City Paper is not for tourists
Punk is back. Not punk, of course. Real punk is long dead. But the idea of punk is very much alive. Take The Color Of Noise, a documentary about how Amphetamine Reptile and its founder Tom Hazelmyer paved the way for proto-grunge, punk, and noise rock bands like Helmet, Hammerhead, and Melvins in the ‘80s and ‘90s. The film paints Hazelmyer as a hard-drinking, gun-toting madman, and he doesn’t deny a thing. According to the narrative, Hazelmyer also helped usher in a new era of rock by reviving the popularity of concert posters, a trend unseen in the industry since the ‘70s. There’s plenty of history to relive: The film is sprinkled with interviews with familiar, aging rockers from the scene, like former Dead Kennedys lead singer and industry legend Jello Biafra. Before the show, audience members can view some of Hazelmyer’s prints created under his artist pseudonym, HAZE XXL, and after the show, director Eric Robel will hold a Q&A to answer burning questions like “Is punk really dead?” and “Can I punch that last guy? Because punk is definitely dead.” The film shows at 7:30 p.m. at Rock & Roll Hotel, 1353 H St. NE. $5. (202) 388-7635. rockandrollhoteldc.com.