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Gore, suspense and chopped up body parts: Yes, this pairing of renegade arts groups promises a good time

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Two Star Symphony will serve as 14 Pews' artist-in-residence for 2014. Pictured here are members Margaret Elmore, left, Debra Brown, Jerry Ochoa and Jo Bird. Photo by Anthony Rathbun
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The partnership is fitting given Two Star Symphony's interest in composing music to accompany film and other aesthetic practices. Photo by Sarah Prikryl
14 Pews' Three Year Anniversary Party
14 Pews in the Heights. Courtesy of 14 Pews
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14 Pews' Three Year Anniversary Party
Cressandra Thibodeaux

Interesting things are always hatching at 14 Pews, the Heights-based presenter that continues to infuse its schedule of independent film screenings with art installations, lectures, performances, multimedia presentations and parties with plenty of beer — because what's art without a good party?

One has to admire executive director Cressandra Thibodeaux for never sitting still and always thinking outside of the silver screen, an approach that has transformed 14 Pews from just a homey locale for thought-provoking, hard-to-find flicks to an innovative house of creativity of all realms. In her quest to highlight local and regional art trouble makers, Thibodeaux has announced that Two Star Symphony will serve as 14 Pews' artist-in-residence for 2014.

Expect the two renegade art groups to offer diverse programming such as string quartet recitals, burlesque shows, puppet theater and film presentations with live music, including Two Star Symphony's newest original work, The Symphony of the Seven Deadly Sins, set for October.

 Sonorities hover just outside of minimalist classical music with a dosage of gory, suspense and dismembered body parts. Good times for sure. 

The partnership is fitting given Two Star Symphony's interest in composing music to accompany film and other aesthetic practices. Among the ensemble's notable contributions are the Cabinet of Dr Caligari, Girl Shy and Titus Andronicus, the latter a score for contemporary ballet company Dominic Walsh Dance Theatre's interpretation of Shakespeare's brutal masterpiece.

Two Star Symphony's delightfully creepy inaugural music video, produced by violinist Jerry Ochoa, was successfully funded through a crowdsourcing campaign. The Ninth Level disseminates exactly what Two Star Symphony is all about: Sonorities that hover just outside of minimalist classical music with a dosage of gory, suspense and dismembered body parts. Good times for sure.

Performance dates will be announced at a later time.

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