Musically Speaking – Big Fun In The Big Town & Graffiti Rock

Please join us for “Musically Speaking” – A weekly series of music-themed movies and documentaries on selected Sundays, curated and hosted by DJ Soul Sister, and co-presented by Charitable Film Network, Press Street, and WWOZ.

Please Note NEW TIME AND LOCATION for November:
6:00 p.m. Sundays at Mimi’s in the Marigny (upstairs) – 2601 Royal St. New Orleans.

FREE Admission. Cash bar, featuring drink specials. Tapas menu served. For more information, contact or visit
Sunday, November 18
A special Hip Hop History Month Double-Feature edition of “Musically Speaking”Big Fun in the Big Town
by Bram van Splunteren

In 1986, during a weeklong trip to New York, Dutch filmmaker Bram Van Splunteren had a mission: to document the phenomenon of a subculture hardly heard of across the pond in Europe: hip-hop.

With several phone numbers and a camera crew in tow, Splunteren traversed the city’s five boroughs in search of examples of the then-burgeoning genre. He landed priceless interviews with some of today’s legendary rap pioneers in the early part of their careers. Featuring Featuring: Mr. Magic, Marley Marl, Grandmaster Flash, Run-DMC and Jam Master Jay, LL Cool J, Biz Markie, Roxanne Shante, Russell Simmons, MC Shan, Schoolly-D, Doug E. Fresh & the Get Fresh Crew, the Last Poets, and more. (1986, 41 minutes)

Graffiti Rock
by Clark Santee

A film about Graffiti Rock, the hip hop TV show which only received one pilot episode in a few New York markets, but featured live performances by Run DMC, Kool Moe Dee and Special K of the Treacherous Three, the New York City Breakers, DJ Jazzy Jay, Fab 5 Freddy, and more. (1984, 23 minutes)
Sunday, November 25
Ladies and Gentlemen, the Fabulous Stains
by Lou Adler

This film, which has enjoyed a popular cult following since its limited run on the Art-House circuit in the mid-1980s, is about three teenage girls, played by Diane Lane, Laura Dern and Marin Kanter, who start a punk band. The Stains score the opening slot on a cross-country tour with aging metal act The Metal Corpses (led by Fee Waybill of The Tubes) and British punk rockers The Looters (real-life punk pioneers Paul Simonon from The Clash and Steve Jones and Paul Cook of the Sex Pistols), but their meteoric rise (and equally lightening-quick fall) owes more to TV exposure than to talent. The film was frequently referenced by fans like Courtney Love and notable participants in the riot grrrl movement of the 1990s, which helped to generate further interest in this otherwise forgotten punk relic. (1982, 88 minutes)