This Week in ATLRetro – Home Edition #44 – Feb. 8-14, 2021

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 hootenannies and shenanigans you can experience with your sweeties straight from your couch and safely socially distanced!

Manic Monday, February 8

The Bessie Smith Cultural Center brings you a virtual Oral History Project Featuring Jim and Elaine Hill at 10am. Space Cadet release new song/video for “Bad Luck” out on their debut album LION ON A LEASH out March 26, produced by The Bouncing SoulsPete Steinkopf! Get folk-rocked as Athens, GA’s Adam Klein releases new EP LITTLE TIGER! The legendary Tom Jones recently shared his cover of Todd Snider’s “Talking Reality Television Blues” which you can listen to 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, February 9

Get your MST3K fix with The Mads: The Choppers – Life Riffing with MST3K’s The Mads at 8pm! Spend An Evening with Holocaust Survivor Ben Stern, hosted by Chabad of Nashville, with a screening of the award-winning documentary NEAR NORMAL MAN, at 8pm. Get rocked with Counterpunch’s new 7″ “Handbook For The Recently Debriefed” via Thousand Islands Records (North America) and SBÄM Records (EU). Catch the US National Archives’ virtual event, A True Story of Murder, Heroism and the Dawn of the NAACP at 1pm. Boogie down with BE Creative Arts Center’s virtual dance session, Soul Line Dance Tuesday at 8pm! Get your Americana fix as Envoy Records announce their debut release, a split single featuring “Phoenix” by Elijah Ocean and “Let’s Go” by Peter Donovan, available today!

Way Back Wednesday, February 10

Get your blues fix with The Voodoo of Hell’s Half-Acre, a Blues Poetry Opera online at 7pm, honoring Richard Wright! The John Michael Kohler Arts Center presents their virtual event, Indie Lens Pop-Up: Mr. SOUL! by Melissa Haizlip at 11am, featuring a screening of the documentary and post screening Q&A! Charis Books presents an online event, Anna Malaika Tubbs, Author of THREE MOTHERS, in Conversation with Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms at 7pm! Check out Profs & Pints Online: Founding Fathers in the “Friend Zone” at 7pm! You won’t want to miss the virtual Carole King’s Tapestry: An Anniversary Tribute featuring Annie Lennox, Carly Simon, and more at 8pm! Get your Swing fix in the comfort of your own home every Wednesday, with WE Swing Dance’s Online Dance at 7pm! Or swing on down to 57th Fighter Group Restaurant for West Coast Swing Wednesdays at 6:30pm! Paul Leary (Butthole Surfers) shares “What Are You Gonna Do” video via Brooklyn Vegan, with BORN STUPID out Feb. 12th! 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, February 11

The National Afro-American Museum and Cultural Center presents Before Her Time: The Life of Virginia Hamilton – Presented by Julie Rubini online at 11am! Catch a 35mm screening of Rob Reiner’s WHEN HARRY MET SALLY (1989) at the Plaza Theatre at 8:30pm! Spend the night with Michelle Malone and Doug Kees at Napoleon’s! Check out Profs & Pints Online: What We Did in Bed at 7pm! Brotherhood pays tribute to The Doobie Brothers at Madlife Stage & Studios! Get mysterious and check out a Virtual Author Event with Walter Mosely at 8pm! Eighties it up online during Cobra Kai + Karate Kid I (1984) Trivia at 8:30pm! Make your way to the Northside Tavern for the Garrett Collins Project! Atlanta-based rock band glimmers announce new EP WORLDS APART and share new single “Not Good At Goodbyes!” Legendary rock singer and songwriter Ann Wilson has announced the premiere of her new single. “Tender Heart” available now at all DSPs and streaming services. Make your way to Smith’s Olde Bar for their retrotastic Thursday Throwdown

