This Week in ATLRetro – Home Edition #46 – Feb. 22-28, 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 22

In honor of Black History Month, Retroformat Silent Films presents a virtual screening of Richard E. Norman’s THE FLYING ACE (1926) at 10:30pm!  The Bessie Smith Cultural Center brings you a virtual Oral History Project Featuring Moses Freeman at 10am! The Atlanta Jewish Film Festival continues through Feb. 28, with their new Virtual Cinema, Q&As with film artists and other experts, a Virtual Lobby and a shared night at the drive-in! Experience a Virtual Guided Tour of the Old City of Jerusalem and Bethlehem 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! 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 23

The Atlanta Jewish Film Festival presents a 35th anniversary screening of Gene Saks’s BRIGHTON BEACH MEMOIRS (1986) virtually here at 12pm (available for 72 hours only)! The Plaza Theatre screens James Bond III’s DEF BY TEMPTATION (1990) indoors at 7pm! 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 now!

Way Back Wednesday, February 24

Get your horror fix and catch LIVE with The Filmmakers of Worst Laid Plans featuring Kool Kat Vanessa Ionta Wright [Women in Horror Film Festival], Samantha Kolesnik and more at 9pm! You won’t want to miss A Celebration of Octavia E. Butler online at 7pm! Catch The Earl Smith Strand Theatre’s VOD Donny Most – Mostly Swingin’ featuring the Orlando Jazz Orchestra! Future Horizons presents The Autistic Brain – Temple Grandin Webinar at 5pm! Catch Profs & Pints Online: When the Enslaved Sued at 7pm! Or check out Charis Books’ virtual event Chronicling Stankonia The Rise of the Hip Hop South at 7:30pm! The Bessie Smith Cultural Center brings you a virtual Oral History Project Featuring Reverend Paul McDaniel at 10am! Check out an online dance event, Back to Blues Part 2 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 now! 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 25

The Atlanta Jewish Film Festival presents a 40th anniversary screening of Jeremy Kagan’s THE CHOSEN (1981) virtually here at 12pm (available for 72 hours only)! Check out Profs & Pints Online: How Chess Ruled the World at 7pm! Catch an indoor screening of Anna Biller’s THE LOVE WITCH (2016) in 35mm, at the Plaza Theatre! 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 26

Spook it up as Ghosts of Britain bring you their virtual event, The Ghosts of YORK at 4pm! The Albans Art Center brings you their virtual event, THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK at 8pm! Rev it up as Kool Kat Hot Rod Walt goes acoustic at the Red Clay Theatre! Make your way to the Winter Fernbank Forest Walk at 9:30am! 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! 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 out now on Bella Union! Goth it up with Athens GA’s Entertainment’s new single, “Voyeur” on their upcoming EP HORROR PT. 1! 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 27

Get morose and boogie down virtually during the nineteenth CRYFEST – The Cure vs. The Smith Dance Party hosted by Black Cat DC at 9pm! Cryptids Creative Arts Markets brings you their Shop Small Saturday Market from 2pm – 6pm! Lindy Hop it up and check out the virtual Recognizing Black Dance History at 2pm! Get buggy and catch the 38th Annual Insect Fear Film Festival Featuring Fleas online at 6pm! Eighties it up with Kool Kat Becky Cormier Finch and Denim Arcade at The Wing in Marietta! Get ready for a laugh and catch a free online Roast of Labyrinth at 9pm! 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, and don’t forget to catch their Museum Chills & Science Thrills event today at 6pm! 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 28

Check out Profs & Pints Online: Looking at Laughter 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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