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Hot Club of San Francisco performs Tuesday at Hill College Performing Arts Center

10.16.15

Group recreates the ambiance of Pre-WWII France

Step back in time to the French countryside of pre-WWII France, listening to the sounds of gypsy swing and silent films play on a make-shift screen doubling as one side of a barn.  This is the experience of Cinema Vivant, a common occurrence in rural France during this era occasioned by roving bands of gypsies and recreated by the Hot Club of San Francisco as the second installment of the Performing Arts Series at Hill College on Tuesday beginning at 7:30 p.m.  The group’s name is drawn from the Hot Club of France, a group led by gypsy swing guitarist Django Reinhardt.  

Films featured during the presentation will include The Cameraman’s Revenge, examining the marriage trouble of beetles; The Mascot, and adventure story about lost toys; and There It Is, a comedy concerning a Scotland Yard investigation into a mysterious occurrence.  The first two are films are by European filmmaker Ladislaw Starewicz, the obscure cult hero who pioneered stop-action animation prior to WWI.  The third feature is by American filmmaker Charley Bowers, who revolutionized the industry in the 1920s by combining animation with live action.  

Tuesday’s performance is provided to the community free of charge thanks to the generosity of college and community donors and will take place in the Vara Martin Daniel Performing Arts Center, located just behind the Texas Heritage Museum on the Hillsboro Campus.  No tickets are required and seating is based on a first-come, first-served basis.  A reception will follow hosted by the NTAC Women’s Club.

Those wishing to support the Hill College Performing Arts Series are invited to become a Benefactor ($100), a Sustainer ($50), a Patron ($25), or a Supporter ($10). Also, a donation of $1,000 or more would generate a Lifetime Benefactor status. Names of lifetime benefactors, benefactors, sustainers, patrons and supporters appear in each program. Donations may be sent to: Hill College Music Department, Attention: Phillip Lowe, 112 Lamar Dr., Hillsboro, Texas, 76645.

For more information on the performers and performances and to view promotional videos of each group, visit the Hill College homepage (hillcollege.edu) and click on “Performing Arts Series” found in the drop-down menu under “Quick Links” in the center of the page.