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Skank Bloc Bologna Number Four: Tosh Berman, Jennifer Locke, the Voice of Linton Kwesi Johnson, and Tania Ketenjian

March 19, 2010; 7:30 p.m.; Gallery B

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Inspired by Semina, a free-form journal published sporadically by artist Wallace Berman and his circle in California in the 1950s and 1960s, each issue of Anne Colvin’s Skank Bloc Bologna is a looseleaf collection of works from an international cast of artists, writers, and poets. Issues One through Three are available in the BAM/PFA Store. Issue Number Four will be the first time-based and paper issue, drawn from Colvin’s five-evening L@TE residency at BAM (February through June, on the third Friday of each month), and will include ephemera from the performances, spoken word events, screenings, sounds, and conversations.

The second installment of Skank Bloc Bologna Number Four features more of the unexpected! Tosh Berman presents Aleph, his father Wallace Berman’s hand-painted filmic meditation on life, death, mysticism, politics, and pop culture. Tosh, who runs Tam Tam Books, will talk about music with respect to his father and the film. Local artist Jennifer Locke’s career as a professional dominatrix and champion submission wrestler informs her physically challenging “actions,” which she performs hidden from the audience and reiterated in a live video feed. A recorded sonic tour by U.K.-based dub poet Linton Kwesi Johnson explores his experiences as an African Caribbean living in Britain. Journalist, documentarian, and sound artist Tania Ketenjian, the host and producer of arts program “Sight Unseen,” which airs on KALX in Berkeley and is syndicated on Resonance FM in London, will produce field notes drawn from interviews with audience members to be used as the basis for a future radio show. Skanking encouraged!

Preceded at 6 p.m. by KALX DJ Citizen Zain, who will respond to SBB4 with a mix of skank, opera, and Scritti Politti. Wine and beer will be available for purchase.

Anne Colvin would like to thank Tosh Berman, the National Film Preservation Foundation, and John Zorn.

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