This Week in ATLRetro, October 16-22, 2017

Posted on: Oct 15th, 2017 By:

by Melanie Crew
Managing Editor

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

Monday, October 16

Spook on down to Aurora Theatre for ghost stories and cocktails during their Spirits & Spirits event! Regal Atlantic Station Stadium 18 dishes out a monstrous double feature with screenings of Merian C. Cooper’s KING KONG (1933) and Gordon DouglasTHEM! (1954) at 7pm! Make your way to Terminal West for a night with Samantha Fish and John Nemeth! Funk it up with Bumpin the Mango at City Winery! Swing on by Big Band Night featuring Joe Gransden and his amazing 17-member orchestra at Café 290 every first and third Monday of the month! Get some soul with Brandon Reeves at Blind Willie’s! Boogie on down to the Northside Tavern and spend an evening with Lola at her famous Monday Night Northside Jam! And blues on down to Fat Matt’s Rib Shack for a night with Larry Griffith!

Tuesday, October 17

The Fox Theatre dishes out a spooktacular time as they haunt it up during their annual Fox Theatre Ghost Tours, bone chilling through Oct. 31! Jazz it up with Herbie Hancock at Atlanta Symphony Hall! Get chilled and really retro with the walking dead at The Plaza Theater’s screening of Victor Halperin’s WHITE ZOMBIE (1932)! Get your nostalgic intergalactic fix with Northlake Festival Movie Tavern’s screening of Steven Spielberg’s E.T. THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL (1982) during their Retro Cinema series at 7:30pm! Have a bloody good time at Regal Atlantic Station Stadium 18’s screenings of Wes Craven’s A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET (1984) at 7pm/10pm! Rock out with The Rocketboys and Kool Kat Brooks Mason with The Georgia Flood at The Earl! Get countrified with BlackHawk at Eddie’s Attic! Rock out with The Red Planet at the Red Light Café! Blind Willie’s gets down with the Boo Hoo Ramblers! Jam it up with Joe Gransden and his jazz jam session at Venkman’s every Tuesday! The Star Bar delivers a night of retro shenanigans with DJ Quasi Mandisco’s Downtown Tuesday Night Dance Party featuring retro-soul, funk, ‘80s, ‘90s and more! And as always, groove on down with Swami Gone Bananas at the Northside Tavern!

Wednesday, October 18

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

Thursday, October 19

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

Friday, October 20

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

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

Saturday, October 21

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

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

Sunday, October 22

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

Ongoing

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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This Week in ATLRetro, October 9-15, 2017

Posted on: Oct 9th, 2017 By:

by Melanie Crew
Managing Editor

Become one with the creatures of the night kiddies! Rock out and come see what spooktacular shenanigans we’ve dug up just for you This Week in ATLRetro!

Monday, October 9

Get funky and acid jazz it up with Incognito at City Winery! Regal Atlantic Station Stadium 18 dishes out a deadly double feature with screenings of David Cronenberg’s THE DEAD ZONE (1983) and Mary Lambert’s PET SEMATARY (1989) at 7pm! Head on down to The Earl for a night with Book Club, An English Place and Ben Trickey! Get your bloody fill of John Carpenter at The Plaza Theater with screenings of THE THING (1982), through Oct. 11! Rock out with Breaking Benjamin at the Buckhead Theatre! Smith’s Olde Bar dishes out a rock ‘n’ roll cabaret with Electric Glitterland! Grab the kiddies and spook down to the Atlanta History Center for their Magic Monday: Historic Halloween event! Get funky and groove on down to Café 290 every second and fourth Monday of the month for a taste of Bumpin the Mango, ‘The groove that makes you want to move!” Boogie on down to the Northside Tavern and spend an evening with Lola at her famous Monday Night Northside Jam! And blues on down to Fat Matt’s Rib Shack for a night with Larry Griffith!

Tuesday, October 10

Monster mash it up at Regal Atlantic Station Stadium 18’s screenings of Fred Dekker’s classic, THE MONSTER SQUAD (1987) at 7pm/10pm! Or get sinister and shake it up with Kool Kat Katherine Lashe and her burly-Q gals of Syrens of the South during their Tease Tuesday Burlesque: Boolesque Spooktacular event, shakin’ it up at the Red Light Café! Get fangy and catch a screening of John Carpenter’s VAMPIRES (1998) at The Plaza Theater (and Oct. 12)! Bluegrass it up with Andrew Vickery & Friends and The Dryes Avondale Towne Cinema! Funk it up with an encore of Incognito at City Winery! Rock out with Black Guayaba at Smith’s Olde Bar! JT Speed gets down 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 DJ Quasi Mandisco’s Downtown Tuesday Night Dance Party featuring retro-soul, funk, ‘80s, ‘90s and more! And as always, groove on down with Swami Gone Bananas at the Northside Tavern!

 

Wednesday, October 11

Get bizarre with Video Video Nasty and The Atlanta Film Society as they bring you The Eyeslicer Roadshow in Smell-O-Vision at The Plaza Theater! Get the Desert Blues with Songhoy Blues at City Winery! Get industrial German-style with KMFDM at the Masquerade! It’s a night of good ‘ole American rock ‘n’ roll with Folk Family Revival, Watching for Foxes, and Taylor Chaffin at Smith’s Olde Bar! Or rock on down to The Star Bar for a night with Five Eight, The Pauses and the World is Watching! Catch a screening of Tim Burton’s BEETLEJUICE (1988) at the Happy Tabby Cat Café at 7pm! Get your Gothic folksy rock fix with Chelsea Wolfe at Aisle 5! Get chilled to the bone with The Ghastly Dreadfuls at Center For Puppetry Arts, spooking through Oct. 28! Emory Cinematheque continues their Resist Fascism Series with a screening of Frank Beyer’s NAKED AMONG WOLVES (1963) at 7:30pm! Or get your classic Western fix with a screening of Sam Peckinpah’s THE WILD BUNCH (1969) at Studio Movie Grill (Alpharetta/Duluth) at 7:15pm! Get the blues with Michael Preston at Fat Matt’s Rib Shack! Get jazzy at the Red Light Café with The Gordon Vernick Quartet! Or make your way to the Northside Tavern as Danny ‘Mudcat’ Dudeck fires it up with his rockin’ blues! St. James Live! delivers their Hump Days Blues night, getting classic blues-style every Wednesday! And as always, it’s Ladies Night at Johnny’s Hideaway which plays hits from Sinatra to Madonna for a generally mature crowd.

Thursday, October 12

Honkytonk on down to The Earl for a night with Banditos, Midnight Larks and Andrea Colburn & Mud Moseley! Or get down with The Woolly Bushmen and Kool Kat Rod Hamdallah at The Star Bar! Get sinister with a screening of Lamberto Bava’s DEMONS (1985) at The Plaza Theater! Dance with the dead and Party With the Past at the Historic Oakland Cemetery!  Make your way to City Winery for The Jerry Douglas Band! 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, October 13

It’s Friday the 13th Kool Kiddies! So boogie down in ATLRetro and see what sinister goodies we’ve found for you! Get spooked ’80s-style during the Diesel Filling Station’s Stranger Than The 80s Pub Crawl! Or get horrorfied during the 7th Annual HorrorQuest Film Festival, killing it through Oct. 15 at GSU’s Cinefest (100% free)! Or make your way to Stone Mountain Park for their Tour of Southern Ghosts! Get your old-school monster fix during Kennesaw Friday Night Frights – The Undead Night, featuring a monstrous double-feature of George A. Romero’s NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD (1968) and Joseph Green’s THE BRAIN THAT WOULDN’T DIE (1962) at 7:30pm, hosted by Carnival of Doom! Let 1UP Comedy tickle your funny bone with THE ROAST OF STRANGER THINGS at The Highland Inn & Ballroom Lounge! Get freaky with Kool Kat Shane Morton, ghost host with the most, a.k.a. Professor Morte, and the Ghoul Ghoul gals during the Silver Scream Spook Show’s screening of Brad Grinter’s BLOOD FREAKS (1972), presented by the Y’allywood Film Festival at 7 Stages at 9pm! Time-Warp it up at theatres across Atlanta with screenings of Jim Sharman’s THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW (1975) at 10pm [AMC Classic North Dekalb 16; AMC Classic Snellville 12; AMC Sugarloaf Mills 18 (Lawrenceville); and AMC Classic Mansell Crossing 14 (Alpharetta)]!

The Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, descends upon Atlanta at the Fox Theatre! Rock out with the Legendary Shack Shakers, Bloodshot Bill and Andrea Colburn & Mud Moseley at The Star Bar! Gypsy jazz it up with Kool Kat Amy Pike and The Bonaventure Quartet at Eddie’s Attic! Spend the evening with twang-y crooner Chris Isaak at Atlanta Symphony Hall! New Wave it up with Yacht Rock Revue as they perform Talking Heads’ STOP MAKING SENSE at Venkman’s! Raise a ruckus at Avondale Towne Cinema with The Skylarks, The Todd Prusin Experience and Bad Friend! Get countrified at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center with Travis Tritt! It’s a night of Strange Science and rock ‘n’ roll with Dangfly! at Fernbank’s After Dark event! Space rock on down to The Highlander for a night with Yawning Man, We Are the Asteroid, The Buzzards of Fuzz and Gnomonaut! Get the blues with Bill Sheffield at Northside Tavern! Spend the night with The Growlers at the Variety Playhouse! Raise a ruckus with Thunder Gyspy at Fat Matt’s Rib Shack! Catch a screening of Joe Pytka’s SPACE JAM (1996) at SCADShow at 7pm! 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, October 14

Start your day old-school style with Y’allywood Film Festival’s free 16mm Saturday Morning Madness at 7 Stages! Rock out with the Legendary Shack Shakers, Bloodshot Bill and Andrea Colburn & Mud Moseley for a second time at The Star Bar! Make your way to Oakhurst Porchfest featuring a helluva lot of rockin’ retro tunes across the neighborhood, from 12-7pm!  Get your classic country fix with Willie Nelson & Family at Chastain Park! Kool Kat Chad Shivers presents his Southern Surf Stomp featuring the Indicators, Nuclear Juarez, and Kool Kat Jeffrey Butzer at Kavarna! Glam it up at the Little Vinyl Lounge (The Star Bar) during the Cult Candy Exploding Plastic Inevitable with Black Cat Rising and more! Shimmy down with Kool Kat Kitty Love’s Cheeky Belles Burlesque: Glamour Goddess Revue at Tighten Up Rehearsal Studios! Rock on down and rev it up with The Sideburners, the Screamin’ Demons and The Breaks at The Highlander! Boogie down ‘80s-style with Kool Kat VJ Anthony during his 80s New Wave Music Video Dance Party: Atlanta Pride 2017 at Amsterdam Atlanta! Rock out and funk it up during the AFROPUNK FEST 2017 featuring Flatbush Zombies, Blood Plums, Adia Victoria, Lonely Horse, Zuluzuluu, The TXLIPS and more, through Oct. 15! Time-Warp it up at theatres across Atlanta with screenings of Jim Sharman’s THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW (1975) at 10pm [AMC Classic North Dekalb 16; AMC Classic Snellville 12; AMC Sugarloaf Mills 18 (Lawrenceville); and AMC Classic Mansell Crossing 14 (Alpharetta)]! Avondale Towne Cinema dishes out an Allman Brothers Jam! Rock out with Craig Finn & The Uptown Controllers at City Winery! Bluegrass it up with Sierra Hull at Eddie’s Attic! The Northside Tavern dishes out a blues rockin’ time with Lola and Eddie Tigner! Folk it up with The Heartstring Hunters at the Red Light Café! Make your way to Smith’s Olde Bar for a rockin’ night with the Ballbreakers, Streetfighting Band and The Vinyl Sun! Rock out with The Wild Hares at Fat Matt’s Rib Shack! Make your way to the Record-CD Fundraiser Sale and add that missing album to your collection for a good cause! Celebrate the season and make your way to the Fall Festival on Ponce 2017, featuring live music, an artists’ market, tasty food and more! St. James Live! delivers their Tribute to the Legends night every Saturday night!

