Chico And Rita

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THIS THURSDAY!! Gorgeous Afro-Cuban Jazz Film: CHICO AND RITA. The Virginia Lopez Trio, hot Latin Salsa ensemble will play a short set before film from 6:45-7:15. Film starts right afterward. Sexy, sweet, “Chico & Rita” is an animated valentine to Cuba and its music. Shuttling between Havana and New York, the film brings alive an almost unimaginably rich and resonant moment in musical history. The fictional couple at its heart — star-crossed lovers and sometime artistic collaborators — encounter bad luck in various forms, but Chico and Rita also have the good fortune to mingle with real-life legends like Dizzy Gillespie, Thelonious Monk and the great Cuban conga player Chano Pozo, a crucial figure in the era’s mixing of styles and genres. Suggested $7-10, no one turned away for lack of funds! $8 advance tix can be purchased here:

Pozo died a violent death in Harlem in 1948, an event that injects a jolt of surreal gangster brutality into “Chico & Rita.” The movie was directed by Fernando Trueba, a filmmaker responsible for the crucial Cuban-jazz documentary Calle 54; Javier Mariscal, a Spanish artist and designer; and Tono Errando, Mr. Mariscal’s brother. It is a piquant collage of moods and colors, its buoyant fantasies shadowed by tragedy and loss.

A whole palette of feeling — whimsy and pain, longing and laughter — can be experienced in the music, which combines a few vintage tunes with new compositions by Bebo Valdes, the great Cuban-born pianist and composer. Mr. Valdés, now 93, is also the physical and biographical inspiration for Chico (voiced by Emar Xor Oña), whom the film imagines in his vigorous prime and also in dignified old-age obscurity, shining shoes and sipping rum in a shabby Havana apartment.

Havana itself appears in the same kind of double vision, its crumbling present-day streets giving way to the gaudy carnival of prerevolutionary decadence.

Special admission: Suggested $7-10, with no one turned away for lack of funds.
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By: KBOO Community Radio

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