Media Arts Program

Saturday, September 30, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. & 9:00 p.m.

$8 general, $6 students/seniors, $5 members

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GoNightclubbing: The Original Punk Rock Music Series

Produced by Pat Ivers & Emily Armstrong. 

Introduced In Person by Emily Armstrong.

Iggy Pop

Bush Tetras

John Cale

Dead Boys


Alan Vega of Suicide

Two separate & different double-bill shows:

  • 7:30 p.m. - New Wave and Punk Rock
  • 9:00 p.m. - Greatest Hits and Interviews

Pat Ivers' and Emily Armstrong's GoNightclubbing, the Original Punk Rock Music Series, takes a deep dive into their archive of the most exciting performances recorded live at CBGB, Max's Kansas City, the Mudd Club, and other NYC venues during the late 1970s and early 1980s. First seen on public access cable in Manhattan, the GoNightclubbing series chronicled the raw excitement of the downtown music scene, unfiltered and in your face. 

7:30 PM 
Seminal performers like Iggy Pop, Johnny Thunders and the Heartbreakers, Dead Kennedys, and Rocket from the Tombs anchor this exploration of hardcore music with rare early Bad Brains, and the Dead Boys.

In 1980, from Tokyo to Minneapolis, punk music was evolving to create New Wave. With a poppy, electronic sound, bands like The Plastics, the Suburbs, Ballistic Kisses, Bush Tetras, the Go-Gos, Human Sexual Response, Kid Creole and the Coconuts, Our Daughters Wedding, Pylon, and Strange Party embodied this musical shift.

9:00 PM
This program hits the bases with the very best performances from fan faves like Divine, The Cramps, Richard Hell and the Voidoids, Levi and the Rockats, the Go-Gos, John Cale, Iggy Pop, and more.

Culled from their collection of 25 interviews with musicians, writers, and scene makers, this program finds Ivers and Armstrong talking with Jay Dee Daugherty and Lenny Kaye (Patti Smith Group), Walter Lure (The Heartbreakers), James Chance (Contortions), Jeff Magnum and Cheetah Chrome (Dead Boys), and Richard Lloyd (Television)

The Filmmakers: Armed with Portapak cameras, video artists Pat Ivers and Emily Armstrong spent the pre-MTV years from 1977-80, documenting New York's nascent punk and No Wave scene. In 1980, they pioneered the concept of the VJ (Video Jockey) designing the first stand alone Video Lounge at Danceteria. Originally designed as a one-night-only art installation, it proved so successful that it became a regular nightly feature of the club, showing a mix of found footage, artists' video, tapes from their archive, and a live feed of each night's live performances. They have toured nationally and internationally with their work at museums, independent cinemas, and festivals, notably the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco, and the Institute of Contemporary Art in London. Described by the New York Times as the "Lewis and Clark of rock video," the duo's Gonightclubbing archive is an unparalleled collection of 82 bands videotaped at 112 performances, more than two dozen on-camera interviews, thousands of photographs, and hundreds of pages of ephemera from the late '70s punk scene. It resides at New York University's Fales Library Downtown collection. Most recently, they premiered Alone at Last: an Interactive installation Exploring Gender, Identity, & Desire Before the AIDS Crisis at the Howl! Happening Gallery.

GoNightclubbing Vimeo Channel




"Their Portapak documentaries may be the definitive record of CBGB, the Mudd Club, Danceteria, and other Lower Manhattan dive scenes" (J. Hoberman, NY Review of Books).

"If your ideal Friday [or Saturday] night involves visiting a dingy downtown club, then—short of taking a time machine to the late '70s—this video archive might be as close as you can get" (Time Out).

"NIGHTCLUBBING captures the rarest of contemporary attributes: authenticity" (RE/Search).

"Pat and Emily pioneered a whole new concept of video entertainment, presented the first-ever video show in a nightclub at NYC's Mudd Club, created and programmed the legendary Danceteria Video Lounge, and established the Video DJ" (Institute of Contemporary Art Magazine, London).

"These rare and raw videotapes, shot in the era before MTV, captured the punk, new wave, no wave, and hardcore music scenes" (Joel Shepard, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco).


NY Review of Books



Rolling Stone


Bowery Boogie

Screen Slate

Art In America