Sunday, October 15

Truck on down to 7 Stages for Y’allywood Film Festival’s free screening of Hal Needham’s SMOKEY AND THE BANDIT (1977) at 4:30pm! Get chilled and really retro with the walking dead at The Plaza Theater’s

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screening of Victor Halperin’s WHITE ZOMBIE (1932)! Get your Dread Pirate Roberts fix with a screening of Rob Reiner’s classic, THE PRINCESS BRIDE (1987) at theatres across Atlanta at 2pm/7pm [AMC Barrett Commons 24 (Kennesaw); AMC Southlake Pavilion 24 (Morrow); Hollywood Stadium 24 (Chamblee); Avalon Stadium 12 (Alpharetta); Cinemark Tinseltown 17 (Fayetteville); Perimeter Pointe 10; Regal McDonough Stadium 16 (McDonough); Georgian Stadium 14 (Newnan); Studio Movie Grill (Alpharetta/Duluth); Atlantic Station; Regal Atlantic Station Stadium 18; and AMC Avenue Forsyth (Cumming)]! Nineties it up with 10,000 Maniacs at City Winery! Danny ‘Mudcat’ Dudeck & The Atlanta Horns boogie down with Beverly “Guitar” Watkins at Eddie’s Attic! Rock out with Band X at Johnny’s Hideaway! Get your gyspy western swing fix with Django Earnhardt at Venkman’s! Catch Pete Yorn at Vinyl! Blues it up with Fat Back Deluxe at Fat Matt’s Rib Shack! Get sweet and low down blues-style at the Northside Tavern with Uncle Sugar with Eddie Tigner!

Ongoing

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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This Week in ATLRetro, Oct. 2-8, 2017

Posted on: Oct 2nd, 2017 By:

by Melanie Crew
Managing Editor

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

Tuesday, October 3

Monster rock it up with Rob Zombie at the Coca-Cola Roxy! Or get your garage rock fix with Reigning Sound and Tiger! Tiger! at The Earl! It’s a night of neo-psychedelia occult shenanigans at The Drunken Unicorn with MOON DUO and Birds of Avalon! The Plaza Theater gets hell-bent and screens Lucio Fulci’s THE BEYOND (1981), through Oct. 4! Spend the night with The Dude at the Northlake Festival Movie Tavern’s screening of the Coen BrothersTHE BIG LEBOWSKI (1998) during their 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 DJ Quasi Mandisco’s Downtown Tuesday Night Dance Party featuring retro-soul, funk, ‘80s, ‘90s and more! And as always, groove on down with Swami Gone Bananas at the Northside Tavern!

Wednesday, October 4

Eliminate Replicants at theatres across Atlanta with a screening of Ridley Scott’s BLADE RUNNER: THE FINAL CUT (1982) at 7pm (AMC Phipps Plaza 14; AMC Dine-In North Point Mall 12 (Alpharetta); AMC Barrett Commons 24 (Kennesaw); AMC Sugarloaf Mills 18 (Lawrenceville); and AMC Southlake Pavilion 24 (Morrow))! The Vibrators invade The Star Bar with a fury for all you rockin’ miscreants, with Rockett 77 and Bad Spell! Or surf on down to The Basement for a rip roarin’ night with Daikaiju, The Mystery Men? (with Kool Kat Chad Shivers), The Pinx (Kool Kat Adam McIntyre) and Zruda! Get your spooky geek on at Battle & Brew’s Halloween Geek Trivia sponsored by the Center for Puppetry ArtsGhastly Dreadfuls! Celebrate this bloody season with a screening of John Carpenter’s HALLOWEEN (1978) at The Plaza Theater, through Oct. 5! Spend the night with The Dude at the Northlake Festival Movie Tavern’s encore screening of the Coen BrothersTHE BIG LEBOWSKI (1998) during their Retro Cinema series at 7:30pm! Emory Cinematheque continues their Resist Fascism Series with a screening of Orson WellesTHE STRANGER (1946) at 7:30pm! Or get your classic Western fix with a screening of John Huston’s THE TREASURE OF THE SIERRA MADRE (1948) at Studio Movie Grill (Alpharetta/Duluth) at 7:15pm! Swing on by the Graveyard Tavern for their Graveyard Swing Night, featuring the swingin’ jazz and boogie-woogie sounds of the Savoy Kings! Get jazzy at the Red Light Café with The Gordon Vernick Quartet! Or make your way to the Northside Tavern as Danny ‘Mudcat’ Dudeck fires it up with his rockin’ blues! St. James Live! delivers their Hump Days Blues night, getting classic blues-style every Wednesday! And as always, it’s Ladies Night at Johnny’s Hideaway which plays hits from Sinatra to Madonna for a generally mature crowd.

Thursday, October 5

Kool Kat Hot Rod Walt gets acoustic and rocks out at Porterdale Bar & Grill! Satan’s canine minion is man’s best friend, so join in on the fun as CINEPROV riff’s Curtis Harrington’s DEVIL DOG: THE HOUND OF HELL (1978) at The Plaza Theater at 7:00pm! Film Love and Kool Kat Andy Ditzler presents The American Music Show #2: Early Years at Whitespace Gallery! You won’t want to miss the hootenanny that is Hog Heaven: A Magical Tribute to Hee Haw at Smith’s Olde Bar, featuring Cherokee Ragtime Pals, The Waymore’s, Kenneth Johnson & Friends, Rodeo Twister, Atomic Boogie, Andrea Colburn & Mud Moseley, and more! Rock out with the Hard Working Americans at the Variety Playhouse! Haunt on down to The Highlander for Something Wicked This Way Comes III, a multi-media art show! It’s Mai Tai Thursday, so hula on down to Trader Vic’s for some cool island tunes and a couple 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, October 6

Get your bloody fill of John Carpenter at The Plaza Theater with screenings of THE THING (1982) and VAMPIRES (1998), through Oct. 8 (this week)! Get your kaiju fix during Kennesaw Friday Night Frights – Japanese Monster Night, featuring a monstrous double-feature of Jun Fukuda’s GODZILLA VS. MEGALON (1973) and Noriaki Yuasa’s GAMMERA THE INVINCIBLE (1966) at 7:30pm, hosted by Carnival of Doom! Make your way to the annual AfroFuturism Festival, celebrating black sci-fi, fantasy and horror, through Oct. 7, at Atlanta Technical College’s Dennard Center and GSU’s Cinefest, hosted by Urban Mediamakers! Get to the root of it all reggae style with The Wailers at Center Stage! Rock out with the Georgia Players Guild as they pay tribute to Chicago and Boston at The Earl Smith Strand Theatre! Make your way to The Vista Room for a night with Geoff Achison & The Souldiggers! Funk it up with Freekbass at Venkman’s! Get freaky at the High Museum’s First Friday, featuring performances by Serenbe Playhouse, “Thriller” dance lessons, caramel apples and more! Rock out with The Muckers at the Masquerade! The Fox Theatre gets sludgy and rocks out with Mastadon! Spend the night with Kevin Smith at Center Stage! Electric Avenue performs Duran Duran’s Greatest Hits and other ‘80s tunes at Smith’s Olde Bar! Catch a screening of BATMAN: MASK OF THE PHANTASM (1993) at SCADShow at 7pm! 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, October 7

Project Pabst 2017 rocks out with Iggy Pop, Dinosaur Jr., The Coathangers, Kool Kat Ruby Velle & The Soulphonics, Gentleman Jesse & His Men, The Difference Machine, The Powder Room, RMBLR, A Drug Called Tradition and more! It’s a Chicken Picken’ Brunch with Dusty Roads at Venkman’s! Skank on down to City Winery for a night with Kool Kat Rev. Andy Hawley and Southern Ska Syndicate! Kick off the Halloween season with a Ghastly Gathering at Center for Puppetry Arts! Spend the night with Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band at the Infinite Energy Center! ATL Collective relives Portishead’s DUMMY at Venkman’s! Skate on down to Piedmont Park for the Atlanta Roller Girls: Running of the Bulls event! Electric Avenue performs Tears for Fears’ Greatest Hits and other ‘80s tunes at Smith’s Olde Bar! Get gussied up and make your way to the Fernbank Museum’s Time After Timeless Gala After Party! St. James Live! delivers their Tribute to the Legends night every Saturday night!

Sunday, October 8

Geek it up at the Atlanta Comic Convention 2017, at the Atlanta Marriott Century Center, from 11am – 5pm, hosted by Atlanta Comic News! Catch a screening of HAROLD LLOYD’S SAFETY LAST (1923) at The Earl Smith Strand Theatre at 3pm! Get your rockin’ art fix at the Little Five Arts Alive: Artist and Maker Market, featuring Kool Kat Amber Taylor of The Sexual Side Effects, and so much more! Rock out with Wilco at the Fox Theatre! Get sweet and low down blues-style at the Northside Tavern with Uncle Sugar!


Ongoing

Get intergalactic with Wicket: The Musical at Dad’s Garage Theatre Company, geeking it up through Oct. 7! (LAST CHANCE!)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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The Horror! The Horror! Our Top 10 Reasons to Spook on Down to the 4th Annual MONSTERAMA CONVENTION

Posted on: Sep 27th, 2017 By:

by Melanie Crew
Managing Editor

Illustration by Monsterama guest Kat Hudson

What are you up to this weekend? We’re monster mashing it up with a helluva killer Kool Kat extravaganza and more at the 4rd Annual MONSTERAMA CONVENTION, creeping and crawling into town this Friday-Sunday, Sept. 29-Oct. 1 at the Atlanta Marriott Alpharetta! From legendary actors to ghastly séances, here are our top reasons to get your classic monster fix at MONSTERAMA!

1)  THE CABINET OF DR. CALIGARI SCORED LIVE. Valentine Wolfe is back for another year, providing an eerie auditory experience as they accompany Robert Wiene’s 1920 classic silent horror film, THE CABINET OF DR. CALIGARI, Saturday at 1pm!

