This Week in ATLRetro – Home Edition #35 – Nov. 30-Dec. 6, 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 holiday hootenannies and shenanigans you can experience straight from your couch and safely socially distanced!

Manic Monday, November 30

Twinkle it up with Six Flags as they present Candy Rush, the world’s largest drive-through animated holiday light show, through Jan. 3! ATL art-pop outfit Karaoke releases debut LP BLOOD, PISS, RELIGION, PAIN out now! Make your way to Callanwolde Fine Arts Center for their Holiday Artists Market, through Dec. 4! Spend your Holidays on the Roof at Ponce City Roof! Skate into the holidays at Park Tavern’s Miracle on 10th Street/The Rink through Jan. 17! Get intergalactic and check out Profesor Galactico’s new video for “Alien”! A. A. Williams shares cover of The Cure’s “Lovesong” and announces cover album, SONGS FROM ISOLATION out Feb. 12! Rock out and tune into Kool Kat Rev. Andy Hawley’s Psychobilly Freakout Radio broadcasting on Garage 71 at 8pm, every Monday!

Timeless Tuesday, December 1

Get your Muppet fix and check out a virtual Jim Henson Trivia Night hosted by the Center for Puppetry Arts and The Center for the Performing Arts at 7pm! Stream art house cinema at home on Cohen Media Channel, with a special 50% off promo code provided by Landmark’s Midtown Art Cinema (“Landmark”), available through Dec. 15! NOVA REX bassist Kenny Wilkerson releases charity cookbook “Rockin Recipes for Autism” featuring 57 world-famous rockers contributing recipes to raise awareness for Autism! Get artsy and check out As I See It, a virtual art exhibit and artist talk with Gilbert Young at 6pm! Help support the Atlanta Film Festival via their Kickstarter to ensure 2021’s festival is a success! The Strand brings you their A Christmas Tradition: Revisited, a 48-hour video on demand rental here! Kino Now presents Ric Burns’ documentary, OLIVER SACKS: HIS OWN LIFE (2019), available to buy and rent digitally. Or psyche it up with Guiding Light’s release of their new album, WEIRD PAINS, featuring covers of Nirvana, Leonard Cohen and Patty Griffin! Boogie down with BE Creative Arts Center’s virtual dance session, Soul Line Dance Tuesday at 8pm! 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

Way Back Wednesday, December 2

The Atlanta Ballet presents their filmed presentation of THE NUTCRACKER in a special pop-up drive-in theatre at Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre, through Dec. 6! Bounce on over and catch the virtual God Save the Queen Diva!, Big Freedia in conversation with Taylor Alxndr of Southern Fried Queer Pride at 7:30pm! Spend the holidays at the Center for Puppetry Arts as they present a special exhibit, Very Merry Puppetry: Puppets of Holidays Past, Present and Future through the month of December! Check out the online Simply Vintage Countdown to Christmas Market through Dec. 5! Hula on down and spend the holidays at The S.O.S. Tiki Bar in Decatur during their Mele Kalikimaka events through Dec.  31! Get the delta blues with Mudcat during Mudcat’s Livestream Wednesdays at 7pm! Boogie down with Kool Kat VJ Anthony during his DREAMS Music Video Live Stream at 9pm! Order Of Operations share their cover of “Psycho Killer,” and announce Talking Heads Covers EP LOVE ME TIL MY HEART STOPS! Smith & Burrows share new track “Old TV Shows” and announce a new album ONLY SMITH & BURROWS IS GOOD ENOUGH, out Feb. 5! 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! 

Throwback Thursday, December 3

Film Noir it up and catch a 35mm print screening of John Huston’s classic, ASPHALT JUNGLE (1950) at 8:30pm (indoors) and a Plaza Drive-In screening of Ridley Scott’s BLADE RUNNER (The Final Cut) (1982) at The Plaza Theatre at 7:30pm! Check out The Bremen Museum’s virtual exhibition A Jazz Memoir, Photography by Herb Snitzer here! Get down with Second Helping at Tucker Brewing Company! You won’t want to miss Don’t Cry for us, J.D. Vance: A Virtual Reading By Ohio Appalachian Authors at 7pm! Make your way to Smith’s Olde Bar for their retrotastic Thursday Throwdown! 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! 

