This Week in ATLRetro – Home Edition #19 – July 20-26, 2020

by Melanie Crew
Managing Editor

We at ATLRetro care about your health and well-being, so This Week we are bringing you our nineteenth installment of our Home-Edition, a week’s worth of retrotastic fun you can experience straight from your couch and safely socially distanced!

Manic Monday, July 20

Get your retro-tastic drive-in fix at The Starlight Drive-In with a double-feature of Richard Donner’s THE GOONIES (1985) at 9:30pm, Joe Dante’s GREMLINS (1984) at 11:35pm, and a screening of David R. Ellis’s SNAKES ON A PLANE (2006) at 11:40pm! Come see what the Plaza Theatre Drive-In has in store for you this week – new listings (screenings/times) are posted every Monday night here! The Atlanta Film Festival’s 2020 selection FLANNERY (2019) directed by Elizabeth Coffman and Mark Bosco is now available for streaming here, and Dawn Porter’s JOHN LEWIS: GOOD TROUBLE (2020) is streaming here! Kino Lorber is sizzlin’ this summer with their Lazy Hazy Crazy Summer Sale happening now! Venus Furs shares debut LP VENUS FURS out now via Silk Screaming Records! Paul Weller delivers new album ON SUNSET out via Polydor Records, which includes new singles, “Village,” “Earth Beat,” and more! Physical copies available July 31! Get some swampadelic soul with Larkin Poe’s new album SELF MADE MAN out now via Tricki-Woo Records. Purchase/stream it here! Rock out and tune into Kool Kat Rev. Andy Hawley’s Psychobilly Freakout Radio broadcasting on Garage 71 at 8pm, every Monday!

Timeless Tuesday, July 21

Join the Atlanta Film Society as they present Eat, Drink & B-Indie on Instagram Live (@atlfilmsociety)! Hear from Jose A. Acosta (writer/ director/cinematographer known for his scripted TV work on PBS’s Edgar Allan Poe’s Mystery Theatre, and his promo work with Cartoon Network, Showtime, Bravo, and many others), at 7:30pm! Hard rock band The Lonely Ones share their reimagined version of Queen’s classic song “Flash” via Loudwire!  Get your retro-tastic drive-in fix at The Starlight Drive-In with a double-feature of Richard Donner’s THE GOONIES (1985) at 9:30pm, Joe Dante’s GREMLINS (1984) at 11:35pm, and a screening of David R. Ellis’s SNAKES ON A PLANE (2006) at 11:40pm! Boogie down with BE Creative Arts Center’s virtual dance session, Soul Line Dance Tuesday at 8pm! Soundwalk Collective with Patti Smith announce a new album PERADAM out September 2020 on Bella Union and share their new track “Peradamhere! LPX (Lizzy Plapinger) releases “Delayed Gratificationhere from upcoming EP to come out Summer 2020. Her anthem for change “New Mood” can be streamed here and you can catch the video here! We know you need your swingin’ Joe Gransden fix, so why not visit his site and catch a video or two of his, including him and his band swingin’ it up at Café 290, here! Get musical with Andrew Lloyd Webber as he streams his musicals free online, every Friday, via his The Shows Must Go On YouTube channel here!

Way Back Wednesday, July 22

A Cappella Books presents author and founding member of The Talking Heads, Chris Frantz during Remain in Love Exclusive Live Virtual Event at 8pm! Get your retro-tastic drive-in fix at The Starlight Drive-In with a double-feature of Richard Donner’s THE GOONIES (1985) at 9:30pm, Joe Dante’s GREMLINS (1984) at 11:35pm, and a screening of David R. Ellis’s SNAKES ON A PLANE (2006) at 11:40pm! Get jazzy and live stream the Gordon Vernick Quartet hosted by the Red Light Café at 9pm! Catch Robyn Hitchcock every Wednesday at 9pm (details here), broadcasting from his kitchen all over the world! Also, please note, Emma Swift’s BLONDE ON THE TRACKS, a reimagining of Bob Dylan songs, will be released on Robyn’s Tiny Ghost label on August 14! Check out Atlanta Movie Tour’s Georgia Film & Chill: The Best of Georgia Edition at 5:30pm! Atlanta four-piece disruptive rock band The Villa is excited to share their debut single and video Turning Point premiering now with Alternative Press. The Nixons post-grunge it up with new EP SONIC BOOM through Intercept Music available for download here and share the official music video for single “Ghost of an Angelhere! Get your 80s-esque synth fix with machinegum’s “Kubes” video here!

