Rozwell Kid album release show+Travelin’ Appalachian Revue+F3filmFest+Pride Fest+Doom Fest=too much good shit to do this weekend

Listen, I know I’ve been neglectful (not updating often) but my new mantra is quality, not quantity.  Still, since the WesternMachines/Skystage/Thing show May20th (so glad you came / sorry if u didn’t go), plenty of great shows have come & gone.  Good shit happening in the film scene as well, including the F3 Pride Film Fest (which I covered in the FNP earlier in June, shameless plug). But seeing as I’m typing simultaneously whilest biking thru the city, wobbly & avoiding near death collisions – no more apologies – this post be real short.

First: let’s fill you in on cool shows happening + great events as too much good shit is happening this weekend (I’m trademarking that last fragment, get yr fucking hands off that Flying Dog. ’cause I know where u live).

Rozwell Kid – album release show with Gloop at SLAYGROUND Friday June 22 / 7:30-11pm

WHAT A COUP…can I tell you how incredible this is?  West Virgina’s Rozwell Kid, newly signed to California indie label SideOneDummy and blowing the bejezus up –  are launching their US tour with a album release show at…wait for it… the Frederick house venue known as the Slayground.  The DIY venue  is relatively new, and out of total respect for the occupants, I’ll set the tone: if you go, do not act like a bona fide asshole. I’ll let you figure out how to interpret and process that. You still in?  To get the address, go to this link and make contact. Suggested $5 donation.  Self described as ‘noisy grunge junk’ from Frederick, Gloop is also on the bill – and if you know your WesternMachines history, Gloop and their show at the JunkDrawer was (I think) the 2nd or 3rd WesternMachines post ever when it launched last summer.  So that show, which included Cheshi, had to end prematurely when the cops was called to the makeshift storage space/outdoor venue, but it would end happily when the show moved over to Knights Castle –house venue to the rescue!   Back to Rozwell Kid, they’re about to go on a pretty sizable US tour (including a stop at Omaha’s Slowdown -run by Saddle Creek Records), and going coast to coast.  If you missed them at 200 East Art Haus (like the very first show at 200 East in 2015 and very last official show there last month), this intimate house setting is going to be radical.

Travelin’ Appalachians Revue @Area31 / 7-11pm

now goddammit – why are all the good shows packed on the same weekend, on the same day ?!?  From their FB events page:

Hello, Frederick. This show is real special for us, it marks our first steps with this project outside the state of West Virginia. We can’t wait to celebrate that milestone with you. ~Celebrate~ being the key word here- that’s the whole purpose of this show.
In case you’re not familiar with The Travelin’ Appalachians Revue, we are an annual mobile arts and culture festival, featuring a showcase of Appalachian writers, musicians, and artists. This is our THIRD ANNUAL year, and like I said, this is our FIRST time outside West Virginia. RAD!
Hope you can join us at the Area 31. The show kicks off at 7pm. Entry is free, but we ask you to considering donating what you can at the door so we can give all these talented folks a little cashola for their hard work.
That said, we will NEVER turn anyone away who can’t afford it!
Again, this show starts at 7pm and it is ALL AGES.


This gig is doubly unique because we will be featuring a film screening by Frederick filmmaker Samuel Tressler IV
~AS WELL AS~
A very special one-time-only ACOUSTIC set from Cheshi

and more musicians and writers from WV are on this bill.  Transmorgrify yourself and attend both events – it’s like the best of WV has descended onto Frederick on Friday.

But I must let loose more foul language ($*%#*&%^#@^%*$^!) as the Frederick Film Festival returns this year (now rebranded as Frederick Film & Music Fest) and opening night is…you guessed it : fucking Friday.

The Film Fest spans from Friday’s opening at the Weinberg to Saturday – with the 2nd day spread out across several venues. Me, if I can’t transmorgrify, will likely check out some documentaries on Syrian refugees on Saturday at the Deleplaine. Check out the full event schedule here.  And do check out Imade Borha’s FNP article about some of the highlights to possibly see at the film festival.

What is a music and film aficionado to do? Keep transmorgriying, Calvin & Hobbes style.

  • If there are three of me, one can go to the Slayground
  • another to Area 31
  • and the third to the Weinberg for F3’s opening night

Maryland Doom Fest returns this weekend as well – adding to Friday night’s troubles of splitting several ways, but Saturday and Sunday night offers options to attend as well.  Wander to the ‘ass end of North Market st’ and it’s there at Cafe 611 you’ll find these excellent regional and national metal acts that range in scope and subgenres.

