Steven Cerio will be screening his film THE MAGNIFICENT PIGTAIL SHADOW at this years birthday celebration for author JACK KEROUAC in Jack's hometown of Lowell Mass.
Steven will also read from KEROUAC's "Big Sur" during a premiere of his new short, filmed in Big Sur, California this past summer.
Steve Ditko’s longtime publisher Robin Snyder needs your help to publish The Ditko Public Service Package #2 A 112 page, black-and-white collection of Ditko’s recent comics. “This is the 2nd edition of this book and a sequel to an earlier book, Ditko Package. As such, it is nearly ready to go. The story and artwork are finished. Most production work is complete. One addition to this book will be the inclusion of the list of backers and our ‘thank you’.”
Steven Cerio will be presenting his film The Magnificent Pigtail Shadow at two events in New England this weekend – first, at the Jack Kerouac Literary Festival in Lowell, Massachusetts on Friday. Steven will also read from KEROUAC’s “Big Sur” during a premiere of his new short filmed in Big Sur, Ca this past summer. He will also be presenting the film at Portland, Maine’s Zero Station on Saturday. The trailer is below.
Jason Martin’s Power Animal Systems is the cover story in this week’s edition of Albany, New York’s Metroland weekly paper. Power Animal Systems next scheduled performance is at Providence, Rhode Island’s AS220 on March 23rd.
Three Little Fishies. Apparently there is a fish in one panel that is missing his “arms”. Sam swears he will fix this in the printed version… Sam’s The Magic Whistle #13 is coming this summer from Alternative Comics. Go get more Magic Whistle right here on Wow Cool.
Radiohead front guy Thom Yorke is about to drop the long-awaited Atoms For Peace LP AMOK, that he made with Nigel Godrich, Flea, Joey Waronker and Mauro Refosco. In the meanwhile you can stream the thing for free at the group’s website. Go give a listen at: http://amok.atomsforpeace.info/ Now that is the way to turn swords into plowshares, folks. Note the awesome cover art by Stanley Donwood. AMOK is to be released February 25, 2013 on XL Records.
I asked Jason for a description of what to expect on the Born This Way Ball shows, he sent me this: “You can expect Starlight’s brand new show – which is a combination of performance art and live music [and some deep cuts, like the Be-Bop Deluxe tune as seen above, presumably] with many costume changes and other surprises. On the gigs where she is joined by Power Animal Systems, we appear onstage for the final act of her performance. We will be performing our own piece, within her show – while she plays live music – as a trio of shiny silver wolf people from space. Then Starlight and I will perform a duet of songs we wrote as children. Then some improv of unknown type will occur. Then the show will end. Somehow. We will figure it out. Old school style. On the spot!”
Our own Jason Martin and his Power Animal Systems will be teaming up with fellow Brown Cuts Neighbors co-founder Lady Starlight to open for Lady Gaga on eight East Coast dates on this leg of the Born This Way Ball Tour. Jason will also be staging two Power Animals performances at AS220 in Providence Rhode Island in March. Be sure to check these out. More info about the events can be found through the links below.
Back in 1999 the young Lady Starlight performed with Brown Cuts Neighbors at Albany, New York’s Loft performance space, as seen above. I’m the guy in the orange shirt with the guitar. Jason ‘wolfman’ Martin is singing. The late James Kopta is banging on the keyboard. Roger Kozlow and others are out of the frame.
Jason Martin is curating this night of performance art and music. Expect wild transitions and mashups of style and content through vignettes and samples of performance art and music by these amazing friends... All in 2 hours! Bang for your buck! .... Jason will open the show with a couple songs and performative collaborations with MICHAEL WIENER + RACHEL MASON and LITTLE BAND OF SAILORS, G LUCAS CRANE / NONHORSE, ANIMAL TROPICAL, CAMILLA HA, BETHANY IDES and THOMAS LOVE, MERIAM BENNANI, MADAM (Cara Siik Benedetto and Mira Dancy) Admission $10.00
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On Saturday, December 15th at 8 pm, LaunchPad will present 3 AM: Public-access television now. An evening devoted to current uses of public-access television, 3 AM is a discussion and screening led by Chris Gethard, Jason Martin and E.S.P. TV. Since the 1960's, public-access television has played a crucial role in supporting alternative cultural currents from community based programming and guerrilla tv to experimental film and video. Comedian and television host Chris Gethard, visual artist and musician Jason Martin, and the experimental collective E.S.P. TV will speak to the diverse forms that public access television supports, and its contemporary co-existence with online platforms.
Curated by Emily Berçir Zimmerman.