Throwback Thursday, July 23

Kool Kat Vanessa Wright with the Women in Horror Film Festival present The Hellbent Takeover at 8pm! Charis Books hosts The Black Feminist Book Club tonight virtually at 7pm, discussing Kathleen CollinsWHATEVER HAPPENED TO INTERRACIAL LOVE! Kristen Englenz gets down during Amplify’s Summer Streaming Series at 8:30pm, hosted by Waller’s Coffee Shop! Rock out with Built to Spill via livestream, hosted by the Variety Playhouse here at 8pm! Get your retro-tastic drive-in fix at The Starlight Drive-In with a double-feature of Richard Donner’s THE GOONIES (1985) at 9:30pm, Joe Dante’s GREMLINS (1984) at 11:35pm, and a screening of David R. Ellis’s SNAKES ON A PLANE (2006) at 11:40pm! Indie folk it up with Grant Pavol’s “Bones” single and video. Debut album ABOUT A YEAR will be out September 4! Rufus Wainwright releases much-anticipated album UNFOLLOW THE RULES, available free here! Hammonds House Museum presents new free virtual program: Conversations about Jazz with Carl Anthony, every other Thursday at 7:30pm, beginning July 9, through December 24. To RSVP, click here! The National Theatre is streaming a production a week, every Thursday, here. Ren Harvieu shares video for “This is How You Make Me Feel,” and B-Side track, “Revel in the Drama.” Her new album REVEL IN THE DRAMA is out now on Bella Union. The Atlanta Film Festival (ATLFF) is going live with filmmakers slated to play at the 44th Atlanta Film Festival! ATLFF will be hosting interviews with filmmakers from their 2020 official selections. Each interview will provide you with a behind the scenes look into the upcoming festival and the films we program – tonight’s interview is with filmmaker T Cooper at 7pm! Atlanta alt-country/indie rock band Nikki & The Phantom Callers releases debut LP, EVERYBODY’S GOING TO HELL (BUT YOU AND ME) out now! Check out their “Fallen Angel” video here!

