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Thursday, April 26, 2007

Today the Stranger Suggests

posted by on April 26 at 11:00 AM


‘Un Chant d’Amour’ (Film) Jean Genet, the baddest bad boy of French letters, made only one film, and this gorgeous swoon of a semipornographic prison fantasy is it. First smuggled into this country by Jonas Mekas, Un Chant d’Amour attracted some hot censorship action before slipping into obscurity for nearly 50 years. See it tonight in pristine 35 mm, alongside short works by Kenneth Anger: Fireworks, Scorpio Rising, and the world premiere of Elliott’s Suicide, a film about Elliott Smith. (Northwest Film Forum, 1515 12th Ave, 267-5380. 7 and 9:15 pm, $10.) ANNIE WAGNER


Gary Shteyngart (READING) Most readings aren’t great because most writers aren’t great readers. Then there’s Gary Shteyngart, who, if he hadn’t moved with his family to New York City when he was 7 and grown up to become a best-selling writer of comic literary fiction, probably would have ended up as some sort of charmer in a Russian circus. He reads from the paperback of Absurdistan, a novel narrated by a grossly overweight man with “a pretty Jewish beak.” (Elliott Bay Book Company, 101 S Main St, 624-6600. 7 pm, free.) CHRISTOPHER FRIZZELLE

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Posted by Mr. Poe | April 26, 2007 11:40 AM

More here on Genet's classic, though NSFW:

Posted by David K. | April 26, 2007 3:49 PM

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