I’ll update soon on the high Priestess of all things Metal in Frederick, Caroline Wexler with her pick of not-to-be-missed bands for the festival:

TONIGHT:

Beelzefuzz

Faith in Jane

Lo Pan

Captain Beyond

TOMORROW:

Conclave

The Well

Heavy Temple

Serpents of Secrecy

Earthride

Wo Fat

Bang

SUNDAY:

Horehound

Cavern

Akris

Lifetime Shitlist

Atomic Bitchwax

Here’s more from Caroline: “…each day this year is packed with a bunch of amazing bands, so you could really show up at any time and the quality of music you’d be seeing would be off the charts. And the headliners this year are nuts. Captain Beyond is a 70s rock group that hasn’t released and album since 1977 and they’re releasing one this year…like big time rockstar types. Honestly the quality of Doom Fest has always been of such a high caliber, right from the first one they did a few years ago. Never been disappointed by this festival.”

Hella endorsement.  So…I’m splitting up 4 ways on Friday now…

 

But during the day Saturday, I don’t have to split myself up as one event takes over part of the city during the day: the 2017 Frederick Pride Fest.  Head over to Carrol Creek Linear Park beginning at 11am and celebrate LGBTQ pride & culture -and give a middle finger to trump and his  bigoted agenda that reversed Obama’s school policy on transgender students.  For last min schedule updates, check the FB page.

 

I’ll try to update tomorrow or sometime this weekend as there’s tons to talk about – I haven’t even discussed Subversive Zine issue #2 now out at yr favorite subversive joint in the city (issue #3 coming out in…July?), and a  brand new article I wrote for the FNP that came out today discussing the potential for the New Spire Spaces (formerly the Artomatic building on church st) to be a catalyst for  the Frederick music/film/art scene. Could that (or it’s sister venue, New Spire Stage, set to open next year) finally be the [permanent. read: not temporary] mid-size venue we’ve all been praying to jeebus for? Check that here.  Some super awesome voices weigh in, including Ashli Cheshire of Cheshi, Alexa Johnson -who started the SQUAT, the DIY house venue that started last year (but SQUAT’s lease ending in August), and Ryan Nicholson from Heavy Lights.  There’s also the matter of underground hip hop artist J Berd who’s going to be playing with RZA in Montreal later in early fall – yes RZA – downright exciting.  No press has covered the fact he opened for Redman and Method Man in Pittsburg last month.  J Berd, with the Makeshift Crew put out a new mixtape that’s dope af, check it here:

We’ll talk more about J soon.

After the weekend —keep a look out for :

Monday June 26 at Skystage is Cinemonday’s screening of Watership Down  Hell to the yes!

Tuesday June 27  New Spire Spaces Open House (see above and/or here)

 

Kid got to be picked up from summer camp, gots to go before CPS is called on my ass. Culture up. Fuck trump and fuck fascism. Peace Love and Resistance.

WesternMachines curates Sky Stage Thing MAY 20: Tuff Junior/Mr. Husband/Miss Lonelyheart/Drop Electric

I’ll get to the Thing at Sky Stage in a jiff – but don’t forget: Dashing Emancipation tonight 7pm at McClintock Distillery (ethical clothing symposium), and on Wednesday the first volume of Films & Fermented Foods featuring “Black Dynamite,” a fantastic homage to blacksploitation films (also at McClintock).  More on all that later.

I’ve been quietly talking about the Sky Stage (corner of All Saints & Carrol St) for awhile -Heather Clarke’s brilliant repurposed venue getting some love from publications like Dwell Magazine and just a few days ago from the Washington Post.

Rewind to the cold of January, WesternMachines was asked to curate the lineup at the Sky Stage as part of the 2nd Thing Fest set to go this Saturday May 20 (weather forecast so far so good).  It just might end up being the last Thing (the Frederick News Post was sold to Ogden News) but we’re going to go all out anyway.  We’re stoked to present both new and stalwart indie rock awesomeness this Saturday. Let me deconstruct the lineup if you’re not familiar with some of these bands – this will convince you to drop that cell phone and get your ass out the door to go. Another reason: subVersive Zine  issue #2 will be hot off the press and available to pick up at Sky Stage (and other downtown locations).