Freaky Friday, July 24

Gero von Boehm’s documentary, HELMUT NEWTON: THE BAD AND THE BEAUTIFUL, starring Grace Jones, Isabella Rossellini and more opens today via Kino Marquee’s virtual theatres including the LeFont Film Society’s virtual theatre here! Bob Mould (Husker Du) releases “Forecast of Rain,” a new song from his upcoming album BLUE HEARTS, arriving via MERGE RECORDS September 25! Alt-rock artist, Rob Clores, releases his first single, “Flesh and Blood,” and announces debut EP, SPLIT SECOND MELTDOWN due out today! Spend the night with Bernadette Seacrest on Waller’s Coffee Shop Outer Space Stage, at a safe social distance (masks highly encouraged) at 6:30pm! Have a rockin’ good time at a safe distance during Drive-In Live at Avalon in Alpharetta (social distancing strictly enforced) at 6pm! California brother-fronted indie rock band Honyock has released their new #13 EP via Park The Van Records, and sharing a dynamic video for single “The Quarry.” Z Berg releases GET Z TO A NUNNERY, featuring numerous guests including Ryan Ross (Panic at the Disco, The Young Veins), Ethan Gruska, Phoebe Bridgers, Madison Cunningham and Blake Mills watch “To Forget You here! Sixties/seventies-inspired pop/rock artist, Eddy Lee Ryder, releases debut EP, EXPECTED TO FLY! Atlanta transgender psych-rock artist AM TAYLOR is featured at AudioFemme and delivers a new single, “Bright Yellow Sun” out here! Surf-Western duo Andrea & Mud announce new LP, BAD NEWS DARLIN’ available now. Check it out here! Big Black Delta announces new LP 4 out now and shares “Lord Only Knows” Video Via BrooklynVegan! NETHERWORLD’s escape room games, Escape the NETHERWORLD, has reopened. NETHERWORLD requests the use of face masks and/or face shields by guests while in public areas! Guided By Voices announce sunny summer album MIRRORED AZTEC. Pre-order album at Rockathon Records! Check out their single Haircut Sphinx and make sure you catch their “World Tour” Full Electric Streaming Concert Friday July 17th! The Plaza Movie Club Time Warps it up with The Rocky Horror Quarantine Show every Friday here! A.A. Williams shares cover of Deftones “Be Quiet and Drive” and her debut album FOREVER BLUE (pre-order here)! Donita Sparks of L7 deliversThe Hi-Low Show with Donita Sparksevery Friday @ 3pm PT viaWe Are Hear: On The Air” streaming network. The Earl Smith Strand Theatre is providing virtual classic double features every Friday night via Twitch TV here!

Scintillating Saturday, July 25

Let Puddles Pity Party serenade you in the comfort of your own home with his Summer Streaming Series at 5:30pm! Plasma Canvas release new music video for “Rot” Exclusively with The Noise! And their new EP KILLERMAJESTIC is out now via SIDEONEDUMMY Records! The Point brings you their outdoor socially distanced (masks requested to be worn) Summer Event Series on the green featuring Last Five Standing at 5pm! The 2 Man String Band and Daniel Hearn get down on Waller’s Coffee Shop Outer Space Stage, safely socially-distanced and masked at 6:30pm! Get virtual with some Smooth Jazz & Soulful Voices at 7:30pm! ELLEFSON, the solo band of Grammy-Winning MEGADETH bassist David Ellefson will release their cover of the POST MALONE track “Over Now”, currently available exclusively on BANDCAMP, and on all other digital outlets here. The track will appear on their as yet-untitled debut album, tentatively due in October. Get rocked as Slick Shoes announce their first full-length album in 17 years, ROTATION & FREQUENCY, to be released September 25! Steam their new song “Whispers” now! Power popper Tiny Stills’ new single, “Craigslist Bed,” is available for streaming here! Lesibu Grand, harnessing the new-wave sensibilities of golden-era Blondie while keeping their feet firmly planted the alternative unpredictability of early Pixies delivers a new single and video for “Jennifer, My Girl.” Drab City dish out the eerie sounds of the ‘60s with their video for “Live Free & Die When It’s Cool” on their debut album, GOOD SONGS FOR BAD PEOPLE out now via Bella Union! Check out Kool Kat Jeffrey Butzer’s new piano collection of his older songs via LP here! Garage rock duo, THE DODIES, released their debut album IT’S ONE HELL OF A RIDE. Check out their video for single “Boiling Pointhere! The Center for Puppetry Arts is live-streaming performances and providing workshops on line via their website for free here! Hey parents! Check out the Children’s Museum of Atlanta’s virtual learning program #CMAatHome, featuring story time, singing and more!

