12/4 | BRAIN GRIMMER @ Night Light: Of Beards & Men

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Fri 12/4  |  8-11pm $0 @ The Bubbler – Madison Public Library

Night Light: Of Beards and Men

Author Event / Beard Crafts / Music by BRAIN GRIMMER GrimmusiK / Drinks with Forequarter / Ritual Barbers / Photo Booth / Beard Contest

Don’t shave those early-winter beards Gentlemen! Madison Central Library is proud to join with the Wisconsin Book Festival on Friday December 4th from 8-11pm at Central Library to celebrate all things facial-hair.

Come with mustaches coiffed for our Beard and Mustache contest judged by local barbers. Or add some cheer to your chin with Beard Baubles!

Unable to grow a chin sweater? No worries, make one with the Bubbler craft team and pose with your new creation in our photo booth with visiting photographer James Bellucci.

Just a few days after the end of Movember, we will celebrate with a book talk by Of Beards and Men author Christopher Oldstone Moore. Oldstone Moore makes the case that today’s bearded renaissance is part of a centuries-long cycle in which facial hairstyles have varied in response to changing ideals of masculinity. To a surprising degree, we find, the history of men is written on their faces.

No stranger to the intricacies of well-crafted hair, the work of local artist Romano Johnson will be on display in the Third Floor Diane Endres Ballweg Gallery for his “Blue Earth Angels” exhibition and video art display of “Hair Apparent”.

Grab a drink for Forequarter that is sure to put hair on chest… or you know, chin.

Music at 8pm, author talk begins at 9 with crafting happening all night long.

2/06 | “Leo Johnson & The New Shoes” @ Madison Public Library for TWIN PEAKS party!

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Fri, 2/06  |  8-11pm  Madison Public Library – Central

NIGHT LIGHT: The Owls Are Not What They Seem

Twin Peaks Party: music, book signing, coffee, screen printing, costume contest, and more!!!

I’m thrilled to have this opportunity to put together a little 7-piece group called, “Leo Johnson & The New Shoes” (which I believe was coined by our very own Huckleberry Grimm) – comprising of Lovely Socialite members BCG, Abe Sorber, Corey Murphy & Pat Reinholz, joined by Geoff Brady (drums – Stray Passage, Yid Vicious), Rob Lundberg (bass) & Julian Lynch (sax & clarinet).  Over the past 2 weeks, Lovely Socialites, including Pat Reinholz, Corey Murphy, Ben Willis & myself, have been hard at work arranging the famous Angelo Badalamenti soundtrack from the show.   Recently, I sat down with Scott Gordon of Tone Madison at WORT for an interview on the arranging process – check it out here! >> Tone MSN – Brian Grimm on channeling the music of Twin Peaks


From the MPL:     Madison Public Library and the Wisconsin Book Festival are pairing up to present Brad Dukes, author of Reflections: An Oral History of Twin Peaksfor the Bubbler Night Light event The Owls Are Not What They Seem. The author will be visiting from Florida and discussing his book through a Q & A style platform.

Craig Grabhorn / c.Cal Design Studio . Artist-in-Residence, with other visiting print artists, will be hosting a Screen Printing party. Patrons are invited to bring their own T-shirts, canvas bags, etc. to have printed with a one-of-a-kind, Lynchian-inspired design.

Buy Twin Peaks screen printed posters by Patchwork Printshop

Tandem Press, local professional press and artistic laboratory, will display prints by Twin Peaks’ director David Lynch and discuss his creative experimentation process.

There will be Twin Peaks-inspired live music (Road House-style) from Leo Johnson and the New Shoes (music arranged by Lovely Socialite Mrs. Thomas W. Phipps): musicians include Julian Lynch – sax & clarinet, Geoff Brady (Yid Vicious, Stray Passage) – drums, BC Grimm (Lovely Socialite) – bass & cello, Corey Murphy (Lovely Socialite) – trombone, Abe Sorber (Lovely Socialite) – vibraphone, Pat Reinholz (Lovely Socialite) – cello.

More music and weirdness from Half Whale.

Plus we’ll have donuts stacked to the sky, coffee (black as midnight on a moonless night), and pie that is worth the stop. Twin Peaks-inspired cocktails and refreshments by Forequarter

Come dressed as your favorite Twin Peaks character and have your picture taken in the Black Lodge photo booth.

Come enjoy this Lynchian event!


9/19, 9/20, 9/23 Shows |STACKED, Wrest, Freeman/Borden/Cain …

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MADISON PUBLIC LIBRARY
8pm  $15 at the door

Thursday, 9/19 | fb.event

The books are back, but the party’s still on. On September 19, Central Library will be STACKED.We’re filling it with art, music, and local fare. Grab a drink and check out the art displayed around the new library and be prepared to meet your “Makers.” The Bubbler at Madison Public Library is bringing in community partners to set up hands-on activities. Don’t miss the Paka Paka light show dance party on the brand new 3rd floor! We’ll have live music and DJs on every floor.