 

TUFF JUNIOR          [5pm]

The final event of the Thing fest at 200 East Art Haus back in July 2016 was Old Indian’s last show ever.  That was a blast, but since then frontman Cory Springirth has not gone into the gentle night (to misuse Dylan Thomas) but instead, from bedroom recordings, developed a new sound just as cool as Old Indian’s – but takes it a step further into adventurous avenues.  It turned out to be a new band project Tuff Junior, which officially debuted in March at Cafe Nola.  For those lucky enough to catch the show -the whole of the music just shimmered – starting from the familiar Black Sabbath vibe that made us fall in love with Old Indian – then suddenly without warning, the band transitioned into a slower but wild psychedelic country-fried medley, then new wave hybrid surfer rock.  Like I said, adventurous. Absolutely.  Everything, the vocal arrangements that crackled with vibrancy and confidence of someone who sounds like they’ve walked down a hundred different roads, the rainbow jangling coming out of his guitar, the mysterious bassist in the corner keeping the low end in perfect transcendent time with Heavy Light’s Derek Salazar’s vital drumming…it made listening just pure joy – fine barrel aged bourbon pouring slowly and deliciously on down –  top fucking shelf.

Check their bandcamp for their first two singles, Denim v Leather and the newest single that emerged a few days ago, Vacation Daydream.


MR. HUSBAND                 [6pm]

a new project from the creative force that brought you New God and Yellow K Records (entities  that NPR Music, Pitchfork, Fader and other national media outlets have heaped praise & blessings), Kenny Tompkins decided that he lost his mind.  Too many hours spent promoting bands in conventional social media ways and Kenny simply cracked.  He put on a wig and dressed as a man in a time machine stuck between only the years 1968 and 1985.  He made self deprecating ironic videos talking about his new ‘professional musical career’, complete with yearbook pictures from hell and 80’s elevator music.  He sold band t-shirts hilariously out of order – violating a sacred unwritten rule: thou shalt not sell band t-shirts before putting on a single show or releasing music to the public. And he wound up making some brilliant music along the way, releasing Plaid on Plaid on cassette – a sound simpatico with the elephant 6 collective or panda bear/animal collective – all of whom spent copious amounts of time worshipping in the house of Brian Wilson.  Stereogum had this to say about his first single, “Riding a Lighting Bolt”: like Brian Wilson refracting through Animal Collective and boomeranging back to the ’60s, leaving behind sonic contrails in its wake.  To further his “professional music career” he thought it best to go on tour -in character.   Mirth, hilarity and brilliant music all in one. He’s joined by some heavy hitters like Chris Morris of Heavy Lights and Jason Reeder of Cotton Jones.  [FYI – I wrote a feature story about Mr. Husband in last week’s 72 Hours – check that here.  ]

 

MISS LONELYHEART                 [7pm]

They would say they’re not legends – but I say they are.  They are in fact indie rock gods of Frederick (and central PA – they’ve been in continual transition with members in both MD and PA) – and that ain’t no goddamn ‘alternative fact’ brought to you by some fucking trumpist.  That they formed in the 90’s makes them OG. seriously legit OG.  I flipped thru a zine, Shredding Material – it was from 1998 and they interviewed the (then) young band who were struggling with what Frederick was about, musically and culturally.  Can you imagine, in the midst of a city transforming from frednecksville into -well, whatever the fuck it is today – and this incredible music that you could fit into the same sentence as Superchunk, Pavement, Mission of Burma- it’s pretty mindblowing. Miss Lonelyheart performed with the likes of Fugazi – stop right there. I can’t handle all this awesomeness.  Sky Stage brings the people who defined indie rock in this city for so long full circle (and for once, WesternMachines will neglect his kids in order to watch them live).

 

DROP ELECTRIC                          [8pm]

Let me drop 2 words: electronic shoegazer.  That’s not exactly an apt description, but with a band that’s as versatile, creative and hard to pin down as Drop Electric, it will suffice [for now].  Hailing from DC (mostly DC, some work DC but live in MD) Drop Electric started to make a name for themselves thanks to a shout from Bob Boilen, who said this: …they knocked me out. I’d seen Sigur Ros earlier in the week, we’d webcast that show, Sigur Ros is on my mind. Epic sounding instrumental band, with beautiful, beautiful vocals and here was Drop Electric, doing something sorta similar. “
– Bob Boilen, All Songs Considered (NPR).

What they do is gorgeous as they envelope you in this sonic wave that carries influences far (most of the band members are Persian and bring in a neat middle eastern percussive element) and wide (shoegazer has punk rock/indie rock roots mixed in with neo-psychedelic elements).

