tuesday! The Star Bar delivers a night of retro shenanigans with their Downtown Tuesday Night Dance Party featuring retro-soul, funk, ‘80s, ‘90s and more! And as always, groove on down with Swami Gone Bananas at the Northside Tavern!

Wednesday, July 19

Get jazzy at the Red Light Café with The Gordon Vernick Quartet! Get to rockin’ ‘70s stoner-style with The Atomic Bitchwax, Mirror Queen, Spore Lord and HOT RAM at The Star Bar! Funk it up with The APX at City Winery! Get countrified with Striking Matches at Eddie’s Attic! Rock out late 90s style at the Masquerade with Taking Back Sunday, Every Time I Die, and Modern Chemistry! The Electromatics dish out a night of Chicago and West Coast Blues at Blind Willie’s! Or make your way to the Studio Movie Grill (Alpharetta/Duluth) for a screening of Tim Burton’s BATMAN RETURNS (1992) at 7:15pm! Get the blues with Michael Preston 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! 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, July 20

Here’s looking at you kid! Catch a screening of Michael CurtizCASABLANCA (1942) at the Fox Theatre at 7:30pm! The Film Crew presents a free screening of Kool Kat Bret Wood’s THE UNWANTED (2014) at The Speakeasy (Porterdale) at 8pm! Make your way to the Dixie Tavern for a Chris Cornell Memorial Show and Benefit! Rock out with Fastball and Parker Gispert (The Whigs) at City Winery! Get some old-school soul with Rudy Currence at Eddie’s Attic! Stomp on down to the Red Light Café for their Bluegrass Pickin’ Party! Get funky at Terminal West with Boyd Tinsley and Moontower! Folk it up with Lilac Wine at Venkman’s! Mick Kolassa’s Taylor Made Blues Band rocks out at Blind Willie’s! It’s Mai Tai Thursday, so hula on down to Trader Vic’s for a night with Kool Kat Joshua Longino and The Disapyramids! Get your rockin’ Americana fix with Michelle Malone and Matthew Kahler at the Red Clay Theatre! Atlantic Station’s Movies in Central Park continues with a free screening of Gil Junger’s 10 THINGS I HATE ABOUT YOU (1999) at dusk! 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, July 21

It’s a night of dirty rock ‘n’ roll with The Unsatisfied, the El Caminos and Night Terrors at The Star Bar! Raise a riotous ruckus with High Spirits, Bible of the Devil, Gunpowder Gray and Kool Kat Adam McIntyre with The Pinx at The Earl! Natural Wonder pays tribute to Stevie Wonder at City Winery! Joe Gransden gets jazzy at the High Museum! Get your nitty gritty fix with The Dirty Soul Revival at Smith’s Olde Bar! Gary Clark Jr. dishes out the rockin’ blues at the Tabernacle! Get folksy with John Moreland and Travis Linville at Terminal West! It’s a night of psychedelic rock ‘n’ roll with The Black Lips, the Subsonics and The TNT Band at the Variety Playhouse! Venkman’s funks it up with The Wasted Potential Brass Band and The Chris Paterno Band! Cross the pond with Abbey Road Live at The Vista Room! Get down with Jarekus Singleton at Blind Willie’s! Spend the night with The Queen of Soul at The Earl Smith Strand Theatre’s presentation of Natural Woman! Spend the night with Charlie Wilson at Chastain Park! For your spiritual well-being, make your way to the three-day (July 21-23) Mystic South Conference 2017 at Crowne Plaza Atlanta Perimeter at Ravinia! Get jazzy with The Kerry Hill Band at Fat Matt’s Rib Shack! Get the blues with Deb Callahan at Darwin’s Burgers & Blues! Or blues it up with John Hammond and Rob Baird at Eddie’s Attic! Get down with Stoney Brooks at the Northside Tavern! And as always, time-warp it up and get naughty with some uber musically-inclined transsexual aliens at The Plaza Theater as they continue their tradition of screening THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW (1975) every Friday night, featuring the live cast of Lips Down on Dixie at midnight!

