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The trailblazer

Carolee Schneeman has been called a pioneer visual artist, and it's true that she takes chances few artists have undertaken. With that in mind, Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center is planning a retrospective called "Autobiographical Trilogy: The Rare Films of Carolee Schneeman." One movie to be shown is "Fuses," from the mid-'60s. Twenty-two minutes long, it's described by Hallwalls as "the first explicit feminist erotic film confronting traditional sexual taboos" and it employs a variety of interesting artistic techniques, such as hand-painting, cutting, staining and collaged layers. "Plumb Line," finished in 1971, was edited from scrap diary footage. It involves "breaking down, splitting apart, burning up: a relationship and the film itself." "Kitsch's Last Meal" completes the trilogy. Schneemann's films will be shown at 8 p.m. Saturday and 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in Hallwalls' Paul Sharits Cinema as part of Ghen Dennis' Anagrammatical Cinema series. General admission is $6. Call Hallwalls at 836-7362.


Daemen College is rolling with its new free film series, "Outsiders." Through April 2002, the series will bring us one movie a month, and they all concern what happens when some member or members of society are looked on as, somehow, not belonging. The series starts with "The Wild One," starring Marlon Brando. Though it may look a bit dated now, the 1954 film has been called "the classic tribute to 1950s rebelliousness." Catch "The Wild One" Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. in Wick Center Alumni Lounge, Daemen College campus, 4380 Main St., Amherst.

Helping out

Like everyone, Rick Cohen, manager of the Transit Drive-In, has been trying to figure out a way to help in the wake of last week's tragedy. So Cohen has planned the fund-raiser "God Bless America Weekend" at the drive-in. He's donating ticket sales to the September 11 Fund in hopes of sending $20,000 to the relief fund. There will be extra entertainment, including a DJ, clowns and hay rides. Gates open at 6 p.m. today through Sunday; movies start about 7:30 p.m.


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