This Saturday June 16, 8pm, sees the next incarnation of Canberran pop melodrama act The Last Prom take the back room of the White Eagle Polish Club. (Buggery.) Spearheaded by Nick Delatovic (Cracked Actor), the band will attempt to merge the musical lineage of Queen and their ilk with the loosely-interpreted mythology of the Antichrist and the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, this time with Pestilence as their specific muse. Visit www.thelastprom.com to find out where punters fit in and what the fuck that all means. They're all through this issue so if you want to find out more and can't, drop a toaster in your next bath.
The following day, Sunday June 17, 7pm, The Phoenix is having their Short Film Festival. I don't know what the entry requirements were. I don't know whose films are showing or how many. I don't know much but I know I love you.
Thursday June 21, 8pm, holds the next in a series of electronica nights at Hippo Bar. Presented by local enigma Blahnket, the monthly evening has been dubbed Method-B. The launch last month saw Deaf Cat and Kuré take the tables. For $5 I'd bet it's worth it again. I've been wrong before. But not about liquorice.
I've never been to a silent disco but I imagine them to be fun. Dancing with people with headphones on strikes me as joyful for its shared idiocy, like the enjoyment I derive from patting my dog. 'Look at this retard,' I think. 'She's loving it.' Questacon is having one on Friday June 22 as part of an Adults Only SciNight. They're serving cocktails and food, they have a bar and it all starts at 6pm and costs $10. Do the rest yourself at www.questacon.com.au.
This year Universal Studios turned 100. You've probably never counted the hours of your life Universal have wasted with all the shit films they've bankrolled (Howard the Duck) but I recommend you spend the time you could have been counting visiting Arc Cinema at the National Film and Sound Archive. As part of a Universal retrospective, Arc is showing a double bill of The Mummy (1932) and The Invisible Man (1933) on Saturday June 23, 7:30pm. The latter does not contain any scenes of Kevin Bacon wearing a flesh-coloured mask or trying to rape people. Take that as you like.
Saturday June 30 is a tricky one unless you don't go to anything in which case you're in the clear. At Charlie Black in Manuka there’s a Winter Party from 3pm. Peking Sheers, The Skronks, Stateovmind, Matt Dent and Paryce are all booked and the event runs late into the night. Bender material.
On the other hand M-Phazes is playing at Trinity Bar and it's free before 10pm. This column is supposed to be local but it's M-Phazes. If that doesn't mean much to you refer to Good Gracious by M-Phazes and W.A.R. (We Are Renegades) by Pharoahe Monch. He handled all production on the first and was responsible for the best on the second.
But this is also the day The Front Gallery and Café begins its seventh birthday celebrations. The first day, dubbed The Big Day, features Jake Nauta and Ainslie Wells, starts at 7:30pm and costs $18. Birthday-related events run well into the following week. See page 27 for more.
And that’s everything local I care about.