2) HOUDINI SEÁNCE. You won’t want to miss MONSTERAMA’s first ever séance! And who better to raise your spiritual expectations with a conjuring of medium debunker and escape artist extraordinaire Harry Houdini, than ghoulish guests Kool Kat Shane Morton, Daniel Roebuck and Marcus Koch! Raise your spirits Friday at 11pm!

3) SILVER SCREAM SPOOK SHOW.  Kool Kat Shane Morton, a.k.a. ghost host with the most, Professor Morte and the Silver Scream Spook Show featuring the Go-Go Ghouls and guest, Dick Miller will terrify with a live spook show followed by a spook-tacular screening of Roger Corman’s THE TERROR (1963) on 16mm, Saturday beginning at 4pm!

4) FANGTASTIC FILM AND TWISTED TELEVISION.  It’s monster movie madness with screenings of horrorific classics (mostly screening in 16mm) including Charles B. Griffiths’s DR. HECKYL AND MR. HYPE (1980), featuring guest Dick Miller; Roman Polanski’s THE FEARLESS VAMPIRE KILLERS (1967); Lainie Miller’s 2014 documentary, THAT GUY DICK MILLER; Roy Ward Baker’s THE VAMPIRE LOVERS (1970); an unannounced Ballyhoo Motion Pictures documentary; and a special adults only (21+) screening of guest Brian K. Williams’ newly released SPACE BABES FROM OUTER SPACE with special guests Allison Maier and Ellie Church, and a slew of more slaying cinema! Or get terrified T.V.-style  throughout the weekend and catch screenings of THE OUTER LIMITS – “The Sixth Finger” and “The Architects of Fear”; STAR TREK – “Devil in the Dark” and “Mirror Mirror”; made for TV movie, THE QUESTOR TAPES (1974); and you won’t want to miss a super rare screening of Kolchak THE NIGHT STALKER and more!

5) CINEPROV RIFFS THE LOST WORLD. Madness, monsters and prehistoric creatures, OH MY! Hilarity ensues as New MST3K writer Larry Johnson and CINEPROV riffs Irwin Allen’s THE LOST WORLD (1960) Friday at 9pm!

6) SPOOKTACULAR GUESTS. Catch some killer guests, including Sybil Danning (BATTLE BEYOND THE STARS); BarBara Luna (STAR TREK); Dick Miller (GREMLINS; ROCK ‘N’ ROLL HIGH SCHOOL); visual effects expert Gene Warren Jr. (PET SEMATERY; ELIMINATORS); horror history expert and documentarian, Kool Kat Daniel Griffith of Ballyhoo Motion Pictures; creaturific artist Kool Kat Mark Maddox; Kool Kat Ricky Hess (HORROR HOTEL); filmmaker and set-dec dresser/buyer Kool Kat Dayna Noffke (“Under the Bed”); film score composer Tom Ashton (The March Violets); Kool Kat Shane Morton, ghost host with the most, a.k.a. Professor Morte; glamour ghoul Kool Kat Madeline Brumby, actress Allison Maier (FRANKENSTEIN CREATED BIKERS) and more!

7) MONSTER MAKEOVERS.  Get gore-gous with monster make-up galore as part of this year’s Makers Track! You won’t want to miss SSFXLAB’s “It’s Alive” event, creating Frankenstein’s monster in 3 different ways; SFX for the smallest creatures in your life, with the “Littlest Monster Maker,” event featuring mom/daughter duo, filmmaker Kool Kat Dayna Noffke and ultra spooky Vivi Vivian; and win some monstrous prizes with the annual FACE-ON make-up contest! And don’t forget to stick around for a creeping cornucopia of frightful faces and monster masks!

8) WARPED WRITERS & LITERARY PANELS. Writers make the monstrous world go ‘round, so check out guest authors, Dacre Stoker, Bram Stoker’s great grand-nephew (DRACULA THE UN-DEAD); John Farris (THE FURY); Sean Linkenback (THE ART OF JAPANESE MONSTERS); Charles Rutledge and vampire aficionado J. E. Browning (GRAPHIC HORROR: MOVIE MONSTER MEMORIES). And you won’t want to miss out on some wicked panels of the literary variety including “Our Favorite Trashy Horror Novels,” with Jeff Strand, Clay Gilbert and Eddie Coulter; “Dracula 120th Anniversary Spectacular,” with Dacre Stoker, J.E. Browning and Kool Kat Anthony Taylor; “Nevermore – A Poe Tribute,” with Kool Kat Mark Maddox and Mike Gordon, and so many more!

9) SCARE-TASTIC SHOPPING. Horror cons are the perfect place to stock up on both classic horror memorabilia, cult classics on DVD and creepy clothing, costumes and accessories. So come on down to the dealer’s room and check out all the toys, collectibles and monstrous goodies you can get your ghoulish little hands on!

10) MONSTER PROM. Hey all you boils and ghouls, get frightfully funky at this year’s Monster Prom, Saturday at 8:30pm! Dust off the old rat-infested tux, clear out the cobwebs, shine up your shoes and get ready to do the Monster Mash, and maybe even Time-Warp into the wee hours of the morning, hosted by Professor Morte and DJ Deathskiss!

MONSTERAMA main con hours are Fri. Sept. 29 from 4 to 12 a.m. (with screenings at noon and registration at 3pm); Sat. Sept. 30 from 9 a.m. to 1 a.m.; and Sun. Oct. 1 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more info, visit the MONSTERAMA official website here.

 

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Kool Kat of the Week: It’s Monster Madness as Anthony Taylor, Monster Kid and Con Co-Chair, Dishes on the 4th Annual MONSTERAMA CONVENTION

Posted on: Sep 26th, 2017 By:

by Melanie Crew
Managing Editor

Anthony Taylor, official Licensing & Brand Manager for the Bram Stoker Estate, author and one helluva monster-kid, co-chairs Atlanta’s favorite classic monster convention, MONSTERAMA, creeping into its fourth hellacious year at the Atlanta Marriott Alpharetta this weekend, Friday – Sunday, Sept. 29-Oct. 1!

Prepare for a ghastly three days of ghoulish proportions filled to the blood-curdling brim with old-school horror connoisseurs like Sybil Danning (BATTLE BEYOND THE STARS); BarBara Luna (THE DEVIL AT 4 O’CLOCK; STAR TREK); Dick Miller (THE TERMINATOR; GREMLINS; ROCK ‘N’ ROLL HIGH SCHOOL); visual effects expert Gene Warren Jr. (THE TERMINATOR; PET SEMATERY; ELIMINATORS); author John Farris (THE FURY); horror history expert and documentarian, Kool Kat Daniel Griffith of Ballyhoo Motion Pictures; creaturific artist Kool Kat Mark Maddox; Kool Kat Ricky Hess (HORROR HOTEL); filmmaker and set-dec dresser/buyer Kool Kat Dayna Noffke (“Under the Bed”); Victorian chamber metal musicians Valentine Wolfe; film score musician/composer Tom Ashton (The March Violets); Kool Kat Shane Morton, ghost host with the most, a.k.a. Professor Morte; glamour ghoul Kool Kat Madeline Brumby and so many more! Get wicked and haunt on down to MONSTERAMA for a weekend of monster madness!

In addition to his duties as MONSTERAMA’s “Monster Kid in Chief,” Taylor has authored THE FUTURE WAS F.A.B.: THE ART OF MIKE TRIM, released in 2014; ARCTIC ADVENTURE, an official THUNDERBIRDS novel released in 2012; VOYAGE TO THE BOTTOM OF THE SEA: THE COMPLETE SERIES – VOL. 2, released in 2010, and more. He’s also penned hundreds of articles published in horror, sci-fi and film fandom publications such as SFX MAGAZINE, VIDEO WATCHDOG, FANGORIA, SCREEM MAGAZINE, HORRORHOUND MAGAZINE, FAMOUS MONSTERS OF FILMLAND and more!

ATLRetro caught up with Anthony Taylor for a quick interview about his monster kid memories; the importance of preserving film and classic popular culture; and this year’s maniacal MONSTERAMA madness!

Illustration by Monsterama guest Kat Hudson

ATLRetro: MONSTERAMA invades Atlanta once again and we couldn’t be more excited! As a life-long monster kid, can you fill us in on the creation of this labor of love and tell us what prompted you to bring a weekend full of classic monsters to the heart of Atlanta?

Anthony Taylor: I’ve attended conventions like Wonderfest in Louisville, KY, and Monster Bash in Mars, PA, for many years and enjoyed them immensely. I’d always wished there was a similar show here in Atlanta. I waited around for that to happen for so long that I finally decided to put it on myself, and Monsterama was born in 2014. Though predominantly focused on classic horror films, we embrace monsters of all genres and media, and try to provide a great weekend for people who like them.

Pop culture/sub-culture conventions, such as MONSTERAMA, are great ways to preserve film and television classics. Why do you think these types of events draw larger crowds year after year? In your role(s) as convention director/Co-Chair, are you seeing larger and larger turnouts at these types of events each year?

I’m not certain they are drawing significantly larger crowds every year; at least not the more focused ones. Dragon Con, absolutely; they appeal to multiple genres and generations. We have grown consistently since 2014, but I know some shows that report a shrinking fan base simply due to the age of the films and media they cover – the fans and those still into them are dying off.  That’s why I feel it’s important for conventions like Monsterama to keep the banner flying. If we don’t, sooner or later no one will care about these stories that we cherish. In my opinion, “millennials” just don’t seem to see film as an art form, by and large. It’s a way to waste two hours and then on to the next distraction to many of them. The films we celebrate are definitely art and deserve to be preserved.

The guests that have appeared at MONSTERAMA have been monsterific, from Ricou Browning to Lynn Lowry to Victoria Price to Caroline Munro to Zach Galligan and so many more. What can you tell our readers about this year’s guests? Anything exciting planned? And who are you hoping to snag for future conventions?

We’ve got FABULOUS guests this year! Dick Miller, the guy from every Roger Corman and Joe Dante movie ever made, will be with us, as will Sybil Danning from BATTLE BEYOND THE STARS and THE HOWLING 2, to name a few. Daniel Roebuck from LOST and Rob Zombie’s HALLOWEEN movies will be signing for free all weekend! We also have BarBara Luna from STAR TREK and the OUTER LIMITS, Academy Award™-winning special effects master Gene Warren, Jr., Lynn Lowry (as you mentioned), and so many more. The complete list is on our website here. Next year I’d love to get John Saxon, as I’ve enjoyed all of his performances.

Not only are you seasoned in the areas of classic film and television fandom from the behind-the-scenes running of conventions, but you’re also a published author (ARCTIC ADVENTURE, an official THUNDERBIRDS novel, VOYAGE TO THE BOTTOM OF THE SEA: THE COMPLETE SERIES – VOL. 2, along with articles published in several fandom magazines). What compels you to write? And what is it about classic pop culture that makes you want to share it with your readers?