Saturday, July 22

Rev it up with a Rockabilly Reckoning at the B3 Bar & Grill (Austell) with hellacious live tunes with Kool Kat Hot Rod Walt & The Psycho Devilles, Billy Harlan & The Rocka’ Billy’s, Little Lesley & The Bloodshots, Kitty Rose, Crypt 24; a retro car/motorcycle show; pin-ups; vendors and more! Or hula on down to Noni’s Bar & Deli for their 9-Year Anniversary Psycho Beach Party featuring Kool Kat Joshua Longino and The Disapyramids, DJ Brian Parris, tasty tiki drinks and more! Have a raucous good time with The Sh-Booms, Metal McDonald, Black Cat Rising and Bad Friend at The Star Bar! Haunt on down to Amsterdam Atlanta for Kool Kat VJ Anthony’s COFFIN CLASSICS: Goth Industrial Music Video Dance Party featuring Goth, dark 80s and more! Get retro with the Western Sizzlers and Bas Clas at Avondale Towne Cinema! Get the jam band blues with John Ginty at Darwin’s Burgers & Blues! Gypsy jazz it up with Kool Kat Amy Pike & The Bonaventure Quartet and Jonah Smith at Eddie’s Attic! Get the old-school blues with the Juke Joint Dukes at Fat Matt’s Rib Shack! Folk it up with Sailing to Denver at Venkman’s! Blind Willie’s dishes out a night of rockin’ blues with James Armstrong! Spend the night with The Queen of Soul at The Earl Smith Strand Theatre’s presentation of Natural Woman! Albert White gets down at Northside Tavern! Make your way to the Landmark Midtown Art Cinema for their Studio Ghibli series, featuring a screening of Tomomi Mochizuki’s OCEAN WAVES (1993) at 10:30am and Hayao Miyazaki’s CASTLE IN THE SKY (1989) at 1pm! St. James Live! delivers their Tribute to the Legends night every Saturday night!

Sunday, July 23

Get your magical nanny fix at the Fox Theatre’s screening (and sing-a-long) of Robert Stevenson’s MARY POPPINS (1964) at 2pm! Get your fill of stadium rock at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre with STYX, REO Speedwagon and Don Felder! Get revived with The Howling Tongues at Park Tavern’s Sunset Sessions! GKids Presents Studio Ghibli Fest 2017 with a screening of Hayao Miyazaki’s KIKI’S DELIVERY SERVICE (1989) at theatres across Atlanta at 12:55pm [Hollywood Stadium 24 (Chamblee); AMC Barrett Commons 24 (Kennesaw); Avalon Stadium 12 (Alpharetta); Cinemark Tinseltown 17 (Fayetteville); Perimeter Pointe 10; Regal McDonough Stadium 16 (McDonough); Regal Mall of Georgia 20 Plus Imax (Buford) and AMC Southlake Pavilion 24 (Morrow)]! The Moody Blues invade Chastain Park! Get down and dirty with Swanky Tiger, The Paper Arcadia and The Warsaw Clinic at the Masquerade! Make your way to the Landmark Midtown Art Cinema for their Studio Ghibli series, featuring encore screenings of Tomomi Mochizuki’s OCEAN WAVES (1993) at 10:30am and Hayao Miyazaki’s CASTLE IN THE SKY (1989) at 1pm! Get sweet and low down blues-style at the Northside Tavern with Uncle Sugar! And Fatback Deluxe dishes out some classic blues at Fat Matt’s Rib Shack!

Ongoing

Catch the Andy Warhol exhibit at the High Museum through Sept. 3! Geek it up and get to bowlin’ at The Comet Pub & LanesComet Cosplay, getting nerdy the first Monday of every month!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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This Week in ATLRetro, July 10-16, 2017

Posted on: Jul 9th, 2017 By:

by Melanie Crew
Managing Editor

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

Monday, July 10

Get terror-filled with The Plaza Theater’s screening of Mario Bava’s BLOOD AND BLACK LACE (1964), through Thursday! Make your way to The Earl for a night with the Plastic Pinks, Midnight Larks and more! Catch a screening of Blake EdwardsVICTOR/VICTORIA (1982) at the Alpharetta Branch Library at 10:30am! Get the blues with Larry Griffith at Fat Matt’s Rib Shack! Get jazzy with the Emerald Empire Band at The Vista Room! 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!

