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February is the shortest month of the year and so is this newsletter, mainly because we have been nose-to-the-grindstone finishing up our new book. ‘Nuff said.
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|Whoever said that April is the cruelest month must have been referring to the IRS tax deadline. This is the time when we cough up about 1/3 of our wages, mainly for corporate welfare for G.W.’s cronies. So, as Nader said (NYTimes, 2-18-01), “We’ve got to make the term corporate reform as popular as tax reform. That’s the goal.”By now everybody must have noticed that our Prez has reneged on virtually every single campaign promise (no surprise there), is clearing the decks of any obstacles to his corporate contributors’ agendas, and is already preparing for nuclear winter–just kidding. As Tom Tomorrow once humorously depicted in a cartoon, the corporate-ruled state = fascism.
Remember, while a corporation has all the rights of a human being (thanks to a devastating 1886 Supreme Court decision), a corporation is really just a principle: “Do whatever it takes to make maximum profit as quickly as possible.”
Here’s a bit more on corporations. Someone forwarded us the following: (we’d love to have the actual URL, rather than this excerpt, but…):
“Companies aggressively portray themselves as part of the community (every community),
Especially because corporations work so aggressively and intentionally to obscure the point it is crucial to draw attention to the corporation as an institution with unique powers, motivations and attributes, and to point to the basic differences between human beings and the socially constituted and authorized institutions called corporations.
Here are 10 differences between corporations and real people:
1. Corporations have perpetual life.
2. Corporations can be in two or more places at the same time.
3. Corporations cannot be jailed.
4. Corporations have no conscience or sense of shame.
5. Corporations have no sense of altruism, nor willingness to adjust their behavior to protect future generations.
6. Corporations pursue a single-minded goal, profit, and are typically legally prohibited from seeking other ends.
7. There are no limits, natural or otherwise, to corporations’ potential size.
8. Because of their political power, they are able to define or at the very least substantially affect, the civil and criminal regulations that define the boundaries of permissible behavior. Virtually no individual criminal has such abilities.
9. Corporations can combine with each other, into bigger and more powerful entities.
10. Corporations can divide themselves, shedding subsidiaries or affiliates that are controversial, have brought them negative publicity or pose liability threats.
These unique attributes give corporations extraordinary power, and makes the challenge of checking their power all the more difficult. The institutions are much more powerful than individuals, which makes all the more frightening their single-minded profit maximizing efforts.
Corporations have no conscience, or as has been famously said, no soul. As a result they exercise little self-restraint. Exacerbating the problem, because they have no conscience, many of the sanctions we impose on individuals – not just imprisonment, but the more important social norms of shame and community disapproval – have limited relevance to or impact on corporations.
The fact that corporations are not like us, their very unique characteristics, makes crucially important the development of an array of controls on corporations… And there is the imperative of directly confronting the corporate claim to personhood and community neighbor status – both in the law and in the broader culture.
[This was excerpted from an essay-in-progress by:] Russell Mokhiber is editor of the Washington, D.C.-based Corporate Crime Reporter. Robert Weissman is editor of the Washington, D.C.-based Multinational Monitor. They are co-authors of Corporate Predators: The Hunt for MegaProfits and the Attack on Democracy (Monroe, Maine: Common Courage Press, 1999).” (Needless to say, check out their publications/websites!)
|WHAT WE’RE READING, SEEING, LISTENING TO…
|Sometimes it’s cathartic to listen to depressing music–Velvet Underground, Algebra Suicide, “Endless Sleep,” Nick Drake…and the latest in this “genre” to come our way: Terese Taylor’s “The Clothes We Wore Before We Were Married.” If “Drug Problem” didn’t get you, then “Grandma’s Chocolate Bread” should…and if not that, then “Everything I Touch.” In today’s permissive climate where professionalism no longer matters–indeed, it’s downright suspect–the less-than-perfect vocals imbue this CD with “authenticity”–as though the singer were a personal friend who gave you her demo tape as an act involving layers of trust. Really! This is bound to be a rare collector’s item, from a songwriter who has known pain. Go to www.teresetaylor.com or send $15 to t. taylor at 760 Market St #315, San Francisco CA 944102.”Incredibly Strange Films” updated:
We’ve been watching “Shine On Sweet Starlet,” “Superstarlet A.D.,” “Teenage Tupelo,” “Elvis Meets the Beatles,” and “The Sore Losers,” which arrived in the mail. Memphis, Tennessee’s king of B-movies is John Michael McCarthy, whose 3 rules of filmmaking are: 1) Don’t ask permission 2) Shoot until they make you stop 3) Deny everything.
