This Week in ATLRetro – Home Edition #23 – August 24-30, 2020

by Melanie Crew
Managing Editor

We at ATLRetro care about your health and well-being, so This Week we are bringing you our next 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, August 24

Catch the Atlanta History Center’s Virtual Author Talk with Ellen Dubois at 7pm, author of SUFFRAGE, available for purchase online at A Cappella Books! Check out the American Black Film Festival 2020 online, through Aug. 30! The Fast Romantics unveil “Made For You” Single/Video w/ COLLiDE and new PICK IT UP LP out on Postwar Records! The Psychedelic Furs share new video for “Come All Ye Faithful” from forthcoming album MADE OF RAIN (pre-order here)! Guitar duel from the depths as Kool Kat Adam McIntyre and The Pinx burn it all down on scorching “It’s Electric,” single from their upcoming ELECTRIC! EP, out now! 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! 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, August 25

Check out Virtually Speaking: Gullah/Geechee Music with Queen Quet, celebrating the Soul of the South exhibition, and exploring the history of Black musicians of South Carolina at 5:00pm. Ryan Hamilton & The Harlequin Ghosts releasing new album NOWHERE TO GO BUT EVERYWHERE, out Sept. 18th. Check out their first single “Jesus and John Lennon!” The Next Great American Novelist share new single, “Bad Animation” out now! Their new album, CARELESS MOON will be released Oct. 2! Hard rock band The Lonely Ones share their reimagined version of Queen’s classic song “Flash” via Loudwire! 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. 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, August 26

In honor of National Women’s Equality Day, PBS’s American Masters brings you a free online screening of their episode, MAE WEST: DIRTY BLONDE (2020) followed by a discussion about her feminist legacy and more, at 6:30pm! Get the blues during Mudcat’s Live Stream Wednesday event at 7pm! Check out Smith’s Olde Bar’s Wednesday Night Live online event, every Wednesday at 7:30pm! Spend the night with Santana and Earth, Wind & Fire online here at 4pm! The Auburn Avenue Research Library brings you Africana Virtual Story Time: Hands Up! at 7pm! 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! 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, August 27

Goth Country it up as Nashville duo Anne Malin releases “Empty Is the Day” single and announces new album, WAITING SONG, due Oct. 2! Grandpa Loves Rhinos released new album SEARCHING IN THE SARCHASM, featuring new single “Fostering Patience for Patients!” 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! 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, August 28

Get bewitched and catch The Springs Cinema & Taphouse Drive-In screening of Chris Columbus’s HARRY POTTER AND THE SORCERER’S STONE (2001) at 8:30pm! Check out the 20th Annual Nevada City Film Festival online, through Sept. 4! Mickey Leigh‘s (Rattlers, Stop) Mutated Music releases new music video for Little Cristine!” Kitty Coen serves psychedelic disco cowgirl realness in new “Dark Soul” music video, out now! Have a rockin’ good time at a safe distance during Drive-In Live at Avalon in Alpharetta (social distancing strictly enforced) at 6pm! Gero von Boehm’s documentary, HELMUT NEWTON: THE BAD AND THE BEAUTIFUL, starring Grace Jones, Isabella Rossellini is available 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! Mondo Cozmo shares new video for “Kicks (Positively Montauk)” on his new album NEW MEDICINE, out now! Surf-Western duo Andrea & Mud announce new LP, BAD NEWS DARLIN’ available now. Check it out here! 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 delivers “The Hi-Low Show with Donita Sparks” every Friday @ 3pm PT via “We 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, August 29

Tune in and sleaze it up as Kool Kat Sen. Artie Mondello gets down during his Tex Mondeller An’ His Grievin’ Gee-tar streaming event at 11pm! Baseball it up at The Springs Cinema & Taphouse Drive-In screening of Penny Marshall’s A LEAGUE OF THEIR OWN (1992) at 8:30pm! Frenchy and the Punk (Drawing Hands Side Project) rock out with a new single and music video for “Jumping Jacks” out now! Get rocked as American Hi-Fi unveils cover of Squeeze’s “Another Nail in My Heart!” Psyche rock it up as Secret Machines share “Everything Starts” featuring Benjamin Curtis, with their new album AWAKE IN THE BRAIN CHAMBER! 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! 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, August 30

Kool Kat Vanessa Wright with the Women in Horror Film Festival and S.A Bradley of Hellbent for Horror present Hellbent Takeover Episode 13, The Final Chapter, with special guests Real Queen of Horror Zena Sadé Dixon and film producer Maya Korn at 7pm! Or spook it up with B-Movie Bonfire’s online screening of Fritz Bottger’s HORRORS OF SPIDER ISLAND (1960) at 9:30pm! Or go to a galaxy far, far away and catch The Springs Cinema & Taphouse Drive-In screening of George Lucas’s THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK (1980) at 8:30pm! Southern rockers, Great Peacock announce new album, FOREVER WORSE BETTER, out Oct. 9! And check out their single, “All I Ever Do!” 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 now! And check out their single, “American Dreamz!” Uni (GOASTT/Jack White)  share “The Girl Who Has It All”! The Allman Betts Band release new single, “Pale Horse Rider” available on their new album, BLESS YOUR HEART, out Aug. 28! 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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