Tuesday, July 11

Get creaturific at the Northlake Festival Movie Tavern’s screening of Steven Spielberg’s JAWS (1975) during their Retro Cinema series at 7:30pm! Honkytonk on down to Smith’s Olde Bar for a night with I Draw Slow and Rodeo Twister upstairs, or catch Blood on the Harp, The Singing Butcher and Reverend Hylton downstairs! Make your way to the Infinite Energy Center for a night with James Taylor and Bonnie Raitt! Get funky at ATL Live on the Park, Season 8 in Piedmont Park! Let Kool Kat Katherine Lashe and her burly-Q gals of Syrens of the South help you get to jumpin’ with their Tease Tuesday Burlesque: Patriot Acts event, shakin’ it up at the Red Light Café! Blues it up with JT Speed at Fat Matt’s Rib Shack! Jam it up with Joe Gransden and his jazz jam session at Venkman’s every Tuesday! The Star Bar delivers a night of retro shenanigans with their Downtown Tuesday Night Dance Party featuring retro-soul, funk, ‘80s, ‘90s and more! And as always, groove on down with Swami Gone Bananas at the Northside Tavern!

Wednesday, July 12

Rock out at 529 with Shocked Minds, The Gartrells, The Whiffs and Bad Spell! Avondale Towne Cinema gets down with a Blues Jam! Get jazzy at the Red Light Café with The Gordon Vernick Quartet! Get michevious at The Star Bar with The Jasons, Flamingo Nosebleed, Robot Party and Kool Kats The Joy Kills! Spend the night with Killing Kuddles at Vinyl! Stomp on down to The Vista Room for Bluegrass and Beyond! Get creaturific at the Northlake Festival Movie Tavern’s encore screening of Steven Spielberg’s JAWS (1975) during their Retro Cinema series at 7:30pm! Or make your way to the Studio Movie Grill (Alpharetta/Duluth) for a screening of Tim Burton’s BATMAN (1989) at 7:15pm! Funk it up with Les Nubians at City Winery! Get the blues with Michael Preston at Fat Matt’s Rib Shack! Rock out with the Garrison Blagg Band at The Regent Cocktail Club! 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, July 13

Honkytonk it up at Smith’s Olde Bar for a rockin’ tribute to Waylon Jennings featuring Andrea Colburn & Mud Moseley, Kool Kat Spike Fullerton and the Ghost Rider’s Car Club, JASON & LAUREN (of the Whiskey Gentry), Cold Heart Canyon, Radio Birds, Reverend Hylton, Barb Carbon Music and more!  Kool Kat Hot Rod Walt gets acoustic and pays tribute to Waylon Jennings at! Rev on down to the Georgia mountains (Hiawassee) for the Georgia Mountain Moonshine Cruiz-In! Spend the night with Takenobu at Eddie’s Attic! It’s Mai Tai Thursday, so hula on down to Trader Vic’s for a night of island tunes and tasty libations! Atlantic Station’s Movies in Central Park continues with a free screening of Gary RossPLEASANTVILLE (1998) at dusk! 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, July 14

