Friday, July 26, 2013

HOWL and Free Films In Tompkins Presents "Chico and Rita" on Thursday August 8th!


A very special tribute to the legendary Cuban pianist Bebo Valdés
, in collaboration with Spain Culture New York-Consulate General of Spain: a Member of the network Spain Arts and Culture, and Pragda and its CineArt Spain program...

CHICO and RITA


"Lushly scored and magical; the best music film in any genre in a long time!"
Michael Phillips, The Chicago Tribune





Thursday, August 8, 2013  
On the Lawn in Tompkins Square Park, NYC 
Free Admission

Gates open at 6 PM. 
Live Music By The Rebeca Vallejo Trio at 7 PM. 
Film at sundown.

Free Churros sponsored by La Churreria from Socarrat Paella Bar

Oscar®-winning director Fernando Trueba and Spain’s legendary illustrator Javier Mariscal celebrate their passion for the music and culture of Cuba with an epic story of love, passion, and heartbreak. Cuba, 1948. Chico is a young piano player with big dreams. Rita is a beautiful singer with an extraordinary voice. Music and desire unite them as they chase their dreams... and each other...  from Havana to New York to Paris, Hollywood and Las Vegas. With an original soundtrack by legendary five-time Grammy®-winning composer Bebo Valdés, one of the greatest Cuban Jazz musicians of all time who inspired the story of Chico.

Chico & Rita captures a defining moment in the evolution of history and jazz, featuring the music of Thelonious Monk, Charlie Parker, Cole Porter, Dizzy Gillespie, Tito Puente, and others. Recipient of multiple awards such as the Goya Award, the European Film Award, a Gaudi Award and an Academy Award nomination for Best Animated Film. 



Before the film, enjoy the sounds of the Rebeca Vallejo Trio with its Andalusian roots soaked in funk, bossa nova, soul, jazz and flamenco. Equal parts nomad and musician, Rebeca Vallejo's life has led her across several continents and infused her music with an awareness and understanding of a multitude of cultures. 

"Hailing from Spain, using her own body to incorporate percussive accents, she is an earthy grounding rod for some powerfully streaming wattage."  --Katie Bull The NYC Jazz Record. 


Churros y chocolate

Free Churros, the perfect movie-watching food,
will be offered by La Churreria
from Socarrat Paella Bar. These mouth-watering fried
 bits of sweet dough are often dipped in
or filled with chocolate or guava
or sprinkled with sugar, and nick-named the Spanish donut. 







Thursday, July 25, 2013

HOWL! & Free Films In Tompkins Presents 'THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW' ON THURSDAY AUGUST 1ST!


Free Films In Tompkins: THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW



The ultimate in audience participation films returns to the Village! Jim Sharman's 1975 musical comedy horror film didn't do very much for audiences and critics alike when it was first released... UNTIL 1976, when it was shown at midnight at the old Waverly Theater on Sixth Avenue. Twice a week, audiences began to participate in the onscreen action and dialogue, and show up dressed for the occasion...





Thursday August 1

  Gates Open At 6 PM, Film at Sundown


FREE Admission
The Lawn In Tompkins Square Park
Enter Through South-West Entrance, Avenue A and East 7th Street


Thursday August 1st: THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW... The ultimate in audience participation films returns to the Village! Jim Sharman's 1975 musical comedy horror film didn't do very much for audiences and critics alike when it was first released... UNTIL 1976, when it was shown at midnight at the old Waverly Theater on Sixth Avenue. Twice a week, audiences began to participate in the onscreen action and dialogue, and show up dressed for the occasion. In honor of this cross-dressing phenomenon and the fact that it is being shown tonight at the very same venue where WIGSTOCK got its start, HOWL Arts and Free Films in Tompkins is proud to present the Glam Rock God himself, MICHAEL T. performing his legendary rendition of "Sweet Transvestite" AND a costume contest with a $100. cash prize, sponsored by HOWL Arts. Your host for the evening is none other than that über-gothic eminence, Hattie Hathaway. Price-Waterhouse' Rikki Colon operates the absolutely famous and infallible Applause-O-Meter, and Torin Co-MC's with a vampish flair

THE GREAT ROCKY HORROR COSTUME CONTEST... $100. GRAND PRIZE... WORK THE LOOK OF YOUR FAVE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW CHARACTER...  SIGN UP AT THE HOWL HELP TABLE, JUDGING COMMENCES AT 8 PM!


 So... come dressed as Brad, Janet, Rocky, Little Nell or, best of all-- Dr. Frank N Furter-- and vie for a chance to walk away singing, with some cold, hard cash! The film stars Tim Curry, Susan Sarandon, Barry Bostwick, Nell Campbell, and Meatloaf...PLUS before these wild antics occur, The mellifluous sounds of JASON TRACHTENBERG and THE PENDULUM SWINGS will get your heels a-tappin' to their boozy brand of Swing-time music!




Whether or not you enter the costume contest-- and believe me, one hundred smackers is nothing to sneeze at today (just as it was in 1975,) EVERYONE is encouraged to dress up in their own wildly interpretive versions of Rocky Horror cast members. Be as creative as you dare. You could walk home a winner!


The late Tim Curry: "So why don't you stay for the night? Or maybe a bite?"

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

CHURROS: THE PERFECT MOVIE SNACK!


All over Spain and the Latin world you will find them. Delicious morsels of fried dough. Like sweet pretzels, you'll often find them sold by street vendors, the mixture of flour, water. yeast and sometimes shortening. Similar to the beignet, the crueller, the American donut… They can be sold filled with fruit and guava, glazed, covered in sprinkled sugar or dipped in chocolate…



Here in the US, they are less well known, at least among the masses. However due to the recent influx of Pan-Latin restaurants and bistros, they are quickly becoming popular in the United States.  Associated with the Socarrat Restaurants is their most recent offering: La Churreria, where, among many other simple Spanish foods and snacks, you will find a virtual temple dedicated  to worship of the Churro.
  Little wonder churros are often called Spanish Doughnuts. And excellent to nibble at while watching a movie or two. Seated before the Big Screen, they are deliciously easy to eat, wrapped in paper, held in one hand, small and tasty, while watching the story before you unfold, larger than life.


On Thursday August 8th, beginning at 6 PM, celebrating Spanish culture with the music of the Rebeca Vallejo and the acclaimed film, "Chico and Rita", scored by the amazing and brilliant Bebo Valdés, you'll also be able to experience that small Spanish wonder that is La Churreria's Churro…  in an evening brought to you by Spain Culture New York, Pragda and Cineart Spain. 
The experience will be entirely unforgettable.





Saturday, June 29, 2013

Memorial For ARTURO VEGA Coming This Fall: SUNDAY 13 OCTOBER 2013



On what would have been his 66th birthday-- 
Sunday October 13, 2013, 
beginning in the early evening-- 
we are planning to celebrate 
our dear friend Arturo Vega's life IN MEMORIUM... 



Photo courtesy counsequencesofsound.net

All of Arturo's family, friends and loved ones 
are urged to mark their calendars, 
attend, and participate. 
As the date grows closer, we'll be announcing 
the location, times, and other specifics 
via FaceBook, Twitter and 
the howlfestival.com website, 
so stay tuned...