Hurricane Katrina Benefit

Sunday, October 2nd. 6 – 11pm

Performances, Film, Music & PotLuck. $10 dollar contribution requested – more if you can, less if you must! mad jazz hatters – a great old time jazz group drawing from the new orleans style. dj B-dub-ya filling the air with aural gems. andrew sneider projects video. screening of Never to Return by peter cramer.

Friday, OCTOBER 7th. 9pm

FLAMING SLIPS (OF THE TONGUE):
AN EVENING OF SMOKIN’ WORD PERFORMANCE. curated by mr. joe

Featured flame-throwers include:
mr.joe (producer˜performer˜writer˜whore: reads from THE SHIFT, soon to be published in Hot Gay Erotica 2006)
Chloe Dzubilo (HIV~AIDS/Transgendered persons’ Activatrix – currently working on her bio pic starring Rosario Dawson)
Dee Finley (Queer˜dyke˜grrl promoter˜performer spikes the night with a punch)
Mat (Word masseur giving a hole new meaning to “open up and say ahhhhhhhrse…”)
Khalid (teacher˜mentor to the 718 kids – reads original work with fever of the flavor of his tingle)
and a screening of INDELIBLE – a video work by Charles Lum aka Clublum.

Saturday, OCTOBER 8th. 6PM

Avant Garde(n) presents
A Tribute to Tom Chomont
hosted by Jim Hubbard & MM Serra.

A key figure of the New York underground and pioneering queer experimental filmmaker, longtime AIDS survivor and wily raconteur. From 1962 through 1989, Tom Chomont made over forty films. All but two of his films are silent and all are short, ranging from less than 1 minute to 16 minutes. Perhaps the subtitle of Chomont’s film Phases of the Moon best characterizes his film work: The Parapsychology of Everyday Life. His films, often portraits of friends, are a lyric evocation of the ordinary world, but at the same time they bear witness to an unabashedly spiritual and sexual parallel universe. His incomparable technique of offsetting color positive and high contrast black and white negative creates a subtly beautiful and richly evocative, otherworldly aura. Since 1990, he has worked exclusively in video. The videos are hard-edged and raw. While many center around explicit s&m imagery, they go beyond the performative aspects of sadomasochistic practice and become an entrée to a transcendent and philosophical otherworld.

Tom Chomont has been making 16mm films since the early 60s. Because the films don’t fit neatly into established categories (they’re not exactly “diary films,” though much of the basic imagery is diaristic; they’re not precisely “trance films,” though trance film is obviously part of Chomont’s background), and because [he] has been more fully involved in exploring himself than in advancing his career, his brief, unassuming, amazingly dense films are frequently overlooked. –Scott MacDonald, A Critical Cinema

Halloween – Films, Music, Tricks & Treats!

Monday, OCTOBER 31st. 8pm

Songs for the Revolution – a debut by Dominic Wetzel.
Projections by Stephen Kent Jusick
LOUIS THE FOURTEENTH STREET by JACOB BURCKHARDT & ROYSTON SCOTT

Le Petit Versailles 2006 Season – Call for Proposals.

For detail and apply, download Application Form (PDF).

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