Freaky Friday, February 12

The Demon Elvis is back, so get down and have a hellacious good time with ELZIG during his Bloody Valentine Show at Dixie Tavern! Scott Crawford’s SOMETHING BETTER CHANGE documentary follows the political journey of D.O.A.’s Joe Keithley and explores connections between music and activism. Film launched its Kickstarter Campaign and features Henry Rollins, Jello Biafra, Beto O’Rourke, Ian MacKaye, Duff McKagen and more! Make your way to Fernbank After Dark: Iced at 7pm! Synchronicity pays tribute to The Police at Madlife Stage & Studios, followed by Rock the 90’s USA! Have a Heartless Dark ‘80s Anti-Valentine’s Video Dance Party online at 9pm! Daniel Petrie’s A RAISIN IN THE SUN (1961) and Blake EdwardsBREAKFAST AT TIFFANY’S (1961) open tonight at the Plaza Theatre! A.A. Williams shares cover of The Pixies “Where Is My Mind? and her SONGS FROM ISOLATION covers album is due out today on Bella Union! Check out Profs & Pints Online: Ancient Chinese Philosophy at 7pm! Get really retro and take a Virtual Guided Tour of the Old City of Jerusalem and Bethlehem at 7pm! Goth it up with Athens GA’s Entertainment’s new single, “Voyeur” on their upcoming EP HORROR PT. 1! Echo releases a limited-edition print series of Jimi Hendrix, available now! Catch A Rufus Retro Wainwright-Spective 2021 online concert! The Earl Smith Strand Theatre is providing virtual classic double features every Friday night via Twitch TV here

Swell Saturday, February 13

Have a bloody good time during the My Bloody Valentine 40th Anniversary online event, hosted by the George A. Romero Foundation, at 1pm! Or check out the Clermont Lounge Valentine’s Bizarre Bazaar from 3pm – 8pm! Swing on by Napoleon’s and experience Joe Gransden’s Valentine’s Day Soiree! Get horror-fied with SWAMP STOMP featuring Mark Torgl (THE TOXIC AVENGER) and more online at 7pm! The Fernbank Museum gets really retro and unveils their newest exhibit, “Maya: Hidden Worlds Revealed” opening today, through May 9th! Check out Profs & Pints Online: “Kink” or “Disorder” at 7pm! Get down with David Wax Museum as the band comes to Red Boots Roots from their house at 7pm! Jazz it up with Ken Ford at 37 Main Avondale Estates! Throughout the month of February, the Historic Oakland Cemetery is providing a free African-American Burial Grounds Tour at 1pm! Get out in nature and check out the Winter Fernbank Forest Walk at 9:30am, and stick around for Fernbank’s Archaeology Day! Check out Cupid’s Art Market at Lee+White from 12-5pm! Support minority-owned businesses and check out the ATL AFRO Street Market at the Clarkston Community Center from 2pm – 8pm! Make your way to the Rolecall Theatre at Ponce City Market for their presentation of HAMLET at 3pm! Get shucked at Park Tavern during the Oyster Festival featuring The Sundogs and more! New Jersey based power pop rock group The Mylars announce the release of their high energy rendition of the 1970’s Pilot smash hit, “Magic!”

Science ‘n’ more Sunday, February 14

Check out Valentine’s with Vincent: Film Clips, Sweets & A Trivia Contest online at 2pm! Love never dies at Historic Oakland Cemetery! Surprise your Valentine with a unique outdoor date at Oakland Cemetery during their Love Stories of Oakland Tours from 4pm – 6pm! Shop locally and make your way to The Imperial in Downtown Decatur for a Valentine’s Day Bizarre Bazaar from 12pm – 5pm! Make your way to The Monticello and catch a Valentine’s Day Concert featuring Carl Thomas! Check out the Music of the African People online at 4pm, a twelve week virtual program that explores the contributions of African people! Get monsterific and catch The Rosenbach Museum’s Sundays with Frankenstein at 2pm through May 2, an online event exploring Mary Shelley’s masterpiece! Atlanta indie-pop singer/songwriter K Michelle DuBois (The Wire, Louder Than War, Northern Transmissions) releases new single “The Fever Returns” and new solo LP out February 12th! Shop local and support small businesses during February Sunday Funday Markets every Sunday in February from 1pm – 5pm! 


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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