Get your horrorific rock fix at The Star Bar with Kool Kats, The Casket Creatures, Death is a Dialogue, Useless Against and Resident One! Yacht Rock Schooner dishes out a night of smooth rock ‘n’ roll at Dixie Tavern! Folk it up at Avondale Towne Cinema with Threadbare Skivvies and Ben Provencial! Make your way to the Lawrenceville Lawn for a screening of Hal Needham’s SMOKEY AND THE BANDIT (1977) at 8pm! ATL Collective relives The BeatlesWHITE ALBUM at Terminal West! Or shimmy on down to City Winery for Clubesque: A Contemporary Cabaret! Rock out with the Jess Goggans Band at Darwin’s Burgers & Blues! Get the country blues with Sturgill Simpson and Adia Victoria at the Fox Theatre! Get yer old-time jugband fix with Uncle Daddy and the Kissin’ Cousins at the Red Light Café! Catch the Amy Ray Band and The Honeycutters at the Variety Playhouse! Eighties it up with Electric Avenue at The Vista Room! Get the blues with Bill Sheffield at the Northside Tavern! And as always, time-warp it up and get naughty with some uber musically-inclined transsexual aliens at The Plaza Theater as they continue their tradition of screening THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW (1975) every Friday night, featuring the live cast of Lips Down on Dixie at midnight!

Saturday, July 15

Spend the night with The Steve Miller Band and Peter Frampton at the Verizon Amphitheater! Get heavy and rock out STAR WARS-style with Galactic Empire at the Masquerade! Faux grass it up with the Possum Kingdom Ramblers and Bean & Bear at Avondale Towne Cinema! Folk it up with Shawn Mullins at City Winery! Get down with the Little G Weevil Band at Darwin’s Burgers & Blues! Get the rockin’ blues with The Tedeschi Trucks Band, Hot Tuna and The Wood Brothers at the Fox Theatre! Bluegrass it up with The Dappled Grays at The Vista Room! Sammy Blue gets down at Northside Tavern! Make your way to the Landmark Midtown Art Cinema for their Studio Ghibli series, featuring a screening of Hiroyuki Morita’s THE CAT RETURNS (2002) at 10:30am and Isao Takahata’s ONLY YESTERDAY (1991) at 1pm! St. James Live! delivers their Tribute to the Legends night every Saturday night!

Sunday, July 16

Get to cookin’ at the Attack of the Killer Tomato Festival at Park Tavern (1-5pm), featuring tasty tomato creations and live music with The B-53s, followed by their Sunset Sessions with The Whiskey Gentry! The Supersuckers and Andrea Colburn raise a ruckus at the Masquerade! Make your way to the Landmark Midtown Art Cinema for their Studio Ghibli series, featuring encore screenings of Hiroyuki Morita’s THE CAT RETURNS (2002) at 10:30am and Isao Takahata’s ONLY YESTERDAY (1991) at 1pm!   Get sweet and low down blues-style at the Northside Tavern with Uncle Sugar! And Fatback Deluxe dishes out some classic blues at Fat Matt’s Rib Shack!

Ongoing

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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This Week in ATLRetro, July 2-9, 2017

Posted on: Jul 2nd, 2017 By:

by Melanie Crew
Managing Editor

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

Monday, July 3

Departure dishes out a night of Journey at City Winery! Get down and dirty with Beverly “Guitar” Watkins at Fat Matt’s Rib Shack! Catch a screening of Hal Ashby’s HAROLD AND MAUDE (1971) at the Alpharetta Branch Library at 10:30am! Get the rockin’ blues with The Delta Troubadours, Meaning of Everything and Max Norton at Smith’s Olde Bar! 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, July 4

Celebrate the 4th, get funky and jazz it up with the 4th Ward Afro-Klezmer Orchestra at Pallookaville! Pay tribute to Billy Joel with The Stranger at City Winery! Blues it up with JT Speed at Fat Matt’s Rib Shack! Jam it up with Joe Gransden and his jazz jam session at Venkman’s every Tuesday! The Star Bar delivers a night of retro shenanigans with their Downtown Tuesday Night Dance Party featuring retro-soul, funk, ‘80s, ‘90s and more! And as always, groove on down with Swami Gone Bananas at the Northside Tavern!

