And We All Fallout: Babes in Radioactive La La Land January 5th

konefsky screening in portland

January 5th at the Filling Station for a mere $5.05,  LPG and friends present a full night which includes BA BA (banjo and tuba) along with a Yeats essay on banjo-watching, plus poetry and a large ensemble of TEO 315 (pictured below in their “second album cover”), and a short but hefty film by Bryan Konefsky called Chicken Delight. In my last blog, I said the flick was about “poultry.”  And it is, sort of, and also about the other teasers I mentioned. But more about history, American then and now, Chicken Delight is a sort of winding lovesong to our most self-destructive attempts at various types of recent progress.

Here’s part of the official synopsis:

Chicken Delight 

TRT 21.5 minutes Bryan Konefsky 2006

Written, directed, shot, and edited by Bryan Konefsky

This essay-film is a meditation on the United Statesʼ ongoing courtship with radioactivity. Here, the story begins with the Food and Drug Administrationʼs decision to serve irradiated meat in their School Lunch Program, and ends with a story that William S. Burroughs might have written about using radioactivity to grow tumors as a hip, new fashion statement.

Radioactive paint, radioactive suppositories, and radioactive cock-rings all make an appearance, as do random thongs in university libraries. And as stated in my last blog, very important carnival games help frame the flick. Which is perfect, since culturally we never stop “playing” with the environment and our bodies…

What I love best about any Bryan Konefsky film  is the pleasure which can be derived from witnessing the way he chooses to tell a story or address a subject. He often meanders, meanders so deftly, you hardly know what happens. Each surprise and turn is both highly unexpected and superbly logical. We go. We go with him each step, and how his images, sound track, and narration skip stones across various synapses in our brains is delectable, awakening, oddly cajoling and superbly disconcerting.

He’s a pro, obviously. Professor of Cinematic Arts at UNM, Artistic Director Experiments in Cinema, Basement Films Legend, he also serves as a panelist for the New Mexico Film Office’s New Visions filmmaking awards, is a member of the board of advisors for the Ann Arbor Film Festival (the oldest experimental festival in the United States), a guest curator for the Southwest Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, and an experimental film judge for Videofest sponsored by the Dallas Video Association in Texas.

His own films and installations have been presented internationally at venues such as Blinding Light Cinema in Vancouver, the Videoex Festival in Switzerland, the Erarta Museum for Contemporary Art in Russia, the Paris Underground Film Festival in France, Cinema Ritrovato in Italy, the Oslo Film Institute in Norway, the European Media Arts Festival in Germany, the Long Beach Museum of Art in California, and the premiere experimental film venues in New York City, Anthology Film Archives and Millennium Film Workshop.

Come celebrate our own local cinematic hero when he shows one of his more pressing works… Special Guest Jenette Issacson of Basement Films will also be offering up her own narration of a classic film strip with highly adept pointer action.

And on the music front, after Mark Weaver and Steven Robert Allen in BA BA during the first set, we’ll encounter the Weaver in another incarnation, with TEO 315 (aka th3 e1emental orke5tra). This is the group that used to regularly peform poetry n jazz each month at Out ch’Yonda, the inspiration for the broadside KE5TRA: sound literature, which recently has showcased poetry collaborations with Church of Beethoven (now Sunday Chatter) and Globalquerque.  In partnership with Roost Curator Weaver, Mike Balistreri is the other key maker-of-things-happening. Those two also recently performed at East of Edith, and before that in a configuration with Mat Norman and Al Faaet where they offered up a Sun Ra tribute for another Guild poetry/music event.  Regarding this particular night’s incarnation, Balistreri writes:

I recently came across a translated Chinese description of a child’s drum set that read, “Some babies may form a small band together to create unity and coordination with the atmosphere of harmony.”  It’s a nice image that pretty well sums up what th3 e1emental orke5tra tries to accomplish.  For the show at the Filling Station, TEO 315 will include:

Al Faaet – skins and needles
Van Jackson-Weaver – fretting about
Mat Norman – monochromatics
Shawn Woodyard – things with lots of holes
Mark Weaver – lip flapping into the small end

Mike Balistreri – unfretted and unfetteredfrom our second album
Much fun to be had. Show will also include poetry. More on that when I figure it out but meanwhile any poets dying to read a Yeats poem should write to me at “near art experience at yahoo dot com ” all one big happy conjoined word with symbols and dot.  Okay? Okay.

Once again:

Presented by Local Poets Guild, Basement Films, and TEO 315

LIGATURE: an interdisciplinary connective tissue extravaganza

7 PM Saturday January 5th

at the Filling Station (1024– 4th Street SW at Pacific)



— lisa gill