Sunday, April 9, 2006 - Author Event:
Teishan Latner, Editor of, The Quotable Rebel: Political Quotations for Dangerous Times, is speaking. Time and Location: 4pm, at
4134 Lancaster Avenue. Free. See Flyer
Saturday, May 20, 2006 - Human Rights Coalition will launch their Stop Prisoner Abuse campaign by releasing the report Buried Alive. Buried Alive is the first of several reports intended to educate Pennsylvania citizens about the various forms of abuse that are rampant within the state’s prisons and to facilitate a state-wide effort to abolish long term segregation. Time and Location: 1-4:30 PM at the Friends Center, 1501 Cherry Street in Center City. Read More. (Wooden Shoe Books will be tabling at the event.)
Sunday, June 4, 2006 - Facilitation Training at the A-Space ( www.the-aspace.org) sponsered by the Shoe- learn how to be a better facilitator and self-facilitator. Time and Location: Noon - 2:30pm, 4722 Baltimore Ave. Free (donations ecouraged).
Saturday, June 10, 2006 - Know your rights! Fight political repression! Philly ABC, the National Lawyers Guild, ACLU, and Wooden Shoe books present: A presentation by National Lawyers Guild (NLG) member Andrew Erba, defense attorney for the SHAC 7, on how the federal government views the First Amendment, Internet organizing, actions for social change, and its attempts to manipulate court decisions in order to repress people. (The SHAC 7 are New Jersey organizers who were convicted in March of multiple felonies for running a website that advocated the closure of the notorious animal-testing lab Huntingdon Life Sciences- a company that kills 500 animals per day.) ; A second workshop by Sara Mullen of the ACLU and Ryan Hancock of the Philadelphia NLG will show people how to file a Freedom of Information Act request- something we should all know how to do. For more information, send an e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org Time and Location: 1PM-4:30PM, WOODEN SHOE BOOKS (508 S. 5th St.), Stick around afterwards for a demonstration in solidarity with the SHAC 7!
Thursday, June 22, 2006 - Author Event: "Igniting A Revolution: Voices in Defense of the Earth" Time and Location: 7:30pm, A-Space (www.the-aspace.org) 4722 Baltimore Ave. Free (donations ecouraged). New book out on AK Press. See Flyer
June 30 - July 2, 2006 - The 2006 Mid-Atlantic Radical Bookfair & Infoshop gathering Location: Baltimore, Mayland (Wooden Shoe Books will be tabling at the event.)
Saturday, August 26, 2006 - The People's Movietime will screen the film, Anarchism in America (1982), directed by the Emmy and Guggenheim Award-winning filmmakers Steven Fischler and Joel Sucher. The directors interviewd many well-known anarchists such as, Kenneth Rexroth and Ursula LeGuin as well as your average citizens. Starring Jello Biafra, Murray Bookchin and Karl Hess. Time and Location: Wooden Shoe Books, 7:30 PM
Saturday, August 5, 2006 - The People's Storytime: Join Kristen Asher and James Generic for a children's story reading. Children of all shapes and sizes welcome! Snacks will be served. Time and Location: Wooden Shoe Books, 1 to 3pm
Saturday, August 11, 2006 - The People's Movietime will screen the film, Bread and Roses (2000), directed by Ken Loach and starring Pilar Padilla (Maya) and Adrien Brody (Sam). It's a story about a Mexican immigrant named Maya who becomes a janitor in a large office building in LA, where she soon makes the acquaintance of Sam Shapiro a union organizer. Maya helps Sam bring the "justice for janitors" campaign to the building and begins spreading the notion of unionization among her co-workers. Time and Location: Wooden Shoe Books, 7:30 PM
Sunday, September 10, 2006 - Put The Summer To Bed With Philadelphia's Dead Anarchists: The Anarchist Historical Walking Tour: The early anarchists of Philadelphia were a remarkable group of doctors, lawyers, teachers, factory workers, and --always --rebel intellectuals. They came from many countries and spoke several languages. In their persistent effort to wash this Earth of governments, they established a medical dispensary, a school, several newspapers, as well as member-owned bakery and shoe store co-operatives. They held hundreds of educational events with some of the leading intellectuals of the age. Sometimes they held elaborate fundraiser balls and evening boat cruises along the rivers. Sometimes there was opposition from the authorities.
Society Hill, which was the old Jewish Quarter, happens to be a section where many of the homes, meeting places, and offices of the early anarchists are still standing. Now, you can spend a few hours stalking the same pavement where those long-dead anarchists waged their struggle. While they no longer exist, theyâre still lively in the psychology of the living.
Local historian Robert Helms will guide his listeners around the haunts of these dead anarchists for about two hours, he will tell their story, and he will answer questions about them. The tour is free and open to the public. The guide will pass his hat around for voluntary donations. In case of rain, the tour will continue as long as there is at least one listener. Time and Location: Wooden Shoe Books, 508 South 5th Street, Philadelphia, 1 PM
Saturday, September 9, 2006 - The People's Movietime will screen the film, The Free Voice of Labor - The Jewish Anarchists (1980), This film chronicles the Yiddish anarchist movement between 1900 and WWI and includes interviews, exceprts from newspapes, film clips, and more. Time and Location: Wooden Shoe Books, 7:30 PM
September 29 to October 1, 2006 - Renewing the Anarchist Tradition Conference: The Renewing the Anarchist Tradition (RAT) conference, a project of the IAS, aims to provide a scholarly space in which to both reexamine and reinvigorate the social and political tradition of anarchism. The conference is meant as one contribution to the project of developing a more rigorous and contemporary theoretical framework for anarchism, and to assist in nurturing new generations of anti-authoritarian public intellectuals. It brings together anarchist and libertarian left organizers, educators, activists, writers, lifelong learners, and others to explore how we make sense of our own politics; how we understand anarchism in the context of our lives, movements, and present-day social conditions; and how the conceptual tools that anarchism provides can and need to be rethought. As in the past, we hope that RAT will continue to raise difficult and provocative questions in a supportive, participatory environment among anarchist peers. Location: Goddard College, Plainfield, Vermont REGISTER ONLINE by Friday, September 8, 2006
Saturday, October 21, 2006, 7:30 PM, Saturday Night Movies @ the Wooden Shoe
Movie: Brother Minister
Description: Probing the 1965 assassination of Malcolm X, this provocative documentary lays emphasis on the political climate that preceded the murder, including the controversial black leader's planned collaboration with Martin Luther King Jr. The partnership was simple: King would lead efforts in the South while Malcolm X took the North. But the film puts forth a shocking conspiracy theory: that the U.S. government deliberately kept the two leaders apart.
Saturday, November 4, 2006, 7:30 PM, Saturday Night Movies @ the Wooden Shoe
Movie: Fourth World War
Description: Shot on the frontlines of struggles spanning five continents - The Fourth World War is the untold human story of men and women who resist being annihilated in the current global conflict. While our airwaves are crowded with talk of a new world war, narrated by generals and filmed from the noses of bombs, the human face of war is rarely seen. The Fourth World War weaves together the images and voices of the war on the ground - from the front lines.
Saturday, November 18, 2006, 7:30 PM, Saturday Night Movies @ the Wooden Shoe
Description: Gendernauts explores phenomena of gender fluidity at the end of the millennium in the Bay Area, California. It is a film about cyborgs, people who alter their bodies and minds with new technologies and chemistry, with an emphasis on biological women who use the male sexual hormone testosterone. We get to know San Francisco's leading gender mixers. Our tour guide for the journey through shifting gender identities is Sandy Stone, also known as the "Goddess of Cyberspace," who is Director of the ACTLab at the University of Texas at Austin
Saturday, December 2, 2006, 7:30 PM, Saturday Night Movies @ the Wooden Shoe
Movie: Bandit Queen
Description: Outcast. Outlaw. Legend. A woman's life erupts in a feverish spree of vengeful violence, shocking the world — and bringing a government to its knees — in this tale of modern day savagery run wild.
Saturday December 9, 7:30 PM, Saturday Night Movies @ the Wooden Shoe
Movie: Iraq for Sale
Description: The story of what happens to everyday Americans when corporations go to war. Acclaimed director Robert Greenwald (Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Price, Outfoxed, and Uncovered) takes you inside the lives of soldiers, truck drivers, widows and children who have been changed forever as a result of profiteering in the reconstruction of Iraq. Iraq for Sale uncovers the connections between private corporations making a killing in Iraq and the decision makers who allow them to do so.
Sunday, December 10, 2006 30th Anniversary Birthday Party #1 @ the Wooden Shoe, All Day, Kid-friendly, Bands, Storytime, Food, Face Painting Cake, A Movie, and much much more...
Saturday, December 16, 2006, 10am to 5:00pm THE PUNK ROCK FLEA MARKET - HOLIDAY EDITION
At The Starlight Ballroom a.k.a. Club Polaris (460 N 9th Street / 9th & Spring Garden), All Ages / 21+ To Drink / $3 entry donation, 100+ tables of vendors selling old records, clothes, art, music, food, junk,
bicycles, stereo equipment, instruments, automobiles, tools, posters, furniture,
computers, skateboards and lots of other stuff ! All proceeds goto making sure
that all ages shows remain a reality at the first unitarian church ! (Full Tables $53 / Half Tables $35, Reservations Can Be Made Online at R5Productions.com)
Saturday, December 16, 2006, 7:30 PM, Saturday Night Movies @ the Wooden Shoe
Movie: The Corporation
Description: This documentary charts the spectacular rise of corporations as a dramatic, pervasive presence in our lives. Filmmakers Mark Achbar and Jennifer Abbott present a timely, entertaining critique of global conglomerates as they chronicle the origins of corporations, as well as their inner workings, controversial impacts and possible futures. The pros and cons are weighed via interviews with social critics such as Noam Chomsky and Michael Moore.
Saturday, December 23, 2006 , 7:30 PM, Saturday Night Movies @ the Wooden Shoe
Movie: Shadow Company
Description: We, the directors, traveled the world - from Iraq to Washington, from England to Sierra Leone - talking to politicians, journalists, soldiers and contractors themselves. While exploring the blurred lines between soldier and mercenary in today's conflict resolution, it became clear: The Rules of War Have Changed. The modern US army cannot go to war, cannot even have dinner without these civilian contractors and their role is unlikely to go away any time soon. War is more and more in the public eye and yet held more and more in private hands. This sort of trend without the right legal framework and more open business practices has dire implications.
Friday, December 29, 2006 30th Anniversary Birthday Party #2 Dancing, Drink specials, Birthday Cake, Snacks, Literature table, Prizes, Dancejams by the familypants DJ Collective, 9- 2 PM, 21+
Location: Upstairs@Sals , 200 South 12th Street
Saturday, December 30, 2006, 7:30 PM, Saturday Night Movies @ the Wooden Shoe
Movie: Style Wars
Description: This documentary, first broadcast on PBS in 1983, opened the world's eyes to the phenomenon taking over New York City. The urban landscape -- in particular, the ramshackle subway system -- had been transformed by graffiti artists who invented a new visual language to express themselves. Adding to the phenomenon, MCs, DJs and B-boys rocked the city with new sounds and moves, as street-corner break-dance battles turned into performance art.
Saturday, January 6, 2006 , 7:30 PM, Saturday Night Movies @ the Wooden Shoe
Movie: Incident at Oglala: the Leonard Peltier Story
Description:In 1975, FBI agents illegally entered the Pine Ridge Reservation and after gunfire, a Native American and two FBI agents were dead. Three men were apprehended after a FBI manhunt, and only Leonard Peltier was convicted. This is his story.
Saturday, January 13, 2006, 7:30 PM, Saturday Night Movies @ the Wooden Shoe
Movie: In the Name of the Father
Description: Nominated for no fewer than seven Oscars in 1993, this biopic features the dramatic prowess of Daniel Day-Lewis as the Irishman Gerry Conlon, who was wrongfully sentenced to life in prison for an IRA terrorist attack that killed four people. As if a forced confession weren't enough injustice, the police work to implicate Conlon's father in the same crime. Emma Thompson plays the lawyer who worked for years to uncover the truth.
Saturday, January 20, 2006, 7:30 PM, Saturday Night Movies @ the Wooden Shoe
Description: A gripping epic that dramatizes, for the first time, the rise and fall of legendary African leader Patrice Lumumba. When the Congo declared its independence from Belgium in 1960, the 36 year old self-educated Lumumba became the first Prime Minister of the newly independent State. Called "the politico of the bush" by journalists of the day, he became a lightning rod of Cold War politics as his vision of a united Africa gained him powerful enemies in Belgium and the US. Lumumba would last just months in office before being brutally assassinated. Strikingly photographed in Zimbabwe, Mozambique, and Belgium, as civil war once again raged in the Congo, the film vividly re-creates the shocking events behind the birth of the country that became Zaire during the reign of Lumumba's former friend and eventual nemesis, Joseph Mobutu.
Saturday, January 27, 2006, 7:30 PM, Saturday Night Movies @ the Wooden Shoe
Movie: Live Nude Girls Unite!
Description: A classic film made on the (successful!) union organizing drive conducted by the strippers at San Francisco's legendary Lusty Lady, who formed—in the face of no sick leave, unfair demotions, safety and privacy concerns, racial discrimination and an intransigent management—the first ever Exotic Dancers Union. On stage and behind the scenes, Query—herself a dancer at the Lusty Lady—uncovers the struggles, the stories, and the lives of women who work in the sex industry, and their union drive.
Saturday February 3, 2007, 7:30PM, 7:30 PM, Saturday Night Movies @ the Wooden Shoe
Movie: Orwell Roles in His Grave
Description: Has America entered an Orwellian world of doublespeak where outright lies can pass for the truth? Are Americans being sold a bill of goods by a handful of transnational media corporations and political elites whose interest have little in common with the interests of the American people? Orwell Rolls In His Grave explores what the media doesn't like to talk about - itself. Filmmaker Robert Kane Pappas has brought together an ex-"60-Minutes" producer, a United States Congressman, as well as some of the country's leading intellectual voices on the media to examine the mix of businesses, politics and ideology that is the modern mainstream media. Does the corporate media reflect public opinion or create it? Did the media help George W Bush steal the presidency and market the war in Iraq? From the very size of the media monopolies and how they got that way to who decides what gets on the air and what doesn't, Orwell Rolls In His Grave moves through a troubling list of questions and news stories that go unanswered and unreported in the mainstream media. Are Americans being given the information a democracy needs to survive or have they been electronically lobotomized? Orwell Rolls In His Grave reminds us that 1984 is no longer a date in the future.
Saturday February 10, 2007, 7:30PM, Saturday Night Movies @ the Wooden Shoe
Movie: What We Want, What We Believe: The Black Panther Party
Description: For the first time on DVD, AK Press is proud to present three acclaimed Newsreel Films on the Black Panther Party: Off the Pig; Mayday; and Repression. Formed in 1967, the Newsreel film collective was dedicated to chronicling and analyzing current events. In their time, they produced more than three dozen films throughout the US and abroad. By working directly with the Black Panthers, Newsreel was able to explore realities often ignored by traditional media outlets, while producing
documents that the Panthers and other activists could use in organizing their own communities. The results speak for themselves and stand as true testimonials to the spirit of community self-defense and political savvy the Panthers are celebrated—and were targeted—for.
Accompanying the Newsreel films is a massive quantity of rare and exclusive materials culled from Roz Payne's extensive collection of FBI documents, correspondence, and interviews with Black Panthers and their supporters. It's all here, the government-sponsored repression, the trials, exile, triumph, and reunion.
Saturday, February 17, 2007, 7:30PM, Saturday Night Movies @ the Wooden Shoe
Movie: Made in Secret
Description: Made in Secret is an enthralling, inspiring and deliciously perplexing labour of love, made over the course of three years by a group of friends who wanted to make a documentary about their local anarcho feminist porn collective. The only problem was, that collective didn't exist. And so, in order to make the film, they actually became the anarcho-feminist porn collective that they so passionately wanted to document. So is the resulting film a documentary? A fictional drama? Even the collective doesn't know anymore. And ultimately, it doesn't matter, because the movie isn't about what happened or what didn't happen --- it's about what's possible. And the possibilities are huge, transcending the quest for egalitarian porn and touching at the very heart of how we engage with others and with the world around us.