 

Wednesday, July 5

Get jazzy at the Red Light Café with The Gordon Vernick Quartet! Blues it up with Frankie’s Blues Mission at Blind Willie’s! Get the blues with Michael Preston at Fat Matt’s Rib Shack! Rock out with the Garrison Blagg Band at The Regent Cocktail Club! 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, July 6

Get artsy and rock on down to The Highlander for their Punk’s Not Dead, a multi-media art show diving into the history of punk rock at 9pm! Hilarity ensues with Cineprov at The Plaza Theater as they dish out a reptilian tale of terror and riff John McCauley’s RATTLERS (1976) at 7:00pm! Make your way to The Earl for a night of rock ‘n’ roll with CFM, The Cairo Gang and Paralyzer! Get criminal and countrified with The Van Lears, Kameron Corvet, The Alchemy, and Ryan Calhoun at Smith’s Olde Bar! Or get damned and stomp on down to The Star Bar for a night with Dirty Rotten Snake in the Grass, Deadly Lo-Fi, and The Liquors! Folk it up with Lilac Wine at Venkman’s! It’s Mai Tai Thursday, so hula on down to Trader Vic’s for a night of island tunes and tasty libations! Atlantic Station’s Movies in Central Park continues with a free screening of James L. BrooksAS GOOD AS IT GETS (1997) at dusk! Get down with The Shadows at Blind Willie’s! The Northside Tavern gets rockin’ with a little Chicago/Delta blues of The Breeze Kings! Stagger on over to Noni’s Bar & Deli for their Bitter Heroes event featuring DJ Brian Parris as he gets charmingly morose with a little New-Wave, The Smiths and The Cure! Get your boogie on at Fat Matt’s Rib Shack, as Chickenshack featuring Eddie Tigner, delivers some honky-tonk blues! And as always, boogie down at Mary’s, as the East Atlanta venue gets funky with their weekly Disco in the Village.

Friday, July 7

Get terror-filled with The Plaza Theater’s screening of Mario Bava’s BLOOD AND BLACK LACE (1964), through Saturday! Or get covert and Bond it up during SCADShow’s screening of Lewis Gilbert’s THE SPY WHO LOVED ME (1977) at 7pm! Raise a ruckus with Unknown Hinson and Clownvis Presley at Terminal West! Make your way to Smith’s Olde Bar as El Scorcho presents Chris Cornell – A Life & Music Celebration! Rock out with Timmy James & The Blue Flames, The Crush and The Accidents at The Earl! Donna Hopkins rocks out at Darwin’s Burgers & Blues! Get down with The Silver Tones at Fat Matt’s Rib Shack! Cross the pond and catch Please Please Rock Me at Venkman’s! Funk it up with the Atlanta Funk Society at The Vista Room! Eighties it up with Kool Kat Becky Cormier Finch and Denim Arcade at Wild Wing Café in Suwannee! Boogie on down to The Earl Smith Strand Theatre for their Jukebox Giants: Motown & More event, through Sunday, July 9! Bluegrass it up with The String Cheese Incident at Chastain Park! Get down with George Hughley & The Shadows at Blind Willie’s! Get your old-school blues fix with Cool John Ferguson at the Northside Tavern! And as always, time-warp it up and get naughty with some uber musically-inclined transsexual aliens at The Plaza Theater as they continue their tradition of screening THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW (1975) every Friday night, featuring the live cast of Lips Down on Dixie at midnight!

