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.
Here’s the latest as I’m still shocked to hear: Landless Theater, who was operating the East St Arts Center at the old Hobbytown in East Frederick since July –just as they were given a new lease on life until January, was told by the landlord to move out on Sunday. That expiration date came and went – and the update: Landless now has until the end of October to move out. This has turned into a holy mess as the Landless was scheduling and programming events in lieu of their extention to January 2017. Now all that has to be yanked up with the sudden reversal by the landlord and the management company -who is looking for something like a consignment retailer to come in and lease the 12,000 sq ft space. Landless Theater is scrambling to find another alt / pop up venue space in Frederick (anyone know of any? I’m looking your way Marvin Ausherman, hello?!).
The Nov 11th all ages indie rock show with Middle Kid/My FridayAnthem/Gloop and Messoriginally scheduled at East St Arts Center (and ironically was going to be a fundraiser to keep ESAC afloat) has now been moved to a house show location – a venue self described as The Squat [516 Lee Place in Frederick].
Miss Lonelyheart was originally going to book a show along with J. Robbins (who played in Dischord bands like Jawbox) – now they are looking elsewhere…
This weekend here’s 2 shows not to be missed:
Pretty rad reunion: DJ Mathias and DJ Two Teks – spinning under the same sky. Skystage that is and Friday night should be the first time they’ve DJ’d together since…the 2000’s? When they went separate ways, Mathais eventually wound up in DC, headlining the 9:30 club on several occasions, including the moving tribute to Prince after he passed on to the great gig in the sky. DJ Two Teks, (aka AJ Naylor) has been busy juggling an ethical clothing venture Fred & Co 1745 and DJing some crazy Nola shows billed as Bang! Bang! The show is from 7-9pm
Saturday, also at Skystage will be a ridiculously good show with Luna opening and Retro/Ricole with Da’Mood blasting out of the park woith their blistering rock / hip hop. Rounding out the evening: DJ 100 taking over at 9. It’s a Halloween costume party as well, so don’t forget to prepare. It’s not a free show tho, roughly $13 plus change, check the eventbrite link for tix. Show time 7-10pm
Speaking of hip hop…
J Berd been working on some new tracks, check out this on soundcloud – he’s conspiring with Telepathy & Baby Bee [with Luis the Beatmaker on production].
Last but not least in the Frederick indie film world…
LEDA short preview rolled out at the 72 Film Fest recently and now Sam Tressler IV is running out of time for his kickstarter campaign to fund the production and avoid the hollywood studio system that’s managed to produce tripe like Transformers 1, Transformers 2, and so on. I think there’s 2 days left before deadline…
Here’s a the latest plea/thank you to donators from Sam: