"Blank Generation" screening at Michigan Theater will raise money for The Shelter Association of Washtenaw County
The Michigan Theater is teaming up with the Shelter Association of Washtenaw County to present a very special event for rock music fans on Thursday, July 29: a screening of "Blank Generation," a film documenting the rise of punk rock in New York in the late 1970s, at 7 p.m.
The film includes ultra-rare footage of the Ramones, Talking Heads, Blondie, Patti Smith, Richard Hell & the Voidoids, Television and others performing at legendary nightclub CBGB.
Filmmaker Ivan Kral, who played guitar, bass and keyboards with the Patti Smith Group for its first four albums, and co-wrote many of the group's early songs, will introduce the film and answer questions from the audience afterwards. Kral, a native of Prague, Czechoslovakia, went on to write, record and tour with Iggy Pop, John Cale, John Waite and many others, and continues to produce and perform in his home country.
Prior to the film screening, the Shelter Association will host a fundraising reception in the Michigan Theater's grand foyer from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Attendees will have the opportunity to meet the filmmaker and enjoy complimentary hors d'oeuvres and beverages. All attendees will receive a complimentary poster commemorating the 35th Anniversary of the Second Chance nightclub, featuring the names of all the major artists who appeared at the club during its history (several of whom appear in "Blank Generation"). The reception requires separate tickets, which will be sold directly through the Shelter Association's development office.
Tickets for the "Blank" screening only are $10, available in advance at Ticketweb and at the door. The first 100 people through the door will receive a complimentary Second Chance 35th Anniversary commemorative poster.
Tickets for the pre-show reception are $50. A limited number of Host Committee tickets are $150 and include reserved seating and an autographed "Blank Generation" poster. Both are available by contacting Diana Neering at 734-662-2829, ext. 224, or email@example.com.
Watch for a full preview of the event coming soon on AnnArbor.com.