Saturday, July 8

Surf on down to Kavarna as Kool Kat Chad Shivers presents his Southern Surf Stomp! featuring Kool Kat Sen Artie Mondello and the Delusionaires, El Capitan and Kitty Rose! Scream Queen it up and hang with Lynn Lowry (SHIVERS, THE CRAZIES, CAT PEOPLE) at her photo signing, hosted by Monsterama Con, at Two LiRu Antiques in Acworth! Make your way to Historic Oakland Cemetery for their Malts & Vaults event, where beer meets history! Boogie down ‘80s-style with Kool Kat VJ Anthony during his 80s New Wave Music Video Dance Party: Erasure/Yazoo Edition at Amsterdam Atlanta! Jam out with Gr8ful Dude & Frenz and Captain Trips & The Sunstroke Serenaders at Avondale Towne Cinema! Make your way to City Winery for a night with The Verve Pipe! Get the blues with JP Soars & The Red Hots at Darwin’s Burgers & Blues! Or get rootsy with Cody Marlowe, Hannah Thomas and Emmy Law at Eddie’s Attic! Fat Matt’s Rib Shack dishes out the blues with Sana Blues! Tribute rocks out to the tune of the Allman Brothers at Northside Tavern! Eighties it up with Saved by the Band at Venkman’s! Get down and dirty with House Rocker Johnson & The Shadows at Blind Willie’s! Bluegrass it up for night two with The String Cheese Incident at Chastain Park! Make your way to the Landmark Midtown Art Cinema for their Studio Ghibli series, featuring a screening of Yoshifumi Kondo’s WHISPER OF THE HEART (1995) at 10:30am and Hayao Miyazaki’s THE WIND RISES (2013) at 1pm! ATL Collective relives TLC’s CRAZY, SEXY, COOL at the Variety Playhouse! St. James Live! delivers their Tribute to the Legends night every Saturday night!

Sunday, July 9

Make your way to Park Tavern’s Sunset Sessions and get down with a night of Prohibition pandemonium with Kool Kat Blair Crimmons & The Hookers! Dweezil Zappa it up at City Winery! Get your apocalyptic cowboy fix with Roselit Bone and the Rollfast Ramblers at The Earl! Swamp folk it up with The Krickets at Eddie’s Attic! Rock out with Cosmic Gypsies at Johnny’s Hideaway! Metallica invades Suntrust Park! Get your Americana fix at the Red Light Café with Brian Revels, The Singing Butcher and The Boy Jones! Make your way to the Landmark Midtown Art Cinema for their Studio Ghibli series, featuring encore screenings of Yoshifumi Kondo’s WHISPER OF THE HEART (1995) at 10:30am and Hayao Miyazaki’s THE WIND RISES (2013) at 1pm!  Get sweet and low down blues-style at the Northside Tavern with Uncle Sugar! And Fatback Deluxe dishes out some classic blues at Fat Matt’s Rib Shack!

Ongoing

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Posted on: Jun 25th, 2017 By:

by Melanie Crew
Managing Editor

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

Monday, June 26

Get prehistoric and catch a free screening of John Milius’ eighties classic, CONAN THE BARBARIAN (1982) at Dad’s Garage Theatre Company at 8:30pm! Catch a screening of Robert Mulligan’s SUMMER OF ’42 (1971) at the Alpharetta Branch Library at 10:30am! GKids Presents Studio Ghibli Fest 2017 with a screening of Hayao Miyazaki’s MY NEIGHBOR TOTORO (1988) at theatres across Atlanta [Hollywood Stadium 24 (Chamblee); AMC Barrett Commons 24 (Kennesaw); Avalon Stadium 12 (Alpharetta); Cinemark Tinseltown 17 (Fayetteville); Perimeter Pointe 10; Regal McDonough Stadium 16 (McDonough); Regal Mall of Georgia 20 Plus Imax (Buford) and AMC Southlake Pavilion 24 (Morrow)]! Stomp on down to Eddie’s Attic for a night with The Station Breaks! Rock out with Dave Mason (Traffic) at City Winery! Get funky and groove on down to Café 290 every second and fourth Monday of the month for a taste of Bumpin the Mango, ‘The groove that makes you want to move”! Get to the root of it all with Brandon Reeves at Blind Willie’s! Skye Paige, “Queen of Slide Guitar” rocks out at the Little Vinyl Lounge! Boogie on down to the Northside Tavern and spend an evening with Lola at her famous Monday Night Northside Jam! And blues on down to Fat Matt’s Rib Shack as they dish out The Pork Bellys and a plate full ‘o finger lickin’ BBQ!

