You know ’em, you love ’em—a rare free gig by the Twin Cities’ post-punk godfathers. For more than 15 years, Scott Macdonald and the brothers Graber have packed a potent punch of pummeling guitar and angular melodies that has sparked some of the headiest and catchiest songs in Minneapolis’ power-pop canon.
Movie: Johnny Guitar
Directed by Nicholas Ray
Folks in the dusty West don’t take kindly to Vienna (Joan Crawford), a gun-slinging tavern owner with a past. Itching to push her out is Emma Small (Mercedes McCambridge), who leads a local mob necessitating Vienna to call in the help of self-indulgent Johnny “Guitar” Logan (Sterling Hayden). In addition to the film’s complex gender roles, Vienna’s resistance was a metaphor for the fight against blacklisting in Hollywood during the 1950s. 1954, U.S., color, 16mm, 110 minutes.
DJ: Gretchen Williams