Saturday, December 20, 2008

Bell & Howl Video Installation at APE on Main Street in Northampton tonight until 9PM

Dana Gentes, owner/manager of Pleasant Street Video and his collaborator Andrew Greto aka Bell & Howl have created their second video installation at APE. It ran last night for Arts Night Out and concludes tonight. All manner of video and film equipment (of course Bell & Howell projectors are prominent) coalesce in this visual symphony which includes (at least while I was there) black and white films from the 30s and 40s, the Rankin/Bass cloying but addictive holiday special Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer from the 60s, Stephen Colbert's leftist book burning fireplace (Michael Moore's Fahrenheit 911 was in the flames...or was it the orginal 451?) and audio that may have been the theme to the 70s TV show Mannix. Come on downtown tonight and check it out. It looks striking and surreal in the snowy environment. If anyone who knows more than I do (Philip?) wants to elaborate on the installation please comment away!
Dana Gentes ("Bell" above)
Andrew Greto ("Howl" above and below)
Suddenly, trivia! Dana Gentes and his now-defunkt (de-funked?) band Check Please! recorded and performed a song called (approximately) Guide That Funky Sleigh Now Rudolph to the tune of Play That Funky Music White Boy in the mid -'90s.Below, Dynamite Records window.

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