It took months for me to figure out where it was; what it was; and whether I was really interested. It seems as if that is essential to its MO.
They only want you to come if you are really, purposefully, seeking it out.
And you certainly are not going to feel comfortable, sitting on hard-backed chairs, that is, unless you arrived early enough to sit on the couches in front. You must suffer for Art.
It has taken me until tonight to look up the meaning of the word zeitgeist: "spirit of the times," according to Wikipedia, source of all truth.
Almost every time I've been there, we were a small audience. Tonight, for "Hell on Wheels," a documentary about the beginnings of Austin's roller derby teams, there were probably 50 people, including quite a few Big Easy Roller Girls and the filmmakers. The only time I experienced the venue relatively full was during an avant-garde jazz concert during Mardi Gras.
Yet, Zeitgeist has been around 24 years and is celebrating its birthday with a benefit screening of a very obscure film, "Recoder il Film." I can't describe it, so must copy the Web page summary.
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