The adventurous people over at Art Damage Lodge (4120 Hamilton Ave., Northisde) are at it again with a one-night-only (9 p.m. tonight) screening of Ericka Beckman’s 135 Grand Street New York 1979, a freshly issued documentary on NYC’s No Wave music scene — a movement noted for its aggressively DIY aesthetic and anti-everything nihilism. —-
The doc is purported to feature vintage footage of such genre purveyors as A Band, Rhys Chatham, Chinese Puzzle, The Static, Theoretical Girls and Youth in Asia, among others. Per Art Damage’s Facebook page, the film is also currently showing as part No Wave descendant Sonic Youth’s “Seasonal Fix” touring art exhibition as well as being screened before the recent live shows of SY mentor/No Wave pioneer Glenn Branca, who says of the film, “If you want to see what the Soho side of No Wave looked like, this is the only place you’re ever going to find it."
The evening will be sweetened — or soured, depending on your point of view — with complementary videos from the era's like-mindedly subversive bands. For more information on the free screening, click here.