Saturday, February 24, 2007, 7:30PM, Saturday Night Movies @ the Wooden Shoe
Movie: Free to Learn
Description: Free to Learn is a 70 minute documentary that offers a "fly on the wall" perspective of the daily happenings at The Free School in Albany, New York. Like many of today's radical and democratic schools, The Free School expects children to decide for themselves how to spend their days. The Free School, however, is unique in that it transcends obstacles
that prevent similar schools from reaching a economically and racially diverse range of students and operates in the heart of an inner-city neighborhood.
For over thirty years in perhaps the most radical experiment in American education, this small inner-city alternative school has offered its students complete freedom over their learning. There are no mandatory classes, no grades, tests, or homework, and rules are generally avoided. As a last resort, rules are created democratically by students and teachers, often at the prompting of a student. At a time when our educators are mandated to march forward with no child left behind, the students of the Free School, many of whom would have fallen through the cracks of today's failing public school system, have managed to slip out of education's back door and have run away free.
Free to Learn follows a handful of these children courageously meeting the daily challenges of hope, acceptance, loss, friendship, conflict, and the difficult task of deciding, for themselves, what to do with each day.
Saturday, March 3, 2007, 7:30PM, Saturday Night Movies @ the Wooden Shoe
Movie: Another World is Possible, Volume 1: War
Description: With tears and laughter, Shane unveils the tragic realities of our fragile world and the incredible hope that "another world is possible." Shane graduated from Eastern University, and did graduate work at Princeton Seminary. His adventures have been wild everything from a 10-week stint working with Mother Teresa in Calcutta, to a year spent serving at the evangelical "mega-church" Willow Creek in verdant Chicago suburbs.
Recently, Shane spent 3 weeks in Baghdad with the Iraq Peace Team (a project of Voices in the Wilderness and Christian Peacemaker Teams) where he was a witness to military bombardment of Baghdad. As a member of IPT, Shane took daily trips to sites where there had been bombings, visited hospitals and famillies, and attended worship services during the war.
Saturday, March 10, 2007, 7:30PM, Saturday Night Movies @ the Wooden Shoe
Movie: Another World is Possible, Volume 2: Poverty
Description: In this Volume, Shane Claiborne and The Simple Way community takes us on a jouney through our world of economic extremes, from the poverty of Philly's inner city to the clamor of Wall Street. Begining in an abandoned house, they drive us through the industrial wasteland of Kensington, and they invite us to the New York Stock Exchange for the infamous Jubliee Money Drop.
Multi-media clips included here are designed for educational purposes and biblical study. A beautiful harmony of songs and images, teaching and storytelling unveil the tragic realities of our fragile world and incredible hope that "another world is possible." Here we are all invited to re-imagine the communality of the early Christian Church and to discover fresh ways of living it out today
Tuesday, March 13, 2007 7 PM, Author Event @the Wooden Shoe
Book: Criminal of Poverty: Growing Up Homeless in America
By: Tiny, a.k.a. Lisa Gray-Garcia
A City Lights Foundation Book
Paperback, 278 pp
A daughter's struggle to keep her family alive, through poverty, homelessness and incarceration
Eleven-year-old Lisa becomes her mother's primary support when they face the prospect of homelessness. As Dee, a single mother, struggles with the demons of her own childhood of neglect and abuse, Lisa has to quickly assume the roles of an adult in an attempt to keep some stability in their lives. "Dee and Tiny" ultimately become underground celebrities in San Francisco, squatting in storefronts and performing the "art of homelessness." Their story, filled with black humor and incisive analysis, illuminates the roots of poverty, the criminalization of poor families and their struggle for survival.
"Something inside all of us will awaken when we read this book and bear witness to the excruciating plight of our generation's poor. With unflinching courage Lisa Gray-Garcia brings the raw events of her childhood to the page. She de-centers us with her searing images of destitution and blows us away with her resolve to beat it. We are not the same after reading this hellish tale of a young girl's struggle to survive." -- Yannick Murphy, author of Here They Come
"Criminal of Poverty lays bare the devastating effects of inheriting a life of poverty, as well the real redemption and power in finding your voice." – Michelle Tea, author of Rose of No Man's Land and Valencia
"Tiny's indomitable spirit comes to life in her amazing story of poverty and homelessness, reaching into and teaching our hearts and minds. With her flawless descriptions of the pain of living in the margins of the richest country in the world, she opens up an important window onto a reality looked upon by many but truly seen by few, augmenting our capacity for empathy and action in an area so in need of social change. Bravo Tiny, for your gift to us all! Punto!!!" – Piri Thomas, author of Down These Mean Streets
"Most books on poverty or the poor are written by people who have never been really poor, or are individualistic tales of a bootstrap pull that separates the (once) poor person from society as a whole. Tiny, a.k.a Lisa Gray-Garcia, has written an eloquent, graceful and refreshingly humor-filled book that tells a story which places poverty in a larger social, spiritual and political context. It challenges the reader to let go of clichés and catch phrases about the poor and homeless and see a population of struggling, hard working survivors who can work miracles when given proper support. It also is a compelling love story of a mother and daughter who surmount hurdles and climb out of pits that would defeat many, while building ladders and twining rope so that others can join them in their ongoing efforts to bring more and more people out of the quagmire of relentless poverty, hunger and hopelessness." – devorah major, author of where river meets ocean and Brown Glass Windows
"In America we prefer not to see our poor. Only if we turn determinedly away can we maintain the illusion that we are not all responsible, not all culpable. Lisa Gray-Garcia won't let us avert our eyes. With style and verve she hauls our unwilling attention to what matters. If your heart is unmoved when you finish this memoir, then it's made of stone." – Ayelet Waldman author of Love and Other Impossible Pursuits
Lisa Gray-Garcia is a journalist, poet and community activist. She is the founder of POOR magazine and the PoorNewsNetwork (PNN), a monthly radio broadcast and an online news service focused on issues of poverty and racism.
Saturday, March 17, 2007, 7:30 PM, Saturday Night Movies @ the Wooden Shoe
Movie: Another World is Possible, Volume 3: Creation
Description: God took dirt and breathed life into it. And then there was humanity. Humanity took life and breathed dirt into it. And now we have a mess. We are made in the image of a Creator, and yet much of what we have created has made the rest of Creation groan for liberation. In this volume, a host of ordinary radicals invite us to think about what it means to care for the earth, and to be co-creators with a God of beauty rather than destruction. We will see toxic lots become gardens, trash turned into fashion show glamour, used vegetable oil become fuel for diesel engines – ugly things brought to life. There really is the sense that maybe, just maybe, conversion can mean that the world will look different than it does now. Maybe its too much fun for a single volume, but the big-top circus hits the inner city and a group of intergalactic superheroes visit earth & some young collaborative artists teach us why the prophets say that a child will lead us into the dreams of God. That's what we're talking about: Creation.
Saturday, March 24, 2007, 7:30PM, Saturday Night Movies @ the Wooden Shoe
Movie: The Dreams Of Sparrows: An Incredible Unfiltered Portrait Of Life In Baghdad After The US Invasion Shot By Five Iraqi Filmmakers
Description: The Dreams Of Sparrows follows Iraqi director Hayder Mousa Daffar and his team of contributing filmmakers as they share their vision of life in Baghdad under the US occupation. After the capture of Saddam, Daffar's search for the truth takes him through all walks of life in Iraq, and finally into the arts and culture of Baghdad, drawing the viewer into powerful encounters with Iraqi painters, writers and filmmakers. As the film continues, the interviews veer towards the politics of occupation and resistance, concluding with the battle over Falluja and the devastating death of one of the crew members. In somber self interviews made following the production, the filmmakers reveal the dramatic changes in their beliefs caused not only by the situation in Iraq, but also by the process of documenting it.
Saturday, March 31, 2007, 7:30PM, Saturday Night Movies @ the Wooden Shoe
Movie: Salt of the Earth
Description: In a gritty mining town in New Mexico, Mexican-American workers go on strike to protest their dangerous working conditions and low wages. They meet fierce opposition from company thugs and local sheriff's deputies. After vicious beatings and the suffering of the miners' families, the wives and mothers of the striking workers take over the picket line in a final demand for justice. Salt Of The Earth was produced, directed, and written by victims of the 1950s anti-Communist blacklisting, including Herbert Biberman—one of the "Hollywood Ten" who was jailed for refusing to cooperate with Congressional inquiries. With the notable exception of Will Greer (Grandpa on The Waltons) the cast is almost entirely comprised of workers who participated in the real life strike on which the story is based. The only blacklisted American film in history, Salt Of The Earth was banned for its daring political content, which anticipated the civil rights and feminist movements by nearly ten years. Originally released in 1954, no wonder this is Noam Chomsky's favorite film.
Saturday, April 7, 2007, 7:30PM, Saturday Night Movies @ the Wooden Shoe
Movie: State of Siege
Description: In Uruguay in the early 1970s, during the military dictatorship, an official of the US Agency for International Development (a group used as a front for training foreign police in counterinsurgency methods) played by Montand, is kidnapped by a group of urban guerrillas. Using his interrogation as a backdrop, the film explores the often brutal consequences of the struggle between Uruguay's government and the leftist Tupamaro guerrillas.
Saturday, April 14, 2007, 7:30PM, Saturday Night Movies @ the Wooden Shoe
Movie: The Take
Description: A truly breathtaking documentary, filmed during the factory takeovers in Buenos Aires. The Take, directed by Canadian journalist Avi Lewis and writtenby Naomi Klein, centers around one auto-parts factory, and of the lives and struggles of the 30 unemployed workers who decide to reoccupy, collectivize, and get it going again. Unsurprisingly, with this template, the film also covers the affects of globalization and Capital, the occupation movement as a whole, and the resistance, and repression, from the bosses, politicians, and judiciary. Quite superb. 87 minutes, in English & Spanish, with English or Spanish subtitles. Bonus features are the short film "Gustavo Benedetto: Presente!" and the documentary "Fire The Director: The Making Of The Take."
Saturday, April 21, 2007, 7:30PM, Saturday Night Movies @ the Wooden Shoe
Movie: Legacy of Torture
Description: The same people who tried to kill me in 1973 are the same people who are here today, trying to destroy me. I mean it literally. I mean there were people from the forces of the San Francisco Police Department who participated in harassment, torture and my interrogation in 1973 ... none of these people have ever been brought to trial. None of these people have ever been charged with anything. None of these people have ever been questioned about that. -- John Bowman, former Black Panther
In 2005 several former members of the Black Panther Party were held in contempt and jailed for refusing to testify before a San Francisco Grand Jury investigating a police shooting that took place in 1971. The government alleged that Black radical groups were involved in the 34-year old case in which two men armed with shotguns attacked the Ingleside Police Station resulting in the death of a police sergeant and the injuring of a civilian clerk.
In 1973, thirteen alleged "Black militants" were arrested in New Orleans, purportedly in connection with the San Francisco events. Some of them were tortured for several days by law enforcement authorities, in striking similarity to the horrors visited upon detainees in Guantánamo and Abu Ghraib. In 1975, a Federal Court in San Francisco threw out all of the evidence obtained in New Orleans. The two lead San Francisco Police Department investigators from over 30 years ago, along with FBI agents, have re-opened the case. Rather than submit to proceedings they felt were abusive of the law and the Constitution, five men chose to stand in contempt of court and were sent to jail. They were released when the Grand Jury term expired, but have been told by prosecutors that "it isn't over yet." This is the story to date: of history, repression, and resistance. A new 28 minute film.
Saturday, April 28, 2007, 7:30PM, Saturday Night Movies @ the Wooden Shoe
Movie: Anarchism in America
Description: Anarchism in America, the two take a road trip to map anarchism as a distinctly American tradition, interviewing a diverse cast of characters: from "ordinary" truckers and farmers to famous anarchists like Kenneth Rexroth, Ursula LeGuin, and Murray Bookchin.
Praise for Anarchism in America: "As directed by Steven Fischler and Joel Sucher, the film touches quite a few bases. It presents newsreel footage of key figures in the history of American anarchism, among them Sacco and Vanzetti, and Emma Goldman. ("What is your opinion of Italy?" a reporter asks her. "Beautiful country minus Mussolini," she snaps in reply.) And there are contemporary interviews with figures including Mollie Steimer, Emma Goldman's girlhood friend, and the poet Kenneth Rexroth, who reads his Sacco and Vanzetti poem. There is also some discussion of what the film makers take to be anarchism's practical applications, such as food co-ops and town meetings.
Karl Hess, formerly a Newsweek writer and speechwriter for Barry Goldwater, discusses his evolution from Republican to anarchist. And the writer and teacher Murray Bookchin gives an exceptionally articulate description of his own ideological development. He explains why he finds anarchism more all-embracing than Marxism, because he believes it addresses "not just classes but hierarchy." Anarchism can be broadly applied, he says, to forms of domination "which may not have any economic meaning at all." -- New York Times
Saturday May 5, 2007, 7:30PM, Saturday Night Movies @ the Wooden Shoe
Movie: Land and Freedom
Description: Persuaded of the necessity of helping the Spanish Republicans in their fight against the fascist Nationalist insurgence, Carr, a young unemployed worker and member of the Communist Party, leaves Liverpool and travels to Spain to join the International Brigades. He crosses the Catalan border and casually ends up enlisted in a POUM militia commanded by Lawrence, in the Aragon front. In this company, as in all POUM militias, men and women — such as the young and enthusiastic Maite — fight together.
Saturday May 12, 2007, 7:30PM, Saturday Night Movies @ the Wooden Shoe
Movie: Plan Colombia: Cashing in on the Drug War Failure
Description: Ed Asner narrates this documentary about U.S. involvement in Colombia's drug trafficking and civil unrest. The film examines the impact of chemical spraying and military funding and reveals alternate U.S. interests. Features interviews with Noam Chomsky, the late Senator Paul Wellstone, Colombian Presidential candidate Ingrid Betancourt, Congressmen John Conyers and Jim McGovern, U.S. State Department officials, guerilla leaders and others.
Saturday May 19, 2007, 7:30PM, Saturday Night Movies @ the Wooden Shoe
Movie: Word, Dignity, and Social Change
Description: This video from Argentina interviews with workers from four different autonomous Unemployed Workers'Movements from Argentina crafted in a workshop format to help spark strategy and vision discussions for your local group. Soledad Bordegaray's movement and the video include 1) Radical Education and Community Organizing 2) Worker Co-ops/Self-Management 3) Direct Action and Networks And many, many more....Gender, Race, Health, International Solidarity, and Building New Social Relations.
Saturday May 26, 2007, 7:30PM, Saturday Night Movies @ the Wooden Shoe
Movie: The Miami Model
Description: Against capital's prescribed template of paramilitary oppression, information warfare, and profit above all values, activists converge in Miami to demonstrate grassroots resistance, creative action, and international solidarity. The IMC network has put together this 91-minute DVD documenting the FTAA protests, and more. The documentary with the $8.5 million security budget!
Saturday, June 2, 2007, 7:30PM, Saturday Night Movies @ the Wooden Shoe
Movie: Harlan County USA
Description: Director Barbara Kopple's film about the 1973 coal miners' strike in Harlan County, Ky., won a Best Documentary Oscar and was selected for the National Film Registry. Highlighting the struggles of families living in shacks with no indoor plumbing and enduring hazardous working conditions, the film details the conflict between the Eastover Mining Co. and the laborers determined to join the United Mine Workers of America.
Saturday, June 9, 2007, 7:30PM, Saturday Night Movies @ the Wooden Shoe
Description: Mingo County, West Virginia, 1920. Coal miners, struggling to form a union, are up against company operators and gun thugs, while Black and Italian miners, brought in by the company to break the strike, are caught between the two forces. Union activist and ex-Wobbly, Joe Kenehan is sent to help organize the union and is determined to bring the local, Black, and Italian groups together. Drawn from an actual incident.
