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Sunday, April 06, 2008

Showtime is coming, and I probably will be out of Blogville for the next week. The big show I keep mentioning is Sunday. The Sprocket Society is producing it, and Spencer Sundell, of the Sprocket Society, sent out an email:

This coming Sunday at the Rendezvous, the Sprocket Society presents a special event featuring original works by Los Angeles filmmaker and noted restorationist ROSS LIPMAN, plus live music by Seattle's own RUBY THICKET and THE PHILISTINE LIBERATION ORCHESTRA.

Sunday, April 13, 2008 at 7:00 PM
The JewelBox Theater at the Rendezvous
2322 2nd Avenue, Seattle (in Belltown)
$5 suggested donation

More info at http://SprocketSociety.org/events/

KEEP WARM, BURN BRITAIN is Ross Lipman's personal memoir of the London anarchist squatters movement during the 1980s. A work-in-progress, Ross will present it as a Magic Lantern slide show with live narration plus recorded music by legendary street performer Thoth (who was the subject of a 2002 Oscar-winning documentary short).

Lipman is internationally known for his film/video and performance work, as well his writings and restorations of independent cinema. His 16mm and 35mm experimental films have screened throughout the world at venues such as London International Film Festival, Anthology Film Archives (NYC), the Los Angeles Film Forum, the San Francisco Cinematheque, Sixpackfilm/Top-Kino (Vienna), AMIA (Austin, Minneapolis), Chinese Taipei Film Archive (Taiwan), and many others. This is his Seattle debut.

Lipman is also one of the world's leading figures in the restoration of independent cinema. Working at the UCLA Film and Television Archive, he has restored films by John Cassavetes, Kenneth Anger, John Sayles, Emile de Antonio, and others. In 2007, the National Society of Film Critics gave Lipman their Film Heritage Award "for the restoration of Charles Burnett's Killer of Sheep and other independent films."

Also on the program are several of Ross' earlier experimental shorts and and documentaries:

10-17-88 (1989, 16mm)
An optically printed collage of found and archival footage, with audio collage by John (Ruby Thicket) Shaw.

A requiem for Grandma Prisbrey's famous cathedral of light, built entirely of glass bottles, pencils, and industrial detritus. With a score improvised on a broken piano by Jodie Baltazar (aka Monotrona).

A screen test for a film that was never made, a feature-length narrative about the unbridgeable gap and connection between a father and son.


Live music by RUBY THICKET
Featuring John Shaw (vocals, guitar, harmonica), Mac McClure (bowed saw and vocals), Bob Barraza (drums, shakuhachi flute, ukulele, and vocals), Jillian Graham (vocals and rhythm guitar), and Jim Graham (bass). Download sample MP3s from their CD "You Never Know What You'll See" at

Lounge and show standards crooned (or c-ruined?) over free improvised accompaniment. Featuring the velvet pipes of John Shaw backed by composer Bill Potter on guitar-synth, the lovely and talented David Milford on fiddle, members of Ruby Thicket, and other surprise guests. The set list includes songs associated with Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr., Kate Smith, Robert Goulet, Man of La Mancha, and Woody Guthrie.

Sunday, April 13, 2008 at 7:00 PM
The JewelBox Theater at the Rendezvous
2322 2nd Avenue, Seattle (in Belltown)
$5 suggested donation

I particularly like Spencer's coinage, "c-ruined"; it's not my intent with the songs at all, but I'm sure some people would take it that way.

As an unexpected bonus show, Jillian and Jim Graham -- wonderfully subbing in Ruby Thicket for the sadly absent Jen Anspach and Robert Hinrix -- have a show of their own on Friday the 11th, and they asked the rest of Ruby Thicket to join them for part of it. Mac won't be able to be there, but Bob and I will. I'll probably play some solo tunes too, and Jillian and Jim will be playing a set of their own originals, jazz standards, and pop covers. Here's the details:

Friday, April 11, 8pm to 10pm
Coffee To A Tea
4541 California Ave SW, Seattle 98116
(206) 937-1495
Kids welcome.

-- poster design by Brian Alter

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