The 2016 WFMU Record Fair begins today (4/29) at Brooklyn Expo Center and runs through Sunday (5/1). In addition to all the sweet wax, there are loads of live events happening in the AV Lounge, and WFMU has added lots more since our last post. On Saturday (4/30), there are live performance from Colleen Green, The Moles, and R.L. Boyce, as well as screenings of films like documentary Mavis! and cult classic Spider Baby.

On Sunday, no wave vet James Chance has been added to the day's live performance lineup that also includes an acoustic set from Fat White Family. Hours for the 2016 WFMU Record Fair at 7 – 10 PM on Friday (4/29), and 10 AM – 7 PM on Saturday and Sunday. It’s $7 per day, or you can pay $25 for the whole weekend which also gets you early admission on Friday.

James Chance will be with The Contortions playing tonight (4/29) at Trans-Pecos with out-there artist Gary Wilson backed by the Morricone-esque Tredici Bacci, Baltimore's experimental Horse Lords, and Eartheater (sold out).

WFMU Record Fair 2016 AV Club schedule below.

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Friday, April 29:

3-6pm [note that the Fair opens at 4pm]: Sophisticated Boom-Boom with Sheila B!
Live Broadcast from Fair.

6pm - 8pm: Shut Up, Weirdo with Frangry and Michele
Live Broadcast from Fair.

7pm - 8pm: Put The Needle On The Record with Billy Jam
Live Broadcast from Fair.

8pm - 9pm: Downtown Soulville with Mr. Fine Wine
Live Broadcast from Fair.

Saturday, April 30:

10am: Spider Baby (dir.: Jack Hill)
This horror comedy from 1967 (also called "The Maddest Story Ever Told") includes the following: inbred orphans, a bizarre genetic disorder, a lecherous half-wit, a disputed inheritance, and Lon Chaney Jr. I think no more need be said.

11:30am: Freaks (dir.: Tod Browning)

12:35pm: King Doom (dir.: Wendell Seitz, Charlotte Simon, Jonathan Penca)
Deep in the forest lurks red danger. See the silver queen, collector of souls/Hidden fantasies in the princess room/Do the sword dance of death straight to hell/500 swords, 500 corpses/Synthetic sounds, synthetic blood all in the way of King Doom's death!

12:50pm: Man With A Movie Camera (dir.: Dziga Vertov)
Considered by some to be the greatest documentary of all time, this experimental silent film from 1929 is at once a documentary of a day in the life of the Soviet Union, a documentary of the filming of said documentary, and a depiction of an audience watching the film.

1pm - 3pm: Fool's Paradise with Rex
Live Broadcast from Fair, with a live performance from R.L. Boyce at 2pm!

2pm: Sex and Broadcasting (dir.: Tim Smith)
A portrait of the freeform radio station of the nation, and how it got that way. Q&A to follow.

3pm-6pm: Todd-O-Phonic Todd
Live Broadcast from Fair, with live performances by The Moles and Colleen Green!

3:25pm: It’s Gonna Blow!!! – San Diego Music Underground 1986-1996 (dir: Bill Perrine)
Documentary film about San Diego’s influential DIY music scene and its uneasy relationship with the mainstream. Featuring interviews and performances from Drive Like Jehu, Rocket from the Crypt, Trumans Water, the Locust, Three Mile Pilot, Heavy Vegetable, Crash Worship, No Knife, and many others.

5:20pm: Mavis! (dir.: Jessica Edwards)
Documentary film about gospel/soul music legend and civil rights icon Mavis Staples and her family group, The Staple Singers. Includes live performances and conversations with Bob Dylan, Prince, Bonnie Raitt, Levon Helm, Jeff Tweedy, Chuck D, and more. Q&A with the director to follow.

Sunday, May 1:

11:20am: Tender Comrades (dir.: Sunita Prasad)
Tender Comrades blends documentary footage into a fictional account of an Occupy movement organizer, using dance to place Occupy in a lineage of American subversive moments.

11:47am: Queen Mother (dir.: Sunita Prasad) A short video from 2004 by artist Sunita Prasad, starring Laverne Cox in what might be her first role onscreen!

11:58am: Pink Minute (dir.: Sunita Prasad) Artist Sunita Prasad creates an experimental musical on the exercise of reproductive rights.

2pm: Live performance by James Chance
No Wave Godfather of the 1970's live at the fair! Hot off his gig with the Contortions, the man who has been described as equal parts Ornette Coleman and James Brown blasts solo! Not to be missed!

2pm: Cluster (dir.: Dan Lucal) Sometimes Dan Lucal thinks about YouTube and it makes a feeling of swelling in one of his farther back brain areas.

2:03pm: This Ain't No Mouse Music! (dir: Maureen Gosling and Chris Simon)
Documentary about Arhoolie Records founder Chris Strachwitz, who travels the musical backroads looking for alternatives to the soulless "mouse music" dominating pop culture. Screening courtesy of Kino Lorber.

3:30pm: Swimming a Sinking Sea (dir.: Olivia Wyatt)
The Moken are a sea-faring nomadic group living alongside the Andaman Sea from Indonesia to Myanmar. Almost every single Moken survived the Tsunami of 2004, thanks to premonitions from their shamans and ancestral wisdom gained from generations of living intimately with the sea. In the wake of the tsunami, the Moken have come under unprecedented pressure to assimilate into the mainstream and the mainland. This feature-length film explores their mythology, language, and relationship with the sea. AV LOUNGE

4pm: Live acoustic performance by Fat White Family

4:50pm: Meet Peg Bordelon (dir.: Cate Giordano)
This series of vignettes follows phony Women's Studies major and southern transplant Peg Bordelon, who skulks through the streets of Brooklyn looking for attractive young ladies to be in her film, a celebration of female sexuality titled “Ass and Titties". (If this doesn't sound hilarious to you, please do not watch this film.) AV LOUNGE

5:01pm: Orzo (dir.: Giuseppe Andrews) “Toggle Switch is a little person living in a world of her own design. Deadly with pets, and equally unhinged with her family, she spends her days watching exercise videos and her nights in pursuit of bizarre extracurricular activities. …Orzo is by far the funniest thing Giuseppe Andrews has ever done. It’s a comedy plain and simple, a character-based humoresque that proves Andrews’ mantle as both a writer and a wit.” (review excerpt by Bill Gibron)

5:03pm: Cluster 2 (dir.: Dan Lucal) Dan Lucal thinks some more about YouTube. The feeling of swelling in one of his farther back brain areas continues.

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