I like sharing my joy in all things popular culture with other people. I don’t want to just share my own nostalgic vision on a lot of these subjects — I want to provide readers with context so they can enjoy art on a deeper level. A good example is the graphic novel WATCHMEN by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons. To anyone who picked it up after 1989, when the Berlin wall came down and glasnost pervaded Eastern Europe, it has a completely different meaning than to those of us who read it while still under the threat of nuclear war. Of course, now might be a good time for a re-read of Watchmen… I’ve written hundreds of articles and interviews for film magazines exposing what goes on behind the camera because that informs what goes on in front of it. Context makes you view art in a completely different light.

Which classic monster and/or movie would you say is the most neglected and what do you think makes them worthy of attention?

I’ve got a few lesser-known favorites, chief among them I WALKED WITH A ZOMBIE and CURSE OF THE DEMON. They both work to frighten or creep out the viewer on a very base level, and both are visually striking. They both create tension via a sort of poetic nomenclature and subvert the viewer’s expectations. I could recommend many films, but if you haven’t seen these two, add them to your list!

Can you tell us a little about some of your favorite monster kid memories?

The first monster I was ever fascinated by (like many) was King Kong. When I was six years old, I traded a few comic books for a gorgeous poster of angry Kong towering over New York City, Fay Wray in his hand– and it scared me so much that I couldn’t sleep with it on my wall! My mom had to re-hang it in my closet so it wouldn’t keep me up at night in terror.

We see that you’re a huge fan of classic toys and model kit building. Do you remember the first model kit? And more importantly, do you still have it?

Around the same age, I began to see ads on the back of comics for Aurora monster model kits and could barely contain my desire for the whole set. The first one I coveted was the Hunchback of Notre Dame, but the first one I actually bought and built was the Phantom of the Opera. I eventually got Frankenstein, Dracula, The Creature and a few more. Unfortunately, my originals do not survive, but I have re-issues of all of them now. Knowing they’re safe in my storage unit gives me a warm, completed feeling from time to time.

I’m sure all monster kids are dying to know — how does one become the licensing & brand manager for the Bram Stoker Estate? That’s got to be one big dream come true. Can you tell us some exciting things you’ve got planned regarding Stoker’s Estate?

I met Dacre Stoker, who runs the estate and is Bram Stoker’s great-grand nephew a few years ago and we get along well. After seeing his presentations on Bram and Dracula several times, I began to realize how much branding potential was being wasted by not having someone overseeing these matters. I spoke with Dacre and we eventually put together an agreement that made me Licensing & Brand manager for the estate. I’m working with companies in the retail mystery box realm, jewelry, tabletop gaming, and others to try and create products that will extend awareness of Stoker and his works. It’s going pretty well so far.

What was your first taste of monstrous terror, and which classic monsters are your favorites?

Aurora Classic Monster model kits

Kong! I also love the many creations of Ray Harryhausen, Dracula, Frankenstein, and Creature From The Black Lagoon. I used to be an indiscriminate collector of monster merchandise, but now I’ve narrowed things down to just a few favorites. I no longer feel the need to own everything ever made!

What about your favorite classic television series?

Gerry Anderson’s UFO – the only monsters in it are humans and humanoid aliens, but the protagonist is a bureaucrat, out on the watchtower keeping the Earth safe from invaders. He’s a hero with a briefcase, and the writing of the show made a big impression on me when I first viewed it. There are lots of great miniature effects and explosions, cute girls in silver cat suits, and groovy music, but it remains one of the most engaging and serious television programs I’ve ever seen.

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

I’m afraid my days of being cutting edge are long past! I mostly listen to’70s and ’80s punk and new wave, with a general leaning towards jangly guitar riffs by bands like The Church, or Crowded House. I haunt Netflix and Amazon Prime for new films and shows like THE OA or THE MAN IN THE HIGH CASTLE (also starring Monsterama guest Daniel Roebuck). I read a lot of bad speculative fiction but I’m genuinely amazed when something as good as Jeff VanderMeer’s BORNE comes along. I like Sirius radio now that I have it, but wish it were priced more reasonably. I’m a huge fan of Kazuo Ishiguro’s writing, especially THE REMAINS OF THE DAY and NEVER LET ME GO.

And back to one of our favorite classic monster conventions, MONSTERAMA – anything extra special in store for con attendees this year? Any special events planned we should put on our calendar? So many great things!

Friday we have a concert by our heavy Victorian metal house band, Valentine Wolfe, a tongue-in-cheek séance to raise the spirit of Harry Houdini, Cineprov will be riffing on Irwin Allen’s production of THE LOST WORLD, and we’re screening guest Brian K. Williams’ film SPACE BABES FROM OUTER SPACE, with stars Ellie Church and Alison Maier in attendance. Saturday is the Silver Scream Spook Show screening THE TERROR, which co-stars our guest Dick Miller, plus our annual Monster Prom where we have truly fabulous door prizes. Valentine Wolfe will also be providing a live, original musical score for the classic German film, THE CABINET OF DR. CALIGARI. Dacre Stoker is bringing some of Bram Stoker’s personal effects to display as well. Sunday the Atlanta Radio Theater Company will be performing BRIDES OF DRACULA live onstage. All this plus many other panels, screenings, exhibits, contests, and demos all weekend long!

A. Taylor and Monsterama 2016 guest, Caroline Munro

And last but not least, what are you up to next? Can you give us some details on any other projects you’re currently working on or will be in the near future?

My partner and I are launching a new convention in Atlanta next Easter weekend called SPY CON. If you’re a James Bond, Kingsman, Man From UNCLE or other Spy-fi fan, you won’t want to miss it! We’re still early in the process, but details are available here. And of course, work has already begun on next year’s Monsterama, which will be classic Sci-Fi and space-horror themed, and is slated to take place at the Atlanta Marriott Alpharetta Oct. 5-7, 2018.

 

 

 

 

All photos courtesy of Anthony Taylor and used with permission.

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This Week in ATLRetro, Sept. 25-Oct. 1, 2017

Posted on: Sep 24th, 2017 By:

by Melanie Crew
Managing Editor

Get spooked in ATLRetro this week! The days creep closer and closer to that most haunted pinnacle of fright and terror and we’ve dug up all the spooktacular events just for you! The ghosts and goblins have been let loose, so don’t be a fraidy cat; get out and get Retro!

Monday, September 25

The Hot Club of Atlanta gets old-timey at Hot Jam! Catch a screening of Disney’s MULAN (1998) at theatres across Atlanta at 2pm/6pm [AMC Phipps Plaza 14; AMC Sugarloaf Mills 18 (Lawrenceville); and AMC Dine-In North Point Mall 12 (Alpharetta)] through Sept. 28! GKids presents a Studio Ghibli Fest 2017 screening of Hayao Miyazaki’s NAUSICAA OF THE VALLEY OF THE WIND (1984) 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); AMC Southlake Pavilion 24 (Morrow); Studio Movie Grill’s (Duluth); and Regal Mall of Georgia 20 Plus Imax (Buford)]! Get your psychedelic cowboy fix with The Echo Ohs, Leather and TorpedoeZ at 529! 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!” Danny ‘Mudcat’ Dudeck fires it up with his rockin’ blues 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 as they dish out The Pork Bellys and a plate full ‘o finger lickin’ BBQ!

Tuesday, September 26

Rock out with The Cribs and PAWS at The Earl! It’s madness as Landmark Midtown Art Cinema continues their Classics Series with a screening of Francis Ford Coppola’s APOCALYPSE NOW (1979) at 7pm! Broadway in Atlanta brings you THE KING AND I at the Fox Theatre, running through Sun. Oct. 1! Rock out with The War On Drugs at the Tabernacle! Glam it up with Yesterday & Today at City Winery! Catch X Eye Blind at Eddie’s Attic! Go straight to hell for a night of glam horror punk with Kool Kats The Casket Creatures, Wednesday 13, Eyes Set to Kill, Repulsur and Death is a Dialogue at the Masquerade! Get down with the Poverty Level Band at Darwin’s Burgers & Blues! Rock out with The Redstone Ramblers 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 DJ Quasi Mandisco’s 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, September 27

Rock out with Kool Kat Amber Taylor and Ellen Meadows (The Sexual Side Effects) with Shawn Williams and Adelaide Tai at The Star Bar! Spend the night with The Indigo Girls with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra at Atlanta Symphony Hall! Or folk it up with Father John Misty at the Tabernacle! The StarBenders rock out at 529’s Atlanta Goth Night! Get your psyche rock fix with King Grizzard & The Lizard Wizard and Nest Egg at Variety Playhouse! Life is fine with Paul Kelly and Jess Cornelius at City Winery! Emory Cinematheque continues their Resist Fascism Series with a screening of Fritz Lang’s adaptation of Bertolt Brecht’s HANGMEN ALSO DIE (1943) at 7:30pm! Or get your classic Western fix with a screening of John Ford’s THE SEARCHERS (1956) at Studio Movie Grill (Alpharetta/Duluth) at 7:15pm! GKids presents a Studio Ghibli Fest 2017 screening of Hayao Miyazaki’s NAUSICAA OF THE VALLEY OF THE WIND (1984) 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); AMC Southlake Pavilion 24 (Morrow); Studio Movie Grill’s (Duluth); and Regal Mall of Georgia 20 Plus Imax (Buford)]! Or make your way to Cinemark Tinseltown 17 (Fayetteville) and help celebrate 30 years of Oliver Stone’s WALL STREET (1987) at 2pm/7pm! Make your way to the Red Light Café and get traditional with Trio Da Kali and Derek Grippers African Strings Project! Get down with the Robert Randolph & The Family Band, Jessica Hernandez & The Deltas at Terminal West! Jam out with The McLovins and Captain and the Kid at Smith’s Olde Bar! Get the rockin’ blues with the Cazanovas at Darwin’s Burgers & Blues! Art Holliday, Inc. boogies down at Fat Matt’s Rib Shack! 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, September 28

The Clermont Lounge brings the doom with The Obsessed! Prog rock it up with Pinback at the Masquerade! Kenny Wayne Shepherd dishes out the blues at Center Stage! Rock out for a one night-only 7pm screening of Dick Carruthers’ documentary, BLACK SABBATH: THE END OF THE END (2017) at Landmark Midtown Art Cinema! Rock out with Wax Fang at The Star Bar! Make your way to Terminal West for Creative Loafing’s Best of Atlanta Celebration, featuring live tunes by ATL Collective, the Alex Guthrie Band, Chelsea Shag, OKcello and more! Get the blues with Norman Frank & The Ghost Dance at The Vista Room! Get the blues with the Cody Matlock Band at Darwin’s Burgers & Blues! Get your funky ‘60s and ‘70s fix with Dyn-O-Mite at Smokebelly BBQ! It’s Mai Tai Thursday, so get swanky with Bogey & The Viceroy at Trader Vic’s and grab a couple cocktails! Heather Luttrell dishes out a night of rockin’ Americana 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, September 29

The horror! The horror! Atlanta kicks off its Halloween celebrations with a bang! Spook up the weekend with a whole lotta horror classics by haunting on down to the fourth annual Monsterama Convention, “The Fall of the House of Monsterama 2017” invading the Atlanta Marriott Alpharetta and haunting all your senses through Oct. 1! You won’t want to miss our Kool Kat interview with Monsterama Co-Chair, Anthony Taylor coming soon! Experience four horrorific tracks (Main, Literary, Maker and Film Screenings) while perusing the monsterific vender tables. Catch some killer guests including  Sybil Danning (BATTLE BEYOND THE STARS; HERCULES); BarBara Luna (THE DEVIL AT 4 O’CLOCK; STAR TREK); Dick Miller (THE TERMINATOR; GREMLINS; ROCK ‘N’ ROLL HIGH SCHOOL); visual effects expert Gene Warren Jr. (THE TERMINATOR; PET SEMATERY; ELIMINATORS); horror history expert and documentarian, Kool Kat Daniel Griffith of Ballyhoo Motion Pictures; creaturific artist Kool Kat Mark Maddox; Kool Kat Ricky Hess (HORROR HOTEL); filmmaker and set-dec dresser/buyer Kool Kat Dayna Noffke (“Under the Bed”); film score composer Tom Ashton (The March Violets); Kool Kat Shane Morton, ghost host with the most, a.k.a. Professor Morte; glamour ghoul Kool Kat Madeline Brumby and so much more! Tonight Cineprov riffs Irwin Allen’s THE LOST WORLD (1960) at 9pm! So, come on down for the horror that is Monsterama and get your classic horror fix!

