I know the title of this post does not make sense for many reasons. Zombies in July? Fourth of July celebration on the third of July? I will explain, but first, a question asked on The Big Blog is "What is it with Seattle and zombies?" We really do like zombies a lot around here. Maybe we like zombies because it's quite easy for us to turn our pasty white complexions into believable undead versions of ourselves. Or maybe it's simply because zombies are awesome. I know I like them, and I have participated in a couple of zombie events.
Seattle wants to break the record of most zombies in one place on July 3 in Fremont. This means there will need to be about 4000 zombies assembled in Fremont on July 3, the goal is 5000. Of course the zombie conglomeration is happening in July, no where near Halloween. Yes, it makes perfect sense. In fact, it is going to be a zombie Fourth of July celebration they are calling Red, White, and Dead Zombie Party. And it is going to be quite a party. Here are some details from the website:
Everyone must meet at the extraction zone located at 3501 Phinney Ave North, home to the Fremont Outdoor Movies on Friday, July 3rd [registration is from 5pm -7pm] and everyone should report in costume dressed as ZOMBIES for this historical event to ensure that you are not detected by the Living Dead. Its your only means of survival and we are counting on you to make this possible. We need 5,000 people to break the record and we need them on Friday, July 3rd.
After the zombies reak havock on Fremont, everyone will watch Shawn of the Dead at the Fremont Outdoor Cinema.
I must admit, I haven't seen Anvil! The Story of Anvil yet, but everyone who has seen this movie will not shut up about how good it is, so I feel I need to see the darn thing immediately. Also, as a bonus, it is playing at one of my favorite movie theaters in Seattle, the Varsity Theater, a theater known for its independent films and attractive employees.
Please imagine me gleefully shouting the next word in falsetto with rock hands:
Thank you. See you at the movies this weekend.
4329 University Way N.E.
Seattle, WA 98105
5/4/09 UPDATE: I saw it, and it was just as great as I thought it would be. I definitely recommend this movie.
This is a great opportunity to show your masterpiece at the first ever event of this festival, so years from now you can say, "I was there at the very beginning, man!" So far, all entries will be shown at the festival. You can mail or drop off your entry at:
The Church of Bicycle Jesus
4341 15Th Ave. S.
Seattle, WA, 98108
Please contact Terry if you have questions about the festival and entry submissions.
The festival will take place on May 1 at the Underground Events Center which is in Belltown next to Cyclops. The Underground Events Center is the same location as the Punk Rock Flea Market, 2407 First Avenue (map).
More information on the Dead Baby Bikes website.
Girls Rock! The Movie is a documentary about a camp for girls that teaches them how to play rock and roll, then the girls get to perform in front of an audience.
Since the camp first started in Portland seven years ago with a handful of students, it has grown tremendously to a year-round program with three sessions in the summer. Now they’ve gone international, with camps popping up in places as different as Mufreesboro, Tennessee and Sweden. What follows is a list of those camps who have aligned themselves with the Portland camp under the Girls Rock Camp Alliance banner, at which girls can expect a similar experience and curriculum.
Girls Rock Camp seems to be grooming little girls into becoming their own little Sleater-Kinneys. It looks like a great film to me. Directed by Arne Johnson and Shane KingWatch, the documentary shows the insecurities these young girls have going into the camp (one girl admittedly hates herself) and the empowerment they learn in the camp that it's fine to "sweat like a pig, scream like a banshee, wail on their instruments with complete and utter abandon, and that it is '100% okay to be exactly who you are.'" I wish I had learned those valuable life lessons a lot sooner in life. I especially wish I had learned them at a rock and roll camp!
The fact that this camp originated in Portland, with another camp coming to Seattle, makes me love the Northwest even more than I already do.
Location: SIFF Cinema (at the Nesholm Family Lecture Hall at McCaw Hall 321 Mercer Street, Seattle Center)
Show Dates: March 7 - 20 (show times and buy tickets here)
Price: SIFF Members $8, Non-Members $10
Crispin Glover is famous for being an actor in cult classics such as River's Edge and Rubin and Ed, and he has also played key roles in the blockbusters Charlie's Angels and Back to the Future. He is one of few artists who has been able to maintain his indie status while trying out his craft in the mainstream. He is also known for his quirkiness. I have heard rumors that he is a collector of glass eyes.
Aside from a successful acting career, Crispin Glover also performs spoken word, and this weekend he is performing live at the NW Film Forum in Capitol Hill and presenting his movie, It's Fine! Everything's Fine. Everything's Fine is a horror movie and sequel to What is It? Beware: this movie looks really disturbing, so leave the kids at home if you want to see it, m'kay? Or bring the kids, but only if you are a lousy parent.
Crispin Glover will be doing an introduction and live dramatization of the movie in conjunction with Crispin Glover's Big Slide Show.
I saw a version of Crispin Glover's Big Slide Show about 10 years ago in San Francisco, and it was quite entertaining. It included a short movie, starring Crispin Glover as a small town boy who wanted to win the local talent show by singing along to a boombox while in drag as "Olivia Neutron Bomb." Then there was a slideshow, and I remember there being some sort of emphasis on pelts, which was a topic of his book being released at the time. Beaver pelts. You must be open to the quirky and offbeat to enjoy this show.
More information about the show on KEXP's blog. On the KEXP blog post, you can also play a short audio clip of Crispin Glover explaining some details of the show. Note how he introduces himself as "Crispin Glover Dot Com."
Location: NW Film Forum (map)
Dates and Time: January 10, 11, 12 (What is It? will be playing), and 13 at 7pm
Price: $17/NWFF Members, $20/General CASH ONLY
From their origins in New York Greenwich Village folk scene and their involvement in the Easy Rider soundtrack, to the lost years of constant drugging, endless touring and a final shot at redemption, Holy Modal Rounders...Bound To Lose recounts the unique forty-year history of these true American originals. With startling intimacy, the film also documents the band's arduous, amusing, and sometimes heartbreaking struggle to capitalize on their recent resurgence in popularity, culminating in an unpredictable 40th anniversary concert in Portland, Oregon. More than just a chronicle of an obscure band, Holy Modal Rounders...Bound To Lose is a raucous celebration of a lost American outlaw subculture as it draws its final rebellious breaths.
Holy Modal Trailer
When: Nov. 16 - 24, 7:00pm & 9:15pm
Where: Northwest Film Forum (1515 12th Ave. @ Pike St. - Capitol Hill)
Co-Director Sam Douglas in attendance opening weekend