Tens of millions of people have seen these films. Nobody knows who made them.
Tonight we are excited to host a benefit for CUFF: Chicago Underground Film Festival with a screening of The Numero Group’s remarkable collection, Celestial Navigations: The Short Films of Al Jarnow. The screening will consist of 60 minutes of shorts from his independent work and films featured on public television, followed by a 30 minute documentary that deconstructs his creative process.
Curled up on our couches in the wee hours of the morning, in reruns, and nostalgic You Tube forwards, filmmaker Al Jarnow has touched our lives and changed the way we look at the world without us ever knowing. Beginning with his work for a certain public television show that featured a big yellow bird, Al Jarnow captured life’s scientific minutia and boiled it down for easy consumption between cookie eating monsters and counting vampires. Coupling time-lapse, stop motion, and cel animation with simple objects found in every day life, Jarnow deconstructed the world for an entire generation.
Friday, it’s The 5th Anniversary of The Interview Show with Mark Bazer! This is going to be an extra special show due to the stacked line-up of Jon Langford, Stephaine Izard, Bill Zehme, Schadenfreude, along with a very special guest & some more surprises! This one is sure to sell out, and you can only get tickets at the door starting at 5:30pm so please arrive early before it’s too late!
Later that evening we get the very rare treat of Skull Orchard (Acoustic) with Jon Langford andJim Elkington. For those of you who know both or either of these two lads from across the pond, we can pretty much guarantee that the music will be fantastic and you will surely be laughing for days due the outrageous & hilarious banter that is likely to ensue.
Saturday we start off with another film fundraiser, this one for Kartemquin Films called, They Shoot Indies, Don’t They? Dance Derby Fundraiser Spectacluar. It’s not about skill. This is a dance party for everyone, with prizes. Wallflowers & witnesses welcome, celebrated. Always a blast, this one benefits production of‘Mormon Movie’ by Xan Aranda, director of the multi award-winning Andrew Bird: Fever Year.
Support independent film with esteemed Judges: Ameena Matthews of ‘The Interrupeters’ (a recent guest on The Colbert Report) and actress Leah Karpel (Steppenwolf) of Victory Gardens Theater’s ‘The Whale’ plus DJ All The Way Kay + DJ Treetop Lover.
At midnight it’s the first Saturday of the month so, Chances Dances will be here to keep everyone shaking it all night long.
Tuesday we start our new Tuesday night residency for the month of February with, Daniel Knox.
In the winter of 2007, Daniel Knox released his debut album Disaster, the first in a conceived trilogy that includes Evryman For Himself and the yet-to-be-recorded Chasescene. Over the course of this residency, he will perform each album in it’s entirety, one per night. The fourth night will be an exhibition of his current collaborative work with photographer John Atwood. This week he will be joined by the Nate Lepine Trio who will open the show.
Wednesday is another Soup & Bread with the theme this week of, “Down Under” with cooks Bonnie Tawse, Richard Stacewicz, Simon Tankard, Dan Miller and more. Bread donated by La Farine Bakery and Publican Quality Meats. DJ this week: Jim Becker. Pay-what-you-can donations benefit the Chicago Help Initiative.
Afterwards, the Immediate Sound Series presents a special show called: Twin Cities In Jazz Exchange. Four jazz musicians from Birmingham, England are spending a week in Chicago playing with leading musicians on the Chicago scene as part of an innovative exchange project between the twinned cities. They are drummer Mark Sanders and the Steve Tromans Trio led by pianist Steve Tromans and featuring Chris Mapp on bass and Miles Levin on drums, along with special guest, Ken Vandermark. The second set that night will be a monster trio with Mark Sanders on drums, Jason Adasiewicz on vibes, and Ken Vandermark on reeds. This is one show that is not to be missed!
See You Soon,