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Friday, January 3, 2014

best of 2013 by joaquin de la puente

Top ELEVEN(!) live shows of 2013:

Vexx in Olympia...multiple shows all year long

Negative Approach in Portland and Seattle in February

The Specials in Seattle in March

Behead the Prophet (No Lord Shall Live), The Need, Thrones and Hysterics at Northern in Olympia in March

CCMC (Michael Snow, John Oswald and Al Mattes) and Wolf Eyes at MOCAD in Detroit in May.

Stillsuit, Spider and the Webs and Moon in Olympia in July

Cheap Trick at the Washington State Fair in September

Nudity in Olympia in October (and at midnight on the New Year…does this count? Best Show of 2014!)

The Julie Ruin opening night at Olympia Film Festival in November

Craig Extine, Stellar Angles, Hot Tears and Erica Freas at Sizzis in Olympia in November

Black Rainbow and Defect Defect in Portland in December

Top 11 Movie events of 2013:

-Pussy Riot, A Punk Prayer, Anita (Anita Hill Documentary) with Anita Hill hanging out talking to everyone, at Sundance in January.

-La Sirga at Portland International Film Festival in February

-David Holzman's Diary, Leviathan at True/False Film Festival in Columbia, MO in March

-Frances Ha, Towheads, Brave Miss World, Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me, Maidentrip, Something in the Air, Soft in the Head, The Rambler at Sarasota Film Festival in April

-The films of Mary Helena Clark, Saul Levine, Basma Alsharif, Kevin Everson, Peter Miller, Jonathan Schwartz and Seamus Harahan at Media City Film Festival (Windsor, Ontario) in May

-Gore Vidal: The United States of Amnesia, Journey to the West; Conquering the Demons, Trials of Muhammad Ali and Your Day is My Night at the Traverse City Film Festival in August.

-Projecting Dovzhenko's Earth with an 18 piece orchestra, 2001: A Space Odysessy, and Wings of Desire reel to reel for over 1000 people in each audience/ watching Up Stream Color and Vanishing Waves in an empty Balcony at the Oriental movie palace during the Milwaukee Film Festival in September/ October.

-Playing in the band Госкино with the film October, Ten Days that Shook the Earth, Seeing Erick Lyle, Basma Alsharif and Cary Cronenwett present their movies, also the films Daisies, Burnt Offerings and the Bigamist on 35mm, Born in Flames on 16mm and the movies Nana, Aatsinki: the Story of Arctic Cowboys, Fat Shaker, Warmth and Combat Girls at the Olympia Film Festival in November.

-Spring Breakers (movie of the year!…as in, a total product of 2013...also completely great)

-The Wolf of Wall Street (!!)

-The Act of Killing (!!!)

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