In “Teenage Tupelo,” McCarthy takes inspiration from Jesse Presley, Elvis’s unborn twin. Elvis’s story embodies the American rags-to-riches myth, but his forgotten twin lies buried in a pine box in Tupelo, Mississippi. Basically “Teenage Tupelo” asks the question, “What if the Twin had lived?” There’s more: “The Sore Losers” (“They wanted meat, so they ate the flower children”) is inspired by Herschell Gordon Lewis–enuff said! (see H.G. Lewis’s “classic” interview in our Incredibly Strange Films book–go to:
McCarthy’s films are available from any good video store like Naked Eye or Le Video in San Francisco, or better yet, order direct from the filmmaker himself at http://www.bigbroad.com . These are surprisingly high-quality productions, even considering their zero budget, with compelling soundtracks by Impala, Guitar Wolf and other retro-leaning bands. These films “prove” that film making, the most expensive art form today, may probably be best pursued in lower-rent cities like Memphis, where there’s more time to make art because there’s fewer distractions, more space, more people with spare time and enthusiasm, plus–apparently, no permits are required.
M.I.T. Press–of all publishers–sent us a copy of Dominique Laporte’s “History of Shit”–yes, that’s the exact title. What’s happening to academia? College isn’t what it used to be! Actually, academia is now (and has been since the Sixties) a primary “location” for the nurturing of radical thought, or “theory” as it’s sometimes called. And none other than Sylvere Lotringer, who published and edited the groundbreaking early Semiotext(e) volumes in the ’70s and ’80s–all self-respecting punks were reading “Anti-Oedipus” and “Schizo-Culture” back then, despite what Legs McNeil might claim–called History of Shit “a brilliant essay that lays bare the fundament of civilization.” Well, we agree! It’s in the tradition of Paul Spinrad’s “Research Guide to Bodily Fluids.” ( http://www.vsearchmedia.com/books/bodprod.shtml ) So we say: Buy this book before it disappears–which it probably will–faster than a loaf swirling down the commode. As with all books dealing with taboos, there is far more here than first meets the eye (or nose)….
And speaking of toilets, now’s the time to quote Slavoj Zizek’s “The Plague of Fantasies,” p.4-5: “In a traditional German lavatory, the hole in which shit disappears after we flush water is way in front, so that the shit is first laid out for us to sniff at and inspect for traces of some illness; in the typical French lavatory, on the contrary, the hole is in the back–that is, the shit is supposed to disappear as soon as possible; finally, the Anglo-Saxon (English or American) lavatory presents a kind of synthesis, a mediation between these two opposed poles–the basin is full of water, so that the shit floats in it–visible, but not to be inspected. No wonder Erica Jong, in the famous discussion of different European lavatories at the beginning of her half-forgotten “Fear of Flying” mockingly claims, ‘German toilets are really the key to the horrors of the Third Reich. People who can build toilets like this are capable of anything.'” (And in this book, many more dazzling insights follow in the path of the above.)
At RE/Search, Slavoj Zizek’s “The Plague of Fantasies” rules the roost in April. That, plus an inch of printouts derived from searching for “Slavoj Zizek” on Yahoo, www.googlecom, and www.surfwax.com. Surfwax rules, by the way–it delivers far more listings! So why isn’t it better known?! (Our thanks to Phil G.)
We hear there’s a Slavoj Zizek discussion group forming in the Bay Area.
|RECOMMENDED LINKS aka URL’s for April 2001
|Below is a list of articles we read on the Internet and we hope they’re still up so you can enjoy them too. Thanks to friends Phil G., Chris T., Mike R., Violet Poe, and others for forwarding some of the below URLs with their comments.JELLO BIAFRA NEWS: Jello will be in Quebec on April 20th to show his opposition to the FTAA summit of the America’s. Then in May he performs in Italy! Recently there were 2 bogus auctions on eBay claiming to have a clump of Jello Biafra’s hair and calling him a “sellout”. (Can somebody please clue us in on how a guy like Jello Biafra is supposedly a “sellout”? We don’t get it. Email us and explain it.) One fool went so far as to actually pay over $100 for an imposter’s hair. Ahhhh…the price of being “famous”. http://www.alternativetentacles.com/jello.php?sd=Lzv7xr@yjZvEKadMeDi
Also, RE the vitally important Alternative Tentacles Legal Defense Fund: “Jello is currently writing an updated letter that you will soon receive. Our website is currently getting wired so that we will be able to accept contributions to the ATLDF via credit, as well as PayPal and BillPoint. The appeal process has started! We will give you more info as it becomes available. To stay informed on all matters concerning the Legal Defense Fund on our website:
(received) “My name is Matthew Silver. I made a film about toilets and god. It’s a parody on late night infomercials that sell religion. The film makes the statement, if religion can be sold as a product, you might as well sell it as a toilet bowl. As a comedy it proves that the toilet is a passageway to god. All I ask is that you at least take a look.” You can watch the film for free at: http://www.toiletgod.com
FOR NOISE MUSIC & NOISE/PERFORMANCE FANS: A resource (sadly, we missed the MFNM Festival with a Kitten Sparkles performance March 30, featuring Don Bolles, formerly of the Germs). San Francisco’s noise-performance info site by world-class, local incendiary artist Scott Jenerik is at: http://www.23five.org/jenerik
FOR PTV/TOPY/THROBBING GRISTLE FANS: New French site, with Crowley, Tillier, Spare, Hine, Pissier, Galdo, Topy, cut-up and magick… (It’s amazing how much influence Genesis P-Orridge has apparently had on the world.) http://www.respublica.fr/hotcerf/
To read more about Throbbing Gristle see RE/Search #4/5: William Burroughs, Brion Gysin, Throbbing Gristle: http://www.http://www.researchpubs.com/books/bgtgprod.shtml
“Holt Uncensored” is a free online column about books and the book industry written by former San Francisco Chronicle book editor and critic Pat Holt. To subscribe send a note to email@example.com. (At her best, she can be scathing! Her column #224 had a hilarious account of attending an audio book recording session.)
A good source for media/advertising stories:
THE GREAT FLAMEOUT
DVD lovers, check it out (you’ll see what we mean):
Article titled “PUNK PUBLISHERS TAKE D.I.Y. ETHIC TO BOOKSTORES”: PUNK /PUNGK/ N. A YOUTH MOVEMENT OF THE LATE 1970S, CHARACTERIZED BY LOUD, AGGRESSIVE ROCK MUSIC, CONFRONTATIONAL ATTITUDES, BODY PIERCING, AND UNCONVENTIONAL HAIRSTYLES, MAKEUP AND CLOTHING.”
Information about the President John F. Kennedy Assassination Records Collection at the National Archives is available here:
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Steven Aftergood, Project on Government Secrecy, Federation of American Scientists http://www.fas.org/sgp/index.html
To read some of last years 5-word acceptance speeches see our website:
We missed the March 21 show at Bondage-a-Go-Go of the Torture King, but his website (with “shocking” photos) can be found at http://www.zamora.blogspot.com
The Great San Franciscan anarchist poet who god-fathered the Beat Movement, Kenneth Rexroth has several essays on this site, including THE “TAO TE CHING” (on the classic Taoist text).
