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WYRD WAR BRINGS PENELOPE SPHEERIS BACK TO PORTLAND FOR OUR SUMMER BUMMER FILM FESTIVAL!

Thursday August 25: 
DUDES (1987) & THE EARLY SHORT FILMS OF PENELOPE SPHEERIS

IT’S SUMMER! Time to hit the wide-open American highway and follow your bliss to your true purpose…or die trying! Join us for a rare 35mm screening of the obscure cult classic Dudes (1987), followed by a panel discussion with director Penelope Spheeris, screenwriter Randall Jahnson and producer Miguel Tejada-Flores moderated by Wyrd War’s Dennis Dread. Take a trip with Jon Cryer (Pretty in Pink), Daniel Roebuck (River’s Edge) and Flea (Red Hot Chili Peppers) as they slam dance their way across the country à la Easy Rider and bang heads with a redneck biker gang led by Lee Ving (FEAR) and infamous punk rock album cover artist “Mad” Marc Rude. Dudes is a hilarious and heartbreaking saga in the American countercultural tradition popularized by Jack Kerouac’s On the Road, boasting a high octane soundtrack featuring W.A.S.P., Jane’s Addiction, The Vandals, The Leather Nun and more! We are delighted to screen the only known 35mm print courtesy of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts Moving Image Archives. 

7:30pm: Dudes
9pm: Panel discussion with Director, Writer and Producer
9:30pm: Short Films Program

Friday August 26th:
SUBURBIA (1983) & THE EARLY SHORT FILMS OF PENELOPE SPHEERIS

We return with a rare 35mm screening of Suburbia (1983)! Produced by exploitation mogul Roger Corman, Suburbia transcends genre to emerge as an almost anthropological study of the early 80s squatter punk movement of southern California. It has since become something of a rite of passage for nearly every disenfranchised adolescent looking to find their tribe beyond the fringes of the smug status quo. Cigarette burns, nose piercings, head-shavings, slam dancing and Manic Panic dying rituals. It’s all here in Penelope’s unintentional “How-To” film that has been lovingly embraced by generations of snarling punks throughout the world, even as it has been condemned by hand-wringing parents and the grimacing Moral Majority. The soundtrack features D.I., The Vandals and T.S.O.L. and, naturally, it rules. We will be screening a beautiful 35mm print courtesy of the Academy Film Archive. 

THE EARLY SHORT FILMS OF PENELOPE SPHEERIS
Both nights include a very rare screening of the complete short films of Penelope Spheeris, beautifully restored by the Academy Film Archive. The shorts collection is a full 88 minute journey into the creative foundry of one of Hollywood’s living legends. A true renegade badass, Spheeris delivered punk rock kicking and screaming to mainstream consciousness with caustic humor and finely attuned sensitivity. In spite of an industry that is especially unforgiving to its female talent, Spheeris unwaveringly pursued her wild visions over the course of four decades…and came out on top! Produced between 1968 and 1972, with the exception of No Use Walkin’ from 1998, her short films are a dynamic and inspiring way to experience her creative brilliance as a spiritual misfit and “Outsider” insider. We are extremely fortunate to show them both nights with Spheeris in attendance to illuminate the wild visions of bellbottoms, drag queens, crying clowns and born-to-lose margin walkers that cast the die for her now legendary oeuvre. See the world as it will never be again. 

7:30pm: Short Films Program w/ Introduction by Penelope Spheeris
9:15pm: Suburbia

Each night is $11…or get tickets to both nights for the special “punk price” of $18! Tickets now available here. We mean it, maaaan.

SAW IS FAMILY!

Wyrd War proudly celebrates the 30th anniversary of Tobe Hooper's 1986 horror opus THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE PART 2 with a vintage 35mm print and brilliant cult actor and Yale University alumnus BILL “CHOP TOP” MOSELEY presiding over the festivities at Portland, Oregon's historic Hollywood TheatreBill Moseley, perhaps most widely known as Otis B. Driftwood in The House of 1000 Corpses (2003) and The Devil's Rejects (2005), will introduce the film and spin tales of madness and mayhem in a Q&A hosted by Dennis Dread immediately following the screening. Advanced tickets are recommended.

BLACK DEATH RESURRECTED

After 31 years...

THE RETURN OF THE IRON MESSIAH

...has arrived!!!!

The first brand new full-length LP from Cleveland, Ohio's legendary Black Death Resurrected since their devastating 1984 debut will be available for special advanced purchase exclusively through www.wyrdwar.com on October 1, 2015! Visit the store on 10/1/2015 for ordering details. Records will ship immediately!

Official worldwide release date: October 31, 2015

Wyrd War Welcomes Penelope Spheeris to Portland for The Decline of Western Civilization!

Please join us this Friday and Saturday August 7 & 8, 2015 for a very special screening of the digitally restored The Decline of Western Civilization trilogy at Hollywood Theatre!

Friday 8/7: The Metal Years (Part II) with Dennis Dread interviewing Penelope Spheeris on stage immediately following the screening! Odin! Odin! Odin! Odin! Odin!

Saturday 8/8: The Punk Double Feature (Parts I & III) with on-stage interview hosted by our friend Eric Isaacson of Mississippi Records! 


RIOT IN PORTLAND!

This summer Wyrd War proudly brings the current iteration of Brooklyn's legendary restless breed to Dante's in Portland, Oregon! Formed in 1975, it would take several encyclopedias to accurately unravel the RIOT discography and musician roster over the decades. All you need to know is this post-Thundersteel RIOT V lineup will deliver the goddamn goods! With special guests SPELLCASTER (heavy power metal pure), PUSHY (hard mustache boogie featuring members of Fellwoods) and Dennis Dread on the circles and rings, dragons and kings...weaving a charm and a spellFIGHT OR FALL!!!!

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BLACK DEATH RESURRECTED COMING OCTOBER 31, 2015 FROM WYRD WAR!

We are delighted to announce our second vinyl release and the triumphant return of Siki Spacek and Black Death Resurrected! The first LP since Black Death's legendary 1984 debut is a 40 minute odyssey of true-as-steel Cleveland Metal, featuring eight headbanging masterpieces written between 1983-2013 and delivered with the heart, conviction and fury of dirty inner city survivors! Recorded by Billy Morris, mastered by Timothy Stollenwerk and pressed to vinyl by your comrades at Wyrd War. Ordering info will be posted soon, in the meantime we hope you will enjoy our new video filmed at the already legendary 2014 Portland concert. SWIFT METAL JUSTICE IS COMING!!!!

WYRD WAR RECORD RELEASE MASSACRE!

This Saturday WYRD WAR proudly presents Midnight (exclusive west coast appearance) Violation Wound (featuring Chris Reifert of Autopsy and members of Fog of War), Lebenden Toten and Thrones! Doors at 9pm. Advance tickets available here.

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THE STARS ARE RIGHT!

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