Saturday, June 16, 2007, 7:30PM, Saturday Night Movies @ the Wooden Shoe
Movie: The Take
Description: A truly breathtaking documentary, filmed during the factory takeovers in Buenos Aires. The Take, directed by Canadian journalist Avi Lewis and writtenby Naomi Klein, centers around one auto-parts factory, and of the lives and struggles of the 30 unemployed workers who decide to reoccupy, collectivize, and get it going again. Unsurprisingly, with this template, the film also covers the affects of globalization and Capital, the occupation movement as a whole, and the resistance, and repression, from the bosses, politicians, and judiciary. Quite superb. 87 minutes, in English & Spanish, with English or Spanish subtitles. Bonus features are the short film "Gustavo Benedetto: Presente!" and the documentary "Fire The Director: The Making Of The Take"
Monday, June 18, 2007, 7:00PM, Authors @ the Wooden Shoe
Author Event: Naked on the Internet: Hookups, Downloads and Cashing in on Internet by Audacia Ray
About the author: Audacia Ray is an executive editor of $pread, a magazine by and for sex workers, and is a contributor to the porn blog Fleshbot. Her first book, Naked on the Internet: Hookups, Downloads and Cashing in on Internet Sexploration, is being published by Seal Press in June 2007. In the summer of 2006 Audacia wrote and directed her first feature adult film, The Bi Apple, which she produced in New York City under the auspices of her Waking Vixen Productions. The film was released by Adam & Eve Pictures in February 2007. For the past two years she has curated $pread magazine¹s annual exhibition of sex worker art, Sex Worker Visions. She has a BA in Cultural Studies from Eugene Lang College, an MA in American Studies from Columbia University and has studied at the Summer Institute on Sexuality, Culture and Society at the Universiteit van Amsterdam. Audacia lives in Brooklyn and online at WakingVixen.com.
About the book: Few things are more misunderstood and cause more fear and suspicion than the combination of female sexuality and the Internet. Naked on the Internet explores how women use cyberspace, personally and professionally, to learn about themselves, connect with others, and make a living. Author Audacia Ray then goes further, examining the Internet as a valuable ‹ though often problematic sexual space.
Ray combines her insider's knowledge with the voices of a variety of women whose firsthand experiences include camming, chatting, and making websites; dating, hooking up, and forming friendships; sex and relationship blogging; and making porn and doing other forms of sex work. She also examines the power of sexual health and online support communities and the technology that enables physical sexual encounters.
Naked on the Internet is a guide to the ways women use, experience, and cash in on the Internet, as well as a critical analysis of the empowering and oppressive aspects of women's online experiences.
Tuesday, June 19, 2007, 7PM-10PM @ the Wooden Shoe
Author Event: Rare Angus Oblong Appearance! Come Meet the Warped Mind Behind TV's "The Oblongs" & Author of the Book: Creepy Susie & 13 Other Tragic Tales For Troubled Children.)
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Friday, June 22, 2007, 7PM @ the Wooden Shoe
Author Event: Allan Antliff will discuss "Gay Anarchy in the Crucible of McCarthyism"
Description: Allan Antliff will discuss anarchist poet Robert Duncan and his lover, Jess, focusing on gay liberation and anarchism in the wake of WW2, the politics of being gay during the 1950s, and how anarchists created art keyed to a libertarian sensibility decidedly at odds with the puritanical comformism of that era.
Saturday, June 23, 2007, 7:30PM, Saturday Night Movies @ the Wooden Shoe
Movie: Bindlestiff Family Cirkus: The First Ten Years
Description: The Bindlestiff Family Cirkus recounts its history, presening an astonishing extravaganza of highlights from its first decade of performances. From the seedy underbelly of the underground performance scene of the Naughty Aughts...from touring the punk rock clubs of the United States to operating Times Square's last Dime Museum and Vaudeville House...from bawdy burlesque to wholesome family shows...it is all captured here. Go here for more info: http://www.bindlestiff.org/
Saturday, June 30, 2007, 7:30PM, Saturday Night Movies @ the Wooden Shoe
Movie: These Streets Are Watching: A Know Your Rights Training
Description: Produced by Jacob Crawford and Berkeley Copwatch, this is an incredible compilation of over a decade of footage from the streets of Berkeley, Denver, and Cincinnati. Both a know your rights (when stopped by the police) video and an introduction, and training, on how to make a difference when witnessing police (mis)conduct, via Copwatch and the struggle for police accountability. Instructional and inspirational!
Saturday, July 7, 2007, 7:30PM, Saturday Night Movies @ the Wooden Shoe
Movie: Life and Debt
Description: Jamaica, land of sea, sand and sun? and a prime example of the complexities of economic globalization on the world's developing countries. With twenty-five years of "help" from the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank intended to bring Third World nations such as Jamaica into the fold of free market economies, these "restructuring" policies have crippled Jamaica's efforts toward self-reliant development while enriching the lenders. This scathing film is an unapologetic look at the "new world order" from the point of view of Jamaican workers and farmers, as well as government and policy officials. Featuring a dynamic reggae soundtrack and a searing voice over based on text by Jamaica Kincaid, as well as interviews with former Jamaican Prime Minister Michael Manley, Deputy Director of the IMF Stanley Fisher and the late President of Haiti Jean-Bertrand Aristide, Life and Debt portrays the relationship between Jamaican poverty and the practices of the World Bank while driving home the devastating consequences of globalization.
Friday, July 13, 2007, Author Event, 5:30-7pm @ Giovanni's Room located at: 345 South 12 th Street (at Pine) and 7:30-9pm @ Wooden Shoe Books located at: 508 South 5th Street (near Lombard)
Book: Stealing Nasreen by Farzana Doctor
Description: 2 readings, 2 Philly bookstores, 1 night! From Inanna Publications and Education Inc
Stealing Nasreen. Farzana Doctor's highly anticipated novel about queer identities, immigrant life, secrets, and lost loves. Nasreen Bastawala is an Indo-Canadian lesbian who becomes enmeshed in the lives of Shaffiq and Salma Paperwala, new immigrants from Mumbai. Co-sponsored by: Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Centre and the William Way LGBT Community Center. For more information also see web: www.farzanadoctor.com blog: www.farzanadoctor.wordpress.com
Saturday, July 14, 2007, 7:30PM, Saturday Night Movies @ the Wooden Shoe
Movie: A Day Without Mexican
Description: One morning, California wakes up to find that one-third of its population -- the Hispanic third -- has disappeared. A strange pink fog envelops the state, and communication outside its boundaries is completely cut off. The economic, political and social implications of this disaster threaten California's way of life, and for a group of disparate people (all white, except for one Latina), the cracks in their private lives are forced wide open.
Saturday, July 21, 2007, 7:30PM, Saturday Night Movies @ the Wooden Shoe
Movie: My Country, My Country
Description: An Academy Award Nominee for best documentary picture, and quite right too. As the Village Voice put it, "The definitive non-fiction film about the occupation of Iraq! Indispensable, heartbreaking, and ferociously wise."Working alone in Iraq over eight months, American filmmaker Laura Poitras follows Iraqi physician Dr. Riyadh—father of six and Sunni political candidate—for an unforgettable journey into the heart of war-ravaged Iraq in the months leading up to the January 2005 elections. An outspoken critic of the occupation, Dr. Riyadh is equally passionate about building democracy in Iraq. Yet all around him, he sees only chaos, as his waiting room fills each day with patients suffering the physical and mental effects of ever-increasing violence. Dramatically interwoven into his personal journey is the landscape of U.S. military occupation, Australian private security contractors, and the U.N. officials who orchestrated the elections. Luminously photographed and emotionally complex, My Country My Country captures the downward spiral of one man caught in the tragic contradictions of the U.S. occupation of Iraq and its project to spread democracy in the Middle East.
July 26, 2007, 8:00PM, Art @ the Wooden Shoe
Art Event: Invisible/Invincible Women collaborative interactive art piece See the FLYER
This collaborative interactive art piece is being presented at Wooden Shoe Books, by Linda Dubin Garfield and Susan DiPronio. The collaboration of Linda, a visual artist, and Susan, a performance artist, was recently awarded the Leeway Foundation Art and Change Grant for 2007 for its impact on social change. This will help enable the two women to continue in the gathering of women's stories, women's visions as they conduct workshops throughout the area.
This project is a way to explore how women in our society become invisible and lose their voice. Attendees are encouraged, with the help of Linda, to create their self portrait. The portraits are then hung in the exhibit or the women can take them home. In Susan's part of the installation a room is set up to present the overwhelming 'voices' of those who feel as if they have none. "screams" is an audio installation piece where viewers can listen to the stories using individual cd players which are also playing on an overhead speaker.
Invisible/Invincible has partnered with Endow-a-Home. A non-profit whose mission is to help homeless women with young children to rebuild their lives.
Saturday, July 28, 2007, 7:30PM, Saturday Night Movies @ the Wooden Shoe
Movie: Giant: Awake!/¡Gigante: Despierta!
Description: The Giant Awakens: In 2006, a historic mobilization for immigrant rights swept the USA as millions took the streets. Mainstream news media predictably covered the marches with a mix of surprise, ignorance, and racism, yet grassroots media activists were there to document the voices and the stories behind this mass movement. ¡Gigante: Despierta! is a DVD compilation of compelling short films from all around the country, due to hit the streets in the weeks before Mayday 2007. Shot, edited, and brought together by a network of independent video activists, graphic designers, community organizers, musicians, and immigrant rights activists, it is a collective memory and a tool to inspire action this May Day 2007, when the Giant will raise its voice again to say: we are one people, without borders. We are here, and we are here to stay! Two hours.
Saturday, July 28, 2007, 7:30PM, Saturday Night Movies @ the Wooden Shoe
Movie: Giant: Awake!/¡Gigante: Despierta!
Description: The Giant Awakens: In 2006, a historic mobilization for immigrant rights swept the USA as millions took the streets. Mainstream news media predictably covered the marches with a mix of surprise, ignorance, and racism, yet grassroots media activists were there to document the voices and the stories behind this mass movement. ¡Gigante: Despierta! is a DVD compilation of compelling short films from all around the country, due to hit the streets in the weeks before Mayday 2007. Shot, edited, and brought together by a network of independent video activists, graphic designers, community organizers, musicians, and immigrant rights activists, it is a collective memory and a tool to inspire action this May Day 2007, when the Giant will raise its voice again to say: we are one people, without borders. We are here, and we are here to stay! Two hours.
Saturday, August 4, 2007, 7:30PM, Saturday Night Movies @ the Wooden Shoe
Movie: Winter Soldier
Description: January 31, 1971. More than 125 Vietnam veterans, representing every major combat unit to see action in the war, gathered at a Howard Johnson's hotel in Detroit to heal a nation ... and themselves. They
risked everything - their careers, their friendships, their families - to talk about the atrocities they had committed or witnessed in the presence of officers while stationed in Vietnam. These veterans saw
themselves as winter soldiers battling against the wrongs of the war and the brutal training that had made them capable of unthinkable violence. Eighteen filmmakers calling themselves the Winterfilm
Collective - including Barbara Kopple (Harlan County, USA), Robert Fiore (Pumping Iron) and Lucy Massie Phenix (You Got to Move) - captured this extraordinary event. Rarely seen since its 1972 Cannes
premiere, Winter Soldier has been called one of the most powerful anti-war films ever made and remains to this day a remarkable plea for peace. Bonus features include a conversation with the film-makers,
several shorts from 1971, the making of Winter Soldier and a stills gallery from the original negatives of Vietnam Veterans Against The War phtotographer Sheldon Ramsdell.
Saturday, August 11, 2007, 7:30PM, Saturday Night Movies @ the Wooden Shoe
Movie: The Gleaners and I
Description: Agnes Varda's no-holds-barred documentary about scavengers and recyclers is an insouciant treat from beginning to end. Inspired by Jean-François Millet's famous painting "Les Glaneuses," Varda strikes out with just a hand-held digital camera in search of the modern equivalent of Millet's grain field gleaners. She finds her quarry at dumpsters, outdoor markets and roadsides across France. A unique film with an unexpectedly obtuse perspective.
Friday, August 17, 2007, 7PM, Author Event @ the Wooden Shoe
Author: Julia Serano
Book: "Whipping Girl: A Transsexual Woman on Sexism and the Scapegoating of Feminity"
Description: A provocative manifesto, "Whipping Girl" is a gripping, no holds barred account that debunks popular misconceptions about transsexuality, while exposing the depth of the cultural belief that femininity is frivolous, weak, and passive. Julia Serano, a transsexual woman, shares her experiences pre- and post transition, revealing at every turn the ways in which fear, contempt, and dismissiveness toward femininity shape our societal attitudes toward trans women, as well as gender and sexuality as a whole.
“...Julia Serano offers a perspective sorely needed, but up until now rarely heard: a transfeminine critique of both feminist and mainstream understandings of gender...[She] brings unique insights to discussions of sexism and misogyny. In Whipping Girl, she weaves theoretical arguments through her compelling essays and manifestos in an attempt to bridge the gap between biological and social perspectives on gender, and calls our attention to the need for empowering femininity itself. In the process, she takes feminist and queer communities to task for dismissing male-to-female transsexuals while celebrating their counterparts on the female-to-male spectrum.” --Bitch Magazine
For more information visit Julia Serano's website at http://www.juliaserano.com/whippinggirl.html
Saturday, August 18, 2007, 7:30PM, Saturday Night Movies @ the Wooden Shoe
Movie: Horns and Halos
Description: Horns And Halos captures the unlikely connection of three men - an ex-con biographer, a janitor turned publisher, and U.S. President George W. Bush - whose paths to power and popularity become tangled in a controversial book. In October 1999, an article appeared in the New York Times indicating that publisher St. Martin's Press had recalled Fortunate Son, the first published biography of George W. Bush, when it was revealed that the author, J.H.Hatfield, had been convicted for
trying to murder a co-worker. At the time of its recall, the book was a bestseller, no doubt due to the book's allegations that Bush had been arrested for cocaine possession in 1972. Several weeks later,
small underground imprint Soft Skull Press, led by the self-styled"punk of publishing," Sander Hicks, announced that it would re-publish the book. Set against the backdrop of the fierce 2000 presidential
campaign, Horns And Halos follows Hatfield and Hicks as they battle lawyers, media, and mounting debt to get Fortunate Son back on shelves. After months of lawsuits, bad press and financial ruin, Soft
Skull attempts to make a splash at the Book Expo of America, as Hatfield reluctantly reveals his sources for the book's cocaine
allegations. The consequences are explosive. Definitely not worth it
for the three second cameo of an AKer at the Soft Skull booth at Book Expo America, but the bonus disc does feature two interviews with James Hatfield; extended interviews from the movie; protest coverage
of the Bush inauguration; the Ralph Nader Rally at Madison Square Garden featuring Michael Moore, Susan Sarandon, Tim Robbins and Eddie Vedder; a Sander Hicks interview; WNYU feature radio interview with
the Directors, and more.
Saturday, August 25, 2007, 7:30PM, Saturday Night Movies @ the Wooden Shoe
Movie: Money Talks: Profits Before Patient Safety
Description: "If we want it to be different, we have to insist on it." Jerome Hoffman MD, UCLA Medical School
This 50-minute documentary was created to give an in-depth, academic perspective on the questionable marketing tactics of the pharmaceutical industry, and features the commentary of investigative journalists and medical professionals including Dr. John Abramson, author of Overdosed America, and Prescription Access Litigation Project Director, Alex Sugerman-Brozan. Other notable interviewees include Dr. Bob Goodman of Columbia University, founder of the 'No Free Lunch' program, and Dr. Jerome Hoffman of UCLA Medical School. Engaging and informative, the film offers a reasoned approach to the subject matter and is a terrific way to stimulate discussion about the ethical implications of pharmaceutical promotion. Filmmaker Kathleen Slattery-Moschkau has received both national and international press coverage, including The Atlantic Monthly, British Medical Journal, CNN, The New York Times, Psychology Today, USA Today and The Economist.
Saturday, September 1, 2007, 7:30PM, Saturday Night Movies @ the Wooden Shoe
Movie: The Hummingbird movie
Description: In the beautiful coastal city of Recife, Brazil - a world capital for sex tourism - a couple of determined women decided they would try to break the cycle of domestic violence and get kids off the streets.