“G.G.Alin” recommends these sites:
Blooper sites for Movies:
This site allows you to search for books and movies by elements such as plot, theme, setting and character: http://www.allreaders.com
For “tours” of interesting sites on the Web, check out http://www.datera.com
Here’s a fun article on the economy:
An “amusing” article by a former AOL censor:
Who says dotcom is dead? http://www.ouchytheclown.com/
Interested in The Church of Satan? http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/chronicle/archive/2001/03/22/MNW76651.DTL
Very useful–a quotation site: http://www.quotationdictionary.com
And, our “favorite” article of the month:
NOTE: We actually have hundreds more website URLs to share, and by next month hope to have them on our site, http://www.http://www.researchpubs.com, so newsletter readers don’t have to wade through them unless they want to!
|We were sorry to miss Chip and Tony Kinman, the brothers behind the DILS, one of the best Bay Area ’70s punk bands. Their new incarnation, COWBOY NATION, played the Cafe Du Nord March 31st. “These guys are great, and goin’ on, and a little beacon of light amidst our engulfing corporate sprawl, and that’s about all we got till we figure how to kill the beast…”–Hank Ford (herself the formidable singer behind Breeder, the ’70s S.F. punk band–not to be confused with the later Kim Deal band). Hank has a serious interview in Search & Destroy #7-11, v.2. ( http://www.vsearchmedia.com/books/sdprod.shtml ) One of my favorite songs by her had the immortal rhyme, “I want a runt/to fuck my cunt”…Read more on the Dils:
Which reminds me–we’re in touch with certain ex-punk rockers who find themselves in “interesting” circumstances elsewhere. Here is an example of a recent communique from a suburban town:
“Behind the parking lot of the complex (which we manage) there is a creek. Kids hang out there. Yesterday I was out throwing out garbage and one of the kids hanging out on the other side of the fence said to me, “Can I lick your vagina?” She was about 14 years old. Just waiting for me to respond so she could arrest me and put me on Jerry Springer. What a weird place it is. At Safeway today I bought one loaf of french bread and the checker asked if I needed help out with it.” Jeez! We have immense respect for those who can endure these geography-based “challenges” with a stiff upper lip.
Robynn Takayama (check out her zine-site: http://www.nonogirl.com ) writes: “You might like this book that I read called MY YEAR OF MEATS by Ruth Ozeki. It’s fiction about a bi-racial Asian in NY. She’s a documentarian who takes a gig working for a Japanese company. In efforts to promote U.S. beef sales in japan, this company wants her to travel around America and interview American women about their lives, and then end with a cooking lesson on beef. The documentarian discovers all this gross stuff about the cattle industry. Really entertaining read.”
Writer MARK DERY responds to the question, “Why did you move to Nyack, N.Y., home of Karen Finley and other artists?” A: “As for why I moved to Nyack, I’m surprised you’re surprised. Turn-of-the-century mainstreet towns are a new urbanist’s wet dream, at this point. I moved to an 1868 Victorian to get away from the maddening crowds and to work in silence, lulled by the music of clicking keys and rustling pages. It was either that, or be coaxed out of my Brooklyn apartment, sniper’s rifle in hand, with a bullhorn; levitating to the sound of jeep beats at 4 A.M. was making visions of Ryder trucks full of ammonium nitrate dance in my head.”
JOHNNY STRIKE of Crime, one of our favorite ’70s S.F. punk bands, has become a writer and he tells us: “Don’t know if you’d consider this info pertinent for your newsletter but my Maroc piece; ‘The Ghost of Brian Jones speaks to the Villa Delirium’ is now out in Headpress 21. My short story ‘Mars.com’ has been accepted (after three rewrites) by Ambit and will be in the next issue. Also my ’82 interview with Herbert Huncke will be published on-line at http://www.huncke-times.com in late April.”