Freaky Friday, December 4

The Plaza Theatre is where it’s at this holiday season! Make your way indoors for a 35mm screening of Jeremiah Chechik’s CHRISTMAS VACATION (1989) at 8:30pm, followed by an 11:55pm showing of THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW with Lips Down on Dixie! Or catch a Plaza Drive-In screening of Joe Dante’s GREMLINS (1984) at 9:30pm, and a Dad’s Garage Drive-In screening of Richard Donner’s SCROOGED (1988) at 7:30pm! Boogie down to Peachtree Corners for their Tree Lighting with Michelle Malone & The Hot Toddies Trio at 7pm! Elton Live! pays tribute to Elton John at City Winery! Get old-timey and catch Magnolia Express at Napoleon’s! Groove on down to Madlife Stage & Studios for The Purple Madness, paying tribute to Prince! Daniel Vernon’s documentary THE CHANGIN’ TIMES OF IKE WHITE (2019) opens via The Plaza Theatre’s Virtual Cinema here, hosted by Kino Lorber Marquee! Support local artists and check out the Holiday Nights EAV Art Market at 5pm! Make your way to Atlantic Station for their safe, drive-through Atlanta Festival of Lights, through Jan 18! Get your 90s rave fix with RETRO FUTURE – 90s House & Techno at Crazy Atlanta (masks required)! The Aurora Theatre presents their annual Christmas Canteen Holiday Cabaret which will take place outdoors, through Dec. 6! Or catch the Alliance Theatre’s drive-in production of A CHRISTMAS CAROL: THE LIVE RADIO PLAY, through Dec. 23! Get the delta blues with Mudcat during Mudcat’s Livestream Fridays at 2pm! Get in the holiday spirit at Miracle at the Fox Marquee Club through Jan. 1! The Earl Smith Strand Theatre is providing virtual classic double features every Friday night via Twitch TV here!

Scintillating Saturday, December 5

Spook it up this holiday season and help support Kool Kat Shane Morton with his Frightmare Before XMAS Sale at the Silver Scream FX Lab from 12pm – 5pm! Or haunt on down for an indoor 35mm screening of Stanley Kubrick’s THE SHINING (1980) at The Plaza Theatre at 8:30pm! Get some virtual soul with Kool Kat Ruby Velle & The Soulphonics at 9pm here! Catch the holiday spirit, or spirits, at Historic Oakland Cemetery’s Victorian Holiday event featuring a wide range of activities for the whole family, from 11am – 4pm! Get down with St. Nick at a historic mansion during Santa at Rhodes Hall every weekend through Dec. 19! Get thrifty and head on over to the Vintage Connect Convention at Cobb Galleria Centre at 10am! Or check out the Holly-Gay Market Atlanta at the Heretic, featuring over 40 LGBTQ+ makers, artists and designers from 12pm – 6pm! Or get your holiday fix at Fernbank’s Holiday Hangouts, featuring access to their Winter Wonderland exhibit, oversized snow globes, a sock skating rink and more! Get saxxy with Mike Phillips at City Winery! Head Games pays tribute to Foreigner at Madlife Stage & Studios! Get rocked with Hannah Wicklund at Eddie’s Attic! Get the delta blues with Mudcat during Mudcat’s Livestream Saturdays at 9pm! Make your way to Zoo Atlanta for Cookies with Santa (mask required) starting at 8am! Or head on over to Waller’s Coffee Shop for their Outdoor Artists Market beginning at 10am, later followed by Cave Bear Bluegrass at 2pm! Get down to Beverly Atlanta for the I Still Love the 90s Brunch Party at 11am, every Saturday through Dec. 26! The holidays are upon us, so why not make your way to Stone Mountain Christmas, running through Jan. 3!

Science ‘n’ more Sunday, December 6

Georgia Vintage Goods (GVG) and 97 Estoria get holiday old-school bring you their Holiday Market 2020 from 12-6pm! Or check out The Wren’s Nest Holiday Open House from 1-3pm! Get jazzy with Keena Graham & The Dentons at Waller’s Coffee Shop! Sandy Springs presents their Sparkle drive-Thru Parade 2020 at 6pm! Check out Kool Kat Becky Cormier Finch’s (Denim Arcade) online Shall We Gather by the Fire Listening Party at 7pm! Make your way to Zoo Atlanta for Cookies with Santa (mask required) starting at 8am! Get down with St. Nick at a historic mansion during Santa at Rhodes Hall every weekend through Dec. 19! Catch the holiday spirit, or spirits, at Historic Oakland Cemetery’s Victorian Holiday event featuring a wide range of activities for the whole family, from 12-4pm! Check out the Sunday Funday Pop Up Market at Lee+White at 1pm, every Sunday through Dec. 27! 

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

 *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!
*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!
*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!
*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!
*Kool Kat Shane Morton,  and Silver Scream FX Lab offers one hellacious merch store with monster masks, art and more!

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