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

by Melanie Crew
Managing Editor

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

Monday, November 13

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

Tuesday, November 14

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

Wednesday, November 15

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

Thursday, November 16

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

Friday, November 17

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

Saturday, November 18

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

Sunday, November 19

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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