Monday Night at the Rock 'n Bowl | Chicago Reader

Monday Night at the Rock 'n Bowl

As a patron of the Diversey River Bowl near Damen and Diversey, I was captivated by Genevieve Coleman's buoyant video documentary about the north-side bowling alley, which spins punk rock every Monday night. In close-ups so tight they reveal facial pores, scenesters tell of overzealous games that sent them to emergency rooms, remark on the popularity of TV bowling in the 1950s, and testify to their love of what one terms “this outsider sport.” The video was snazzily edited by Michael Palmerio, and the director's enthusiasm is obvious as she chats with the alley's statuesque bartender and its owner, Gary Secrest, who's been watching the clientele change since 1957. Her gushing threatens to turn this into an infomercial, but for the most part it's a refreshing study of the Zen of bowling. 60 min.

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