This Week in ATLRetro – Home Edition #53 – April 26-May 2, 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/or safely socially distanced!

Manic Monday, April 26

Hey all you cinephiles! The 45th Atlanta Film Festival continues this week with screenings across town at The Plaza Theatre (indoor screenings), The Plaza Drive-in and Dad’s Garage Drive-In, and is also offering virtual screenings, running through May 2! Landmark’s Midtown Art Cinema screens Marilyn Agrelo’s documentary, STREET GANG: HOW WE GOT TO SESAME STREET (2021), through April 29! Have a bloody good time during the Buffy the Vampire Slayer Trivia live-stream at 8:30pm! Rock out and tune into Kool Kat Rev. Andy Hawley’s Psychobilly Freakout Radio broadcasting on Garage 71 at 8pm, every Monday! 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! Put your money where your mouth is and check out Atlanta’s WRFG’s (89.3FM) Spring Fund Drive, through May 1! The legendary Tom Jones recently shared his cover of Todd Snider’s “Talking Reality Television Blues” which you can listen to here. MUSIC BENEFACTORS officially launches and announces first artist partnership with The Latin Dead!

Timeless Tuesday, April 27

Prog-rock it up with another track release, “The Wall (Live 2019-20)” from Kansas’s upcoming live album POINT OF KNOW RETURN LIVE & BEYOND out May 28! The Psychedelic Furs share new video for “Wrong Train” out now! Boogie down with BE Creative Arts Center’s virtual dance session, Soul Line Dance Tuesday at 8pm! Grunge it up with the Communions‘ new single, “Cupid” and keep your eyes peeled for their new LP PURE FABRICATION out April 23! Lord Huron unveils a new song entitled “Long Lost,” the title track of their fourth full-length album, LONG LOST, out May 21st! 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! Stay Free Recordings releases BARMY LSD ARMY from acclaimed British street artist and Electronic musician Charles Uzzell Edwards!

Way Back Wednesday, April 28

Dark Horse Records celebrates new Joe Strummer collection, ASSEMBLY, out now! 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! Drive-By TruckersJay Gonzalez shares duet with Michael Cerveris, Crying Through the Wall” streaming now with new album, BACK TO THE HIVE out now! New-Wave it up with Ronna Reason’s single “American Queen” and check out her self-titled debut EP! James Levy shares a new single and video, “Fool” from forthcoming LP SOLDIER out on Side Hustle Records! Stay Free Recordings has just released a new collaboration and single, “Consequences Coming,” from punk pioneer and former Sex Pistol Glen Matlock and gamed guitarist Earl Slick!  

Throwback Thursday, April 29

Jazz it up with the Tri-Fi Trio at Napoleon’s! Or boogie down with Kool Kat Hot Rod Walt at Southern Roots Tavern in McDonough! Make your way to 7 Stages for a presentation of Charmed Ones, celebrating otherness, through May 1! Boogie down and check out Jazz Beat Productions’ new podcast, Doc’s Jazz Beat with host Doc Robinson! Boogie down during the 80s Alternative New Wave Synth Pop online event every Thursday at 10pm! Eighties-esque Adult Books share sophomore album GRECIAN URN – check out single, “Florence!” Don’t Go Into the Cellar Theatre Company presents their online Pod-Casket 11, every Thursday at 4pm! 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, April 30

Get artsy and check out Hammonds House Museum’s virtual exhibit, Departure by Charly Palmer, running through Aug. 1, which includes a special opening program tonight featuring an artist talk, video, a music performance and more beginning at 7pm! Rock out and get some soul as Atlanta’s Lynx Deluxe’s JUNGLELAND debuts on Drivin N Cryin Records! Grave Flowers Bongo Band share “Down Man” video and their new album STRENGTH OF SPRING is out today! Spook it up during the virtual West Coast Haunters Convention, through May 2! Get your ‘80s fix with Kool Kat Becky Cormier Finch and Denim Arcade at Avalon in Alpharetta! Fling it up during the Fernbank’s Museum Chills & Science Thrills event!  Have a foot-stompin’ good time with Heather Luttrell and the Possumden’s Outer Space Series concert at Waller’s Coffee Shop! Take a wee trip up north to Chattanooga for Metrotham Con, a pop fandom celebration through May 2! Join Film Threat’s Watch Party as they screen CLAPBOARD JUNGLE online at 8pm! Spend the night with Mike Veal at Napoleon’s with Bogey & The Viceroy! Get funky with The Talismen at Aisle 5! Check out Profs & Pints Online: Defending Democracies at 7pm! 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! The Earl Smith Strand Theatre is providing virtual classic double features every Friday night via Twitch TV here

Swell Saturday, May 1

Get twisted with Kool Kat Sen. Artie Mondello’s Mondellothon Dusk to Dawn, beginning at 7pm! Get ready to raid because the Georgia Renaissance Festival is back in town, through June 13! Come to the dark side and catch the Atlanta Lightsaber Pub Crawl from 3pm-9pm! Jam out with Bird Dog Jubilee at Aisle 5! Check out Bizarre Bazaar’s Midsommar Mayday Market from 12pm-6pm! Or check out Cryptid Collective’s May Day Market from 1pm-5pm! Get your comic fix and check out Batman’s Grave Comic Signing with Richard Starkings Online at 1pm! Check out Yo-Yo Ma Online at 2pm! Violet Island release cover of A-Ha’s Take On Me!

Science ‘n’ more Sunday, May 2

Make your way to Waller’s Coffee Shop and check out the Atlanta Artis Relief Fund’s presentation of their May Day Cabaret at 2:30pm! Don’t Go Into the Cellar Theatre Company presents Murders in the Rue Morgue at 4pm! Get rocked with Jackie Venson at Eddie’s Attic! Boogie down with the online Sunday Blues Dance at 7pm! Check out Profs & Pints Online: Pets of the Presidents at 7pm! Finnish indie rock band, messier, have released a new song and music video for “Simon Says” and you won’t want to miss their upcoming album, ON MALAISE out May 7!  Frenchy and the Punk (check out our AnachroCon Performer Spotlight here) release their cover of Blondie’s “Hanging on the Telephone!” Get monsterific and catch the final weekend of The Rosenbach Museum’s Sundays with Frankenstein at 2pm, an online event exploring Mary Shelley’s masterpiece! 


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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