Poster by Aaron Farmer and Petrina Cooper
At Original Joe's, downtown San Jose
April 15 was tax day for the rest of the nation, but for me, it was my designated date to celebrate Thrillville's 13th Anniversary Show at the Camera 3 Cinema in San Jose, featuring the bargain basement public domain classics The Brain That Wouldn't Die (1962) and Attack of the Giant Leeches (1959), with special guest and old pal Mr. Lobo and some ultra-cool mood music from DJ Actual Rafiq. It was my best attended show in San Jose since my first gig there last summer, soon after Speakeasy Theaters folded, and I moved my already scheduled "Tribute to Creature Features" there. The turnout and ensuing fun, with both old and news faces in the enthusiastic audience, was heartening, since I'm not exactly sure what the future holds for Thrillville, especially since I'm refocusing my efforts on my first and true love, writing fiction, though I have some promising gigs coming up soon, including SHATFEST at the Vine Cinema in Livermore, and the West Coast premiere of the new lucha classic Mil Mascaras vs. the Aztec Mummy at the Roxie Cinema July 22, closing night of the popular Another Hole in the Head film festival. The former is exciting because I'm back in the East Bay, at a venue serving pizza, wine, and beer, with my most popular annual event, and the latter is exciting because it's my premiere show at the legendary Roxie, I have the honor of closing this film festival, and I finally get to bring this movie to the West Coast after a lot of behind the scenes drama and delays. More on these gigs later; for now, dig the photos of my anniversary show. Not sure if there'll be a 14th Anniversary Show, but I feel more positive about that now than I did before this show. Lobo's "beauty contest" was the highlight of the live portion, though my private celebratory dinner with Monica at our favorite South Bay restaurant, Original Joe's, was pretty special to me. Here's to 13 years of B movie burlesque, and counting. Cheers.Lisa Cortes celebrates her bday at the show, with hubby Dan.