Film Series: ‘Gospel According to Les Blank’ July 5-7, 12-14

| July 3, 2013

The next two weekends the Webster University Film Series presents “The Gospel According to Les Blank,” a series of films by the American director.

THE MAESTRO: KING OF THE COWBOY ARTISTS

Friday, July 5 & 12 at 7:30 p.m.
(Les Blank, 1995, USA, 54 min.)

What happens when a dedicated husband and father quits his job, adopts the persona of a Western-Movie Singing Cowboy, takes on the entire art establishment (including Christo and Andy Warhol), and refuses to accept money for his art? Meet Gerry Gaxiola, AKA The Maestro, an ex-wage slave who gave up everything to make art for art’s sake. The Maestro’s story could inspire a whole new generation of Van Goghs.

Preceded by THE BLUES ACCORDIN’ TO LIGHTNIN’ HOPKINS  (Les Blank, 1970, USA, 31 min.)

GARLIC IS AS GOOD AS TEN MOTHERS

Saturday, July 6 & 13 at 7:30 p.m.
(Les Blank, 1980, USA, 51 min.)

A zesty paean of praise to the greater glories of garlic. This lip-smacking foray into the history, consumption, cultivation and culinary/curative powers of the stinking rose features chef Alice Waters of Chez Panisse, and a flavorful musical soundtrack.

Preceded by ALWAYS FOR PLEASURE  (Les Blank, 1978, USA, 58 min.)

IN HEAVEN THERE IS NO BEER?

Sunday, July 7 & 14 at 5:30 p.m.
(Les Blank, 1984, USA, 51 min.)

A joyous romp through the dance, food, music, friendship, and even religion of the Polka. The explosive energy and high spirits of the polka subculture are rendered with warmth and dedication to scholarship in this journey through Polish-American celebrations. Polka stars like Jimmy Sturr, Eddie Blazonzyck and Walt Solek are featured.

Preceded by A WELL SPENT LIFE  (Les Blank & Skip Gerson, 1972, USA, 44 min.)

ALL IN THIS TEA

Sunday, July 7 & 14 at 7:30 p.m.
(Les Blank & Gina Leibrecht, 2007, USA, 70 min.)

“All In This Tea” takes us into the world of tea by following world-renowned tea expert David Lee Hoffman to some of the most remote regions of China in search of the best handmade teas in the world. Hoffman is obsessed; during his youth, he spent four years with Tibetan monks in Nepal, which included a friendship with the Dalai Lama, and was introduced to some of the finest tea – that golden nectar with which we can taste the distant past.

Preceded by GAP-TOOTHED WOMEN  (Les Blank, 1987, USA, 31 min.)

Watch the All In This Tea trailer above or at this link.

All films screen in Winfred Moore Auditorium, Webster University, 470 E. Lockwood, Webster Groves, MO 63119.

Admission: $6 for general public, $5 for seniors (60 +), students from other schools and Webster alumni, $4 for Webster University faculty and staff, and free to Webster University students.

The Webster University Film Series receives funding from the Regional Arts Commission and the Missouri Arts Council – a state agency.

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