The Los Angeles “industrial” band Savage Republic had its own label, Independent Project Records, in gorgeous hand-letterpress limited edition packaging. They still exist — write POB 20255, Sedona, AZ 86341 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Read an interview with Johnny Strike in Search & Destroy (No.1)
|“There’s no longer any countervailing power in Washington. Business is in complete control of the machinery of government. The House, the Senate and the White House are all run by business-friendly Republicans who are deeply indebted to American business for their electoral victories.” (NYTimes, 3-18-2001)”25% of our children, according to a Columbia University study, are being raised in poverty. You might think we’d make that a higher priority than a national missile defense.” (Molly Ivens, SF Chronicle, 3-28-01)
“Magazines increasingly over the past 30 years have been created to reap advertising dollars, NOT fill an obvious editorial NEED.” (source: Ben Bagdikian)
“Calling it ethnographic or observational research, agencies are sending anthropologists and other trained observers…to chart the hidden recesses of consumer behavior…Knowing the individual consumer on an intimate basis has become a necessity. And ethnography is the intimate connection to the consumer.” (Business Week, 2-26-2001)
“Few understand that eBay, for many, is a new form of ENTERTAINMENT.” (WSJ, 3-5-01)
“The Internet is a replication of the entire universe.”–Nora Ephron
“Here is what passes for entertainment on the Web: eBay, porn, chat rooms, and gaming sites inundated by young teen boys.” (source unknown)
“One of the interesting things about file-sharing systems like Napster and Gnutella is how they deal with the issues of scarcity and popularity. In traditional web serving, the more popular a file is, the harder it is to get to. [Whereas with Napster and Gnutella] the more popular a file becomes, the more digital copies exist to access from different locations…building up a supply of digital copies to meet the demand.” (David Sims, Santa Rosa Press Democrat, 3-5-01)
Americans spend $110 billion a year eating at McDonald’s, Burger King, etc. (source: Andrew Gumbel, London Independent)
[this applies to undergrounds, such as the beat, hippie, punk, goth, et al] “Once you give something a label, it is gone.”
Therapy for dot-com survivors: “Grief work…They lost money, a lifestyle. They work through the stages of grief: shock, disbelief, anger, depression and acceptance.” (NYT, 3-18-2001)
“Glamour was a commodity manufactured by the publicity industry. Glamorous daydreams compensate for social powerlessness and economic deprivation.”–Thomas Waugh, historian
“When Fujitsu introduced one of the Japanese corporate world’s first “performance-based pay systems,” it was hailed as a breakthrough. Now, eight years later, the company is ready to forget the whole thing…Problems included…neglect of after-sale customer service, which rarely figured in performance reviews, and a growing tendency for employees to dump problems in co-workers’ laps. Ambitious projects that might produce hit products were avoided, to the company’s long-term detriment. Employees tried to keep the bar as low as possible for fear of falling short.” (NYT, 3-23-01)
“Maybe it’s a reaction to a sexually dreary climate, where fantasy runs riot in the ether of cyberspace and real-time contact is necessarily circumscribed. Maybe it’s a response to the NORMALIZATION OF VOYEURISM (“Temptation Island”) and a steady diet of visual peekaboo…Whatever the cause, pornography continues to make inroads on the world of style.” (Guy Trebay, NYT, 3-20-01)
“More than a half dozen huge data centers filled with equipment for managing Internet traffic have sprung up recently [in Seattle and its southern suburbs]…These buildings are designed to give maximum protection from hackers, terrorists, floods, tornadoes and earthquakes…” (NYT, 3-25-01)
“Yahoo News, on a lark, created a new feature called “Most-emailed content [which] lists the 20 most-frequently forwarded stories and the dozen photos in the previous six hours from Yahoo News…”Most-Emailed” proved to be an immediate hit…People are interested in what other people are interested in…[It’s] further confirmation of a post-modern interest in “news about news.” “News about news enables us to speculate about all kinds of things, trends in society and the like. And it may be more engaging than the news itself.” (NYT, n.d.)
