Oddball Films and curator Kat Shuchter present The Weird Weird West - Chimps, Cartoons and Rock 'n' Roll, a program of some of the strangest, most inventive, psychedelic, hilarious, animated, musical and interesting takes on the Old West. From chimp cowboys to interpretive dancing ghosts, Marlene Dietrich to Lenny Bruce, this is one night that goes way beyond the genre of the Western while still revering its tropes. Jon Byner's Something Else (1970) was a short-lived TV musical spectacular and this all-star episode set in a ghost town features performances by Roberta Flack and Phil Ochs, as well as the Action-Faction dancers. Brilliant animators Chuck Menville and Len Janson animate themselves as cowboys riding sans horse in the hilarious Blaze Glory (1969). Shorty the Chimp has got his spurs on and he's ready to take down those bandits in Chimp the Cowboy (1937). In Le Western (1971), Jean-Charles Meunier animates French coins into a western melodrama. In an excerpt of Destry Rides Again (1939) Marlene Dietrich captivates a saloon full of men (including Jimmy Stewart) until she gets a barrel dumped over her head! Legendary comedian Lenny Bruce takes on the Lone Ranger and Tonto in the incendiary animated routine Thank You Mask Man (1968). Plus! Cowboy Soundies (1940s) with Tex Ritter and a Devo-esque whipping frenzy, excerpts from the psychedelic western Zachariah, Kodachrome travelogue/commercial Dudin' (1955) and more strange surprises. So, hop on your horse and mosey down to Oddball for the weirdest westerns you've ever seen!
Venue: Oddball Films, 275 Capp Street San Francisco
Admission: $10.00 Limited Seating RSVP to RSVP@oddballfilm.com or (415) 558-8117