Musically Speaking – Big Fun In The Big Town & Graffiti Rock

Film Screening: 6:00pm Sunday, November 18, 2012
Location: Mimi's in the Marigny (upstairs) – 2601 Royal St. New Orleans.

Please join us for “Musically Speaking” – A weekly series of music-themed movies and documentaries on selected Sundays, curated and hosted by DJ Soul Sister, and co-presented by Charitable Film Network, Press Street, and WWOZ.

Please Note NEW TIME AND LOCATION for November:
6:00 p.m. Sundays at Mimi’s in the Marigny (upstairs) – 2601 Royal St. New Orleans.

FREE Admission. Cash bar, featuring drink specials. Tapas menu served. For more information, contact or visit
Sunday, November 18
A special Hip Hop History Month Double-Feature edition of “Musically Speaking”Big Fun in the Big Town
by Bram van Splunteren

In 1986, during a weeklong trip to New York, Dutch filmmaker Bram Van Splunteren had a mission: to document the phenomenon of a subculture hardly heard of across the pond in Europe: hip-hop.

With several phone numbers and a camera crew in tow, Splunteren traversed the city’s five boroughs in search of examples of the then-burgeoning genre. He landed priceless interviews with some of today’s legendary rap pioneers in the early part of their careers. Featuring Featuring: Mr. Magic, Marley Marl, Grandmaster Flash, Run-DMC and Jam Master Jay, LL Cool J, Biz Markie, Roxanne Shante, Russell Simmons, MC Shan, Schoolly-D, Doug E. Fresh & the Get Fresh Crew, the Last Poets, and more. (1986, 41 minutes)

Graffiti Rock
by Clark Santee

A film about Graffiti Rock, the hip hop TV show which only received one pilot episode in a few New York markets, but featured live performances by Run DMC, Kool Moe Dee and Special K of the Treacherous Three, the New York City Breakers, DJ Jazzy Jay, Fab 5 Freddy, and more. (1984, 23 minutes)
Sunday, November 25
Ladies and Gentlemen, the Fabulous Stains
by Lou Adler

This film, which has enjoyed a popular cult following since its limited run on the Art-House circuit in the mid-1980s, is about three teenage girls, played by Diane Lane, Laura Dern and Marin Kanter, who start a punk band. The Stains score the opening slot on a cross-country tour with aging metal act The Metal Corpses (led by Fee Waybill of The Tubes) and British punk rockers The Looters (real-life punk pioneers Paul Simonon from The Clash and Steve Jones and Paul Cook of the Sex Pistols), but their meteoric rise (and equally lightening-quick fall) owes more to TV exposure than to talent. The film was frequently referenced by fans like Courtney Love and notable participants in the riot grrrl movement of the 1990s, which helped to generate further interest in this otherwise forgotten punk relic. (1982, 88 minutes)



Hand-in-Glove Conference Guide

Hand in Glove Conference Guide
Essay by Amy Mackie, edited by Bob Snead, designed by Erik Keisewetter

This beautiful book, designed and printed by Erik Kiesewetter of Constance for the Hand-in-Glove Conference, includes a guide to all of the conference happenings Oct 17-20, 2013, an informative map of the artist run spaces on and around St. Claude Ave, and an extensive essay by Amy Mackie about the history of self organized contemporary art [...]

Photo by Sophie Lvoff in WE'RE PREGNANT

We’re Pregnant
Words by Nathan Martin. Photography by Akasha Rabut, Sophie T. Lvoff, and Grissel Giuliano.

We’re Pregnant is a chapbook of short fiction by Room 220 editor Nathan C. Martin along with photography by Akasha Rabut, Sophie T. Lvoff, and Grissel Giuliano. The book contains three of Martin’s short stories—which explore in morbid fashion anxieties related to sex, disease, marriage, and childbirth—with images inspired by the stories from each of the photographers.

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The People Is Singular
Poems by Andy Young and Photographs by Salwa Rashad

The People Is Singular, by local poet Andy Young and Egyptian photographer Salwa Rashad, is a personal response to the Egyptian Revolution. Rashad’s vision includes everyday people—Muslims and Christians, young and old, the foregrounded and the peripheral. Her perspective is from inside the events as they unfolded. Andy Young, a New Orleans poet married to [...]

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Curtain Optional
by Brad and Jim Richard

In both poetry and prose, Brad Richard explores the influence of his father’s work on his own, as well as the experience of growing up as the son of an artist while becoming an artist himself. Jim Richard is a professor of painting at the University of New Orleans and has exhibited at the Solomon [...]


How to Rebuild a City
Edited by Anne Gisleson & Tristan Thompson w/ design and artistic direction by Catherine Burke

Beautifully designed, sometimes fun, always informative, How to Rebuild a City: Field Guide from a work in Progress, is a reflection of the many ways that New Orleanians have realized our way towards recovery, actively and creatively engaging with our communities.


Bitter Ink
by Brian Zeigler & Raymond “Moose” Jackson

BBoth originally from Detroit, cousins Brian Zeigler and Raymond “Moose” Jackson began collaborating while Brian was harboring Moose in Vermont during Katrina evacuation. While their doodling proclivities may have made them rustbelt exiles from the rest of their autoworker family, together they produce seductive aphorisms of wit and weirdness that provoke, confound and celebrate a [...]