She Said Boom: The Story of Fifth Column will screen at International House

Fifth Column | photo via
Fifth Column | photo via

You know what’s a good thing to do on a Thursday night? Seeing a film that’s never been shown in Philadelphia before!

The International House, in partnership with Permanent Wave Philly, is hosting a film screening of She Said Boom: The Story of Fifth Column on July 16. Directed by Kevin Hegge, the film follows Fifth Column, a band of four young Toronto women.  In the early eighties they collaborated in various music, film, and self-publication projects to defy conventions of art practice, gender ideas, and to challenge homophobia. These efforts eventually led to global art and political movements. The  film explores their work in-depth, and offers an explanation of why you may not have heard of them, despite their impact. Continue reading →


Weekend Picks: Oneohtrix Point Never at The International House + Gene Ween, Shad Fest, The Fresh And Onlys

Describing Oneohtrix Point Never’s sound is heady college-essay material. He uses repetitive analogue synths and repeating digital arpeggios to create other-dimensional classical noise music. It’s music meant for hearing and for feeling; it has a visceral effect on the body and head. Daniel Lopatin, the man behind Oneohtrix, is consistently academic and meta in his description of music. The Wire’s critic David Keenan, who titled the genre “hynagogic pop,” posted a splash-making series of emails between himself and Lopatin on his personal blog. In the exchange (since removed) the two try and struggle to define the new sound. Keenan sees it as a musical, trance-like nostalgia; Lopatin sees himself as a vehicle for the synthesizers. It’s all very hard to verbalize, and perhaps that’s the most exciting thing about the genre. Oneohtrix Point Never performs with Bee Mask at 8:30 p.m. at The International House’s Ibrahim Theater; tickets to the all-ages show are $12. —Dave Simpson

Also playing: The Extraordinaires + Juston Stens And The Get Real Gang, Gold Crowns at Kung Fu Necktie (7 p.m., 21+, $8); Femi Kuti And Positive Force at World Cafe Live (9 p.m., $33-$53); The 2nd Annual Philly Opry featuring Birdie Busch + The Defibulators, The Silver Ages at Johnny Brenda’s (9 p.m., 21+, $12)

Gene Ween + Claude Coleman Jr., Dave Dreiwitz, Ukelarry And Son at World Cafe Live (8 p.m., $30-$40); Fishtown Shad Fest featuring Black Landlord + Spinto Band, West Philadelphia Orchestra, Springs, Girls Rock Philly! camper bands at Penn Treaty Park (noon, all ages, free); June Divided + Studio Saturn, Evergreen, A Little Affair at North Star Bar (9 p.m., 21+, $8); Grails + James Blackshaw at Kung Fu Necktie (7:30 p.m., 21+, $10-$12); Thousands at First Unitarian Church (8 p.m., all ages, $10)

The Fresh And Onlys + Crocodiles, Young Prisms, DJ Dennis Wolffang at Kung Fu Necktie (8 p.m., 21+, $10); Atmosphere + Blueprint, Grives With Budo at Electric Factory (8 p.m., $26)


Tonight’s Concert Pick: Crispin Hellion Glover at The Interational House

Crispin Hellion GloverWhere to begin with Crispin Hellion Glover? Suing the producers of Back To The Future Part II for using his likeness in the film without first obtaining his permission? His bewildering, karate-kick-filled appearance on Late Night With David Letterman? For releasing the 1989 album The Big Problem ? The Solution. The Solution = Let It Be, which included his home phone number in the liner notes and encouraged listeners to call him after figuring out the puzzle on the back cover? Sadly, the enigmatic actor/author/musician/filmmaker won’t be performing any songs from The Big Problem during his appearance tonight at The International House. He will, however, be performing “Big Slide Show Part 1,” a “one-hour dramatic narration of eight different profusely illustrated books.” (A screening of Glover’s 2007 film It is fine! EVERYTHING IS FINE! will follow the performance.) Crispin Hellion Glover performs at 6:30 p.m. at The International House; tickets to the 18+ show are SOLD OUT.