Edmonds Center for the Arts’ Film Cabaret Series continues with Buena Vista Social Club (1999) on Thursday, March 15 at 8 p.m. Prior to the film screening at 6:30 p.m., patrons are invited to a backstage happy hour with live music. This month’s featured cabaret artist is Alma y Azúcar, performing a passionate selection of Latin and jazz favorites.
Audiences for ECA’s Film Cabaret Series continue to grow, with the past two cabarets selling out in advance. “We’ve been really excited by the community response around this new program,” said Gillian Jones, ECA’s Director of Programming. “Patrons get the chance to come backstage and enjoy live entertainment in an intimate setting. This event, in particular, is special in that we’ll welcome back Alma y Azúcar – an audience favorite from ECA’s 10th Anniversary Birthday Bash in 2016.”
Alma y Azúcar masterfully integrates beloved Latin rhythmic styles – Bolero, Cha Cha, Bossa Nova, Latin Jazz, Son, Salsa, and more – with more contemporary influences, resulting in what lead singer Alma Villegas calls “Latin music for everyone.” From the bouncy feel of “Perfidia” and “Quizas” to the passionate tango version of “Besame Mucho,” the sultry bossa nova “Waters of March” and the salsa sound of “Bemba Colorá” or “Oye Como Va,” these tunes have captured hearts and entertained internationally for decades.
Oscar-nominated documentary Buena Vista Social Club (directed by Wim Wenders) tells the story of aging Cuban musicians whose talents had been virtually forgotten following Castro’s takeover of Cuba. The musicians are brought out of retirement by Ry Cooder, resulting in triumphant performances of extraordinary music, and resurrecting the musicians’ careers.
ECA’s Film Cabaret Series presents screenings of classic, contemporary and cult films, whose stunning cinematography and iconic music were made to be experienced on the big screen. The 2017/18 series concludes with Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961) on April 26, which will feature the Jake Bergevin Quartet.
Tickets to ECA’s Film Cabaret Series are $15, and include admission to the pre-film cabaret ($10 film only.) Purchase tickets online at www.ec4arts.org, or through the ECA Box Office at 425-275-9595 or 410 4th Ave. N.