Every year, the folks at The Burroughs Century celebrate the holidays with a Radio Theatre rendition of William Burroughs’ short story “The Junky’s Christmas.” The performance is in the style of 1930s radio dramas and includes live sound effects by Tony Brewer, Chris Rall on saxophone, and Kyle Quass on trumpet.
This year, the Radio Theatre crew will also perform Ray Bradbury’s “It Burns Me Up!” for a special double-feature.
When: Wed Dec 16, doors at 7p, performance at 8p
Where: The Bishop Bar, 123 S Walnut St, Bloomington IN
We’re happy to announce an addition to our 2015 schedule: feminist writer and filmmaker, Chris Kraus. She will read a selection of her forthcoming book of essays on Kathy Acker on Friday October 9 at 4p at the I-Fell building. Buy tickets in advance at the BCT Box Office.
One show we’re really excited about – but is perhaps a bit less high-profile than some of our other events – is the Myth-Science Ensemble. Combining sound design, aerial performance, and music, the show re-imagines scientific iconography to create a multi-sensory experience for the audience.
The Myth-Science Ensemble hails from Kansas City MO and consists of Thomas Aber (bass clarinet, Omaha Symphony) and Dwight Frizzell (reeds and Yamaha WX5, Kansas City Art Institute), along with supporting players from Bloomington, including reed player Marty Belcher, nationally recognized live sound effects artist Tony Brewer, and aerial silk performer Sue Rall. Myth-Science Ensemble incorporate 4-channel sound, movement, and projected images to create live immersive sonic environments inspired by intersections of myth and science.
To get a taste of their work, take a look at “Oceans of Kansas,” which they’ll be performing live at Wounded Galaxies on October 11. Already intrigued? Get your tickets here.
Our own Joan Hawkins has toiled away the past few years on a book project that focuses on the New York Downtown scene, and it’s just been released! Downtown Film and TV Culture, 1975-2001 brings together essays and interviews by both scholars and participants in Downtown culture, balancing academic research with the voices of people who lived this cultural moment. In it, you’ll find essays by J. Hoberman and Nick Zedd, and interviews with Bette Gordon and Beth B.
What’s unique about this collection is that it doesn’t just consider the scene within the bounds of New York City in the 1970s, but rather expands its scope to talk about multiple generations and regions involved in Downtown Culture.
The Burroughs Century will host a book signing and reading the week before Wounded Galaxies (stay tuned for details!). Then, in November, there will be book events at the Strand Bookstore in New York and at Fales Library at NYU.