 

So yeah, Sky Stage // like Frederick Artomatic Music fest before it, will be here and gone tomorrow -or sometime in the fall – as it will cease to exist as a temporary community public art installation and open air performance venue.

don’t forget all the other rad bands playing the Thing  like…

underground hip hop at Cafe 611 with Stitch Early, Retro/Ricole and J Berd

DIY instrumentalist Kai Orion and emo rocker Middle Kid at Gravel & Grind

Appalachian rockers Crooked Hills playing Guidos – plus Mess, Cosmic Halitosis, and Atomic Mosquitoes will makes Guidos a really eclectic lineup

bluegrass band Platescrapers/Kretzer Brothers at McClintock

Luna, Thom Huenger and Declan Poehler at Vini Culture

Fun Boys, Silent Old Mts., DoubleMotorcyles, Cheshi and Time Columns playing 200 East Art Haus outside -and the headliner, Rozwell Kid – who returns after playing the first 200 East show in July 2015.

and the official aftershow at Cafe Nola : My Friday Anthem closes it out at midnight!

Full lineup for this massively wide fest here. 

Pricing:

So there’s a couple of options :

  • if you only want to go to one venue, it’ll be $5.
  • All access/all shows, there’s a wristband for that which will set you back $30.
  • There’s even a VIP option -a tshirt and pint glass to commemorate the Thing (hint: last option is not worth it but you didn’t hear that from me. shhh. remember snitches get stiches).

You can get wristbands at this point on the THING website here – or day of on May 20th at various venues, including Sky Stage.

And DON’T forget to pick up a copy of SubVersive Zine #2  – it’ll be available at all the usual suspects, Pit Crew, Gravel y Grind, Record Exchange, Nola and of course at the Sky Stage.

extra time:

Shameless plug, I wrote a little something about the McClintock screening event for the FNP – the event seeks to raise funds for the Frederick Film & Music Fest that’ll take place late in June – you can read that here, ’cause Black Dynamite is one bad mother-shut your mouth!

Meanwhile LEDA is still filming but rapidly finishing all the shooting soon. They are facing a major fundraising hurdle, if you can help out via indie gogo – they could use all the help.

Mr Husband debuts May 5 @Nola : Commence Subliminal Command to Go to the Show(s)

Tonight Tonight Tonight : Mr Husband, Kenny Tompkin’s new project (which has featured a gradual building up of ridiculously bonkers social media video stuntmaking with a high factor of hilariousness – like selling band merch like a t-shirt even before putting out any music) will debut the new cassette album Plaid on Plaid and full-on band live at Cafe Nola Friday May 5 – with Michael Nau from Cotton Jones [and before that Page,France].  Show starts at 10pm – link to the FB events page here.

The full band, if you’re not aware, contains some area heavy hitters including Chris Morris (drummer for Heavy Lights & Cotton Jones) and Jason Reeder (also from Cotton Jones).

If you miss that show – Sunday is your salvation as Mr Husband will play in a more informal setting in that awesome house show venue  known as the Squat – starts at 5pm -ends at a reasonable 8pm) – check out the Sunday Squat show at their FB events link here.  Middle Kid and Silent Old Mts. on board for that one – stellar lineup for both shows.

Mr Husband will continue up the east coast to do shows, eventually winding their way to Brooklyn before heading back down to Frederick to play the Thing fest at WesternMachines curated Sky Stage show on May 20th (along with Tuff Junior/Miss Lonelyheart & Drop Electric).

This should be on your radar and you should be stoked for a number of reasons -too many to get into as I’m writing a piece and behind on my deadline for the FNP about Kenny, his moving to Frederick, Yellow K Record‘s rapid success and his music projects & muses with New God and now with Mr Husband.

Oh yeah, another reason to be excited – Mr Husband is on the radar of legit media like Stereogum. This is what they had to say on just hearing a bit of the new album Plaid on Plaid:

“Like Brian Wilson refracting through Animal Collective and boomeranging back to the ’60s, leaving behind sonic contrails” – Stereogum

hearing that—-Yes yes and triple yes

For now, go to Mr Husband’s bandcamp page to get acclimated as he worships from the house of Brian Wilson – that alone should climatize you to the wicked creative forces swirling around with this project. 

