James Broughton ecstatic poet filmmaker radical faerie Sister Sermoneta of the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence

“In Bed With James Broughton”

on March 5

Celebrates Experimental Filmmaker and Poet

Event: In Bed with James Broughton: An evening of poetry, films, and performance

Location: San Francisco Art Institute (SFAI), 800 Chestnut Street, San Francisco 94113 close to cable car and 30 Stockton bus lines

Date: Saturday, March 5, 2011, 8-10 pm

Suggested Donation: $10-$50 bring your checkbooks, it’s a fundraiser

Press Contact: Anne Shulock, (415) 749-4507, ashulock@sfai.edu

James Broughton
radical faerie
Sister Sermoneta of the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence

The San Francisco Art Institute is excited to announce “In Bed With James Broughton,” an evening of poetry, films, and performance on March 5 benefitting the work-in-progress documentary Big Joy. Using the life and work of James Broughton—filmmaker, poet, teacher, wildman—as inspiration, Big Joy explores the power of art to change lives. (View the trailer at bigjoy.org/trailer.html) The event is part of SFAI’s 140th Anniversary celebration, which runs March 2011 through June 2012.

Broughton, who taught at SFAI from 1968-1982 and died in 1999, lived with an exuberance that earned him the nickname “Big Joy.” His mantra was "follow your own weird," and he did just that through 23 films and 23 books of poetry that often have the humor and cadence of nursery rhymes yet achieve powerful emotional and spiritual depth. Among his notable works are the 1968 film The Bed (now in MoMA’s collection, it raised eyebrows with its full-frontal nudity), poems such as “This Is It,” and books including Ecstasies, Androgyne Journal, and Graffiti for the Johns of Heaven.

“In Bed With James Broughton” will be a lively night featuring poetry readings and performances by Keith Hennessy, Kirk Read, Jack and Adelle Foley, Karl Cronin, William Stewart, Rotimi Agbabiaka, James Graham, Macklin Kowlan, and others. Sister Merry Peter will MC. There will be a Broughton film clip or two; and a sneak-peek of excerpts from Big Joy. Directed by award-winning filmmaker Eric Slade and produced by journalist Stephen Silha (who was mentored by Broughton for ten years), Big Joy situates Broughton in the context of the San Francisco Renaissance, and includes interviews with major cultural figures such as City Lights founder Lawrence Ferlinghetti, poet Jack Foley, novelist Armistead Maupin, filmmaker George Kuchar, and dancer/choreographer Anna Halprin. As SFAI celebrates its 140th Anniversary, Big Joy is a reminder of the culture of innovation and experimentation that has long been a hallmark of both the school and city.

For more details on the film, contact producer Stephen Silha at info@bigjoy.org or (206) 819-3755.

San Francisco Art Institute

Founded in 1871, SFAI is one of the oldest and most prestigious schools of higher education in contemporary art in the US. Focusing on the interdependence of thinking, making, and learning, SFAI’s academic and public programs are dedicated to excellence and diversity.

From March 2011 through June 2012, SFAI will honor its distinguished history and contributions to the world of art with a 140th Anniversary celebration featuring events, screenings, parties, exhibitions, and lectures involving the school’s illustrious alumni, students, faculty, and visiting artists. The 16-month celebration also offers alumni and friends worldwide an opportunity to reconnect with the institution as part of its planning for the next 140 years.

For more information about academic and public programs at SFAI, please visit sfai.edu .

MARCH 5TH! In Bed with James Broughton! A spectacular evening of poetry and performance at the San Francisco Art Institute!
When: March 5, 2011
Time: 8-10 PM
Where: San Francisco Art Institute
800 Chestnut St.
What: In Bed with James Broughton: An evening of Broughton poetry, films and performance.
Performance by: Keith Hennessy, Kirk Read, Jack and Adelle Foley, Ben Evans, Karl Cronin, William Stewart, and others!
Suggested Donation: sliding scale $10-$50

Questions: info@bigjoy.org
Call: 206-567-4363
This is a fundraiser for the Big Joy Project (bigjoy.org). The Big Joy Project is a documentary film and website about the power of art and poetry to changes lives, using the life, joy, and work of James Broughton - filmmaker poet, writer, and wildman - as inspiration.

Wanna be nearly naked in art to raise money for a documentary film about one of my/our artistic godfathers, queer poet filmmaker James Broughton?

I’m looking for faggot identified faggots to participate in the Cocksucker Chorus. You don’t suck cock during this performance (altho I’m not saying you can’t) but you do chant Cocksucker for nearly 15 minutes while wearing faerie couture by my long time art/sex/ritual partner Jack Davis. I chant too, and then break out into a long (yet abbreviated) remake of Ginsberg’s Howl. This is ecstatic embodied poetry ritual delight. But it needs a chorus to really soar.

I know that some of you receiving this are already performing at this stellar event. It would be super to have you join the chorus. This performance will be final event of the benefit.

More details follow...

Thanks for considering,

(PS. Karl – usually there is a drone played on a shruti box, but maybe cello if you’re already bringing it and willing???)

Subject: Howlin'

Keith Hennessy will be performing Howlin’, (also known as the Cocksucker Chorus) on March 5 at the San Francisco Art Institute in North Beach as part of Big Joy fundraiser. (The announcement for the fundraiser follows with details for the event.)

We are looking for queer men to be part of the chorus who will chant ‘cocksucker’ while Keith performs Howlin’, a long poem based on parts of Ginsberg’s HOWL, especially the Holy Holy Holy prelude, with additional samplings of Walt Whitman, Harvey Milk and James Broughton.

The chanting is based on an alleged poetic action by Ginsberg and Orlovsky in which they advertised a poetry reading at a bar in North Beach, but instead chanted cocksucker for two hours.

Singing or chanting experience is helpful, but not necessary. The piece is about 15 minutes long.

There will be a rehearsal on the afternoon of the 5th from 1:304:30.

Chorus members will need to be at the Art Institute Lecture Hall by 8:00 pm.

The chorus will be mostly naked wearing see-through skirts made by Jack Davis and may accessorize as they wish. Most chorus members will be barefoot. This might be filmed as part of the documentary The plan is to do this indoors. If the weather is really really nice, there is a chance that it will be outdoors.

Please email Jack if you want to be part of the chorus and/or if you have any questions jackd_gv@yahoo.com

Please feel free to forward this to any queer men who you think would be interested in being in the chorus

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