Tuesday, June 27

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

Wednesday, June 28

Get some classic soul ‘n’ funk with Nick & The Grooves at Avondale Towne Cinema! Catch an encore screening of Robert Stigwood’s SGT. PEPPER’S LONELY HEARTS CLUB BAND (1978) at the Northlake Festival Movie Tavern at 7:30pm! Bluegrass it up at The Vista Room during Bluegrass and Beyond with The Vista String Band! Rock out with the Garrison Blagg Band at The Regent Cocktail Club! The Hollidays deliver a night of rhythm ‘n’ soul and rock ‘n’ roll at Fat Matt’s Rib Shack! Get jazzy at the Red Light Café with The Gordon Vernick Quartet! Get your Chicago/West Coast blues fix with The Electromatics at Blind Willie’s! Or make your way to the Northside Tavern as Danny ‘Mudcat’ Dudeck fires it up with his rockin’ blues! St. James Live! delivers their Hump Days Blues night, getting classic blues-style every Wednesday! And as always, it’s Ladies Night at Johnny’s Hideaway which plays hits from Sinatra to Madonna for a generally mature crowd.

Thursday, June 29

Skank it up at The Star Bar for a rockin’ ruckus with The Toasters and Lloyd’s Rocksteady Revue! Get funky with the 4th Ward Afro-Klezmer Orchestra, Bill Brovold, the Frank Pahl Duo, and Duet for Theremin and Steel at Avondale Towne Cinema! It’s Mai Tai Thursday, so hula on down to Trader Vic’s for a night with Kool Kat Joshua Longino and The Disapyramids! The Red Light Café dishes out a night of murder, mayhem and mockery with the Tied and Tasseled Fetish Cabaret’s Wanted! A Criminal Night of Burlesque and Drag! Rock out with Spiral Stairs, The Preakness and Floral Print at The Earl! Get countrified with The Steel Woods and George Shingleton at Eddie’s Attic! Get rootsy with The Black Lillies at City Winery! Get rocked at Lakewood Amphitheatre with the Van’s Warped Tour! Atlantic Station’s Movies in Central Park continues with a free screening of Jan de Bont’s TWISTER (1996) at dusk! Or catch a free screening of David Anspaugh’s RUDY (1993) at Town Brookhaven’s Movies on the Town event at dusk! Get down with George Hughley & The Shadows at Blind Willie’s! The Northside Tavern gets rockin’ with a little Chicago/Delta blues of The Breeze Kings! Stagger on over to Noni’s Bar & Deli for their Bitter Heroes event featuring DJ Brian Parris as he gets charmingly morose with a little New-Wave, The Smiths and The Cure! Get your boogie on at Fat Matt’s Rib Shack, as Chickenshack featuring Eddie Tigner, delivers some honky-tonk blues! And as always, boogie down at Mary’s, as the East Atlanta venue gets funky with their weekly Disco in the Village.

Friday, June 30

Get trapped at Videodrome (JavaDrome) for a screening of Brian Trenchard-Smith’s DEAD END DRIVE-IN (1986) at 8:30pm! Boogie down in The Basement with Nonsense ATL’s Commotion: A Tribute to Women in Music! Honkytonk it up with Lee Bains III & The Glory Fires, Lonnie Holley, Bitter and Reconciler at The Earl! Get to rockin’ with ZOSO Rising, Cannibal Joe and Lars Nagel (El Caminos) at Smith’s Olde Bar! Boogie on down to The Earl Smith Strand Theatre for their Jukebox Giants: Motown & More event! Swing on by American Legion Post 201 (Alpharetta) for a night of Swingin’ the Blues! Stomp on down to Avondale Towne Cinema for a night with Heather Luttrell and Skye Paige! Get down and dirty with House Rocker Johnson & The Shadows at Blind Willie’s! Get the blues with Groove Rocket at Fat Matt’s Rib Shack! Get your old-school blues fix with Albert White at the Northside Tavern! And as always, time-warp it up and get naughty with some uber musically-inclined transsexual aliens at The Plaza Theater as they continue their tradition of screening THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW (1975) every Friday night, featuring the live cast of Lips Down on Dixie at midnight!

Saturday, July 1

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

Sunday, July 2

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

Ongoing

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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