The Bridge is hosting their (second annual?) Flicker Poetry event tonight, in which local poets will read their work in-between 16mm experimental films; tonight, the poets are Jordan Bolden and Lisa Fink; and Peter Richards was listed on the bill at one point, but the third poet will actually be Mike Rutherglen; the films are “the Wonder Ring” by Stan Brakhage, and “Scattered Remains” by James Broughton (two giants of mid-20th-century hand-made/experimental cinema), as well as a 2003 documentary about the Loudmouth Collective and Ugly Duckling Presse. Jordan says: “These poet-provocateurs are the creators of the infamous “Anti-Reading” series, a carnival-like alternative to the traditional poetry reading. On the film’s soundtrack we hear how the Anti-Readings were started, descriptions of various Anti-Reading activities including the Poetry smokable poems known as Poetry Cigarettes, the memory tester called “I Forgot,” and the Diary in the shape of a Bunny. The film includes footage shot at Anti-Readings, with time-lapse, double exposures, distorting lenses, and frenetic non-traditional camerawork evocative of the playfully chaotic spirit of the events.” That event starts at 8:15pm (I guess the Bridge has finally given in and acknowledged that none of their audience members ever show up on time? But if they say 8:15, no one will be there ’til 8:30…)
There’s also a show at the Black Market Moto Saloon that I’m very excited about; excellent local band Mss. are releasing their first album, which comes packaged in an 85-page book; it’s also the second-ever appearance of the full “Mss. orchestra” line-up, which currently includes Cathy Monnes, Dave Gibson, and Brian Hoffa — you may remember how amazing they were when they opened for Six Organs last fall and kind of stole the show. I did a more in-depth write-up of the band in general and Tyler specifically over at the “Feedback” column in the C-Ville, which you can read here. Davis Salisbury, Tyler’s former bandmate in Grand Banks, is of course opening the show playing solo drone-guitar as Dais Queue; Davis says it’s his “first solo show in like 4 years or something.” I’m psyched to hear the show, and just as excited to hear the album (which I’ve not heard a note of yet). That’s probably going to start around 9:30pm — or 10 at the very latest, since the Saloon closes at midnight. The cover charge is a very reasonable $5. (I may have to duck out of Flicker Poetry early to catch this one… hopefully not too early.)
There’s also the latest in a series of shows at The Pigeon Hole that I’d like to attend but won’t be able to: tonight’s is Nurse Beach, the rowdy keyboard art-punk trio who are easily one of my favorite acts in town, High Noon, a band about whom I keep hearing really good things, and a band from Austin called the Zoltars; Carolyn from High Noon says they sound “a bit like Galaxy 500.” That’s around 9:30pm, and I’m not sure if there’s a cover charge, but at least one of those bands is on tour, so bring a few bucks.