Hummingbird goes onto the streets and sees the harsh reality these kids face and shows how these programs help break the cycle, giving people a chance. After reading an article about the child sex trafficking industry, Holly Mosher began to research this little talked about problem. During that search, she came across two remarkable programs that work directly with street children in the beautiful coastal city of Recife,
Brazil - a worldwide hub for sex tourism. Hummingbird goes onto the street to see the reality of these kids, and then goes into the programs to see just how these high risk kids can be helped. Although the recovery process is slow - it can be successful. The film follows the story of Adriana, a girl who left home at the
age of six and had a daughter at age 11. She matter-of-factly tells how street life is and how the program worked for her. We also see the root of the problem, which starts with violence at home. The kids are running away from this reality, only to find what waits for them is a life with little hope. After seeing the cycle that leads kids to the street, the programs began addressing family issues at the root of the problem to combat them, often successfully, from all sides. In Recife, a few determined women decided they would try to make a difference in their community. And as Cecy recounts the fable of the lion and the hummingbird, which inspired her to open this program, we see how we could all do our part within our communities to try to make this world a better place to live. The Coletivo Mulher Vida - Women's Life Collective - was initially
founded in 1991 by Cecy Prestrello and Marcia Dangremon to help women suffering from domestic violence. Since then, the collective has branched out to help at-risk adolescents and children. Over the years they've grown and now house four programs. The first program, The Women's Citizenship Project, holds weekly meetings within the communities, where they teach women about their human rights and discuss their problems openly. This way, the women see that they are far from alone.
Saturday, September 8, 2007, 7:30PM, Saturday Night Movies @ the Wooden Shoe
Movie: Before Stonewall
Description: An unforgettable, decade by decade history of homosexuality in America, prior to 1969, and the advent of Gay Liberation. Narrated by Rita Mae Brown, and featuring Audre Lorde, Harry Hay, Barbara
Gittings, Allen Ginsberg, and dozens more. An incredible mix of historical footage, and amazing interviews with those who lived through an often brutal history. Pries open the closet door from the
1920s to Stonewall.
Saturday, September 15, 2007, 7:30PM, Saturday Night Movies @ the Wooden Shoe
Movie: After Stonewall
Description: Chronicles the history of lesbian and gay life from the riots at Stonewall to the end of the century. Narrated by Melissa Etheridge, it captures the hard work, struggles, tragic defeats, and exciting victories experienced in the making of the Gay Liberation Movement. Featuring Dorothy Allison, Michael Bronski, Rita Mae Brown, Barney Frank, Barbara Gittings, Arnie Kantrowitz, Larry Kramer, Craig Lucas, Armistead Maupin, Leslea Newman, Barbara Smith, and many more.
Saturday, September 22, 2007, 7:30PM, Saturday Night Movies @ the Wooden Shoe
Movie: Self Respect, Self Defense, Self Determination
Description: Mabel Williams, with her late husband Robert F. Williams (author of Negroes With Guns), met with Malcolm X, Ho Chi Minh, Che Guevara, and Mao Tse Tung to help internationalize support for the Black Liberation Movement. Kathleen Cleaver was Communications Secretary and the first woman Central Committee member of the Black Panther Party. Later, she also lived in exile, gathering worldwide support for the BBP. These two inspiring women of the 60s Black liberation struggle share their personal experiences — resisting the KKK and police repression, forced exile and their international experiences in Third World nations — and how their history relates to the struggle today. Moderated by Rachel Herzing of Critical Resistance, and introduced by Angela Davis.
Saturday, September 29, 2007, 7:30PM, Saturday Night Movies @ the Wooden Shoe
Movie: In Debt We Trust
Description: Filmmaker and former journalist Danny Schechter (WMD: Weapons of Mass Deception) investigates Americans' ongoing love affair with credit cards and the staggering level of personal debt it's created, paying special attention to the relationship between Congress and the credit card industry. In a modern society that's increasingly"financialized," consumer debt is so common that extending credit has become highly lucrative.
Saturday, November 10, 2007, 7:30PM, Saturday Night Movies @ the Wooden Shoe
Movie: Style Wars
Description: Style Wars is the legendary hip-hop documentary and a timeless film classic, the indispensable record of a golden age of youthful creativity and exploding hip hop subculture. Style Wars captures the look and feel of New York's ramshackle subway system as the graffiti writers' public playground, battleground and spectacular artistic canvas. Opposing them by every means possible were Mayor Edward Koch, the police, and the New York Transit Authority. Meanwhile, MC's, DJ's and B-boys were rocking the city with new sounds and new moves, as street corner breakdance battles became performance art.
Saturday, November 17, 2007, 7:30PM, Saturday Night Movies @ the Wooden Shoe
Movie: Born in Flames
Description: Set in America ten years after the Second American Revolution, Born in Flames is a comic fantasy of female rebellion. When Adelaide Norris, the black radical founder of the Woman's Army, is mysteriously killed, a seemingly impossible coalition of women—across all lines of race, class, and sexual preferences—emerges to blow the System apart.
Saturday, November 24, 2007, 7:30PM, Saturday Night Movies @ the Wooden Shoe
Movie: The Road of Women
Description: The voices of women prisoners take us on a journey to Northern Ireland, a journey into and out of prison, a journey of personal and political struggle and growth. Since internment was instituted in 1971, over 15,000 Catholic and/or republican people have served more than 100,000 years in English and Irish prisons. Little attention has been paid to women's active involvement in the Republican struggle, or to their experiences serving time in the name of Ireland. The Road of Women brings into focus the presence of women as agents and not merely victims of the current conflicts and conditions in Ireland, by foregrounding their stories as political prisoners: why they became involved in the republican movement, how they have coped with abuse endured in prison, and how they have tirelessly campaigned for prison reform which has benefited all prisoners, social and political alike.
The Road of Women : Voices of Irish Women Political Prisoners is the story of a people's ongoing struggle for self-determination - as told by the women who been actively involved in the Northern Irish conflict but whose voices have long gone unheard. Their stories testify to the strength of the human spirit and offer insights to anyone interested in the global issues of civil liberties and prison reform. Of particular interest to contemporary audiences are the eerie parallels between British policies in Northern Ireland and those initiated by the current US administration since 9/11.
Saturday, December 1, 2007, 7:30PM, Saturday Night Movies @ the Wooden Shoe
Movie: Who Killed the Electric Car?
Description: Amid ever-increasing gas prices, this documentary delves into the short life of the GM EV1 electric car -- once all the rage in the mid-1990s and now fallen by the roadside. How could such an efficient, green-friendly vehicle fail to transform our garages and skies? Through interviews with government officials, former GM employees and concerned celebs (such as EV1 driver
Mel Gibson), Chris Paine (former EV1 owner) seeks to answer the question.
Saturday, December 8, 2007, 7:30PM, Saturday Night Movies @ the Wooden Shoe
Description: This film delivers an unbridled look at the New York City underground, focusing on a group of hipsters who frequent a downtown club renowned for its lascivious ways. Through graphic polymorphous sexual couplings -- and using an ensemble cast composed largely of first-time actors -- the film chronicles each character's erotic journey of self-discovery in a raw and riveting fashion.
Saturday, December 15, 2007, 7:30PM, Saturday Night Movies @ the Wooden Shoe
Movie: The Road to Guantanamo
Description: The true story of three British Muslim men, known as "the Tipton Three," who were unjustly arrested and held for more than two years in the U.S. detention camp at Guantanamo Bay. By blending dramatic re-enactments, interviews with the surviving men and archive news footage, Winterbottom's Independent Spirit Award-winning docudrama delivers a chilling and shocking exposé of out-of-control security measures.
Tuesday, December 18, 2007, 7 PM, Reading/Discussion Group @ the Wooden Shoe
Talk: "Which Way to Revolution: Materialism, Immaterialism and Implications for Contemporary Activist Theory and Practice," with Dr. Jason Del Gandio, Temple Univeristy
Saturday, December 22, 2007, 7:30PM, Saturday Night Movies @ the Wooden Shoe
Movie: Hurricane Katrina: The Storm That Drowned a City
Description: This arresting installment of "Nova" delivers a minute-by-minute account of Hurricane Katrina's destruction. Viewers will learn what made Katrina so lethal and why the event caused unparalleled devastation, notwithstanding disaster planning and a sophisticated flood-protection system. The hour long program presents riveting eyewitness reports about what occurred during the storm and state-of-the-art graphic imagery of the catastrophe.
Saturday, December 29, 2007, 7:30PM, Saturday Night Movies @ the Wooden Shoe
Movie: Norma Rae
Description: Set in the industrial South and based on a true story, NORMA RAE is a moving portrait of a woman's fight to improve both her own life and the deplorable conditions that exist in the mill where she works. Norma Rae has worked at the textile mill for years, but when a union organizer from New York comes to town, Norma takes on the hostility of the mill's management and the apathy of her coworkers to try to unionize the mill. Field plays Norma Rae as a passionate woman who realizes her own potential and her need to rebel against the status quo. She is also infuriated by the conditions at the mill. When Norma, uneducated and poor, finally expresses her disgust with life at the mill, it is an electrifying moment, and Field radiates this energy for the rest of the film, providing an emotional core and drive that gives the picture its power.
January 2008 (Flyer: People's Movie Night January - February 2008 Schedule)
Saturday, January 5, 2008, Saturday Night Movies @ the Wooden Shoe
Movie: Small Time Gay Bar
Description: It's easy for city dwellers to take gay bars for granted, but Malcolm Ingram presents the other side of the picture. Social opportunities are more limited for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender citizens in rural America. With production assistance from Kevin Smith, Ingram focuses on several communities in Mississippi. Rick Gladis, owner of Rumors nightclub, created an oasis for the local GLBT community, but remains closeted from his Pentecostal parents. Scotty Weaver, on the other hand, was open about his orientation--and brutally murdered because of it (Ingram speaks with Weaver's family). As Gladis notes, "As far as being gay in Mississippi, it's hard, it's very hard." Proof comes in the form of Reverend Fred Phelps, who states categorically, "God hates fags." Other subjects include patrons, bartenders, drag performers, and strippers. In addition, Ingram looks back on bars that have closed over the years, which lends the film a nostalgic air, though he concludes with new beginnings for two of them.
Saturday, January 12, 2008, Saturday Night Movies @ the Wooden Shoe
Description: This challenging and provocative documentary takes a look on all sides of the infamous F-word. Its taboo,obscene and controversial, yet somehow seems to permeate every single aspect of our culture-from Hollywood, to the schoolyard to the Senate floor in Washington D.C. It's the word at the very center of the debate on Free Speech - and everyone seems to have an opinion. FUCK will exam how the word is impacting our world today thru interviews, film and television clips, music, and original animation by Oscar nominee Bill Plympton. Scholars and linguists will examine the long history of fuck. Comedians, actors, and writers who have charted and popularized the upward course of fuck will be heard from, often while defending the Constitutional Right of Free Speech, all the way to the Supreme Court. FUCK will visit with those who actually fuck for a living. We'll hear from advocates who oppose fuck and it's infringement into our everyday lives. We'll watch some of the most famous and infamous film and television clips that feature fuck, we'll hear some of the most famous fucks ever uttered and we'll feel the impact of fuck on our everyday lives.
Wednesday, January 16, 2008, Author Event: Steven Hart @ the Wooden Shoe, 7 PM
Author: Steven Hart
Event Description: Author Steven Hart will be at the Shoe at 7PM on Wednesday the 16th of January to present his book: The Last Three Miles : Politics, Murder, and the Construction of America's First Superhighway. Copies of the book will be on sale for his signature.
Book description: At the dawn of America's love affair with the automobile, cars and trucks leaving the nation's largest city were unceremoniously dumped out of the western end of the Holland Tunnel onto local roads wending their way through the New Jersey Meadowlands. Jersey City mayor Frank Hague—dictator of the Hudson County political machine and a national political player—was a prime mover behind the building of the country's first "superhighway," designed to connect the hub of New York City to the United States of America. Hague's nemesis in this undertaking was union boss Teddy Brandle, and construction of the last three miles of Route 25, later dubbed the Pulaski Skyway, marked an epic battle between big labor and big politics, culminating in a murder and the creation of a motorway so flawed it soon became known as "Death Avenue" —now appropriately featured in the opening sequence of the hit HBO series The Sopranos. A book in the tradition of Robert Caro's, The Power Broker and Henry Petroski's Engineers of Dreams, The Last Three Miles brings to vivid life the riveting and bloodstained back story of a fascinating chapter in the heroic age of public works.
Saturday, January 19, 2008, Saturday Night Movies @ the Wooden Shoe
Movie: Bread And Roses
Description: Loosely based on a 1990 janitor's strike at Century City in Los Angeles, it's seen through the eyes of Maya (Pilar Padilla) a young Latina, who hopes only to find work in the U.S. Through her sister, Rosa (Elpidia Carrillo), she gets a job at an office-cleaning company, whose largely Latino work force labors without benefits for $5.75 hour. Since many of the workers are undocumented aliens, they live in constant fear of their brutal boss, Perez (George Lopez). Even so, the arrival of union organizer Sam (Adrien Brody) is hardly greeted with elation by the workers, who know how easily they could be fired were they found at a union meeting. Yet, as the workers debate the risks and rewards of joining the union, Maya finds herself to drawn to the humorous, but intensely dedicated Sam, whose seemingly whimsical tactics prove to be surprisingly effective.
Saturday, January 26, 2008, Saturday Night Movies @ the Wooden Shoe
Movie: Un Poquito de Tanta Verdad
Description: In the summer of 2006, a broad-based, non-violent, popular uprising exploded in the southern Mexican state of Oaxaca. Some compared it to the Paris Commune, while others called it the first Latin American revolution of the 21st century. But it was the people's use of the media that truly made history in Oaxaca. A 90-minute documentary, A Little Bit of So Much Truth captures the unprecedented media phenomenon that emerged when tens of thousands of school teachers, housewives, indigenous communities, health workers, farmers, and students took 14 radio stations and one TV station into their own hands, using them to organize, mobilize, and ultimately defend their grassroots struggle for social, cultural, and economic justice.
We will be selling DVDs at this screening, and all proceeds will go directly back to the Corrugated Films Collective to fund more works like this!
Sunday, January 27, 2008, Special Event @ the Wooden Shoe, 7 PM
A night of Music and Poetry with Ken Waldman and Eli Smith
Description: WSB would like to welcome Ken Waldman, traveling poet and fiddler, back to his childhood stomping grounds after 20+ years living in Alaska and hitting the road to perform his work all over the U.S., from radio shows to classrooms. With six books and six CDs--including a collection of political sonnets, many in the voice of George W. Bush--Ken will fill the Wooden Shoe with his music and poetry for a unique performance! In addition, Brooklyn banjo player, guitarist and fiddler, Eli Smith, will accompany Ken Waldman for the performance. The performers suggest a ten dollar donation, though admission is sliding scale and no one will be turned away for lack of funds!
Saturday, February 2, 2008, Saturday Night Movies @ the Wooden Shoe
Movie: The Rosa Parks Story
Description: Angela Bassett stars in the story that sparked the birth of the modern civil rights movement in the late 1950s. Parks took the only available seat in the first row of the "colored" section on a city bus; when a white woman boarded and the driver demanded that the black riders in her row move, everyone complied except Parks. This singular event threw Parks and her family into the Ku Klux Klan's ring of hatred -- and into the NAACP's limelight.
Saturday, February 9, 2008, Saturday Night Movies @ the Wooden Shoe
Movie: 10,000 Black Men Named George
Description: When the Great Depression struck America in the 1920s finding work was hard, but if you were poor and black it was virtually impossible. Working as a porter for the Pullman Rail Company was an option, but it meant taking home a third as much as while employees and working some days for free. You could forget about being called by your real name--all black porters were simply called "George" after George Pullman, the first person to employ emancipated slaves. Asa Philip Randolph, a black journalist and educated socialist trying to establish a voice for these forgotten workers agrees to fight for the Pullman porters' cause and form the first black union in America. Livelihoods and lives would be put at risk in the attempt to gain 10,000 signatures of men known only as "George." This is the true story of how a courageous leader came to be known as "the most dangerous man in America."
February 2008 (Flyer: People's Movie Night January - February 2008 Schedule)
Thursday, February 14, 2008, @ 7pm, Open Mic Night Event @ the Wooden Shoe
Description: Join local musicians and spoken word artists in breaking down the barriers between performer/s and audience! Feel free to bring an instrument to play, something to recite, or a piece to read (self-written or not) and/or come to enjoy the music and voices of others. A description from some of the performers: "A funk bumpin' avant-garde jazz-hop, foot stompin' jerry-curl-adelics with a kaleidoscope of dialectical exchange, brought to the people free of charge, so come sing, dance and exchange ideas outside of the vision of the compartmentalizing suppression, agenda setting, hyper-consumption cancer box. After all, participation is the essence of democracy." *FREE* All ages encouraged to come!
Saturday, February 16, 2008, Saturday Night Movies @ the Wooden Shoe
Movie: Deacons for Defense
Description: Inspired by a true story, this drama is set in 1965, not long after passage of the Civil Rights Act. To the African-American citizens of Bogalusa, LA, however, it is "business as usual"; they are still treated like third-class citizens, their fundamental rights as human beings persistently trampled by the white power structure, in general, and the local branch of the KKK, in particular. Like many of the local black men, war veteran Marcus ( Forest Whitaker) works in the town's mill for meager wages, and must endure the ongoing humiliation meted out by his white supervisors. But when he is beaten up by the police for the "outrage" of trying to defend his own daughter, Marcus is pushed too far. Encouraged by an idealistic white Northerner ( Jonathan Silverman), Marcus organizes the Deacons, an all-black defense group dedicated to patrolling the black section of town and protecting its residents from the more violent aspects of "white backlash." Telecast during Black History Month, Deacons for Defense first aired over the Showtime cable network on February 16, 2003. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide
Saturday, February 23, 2008, Saturday Night Movies @ the Wooden Shoe
Movie: Murder Of Fred Hampton
Description: THE MURDER OF FRED HAMPTON began as a film portrait of Hampton and the Illinois Black Panther Party, but half way through the shoot, Hampton was murdered by Chicago policeman. In an infamous moment in Chicago history and politics, over a dozen policeman burst into Hampton s apartment while its occupants were sleeping, killing Hampton and fellow Panther Mark Clark and brutalizing the other occupants. Filmmakers Mike Gray and Howard Alk arrived a few hours later to shoot film footage of the crime scene that was later used to contradict news reports and police testimony. Recently restored and reworked by Gray, THE MURDER OF FRED HAMPTON is a chilling slice of American history.
Also included is a short film, CICERO MARCH, which chronicled a group who defied Mayor Richard J. Daley s order to march into predominantly white Cicero to protest racism and injustice.
March 2008 (Flyer: People's Movie Night: March and April 2008)
Saturday, March 1, 2008, Saturday Night Movies @ the Wooden Shoe, 7:30 PM
Movie: North Country
Description: When Josey Aimes returns to her hometown in Northern Minnesota after a failed marriage, she needs a good job. A single mother with two children to support, she turns to the predominant source of employment in the region - the iron mines. The mines provide a livelihood that has sustained a community for generations. The work is hard but the pay is good and friendships that form on the job extend into everyday life, bonding families and neighborhoods with a common thread. (126 minutes)
Saturday, March 8, 2008, Saturday Night Movies @ the Wooden Shoe, 7:30 PM
Movie: Camden 28
Description: The Camden 28 explores how and why 28 individuals intentionally placed themselves at risk of arrest and imprisonment while protesting the war in Vietnam. Featuring a treasure of archival materials and current interviews with former FBI agents involved in the case and scholars such as Howard Zinn, The Camden 28 is a story about a potent form of dissent that has special relevance to our current political climate. (83 minutes)
Palestinian Film Festival: March 16, 2008 - May 16, 2008 http://sustainphilly.blogspot.com
Saturday, March 15, 2008, Saturday Night Movies @ the Wooden Shoe, 7:30 PM
Movie: Occupation 101
Description: A thought-provoking and powerful documentary film on the current and historical root causes of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Unlike any other film ever produced on the conflict -- 'Occupation 101' presents a comprehensive analysis of the facts and hidden truths surrounding the never ending controversy and dispels many of its long-perceived myths and misconceptions. The film also details life under Israeli military rule, the role of the United States in the conflict, and the major obstacles that stand in the way of a lasting and viable peace. The roots of the conflict are explained through first-hand on-the-ground experiences from leading Middle East scholars, peace activists, journalists, religious leaders and humanitarian workers whose voices have too often been suppressed in American media outlets. The film covers a wide range of topics -- which include -- the first wave of Jewish immigration from Europe in the 1880's, the 1920 tensions, the 1948 war, the 1967 war, the first Intifada of 1987, the Oslo Peace Process, Settlement expansion, the role of the United States Government, the second Intifada of 2000, the separation barrier and the Israeli withdrawal from Gaza, as well as many heart wrenching testimonials from victims of this tragedy. (90 minutes)
Saturday, March 22, 2008, Saturday Night Movies @ the Wooden Shoe, 7:30 PM
Movie: The Bubble
Description: When a young Israeli named Noam (Ohad Knoller) falls for a handsome Palestinian ( Yousef "Joe" Sweid) he meets while working at a checkpoint in Tel Aviv, he recruits his roommates Yelli ( Alon Friedman) and Lulu ( Daniela Virtzer) to help find a way for the two to stay together. Director Eytan Fox 's poignant film offers a glimpse at life inside the tumultuous borders of Israel, where everyday people are constantly surrounded by conflict. (90 minutes)
Saturday, March 29, 2008, Saturday Night Movies @ the Wooden Shoe, 7:30 PM
Movie: Rana's Wedding
Description: Palestinian director Hany Abu-Assad finds love among the brutalities of war in this heart-tugging drama about one woman's ( Clara Khoury) quest to be reunited with her beloved. In less than a day, she must wend her way through war-torn neighborhoods, sinister soldiers, desperate residents and lost citizens so she can finally rest in her boyfriend's arms. (90 minutes)
April 2008 (Flyer: People's Movie Night: March and April 2008)
Saturday, April 5, 2008, Saturday Night Movies @ the Wooden Shoe, 7:30 PM
Description: Documentary filmmaker Saverio Costanzo directs a drama inspired by actual events, set in the isolated home of a Palestinian family living halfway between a Palestinian village and an Israeli settlement. After the family home is seized by invading Israeli soldiers, patriarch Mohammad must find a way to protect what's his without violating his nonviolent principles. Lior Miller, Mohammad Bakri, Tomer Russo, Areen Omari and Hend Ayoub co-star. (90 minutes)
Thursday, April 10, 2008, Guest Speaker @ the Wooden Shoe, 7:00 PM
Talk: "Anarchists and the Elections: The Love-Hate Relationship w/ Presidential Elections and Should Our Approach Be Any Different?" Download the Flyer
Description: A Talk by Cindy Milstein, Institute for Anarchist Studies. Nearly as early as Hillary or Obama, anarchists were hot on the campaign trail. Plans to resist the 2008 U.S. presidential elections were afoot in 2006. But why the anarchist fascination with something that's far from anything we'd recognize as politics? And why, if we choose, do anarchists frequently use strategies that mirror statist and/or liberal forms, or are simply unimaginative? Perhaps, in zeroing in on presidential elections, we aren't anarchic enough either.
Cindy Milstein is co-organizer of the annual Renewing the Anarchist Tradition conference and the Radical Theory Track at NCOR, a board member of the Institute for Anarchist Studies, and a collective member of both the Free Society Collective and all-volunteer Black Sheep Books in Montpelier. She taught for many years at the "anarchist summer school" known as the Institute for Social Ecology, and writes for various periodicals and anthologies. A FREE EVENT. Donations encouraged to cover travel costs.
Saturday, April 12, 2008, Saturday Night Movies @ the Wooden Shoe, 7:30 PM
Movie: Arna's Children
Description: Arna Mer Khamis was a legendary activist for the rights of the Palestinian people who founded a theatre group at a refugee camp, teaching children to express themselves through acting. Her son Juliano, a director for the group, filmed Arna working with the children over a 6-year period. Following Arna's death, he returns to the camp to find out what became of the young refugees. Best Documentary Feature winner at the 2004 Tribeca Film Festival. (85 minutes)
Thursday, April 17, 2008,
Author Event and Lecture
@ the Wooden Shoe, 7:00 PM See Flyer
Lecture: 'How to Rule the World: The Coming Battle Over the Global Econ" with author Mark Engler
Description: Laying out a new and original framework for understanding globalization politics, Mark Engler describes the conflict between a Clinton-era vision of an expanding, corporate-controlled global economy and a Bush-era "imperial globalization" based on U.S. military dominance. How to Rule the World explains how these visions overlap and also how, at critical moments, they clash with one another.
It is written, however, in the hopes that neither will prevail. Even as Wall Street CEOs and Washington militarists argue among themselves, citizens' uprisings in the United States, in an increasingly progressive Latin America, and beyond are bringing to life a vibrant "democratic globalization" based on economic justice, human rights, and self-determination.
Engler details how the Bush administration has reshaped globalization in ways that few protesters in Seattle or elsewhere could have foreseen: global trade talks are collapsing. The roles of international institutions like the WTO, IMF, and World Bank are dramatically changing. U.S. unilateralism and the disastrous war in Iraq have deepened international divisions. As a result, the stage is now set for a critical new debate about the global economy.
Mark Engler is a writer based in New York City and an analyst with Foreign Policy In Focus. His articles appear in Dissent, The Nation, Newsday, the Progressive, the San Francisco Chronicle, Mother Jones, and In These Times. An archive of his work is available at www.DemocracyUprising.com. An activist originally from Des Moines, Iowa, Mark is a member of the National Writers Union (UAW, Local 1881). He has previously worked with the Arias Foundation for Peace and Human Progress in San José, Costa Rica, and he has also lived in Guatemala and El Salvador.
Saturday, April 19, 2008, Saturday Night Movies @ the Wooden Shoe, 7:30 PM
Movie: Kamp Katrina
Description: Kamp Katrina, an award winning cinéma vérité documentary, follows the in-depth lives of a small group of people who have taken refuge in a garden transformed into a tent city by an extraordinary New Orleans couple, Ms. Pearl and her husband, David. Kamp Katrina uses tragedy as a tool to clarify and illuminate abandonment and madness of their lives. This film has no political targets; instead, it focuses on the struggle of individuals who attempt to pick up their lives in the face of loss. (74 minutes)
Saturday, April 26, 2008, Saturday Night Movies @ the Wooden Shoe, 7:30 PM
Movie: Emma Goldman: An Exceedingly Dangerous Woman
Description: The remarkable life of the immigrant christened "the most dangerous woman in America" is explored in this documentary focusing on noted birth-control advocate and anti-military conscription activist Emma Goldman. A noted Russian-born woman who became the leader of the anarchist movement upon immigrating into the United States, Goldman subsequently earned such nicknames as "Red Emma" and "Queen of the Anarchists" for her outspoken vocal attacks on the government and her staunch opposition to World War I. (90 minutes)
May 2008 (Flyer: People's Movie Night: May 2008)
Sunday, May 4, 2008, Author Talk: Chris Carlsson presents Nowtopia: How Pirate Programmers, Outlaw Bicyclists, and Vacant-lot Gardeners are Inventing the Future Today @ Wooden Shoe, 3 PM
Book: Nowtopia: How Pirate Programmers, Outlaw Bicyclists, and Vacant-lot Gardeners are Inventing the Future Today by Chris Carlsson Download the Flyer
Description: Chris Carlsson, executive director of the multimedia history project "Shaping San Francisco," is a writer, publisher, editor, and community organizer. He has edited four collections of political and historical essays. He helped launch the monthly bike-ins known as Critical Mass, and was long-time editor of Processed World magazine.
Outlaw bicycling, urban permaculture, biofuels, free software, and even the Burning Man festival are windows into a scarcely visible social transformation that is redefining politics as we know it. As capitalism continues to corral every square inch of the globe into its logic of money and markets, new practices are emerging through which people are taking back their time and technological know-how. In small, under-the-radar ways, they are making life better right now, simultaneously building the foundation—technically and socially—for a genuine movement of liberation from market life.
Nowtopia uncovers the resistance of a slowly recomposing working class in America. Rarely defining themselves by what they do for a living, people from all walks of life are doing incredible amounts of labor in their "non-work" time, creating immediate practical improvements in daily life. The social networks they create, and the practical experience of cooperating outside of economic regulation, become a breeding ground for new strategies to confront the commodification to which capitalism reduces us all.
The practices outlined in Nowtopia embody a deep challenge to the basic underpinnings of modern life, as a new ecologically-driven politics emerges from below, reshaping our assumptions about science, technology, and human potential.
With historical grounding, a toolbox drawing from multiple schools of anti-capitalist thought and theory, and a refreshingly pragmatic approach, Carlsson opens our eyes to the revolutions of everyday life.
Saturday, May 17, 2008, Saturday Night Movies @ the Wooden Shoe, 7:30 PM
Movie: The Wind That Shakes The Barley
Description: Ireland, 1920. Damien and Teddy are brothers. But while the latter is already the leader of a guerrilla squad fighting for the independence of his motherland, Damien, a medical graduate of University College, would rather further his training at the London hospital where he has found a place. However, shortly before his departure, he happens to witness atrocities committed by the ferocious Black and Tans and finally decides to join the resistance group led by Teddy. The two brothers fight side by side until a truce is signed. But peace is short-lived and when one faction of the freedom-fighters accepts a treaty with the British that is regarded as unfair by the other faction, a civil war ensues, pitting Irishmen against Irishmen, brothers against brothers, Teddy against Damien....
May 2008 (Flyer: People's Movie Night: May 2008)
Friday, May 23, 2008, Activist Talk @ the Wooden Shoe, 7:00 PM
Event: Green Jobs for Philadelphia: 100,000 New jobs That Rebuild Philadelphia's Neighborhoods and Clean the Environment
A talk by Paul Glover. Paul teaches Metropolitan Ecology at Temple University, is a founder of Philly Orchard project, PhilaHealthia, and Ithaca HOURS local currency.
Saturday, May 24, 2008, Saturday Night Movies @ the Wooden Shoe, 7:30 PM
Movie: Vera Drake
Description: The brilliant writer-director Mike Leigh (Topsy-Turvy, Secrets and Lies, Naked) has crafted an utterly compelling movie about one of the most controversial of topics. An irrepressibly hopeful housecleaner in 1950s London named Vera Drake (Imelda Staunton, Antonia and Jane, Shakespeare in Love) mothers everyone around her, from her own family to helpless shut-ins and lonely men living in tiny, isolated apartments. None of these people know that Vera also helps young women get rid of unwanted pregnancies, until the police appear and tear her world apart. Vera Drake isn't just an inspired character portrait; through simple and straightforward scenes, the movie weaves a quiet but mesmerizing portrait of how people--both wealthy and poor--cope with adversity. Though wrenching, Vera Drake has too much life to be depressing. Leigh is deservedly famous for his work with actors; every character brims with truth and Staunton's performance deserves every award it could possibly win.
Thursday, May 29, 2008, Discussion @ the Wooden Shoe, 7 PM
Guest Speaker: Christina Gerhardt
Desription: More Than Fashion: The political Context of Revolutionary Struggle. In the 1970s, numerous armed struggle groups in West Germany rose up. While a spate of new films, art exhibit, novels and even fashion lines have revisited the era in light of the 40th anniversary of the 1968 student demonstrations in Berlin and the 30th anniversary of the "German Autumn" of 1977, their explorations of the groups and their politics tend to eclipse a thorough exploration of international and domestic political struggles. This talk will present some of the era's groups, such as the Red Army Faction, the June 2 Movement, the Revolutionary Cells and the Red Zora, contextualizing their critiques and actions in the international and domestic events of the time.
