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By Marc Savlov, January 18, 2002, Screens

Monday Night Mindball Dept.: Apart from the odd free screening at the local multiplex, Monday nights have consistently been the week's only true "off" night for local cineastes. The Austin Film Society's free screenings (including their just-started "Screwball Comedy of the Thirties-- series, which runs Tuesday nights at Regal Arbor through March 5) generally occur on Tuesday evenings, the weekends are crammed, and the rest of the week is given over to, for most film geeks, working on their own projects or recuperating from their day jobs. But suddenly, Mondays are looking up in one very cool way, thanks to the fine folks over at the Blue Theater (916 Springdale) and local filmmakers Kyle Henry and Spencer Parsons, who have just announced a new film and video series called "Blue Screen," which will run -- d'oh! -- Mondays at 8 and 10pm, beginning Feb. 11. Our press release arrived without such recession-integral info as admission costs, and the ambitious Mr. Henry is currently off Snow Doggin' it at Sundance, so zero info on that yet, but the info we do have calls the event "the best salvage from the video (sometimes film) underground." The initial evening's lineup features director Trent Harris' bizarro doc/mockumentary The Beaver Trilogy, described on as "an accidental masterpiece" (check out for the full story) and featuring a very young Sean Penn and a very weird Crispin "Hellion-- Glover. Future programming is slated to include works from NYC upstarts Paper Tiger TV, Cinematexas showcases, and left-of-center mindwarper Craig Baldwin (Alien Anomalies). For more info, call Henry at 479-4142 or e-mail My deep house or yours? aGLIFF and the Gay Youth Media Project are hosting a really big benefit party for themselves (and don't you call it a rave) at bangin' supa-club Element (301 W. Fifth) this coming Sunday, Jan. 20, from 9pm to 3am, and featuring local Technics maestros DJ Sue Johnson and DJ Ric de Barros. Tix are $15 advance, $20 at the velvet rope. More info is available at browse.php/push200201_20 or by calling 458-1515.

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