Klaus Nomi (born Klaus Sperber) was clearly ahead of his time. The East German-born performer came to the United States during the nascent punk and New Wave musical movements of the late 1970s and early '80s when almost anything seemed possible. Nomi understood many of the glam aspects of the form that David Bowie had brought to prominence, but took them to another level by fusing his counter-tenor voice with the more visceral sound of punk. He would have made, as some noted, "the perfect video star" had he not become one of the first gay artists consumed by the AIDS epidemic. Andrew Horn's critically acclaimed chronicle, The Nomi Song
, has been lauded for its unconventional approach to Nomi, eschewing the traditional documentary profile and incorporating music and sci-fi effects. The music comes from such underground wonders as Wire, Pylon and the Mumps (with Mr. Bowie thrown in for good measure) along with lots of live footage of Nomi's performances. This winner of the Teddy Award for Best Documentary at the Berlin International Film Festival returns for another run at Zeitgeist. Tickets $6 general admission, $5 students, $4 Zeitgeist members.
8 p.m. Wednesday-Thursday, Aug. 10-11
Zeitgeist Multi-Disciplinary Arts Center, 1724 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., 525-2767