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Echo Park Film Center: John “Drumbo” French & Crow’s Milk

By Mike Everleth ⋅ October 4, 2010

Audience watching a movie at the Echo  Park Film Center

Oct. 9
7:00 p.m.
Echo Park Film Center
1200 N. Alvarado Street (@ Sunset Blvd)
Los Angeles, CA

Hosted by: Laughtears

Attention Los Angeles Captain Beefheart fans! You can attend a rare live chat with Beefheart’s drummer John “Drumbo” French conducted by Gerry Fialka. Drumbo recently wrote a memoir about his time in the innovative band called Beefheart: Through the Eyes of Magic.

As for the screening portion of the evening, Fialka will be showing Crow’s Milk, the rare 2003 documentary about the Magic Band. The film includes nearly 20 classic Beefheart tunes, including favorites such as “Moonlight on Vermont,” “Big Eyed Beans From Venus,” “Evening Bell” and “Alice in Blunderland.” The documentary also has unique instrumental versions of the songs “I Wanna Find A Woman That’ll Hold My Big Toe Till I Have To Go,” “My Human Gets Me Blues” and “Steal Softly Thru Snow.”

Gerry Fialka is a Los Angeles-based film curator and lecturer who holds regular screenings all over the city. You can find out more about these events at his website Laughtears.

In honor of this special event, here’s a Captain Beefheart performance of “Big Eyed Beans From Venus” from a 1980 French TV show: