This Weekend in Retro Atlanta, Sept. 30-Oct. 2, 2011

Friday, Sept. 30





Dex Romweber Duo, Forty-Fives, Subsonics and Andrew and the Disapyramids make for another rockin’ Retro night at Star Bar. Explore the just-opened DARWIN exhibit, voyage to GALAPAGOS on the giant screen, sip on Galapagos Gimlets, swing to tiki lounge act Tongo Hiti and hula alongside the Dames Aflame in an Island Adventure-themed Fernbank Museum of Natural History’s Martinis and IMAX. For an exclusive sneak preview of the tropical-themed fun, check out our interview with the Dames’ own missing link, MonkeyZuma here. Sana Blues plays Fat Matt’s, and Zydefunk is at Northside Tavern. Kansas takes you back to the ’70s at Cobb Energy Centre.







The Suzan rocks Drunken Unicorn on Fri. Sept. 30 and Anime Weekend Atlanta on Sat. Oct. 1.






CineProv! pokes fun at the live-action MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE (1987) at Relapse Theatre. And it’s opening night of the living dead at The Atlanta Zombie Apocalypse. J-Pop girls garage band The Suzan rocks Drunken Unicorn. And Anime Weekend Atlanta kicks off its first full-day at Cobb Galleria Centre. Find out why AWA Events Director Jason Merrill is this week’s Kool Kat here.

Saturday Oct. 1









Britain’s most romantic vocalist Bryan Ferry transforms Chastain into Avalon. A powerful trio of performers –Indigo Girls, Shawn Mullins and Francine Reed get together and play Party at Ponce at Ponce City Market. It’s the big day at Anime Weekend Atlanta including costume contest, Anime Cabaret burlesque produced by Stormy Knight, vintage jazz Bebop Lounge, J-Pop bands Moon Stream and The Suzan, and much more. Weird Al Yankovic makes fun the ’80s way at Cobb Energy Centre. The Peachtree Music Festival invades Midtown. Destination East Point Fall Festival gets jazzy with the Joe Gransden Quartet, while the musical line-up at Vinings Jubilee Festival includes Yacht Rock Revue and Memory Lane Jazz Ensemble. Emory Presbyterian Church throws a Bluegrass & BBQ Fall Festival with Tucker Station String Band, Hicks With Picks, Porch Bottom Boys, Grass Backwards and Mars Hills Porch Pickers. And as usual, DJ Romeo Cologne transforms the sensationally seedy Clermont Lounge into a ’70s disco/funk inferno late into the wee hours.






Sunday Oct. 2































Put on your mourning clothes and head to Oakland Cemetery‘s annual Sunday in the Park for a Victorian picnic among the crypts. Highlights include a historic costume and hat contest, bluegrass bands, vendors, walking tours and unlocked mausoleums. It’s your last chance to shop for vintage anime, manga, kaiju eiga, Lolita-wear and kimonos at Anime Weekend AtlantaAlex Commins and Todd Prusin serve up the music at blues “dunch” between 1-4 PM at The Earl. Johnny Roquemore & the Apostles of Bluegrass play Eddie’s Attic. Fat Back Deluxe brings on the blues at Fat Matt’s.


ALL BLUESRobert Earl Price‘s compelling meditation on the moral complexities of journalist Ray Sprigle‘s 30 days impersonating a black man in the south in 1948, has its world premiere at 7 Stages. Watch for a preview article about this powerful production soon. Through Oct. 9.

Feeling more cinematic?  Dad’s Garage serves up ZONKERS – An Eighties Tit Comedy.Yup the zany guys and gals at Dad’s celebrate a beautiful and largely forgotten movie genre – films about girls with big boobs that are out of the league of the nerdy boys that crave them. At a summer camp! Plus zero gravity scenes set in outer space and a Boob Bot. Through October 14 on the Main Stage.Ongoing

Ding-Dong the Wicked Witch is the Hero?! That’s the premise of the Broadway hit musical WICKED, an upside-down retelling of the 1939 movie version of THE WIZARD OF OZ. And we can’t think of a more magical place for the Broadway Across Americatouring production to stage it than 1929 movie palace the Fabulous Fox Theatre. If you’re on a budget, come to the box office 2 1/2 hours before showtime and submit your name for daily drawings of limited last-minute $25 orchestra seat tickets. Read our exclusive interview with former Atlanta actor Mark Jacoby, who plays the Wizard, here. Tues.-Sun. performances run through Oct. 9.

LIFE AND DEATH IN THE PYRAMID AGE: THE EMORY OLD KINGDOM MUMMY features the first public viewing in 50 years of the oldest Egyptian mummy in the Western Hemisphere, acquired from excavations at Abydos by Emory Theology Professor William A. Shelton in 1920. Watch for a Really Retro piece on this fascinating exhibit at Emory’s Michael C. Carlos Museum soon. Through Dec. 11, 2011.

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