NCMA Cinema: Chico & Rita | NC Museum of Art | Screen: Special Showings | Indy Week
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NCMA Cinema: Chico & Rita 

When: Fri., Feb. 21, 8 p.m. 2014
Price: $5-7
Sex, violence and Latin jazz history—set to the musical heartbeat of Havana—come to life in this gorgeous animation from Spanish filmmakers Fernando Trueba (Calle 54) and Javier Mariscal. But the Oscar-nominated feature is more than an adult cartoon: It's a love story of mythological proportions and a deeply knowledgable tribute to Afro-Cuban music. Loosely based on the music and life of Bebo Valdés (who died in 2013), the film's theme is the story of two black protagonists, a piano player and a singer, whose carnal love affair begins in the slums of Havana. Eventually migrating to New York, their paths cross with Dizzy Gillespie, Chano Pozo, and other great musicians of the Cubop/mambo era, but Jim Crow and the vicissitudes of show biz prove obstacles to romance. To set the mood for this screening, Latin jazz pianist and composer Eric Hirsh will give a talk and live demo about Valdés and Afro-Cuban music. —Sylvia Pfeiffenberger

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