Next Week Today is a selection of our picks from the upcoming week’s events, published every Sunday at 11 a.m. We’ll give you juuuuuust enough detail to whet your whistle, and then let you do the digging. In other words, these are the events we recommend giving a second, perhaps even third glance as you wend your way along the path to entertainment.
Hey hey! Pride Week may be coming to an end, but Pride Month continues, and then we have Juneteenth for good measure. This week, Saturn has all the things. Should we tell them to share? Plus, a strangely large number of classic horror movies grace our screens this week. Spoooooky!
Destroy Boys / Scowl / Joyboy (Ghost Train Brewing Co. 3rd Ave, 6:30 p.m., $17) — California punk trio Destroy Boys describe themselves as, “What would happen if Blondie stumbled into a Misfits recording session,” and that strikes true, though the scales are weighted on the Misfits side pretty heavily. Expect a healthy dose of angry youngster angst.
TVs of Terror presents THE RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD (Saturn, 8 p.m., Free) — 1985’s creepy sequel to Night of the Living Dead may not have George Romero at the helm, but it does stand out from the zombie crowd for a couple of reasons. One, it had a great soundtrack, which included a number of tracks from punk greats of the era, including The Cramps, T.S.O.L. and The Damned. Two, it is the origin of the trope that zombies prefer brains, rather than any old human bits. Mmmmm, braaaaaiiiiinnnns.
EarthGang / Pigeons & Planes / Mike Dimes (Saturn, 8 p.m., $36.50) — Hip hop duo and Atlanta natives EarthGang are often compared to ATL legends Outkast, but despite similarities in their styles, EarthGang’s lyrical content diverges into a more optimistic frame of mind. This show was originally slated to be at Iron City, but all tickets purchased for that show will be honored at Saturn.
Little Darlings (1980) (Sidewalk Film Center and Cinema, 2:30 p.m., $8.93) — Celebrate the end of Pride Week with a double header of queer films from the ’80s. First up, Little Darlings, which stars Tatum O’Neal as well as the now-out Kristy McNichol and Cynthia Nixon. Though it doesn’t have any overt LGBTQ+ themes, it’s become a cult favorite among queer film fans for the gay undertones in its portrayal of two teenage girls competing to lose their virginity at summer camp.
A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge (1985) (Sidewalk Film Center and Cinema, 7:30 p.m., $12.01) — Part two of Sidewalk’s queer double-header is often called “the gayest horror movie ever made” for it’s not-so-subtle subtext. Seriously, click that link if you don’t believe me, Krueger’s second homicidal romp is also decidedly homosexual, though apparently the director of the film (Jack Sholder, not Wes Craven) wasn’t in on the gag.
Fred Armisen (Avondale Brewing Company, 7:30 p.m., $33-$94.50) — Everyone’s favorite faux-Portlander is also a musician who has been touring standup comedy focused on jokes for musicians for a while now, including 2018’s Netflix special Standup for Drummers. Don’t worry if you can’t play a lick, this show is officially titled “Comedy for Musicians (But Everyone is Welcome).
Aldous Harding / H Hawkline (Saturn, 8:00 p.m., $23-$43) — Kiwi songstress Aldous Harding is bringing her dreamy alt-folk sound to the states after a lengthy European tour in support of her fourth studio album Warm Chris, which also features opening act and Aldous Harding’s partner H. Hawkline.
Gregory Porter (Alys Stephens Center, 8 p.m., $45-$65) — Like butter. That’s what Grammy-nominated Gregory Porter’s rich baritone voice is. Tripping the light fantastic all over the genre map, from soul to jazz to R&B to gospel and on, Porter should delight a wide range of folks.
Case Watson / Tubey Frank (Ghost Train Brewing Co. 3rd Ave, 8 p.m., Free) — Case Watson hails from Birmingham, but currently resides in NYC, where she spends her evenings spinning out moody, atmospheric tracks full of theatrical energy, which is no surprise from an artist who also counts acting and playwriting among her many talents.
“Backyard Boogie” Juneteenth Celebration (Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, 10 a.m., Free) — BCRI is opening up it’s galleries for free in celebration of Juneteenth, including its newly opened exhibition The Color of Baseball, which explores the history of the Negro Leagues via the photography of Bill Chapman. There will also be a host of ancillary activities, including a preview of BCRI’s new mobile app The Movement and a free screening of the 2021 film Through Her Eyes, followed by a panel discussion featuring the film’s director and executive producer. Also on slate for the day: genealogy workshops, activities for kids and meet ups with local authors.
ATREVETE Latinx Pride Fest (Ghost Train Brewing Co. 3rd Ave, 6:00 p.m., $10) — Ghost Train gets another pride party going, this one in celebration of LGBTQ+ members of the Latinx community and their allies. There will be live music as well as food, art and apparel vendors (and don’t forget all that sweet, sweet Ghost Train liquid refreshment). The first 100 people to get tested for HIV will receive free entry to the event.
Joe Jackson: The Sing, You Sinners! Tour (Lyric Theatre, 8:00 p.m., $45-$55) — New Wave hit-maker Joe Jackson is a study in contrasts. He’s a genre-hopping songwriter equally happy making pop songs and movie soundtracks, who also moonlights as a classical composer. He’s a Brit, but also a long-time New Yorker who then left that city behind for Berlin because he likes to smoke and NYC has bans now. His show at the Lyric will be no different, contrasting a “mini-set” of solo songs with full-band performances.
FAILURE Plus Preview of Forthcoming FAILURE Documentary (Saturn, 8:30 p.m., $25) — In 2018, influential alt-rock act Failure put a call out to their fanbase for live footage of them from the ’90s, and thus began the creation of the Failure documentary, 30 minutes of which will be previewed during their performance at Saturn. The film features appearances by a number of big names, including Jason Schwartzman, Hayley Williams, Margaret Cho and Maynard James Keenan.
The Last Real Circus with Sky Creature (The Nick, 10 p.m., $7/$10) — Richmond, VA indie-rock outfit The Last Real Circus bring their Lumineers-tinged soulful sound to The Nick, with eerie electronic post-punk band Sky Creature starting the evening off. Good stuff.
Midnight Madness: Troll 2 (1990) w/ Special Guest George Hardy (Sidewalk Film Center and Cinema, 11:59 p.m., $12.01) — Troll 2 makes a lot of “Worst Movie of All Time” lists, and for good reason. It’s so bad that there’s even a documentary about it, 2009’s Best Worst Movie. If that’s not enough to make you want to check it out, original cast-member George Hardy is scheduled to attend.
American Aquarium (Saturn, 8 p.m., $20) — This iteration of American Aquarium has a different make-up than they started out with, but that hasn’t stopped their new material from garnering critical acclaim, especially their Shooter Jennings-produced 2020 album Lamentations, which turned the band’s attention to our divided country and the woes that division has brought.