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Chris Gethard is the host of The Chris Gethard Show on New York public access. He's also the author of the book A Bad Idea I'm About to Do. He's been seen on Conan and Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and heard on This American Life. As an actor, he's appeared in The Office, Louie, The Other Guys, and will be seen next year in Iron Man 3. He can be seen on many comedy stages throughout New York City, most notably his home base The Upright Citizens Brigade Theater.
Jason Martin is a visual artist and musician who makes animal-human hybrid videos, performances, drawings, photographs, as well as a variety of songs and sound-based works intersecting with this subject matter.
After years of operating outside academia, Jason went back to school and got his Master of Fine Arts degree at New York University in 2010. He comes from upstate New York, where he made art, music, curated events, ran music recording studios, and managed independent art/music spaces. With the help of a few close collaborators, Jason led multi-media performance troupe Brown Cuts Neighbors (1989 – 2002,) based out of Schenectady NY’s local Public Access television station, featuring countless members. Jason has exhibited videos internationally under his own name and as a member of groups, collectives, and under various aliases. He has an extensive history in community media and Public Access television as both a creator and teacher.
E.S.P. TV is a nomadic showcase of primarily NYC-based experimental music, video art and performance, formed in January of 2011 out of Louis V E.S.P. and produced for Manhattan Neighborhood Network public television. In the summer of 2012, E.S.P. TV opened a new space in Williamsburg, Brooklyn for production of the show, development of the E.S.P. LAB project, and a regular schedule of performances, screenings and special events.
Tapings of E.S.P. TV are in front of an audience with live green-screening, signal manipulation and analog video mixing. The entire night is recorded to VHS and edited into half hour episodes for airing on cable TV in New York City. After airing, the episodes are posted online at www.esptvnyc.com for later viewing. E.S.P. TV has worked with various venues including: Present Company, The Schoolhouse, La Sala, 285 Kent, Vaudeville Park, Spectacle Theater and Roulette (Brooklyn, NY), Franklin Street Works (Stamford, CT), Liminal Space (Oakland), Queens Nails Projects (San Francisco), Millennium Film Workshop (New York City) as a part of INDEX Festival, Printed Matter (NYC), General Public (Berlin) and Pallas Projects (Dublin).
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The Brown Cuts Neighbors PXL 2000 short "Church The Gumby" will be screened as part of this showcase of videos made using the legendary camera. This is a new edit made of excerpts from the raw material originally used to make a full-length TV episode in 1990. A short by BCN collaborator Steven Cerio will also be screened.
PXL THIS 22, the 22nd annual toy camera film festival featuring Pixelvision films made with the Fisher-Price PXL-2000 camcorder, premieres MONDAY, Dec 10, 2012 in Santa Monica, California. PXL THIS, the second oldest film festival in LA, celebrates visionary moving image artists from seminal experimental filmmakers to 10-years-olds to homeless to professionals. PXL THIS is international with entries from France, Canada and across the US.
Steven Cerio’s The Magnificent Pigtail Shadow will be showing in Portland, Oregon tonight as part of Experimental Mini-Fest Day Two at the Clinton Street Theater. Go see that. The Big Takeover recently had very nice things to say about the film. The soundtrack for the film is available right here.
And here is the trailer. Yup, James Kochalka’s popular SuperF*ckers comic has been adapted into animated cartoon form by Frederator Studios (Adventure Time) to be part of their Cartoon Hangover series along with Pendleton Ward’s Bravest Warriors. That’s a pretty great combo. Wow Cool has the largest selection of James’ books anywhere. Go get some.
Created by comic artist James Kochalka, SuperF*ckers follows the exploits of seven members of this superhero squad that does anything but heroics. These teens like to curse, drink, play pranks on each other, sleep around and do drugs. Imagine if Beavis and Butthead had superpowers. Needless to say, hijinks ensue.
FILMMAKER IN PERSON! LIMITED EDITION GOODIES FOR SALE! Magnificent Pigtail Shadow is a film to obliterate the illusions that distract from a real life. The Pigtail Shadow is a false idol, a false prophet promising a jeweled path out of reality. Teeming with music, words and imagery, this film induces a meditative and blissful state. The sweet and nimble reading by Kristin Hersh places an ethereal tone over a lush and swirling soundtrack. Cerio gently dismantles the collective subconscious and thoroughly mocks the human drama. Moments shift between the candied ecstasy of childhood and a teasing cynicism. Spotlights shine on our shifting superstitions in this cautionary tale. Dir: Steven Cerio. 2012. Digital. 7:15pm
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Prior to the Roxie Theater's screening of Magnificent Pigtail Shadow Steven Cerio will be at Mission: Comics & Art from 3pm-6pm Wednesday, November 7 with a large selection of his books, prints, records and more.