Saturday, May 31, 2008, Saturday Night Movies @ the Wooden Shoe, 7:30 PM
Movie: KOYAANISQATSI- Life Out Of Balance
Description: Prepare to experience a truly remarkable filma cinematic masterpiece so extraordinary that it regales the senses, stimulates the mind and actually 'redefines the potential of filmmaking (The Hollywood Reporter). Celebrated director Godfrey Reggio, innovative cinematographer Ron Fricke and Golden Globe-winning composer Philip Glass have created a 'spellbinding film so rich in beauty and detail that with each viewing it becomes a new and different film (Leonard Maltin). Unique profound mesmerizing and thought-provoking (Boxoffice), Koyaanisqatsi contrasts the tranquil beauty of nature with the frenzied hum of contemporary urban society. Uniting breathtaking imagery with a hauntingly evocative, award-winning score, it is original and fascinating (People) one of the greatest films of all time.
June 2008 (Flyer: People's Movie Night: June 2008)
AIDS Awareness Month and the 20th Anniversary of ACT-UP Philadelphia
Saturday, June 7, 2008, Saturday Night Movies @ the Wooden Shoe, 7:30 PM
Movie: Pandemic: Facing Aids
Description: Rarely have we seen such unique and personal stories of people living with AIDS than in this highly acclaimed film from award-winning filmmaker Rory Kennedy. Narrated by Danny Glover, this theatrical version of the five-part HBO series goes beyond the statistics to tell five remarkable stories from across the globe, revealing the heartaches and triumphs of real people coping with the stigma and effects of this devastating epidemic. From people like Sergei and Lena (Russia), young parents whose previous drug use has left them HIV-positive, to Alex (Brazil), a 27-year-old gay man who is trying to rebuild his health and get back to living a full and productive life, their stories are both heartbreaking and uplifting, providing a window into a world that so many of us have never fully understood. With an intimacy and sensitivity unparalleled by any other account of the AIDS crisis to date, there is no question that PANDEMIC: FACING AIDS is a "must-see" film for all.
Saturday, June 14, 2008, Saturday Night Movies @ the Wooden Shoe, 7:30 PM
Movie: Pills Profits Protest: Chronicle of the Global Aids Movement
Description: This documentary examines critical junctures in the battle for access to HIV treatment as the poorest and most marginalized individuals confront larger powers, including governments, corporate bodies and a multinational drug industry that is motivated by profit. The fight for AIDS drugs is taking place in tandem with a growing anti-globalization movement; the latter provides a backdrop for examining AIDS through a lens of poverty, socioeconomic injustice and human rights. At the heart of this documentary is a thorny question: Can the world afford universal HIV treatment? At what cost? What will be the global cost if we fail to treat and save 40 million people now? Pills, Profits and Protest are the three thematic touchstones of the film, each reflecting an important aspect of the current battle. Behind this movement are people, personalities and lives. This film weaves their personal stories with a larger chronicle of history-in-the-making.
Saturday, June 21, 2008, Saturday Night Movies @ the Wooden Shoe, 7:30 PM
Movie: Voices from the Front (PLUS: ACT-UP Panel)
Description: In New York City, a distraught activist confronts the mayor with a story of a friend who languished on a cot in an emergency room hallway for nine days, only to die 48 hours after leaving the hospital. In 1988, thousands of activists hold the Food and Drug Administration under siege, demanding speedier drug approval. In 1990 AIDS activists converge on the National Institute of Health, calling for a more equitable clinical trial system and expanded research into new drugs and treatment. Voices From the Front, the first feature-length documentary on AIDS activism in America, makes clear the emotional and political effects of community activism using the voices of those directly engaged. It is a powerful distillation of pictures and words from events organized to change public consciousness, expose the failure of the health care systems, and challenge government inaction and neglect concerning AIDS. PLUS! A panel of local HIV/AIDS activists involved in ACT UP(AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power) will be on hand to discuss current issues affecting people livings with HIV/AIDS, upcoming actions and the 20th anniversary of ACT UP Philly. (for more information on ACT-UP Philly, go to http://www.critpath.org/actup/)
Thursday, June 26, 2008, Author Event @ the Wooden Shoe, 7:00 PM (Download the Flyer)
Talk: The State Is Wrong: Why there is no good argument in the philosophical tradition for state authority
Author: Crispin Sartwell
Description: Crispin Sartwell will be talking about the immorality of government power and a vision of a freer future. Against the State examines all the famous arguments for the state in the Western tradition, including those of Plato, Hobbes, Locke, Hume, Hegel, Habermas, and Rawls, and concludes that they are not only unconvincing but embarrassing: shockingly fallacious. At Wooden Shoe, Crispin will discuss these arguments, and then talk about a characteristically American anti-authoritarianism based on American abolitionism, feminism, and the works of Emerson and Thoreau.
Saturday, June 28, 2008, Saturday Night Movies @ the Wooden Shoe, 7:30 PM
Description: The play is a taut, two-character allegory about AIDS that takes place in one dismal room on Manhattan's Lower East Side. The film has been "opened-out" into an apocalyptic, romantic action-thriller. New York City is a 1984-style fascist nightmare steeped in poverty and ridden with plague. Bands of armed officers under the rubric Operation Helping Hand roam the streets rounding up Positives, who are tattooed and quarantined in filthy hellholes. Blue, a poor but pretty young woman (sweet-faced Moira Kelly), stumbles onto a secret resistance group that rescue Positives to give them compassionate care. Blue falls in love with their courageous leader, Torch, powerfully played by Cuba Gooding Jr. The film focuses on the relationship between these star-crossed lovers and the film's best moments do the same. Neither the play nor the film ever mentions AIDS by name, but it is clear that in both cases AIDS is the plague in question and the theme is the hysteria that AIDS can generate. The horrible future these dramas foresaw did not come to pass. Since they were written, great medical strides have been made that have changed the face of AIDS. But fear and misinformation about the disease persist. AIDS remains a major health crisis worldwide and Daybreak is a powerful film that deserves to be seen.
July 2008 (Flyer: People's Movie Night)
Wednesday, July 2, 2008 @ Wooden Shoe Books, 7:00PM
Event: Of Friends and Whirlwinds: Inquiry and Radical Organizing for Movement Capable of Building New Social Relations
With: Jenna Peters-Golden (Philly Stands Up), Timothy Colman (Philly's Pissed), Malav Kanuga (Bluestockings NYC), and Craig Hughes (Team Colors Collective)
Description: Of Friends and Whirlwinds: Inquiry and Radical Organizing for Movement Capable of Building New Social Relations' brings together three different organizers under the theme of radical organizing, and for the purpose of movement building. By explaining the purposes, process and function of particular organizing efforts in context of building sustained radicalmovement, we hope to deepen thinking of political organizing through an emphasis on a practice that takes everyday power relations -- as well as larger institutions of oppression and exploitation -- as central targets.
On May 25, 2008 Team Colors Collective and Journal of Aesthetics and Protest Press released a one-off online journal entitled 'In the Middle of a Whirlwind: 2008 Convention Protests, Movement and Movements' ("Whirlwinds"). Whirlwinds was heavily inspired by experiences with radical organizing over the past decade within the "counter-globalization" movements in the U.S. and, on theoretical levels, "inquiries" into "class composition" that are most well known as central parts of the "autonomist Marxist" tradition. The presentation on Whirlwinds will address recent movement in the U.S., and the meaning of inquiry and analysis of class composition for movement building, as well as some of the more salient themes of the Whirlwinds project and the lessons it might teach us.
Philly's Pissed and Philly Stands Up are groups working against sexual assault in radical communities in Philadelphia. Philly's Pissed provides support to survivors of sexual assault; Philly Stands Up works primarily with people who have sexually assaulted, trying to help them take accountability for their actions and change their behavior. Timothy (Philly's Pissed) and Jenna (Philly Stands Up) will discuss the work done by Philly's Pissed and Philly Stands Up, addressing the challenges of organizing around sexual assault as well as its significance for movement-building.
In the Middle of a Whirlwind: www.inthemiddleofawhirlwind.info
Philly's Pissed: www.phillyspissed.net
Philly Stands Up: www.phillyspissed.net/phillystandsup
Team Colors Collective: www.warmachines.info
Saturday, July 5, 2008, People's Movie Night @ Wooden Shoe Books, 7:30 PM
Movie: Made in LA PLUS: Dorian Lam from Sweatfree PA and Quyen Nguyen from United Students Against Sweatshops (Temple)
Description: Made in L.A. follows the remarkable story of three Latina immigrants working in Los Angeles garment sweatshops as they embark on a three-year odyssey to win basic labor protections from trendy clothing retailer Forever 21. In intimate observational style, Made in L.A. reveals the impact of the struggle on each woman's life as they are gradually transformed by the experience. Compelling, humorous, deeply human, Made in L.A. is a story about immigration, the power of unity, and the courage it takes to find your voice.
Lupe Hernandez, a five-foot tall dynamo who learned survival skills at an early age, has been working in Los Angeles garment factories for over 15 years since she left Mexico City at age 17. Maura Colorado left her three children in the care of relatives in El Salvador while she sought work in L.A. to support them. She found that the low-paid work came with a high price - wretched conditions in the factories and an "undocumented" status that deprived her of seeing her children for over eighteen years. María Pineda came to Southern California from Mexico in hopes of a better life at 18, with an equally young husband. Twenty three years later, substandard working conditions, a meager salary and domestic abuse have left her struggling for her children's future and for her own human dignity. (70 Minutes).
Dorian Lam and Quyen Nguyen will be on hand to talk about the PA Sweatfree Campaign and Temple U Sweatfree Campaign and how you can ensure workers are treated with fair labor practices, who supply public employees and Temple students with clothing.
Saturday, July 12, 2008, People's Movie Night @ Wooden Shoe Books, 7:30 PM
Movie: SHUTDOWN: The rise and fall of Direct Action To Stop the War
Description: SHUTDOWN is a in-depth and action packed documentary exploration of how 20,000 San Franciscans successfully organized to blockade and shutdown their financial district in March, 2003 to protest the US attack on Iraq. A inspirational, informative, and engagingly honest look at the difficulties they faced in maintaining militant opposition. Created by people directly involved with the organizing, utilizing on the street footage, news clips and interviews with eighteen key participants. It is a peoples history made in support of the movement against war and empire, aiming to galvanize resistance and further critical analysis in cities and towns throughout the country.
Saturday, July 19, 2008, People's Movie Night @ Wooden Shoe Books, 7:30 PM
Movie: Black And Gold: The Story of the Almighty Latin King and Queen Nation
Description: In 1994, the Latin Kings - the largest and most powerful street gang in New York - became the Latin King and Queen Nation. They claimed to have abandoned their criminal past and to be following in the footsteps of the Black Panthers and the Young Lords. With over 3,000 members in New York, some saw the Latin King and Queen Nation as the most important political voice to rise from the streets in decades. The NYPD did not agree, calling them a vicious gang with a PR campaign. One thing is certain, the City was never the same after the Nation went downtown. (76 Minutes)
Saturday, July 26, 2008, People's Movie Night @ Wooden Shoe Books, 7:30 PM
Movie: Oh, Saigon
Description: Airlifted out of Vietnam on April 30, 1975, Doan Hoang's family was on the last civilian helicopter out of the country at the end of the war. Twenty-five years later, she sets out to uncover their story. The film follows her family as they return to Vietnam after decades of exile, where her father, a former South Vietnamese major, meets his brothers again to confront their political differences: one was a Communist, the other a pacifist. Meanwhile, Hoang tries to reconcile her own difficult past with her half sister, who was mistakenly separated from the family during the escape. (57 Minutes)
August 2008 (Flyer: People's Movie Night)
Saturday, August 2, 2008, People's Movie Night @ Wooden Shoe Books, 7:30 PM
Movie: Can Dialectics Break Bricks?
Description: Imagine a kung fu flick in which the martial artists spout Situationist aphorisms about conquering alienation while decadent bureaucrats ply the ironies of a stalled revolution. This is what you'll encounter in René Viénet's outrageous refashioning of a Chinese fisticuff film. An influential Situationist, Viénet stripped the soundtrack from a run-of-the-mill Hong Kong export and lathered on his own devastating dialogue. A brilliant, acerbic and riotous critique of the failure of socialism in which the martial artists counter ideological blows with theoretical thrusts from Debord, Reich and others. Viénet's target is also the mechanism of cinema and how it serves ideology. (90 Minutes)
Thursday, August 7, 2008, Open Mic Night @ Wooden Shoe Books, 7 - 9 PM
Come read your poetry, your stories, your songs, your statements, or just come get something off your chest! Food and Drink provided! Hosted by staffer Michelle W. Download Flyer
Saturday, August 9, 2008, People's Movie Night @ Wooden Shoe Books, 7:30 PM
Movie: Busted! The Citizen's Guide to Surviving Police Encounters
Description: Created by Flex Your Rights and narrated by retired ACLU director Ira Glasser, BUSTED realistically depicts the pressure and confusion of common police encounters. In an entertaining and revealing manner, BUSTED illustrates the right and wrong ways to handle different police encounters and pays special attention to demonstrating how you, the viewer, can courteously and confidently refuse police searches. (45 Minutes)
Aaron Marcus, a local criminal defense attorney, will be following up the video with a brief know your rights talk concerning issues of search and seizure and police confrontation. There will also be a question and answer session regarding the video.
Thursday, August 14, 2008, Special Event: Radical Sustainability for Autnomous Communities @ Wooden Shoe Books, 7 PM Download the Flyer
Speaker: Scott Kellogg, Co-founder of the Rhizome Collective
Description: A one-night workshop on urban ecological survival skills by Scott Kellogg, Co-founder of the Rhizome Collective and author of "Toolbox for Sustainable City Living: A Do-It-Ourselves Guide"
Saturday, August 16, 2008, People's Movie Night @ Wooden Shoe Books, 7:30 PM
Description: Without words, cameras show us the world, with an emphasis not on "where," but on "what's there." It begins with morning, natural landscapes and people at prayer: volcanoes, water falls, veldts, and forests; several hundred monks do a monkey chant. Indigenous peoples apply body paint; whole villages dance. The film moves to destruction of nature via logging, blasting, and strip mining. Images of poverty, rapid urban life, and factories give way to war, concentration camps, and mass graves. Ancient ruins come into view, and then a sacred river where pilgrims bathe and funeral pyres burn. Prayer and nature return. A monk rings a huge bell; stars wheel across the sky. (96 Minutes)
Thursday, August 21, 2008, "Solidarity Divided: : A conversation and book signing with Bill Fletcher Jr." @ Wooden Shoe Books, 7 - 9 PM
Book: Solidarity Divided: The Crisis in Organized Labor and a New Path toward Social Justice A new direction for labor by two of its leading activist intellectuals
Author: Bill Fletcher Jr., Co-author
Description: “An extraordinarily important and provocative reflection on the limitations of self-reform and reinvention within the American labor movement. The authors provide readers with a unique first-hand view of internal debates, personalities, and decision-making processes but also use their intimate knowledge of union culture and carefully narrated case studies to transcend mere stone-throwing. This book is unlikely to be matched by any other journalistic account or memoir....A landmark in all debates about ‘what next’ for labor.” —Mike Davis, author of Prisoners of the American Dream Download the Flyer
“An accessible and balanced exploration of recent efforts at community unionism, international solidarity, coalition with nonunion workers and empowerment of immigrants. Above all this is far and away the best argument for the importance of central labor unions that I have read.” —David R. Roediger, author of” Working Toward Whiteness”
Saturday, August 23, 2008, People's Movie Night @ Wooden Shoe Books, 7:30 PM
Movie: The Jena 6
Description: Jena, LA - In a small town in Louisiana, six families are fighting for their sons' lives.
Two nooses are left as a warning to black students trying to integrate their playground, fights break out across town, a white man pulls a shotgun on black students, someone burns down most of the school, the DA puts six black students on trial for attempted murder, and the quiet town of Jena becomes the site of the largest civil rights demonstration in the South since the 1960s.
