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Tonight's recommended activity: Calvin Johnson and Chris Estey chat doc at the NW Film Forum

Calvin Johnson and Chris Estey

As we announced back in January, there's a new film which captures the first meeting of Three Imaginary Girls' very own Chris Estey and the King of Indie, Calvin Johnson (wiki K Records, Beat Happening, all things rad)!

This meeting of the two mega-minds took place in the historic Columbia City Theater where Chris and Calvin chat and delve into their contrasting tones: Calvin's mysterious cosmos, mesmerizing baritone, and weighted works, with a concentration his latest solo incarnation ("he spits literary bop prosody in the form of three songs") versus Chris's torrential confessionals told with his signature unsurpassable jubilance that spills out like a spoken-word graphic novel (and inspired by Phil Ochs’ seminal Greatest Hits album).

Tonight (Monday, March 5th!!!) is the Seattle debut of this 35-minute film at the Northwest Film Forum in Seattle at 7 pm.  It is confirmed that both Calvin Johnson and Chris Estey will be there and Calvin will even play a couple of live songs!!!

It is going to fill up, so let's all get there early to grab seats!

(photo by Kathy Wolf)

Must-see film: Calvin Johnson and Chris Estey chat, and we get to watch

Calvin Johnson and Chris Estey

We are always bursting with pride to count Chris Estey as a friend, let alone be honored enough to have him share his words on Three Imaginary Girls.  But today, the thunderous applause coming from the imaginary office for Chris is deafening.

This morning we heard the amazing news that there are now public screenings scheduled for Have You Ever Had a Beard?, a new film which captures the first meeting of our dear Mr. Estey (wait, should we make that the title of a new advice column?) and the King of Indie, Calvin Johnson (wiki K Records, Beat Happening, all things rad)! 

This meeting of the two mega-minds took place in the historic Columbia City Theater where Chris and Calvin chat and delve into their contrasting tones: Calvin's mysterious cosmos, mesmerizing baritone, and weighted works, with a concentration his latest solo incarnation ("he spits literary bop prosody in the form of three songs") versus Chris's torrential confessionals told with his signature unsurpassable jubilance that spills out like a spoken-word graphic novel (and inspired by Phil Ochs’ seminal Greatest Hits album).

The world premiere of the movie is at Portland's Hollywood Theatre on Friday February 24, 2012.  Calvin Johnson (who will perform a couple of songs and answer questions) (!!!!) and directors Kathy Wolf and Pat Thomas will be in attendance.

The Seattle showing is a couple weeks later, on Monday March 5th at the Northwest Film Forum in Seattle at 7 pm.  Rumor has it that both Calvin Johnson and Chris Estey will be at the Seattle showing (be still my heart!!!).

Mark your calendar!!!  We'll let you know when tickets are available for advance purchase.

(photo by Kathy Wolf)

Latest comment by: RC: "Exciting!"

Get lectured by Chris Estey & Lindy West and perhaps get served an audience participation snack

Trampoline Hall Seattle 2011On Monday, July 18, 2011, Seattle will get to partake in a new McSweeney’s-esque lecture series show that’s touring (and sweeping) North America entitled Trampoline Hall.

The Trampoline Hall premise is to challenge not only the (locally notable) lecturers, who are dared to speak in detail about topics of their own choosing *and* outside their area of expertise, but for the audience who get to participate in a post-lecture Q&A. The end result is a sure-fire evening of hilarity that’s filled sold-out halls in Toronto (where it began) and across the US.

The Seattle stop at Town Hall next week will feature lectures by TIG’s very own Chris Estey and the Stranger’s Lindy West and set concept by Michael Hebb. From what I know of Mr. Estey and Mz. West, there are few things they know little about and infinite ways they can use words to entertain. With those two on the mics, the evening is going to be a hoot -- even if one of them decides to chat about something from an MBA workbook.

Also noteworthy, per the Facebook page, all audience members are asked to please bring an (edible) ingredient to the show. These ingredients will be cooked together, onstage, and fed to the audience after.

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