The Diggers Papers No. 17: BEDROCK ONE event flyer/poster by R. Crumb (late Feb '67)

Arthur is proud to present scans of essential documents produced by and about the San Francisco Diggers, who were in many ways the epicentral actors in the Haight-Ashbury during the epic, wildly imaginative period from late ’66 through ’67. The Diggers’ ideas and activities are essential counter-cultural history, sure, but they are also especially relevant to the current era, for reasons that should be obvious to the gentle Arthur reader.

Most of the documents that we are presenting are broadsides originally published on a Gestetner machine owned and operated in the Haight by the novelist/poet Chester Anderson and his protege/sidekick Claude Hayward, who used the name “Communication Company,” or more commonly, “Com/Co.” According to Claude, these broadsides were then “handed out on the street, page by page, super hot media, because the reader trusted the source, which was another freaky looking hippie who had handed it to him/her.”

This particular Com/Co document is a flyer/poster/broadside by a pre-fame Robert Crumb advertising BEDROCK ONE, a March 5, 1967 event organized by Anderson himself. Check out that lineup, a real who’s who of the contemporary Haight-Ashbury arts/life scene: the Steve Miller Band, the Orkustra (the band led by guitarist Bobby Beausoleil, who would later be associated with both Kenneth Anger and Charles Manson), poet Richard Brautigan, the infamous street agitators San Francisco Mime Troupe, the San Francisco League for Sexual Freedom, the Lysergic Power & Light Company, and more.

More on Bedrock One in coming days…

Click on the image to see at a larger size…

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Kenneth Anger, coast to coast

The Arthur editor got this lo-fi pic of a sign posted outside the screening of a set of recent Kenneth Anger films last Saturday night at New York’s Anthology Film Archives. Click on it to see at full size…

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And, courtesy photojournalist R.A. Pleuger, here are a few scenes from the Hollywood Forever cemetery last Sunday night during Cinespia’s screening of vintage Kenneth Anger films. This first pic is of a huge, magnificently lit tomb, through which you can see a bit of the projection of “Rabbit’s Moon”…

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Sunday, July 19 7pm: Arthur co-presents The Invasion of Thunderbolt Pagoda + Paradise Now screening at ATA in SF

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Sunday, July 19

Artists’ Television Access
992 Valencia, S.F.
(415) 824-3890
http://www.atasite.org/calendar/?x=4128

7pm

$7

MCMAF & Arthur Magazine co-present

The Invasion of Thunderbolt Pagoda + Paradise Now

Take an alchemical journey with Ira Cohen’s The Invasion of Thunderbolt Pagoda, a mythosphere filtered through Mylar and worthy of Kenneth Anger’s most lysergic moments, with ritual music provided by ex-Velvet Undergrounder Angus MacLise. Also on the program is Marty Topp’s Paradise Now: The Living Theatre in Amerika. “Life, revolution and theater are three words for the same thing: an unconditional NO to the present society” – Julian Beck, Living Theatre co-founder

SATURDAY: Blood Transfusion for a Ghost– Frank Haines at Kenneth Anger Exhibit at PS1

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Saturday, June 20, 2009, 7 – 11 pm
PS1/MoMA
In celebration of the summer solstice, Frank Haines has organized an evening of ritualistic, mysterious, and mystical performances, music, film, and spoken word. Four performers—the trio Blanko & Noiry; 16mm filmmaker Rose Kallal and curator Mark Beasley; psychedelic metal band Miracle of Birth; and poet Cedar Sigo— will perform in a different corner of a single gallery. ARP (DFA/Smalltown Supersound) will provide musical transitions between each performance.
In a reference to his artistic relationship to the cult filmmaker Kenneth Anger, Haines borrowed this event’s title from Hugh Kenner’s novel The Pound Era, in which the author notes that Pound “came to think of translation as a model for the poetic act: blood brought to ghosts…essentially creating new life from old texts.” Anger’s current P.S.1 exhibition will be on view throughout the evening.
Ticket information here.

Haines, who currently has a show at the Lisa Cooley Gallery, is a visual, musical, and performance artist. His performances are rare and reportedly not to be missed, filling the entire space with energy in a manner consistent with the occult rituals, such as the gnostic mass, that link Haines with Anger. The performance is $10 and 21+, but it sounds like there will probably be free Grolsch!
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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