Philadelphia musicians present new live score to lost Czech film described as Grimm’s via Jodorowsky and Bergman.

“Valerie and Her Week of Wonders” – Friday, September 8 at 8pm in Philadelphia

The Valerie Project

with members of Espers, Fern Knight, Fursaxa and Grass and featuring Greg Weeks, Mary Lattimore, Charles Cohen, Jesse Sparhawk and special guest performance by Marissa Nadler

Co-presented by Joseph A Gervasi

Valerie and Her Week of Wonders
dir. Jaromil Jires, Czechoslovakia, 1970, 16mm, 72 mins, color, Czech w/ English subtitles

Philadelphia musicians led by Greg Weeks, bring new life to a forgotten classic of the Czech New Wave, Valerie and Her Week of Wonders. The sound goes off and the amps get cranked (do harps need amps?) as a collective of Philadelphia’s finest underground musicians pay tribute to this seminal film of the new folk movement. Their lush haunting melodies are the perfect compliment to this surreal tale in which love, fear, sex and religion merge into one fantastic world. When a 13-year-old girl crosses the threshold into womanhood, her life unfolds as a gothic saga of vampires, witchcraft, and mysticism. Rich in imagination, color, and textures, this remarkable film has been described as “a Jodorowsky/Bergman co-production of a Grimm’s fairytale.”

$12 IHouse + Live Arts/Fringe members; $13 students; $15 general admission.
Advance tickets at or 866.468.7619.

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About Jay Babcock

I am an independent writer and editor based in Tucson, Arizona. In 2022: I publish a weeklyish email newsletter called LANDLINE = Previously: I co-founded and edited Arthur Magazine (2002-2008, 2012-13) and curated the three Arthur music festival events (Arthurfest, ArthurBall, and Arthur Nights) (2005-6). Prior to that I was a district office staffer for Congressman Henry A. Waxman, a DJ at Silver Lake pirate radio station KBLT, a copy editor at Larry Flynt Publications, an editor at Mean magazine, and a freelance journalist contributing work to LAWeekly, Mojo, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, Vibe, Rap Pages, Grand Royal and many other print and online outlets. An extended piece I wrote on Fela Kuti was selected for the Da Capo Best Music Writing 2000 anthology. In 2006, I was somehow listed in the Music section of Los Angeles Magazine's annual "Power" issue. In 2007-8, I produced a blog called "Nature Trumps," about the L.A. River. From 2010 to 2021, I lived in rural wilderness in Joshua Tree, Ca., where I practiced with Buddhist teacher Ruth Denison and was involved in various pro-ecology and social justice activist activities.

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  1. Hey, folks, I thought I’d add this on: We have a MySpace profile for The Valerie Project with all the band members, what groups they are from and a what instruments (and there are a helluva lot of them!) they’ll all be playing along with pictures, a synopsis of the idea behind the project and more goofiness. It’s all here:

    Those with questions about this (so far) one-time event can reach me here:

    Thanks to Arthur for mentioning our event and for all of you who read about it and come out to it. I can assure you that it will be wonderful!

    – Joseph A. Gervasi, Exhumed Films/

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