Celebrate 50 years of Jean Claude Van Itallie’s play, TV FROM AMERICA HURRAH, running through Sept. 30 at 7 Stages! Haunt on down to Norcross for Netherworld Haunted House’s horrorific 21st season, gorrifying through Nov. 1! It’s a night of rockin’ classic country at The Star Bar with their Glen Campbell/Jerry Reed Tribute! And make your way downstairs to the Little Vinyl Lounge for a night of bluegrass with City Hotel! Get down with The Urban Shakedancers at The Vista Room! Get experimental at Avondale Towne Cinema with FLAP, the Edgewood Saxophone Trio and Duet for Theramin & Lap Steel! Get funky at Venkman’s with an evening of Prince: The B-Sides! Folk it up with Cheryl Wheeler and Blue Dogs LIVE at Eddie’s Attic! Make your way to Center Stage for a night with Ani DiFranco! Spend the night with Trey Anistasio and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra at Atlanta Symphony Hall! Get countrified with the Drive-By Truckers and Strand of Oaks at Variety Playhouse! Shimmy on down to the Elliot Street Pub and get down to the nitty gritty of it all with CandyBox’ Underground Burlesque Show! Rev on down to the Mule Camp Tavern in Gainesville for a night with The Sideburners! It’s a night of flamenco, African-beat gypsy jazz at the Buckhead Theatre with Beats Antique! The Lauren Mitchell Band gets old-timey at Darwin’s Burgers & Blues! Catch a screening of Disney’s A GOOFY MOVIE (1995) at SCADShow at 7pm! Get down with Dani Mac & Company at Fat Matt’s Rib Shack! Make your way to Blind Willie’s for a night with the “Blues Empress” Sandra Hall & The Shadows! Danny ‘Mudcat’ Dudeck with the Atlanta Horns and Beverly “Guitar” Watkins tear it up 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, September 30

Day 2 of the Monsterama Convention kills it with a screening of Robert Wiene’s THE CABINET OF DR. CALIGARI (1920) scored live by Valentine Wolfe at 1pm. Get haunted with cinematic and television history presented by Professor Morte’s Silver Scream Spook Show’s screening of Roger Corman’s THE TERROR (1963) on 16mm with special guest Dick Miller at 4pm. Monster Mash it up at the Monster Prom! Get witty and retro turn of the century London-style with Kool Kats Michael Stark and Terrell Garrett during their Wolverton Comic Book Release Party at My Parents’ Basement! Catch a screening of Jim Henson’s THE DARK CRYSTAL (1982) at the Center for Puppetry Arts at 7pm! Or make your way to the EAV Farmer’s Market for their “Movies under the (EAV) Stars” screening of Richard Donner’s ‘80s adventure, THE GOONIES (1985) at 7:30pm! Get intergalactic and make your way to the 2nd Annual Atlanta Sci-Fi Film Festival, running through Oct. 1, brought to you by The Multi-Cultural Sci-Fi Organization! Stomp on down to City Winery for a night with Michelle Malone, Drag the River and The James Hall Trio! Get down with The Urban Shakedancers with Wild West Picture Show at The Vista Room! Get your ‘80s latin rock fix with Café Tacuba at the Masquerade! It’s a night of retro-tastic tunes on the Piedmont Park Promenade with the Wasted Potential Brass Band, The REMakes, Yacht Rock Schooner and Slippery When Wet! Get a countrified encore with the Drive-By Truckers and Strand of Oaks at Variety Playhouse! Spend the night with the Queen of Soul at The Earl Smith Strand Theatre’s NATURAL WOMAN – AN ARETHA STORY, a biographical musical revue! Danny ‘Mudcat’ Dudeck and the Atlanta Horns tear it up at Northside Tavern! Get your ‘70s pop disco fix with the Susi French Connection at Eddie’s Attic! Get down with Little Joey’s Jumpin’ Jive at Darwin’s Burgers & Blues! Groove Rocket dishes out the blues at Fat Matt’s Rib Shack! Blues it up with House Rocker Johnson & The Shadwos at Blind Willie’s! St. James Live! delivers their Tribute to the Legends night every Saturday night!

Sunday, October 1

Rock out with The Queers, The Ataris and The Sawed Offs at The Earl! It’s day 3 and your last chance to get your classic horror fix at the Monsterama Convention! Get sweet and low down blues-style at the Northside Tavern with Uncle Sugar!

Ongoing

Get intergalactic with Wicket: The Musical at Dad’s Garage Theatre Company, geeking it up through Oct. 7!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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Murder, Mayhem and Madness! Our Top 10 Horrorific Reasons to Haunt on Down to the Inaugural WOMEN IN HORROR FILM FESTIVAL

Posted on: Sep 19th, 2017 By:

by Melanie Crew
Managing Editor

The Women in Horror Film Festival kills it at Crowne Plaza Atlanta SW – Peachtree City this Thursday-Sunday Sept. 21-24. A showcase of creative kickass female minds behind every aspect of the horrorific cinematic and filmmaking experience, contemporary and retro alike, the festival has much to offer all the horror cinephiles in your life. From slasher gore-fests to comedic catastrophes, here are 10 of our top reasons to get your spine tingled at the WIHFF!

1) ELM STREET GORE-GALS HEATHER LANGENKAMP & AMANDA WYSS. These ladies won our horror hearts with their portrayals of nightmare-filled teens Nancy Thompson (Langenkamp) and Tina Grey (Wyss) in Wes Craven’s ‘80s classic spawning its own hellacious franchise, A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET (1984).

2) LYNN LOWRY. From Kathy in George Romero’s THE CRAZIES (1973) and Ruthie in Paul Schrader’s CAT PEOPLE (1982), Lowry’s a swell scream queen who’s been killing it since the ‘70s, and is going strong as ever with at least ninety on-camera titles to her name (some current titles are announced or are in pre-production).

3) TRINA PARKS. Best known for her role as Thumper in DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER (1971), Parks’ career spanned the ‘70s with appearances in an episode of Rod Serling’s NIGHT GALLERY (“The Phantom Farmhouse” – 1971); DARKTOWN STRUTTERS (1975); THE MUTHERS (1976) and more. She came back deadlier than ever in David DeCoteau’s IMMORTAL KISS: QUEEN OF THE NIGHT (2012).

4) WIHFF CASKET OF TERROR. For all you gore-lovers and horror hounds, just purchasing a festival pass earns you the chance to win some pretty monsterific prizes in the Casket of Terror, which includes autographed memorabilia, DVDs and other horror goodies. Purchase a VIP Pass and you get 3 entries; a Weekend Pass earns you 2 entries; and a Day Pass will get you a single entry. Who doesn’t love terrifying treats?!

5) FRIGHTENING FILMS! The WIHFF has heads rolling with three days of non-stop action filled to the bloody brim with films galore! Friday’s (Sept. 22) schedule includes a Thriller Shorts Block, a Features Block (SHORT CUT, dir. Prano Bailey-Bond; MURDER MADE EASY, dir. Dave Palamaro), a Non-Competition Showcase Block and a Comedy Shorts Block. Saturday (Sept. 23) terrifies with a Horror Shorts Block, a Features Block (MARCO POLO, dir. Chelsea Peters; DEADTHIRSTY, dir. Jason Winn), an International Shorts Block, and a bonus Features Block (I SHOULD HAVE RUN, dir. Gabriela Staniszewska; 3, dir. Lou Simon). And Sunday (Sept. 24) gets gory and kicks off the day with a Features Block (STITCHED, dir. Heather Taylor; BUZZARD HOLLOW BEEF, dir. Joshua Johnson), a Student Shorts Block, a Southeast Block, and a second bonus Features Block (THE CHUTE, dir. Stacy Sherman; RUIN ME, dir. Preston DeFrancis). So, come on out and discover some new terrifying talent!

6) WES CRAVEN’S NEW NIGHTMARE SCREENING. You won’t want to miss a special screening of WES CRAVEN’S NEW NIGHTMARE (1994), followed by the Nightmare Panel with panelists Heather Langenkamp, Amanda Wyss and Marianne Maddalena, Friday, Sept. 22 at 6:30pm.

7) TWISTED TWINS – THE SOSKA SISTERS. From DEAD HOOKER IN A TRUNK (2009) to AMERICAN MARY (2013), Jen and Sylvia Soska have soaked up the indie cult-classic limelight as writers, actors and directors, churning out homage after homage of grind-house filmmaking. Come on out and catch the twisted sisters during their panels “You Finished Your Film, Now What?” (Sept. 23, 3:45 pm); and “Whose Film is it Anyway?” with Amanda Wyss (Sept. 23, 8:30pm).

8) MANIACAL MAKE-UP. Nadine Al-Remaizan and Christine Ramirez of Ramirez FX demonstrate the madness that is monster make-up and SFX with their “Create Big Budget Looks on a Shoestring Budget” panel/demonstration (Sept. 23, 11am).

9) WARPED WRITERS. There wouldn’t be films without writers, and of so WIHFF offers up two highly acclaimed horror/thriller/suspense writers Mylo Carbia, a.k.a. Hollywood’s No. 1 horror film ghostwriter turned author (THE RAPING OF AVA DESANTIS / VIOLETS ARE RED) and Meg Hafdahl (“Dark Things” / TWISTED REVERIES: THIRTEEN TALES OF THE MACABRE series). Both will be selling and signing during the festival.

10) SCARE-TASTIC SHOPPING.  You won’t want to miss out on the horrorific wares the festival vendors have to offer, from handmade horrors, to gothic gifts. During your stay, why not stock up on macabre movie memorabilia, cult classics and creepy clothing, costumes, accessories and more. Vendors will be selling/meeting guests from 12pm – 8pm daily during the festival.

Women in Horror Film Festival main con hours are Fri. Sept. 22 from 12 p.m. to 12 a.m.; Sat. Sept. 23 from 11 a.m. to 12 a.m.; and Sun. Sept. 24 from 12 p.m. to 9 p.m.For more info, visit the Women in Horror Film Festival official website here.

