Chuck's Picks

Not enough '90s gay parade videos in your life? "Rosa Melita's Footage" fills that void, and then some. The show captures the color, splendor and pride of a time long gone. Festive, political and entertaining, "Rosa" airs every Tuesday night at 11 PM on MNN3! Next air dates: 5/28 and 6/4.
"Panscan TV," now on MNN for over a decade, is the "home of irritainment," a place where host Mark Bloch provokes and waxes poetic on the subjects of art, life and politics. The show examines high-brow, low-brow and nebulous middle-brow terrain. Mail art , for example, is a staple of "Panscan"--pedestrian items whose value is often overlooked.
"The Rare Groove Revolution," hosted by DJ Soulero , is an eye and ear-opening cornucopia of funk, jazz and fusion vinyl from the 1960s and '70s. Soulero listens, nods and occasionally interjects--he makes special note of unsampled tracks to encourage up-and-coming producers and DJs.
"Margarita Pracatan" has been seducing audiences for years with her strange , robotic karaoke, sassy dance moves and bug eyes. Her music is fierce and fun, at times alarming, but it's how she channels her manic joy, and it's a good thing; Margarita is sure to brighten anyone's day. Tune in every Saturday at 9:30 PM on MNN2! Next air dates: 5/11 and 5/18.
"E.S.P. TV" is a weekly slot, alternating between three amazing shows, "Video Vaudeville" (local artists, musicians, performances), "E.S.P. TV" (lo-fi, retro weirdness with bands and video artists) and "Experimental Half Hour" (from Portland, basically the West Coast's answer to "E.S.P. TV").
"Khametic Ascendants," from Buffalo, NY, has aired on MNN since the early '90s, offering up a unique stew of lectures , soul music and a mysterious color scheme. The show bleeds into the evening, as many of our late-night shows do, its messages jarring, confrontational, and yet shielded by the ice of a mood piece. Topics include African culture, Ufology and economic power structures. Tune in every Saturday night/Sunday morning at 2 AM on MNN1! Next air dates: 4/14 and 4/21.

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