Spectacle moves to JP

Spectacle, a fringe art space that operated for years out of a loft in Chinatown, moved to an old factory building at 128 Brookside Ave. in Jamaica Plain in June.

On Sept. 2, the space is hosting a “listening party” titled “What a Strange Place.”

According to Spectacle’s Facebook page, the Sept. 2event will feature ethnomusicologist Ian Nagoski paying music by Greek, Turkish and Armenian musicians recorded around 100 years ago shortly after their immigration to the U.S.

Other upcoming events this fall include an analogue/low-fi video screening Sept. 16 and a student film screening Sept. 23.

Spectacle has hosted at least two other events since its move to JP. It hosted an evening of Ethiopian music by members of the JP-based “Ethiopian groove collective” Debo Band and their friends in July, and a screening of 16mm short films in June.

Spectacle regularly hosts experimental music performances, movie screenings, art exhibits and lectures. Last spring and winter, the Chinatown space hosted a lecture on “the art of traveling”; a performance-art piece where artist David Levine explored “acting technique as a mode of psychology, a kind of empiricism, and a science of empathy;” a series of experimental short films from Argentina; and performances by electronic and noise musicians including Gang Clan Mafia, Fat Worm of Error and Childe Bride, among other things.

Spectacle lists its address and event announcements on its public facebook page and website, spectacle.nu, and Ricardo De Lima, who runs the space, sent the Gazette a list of upcoming events at the space.

De Lima declined an interview request from the Gazette, saying in an email that, “[F]or us it makes most sense to keep info about Spectacle word of mouth, small scale.” The advertising the Spectacle does is focused on reaching out to “friends and friends of friends,” he said.

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