AWOL’s once a month youth and adult open mic session. All art forms are welcome including poetry, song, and dance. The Therapy Session is a safe space to share that new rap, poem or dance move in a judgment free supportive environment with other community artists. So grab your pad and pen, and head down to the Bean for some great art and fun! Open to all!
A poetry and music open mic with an emphasis on sharing new, original, thoughtful work. Sign up at 7:30, show starts at 8 sharp. Performers are given 4 minutes to do their best work. Original material is encouraged. Visit the Facebook page for more information.
The Psychotronic Film Society of Savannah shows obscure and/or underappreciated films from around the world every Wednesday at the Sentient Bean (and occasionally on other nights as well). Whether extremely well-made or “so bad they’re good,” their selections are always rare, unique and memorable.
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This week, the PFS digs DEEP into its seemingly bottomless vault of rare and obscure cinema and pulls out the almost completely forgotten Canadian exploitation film SIEGE, which was also known in some parts of the world as either SELF-DEFENSE or THE NIGHT WARRIORS.
This low-budget ($300,000 Canadian) revenge flick has never been released on DVD anywhere in the world, and has been commercially unavailable for almost 25 years.
Much in the tradition of director John Carpenter’s original ASSAULT ON PRECINCT 13 and Walter Hill’s cult gang-fight gem THE WARRIORS, this movie finds a small group of average citizens forced to defend themselves against a mob of vigilante criminals.
In this film, a gang of militant, anti-gay fascists decide to take advantage of a police strike in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and try to intimidate the patrons of a gay bar.
However, once the bar’s owner is accidentally killed, the gang leader decides to “get rid of” all the witnesses.
When a sole survivor takes refuge in a nearby apartment complex, there ensues a dangerous standoff between the criminal gangmembers and the tenants, who refuse to hand over the witness.
With no hope of rescue by law enforcement, these mild-mannered neighbors are forced to defend themselves by any means necessary.
Here’s the original theatrical trailer to this ridiculously obscure film:
Tense and violent, SIEGE is a minor triumph of indie filmmaking that is virtually unknown to this day.
Interestingly enough, it contains actual footage of Halifax’s real-life police strike of 1981!
The PFS proudly screens the full, original theatrical version in the best possible quality.
Read what critics and viewers have to say about this obscure yet noteworthy film:
“This is a Canadian movie very much in the tradition of John Carpenter’s ASSAULT ON PRECINCT 13. When a gay bar is attacked by a group of thugs, one gets away and escapes to an institute for disabled young people. This house then comes under the siege of the gang and everyone inside must use all their imagination to survive this night. The movie is obviously low budget, but as so often happens, that’s just good for the creativity and tone of the film. A clever little thriller.” - Online Review
“Despite having been filmed on a shoestring budget, the film has more atmosphere than your average Hollywood thriller. That’s partly due to the claustrophobic settings, decaying buildings and dark alleyways but mainly it’s the chemistry between the actors that makes this film so enjoyable. Highly recommendable for fans of hard action who have no need for big names or big explosions and a small classic in it’s own right.” - Online Review
We’ll also be raffling off some odd prizes and rare DVDs from the PFS archives before the show.
So, make sure to bring a few extra bucks with you for Raffle Tickets…
$6 admission for MATURE AUDIENCES ONLY!
Seating at 7:30pm / Show starts at 8:00pm
Award-Winning Organic Vegetarian Food + Fair-Trade Coffees & Teas + Micro-Brew Beers & Wines Available
In honor of National Poetry Month, Spitfire Poetry Group along with other local literary organizations presents the 8th Annual Savannah Spoken Word Festival. This community event is different from other poetry festivals with its emphasis on spoken word instead of traditional text work. The Savannah Spoken Word Festival looks to offer a fresh look at one of the city’s best kept secrets, as well as highlight the hard work of those keeping the craft alive. Most importantly the festival will provide activities for the entire family through the week of April 21-27.
The “Grown Folks” Adult Poetry Slam is a competitive event in which seasoned poets perform their work and are judged by members of the audience. Admission is free and registration is a onetime fee of $10. Proceeds go to the 1st place prize of $500, and any extra will be split between 2nd and 3rd place. Sign up starts at 7:30pm and show starts at 8:00pm.
The host will select 5 judges from the audience, who are instructed to give numerical scores (on a zero to 10 scale using decimals) based on the poets’ content and performance. Of the scores the poet received from the five judges, the high and low scores are dropped and the middle three are added together, giving the poet a total score of 0-30. The poet with the highest score at the end of all three rounds, wins 1st place along with $500 cash prize.
Like the great folk artists before him, Kwesi K continues the legacy of Folk Music. The Alaskan-Ghanaian-Ohioian songwriter uses contemporary stylings that pull from the diasporas of American heritage. Soulful and simple, Kwesi K draws his listeners in with colorful story lines and a melodic fervor.
Husband/wife duo, Jordan Rivers & Lucy de los Rios created Another RoadSide Attraction in January of 2010. They create an intimacy amidst the spectacle, as their unique shows invite the child out in all of us! They play some covers but write most of their own songs that range in style and mood: from abstract and otherworldly to playful and interactive to dark and moody to simple and silly…foot stompers, hip shakers, sing-a-longs & contemplators = exploring a wide range of the human condition.
“The music is as distinctive and colorful as its look—beautiful, bizarre, sometimes eerie, and always fun.” – Gemma de Choisy, Garden & Gun Magazine (Oct 01, 2012)
“The band mixes the sound of an offbeat cabaret with maybe a circus midway, even as some of the unusual instruments recall familiar sounds from old-time and traditional music…Then there are the homemade instruments, often pieced together from shopping expeditions and serendipitous discoveries.” - Douglas Imbrogno, The Charleston Gazette (May 23, 2012)