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Kool Kat of the Week: Dayna Noffke, Local Independent Filmmaker and Retro-tastic Gal Joins the Killer Cast and Crew of the Inaugural WOMEN IN HORROR FILM FESTIVAL

Posted on: Sep 18th, 2017 By:

by Melanie Crew
Managing Editor

Photo by Andrew Shearer of Gonzoriffic

Dayna Noffke, lover of all things retro, Jill of all trades and local filmmaker (ThrillRide Pictures), joins the gore-tastic ranks of the inaugural WOMEN IN HORROR FILM FESTIVAL (WIHFF) brought to you by Festival Directors Kool Kat Vanessa Ionta Wright (“Rainy Season”) and Samantha Kolesnik (“I Baked Him A Cake”). The festival invades Peachtree City promising a weekend filled to the bloody brim with kickass independent women filmmakers, creators and horror film enthusiasts. You won’t want to miss the horrorific lineup of shorts and feature-length films, panels, vendors and special guests including Heather Langenkamp (A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET), Amanda Wyss (A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET/BETTER OFF DEAD), Marianne Maddalena (SCREAM), Lynn Lowry (CAT PEOPLE/THE CRAZIES), Trina Parks (DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER) and more! Noffke has been given the excruciating task, yet a highly rewarding opportunity to get a sneak peek at the talent before it’s unleashed on the unsuspecting masses, as a WIHFF film judge. Competitor’s films for the film competition will screen throughout the festival weekend (Friday, September 22, 12:00 p.m. – 10:45 p.m.; Saturday, September 23, 12:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.; Sunday, September 24, 12:00 p.m. – 6:45 p.m.;  Crowne Plaza Atlanta SW – Peachtree City; Tickets $45 day pass ($55 at door) / $125 full fest pass ($140 at door); and $200 VIP Fest Pass (includes all speakers, workshops, films and special events including the Thursday night VIP party); Schedule for each screening block here; Tickets here)! Kick off this season of horror and make your way to the WIHFF, take a walk down the “Dead Carpet,” and experience a weekend full of killer cinema!

Noffke’s film career began in 2008 when she was cast as an extra in Rob Zombie’s HALLOWEEN II (2009). She’s been churning out what she calls “backyard no/low budget” short films ever since, while working part-time as a set dec-buyer/dresser (V/H/S VIRAL, THE VAULT) and working towards directing full-time, with no end in sight. Since 2009, Noffke’s made ten short films including “Safety First” (2009); “Mouse” (2012); “Picnic” (2012); “Recompense” (2014); “Under the Bed” (2015); with her latest being “Teaser,” which wrapped this past week. She’s also written three feature film scripts, which have done well in the screenplay contest circuit, prompting her to take the next step to produce a feature-length film in the near future. As a filmmaker who has had some pretty amazing life experiences (researched Mantled Howler monkeys in Nicaragua; took Gross Anatomy and dissected a human body, just to name a few), Noffke seems to be a perfect choice to judge some of the best independent horror films coming our way this year.

ATLRetro caught up with Dayna to chat about the Women in Horror Film Festival, what inspired her to dive head first into the film industry, her favorite horror movies as a kid, and rooting for kickass final girls. While you’re taking a stroll through our little Q&A, why not take a peek at a couple trailers for some of her short films here.

ATLRetro: How exciting to be a part of the inaugural WOMEN IN HORROR FILM FESTIVAL! Can you tell our readers how you got involved and a little about your role as film judge?

Dayna Noffke: It is exciting! We’re fortunate to have so many amazing film events in Atlanta and this is a wonderful addition. When I heard about the festival, I knew I wanted to be involved but I wasn’t certain that I would have a new film finished in time to submit for this year. I submitted to the organizers’ call for judges and before I knew it, I had a queue full of fantastic film work to review.

What’s it like to judge films of women who have dedicated their creativity and professional lives to the horror genre?

​It’s an honor to be entrusted with these films. I have been in the role of judge for a few different festivals now and I always take it very seriously. I know what it’s like to be on the other side — to have your work put out there for review, and I try to remember that and give each film my full attention and consideration. All of these filmmakers have my respect, because getting any film finished requires Herculean amounts of persistence and hard work. I greatly enjoyed judging, discovering new talents and seeing the evolution of those creators with whose work I am familiar.

We see that you’ve been involved in filmmaking since about 2008, when you were an extra in Rob Zombie’s HALLOWEEN II. What was it about that particular film production that made you want to make movies?

Photo by Andrew Shearer

​The experience of being an extra on that film gave me two things. First I was given the ability to see the filmmaking process and the roles on set, including watching a director who really enjoys his work. ​And secondly, I had a great freaking time on set. I felt very at home. It was a light bulb moment for me. All my life, I’d been struggling and bouncing through trying out different artistic disciplines with none of it ever “clicking.” Here it was. I got it. Prior to that experience, it wasn’t in my frame of reference to think of making films as something that I (and my friends) could do. Sure, I realized in an abstract sense that people were making them, but I hadn’t seen it up close and it was a separate world that I’d never experienced. Watching RZ direct that film changed my perspective, so yes – in a strange, roundabout way, Rob Zombie is responsible for my leap into the film world.

It was once thought that horror films were made by and generally made for a male audience. Of course we adamantly disagree, as horror is definitely right down our alley, especially pre-21st century horror. Can you tell our readers what drew you to the genre and why it keeps drawing you in deeper and deeper, as your own filmmaking career continues to grow?

The million dollar question. Why? Why are we so drawn to this darkness? I am actually a pretty light-hearted person. I consider myself lucky to have a great life that’s full of adventure and joy – which makes it perhaps even more of a puzzle. For me, I guess it is twofold. First of all, there’s the thrill. There is nothing like that feeling of being at the top of the clicking roller coaster hill or just before the corner in the haunted house – the anticipation, wanting to scream and laugh and run all at the same time. Monsters are fun, they’re fantasy, but most importantly, they’re an escape. Second, I am fascinated with human beings and that translates into a desire to understand them. While I certainly don’t empathize with people who are able to do horrible things to other people, I want to ‘get it.’ I want to know what makes them tick. Why do these things happen? I want to find sense and make something out of the chaos. I love writing about the survivors. I’m in awe of kickass final girls.

You’ve been employed in several roles in the film industry, including set decorator-buyer, writer, director, producer, etc. Is there any particular role you prefer over the others and why?

One of my favorite things about film is the collaborative nature of the art form. Working in different departments has given me an appreciation for the importance of the different aspects of filmmaking and a better view of the process holistically. I’ve been working professionally, for the past four-something years, as a set decoration buyer. I enjoy the work and it’s helped to develop my design eye, which has translated into better visuals in my own filmmaking. But ultimately, I want to write and direct. I want to be out there telling stories. I’m currently working on making that jump from set dec to being full time on my own projects. As for producing, I have done a lot of that on my projects out of necessity and while it’s a good learning experience, it’s not where my talents lie. I had a great producer, Chris Ethridge, on my most recent short, “Teaser,” and he was a lifesaver. I’m glad to hand that part over to people who are better-suited to the task.

Who are your favorite female horror directors and why are they your favorite? Were there any female role models in the horror genre that particularly inspired you growing up?

“Teaser” Cast & Crew, Photo by Ed Selby

I wasn’t really a monster kid. I was a kid who loved just about everything having to do with stories and pretending – from dolls to Grease to Star Wars – and also happened to be into all kinds of movies. I did always love the final girls who made it to the end of the horror movies — Nancy and Alice and Laurie, particularly. My list of favorite female directors is a long one! Not only are there the big ones, like Mary Harron – whose AMERICAN PSYCHO is a vision of absolute, all-out abandon – but there’s a huge list of indie filmmakers who are making waves in both short and feature length formats. Jen and Sylvia Soska, Karen Kusama, Izzie Lee, Jill Sixx, Lynne Hansen, Tonjia Atomic — the list goes on and on. What they all have in common is guts. They’re all out there taking chances and getting their stories told however they can. Their art is gorgeous and brave. I’m also a huge fan of the actors who make directing such a great job. I have been honored to work with Madeline Brumby (FRANKENSTEIN CREATED BIKERS, SPRING BREAK ZOMBIE MASSACRE), Katherine English and burlesque star Lola LeSoleil among others.

What would you say was your gateway drug/film that enticed you into the land of horror films?

The first real horror film I remember seeing is SILENT SCREAM. I recall that shortly after, my brother and I went on a FRIDAY THE 13TH and JAWS watching spree. I’d set the alarm to get up and watch films on Cinemax in the middle of the night. MY BLOODY VALENTINE also figures prominently into my childhood. ​

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

Just five? I love reading, music and films, so I’m always on a tear. There are two books that I cannot recommend highly enough. DEVIL ALL THE TIME by Donald Ray Pollack is a jaw-droopingly dark and poetic trip into the Southern Gothic. It’s unlike anything I’ve ever read. I’m also reading THE WITCHES: SUSPICION, BETRAYAL AND HYSTERIA IN 1692 SALEM by Stacy Schiff. It’s full of great information but not particularly academic, a more human approach to the Salem Witch trials story. As for films, Karen Kusama‘s feature film, THE INVITATION, is incredible. I’ve re-watched it a few times. It’s got a very tight, effective story and a killer cast. I will also add to the list of people singing the endless praises of Jordan Peele‘s GET OUT. It’s just that good! Since it’s September, I’m in heavy rotation on monster bop/classic Halloween music. I’m enjoying my new birthday present – Waxwork‘s limited edition MY BLOODY VALENTINE LP with score and music from the film.

What was your favorite horror film growing up?

As a child, JAWS all the way. My brother and I had a best friend who had a pool. We’d get the VHS and make a ‘movie theater’ with tickets, watch the film and then scare ourselves into a frenzy thinking that Jaws lived in the pool. I’ll also have to admit that we chased my brother around an awful lot as Jaws so… apologies on that front.  As a teenager, I really loved cheesy horror – things like MICROWAVE MASSACRE, TOOLBOX MURDERS and the like. ​I got hooked on RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD, EVIL DEAD and TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE then, too, and that has definitely stuck. TCM is my favorite to this day.

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

While I hesitate to speak for every woman in the industry, I’ve certainly heard enough stories and had enough experiences to see that there are definitely barriers to being heard as female filmmakers. I have been put in incredibly uncomfortable positions at cons and film festivals, where I wanted to be involved in the film conversation but was compelled to speak up and/or leave because of the incredibly casual misogynistic and ugly talk about other women. All I could think was, “If they are saying this while I am standing right here, what are they saying about us when I’m NOT here?” I’ve been followed to my hotel room at night by creepy guys and on and on. These types of harassment are barriers to all women – not just filmmakers – feeling comfortable attending and enjoying film events and that sucks. I’m heartened to see a lot of men starting to speak out about this and standing up beside us to put an end to this kind of behavior. There are other problems, of course. Sadly, it’s a long list.

