The WTF?! Festival, hosted by The Actors’ Gang and curated by Tim Robbins, began last week in an ambitious eruption of creative insurrection. It’s a ten week multi-discipline performance art festival featuring music, dance, film, theater and more all bent toward the singular cause of putting forth artistic material during an unsavory economic climate. (Thus the title of the festival which was literally Tim’s reaction to being told there wasn’t enough money in the budget to do theater.)
Each week of the WTF?! Festival offers a wide range of activities from free events to $150 fundraising productions. Because there is so much going on with this mighty undertaking, I will be doing regular updates here at LA Metblogs to keep you on top of everything, including an interview with Tim Robbins.
Here’s what’s happening on this week!
Tuesday night begins Week 2 with an exclusive look at the as yet unreleased documentary William Kunstler: Disturbing The Universe. It’s the story of the civil rights lawyer who fought for equality with Martin Luther King Jr. and represented the famed Chicago 8 activists as told by his daughters. The screening will be followed by a Q&A session with Emily Kunstler. It begins at 8 pm and is free!
Wednesday night is a screening of The Aristocrats after which filmmaker Paul Provenza and special guests will discuss the film, not to mention offer up new Aristocrat jokes live. Just $15 puts you in a seat for a rare evening of tawdry entertainment. The bar opens at 7 pm. The show begins at 8 pm.
Thursday night is an evening of theater with the one woman production called The Need To Know performed by former Air Force Intelligence Analyst April Fitzsimmons. It’s a critically acclaimed performance exploring her journey from being a member of the armed forces to an activist in the peace movement. The show is followed by a veterans’ forum. The curtain goes up at 8 pm and tickets are $15.
Former Cirque du Soleil performer Daisuke Tsuji executes his one man visual poem Death And Giggles on Friday evening with a frenetic presentation of sock puppets, dance, clowning and balloons. It begins at 9 pm and is $15.
Week 2 ends on Saturday with an intimate evening of music presented by 89.9 KRCW featuring singer/songwriter Jackson Browne with his son, Ryan Browne. Tim Robbins and his son, Miles, will also put in an appearance. This is a $150 fundraising event that begins at 8:30 pm.
For more information about the WTF?! Festival visit the website here. Otherwise, keep a look out here at LA Metblogs for upcoming events.