1/18/08 Novoscene Weekend
Posted by novoscene on January 18, 2008
This weekend we’ve got dribbling B-Balls, French juvenile felinquents, experimental poetry and even more experimental Christmas music. Check it out below.-kwan
Friday, Jan. 18
The 400 Blows/ Jean-Pierre Léaud: The New Wave and After
The inaugural film for BAM/PFA’s Jean-Pierre Leaud is predictable, but for good reason. The 400 Blows, the first film for both Leaud and Director Francois Truffaut is arguable the best of both careers.
“If François Truffaut had never made another film, The 400 Blows would have earned him—and Jean-Pierre Léaud, in his first appearance as Truffaut’s alter ego Antoine Doinel—an enduring place in film history. Its semiautobiographical story of a lad who is unwanted by his parents, bored by school, and attracted to petty crime is told with an energetic blend of anarchy and rigor, the kind of unsentimental lyricism that was to become Truffaut’s trademark. As a portrait of adolescence, it is still unmatched in cinema; as a portrait of Paris through a young boy’s eyes, it is a thoroughly unromanticized picture of cramped apartments, cold schoolrooms, and the narrowing confines of the streets. Even snowballs have stones in them. As Antoine, Léaud reflects the strange sobriety of watchful youth. Truffaut’s real-life ordeal went far beyond that of Antoine, who escapes incarceration to a moment of truth by the sea. Truffaut escaped into art.”—Judy Bloch
The Festival opens today and runs through February 29 and includes classics like the Mother and the Whore and Irma Vep.
The 400 Blows
2575 Bancroft Way, Berkeley
They helped bring queer punk rock to the masses back in 1991. They appeared in the documentary Queercore: A Punk-u-mentary, and put a gay spin on songs from Nirvana, Prince and The Ramones. Tonight the punk boys from Pansy Division are back at Berkeley’s punk palace for a special birthday show, playing alongside Avengers and Rock N’ Roll Adventure Kids
Pansy Division w/Avengers and Rock N’ Roll Adventure Kids
924 Gilman Street, Berkeley
Broun Fellinis & DJ Funklor
For the last 14 years, the Broun Fellinis have been pushing the sonic envelope and delving deep into the world of Jazz experimentation. Over the years their “Brounsoun” has come to combine elements of of jazz, funk, Hip Hop, Spoken Word, Dub, film scores and African/Indian trance sounds. Their new CD “December” takes classic holiday tunes and runs them through the brain blender of head Fellini, David Boyce. Expect some funky holiday tunes and grooves popping up in strange places.
The Black New World
836 Pine St. at 8th Oakland
Saturday, Jan 19
While no one really knows how the Globetrotters got started, every one and their mamma knows about the high flying b-ball team, who’s been wowing crowds around the world for the last 80 years. The Globetrotters have been double dribbling, dunking and showboating all over the court since before the new crop of And -1 and other street ball stars were even gleams in their parent’s eyes. Over the years the Chicago born team has included such NBA greats as Wilt “The Stilt” Chamberlain and George “Meadowlark” Lemon and a host of other big personalities. While their claims that all games are unstaged “actual athletic competitions” are debatable, there’s no denying that they’re one of the greatest shows on earth.
7000 Coliseum Way, Oakland, CA
Bay Area Stand Up!
ODB (Organize Da Bay) is a coalition of Bay Area youth based organizations working for social justice. Their vision is to build a local student power movement and present a united front on issues involving youth issues. The grassroots organization has organized voter drives, rallies and protests around social justice issues and today’s concert-with performances by local conscious hip hop favorites Ise Lyfe, Brown Buffalo and Jerek-is to raise youth awareness on the voting process and mobilize the youth vote.
Bay Area Stand Up! with Ise Lyfe, Brown Buffalo and Jerek
EastSide Cultural Center
2277 International Blvd., Oakland
Sunday, Jan. 20
Crossing the Line: Multiracial Comedians
This full length documentary, based on producer Dr. Darby Li Po Price’s PhD dissertation,
examines how mixed race comedians mediate multiracial identities and humor. Crossing lines of racial, ethnic, and cultural acceptability, multiracial comedians reveal that meanings of race vary across ethnic combination, gender, place, and time.
The film features the experiences, perspectives, and performances of American comedians of more than one racial ancestry–Sunda Croonquist (Swedish/African), Kate Rigg (Indonesian/Australian/Canadian/Nuyorasian), James Connolly (Mexican/ Irish), Mark Yaffee (Navajo/Mexican/Scots-Irish), among others.
Crossing the Line: Multiracial Comedians
La Peña Cultural Center
3105 Shattuck Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94705 USA
New Yipes! Reading Series
The New Yipes! Poetry series, the monthly showcase of new and experimental poetry and film welcomes Carla Harryman and Lauren Gudath.
Carla Harryman is known for her genre-disrupting prose, poetry, and performance works. Her collection of conceptual essays, Adorno’s Noise, is forthcoming from Essay Press this spring and recent performance pieces in Detroit, Montreal, Germany and Austria have featured bilingual choral improvisation and sound manipulation. Her 1994 work, Memory Play, will be staged at the Renaissance Society in Chicago in March 2008. Lauren Gudath lives in Petaluma, California, where the sky is always sunny and the butter and eggs are always fresh. There she writes sundry items for software companies and poems for a tiny audience that may include you. Lauren’s publications include The Television Docum entary (Second Story, 1999) and This Kind of Interpretation Brings Luck (Lucinda, 2000). Her work has appeared in numerous publications including Kenning, Chain, and Bay Poetics. Kota Ezawa and David Berezin will also be on hand with new video work.
New Yipes! Reading: Carla Harryman and Lauren Gudath
21 Grand Arts Group
416 25th St.
Oakland, CA 94612