The new year at Clinton Street Theatre brightens the dark winter days with tantalizing and uncommon films, music and community events. Saturday, January 3 – Monday January 5, the newly-remastered 1985 documentary, Burroughs screens each day.

aBurroughs_DangerThis engaging film explores the life of novelist, essayist, painter, and spoken word artist William Burroughs, the so-called “Patron Saint of The Beats” whose unforgettable books include The Naked Lunch and The Soft Machine. Following Burroughs from his early life and travels from the Midwest to Mexico to London, North Africa and other ports, this close-up, intimate film portrait was made with Burroughs’ cooperation and narrated by his definitive and incomparable nasal drawl and his love for prolonged, sardonic and wry description.

Jack Kerouac called him the “greatest satirical writer since Jonathan Swift”, a reputation he owes to, in Burrough’s own words, “my lifelong subversion” of the moral, political/economic systems of modern America.

Directed by Howard Brookner and began in 1978 as a senior thesis at NYU, the sound was recorded by Jim Jarmusch and shot by Tom DiCillo, Brookner’s NYU classmates.

Also at CST: Thursday, January 15 at 7:30 pm, Songs Of Community: A Benefit For KBOO Community Radio, a live music event.

Performers include Satori Men’s Chorus, directed by Susan Dorn; Mark Bosnian and Rebecca Cohen; and four Artichoke Music’s performers: Anne Weiss, Paul Sanchez, and Steve Moss with Richard Colombo. Doors open at 7 pm and music begins at 7:30. Tickets are $10 – $20 sliding scale with no one turned away for lack of funds.