Still Making Sense

By: Jim Minge Email
By: Jim Minge Email

What: "Stop Making Sense"

When: 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 23

Where: Film Streams, 1340 Mike Fahey St.

Tickets: $9


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What: Rock and Roll Suicide Plays "Stop Making Sense"

When: 9 p.m. Wednesday, July 23

Where: The Slowdown, 729 N. 14th St.

Tickets: $5


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The Boombox. The "Big Suit." The Lamp Dance. And THE dance, as seen in the gif above. These scenes debuted 30 years ago in the Talking Heads' pivotal music concert movie “Stop Making Sense,” which will enjoy a two-venue celebration at Film Streams and the Slowdown.

Recorded over three nights at Hollywood's Pantages Theatre in 1983, the Jonathan Demme-directed film was released in the Spring of 1984 and was immediately recognized for its inventive concepts for a concert film, including hardly any audience shots or quick-cut snaps familiar to music videos of the day.

Mostly, it's just a fun show to watch because of the energy frontman David Byrne brings to the stage as he sings the band's classic hits "Burning Down the House," "Once In A Lifetime" and "Take Me to the River." Watching him wear that weird, over-sized suit and do his dancey dance, arms flailing about, is an inspiring experience.

On Wednesday (July 23), to celebrate the film's 30th birthday, Film Streams will hold a special screening of “Stop Making Sense” at 7 p.m. Watch the film's original trailer by clicking on the link at right.

At 9 p.m., next door at the Slowdown, the band Rock and Roll Suicide will cover the soundtrack to “Stop Making Sense” in its entirety. If you show up with your ticket stub from Film Streams, it's free.

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