This Week in ATLRetro – Home Edition #45 – Feb. 15-21, 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 straight from your couch and safely socially distanced!

Manic Monday, February 15

The Bessie Smith Cultural Center brings you a virtual Oral History Project Featuring Diane Mason at 10am. Check out Profs & Pints Online: George Washington’s Legacies at 7pm! 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 16

Celebrate Mardi Gras in true L5P style with Seed and Feed Stampede stomping their way through the neighborhood with their Fat Tuesday in LFP event! Get rocked with Counterpunch’s new 7″ “Handbook For The Recently Debriefed” via Thousand Islands Records (North America) and SBÄM Records (EU). 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 17

The Atlanta Jewish Film Festival (AJFF) kicks off today and runs through Feb. 28! They’ve launched their new Virtual Cinema, where you can now experience the films from the comfort of home, augmented by expanded Q&As with film artists and other experts. Their Virtual Lobby allows audiences to join the conversation around some of the festival’s most talked about films. For those craving a bit of throwback fun, you can also enjoy a secure, shared night at the drive-in, compliments of an exclusive partnership with Mercedes-Benz Stadium and The Home Depot Backyard! The Bessie Smith Cultural Center brings you a virtual Oral History Project Featuring Irvin Overton at 10am! Spend the night with Rufus Wainwright at City Winery! Geek it up at Battle & Brew during their Greek Mythology Trivia at 8pm! Check out an online dance event, Back to Blues at 8:30pm! 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 18

Check out a special broadcast and celebrate half a century of WRAS during their WRAS 50th Anniversary Broadcast  – The 1980s at 9am! Or make your way to the Winter Fernbank Forest Walk at 9:30am! Get intergalactic as the Perseverance Rover Lands on Mars at 2pm! The Atlanta History Center and A Cappella Books present their online event, Thomas Holt in Conversation with Virginia Prescott at 7pm! Join Eagle Eye Bookshop for their virtual event, Ben Montgomery Discusses A SHOT IN THE MOONLIGHT at 7pm! Rev it up as Kool Kat Hot Rod Walt goes acoustic at Smokin’ Cues! Get classical and check out the virtual Behind the Curtain: Mozart and the Violin at 8pm! 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 19

The Plaza Theatre mushes it up and kicks off the weekend with some retrotastic films: David Lynch’s WILD AT HEART (1990); Norman Jewison’s MOONSTRUCK (1987); Anna Biller’s THE LOVE WITCH (2016) in 35mm; and Theodore Witcher’s LOVE JONES (1997)! Boogie down and get the Virtual Friday Night Blues at 8pm! The Albans Art Center brings you their virtual event, THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK at 8pm! Join Professor Dennis Doyle as he discusses the Illinois Regiments at Gettysburg online at 8:30pm! Get your ‘80s rock fix with Sunset Strip at the Dixie Tavern! Get rocked with The Nixons online at 8pm! 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! Mock of Ages pays tribute to Def Leppard at Madlife Stage & Studios! DJ FernandoF brings you Flashback Friday, with a live video blend of 70s, 80s, 90s and more at Hot Betty’s Breakfast Bar in Tucker! 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! 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 20

Have a hellacious good time at Metropolitan Studios’ outdoor Halloweentown Craft Market from 12-5pm! It’s tribute night at the Coca-Cola Roxy with Rumours (Fleetwood Mac) and Neon Queen (ABBA)! Pigs on a String perform acoustic Pink Floyd at Napoleon’s! Get ready for a laugh and catch a free online Roast of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory at 9pm! Rock out as Back N Black pay tribute to AC/DC at Dixie Tavern! Catch a livestream screening of Tommy Wiseau’s THE ROOM (2003) with Commentary by Greg Sestero at 10:30pm! The Albans Art Center brings you their virtual event, THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK at 8pm! The Fernbank Museum gets really retro and unveils their newest exhibit, “Maya: Hidden Worlds Revealed” opening today, through May 9th! Throughout the month of February, the Historic Oakland Cemetery is providing a free African-American Burial Grounds Tour! 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 21

Rockabilly it up with Dex Romweber’s free Live Stream Concert at 7pm! Check out the online LIVE Event with Alan Arkin: Out of My Mind at 2pm! The WCU Bardo Arts Center presents a free online screening of Salome Chasnoff’s documentary, CODE OF THE FREAKS (2020) which presents a reframing of the use of disabled characters in film, and debunks well-worn tropes and more at 12am! Catch Profs & Pints Online: Romance in Bridgerton’s Regency Era at 7pm! The Albans Art Center brings you their virtual event, THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK at 2pm! The Historic Oakland Cemetery is providing a free African-American Burial Grounds Tour! 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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