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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.

The Big Parade

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August 6
Wednesday, 6:15 pm
(151 minutes, 1925) G
Show starts at 6:15 pm
Director: King Vidor

The highest-grossing silent film of all time, as well as the first realistic war drama, tells the harrowing story of a young man’s front-line experiences in World War I. The film fiercely captures the heroism of the ordinary foot soldier struggling to survive, and how James’ determination to return to the village girl he loves faces the ultimate test.