This Week in ATLRetro, October 16-22, 2017

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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