“Television loves death, and knows how to swallow it whole and digest it into its constituent parts, so that it comes out looking like pretty much everything else on television. Is television stronger than death?…I wouldn’t like to see it come down to a contest between them. I’d be afraid that television might win.” (NYT, 3-15-01)
“Celebrities are examples of liberty. We punish them by tearing them down: the destruction of gods. You get to be the keeper of the golden bough, until somebody comes to kill you. And then he’s the keeper of the golden bough, until somebody comes to kill him…
“It’s interesting how celebrity has become a profession. I saw a program on television where high school kids were asked what they wanted to be when they grew up. Three-quarters of them said: ‘Famous.’ It didn’t seem to matter for what. **Fame itself was the profession.**” (Salman Rushdie interviewed, no source)
“The worldwide number of containers shipped overseas in the last year was around 100 million…The number of roughly 40-foot containers, or boxes, that are lost [in the ocean]…is on the order of 2,000 to 10,000 a year. From the industry viewpoint, that’s not many. But from a sailor’s point of view, that’s a lot…Containers usualy float with just their corner exposed…They’re like ‘little steel icebergs.'” (NYT, n.d.) So what happens if your yacht–or even your ocean liner–hits one? You’re toast–or rather, shark bait. Let’s see: in ten years there may be 100,000 of these floating around…
“One of the numerous mechanisms that moneyed interests and corporations use to silence citizen and consumer criticism are SLAPP suits–strategic lawsuits against public participation. Such litigation targets critics and/or entitities that dare to publish or circulate other critics’ comments, claiming libel or slander…Anyone who is SLAPPed is, by that action alone, penalized. Corporations can afford the legal expenses much more easily than can most citizens. And businesses can claim tax deductions for legal action as business expenses…In the Internet Age, they are being used to silence critics by attacking them directly and also by attacking Internet service providers (ISPs) that dare to allow such criticism.”–Jim Warren
“If all printers were determined not to print anything till they were sure it would offend nobody, there would be very little printed.”–Benjamin Franklin
|EVENTS (Bay Area Only; please skip this if you live elsewhere!)
|April 9, Monday: Henry Rollins gives another marathon spoken-word/comedy uber-physical performance in San Francisco’s elegant Palace of Fine Arts. Those who missed the March 23 midnight comedy channel TV special can see Rollins dispensing up-to-the-minute, hard-nosed yet witty insights in person, in real time. Hopefully Rollins will also be autographing his newest books; he also has new CDs. (check out his site: http://www.two1361.com)Henry Rollins is featured in our new book, Real Conversations. Read an excerpt from his interview:
April 11-22. Explore the interior world of one of America’s greatest creative minds!
QUEER, a chamber opera by Erling Wold based on William Burroughs� autobiographical novel, plays Wednesday-Saturday, April 11-14 at 8pm and Thursday-Sunday, April 19-22 at 8pm
“There is a talk before the April 14th concert at 6:30 and we are also giving a talk at A Different Light bookstore on April 5th at 7:30.Deirdre McClure (from Clubfoot) is conducting, Jim Cave is directing and John Morace helped with the adaptation for the libretto.”
“You probably know the book, QUEER, is really good. I read it a long time ago and always like the language and the setting and the emotional content and wanted to do something with it. I’ve read a number of his books – clearly the early books like “Junky” and “Queer” have a more straightforward narrative than the cutups and it just so happened that I was coming off of two projects – one that was based on Max Ernst’s “A Little Girl Dreams of Taking the Veil”, and another that is kind of an oddball fantasy on Pontius Pilate’s suicide and resurrection – and I was looking for something more narrative and remembered it. Well, I actually wanted to something with Kathy Acker – she liked “Little Girl” – but she died – fuck! Then, Burroughs died right when I was beginning this project. I don’t know what he would have thought of it – what were his tastes in music? I eventually got in touch with James Grauerholz. Did you know that Steve Buscemi is involved with a movie based on the book? They had the theatrical rights so I ended up talking to him too.”
“I’m pretty happy with the way things are going – I think the cast is very good… Stacey Jackson is Mary and also kind of the ghost of Burroughs’ wife Joan. Burroughs talks in the introduction about how Joan’s death was the impetus for starting to write – it’s odd how she is not mentioned in the body of the text at all even though she was his soul mate or whatever at the time.” [Thanks, Erling!]