Science ‘n’ more Sunday, July 26

Feeling special? Why not check out Puddles Pity Party’s VIP Virtual Meet ‘n’ Greet at 2pm! The Corner Tavern Hapeville brings you their new outdoor Beer Garden (socially distanced picnic tables) and presents the Francisco Lora Jazz Trio at 6pm! Joy Division-esque Monograms release ONLY A CEILING CAN STAY INSIDE FOREVER, out July 31! And check out their single, “American Dreamz!” Uni (GOASTT/Jack White)  share “The Girl Who Has It All”! California skatepunk unit CHASER is thrilled to announce the release of LOOK ALIVE, a new 7-inch including 2 exclusive songs. Due out September 4, this new offering will be available worldwide in 4 different color variants via Thousand Islands Records (Canada), Sound Speed Records (USA), SBAM Records (Europe) and Pee Records (Australia). Limited to 333 copies with pre-orders going live on July 31. Los Angeles alt rockers WEATHERS deliver new single “C’est La Vie,” streaming here! The Allman Betts Band releases their official music video for “Long Gone,” available on their DOWN TO THE RIVER LP out now! Brooklyn Americana songwriter Seán Barna shares Naked Heart (Missy) via Cool Hunting with his new EP MARGARET THATCHER OF THE LOWER EAST SIDE out now! It’s your last day to geek it up with some old-school games during the Southern-Fried Gaming Virtual Expo!  The Star Bar rocks out with their Almost Live from Little 5! The Metropolitan Opera is offering a Nightly Opera Stream. Click here for more information, including weekly schedule. Get experimental and stream Matt Wolf’s documentary SPACESHIP EARTH (2020), delving into Biosphere 2 and the eight visionaries who quarantine themselves for two years in the self-engineered replica of Earth’s ecosystem! The Fernbank Museum goes epically virtual! Catch virtual screenings of DINOS ALIVE! and MUMMIES and more!

Help support our local businesses and artists (A-Z Listing)

 *Go to Save our Stages to help support Atlanta’s theatre/concert venues!
*Check out 7 Stages’ YouTube channel here to live stream, and while you’re at it, purchase a gift certificate or two to help now and see art later here!
*A Cappella Books – Join their VIP discount and membership club for discounts and more (A Cappella Choir). Members who would like to purchase anything online can do so by sending them your list via email or by phone order at (404) 681-5128. All choir members are eligible for free home delivery! Find out more and join here.
*Get monsterific and check out Monsterama’s Kool Kat Anthony Taylor’s Etsy page, Pop Kulture Vulture!
*Atlanta Science-Fiction & Fantasy Expo 2020 had to cancel/postpone (we’ll post their new dates when they announce) but you can still support their authors, artists & vendors at their Virtual Market!
*Browse and purchase your favorite books and more at Atlanta Vintage Books!
*Why not check out our Kool Kat Derek Yaniger’s art and creator of our ATLRetro logo!
*Dirk Hays, purveyor of all that is monstrous and weird, makes art, so why not check out Art by Dirk!
*Geek it up and check out Dr. No’s Comics & Games Superstore (online store here) in Marietta offering gift certificates which can be purchased over the phone for later use and curbside pick-up!
*Eagle Eye Book Shop is offering free shipping on $10 or more orders!
*The Earl Smith Strand Theatre – Help support them here.
*Help support the staff at Eddie’s Attic by contributing to their GoFundMe here.
*Jonathan Chaffin’s Horror in Clay, offers tiki mugs filling your every monster madness need!
*Check out Jeanne the Maskmaker’s Etsy page here!
*Get your vintage jewelry fix with Jezebel Blue and your retro style fix with 2the9s Retro!
*Kyle Yaklin gets creaturific with his creature masks and more!
*Landmark’s Midtown Art Theatre – Support by purchasing gift cards for future use here.
*Support the employees of the Masquerade via their GoFundMe here!
*The Plaza Theatre – Support by either purchasing vouchers for future events here, or by supporting their Go Fund Me here, or you can donate or become a member of The Plaza Theatre Foundation. Check out their online store here!
*Get jazzy and help support the Suite Food Lounge’s Suite Jazz Band here!
*Kool Kat Shane Morton,  and Silver Scream FX Lab offers one hellacious merch store with monster masks, art and more!
*Support L5P’s Transporter Vintage and Retro via their Go Fund Me here!

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