Proceeds benefit Central Library
100 Artists/ 1 New Library / 1 Day Only

DJs | Nick Nice, Wangzoom, Doctor Oxygen w/ PAKAPAKA Lightshow

LIVE MUSIC |
MAIN STAGE ———————– FIRST FLOOR ———————- SECOND FLOOR
08:30  Pioneer  ———————  ———————–  —————– ————————–
09:15  The Wets ——————-09:00  Spires… Sunset Rise ——-09:00  Pidge Anther
10:00  Golden Donna ———— 10:00  Samantha Glass ———– 10:00  Dietrich Goesser
11:00  Trin Tran ——————- 11:00  Noxroy ———————— 11:30  DB Pedersen 
12:00   Control  ———————-  ———————–  —————- w/ BCG ————-

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Wrest

TEA & FREE IMPROV
Friday, 9/20 
Dobrá Tea, Madison
7:00-10:00pm
$5 suggested donation

Wrest  (on tour) ———————————-| Eric Miller + BC Grimm
Jack Wright – sax ——————————–| BC Grimm – cello / 古筝 / 古琴 / 二胡
Evan Lipson – upright bass ——————–| Miller – trumpet/viola da gamba/baroque cello
Benjamin Bennett – percussion —————| “Sounds of today, instruments of antiquity!”

The Brothers Grimm were lucky to share a set with Benjamin Bennett in 2012 at Audio For the Arts (> recent isthmus article) for the Surrounded By Reality series.  Ben, fresh off an intensive meditative retreat, brought the house down with a fantastic sit on the floor set.  Those in the control room claimed there had to have been more than just one percussionist performing in the room!  He’s back in town on tour with a trio called Wrest (sax, bass, & percussion).  These guys listen intently, resulting in delightfully sensitive free-improv – perfect for the Tea Room!

Wrest   The kind of music we play is called Free Improvisation, where Wrest cannot be counted on to play the same way each time. There is no typical Wrest “experience.” We are using all our imagination each show to get past what we did the night before. Free Improvisation is not a genre of music with characteristics that separate it from other musics. Rather it’s an approach to playing by musicians who would be bored representing an image of what they are. That’s why we can say, we don’t know what we’re doing until we do it.

Described twenty years ago as an “undergrounder by design,” Jack Wright is happy to inhabit the vast territory below the radar of the professional music world. Since 1979 he has been traveling through the US and Europe in search of interesting partners and playing situations, and open to whatever might happen. Now living in a small Pennsylvania town, at 70 he is still the “Johnny Appleseed of Free Improvisation,” as Davey Williams called him back in the 80s. And he is still inspiring players outside music-school careerdom. Whenever he plays today, all that he has traversed is present, from fiery, breathless free jazz to quiet, breath-filled, and often animalistic sounds. A reviewer for the Washington Post said, “In the rarefied, underground world of experimental free improvisation, saxophonist Jack Wright is king”. For more info go to springgardenmusic.com, for sounds:soundcloud.com/#jackwright writings: http://jackiswright.wordpress.com/

Evan Lipson (b. 1981), now from Chatanooga, has been active as a musician since adolescence. In an on-going pursuit of all things occult and aberrant, Lipson acquired an early interest in the lateral realms of visionary & experimental music — seeking to transcend the existent paradigms of idiomatic expression. His formative experiences were in underground rock, modernist composition, freak pop, jazz, noise, as well as various modes of improvisation. Lipson cultivates a palpably intense and vehemently iconoclastic body of music. He has performed in numerous groups including Normal Love, Satanized, WREST, Psychotic Quartet, Femme Tops, Legion of Strategic Deception, Dynamite Club, and Ruins. Past tours have taken him throughout North America, as well as Brazil, Taiwan, and Japan. His music has been released on several imprints including SKiN GRAFT, UgEXPLODE, Public Eyesore, High Two, Badmaster, Caminante, New Atlantis, and Damage Rituals..

Ben Bennett, living most of the time in Columbus Ohio, started playing music as a young child, with an interest in jazz that moved steadily towards the more avant-guarde, then to free jazz, and onward into the world of free-improv. Using extended techniques involving breath and friction, as well as the time-honored tradition of hitting things with sticks, he plays an evolving pile of frame drums, pre-tuned drum heads, metal things, tubes, and other objects that can be combined and recombined to get a variety of sounds. This set-up lends itself greatly towards being crammed in a backpack, strapped to a bike, dragged along the ground, or thrown down the stairs, generally without physical or psycological damage. Recent projects besides Wrestinclude: bst.cr – trio with Ryan Jewell and Wilson Shook, Rotty What – trio with Jack Wright and John M Bennett; Central Ohio War Coalition – with Mike Shiflet, Joe Panzner, and others; duos with Ryan Jewell, Jack Callahan, and Ben Hall; and solo performances. Ben will be resident at the Spring Garden Music house during Dec. and Jan. 2012-13. 

 Eric Miller, gambist and cellist, plays viola da gamba and baroque cello with the Wisconsin Baroque Ensemble and Eliza’s Toyes, Ensemble Musical Offering, and has appeared with the Madison Bach Musicians, and many others. As a modern cellist, Eric has performed with American Players Theater. Additionally, as an accomplished trumpeter and able improvisor, Eric can be heard in settings around Southern Wisconsin such as jazz ensembles, singer/songwriters, and experimental ensembles. A passionate educator trained in the Suzuki approach, Eric maintains a large cello and trumpet studio in Madison.

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Monday, 9/23
Dragonfly Lounge
$5 Cover, 21+
Doors at 9:00PM
Music at 9:30PM
Mine All Mine Presents

FREEMAN//BORDEN//CAIN Trio (Buffalo)
Brothers Grimm recently played a Dobra Tea set with TJ Borden, which was one of our finest guest performances to date.  A vast array of Contemporary & avant-garde techniques, improvised with classical precision.  He is also back, on tour with a trio including cello, electronics, & sax.  We can’t wait to hear what this intense, skronky, free-improv noise-trio has to offer!

YID VICIOUS  
Madison’s premiere quirk-fest Klezmer Ensemble, prepare for a face-melt!

JOHN PRAW (Mad)

BRAIN GRIMMER (Mad)

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