April 19, Cinema 16 Night, with Noveller and Julianna Barwick

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Still from Sarah Lipstate’s “Memory Scars”, courtesy of the artist

On Sunday, April 19th, Cinema 16 returns to The Bell House in Brooklyn with another round of experimental shorts and live musical accompaniment. Brooklyn musician Julianna Barwick performs original scores to Kenneth Anger’s “Inauguration of the Pleasure Dome” (1954) and Joel Schelmowitz’ “1734” (1997), followed by a performance by Parts & Labor’s Sarah Lipstate (as Noveller), set to a selection of her own films.

Independent curator Molly Surno, who founded the series last year, offers an unusual explanation for bringing the silent film—and Cinema 16, a New York avant-garde film society founded by Amos Vogul in 1947—back to life: “In the era of silent film, live music enhanced the moving picture and brought communities together with a visceral, interactive audio-visual experience. Today, when the film experience has been reduced to the tiny screens of our laptops and ipods, oftentimes experienced alone, Cinema 16 offers a revival of community” (Bellhouse website).

Sunday, April 19th, 6pm doors, 7pm show
149 7th Street
$10, with complementary beverage
Brooklyn, NY 11215

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About Jay Babcock

I am the co-founder and editor of Arthur Magazine (2002-2008, 2012-13) and curator of 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 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 one of five Angelenos 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. Today, I live a peaceful life in the rural wilderness of Joshua Tree, California, where I am a partner in JTHomesteader.com with Stephanie Smith.

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