 

Moving on…

A few days ago Chili Town Radio came out with their 3rd podcast on Soundcloud.  A Marc Train Home, My Friday Anthem and more:

 

 

Extra time: shame on me , I almost forgot, J Berd is representing Frederick underground hip hop tonight over in Pittsburg as he’s opening for MethodMan & Redman at Xtaza nightclub.  FB event page here.  

DoubleMotorcycle EP Review: strap in 4 fast ride

Let me start by saying I missed 2 DoubleMotorcycle shows in around Frederick in March, one at Nola and the EP release show at Guidos. With all the high marks given on social media about these shows, not to mention a house show at the Squat in early April, I was kicking myself. Count those shows under my miserable “Goddamnit! Shows I missed in Frederick” list.

But I did get to hear their EP, thanks to drummer Colin McGuire dropping it by -yes, Mr. Frederick Playlist himself. To get a sense of what the sound is like, think Coheed and Cambria circa 2003, speed pop and power choruses with a touch of emo to it. The EP had a shiny aura about it, even before popping the CD into my car stereo (true to living 21st century style, I just don’t have CD players in the house anymore).

Start with a tune called “The Record.”

Every time I see your face, the record is always the same these days – leave me alone but keep me away…

I feel this song – the lyrics are something I have to parse throuh a bit, but eventually it’s a universal mutual feeling – especially on some record always sounding the same these days. Jalette personifies that allusion with perhaps a love interest he knows (and seems tired of).

Joe Jalette voice has a subtext of menace to it that cuts through the middle of the song and force listeners to put down the cell phone to pay attention. It’s a voice that’s not just good on one gear: it’s malleable enough for fast transitions between high and low notes. There’s some tried and true rock vocalizations of ooohs and ahhhs. That’s not to say it follows a rigid formula per se. There’s enough to throw an old cynical music listener off the trail here and there to make it varied enough to take it along for multiple spins. That – in a world of flash-and-it’s-gone-like-it-was-so-2-weeks-ago actually does say a lot for the record.

From “The Pyramid”  …we we can play even if the CD skips – oh oh skips.  This is pop that’s a bit gnarly around the edges, lyrics might seem dada-ist, but is demonstrative of a band having fun with itself. Tension flares up as the song flips from playful to minor keyed angst and the bizarre question emerges: maybe I’m a pyramid?

“Is Your baby alright?”    Here, among other tracks, Joe channels unconsciously some 90’s indie rock icons, notably Smashing Pumpkin’s Billy Corgan (even the cover kind of alludes to the Pumpkin’s Siamese Dream cover of kids framed in a slightly out of focus way). The record meanders a little with “The Darkness” before recovering the narrative with a strong closer “Pick Me Up.”

 

I don’t mind riding my bike – it’s all right – I just got to get out in the night…

Alright all night – I’m waiting for it – I just need my friends to pick me up – pick me up – spin me around. Cause I don’t want to ever grow up.

  And that last line – isn’t that the rock and roll dream – drinking from the eternal fountain?  DNA strand nod to Seaknuckle detected with a loud chorus aiding the cause.

[To be updated: Joe Jalette and I have tentative plans to meet up so I could ask a few questions about DoubleMotorcycle. I wanted to get this post out sooner than later so I’ll update this  when I get a chance to talk to him]

Produced and Engineered by Derek Salazar (Seagulls and Heavy Lights) – another stellar production by the Seagulls and Heavy Lights man (he somehow also juggles another band project, drumming for Cory Springirth’s post Old Indian project Tuff Junior.

Both Tuff Junior and DoubleMotorcycle will be performing at the Thing Fest on May 20th.  Tuff Junior will be at Sky Stage while Doublemotorcycle will be at 200 East.

To check out and listen to tracks from DoubleMotorcycle self titled EP further, go to their bandcamp page here.

 

BTW: Today is  May 1st, happy May Day!  It’s also due date for submissions for the 2nd issue of Subversive Zine.   It’s had a pretty successful launch in late March and I’m told there’s a clamoring for more.  We need more advertisers on board, so if you are an owner/manager of a local rad company and want to advertise in the next subversive zine, email subversive.frederick@gmail.com

UPDATE: Rain forcing Cinemondays East screening “Beauty & the Beast” at Skystage to Area 31

Today from Cinemondays East:

DUE TO RAIN, WE WILL BE SCREENING THIS FILM AT OUR USUAL SPOT: AREA 31.

Join us at Frederick’s SKYSTAGE for Jean Cocteau’s Beauty and the Beast. Movie begins at dusk. Admission Free. Donations accepted.

