Sparks have been creating idiosyncratic music of varying genres for almost 50 years now. Comprised of California-born brothers Ronald and Russell Mael, Sparks’ sound has consistently and organically evolved over the course of 23 albums, covering everything from glam rock to disco pop to electronic dance to their current status as experimental pop masters. Despite a rich body of work and decades’ worth of accolades from critics and peers alike, mainstream success has always alluded Sparks, possibly by their own devices, and thus they have properly earned their status as cult icons, complete with an obsessive and dedicated fanbase.
As he turns 50, filmmaker Pini Schatz sets out to explore his life-long obsession with the band Sparks (the brothers Ron and Russell Mael). Pini charts the impact of Sparks on his life while meeting with fellow Sparks’ fans, among them famous musicians, in Tel Aviv, London, Berlin, Rotterdam and New York. Structured as a personal quest by the filmmaker to prove that Sparks are the coolest underrated band in the history of popular music. This docu-comedy explores universal themes such as coping with aging and being an outsider, the importance of art in daily life, and the power of non-conformity.
Recognizable interview subjects include punk legend Jello Biafra, producer Tony Visconti, and songwriter Gemma Ray. A comedic documentary that explores the legacy of one of America’s great unsung musical duos and the impact they have had on the lives of their fans.
PLUS a 30 minute compilation of rare (unavailable online) Sparks footage from CFF director Eric’s personal collection (an obsessive Sparks fan himself). It’s also Eric’s birthday so expect a Sparks-themed cake.
Thursday, April 27 at 4 PM – 5 PM
1016 Hamilton St, Philadelphia, PA 19123-3725, United States
We’re dedicating the Spring Arts gallery’s first permanent mural, created by Philadelphia artist Charles Burwell with Mural Arts Art Education students from Northeast High School and Philadelphia High School for the Creative and Performing Arts!
Burwell, an internationally known abstract painter, and on-site teaching artists Brad Carney and Jamee Grigsby, have been working with these young artists-in-training how to create templates for replicating large-scale geometric shapes with mechanical accuracy.
From the bad brains behind Dead Flower’s Circus-Sideshow comes a mind melting, art installation without one vision but many. Art Without a Message is an open ended creative collaboration for the masses. The ingredients are performance art + visual art and everything in between. We give Philadelphia artists a space to create and then we all see what happens.
Hosted by Dead Flower’s veteran funny grrrl, Aliya Strychnine.
Join us for multi-media art extravaganza with no boundaries!
With performances by:
With visual art by:
Artists from SpArc Philadelphia
Doors at 7pm with artist’s reception to follow // Performances at 10pm, $5-$15 donation suggested for performance artists
3rd Fl, Upstairs with elevator, front entrance has three steps. Will be acquiring portable ramp for future shows.
Beverages provided for 21+ with donation
319 Performance Space (aka AUX @ Vox Populi)
319 N. 11th St. 3rd floor
Philadelphia, PA, 191407
Source: Art Without A Message 2
In July of 1973, 22-year-old lesbian Olga Hepnarová plowed her truck into a crowd of people on a Prague sidewalk, killing eight and seriously injuring 12, most of them elderly. It was not an accident: as Hepnarova detailed in letters she had sent to newspapers prior to her crime, she was committing the mass murder as an act of revenge against a society that had cruelly bullied her throughout her life, and she intended her crime to serve as a warning to other oppressors that the downtrodden may occasionally strike back. Utterly remorseless and entirely sane, Hepnarová was found guilty and hanged less than two years later, the last woman ever executed in Czechoslovakia. I, Olga Hepnarova, the award-winning debut of Czech writer-directors Tomáš Weinreb and Petr Kazda, revisits this tragedy, transforming it into one of the most unforgettable European films of recent years — an unsparing, haunting first-person portrait of loneliness and alienation. The extraordinary Michalina Olszanska (also starring as a ravenous singing mermaid in another 2017 CFF title, The Lure) makes Olga one of the angriest, most misanthropic main characters to emerge in some time, yet one always feels compassion and empathy for her, and her revulsion towards humanity. The film’s spare aesthetic and striking black-and-white cinematography evoke the European arthouse classics of the 1950s and 60s, but with a starkness that feels quite raw and unique. — Travis Crawford
Read programmer Travis Crawford’s interview with the directors and star: http://calvertjournal.com/
articles/show/5904/ i-olga-hepnarova-michalina- olszanska-tomas-weinreb-pe tr-kazda-czech-film
Official Website: http://iolgahepnarova.com/
Join us for the Flight of a Lifetime benefitting the Animal Care & Control Team of Philadelphia (ACCT Philly).
Come taste and cast your vote as four of Philadelphia’s slickest bartenders do battle with their best Woodford Reserve Bourbon cocktail! Help us raise $7500 to support ACCT Philly’s Pet Food Pantry. This free service assists Philadelphians who need help feeding their dogs and cats, enabling them to keep their beloved pets at home.
Brian Kane of Abe Fisher
Christine Castro of Heritage
Tim Mackay of Stateside
Scott Schultheis of The Trestle Inn
Complimentary Lite Bites
Silent Auction & 50/50 Raffle
Go Go by Trestle Special Connie Love
$25 Donation to ACCT Philly’s Pet Food Pantry
$35 ADVANCE / $40 AT THE DOOR / LIMITED SPACE
Can’t make it to the Bourbon Battle? Please consider making a $25 donation to ACCT Philly’s Pet Food Pantry.
Sponsored by Woodford Reserve and Philadelphia Animal Rescue Collaborative – PARC