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GO TO: (5/13) FISHING WITH JOHN (1991) directed by John Lurie w/ John Lurie in person


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JOHN LURIE is one of the more fascinating artists to have splashed across multiple art mediums throughout the late 70s and 80s, and he continues making art, mostly as a painter, today. Depending on your interests you may best know Lurie as the longtime band leader of the LOUNGE LIZARDS, the star of several of Jim Jarmusch’s early (and best) films, as the alias of MARVIN PONTIAC, or as the star of the strangest fishing show to ever air on television. Back in 92′ FISHING WITH JOHN showed up and disappeared again after only 6 episodes on the Bravo network. The show features Lurie hanging out with his friends, strangely famous nearly all: Dennis Hopper, Willem Dafoe, Tom Waits, Jim Jarmusch, and Matt Dillon (whom Lurie claims was forced upon him by investors). They kind of fish, and do other things while a narrator explains the images we are seeing, but in a manner colored by absurdity and surrealism. For a show that only lasted 6 episodes and came out 20+ years ago yet still has people caring, you know it’s got something going on. Tonight they screen the Waits, Dafoe, and one of the Hopper episodes with the man himself, JOHN LURIE, in attendance. I love FISHING WITH JOHN. This is a rare treat indeed.

@ Coolidge Corner Theater, 7pm, $

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