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“It” Girls and a Rebel Legend (NYC)

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This month, the Schimmel is showering you with the rebel spirit of Chile’s most important singer/songwriter/storyteller and Clara Bow’s silent, yet irresistible, rom-com “It” with accompaniment by Ben Model.

Gracias a la Vida: The Rebel Spirit of Violeta Parra
Friday, April 17 | 7:30 p.m.
The New York debut of Gracias a la Vida: The Rebel Spirit of Violeta Parra showcases Parra's songs of struggle, defiance, and triumph, which were the basis for Latin America’s "New Song" (Nueva Canción) movement that had a tremendous influence on music and politics around the world and influenced generations. This program features Chilean artists whose music is deeply influenced by Parra, with styles ranging from nueva canción to rock and pop, and shouldn’t be missed. Illapu are well known for their sophisticated interpretations of Andean folklore and rhythms, and rose to fame for their guitar-based songs featuring strong vocals, pan flutes, and captivating rhythms. They are joined by Parra's niece Colombina Parra, a rising singer-songwriter who came of age in the Chilean grunge/alternative rock scene of the 1990s, and Ana Tijoux, who first found acclaim as the female MC of the Chilean hip-hop group Makiza. Tijoux garnered mainstream attention in the US when her single “1977” was featured on the TV series Breaking Bad.

On Thursday, April 16, the Latin American Studies Program at Pace, in conjunction with the Schimmel Center, will host a pre-performance panel discussion on the Cancion Nueva Movement at 3:30 p.m. in the Student Union. The discussion will focus on what the movement was about both musically and politically and points brought up in the panel discussion will both directly and indirectly address the themes addressed in the April 17 concert. Participants include:

Daniel Greenberg, PhD
Director, Latin American Studies Program, Pace University
Specialist on Modern Argentine Social History, Modern Brazil, Peru, Mexico, and Cuba

Antonia Garcia-Rodriguez, PhD
Chair, Modern Languages and Cultures Deptartment, Pace University
Specialist on Latin American and Caribbean Literature, especially Puerto Rican Women Authors

Rosario Adler
Adjunct Associate Professor, Modern Languages and Cultures Department, Pace University

Clara Bow in It: Silent Films with Live Theatre Organ Accompaniment by Ben Model
Sunday, April 19 | 2:00 p.m.
Brooklyn's own Clara Bow stars in this iconic flapper story from the Roaring 20s. Clara plays Betty Lou, a young woman who works at a big department store and falls in love with the boss's son. She tries to fit in with society to impress him and win his heart. The film was inspired by the best-selling book, It, published in 1927 and written by Elinor Glyn, who appears in the film to explain to all (in titles) that "To have 'It', the fortunate possessor must have that strange magnetism which attracts both sexes..." Keep an eye out for a very young Gary Cooper in a bit part as a newspaper reporter.

Plus…Pace students have access to $10 student balcony tickets available for advance purchase in person at the box office. Student rush orchestra tickets (subject to availability) are available for purchase at the box office on the day of the performance.

Coming up in May: Broadway superstar Patti Lupone, Gelsey Kirkland Ballet presents Don Quixote, VOCE Rising Opera Stars, and the legendary Ben Vereen! For more info, visit http://schimmel.pace.edu/.

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