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

Show up. Help other filmmakers with their projects and support them in their successes and challenges. Make movies whenever you can – it’s the only way to learn. Community makes the indie filmmaking world go round. Be relentless. The first time funding fell through for my feature, I was crushed. But I quickly realized that it’s probably going to happen a few dozen more times before that film gets made. Keep moving forward. We want to hear what you have to say.

As a filmmaker, and a film judge for the WIHFF, how does the competition look? Anything spectacularly horrorific and exciting you can tell us without giving too much away before the festival? Any particular film we should definitely check out?

​Hmmm. I’m not sure what I’m allowed to give away so I’m going to plead the fifth on this one. But trust me, the competition is FIERCE. You’re really going to enjoy this festival – it’s got everything from fun over-the-top gore to horror comedy and creature films to beautifully realized horror poetry.

What are you looking forward to most about the festival?

I’m really looking forward to meeting the filmmakers! I love catching up with the ones who I know and seeing what’s up next for them but I’m also excited to meet the creators of the films that I judged. There is so much talent out there. ​

And last but not least, what are you up to next? You’ve indicated that in 2018 you’ll be working on a feature-length project based on a screenplay you wrote. Can you tell us a little about that, and any other projects you’re currently working on or will be in the near future?

“Teaser” still with Jim Stacy and Lola LeSoleil

I have several projects in the works right now. I’m forever writing screenplays – who knows where they will take you? I finally finished up my short film, “Under the Bed” last month. It’s a fun little creature film that stars my daughter and one of my best friends – so we had a great time making it. I’m busy entering it into festivals right now. We wrapped on my latest short, “Teaser” last weekend. It’s a very lush and poetic burlesque-themed short and my biggest production so far. We have a hard deadline for getting it through post, so you can expect to see it at festivals soon!​ I am slated to shoot another short film, “Shark: A Love Story” for a local production company sometime at the beginning of the year. That one has a lot of special FX — blood everywhere! It’s going to be crazy!

I also have three feature film scripts that have been bouncing around for a while but nothing solid on production yet. It’s my goal to shoot my psychological thriller, EIDOLON, in 2018. It’s a very sparse psychological/paranormal thriller — a re-imagining of the classic Victorian short horror story, “The Yellow Wallpaper.” My feature script, GET CHINO! is a comedy/grind-house hybrid about five fan girls who kidnap their favorite action star in a bid to get him to star in their film. The screenplay has been chosen as an official selection at Oaxaca Film Festival this year and I’m looking forward to hearing some feedback on that one as well and maybe roll on it in the next few years.

All photos courtesy of Dayna Noffke and used with permission.

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This Week in ATLRetro, Sept. 18-24, 2017

Posted on: Sep 17th, 2017 By:

by Melanie Crew
Managing Editor

Rock out in ATLRetro This Week! Come see what we’ve found for you!

Monday, September 18

Catch a screening of Disney’s BEAUTY AND THE BEAST (1991) at theatres across Atlanta at 2pm/6pm [AMC Phipps Plaza 14; AMC Sugarloaf Mills 18 (Lawrenceville); and AMC Dine-In North Point Mall 12 (Alpharetta)] through Sept. 21! 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 your roots and soul fix 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 as they dish out The Pork Bellys and a plate full ‘o finger lickin’ BBQ!

Tuesday, September 19

Landmark Midtown Art Cinema continues their Classics Series with a screening of Terrence MalickTHE THIN RED LINE (1998) at 7pm! Rock out with The Golden Pelicans, Nag, Skin Jobs, and Harmacy at 529! Get old-timey with The Cactus Blossoms at Eddie’s Attic! Make your way to the Northlake Festival Movie Tavern for a screening of Mike Judge’s OFFICE SPACE (1999) ‘during their  Retro Cinema series at 7:30pm! Funk it up with Voodoo Visionary at City Winery! Get your old-timey Americana fix with Isaac Smith, Kyle Lacy & The Harlem River Noise and Kool Kat Caleb & The Gents at Smith’s Olde Bar! It’s a hootenanny and a half at The Star Bar with Lydia Loveless and Devon Gilfillian! Make your way to Terminal West for a night with Deer Tick! Get down with the Poverty Level Band at Darwin’s Burgers & Blues! It’s a night of foot stompin’ Americana with the Boo Hoo Ramblers 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 DJ Quasi Mandisco’s 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, September 20

It’s a hootenanny and a half at The Star Bar with Lydia Loveless and Nikki & The Phantom Callers! Spend the night with David Ryan Harris at Eddie’s Attic! Phone home and get intergalactic as TCM Big Screen Classics Presents a 35th Anniversary screening of Steven Spielberg’s E.T.THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL (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); Regal Atlantic Station Stadium 18; AMC Southlake Pavilion 24 (Morrow); AMC Sugarloaf Mills 18 (Lawrenceville); Studio Movie Grill’s (Alpharetta/Duluth); AMC Avenue Forsyth 12 (Cumming); and Georgian Stadium 14 (Newnan)]! Make your way to the Buckhead Theatre for a night with Hanson. Get funky and groove on down to City Winery for a taste of Bumpin the Mango! Emory Cinematheque continues their Resist Fascism Series with a screening of Ernst Lubitsch’s TO BE OR NOT TO BE (1942) at 7:30pm! Make your way to 529 for a night with Pony League and The High Divers! Make your way to the Northlake Festival Movie Tavern for an encore screening of Mike Judge’s OFFICE SPACE (1999) ‘during their  Retro Cinema series at 7:30pm! Get the rockin’ blues with the Cazanovas at Darwin’s Burgers & Blues! Art Holliday, Inc. boogies down at Fat Matt’s Rib Shack! Get jazzy at the Red Light Café with The Gordon Vernick Quartet! Spend the night with The Prestage Brothers 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, September 21

Take a walk down the “Dead Carpet” for the inaugural Women in Horror Film Festival brought to you by Festival Directors Kool Kat Vanessa Ionta Wright (RAINY SEASON) and Samantha Kolesnik, killing it through Sept. 24 at the Crowne Plaza Atlanta SW in Peachtree City, featuring a horrorific lineup of shorts and feature-length films (keep your eyes peeled for our Kool Kat interview with film judge and local filmmaker, Dayna Noffke), panels, vendors and special guests including Heather Langenkamp (A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET), Amanda Wyss (A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET/BETTER OFF DEAD), Marianne Maddalena (SCREAM), Lynn Lowry (CAT PEOPLE/THE CRAZIES), Trina Parks (DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER) and more! The Melvins rock out at the Masquerade! Or rock out with Gunpowder Gray, The Blood Royale, Moth Face, and Timmy James & The Blue Flames at The Star Bar! Stomp on down to Avondale Towne Cinema for a night with Blood on the Harp, Justin Hylton and Jason Waller! Funk it up with Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue at the Tabernacle! Get down and dirty at The Clermont Lounge with Forsaken Profits, We Want Blood, The Break and Resident One! Live long and prosper and celebrate 35 years of Nicholas Meyer’s STAR TREK II: WRATH OF KHAN (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); Regal Mall of Georgia 20 Plus Imax (Buford); Regal Atlantic Station Stadium 18; and AMC Southlake Pavilion 24 (Morrow)]! Spend the night with Jake Clemons at City Winery! Get the blues with the Cody Matlock Band at Darwin’s Burgers & Blues! Get your old-time country fix with Jimmy Webb at Eddie’s Attic! Gutter folk it up with Zale, Gas Hound, Greco, and Bellbreakers at The Earl! Lilly Hiatt at Smith’s Olde Bar! It’s Mai Tai Thursday, so rock on down to Trader Vic’s for a night of island tunes and tasty cocktails! Get down and dirty 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, September 22

It’s Day 2 of the Women in Horror Film Festival, so come on down and get your horror fix with a helluva lot of killer films, genre panels and more! Get funky with The New Orleans Suspects at City Winery! Hogarth it up and catch a screening of Brian Bird’s THE IRON GIANT (1999) at SCADShow at 7pm! Hop across the pond to Avondale Towne Cinema for a night of Beatles ’67 with Kenny Howes & Friends! Celebrate 60 years of Stax Records with Kool Kat Ruby Velle & The Soulphonics at The Vista Room! Get in the chamber and rock out with 2CELLOS and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra at Chastain Park! Kool Kat Hot Rod Walt & The Psycho Devilles revs it up with The Rocketz at The Star Bar! Kool Kat Talloolah Love, DJ Doctor Q and company get to swingin’ with their Speakeasy ElectroSwing Atlanta at the Red Light Café! Funk it up with The Charles Walker Band and Cadillac Jones at Venkman’s! The Temptations and The Four Tops dish out a night of classic soul and rock ‘n’ roll at Cobb Energy Center! Get to the root of it all with the Donna Hopkins Band at Darwin’s Burgers & Blues! Get the old-school blues with the Juke Joint Dukes at Fat Matt’s Rib Shack! The Mulligan Brothers folk it up at the Red Clay Theatre! Funk it up with Dumpstaphunk and Naughty Professor at Terminal West! The Shadows bring down the house at Blind Willie’s! Get down with Stoney Brooks 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, September 23

Day 3 of the Women in Horror Film Festival brings you SFX make-up panels and workshops, a meet and greet with Trina Parks, and blocks of killer films! Get hell-bent and rock on down to the Masquerade for Slaughter Que 2017, featuring a full carnival midway, sinfully delicious food and rockin’ live tunes! Or slink on down to EAV for the 2017 EAV Strut, featuring local food, an artist’s market and retro-tastic tunes with Big Brutus, The Cherry Bomb, Chickens and Pigs, Dusty Roads, DOT.S, Front Porch Session Players, Highriders, Low Valley Hearts, Mark and Lady Outlaw, Paralyzer, Tray Dahl & The Jugtime Ragband and more! Rock out during the EAV Strut’s After Party at The Earl with Red Sea, Adron and Kenneth Kenito Murray! Or get old-timey at the Atlanta History Center for the Fall Folklife Festival! Blues it up at the Wolf Creek Amphitheatre with An Evening Under the Stars Blues Festival featuring Anthony Hamilton and Tank! Spend the night with Adam Ant at the Variety Playhouse! 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! Rock out retro-style with The Western Sizzlers and the Chris Massey Band at Avondale Towne Cinema! Rock on down to The Star Bar for a night with El Scorcho, Nameless Nameless and Hyperspace! The Northside Tavern gets rockin’ with a little Chicago/Delta blues of The Breeze Kings! Sugarcane Jane dishes out a night of Americana at Serenbe’s Oak Room! Make your way to Eddie’s Attic for a night with Eliot Bronson, Caroline Aiken, Michelle Malone and Dede Vogt! Get down with The Scissormen at Darwin’s Burgers & Blues! Get the blues with Ron Cooley & The Hard Times at Fat Matt’s Rib Shack! Jazz it up with Francine Reed at Blind Willie’s! St. James Live! delivers their Tribute to the Legends night every Saturday night!

