Melvin Van Peebles And Burnt Sugar Arkestra Live At Dia + Screening Of “Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song”

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Melvin Van Peebles And Burnt Sugar Arkestra Live At Dia + Screening Of “Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song”
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Detroit Institute of Arts says
Renowned film director, producer and actor Melvin Van Peebles will appear with the Burnt Sugar Arkestra for a live performance of the score of "Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song" (1971) followed by a screening of the film, introduced by Van Peebles, at the DIA Friday, Feb. 26. The concert is at 7 p.m., followed by a showing of a restored 35mm print of the movie at 9:30 p.m. Both are in the DIA’s Detroit Film Theatre auditorium.

From a humble beginning of a two-theater run and a torrent of negative reviews, Van Peebles' “Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song” landed on “Variety's” top-grossing list of 1971, kickstarting the independent African-American film movement of the 1970s. Not as well known is that the big-band powerhouse Earth, Wind & Fire recorded the score for “Sweetback,” a collaboration that is celebrated 44 years later with the Burnt Sugar Arkestra performance of their own arrangement at the DIA.

Tickets for both the concert and movie are $9.50 for the general public and $7.50 for DIA members, seniors and students.
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By: Detroit Institute of Arts

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