From Janusfilms.com: “Jean Cocteau’s sublime adaptation of Mme. Leprince de Beaumont’s fairy-tale masterpiece—in which the pure love of a beautiful girl melts the heart of a feral but gentle beast—is a landmark of motion picture fantasy, with unforgettably romantic performances by Jean Marais and Josette Day. The spectacular visions of enchantment, desire, and death in Beauty and the Beast (La Belle et la Bête) have become timeless icons of cinematic wonder.”

 

This film was to screen at Skystage today April 24 but afternoon rain is forcing the venue change.  Next Cinemondays at Skystage will be Charlie Chaplin’s “Modern Times” on May 22.  I wrote about the new monthly collaboration between Skystage and Cinemondays in last week’s 72 Hrs. You can read that here. 

And yes, there hasn’t been weekly updates here at WM. We’ll get back to more regular updates soon, just been busy with family stuff, etc.  Peace Love and resistance!

BIKE RIDE to “1984” Screening Tonight / resisting Fascism in Frederick

Culture is one damn good way to help the cause of fighting fascism.  Tonight, Tuesday April 4th across the nation, theaters both above and underground will be screening “1984.”  Frederick’s underground screening is being organized (and properly agitated) by Gravel & Grind. [they’re also raising some $ for Subversive Zine to publish their 2nd issue, more on that in a moment].

Continue reading BIKE RIDE to “1984” Screening Tonight / resisting Fascism in Frederick

Subversive Zine: March 25 launch party at Guidos w/ dRIVIN bEATS

been absent a few weeks – a lot has happened, I’ll try to sum up soon BUT before I do, SUBVERSIVE ZINE everyone!  Some of you (maybe all of you) have been waiting with anticipation for this thing to come out. The inaugural issue will unofficially hit the streets Friday March 24 — the quasi-official launch party is Saturday March 25 at Guido’s Speakeasy (543 N. Market St) for the dRIVIN BEATS show -plus the debut of Dead Byrd Pie. And for a pic of the first issue:

Subversive Zine issue 1

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The Fire Within @ area 31 monday Feb 27 / Deathlord emerges from Cheshi’s EP release show

This weather in maryland, 70 degrees in February…theres something quite lovey and menacing at the same time. It’s unnatural.  I want to enjoy this weather (and I am) and yet…I can’t shake this sense of impending doom. Like a catastrophic flood of biblical proportions on the way.

To distract your concerns about this and the decimation of democracy by the trumpians, there’s nothing like getting together in a nearly hidden pop up cinemahouse and watching a French film on hopelessness and hope.  “The Fire Within” (Le feu follet) released in 1963 and directed by Louis Malle, it’s main character, Alain Leroy is a self-destructive writer who is set on killing himself within 24 hours but hangs out with friends in a bid to convince himself that he has a reason to live.  Here’s a snippet from the film (switch on CC if you don’t usually dialogue in French)

“The Fire Within” screens at Area 31 Monday Feb 27 at 8pm for their Cinemondays series.

More after the jump… Continue reading The Fire Within @ area 31 monday Feb 27 / Deathlord emerges from Cheshi’s EP release show

Frederick Showcase v.3 : Cheshi EP release & Stitch Early’s list

Before we get to some Frederick music scene awesomeness, Area 31 is killing it, continuing to pack the joint with their Cinemondays East screenings (“Fantastic Planet” and “Lola” just screened) and their Select Screening series latest showing of “Mifune: The Last Samurai” last weekend.  They’re showing Wim Wenders’ “Paris, Texas” as part of their experimental/cult/obscure/arthouse free series next Monday, Feb 20th.

more after the jump… Continue reading Frederick Showcase v.3 : Cheshi EP release & Stitch Early’s list

Mifune: The Last Samurai / Subversive Zine rising / Stand with Planned Parenthood rally on Saturday

This screening tonight 7:30pm at Area31 is something I’ve been waiting to see since I got word of it’s existence!  Mifune  -that is, Toshiro Mifune, the insane crazy actor that Akira Kurosawa used as his actor of choice in films like “Yojimbo” or “7 Samurai.”   He’s so bonkers -yet simply perfect in such a visual medium as film. Pair him with a brilliant auteur like Kurosawa and you’ve got cinematic gold.

Tix can be bought thru eventbrite.  Subversive and Planned Parenthood march info after the jump… Continue reading Mifune: The Last Samurai / Subversive Zine rising / Stand with Planned Parenthood rally on Saturday

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