The Jena 6 is the story of hidden racial inequality and violence becoming visible. It is a powerful symbol for, and example of, how racial justice works in America – where the lynching noose has been replaced by the DA's pen. (30 Minutes)
September 2008 (Flyer: People's Movie Night Calendar September-October 2008)
Saturday, September 6, 2008, People's Movie Night @ Wooden Shoe Books, 7:30 PM
Movie: Abortion Democracy & The Coathanger Project
Description: This night, we have a double-feature of two Feminist Films, with directors Sarah Diehl and Angie Young on hand to talk about their films!
Abortion Democracy directed by Sarah Diehl of Berlin, Germany, contrasts the differences in abortion policies in South Africa and Poland. In the 90's, Poland banned abortion due to the increasing influence of the Catholic Church after the fall of communism; around the same time South Africa legalized it, reforming the health system after the fall of apartheid.
The film reveals how the legal status of women is a direct result of the silencing or empowering of women's voices. In the Polish society and media, women's perspectives were made invisible; in South Africa, on the other hand, they were invited to give public hearings in the parliament about problems in the realm of reproduction.
The film aims to emphasize the need for safe abortions and liberal abortion laws. It also, however, illustrates the paradox that the implementation of such laws may have little effect on the accessibility of abortion services. In Poland, for example, illegal abortions are quite available and relatively safe; in South Africa, where the law is very liberal, women have a harder time getting information and services in public hospitals due to jugmental behaviour of the health staff. Only a change in the fundamental social and cultural attitudes towards abortion, contraception, and reproductive health can ensure a woman's right to choose. (45 min)
The Coathanger Project directed by Angie Young, is about abortionand the current state of the pro-choice movement 35 years after Roe vs. Wade. Since the passage of Roe vs. Wade in 1973, anti-choice forces have been making it their mission to dismantle women's reproductive freedom. They came together, brilliantly strategized, pooled their resources, and slowly but steadily they have been implementing their attack. Their weapons: money, the legal system, the government, the media, the church, and - this is the scariest of all - you.
Armed with their slogans and their chants and their gigantic bloody posters, they got to you, too. And by "you" I mean the post-1973 generation. They took advantage of the fact that you never lived during a time when abortion was illegal so you had no frame of reference for the plight of desperate women with unintended pregnancies whose only option would be to carry to term or self-abort. As a result, we have conceded much hard-won ground the women's and pro-choice movements fought so desperately hard to win. Despite all of the gains we have made, we are still living in a world that hates the idea of women having control over their reproductive lives. (40 Minutes)
Saturday, September 11, 2008, Special Event @ Wooden Shoe Books, 7:00 PM
Event: "Repression, Austrian Style A Presentation with Sissi, an Anarchist living in Austria"
Description: On May 21, 2008, 10 people were arrested after police raids on the homes and offices of animal rights activists all over Austria. Nine of the ten activists are still in jail, their pre-trial detention being justified with the dubious charge of having formed a "Criminal Organization," under laws meant to fight the mafia. Despite immense surveillance the police and prosecution could not tie specific people with specific acts and therefore are attempting to criminalize the entire animal rights scene. This is not only an attack against animal rights activism but all political activism in Austria. Come here the latest information and some analysis from legal support and find out how you could show solidarity with those targeted!
Solidarity is a weapon! Their repression will never get us down!
For legal support information: http://antirep2008.lnxnt.org
Saturday, September 13, 2008, People's Movie Night @ Wooden Shoe Books, 7:30 PM
Movie: Attica co-sponsored by Philly Jericho Movement, with Guest Speaker Ashanti Alston
Description: A TV-movie re-creation of the tragic events which followed the Attica Correctional Facility rebellion of September 9, 1971. Inmates demanding better food and living conditions took 38 guards as hostage. Negotiations begin immediately, only to continually break down thanks to uncompromising stubbornness on both sides. Four days into the crisis, the rebellion ends in a bloodbath, with state troopers firing on the prisoners, killing several of the guards in the process. Based on the eyewitness reporting of the New York Times' Tom Wicker , who was one of the civilian negotiators during the stalemate. Starring: George Grizzard, Charles Durning, Anthony Zerbe, Morgan Freeman. (90 min)
Ashanti Alston Omowali is an anarchist activist, speaker, and writer, and former member of the Black Panther Party. He was also a member of the Black Liberation Army, and spent more than a decade in prison after government forces captured him (and the official court system convicted him) of armed robbery.
Ashanti is a former northeast coordinator for Critical Resistance, currently co-chair of the National Jericho Movement (to free U.S. political prisoners), a member of pro-Zapatista people-of-color U.S.-based Estación Libre, and is on the board of the Institute for Anarchist Studies.
Saturday, September 20, 2008, People's Movie Night @ Wooden Shoe Books, 7:30 PM
Movie: Tout va bien
Description: "Tout va bien" is set in 1972, i.e. four years after the "events" of 1968. President De Gaulle and his successor president Pompidou had rolled back the would-be revolution and the political right wing held France in its grip. And yet "everything's fine" (tout va bien). Relations between people have changed. A factory is occupied, a woman striker phones her husband and tells him to mind the children, a Communist Party militant sells party literature in a supermarket and is ignored by young people (his party dominated the left before 1968). (95 min)
Thursday, September 25, 2008, People's Movie Night @ Wooden Shoe Books, 7:30 PM
Movie: First Person
Description: Meet Six Philadelphia Public High School Students Trying to Make It To College...
WHAT IS THE PRICE OF A DREAM DEFERRED?
78% of low-income high school students expect to attend college. Fewer than half of them make it. What happens to their dreams along the way? First Person provides a deeply personal examination of how navigating the college pipeline leads to a dream deferred for far too many young people. This is one of Six Free Community Screenings.
First Person has won BEST DOCUMENTARY in the 2008 Philadelphia Festival of Independents! In addition, Producer/Director Benjamin Herold has won the 2008 Philadelphia Film Festival’s SCION Award for BEST FIRST-TIME FILM DIRECTOR!
Saturday, September 27, 2008, People's Movie Night @ Wooden Shoe Books, 7:30 PM
Movie: Society of the Spectacle + (some of) The Films of Guy Debord
Description: One of the great political theorists of the 20th Century and, unfortunately, a big authoritarian asshole, Debord took all of his films out of official circulation in 1984. Since his suicide in 1994 his widow has been overseeing re-releases of the films but there are still no official English-language versions available: we will be showing pirated, subtitled videos of varying quality. We do have a high-quality version of Debord's revolutionary 90 minute film "Society of the Spectacle" which incorporates footage from many famous films, Soviet and Polish films, industrial films, American Westerns, soft-core porn films, news footage, advertisements, and many still photographs. Events such as the murder of Lee Harvey Oswald (who assassinated U.S. President John F. Kennedy in 1963), the revolutions in Spain in 1936, Hungary in 1956 and in Paris in 1968, and people such as Mao Tse Tung, Richard Nixon, and the Spanish Anarchist Durruti are represented. Throughout the movie, there is both a voiceover (of Debord) and inter-titles from Debord's book "Society of the Spectacle" but also texts from the Committee of Occupation of the Sorbonne, Machiavelli, Marx, Tocqueville, Emile Pouget, and Soloviev. The innovative use of subtitles and intertitles is part of Debord's goal "to problematize reception" and force the viewer to be active. The spectacle, as Debord reminds us, "is not a collection of images, but a relationship among people mediated by images." (90 Min)
Also showing: "On the Passage of a Few Persons Through a Rather Brief Unity of Time"(1959) (19 Min) and "Critique of Separation" (1961) (18 Min)
October 2008 (Flyer: People's Movie Night Calendar September-October 2008)
Saturday, October 4, 2008, People's Movie Night @ Wooden Shoe Books, 7:30 PM
Movie: Off The Grid: Life On Mesa
Description: Look out the window while you're driving through the rural American Southwest. You'll see the stark beauty of the landscape, but what you won't see is the underground community a few miles in the distance. They inhabit this stunning, yet unfriendly territory. The Mesa has no access to the electricity grid and it's not patrolled by a police force. There is no official rule of law. However, many residents are extremely patriotic and believe in the basic tenants of the U.S. Constitution. This post-modern wild west is a haven for American Veterans suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Gulf War Syndrome. Teenage runaways are also drawn here for the sense of anarchy, anonymity and freedom. Fueled by the growth and distribution of Marijuana, the Mesa has developed an underground economy all its own. But marijuana's legal status has brought increasing government surveillance. A recent police raid solidified anti-government sentiment. Anti-establishment beliefs are tested when a group of rebel runaways called "the nowhere kids" begins to stockpile weapons and steal food from neighboring residents. The community is challenged to find common ground in order to protect themselves against this dangerous faction. Residents form a council, and hold a hearing to deal with the thieves. This self-imposed government is the very thing they have come to the Mesa to escape. (68 Min)
Saturday, October 11, 2008, People's Movie Night @ Wooden Shoe Books, 7:30 PM
Movie: The Aggressives
Description: This striking and illuminating documentary explores and exposes the secret subculture of New York lesbians living as "aggressives." Often mistaken for men these women range from pretty tomboys to the blatantly butch boldly creating their own identities outside of society's established sexual categories. Stripped of pretense they lead us to fashion shoots and prison cells to reveal their work lives love lives and social lives including the underground "ball" scene where lesbians compete for lead "AG" status. The resulting documentary is the culmination of five years spent uncovering the "no apologies" lifestyle of six self-defined aggressives as they define their dreams share their most intimate secrets and reveal their deepest fears. The female counterpart to Paris is Burning this heartfelt all-access film exposes the AG community in all its unabashed rough-edged glory and explores its impact on gender identity in the modern world. (75 Min)
Friday, October 17, 2008, Wooden Shoe Benefit Dinner @ Singapore Vegetarian Restaurant, 1006 Race Street, Philadelphia, PA, 7:00 PM
Description: $20 all you can eat. Wooden Shoe Books benefit dinner with speakers.
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Saturday, October 18, 2008, People's Movie Night @ Wooden Shoe Books, 7:30 PM
Movie: The End of Suburbia
Description: Since World War II North Americans have invested much of their newfound wealth in suburbia. It has promised a sense of space, affordability, family life and upward mobility. As the population of suburban sprawl has exploded in the past 50 years, so too has the suburban way of life become embedded in the American consciousness. Suburbia, and all it promises, has become the American Dream.
But as we enter the 21st century, serious questions are beginning to emerge about the sustainability of this way of life. With brutal honesty and a touch of irony, The End of Suburbia explores the American Way of Life and its prospects as the planet approaches a critical era, as global demand for fossil fuels begins to outstrip supply. World Oil Peak and the inevitable decline of fossil fuels are upon us now, some scientists and policy makers argue in this documentary.
The consequences of inaction in the face of this global crisis are enormous. What does Oil Peak mean for North America? As energy prices skyrocket in the coming years, how will the populations of suburbia react to the collapse of their dream? Are today's suburbs destined to become the slums of tomorrow? And what can be done NOW, individually and collectively, to avoid The End of Suburbia ? (90 Min)
Saturday, October 25, 2008, People's Movie Night @ Wooden Shoe Books, 7:30 PM
Description: A provocative, complex, and emotionally charged look into the ongoing nationwide controversy surrounding a suburban community, its ever-expanding population of illegal immigrants, and the shockingly hate-based attempted murders of two Mexican day laborers. In the late 1990s, some 1,500 Mexican workers moved to the leafy, middle-class town of Farmingville, population 15,000. In some ways, it's a familiar American story: an influx of illegal immigrants crossing the border from Mexico to do work the locals won't; rising tensions with the Anglo population; charges and counter-charges of lawlessness and racism; protest marches, unity rallies and internet campaigns--then vicious hate crimes that tear the community apart. But this isn't the story of a California, Texas or other Southwestern city. It's the endlessly entralling tale of Farmingville, New York, on Long Island. Sharply and intimately directed by Catherine Tambini and Carlos Sandoval, who moved to Farmingville after the tumultuous clash catapulted the town into national headlines, FARMINGVILLE is an astounding glimpse into an issue that continues to anger, frighten and confuse us. (78 Min)
Monday, October 27, 2008, Author Event @ Wooden Shoe Books, 7:00 PM
Author: Daniel Gross
Book: Labor Law for the Rank & Filer: Building Solidarity While Staying Clear of the Law by and Staughton Lynd Daniel Gross
Description: Labor Law for the Rank and Filer: Building Solidarity While Staying Clear of the Law is a guerrilla legal handbook for workers in a precarious global economy. Blending cutting-edge legal strategies for winning justice at work with a theory of dramatic social change from below, Staughton Lynd and Daniel Gross deliver a practical guide for making work better while re-invigorating the labor movement.
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Friday, October 31, 2008, Author Event @ Wooden Shoe Books, 7:00 PM
Author/Editor: Michelle Sewell
Book: Just A Girl: A Manifesta! by Michelle Sewell
Description: Come for the reading and discussion of Just Like A Girl: A Manifesta! GirlChild Press has released its newest title - Just Like A Girl: A Manifesta! Edited by Michelle Sewell, with a foreword by Def Jam Poet Sonya Renee Taylor, this fiery, fierce collection of short stories, essays, and poems is a rough-and-tumble travelogue through the bumpy, powerful, action-packed world of girl. The anthology features writings by an ethnically diverse cross-section of contributors ages 14-60, exploring the themes of love, fear, and forgiveness. Realizing the girl as superhereo!
GirlChild Press publishes work that celebrates the triumph and defiance of girls and women, and provides a quality forum to bring their diverse voices to the foreground.
With the tremendous success of GirlChild's most recent book, Growing Up Girl: An Anthology of Voices from Marginalized Spaces, the press is attracting more projects and writers. GirlChild's next anthology, Just Like A Girl: A Manifesta!, is slated for August 2008. A parenting handbook, centered on girls, is also in the works and will be released in September 2009.
Saturday, November 1, 2008, 7:30PM Saturday November 1st 7:30PM
Movie: Tribulation 1999
Description: 1000 years ago an alien race called the Quetzals came to earth and inhabited its hollow center until fallout from A-bombs mutated their genitals to the point that they were forced to mate with snakes for survival. This experimental montage uses phoney tabloid headlines and a frenetic juxtaposition of clips from the press and B-movies to criticize U.S. policy in Latin America since World War II. Seriously cerebral fun daring to emerge out of our conservative times. "One of the most exhilarating underground movies in recent years...A relentlessly lurid agitprop for the cyberpunk generation" (J. Hoberman). In the year 1000, aliens from the planet Quetzalcoatl flee their dying planet and take refuge under the Earth's surface. Disturbed by 1950s American atomic testing, the aliens strike back at the USA in such varied schemes as the replicant Castro, the psychic vampire regime in Grenada and the Allende plot to alter the Earth's axis. Only covert action by the CIA can stop the dreaded Quetzal. (48 Min)
Sunday, November 2, 2008, 7:30PM
Book: The Scramble for Africa: Darfur-Intervention and the USA" and John Ghazvinian "Untapped: The Scramble for Africa's Oil
Authors: Kevin Funk and Steve Fake
Description: Kevin Funk and Steve Fake, authors of the new book Scramble for Africa: Darfur Intervention and the USA, analyze the current humanitarian crisis in Darfur and the activist movements surrounding it, thereby taking on both the US government and the Save Darfur coalition alike. The authors present the basic information on the political and military aspects of the conflict, examine the options, and suggest ways forward, always with a concern for the broader international implications and for the hundreds of thousands of victims. John Ghazvinian, author of "Untapped: The Scramble for Africa's Oil", calls their book: "Explosive, masterful, and impeccably fair. Consider it the thinking person's guide to Darfur." The authors have been researching and writing about Darfur since early 2006. Their writings have been published in such media as Foreign Policy in Focus, Sudan Tribune, Common Dreams, CounterPunch, ZNet, and Black Commentator.
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Thursday, November 13, 2008, Author Event @ Wooden Shoe Books, 7:00 PM
Authors/Activists: Silvia Hernandez and Chris Thomas:
Book: Teaching Rebellion Book Tour: Stories from the Grassroots in Oaxaca
Description: Teaching Rebellion is a book of firsthand testimonies telling the story of 2006 in Oaxaca, Mexico. What began as a teacher's strike demanding more resources for education quickly turned into a massive movement that demanded participatory democracy, beyond the ballot box. Come to this special event hosted by CASA Collective to talk with book editors and contributers, and be first in line to buy your copy!