To read more from and about WSB himself see RE/Search #4/5: William Burroughs, Brion Gysin, Throbbing Gristle: http://www.http://www.researchpubs.com/books/bgtgprod.shtml
APRIL 3, 6, 7, 10, 24, 27: various San Francisco club dates. Lavay Smith & Her Red-Hot Skillet Lickers, who have a new album out, remains one of our favorite blues/jazz bands, featuring Lavay’s sexy, soulful vocals. She’s also one of the nicest ladies we’ve ever met–very rare in “the biz.” Even rarer, Lavay and partner Chris Siebert publish a “political” newsletter (sample excerpt: “We joined the protests against George W. Bush’s inauguration, and marched with 15,000 people. While we marched in San Francisco, between 20,000 and 30,000 people protested in Washington, DC. These were the biggest protests of a presidential inauguration since Richard Nixon was re-elected in 1972. And that was during the Vietnam war, as the Watergate scandal was starting to unfold. It’s a great start!”)
For full updated info & to get their newsletter(s), check http://www.lavaysmith.com
April 30, 8:30 PM: Steve Lucky & the Rhumba Bums play San Francisco:
Read more about Lavay Smith and Steve Lucky in Swing! The New Retro Renaissance:
Through April, S.F. Palace of The Legion of Honor Museum. “There’s an exhibition that should be of interest to anyone exploring the roots of modernity and the avant-garde. It’s called “Toulouse-Lautrec and the Spirit of Montmartre,” and it covers the birth of ‘cabaret.’ (The very first one–Le Chat Noir–sprang up in the Montmartre section of Paris in the early 1880s.) The cabarets of Montmartre–much more so than the clubs and performance style that went by that name in the years that followed (with the major exception of Cabaret Voltaire in Zurich)–were veritable laboratories of artistic experimentation (in music, poetry, painting, etc.) and even resurrected an older art form–shadow plays–which introduced and adapted French audiences to the habit of watching dramatic sequences on back-lit screens (thereby preparing the way for cinematic consumption practices). Some of these shadow theatre apparati are among the many artifacts and art works on display at the exhibition. I had written a “short history” of the cabaret for my zine “Organ & Bongos” back in 1999, and so am most excited by this show.I highly recommend that you check it out.”–[thanks to] Russell Scheidelman
April 12, 13 (Thur-Fri), Noon: Yerba Buena Gardens, S.F.: Miya Masaoka leads the 8-piece SF Sound Ensemble in an amplified-human-body performance titled “The Sound of Naked Men.”
April 12, 26, at the Parkway Speakeasy Theater (again, where you can drink beer and wine and enjoy a full meal) in Oakland, Will the Thrill is hosting “Curse of the Demon” and “Dead Reckoning,” respectively. Saturday, April 14, he’s hosting “Frankenstein Meeets the Space Monster” at the Fine Arts Cinema, 2451 Shattuck Ave at Haste. And at San Francisco’s Werepad he’s presenting “Plan 9 from Outer Space” April 7, at 9:30 PM (243 3rd St bet. 20th & 22nd; http://www.werepad.com for more info). For full schedules, directions, etc go to:
PAGAN CELEBRATION (free): Saturday, April 28, 11 AM, DOLORES PARK: Reclaiming Maypole. See http://www.reclaiming.org or go to http://reclaimmayday.org/
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REAL CONVERSATIONS 1: Henry Rollins, Jello Biafra, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, & Billy Childish
A series of illuminated discussions about life, culture and politics of the 21st century.
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Henry Rollins, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Jello Biafra & Billy Childish discuss:
– The Internet, dot-com backlash and SillyClone Valley
– LISTS, LISTS, LISTS of recommended books, films, websites
Real Conversations 1 will interest musicians, literati, and pop culture enthusiasts alike….Theory that isn’t stuffy.
Rollins: World-traveler, Cultural critic, Rock icon
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