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This Ain’t No Mouse Music!

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July 31 August 3
Thursday/Saturday, 7-9 pm
Friday/Sunday, 9-11 pm
(USA 2013, 92 min.)
In English French and Spanish with English subtitles

As a teenager in 1947, Chris Strachwitz migrated from Germany to the USA, where he saw a film that would change his life forever: New Orleans, starring Billie Holiday and Louis Armstrong. Since then, his life has been a relentless quest to track down and record the best of American folk music roots—New Orleans jazz, down home blues, Creole, Cajun, alley music, zydeco, Tex-Mex and norteño. A true detective of sounds, Strachwitz is the legendary record producer and founder of Arhoolie Records, the label that brought rural American music out of the shadows and into the limelight and in the process, changed music in the USA forever.

Last Song Before The War

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July 31 August 3
Thursday/Saturday, 9-11 pm
Friday/Sunday, 7-9 pm
(USA/Mali 2013, 90 min.)

Mali’s Festival in the Desert. Against the backdrop of stunning musical performances, the story of this relevant annual event is told from the perspective of its co-founder and festival director, Manny Ansar, the musicians who perform and the intrepid travelers from around the world who make the long journey to attend the festival. After twelve years of success, the festival came to a halt when rebels and militants seized control of Northern Mali. The Last Song Before the War chronicles the 2011 festival-the last edition that still captured its original goals-global display of peace, reconciliation and the healing power of music.

Nebraska

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July 30
Wednesday, 7:00 pm
(114 minutes, 2013) PG
Director: Alexander Payne

After receiving a sweepstakes letter in the mail, a cantankerous father thinks he’s struck it rich, and wrangles his estranged son into taking a road trip to claim the fortune. Getting waylaid in the father’s hometown in Nebraska, the son tries to reconnect with his impenetrable father.