Sunday, September 24

It’s your last chance to get terror-fied at the Women in Horror Film Festival, so come on out and get your horror movie fix! Rock out with 1916, The Muckers and Battlefield Collective at The Earl! Get your vinyl fix during The Atlanta Record & CD Show at the Atlanta Marriott Century Center, from 10am – 4pm! Rock out with TESLA at Atlanta Symphony Hall! GKids presents a Studio Ghibli Fest 2017 screening of Hayao Miyazaki’s NAUSICAA OF THE VALLEY OF THE WIND (1984) 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); AMC Southlake Pavilion 24 (Morrow); Studio Movie Grill’s (Duluth); and Regal Mall of Georgia 20 Plus Imax (Buford)]! Or make your way to Cinemark Tinseltown 17 (Fayetteville) and help celebrate 30 years of Oliver Stone’s WALL STREET (1987) at 2pm/7pm! Mandi Strachota dishes out the blues at Darwin’s Burgers & Blues! Make your way to Park Tavern’s Sunset Sessions featuring Ron Gallo, Kool Kats Gringo Star and Shantih Shantih! Get down with 10,000 Pontiacs at Fat Matt’s Rib Shack! Get sweet and low down blues-style at the Northside Tavern with Uncle Sugar!

Ongoing

Get intergalactic with Wicket: The Musical at Dad’s Garage Theatre Company, geeking it up through Oct. 7!

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, Sept. 11-17, 2017

Posted on: Sep 10th, 2017 By:

by Melanie Crew
Managing Editor

Surf on into ATLRetro This Week and come check out all the shakin’ shenanigans we’ve dug up just for you!

Monday, September 11

[Monday’s events are subject to cancellation due to impending weather. Contact venues for event updates.] Get intergalactic and celebrate the 40th Anniversary of Steven Spielberg’s CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND (1977) at theatres across Atlanta (contact theatres for show times) [AMC Phipps Plaza 14; AMC Sugarloaf Mills 18 (Lawrenceville); and AMC Parkway Point 15] through Sept. 13! Get sinister and celebrate 40 years of Dario Argento’s SUSPIRIA (1977), bloodying it up at The Plaza Theater through Sept. 14! Get down with the Emerald Empire Band at The Vista Room! Come on down to Eddie’s Attic for a night with Sonia Leigh! 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 the blues with Matthew Pendrick 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 as they dish out The Pork Bellys and a plate full ‘o finger lickin’ BBQ!

Tuesday, September 12

[Tuesday’s events are subject to cancellation due to impending weather. Contact venues for event updates.] Landmark Midtown Art Cinema continues their Classics Series with a screening of Mike Nichols’ adaptation of Joseph Heller’s CATCH-22 (1970) at 7pm! Get nerdy and naughty with Kool Kat Katherine Lashe and her burly-Q gals of Syrens of the South during their Tease Tuesday Burlesque: Nerdtastic event, shakin’ it up at the Red Light Café! Spend the night with Kool Kat Noelle Shuck/Shehehe, Jenny Parrott and Banjolicious at Smith’s Olde Bar! Get down with the Poverty Level Band at Darwin’s Burgers & Blues! 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 DJ Quasi Mandisco’s 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, September 13

Rock out with Cheetah Chrome’s DEAD BOYS, The Cheifs and Kool Kat Ray Dafrico at The Earl! Or sleaze it up and make your way to The Star Bar for a night with Black P#ssy, The Crush and Hot Ram! Emory Cinematheque continues their Resist Fascism Series with a screening of Michael Curtiz’ classic CASABLANCA (1942) at 7:30pm! Rock on down to 529 for a night with Dinos Boys, Trouble Boys and Paralyzer! Folk it up with Ben Ottewell and Cortez Garza at City Winery! Get hell bound and make your way to the Studio Movie Grill’s (Alpharetta/Duluth) screening of Clint Eastwood’s UNFORGIVEN (1992) at 7:15pm! Live long and prosper and celebrate 35 years of Nicholas Meyer’s STAR TREK II: WRATH OF KHAN (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); Regal Mall of Georgia 20 Plus Imax (Buford); Regal Atlantic Station Stadium 18; and AMC Southlake Pavilion 24 (Morrow)] Get the rockin’ blues with the Cazanovas at Darwin’s Burgers & Blues! Art Holliday, Inc. boogies down at Fat Matt’s Rib Shack! Get jazzy at the Red Light Café with The Gordon Vernick Quartet! Get down with Bob Page 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, September 14

Rock out with Andy Blade and Dinos Boys at The Star Bar! Spend the night with The Jailhouse Gypsies and Dave Tamkin at the Red Light Café! Spend the night with Andrew W.K. and 7-10 Split at Terminal West! Get the psychedelic folk blues with the Chris Robinson Brotherhood at the Variety Playhouse! Take the Atlanta Highway on down to Atlanta Symphony Hall for a night with The B-52’s and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra! Kool Kat Hot Rod Walt gets acoustic and rocks out at Porterdale Bar & Grill! Blues it up with Dwayne Shivers and Joe Pub at City Winery! Spend the night with A.J. Croce and Mike Ryan at Eddie’s Attic! It’s Mai Tai Thursday, so rock on down to Trader Vic’s for a night with the Knotty Boys! Kool Kat Scott Glazer’s Mojo Dojo dishes out a night of blues and southern soul 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, September 15

Surf on to Trader Vic’s ‘cause you won’t want to miss the shakin’ pre-bash shenanigans during  Pre-Party for SouthernSurf Stomp Fest 2017, featuring rockin’ tunes with the Aqualads, The Johnny Zoom Hi-Fi Show and The Dangling Tassels! Or take the Atlanta Highway on down to Atlanta Symphony Hall for a night with The B-52’s and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra! Get your Americana fix with Ray Wylie Hubbard and Caroline Aiken at City Winery! Raise a ruckus at The Star Barwith the Heels, Andrea Colburn & Mud Moseley and Mishka Shubaly! Make your way to the Little Vinyl Lounge (The Star Bar) for Kool Kat Jeffrey Butzer’s ANT LODGE Vol. 2 starring The Bicycle Eaters, Bill Taft, Georgie Harris and the Endless West Traveling Magic Show! Rock out with The Biters and Gunpowder Gray at The Earl! Get down with the Atlanta Funk Society at Venkman’s! Get jazzy with Melvin Jones at the High Museum! Thrash it up with Overkill, Crowbar and Havoc at the Masquerade! Stomp on down to the Red Light Café for a night with Russ Still & The Moonshiners, Honey Hips and The dround hounds! Get your ‘90s Brit rock fix with Swervedriver at Terminal West! Get the psychedelic folk blues and a second night with the Chris Robinson Brotherhood at the Variety Playhouse! Rev on down to The Pointe in Conyers for a night with Kool Kat Hot Rod Walt & The Psycho Devilles! Get your North Mississippi Hill country blues fix with The Bush League at Darwin’s Burgers & Blues! Folk it up with Mike Kinnebrew and Eric Dodd at Eddie’s Attic! Funk it up with the Jason Pastras Trio at Fat Matt’s Rib Shack! Big Bill Morganfield dishes out the blues at Blind Willie’s! Get funky with Zydefunk 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, September 16

Rock out surf-style with the big kahuna, Kool Kat Chad Shivers and his kickin’ cohorts at the rockin’est annual shindig in Avondale Estates, the Southern Surf StompFest, catching a wave at Little Tree Art Studios, featuring Kool Kat Caroline & the Ramblers, The Surge!, The Mystery Men?, the Aqualads, Genki Genki Panic, The Out of Limits, El Capitan & The Reluctant Sadists, the Rondo Hatton Band, the Reverburritos, special guest DJ Dusty Booze and so much more to feed your kitschy vintage culture lust! Get Drawn & Disorderly with our pal and Kool Kat Chris Hamer (UrbnPop) and more at the Red Brick Brewing Company! Get intergalactic and make your way to a galaxy far away with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra’s Star Wars and More: The Music of John Williams event at Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre! Spend the night with the Man in Black at The Star Bar’s annual Johnny Cash Tribute Show & Diabetes Benefit! Jam on down to Avondale Towne Cinema for Dead Affect! Old-time it up with classic ‘60s and ‘70s country during The Earl Smith Strand Theatre’s Strand Ole Opry! Get your classic soul fix with Lalah Hathaway and Avery Sunshine during the Fox Theatre’s Saturday Soul Series! Or swing on down to the Blue Mist Café in Marietta as the Camilla Sanders Jazz Quartet brings you Indigo Swing! Eighties it up with Kool Kat Becky Cormier Finch and Denim Arcade at The Wing Cafe in Marietta! Get groovy and head on over to the Buckhead Theatre for a Pink Floyd Laser Spectacular! Make your way to Eddie’s Attic for a night with Stephane Wrembel, Granville Automatic, Jesse Terry and Delta Moon! Raise a ruckus at Motorheads in McDonough with Kool Kat Hot Rod Walt & The Psycho Devilles! Get funky with Kool Kat VJ Anthony during his FASCINATED: Electro Disco Freestyle Funk Video Dance Party at Amsterdam Atlanta! It’s a Chicken Pickin’ Brunch with Kool Kat Caleb & The Gents at Venkman’s! Biscuit Miller & The Mix gets funky at Darwin’s Burgers & Blues! Forever Abbey Road pays tribute to The Beatles at the Red Clay Theatre! ATL Collective relives Phil Collins’ HITS at Terminal West! Bluegrass it up with The Infamous Stringdusters and Boy Called Banjo at the Variety Playhouse! Get down and dirty with Mr. Chapman’s Quarterly Revue at Fat Matt’s Rib Shack! Get the blues with the Cody Matlock Band at Blind Willie’s! Get funky with Zydefunk at Northside Tavern! St. James Live! delivers their Tribute to the Legends night every Saturday night!

Sunday, September 17

For a little hair of the surfy dog that bit ya, boogie on down to The Burnt Hickory Brewery (Kennesaw) for the Southern Surf StompFest 2017 After Party, featuring encore presentations of Genki Genki Panic, The Mystery Men? and The Out of Limits! Get down with the Dirty Dozen Brass Band at City Winery! Shimmy on down to 7 stages and celebrate a decade of salty shenanigans Kool Kat Katherine Lashe and the burly-Q gals of Syrens of the South with their 10th Annual Burlesque, Vaudeville and Variety Show at 7pm! Phone home and get intergalactic as TCM Big Screen Classics Presents a 35th Anniversary screening of Steven Spielberg’s E.T.THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL (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); Regal Atlantic Station Stadium 18; AMC Southlake Pavilion 24 (Morrow); AMC Sugarloaf Mills 18 (Lawrenceville); Studio Movie Grill’s (Alpharetta/Duluth); AMC Avenue Forsyth 12 (Cumming); and Georgian Stadium 14 (Newnan)]! Geek it up at Challenges Games & Comics during their Batman: TAS 25th Anniversary Marathon at 2pm! Get down with 10,000 Pontiacs at Fat Matt’s Rib Shack! Rock out with The Cosmic Gypsies at Johnny’s Hideaway! Get sweet and low down blues-style at the Northside Tavern with Uncle Sugar!

Ongoing

Get intergalactic with Wicket: The Musical at Dad’s Garage Theatre Company, geeking it up through Oct. 7!

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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