THE THING is a Norwegian/Swedish improvisational trio that sounds to my ears like a combination of free jazz and death metal. I saw them a few months back at Trinosophes, the Detroit performance space where I recorded the Over The Pavement concert DVD last year. There is no describing them. Here they are.
Summers in Erie, PA, are like roller coaster rides. June is cool and rainy as the coaster creeps slowly toward the crest of the first hill. July 4 weekend, everything stands still for a moment. And we’re suddenly whizzing through hairpin turns, clickety-clack, up down and around. Before you know it, time for the big festivals, Roar on the Shore in mid-July and Celebrate Erie in mid-August. Then the kids go back to school right before Labor Day and everything takes on a pumpkin flavor. Summer’s over — where did it go?
The Trouble With Poets, my film about the exciting grassroots poetry scene in my hometown of Erie, PA, will air this Thursday, May 21, at 8 p.m. on WQLN, TV-54, my local public broadcast station. For those outside the viewing area, you can watch the film on Vimeo.
Also, I’m having a retrospective screening of this and two other films Wednesday, June 10, at the Erie Movie House, a lovely little venue near Presque Isle run by a couple of film buffs. I like watching movies in the dark with a room full of people. It’s the closest that many of us can come to sitting around the campfire while the shaman tells stories. Please try to make it if you’re in the area!