David Lynch is my favorite filmmaker, ever since I first encountered Twin Peaks on VHS as a high school student in 1999, which led to me seeking out the rest of his extraordinary body of work. Lynch’s paintings and his filmography contain worlds of opposites colliding together – beauty and ugliness, menace and comedy – often at the same time. Even though there are things in his work that are deeply strange and difficult to watch, there is also an attitude of almost childlike wonder towards the world and a meticulously observed appreciation of human behavior. Mel Brooks, who produced David Lynch’s second film The Elephant Man, sums it up best. Upon seeing Eraserhead for the first time, Brooks, interviewed for Lynch’s authorized biography/memoir Room to Dream, said that he loved the movie “because it’s all symbols, but it’s real.” Everything in Lynch’s work is there for a purpose, never “weird for weirds sake.”
A mystifying death has rattled a quaint mountainside town.
Mirroring the premise of “Twin Peaks,” an early 1990s television sensation, a troupe of local thespians has transformed the surrealism of filmmaker David Lynch into an immersive theatrical narrative at the Bok Building, 1901 S. 9th St.
Presented through the FringeArts Festival, “Red Lodge, Montana,” the brainchild of The Antidote producing collective, will take audiences on a live-action nightmare unfolding in a girls locker room of the former South Philadelphia public school.
Dubbed “David Lynch’s muse” (Vanity Fair), Chrysta Bell is currently starring as Special Agent Tammy Preston on Showtime’s TWIN PEAKS opposite David Lynch and Miguel Ferrer. She will be performing tracks from her recently released sophomore album, WE DISSOLVE, along with selections from her David Lynch-written/produced 2011 debut and 2016 EP. This marks Chrysta Bell’s first-ever live performance in Philadelphia.
The evening will also feature Lynch-themed DJ sets from @ThatsOurWaldo (Welcome to Twin Peaks) and will be hosted, as always, by Ben Velvet (local comedian Paul Triggiani). Opening act will be announced in the coming months.
Chrysta Bell, TWIN PEAKS actress and longtime musical partner of David Lynch, recently released her sophomore album, WE DISSOLVE, via AWAL/Kobalt Music Recordings. Recorded in Bristol, UK, with Mercury Prize-winning producer John Parish (PJ Harvey’s Let England Shake), WE DISSOLVE is a pop record with elements of soul, rock and jazz, and features contributions from guest artists including Adrian Utley (Portishead), keyboardist Geoff Downes (Asia, Yes) and drone metal guitarist Stephen O’Malley of Sunn O))).
David Lynch wrote and produced Chrysta Bell’s 11-song debut, THIS TRAIN (2011), as well as her acclaimed 2016 EP, SOMEWHERE IN THE NOWHERE. Evocative of Lynch’s film and television productions, both retro-tinged releases feature dark and airy musical soundscapes conjuring a dramatic atmosphere that allow Chrysta Bell’s sensual vocals and soulful melodies to take flight. The closing moments of his surreal epic INLAND EMPIRE featured the duo’s song “Polish Poem,” a classically Lynchian ballad.
Chrysta Bell is featured in TWIN PEAKS in the role of FBI Agent Tamara Preston, acting alongside Miguel Ferrer and David Lynch. Twin Peaks premiered on Showtime on May 21 to wide critical acclaim. David Lynch says Chrysta Bell “is not only a killer performer, she also has a great intuitive ability to catch a mood and find a melody that’s really spectacular,” and recalls, “The first time I saw her perform, I thought she was like an alien. The most beautiful alien ever.”
Chrysta Bell’s professional career as musician began after being signed by RCA Victor at the age of 18 as the lead vocalist for the popular Austin-based gypsy swing act 8 ½ Souvenirs. In her four-year tenure with the band, Chrysta Bell delighted audiences on many North American tours and shared the stage with legendary musicians such as Willie Nelson and Brian Setzer.
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