Tomorrow and Tuesday in Los Angeles, Redcat will be presenting Two Nights with Ernie Gehr
: Early Films and New Digital Works. "It's an eye- and mind-expanding lineup," writes Manohla Dargis in the New York Times. "It also provides a condensed primer to some of the issues at stake in American avant-garde cinema, which, partly because of its historical opposition to the dictates of commercial mainstream moviemaking and partly because it resists commodification (unlike, say, abstract painting, oppositional cinema doesn't rack up big sales at Sotheby's), has been relegated to the status of museum pieces and festival marginalia."
Also in La, the Museum of Contemporary Art opens two exhibitions today, Naked Hollywood
: Weegee in Los Angeles and Kenneth Anger
: Icons, both on view through February 27.
For the Voice, Melissa Anderson
meets Mario Montez
, "featured player in Jack Smith
's polysexual fantasia Flaming Creatures
(1963), Andy Warhol
's first drag-queen superstar,