This is a chance to listen directly to those living and driving one of the most important social uprisings of the 21st century. Silvia Hernandez is a sociology student who was active in the takeover and manaement of state media in Oaxaca during the social movement in 2006. She continues to work for alternatives to neoliberal development in Southern Mexico. Chris Thomas spent two years collaborating with the autonomous school system in Zapatista communities in Chiapas.
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Friday, November 14, 2008, Author Event @ Wooden Shoe Books, 7:00 PM
Author: Jason Del Gandio
Book: Rhetoric for Radicals: A Handbook for Twenty-First Century Activists
Description: Activism, organizing, social change, social movements, the social mind, public perception, swarming the streets, and revolutionary activity! What do these have in common? Rhetoric—the art and science of crafting communication to maximize social and political gains. From Emma Goldman to Subcomandante Marcos, the most effective radicals are also the most effective communicators. Come join author Jason Del Gandio for an interactive presentation of his book, Rhetoric for Radicals: A Handbook for Twenty-First Century Activists.
Jason Del Gandio teaches Public Communication at Temple University, specializing in Rhetoric, the Philosophy of Communication, and Critical Studies. He identifies as a post-Seattle activist and has worked on free/fair trade issues, anti-war campaigns, with Latin American solidarity groups, and has traveled to Venezuela. Some of his writings have been published in the Journal of Aesthetics and Protest, Dissident Voice, ephemera, Cultural Logic, and Metaphilm.
Saturday, November 15, 2008, People's Movie Night @ Wooden Shoe Books, 7:30PM
Movie: Stranger Inside
Description: Treasure Lee has moved out of 'juvenile' into the state penitentiary and met up with Brownie a jail-toughened lifer dealing drugs and contraband. Brownie works with an Treasure Lee has moved out of 'juvenile' into the State Pen. Now she needs to learn how the system works search out where the power lies and find herself a new lover. Treasure soon meets up with Brownie a jail-toughened lifer dealing drugs and contraband. Brownie works with an extended family of loyal girls ready to kill or be killed for their 'mother.' Treasure wants in-with a friend like Brownie no one can touch her. And there's something about Brownie that draws her closer. It's not about sex and not about drugs. But the closer she gets the more enemies she makes. Treasure's learning that once you're inside everything you want has a price. (97 Min)
Thursday, November 20, 2008, Author Event @ Wooden Shoe Books
Author: Russell Howze of stencilarchive.org
Book: Stencil Nation: Graffiti, Community, and Art out now from Manic D Press
Description: Without a doubt, stencils are the fastest, easiest, and cheapest method for painting an image on a wall, a sidewalk, or almost any object anywhere. Stencil Nation focuses on the unexpected mix of this lively, accessible medium to reveal engaging aspects of an intentionally secretive international creative community. With dynamically illustrated perspectives from diverse niches of the art form, hundreds of photographs and numerous essays have been curated by StencilArchive.org's founder, Russell Howze. Stencil Nation builds upon previous published works to give the most extensive and up-to-date history of stencil art, as well as how-to tips from the artists who work within the art form.
Saturday, November 22, 2008, People's Movie Night @ Wooden Shoe Books, 7:30PM
Movie: Don't Need You: The Herstory of Riot GRRRL
Description: Dont Need You is a documentary film that tells the story of the origins of the Riot Grrrl movement in the American independent music scene of the 1990s and how this feminist movement evolved into a revolutionary underground network of education and self-awareness network through music writing activism and women-friendly community. It features interviews interspersed with rare archival materials including original Riot Grrrl fanzines flyers and photographs as well as seldom seen footage from pioneering Riot Grrrl bands like Bikini Kill Heavens to Betsy and Bratmobile as well as compelling interview footage with Ian MacKaye and clips of Fugazi in concert. (40 Min)
Sunday, November 23, 2008, Special D.I.Y. Event @ Wooden Shoe Books, 5pm
D.I.Y. Event: Bring your Bonefolder, D.I.Y. Book Binding and Printmaking Techniques with Amy
Description: This is a demo on how to construct a do-si-do book structure including a pamphlet stitch (the simplest type of book binding stitch.) The event will also include a demo on how to do a photocopy transfer (a very lo-fi printmaking technique.) 13 person cap/ first come first serve.
Wednesday, November 26, 2008, Special Event @ Wooden Shoe Books, 7 PM
Title: The Rocky Road to Saragossa: Political Struggle in the CNT 1931-36
Description: "Every class is anarchist in opposition" Antonio Gramsci At the same time as the CNT has finally entered mainstream historical accounts of the Spanish Civil War (Anthony Beevor, Helen Graham), new historical writing from Spain has started to throw doubts on its right to be regarded as anything more than just another political organization, with another political power agenda. This talk briefly reviews this revisionist research, drawing out lessons for deepening our understanding of the limitations and contradictions of the Spanish Revolution while critiquing an emerging political framework/critique that offers little space for workers' self-management. A long-time activist in the Australian libertarian socialist scene, Michael Matteson was imprisoned for draft resistance during the Vietnam War. He has been closely following the Spanish-language scholarship on the Spanish Revolution for several years, and has given several talks under the auspices of the Rebel Worker Group and others. He is presently at work on an essay critiquing recent scholarship and re-evaluating the success of the experiments in worker self-management in 1936 and 1937.
Saturday, November 29, 2008, People's Movie Night Special Event @ Wooden Shoe Books, 7:30PM
PAUL ROBESON NIGHT!!! with two movies featuring Song of Freedom and Big Fella
Description: Paul Robeson was a African-American dramatic actor, singer of spirituals, civil rights activist, and political radical. Paul Robeson was one of the most gifted men of this century. His resonant bass and commanding presence made him a world-renowned singer and actor and proved equally valuable when he spoke out against bigotry and injustice. By the 1930s Robeson was active in a wide range of causes, but his radicalism led to a long period of political harassment that culminated in his blacklisting during the McCarthy Era. Although he resumed public performances in the late 1950s, this return to active life was brief. In the 1960s, serious health problems sidelined him for good.
Song of Freedom: Song of Freedom is a soaring musical drama that explores one man's rise to fame as a concert vocalist and subsequent exploration of his African roots. Paul Robeson stars as John Zinga, a British-born stevedore who is discovered by an influential impresario and becomes a singing star. His newfound wealth and prestige allow him to return to Africa and trace his lineage, whereupon he discovers he is the descendant of a tribal princess whose people have fallen under the corrupt rule of spiritualists. (80 Min)
Big Fella: Big Fella is a lively British musical built around the magnetic personality and unforgettable voice of the legendary Paul Robeson. Loosely based on the 1929 novel Banjo by Claude McKay, Big Fella stars Robeson as Joe, a Marseilles dockworker who is asked by police to help find a young boy missing from an ocean liner. When Joe finally discovers the child (Eldon Grant), he learns that the boy escaped of his own will, and takes his to stay with a local café singer, Miranda (Elisabeth Welch). Joe and Miranda become surrogate parents, to the boy, offering a welcome change from his wealthy-and somewhat repressed-white parents. As usual in a Robeson picture, music provides much of the entertainment, and the songs in this film include "Lazin'," "Roll Up, Sailor Man," "You Didn't Ought To Do Such Things," "All God's Chillun Got a Robe," "My Curly-Headed Baby" and "River Steals My Folks From Me." (73 Min)
Wednesday, December 3, 2008, DIY Event @ Wooden Shoe Books, 7:00PM
Make your own naturally fermented soda! with Susan
Description: This hands-on workshop will show folks how to make their own naturally carbonated low-alcohol sodas from juices, sugars, and teas. Samples of finished concoctions will be on hand for tasting, and participants will leave with a bottle of flavorfully fermenting beasties to enjoy at home.
Thursday, December 4, 2008, Special Event @ Wooden Shoe Books, 7 PM
Event: Economic Crisis and the Response of Radicals
Speaker: Scott P.
Description: The presentation w will be a brief outline of the workings of the financial crisis and some possible effects that we'll see over the next few months/years. A report back will follow, covering recent actions against the financial system: the 'financial civil disobedience' model proposed by Catalonian anti-banking activists, organizing against the G20/WEF meeting in the U.S., and foreclosure resistance. The presentation will end with a brief explanation of a proposal to organize bank users and discussion.
Friday, December 5, 2008, Author Event @ Wooden Shoe Books, 7 PM
Cristy C. Road
Graphic Novel: Bad Habits: A Love Story
Description: Cristy C. Road will be reading from her new graphic novel: "Bad Habits: A Love Story" (Softskull Press). Moving to New York City for Carmencita Gutierrez Alonzo, otherwise known as Car, dictated the beginning of a self-imposed mental cleansing, denoting an era of destruction and change. THIS BOOK IS ABOUT OVERCOMING THE EFFECTS OF AN ABUSIVE AND MANIPULATIVE RELATIONSHIP, and Car's quest for rebirth. Consequently, rebirth was untamed and measured by shitty news, occasional breakdowns, destructive splurges, and life altering orgasms. Geographically escaping the past's trauma in order to get over the past, proves to be worthless without the additional, internal redemption. The route to heal earnestly is always winding in a world where healing without a steady paycheck, health insurance, a mainstream identity, or mental stability can often times seem impossible. That is, at least, without harsh self-doubt or unfortunate addictions. This journey of getting over trundles through wild living situations, drunks, punks, awkward mornings, semi-revelatory acid trips, complex definitins of love, complex embraces of lust, complex laws on sexual violence, and a decaying Brooklyn where every glass condo swells the cost of living for a minimum wage society. Finding solace in things like Coney Island, hair metal, and her circle of friends; Carmencita transforms her bad habits into some rendition of living, and somewhat, achieving.
Cristy C. Road is well-known graphic artist whose works cover issues ranging from class, race, gender, sexuality, ethnicity, religion, punk rock, and more!
Tell all your friends! Please come, it's going to be really fun!
Saturday, December 6, 2008, 7:30PM @ Wooden Shoe Books, People's Movie Night
Movie: American Revolution 2
Description: A heady time of change and chains the 1960s was defined by a common effort to fight against injustice. And Chicago filmmaker Mike Gray was there using his camera to document the politics of the streets. AMERICAN REVOLUTION 2 is a rare cinematic treasure that captures the social upheaval that followed the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago. From the riots that followed two disparate groups the Black Panthers and the Young Patriots (a group of poor Southern whites living in Chicago) emerge to unite against prejudice and injustice in their city. Gray s gritty no-frills style is spontaneous and purposeful suggesting a you-are-there quality that captures the excitement of the era. Shot verite style with no script hand-held camera direct sound and natural lighting the look is rough raw and real much like the city it depicted. (76 mins)
Friday, December 12, 2008, Special Event @ Wooden Shoe Books, 7 - 9 PM
Event: Benefit Reading for BuildaBridge with the New Philadelphia Poets
Description: On Friday, December 12th, 7:00-9:00 pm, the New Philadelphia Poets will hold a reading to benefit community arts nonprofit BuildaBridge at Wooden Shoe Books (508 S. 5th St. Philadelphia, PA 19147). Formed in 2007, the New Philadelphia Poets are dedicated to creating new spaces for poetry in Philadelphia and supporting the city's growing poetic community. They have previously been featured at Robin's Bookstore, Germ Books + Gallery, Brickbat Books, and the BLAM! poetry series. The reading will be followed by an open mic session. Audience members are encouraged to bring their own poems, stories, voices, instruments…anything they'd like to share! There will be a $5 suggested donation at the door, as well as wine and appetizers for a small price. All proceeds will go directly to BuildaBridge's "Painting a Brighter Future" campaign. BuildaBridge is a non-profit 501(c)3 arts education and intervention organization that engages the transformative power of the arts to bring hope and healing to children, families, and communities in the tough places of the world. BuildaBridge motivates, enlists, trains, and connects those with artistic gifts with those in greatest need. Please visit www.newphiladelphiapoets.com and www.buildabridge.org for more information.
Saturday, December 13, 2008, 7:30PM @ Wooden Shoe Books, People's Movie Night
Description: A hallucinatory biopic that breaks all cinematic conventions Walker from British director Alex Cox (Repo Man Sid & Nancy) tells the story of nineteenth-century American adventurer William Walker (Ed Harris) who abandoned a series of careers in law politics journalism and medicine to become a soldier of fortune and for several years dictator of Nicaragua. Made with mad abandon and political acuity - and the support of the Sandinista army and government during the Contra war - the film uses this true tale as a satirical attack on American ultrapatriotism and a freewheeling condemnation of "manifest destiny." Featuring a powerful score by Joe Strummer and a performance of intense repressed rage by Harris Walker remains one of Cox's most daring works. (94 Min)
Thursday, December 18, 2008, Special Event @ Wooden Shoe Books, 7PM
Event: Disrupt Lake City!
Description: Disrupt Lake City! is made up of Midwestern anarchists and anti-authoritarians enraged not only by the current wars on Iraq, Afghanistan, and "Terror," but more deeply by the pathological militarism of nation-states and the occupations they wage - both within their borders and beyond.
Far from the coasts, and the mass movements that encompass them, the Lake City Army Ammunition Plant, which is the largest small arms ammunition manufacturing plant in the world, produces roughly 90% of the small arms ammunition utilized by the US Military at any given time.
The US led war in Iraq has been raging for nearly six years - the latest in a series of wars of occupation proceeding for centuries. The current US anti-war movement has grinded nearly to a halt due to sectarianism, ineffective vigils and "speak truth to power" campaigns. It is clear to us that those in power have a concrete understanding of their influential roles in the global military industrial complex.
As people opposed to war, occupation, and state sponsored terrorism, we understand the role that logistical support operations play in perpetuating the US war effort - at home and abroad. Soldiers, supplies, transportation, communication, weaponry and ammunition are some of the many components needed to maintain wars and occupations. While counter-recruitment campaigns, port resistance actions, and physical attacks on military infrastructure have all targeted some of these logistical frameworks, the ammunition supply line has been fairly ignored. On March 21st, 2009 the 6th anniversary of the war, Disrupt Lake City! is calling for a coordinated day of direct action against the plant.
On this day anarchists and anti-authoritarians from the Midwest and beyond will gather to take a physical stand against the supply line dominating their lives and the lives of those across the globe. And, you can join them!This presentation outlines what you can do!
Saturday, December 20, 2008, 7:30PM @ Wooden Shoe Books, People's Movie Night
Description: John Leguizamo is, in his own words, "young, Latin, and good looking" as the ambitious minimogul of the South Bronx drug trade in Franc Reyes' Latino twist on the urban crime saga. Reigning in his hyperactive energy, Leguizamo is like a coiled spring as the street-smart player who tries to leave the violence of his trade behind in an upwardly mobile odyssey, and Peter Sarsgaard brings a discomforting confidence to the smooth-talking investment banker trusted with his millions. Few of the other characters even register in the familiar underworld tale (though Denise Richards has fun as a bubbly, skin-deep seductress) and Reyes's flashy style is as distracting as it is energizing. It's the smoldering presence of Leguizamo that keeps the film centered through the betrayals, the bullet-riddled battles, and the slow realization that this cunning shark has just become bait in the deep seas of high finance. (90 MIn)
Saturday, December 27, 2008, 7:30PM @ Wooden Shoe Books, People's Movie Night
Movie: Venezuela: Revolution From the Inside Out
Description: Venezuela: Revolution from the Inside Out is a voyage into Latin America's most exciting experiment of the new millennium, exploring the history and projects of the Bolivarian Revolution through interviews with a range of its participants, from academics to farm workers and those living in the margins of Caracas. This introduction to the "revolución bonita" ("pretty revolution") offers in-depth interviews, unforgettable images and a lively soundtrack that will open new vistas onto this hopeful human project. As he totes his camera on bus and car trips all over Venezuela, director Clifton Ross becomes our tour guide through the Bolivarian Revolution. He sweeps us through its history and takes us to its works-in-progress on the ground. These schools, rural lending banks and cooperatives weave the fabric of Venezuela's "Socialism of the 21st Century." They show its failures and successes, its warp and woof. Through it all runs the frayed but unbreakable thread of a people in struggle. (85 Min)