Saturday, August 24, 2013
| 7 pm
$18 ($13 Members) General admission
$9 Ages 7–18
Children 6 and under free
“Sometimes miraculous films come into being, made by people you've never heard of, starring unknown faces, blindsiding you with creative genius." So writes critic Roger Ebert of Beasts of the Southern Wild. It’s a tale of magical realism set in the fringe of the fringe of coastal Louisiana’s bayou country, a watery preserve called the Bathtub. The movie is borne aloft by the amazing first-time performance of Quvenshané Wallis, who at age 9 became the youngest nominee for Best Actress in the history of the Academy Awards.
New York Times critic A. O. Scott calls Beasts “a blast of sheer, improbable joy” in which “you are transported by an irresistible rhythm and moved by a melody that is profoundly, almost primally, familiar, even though you are sure you have never heard anything like it before.”
That rhythm and melody will be brought to the stage by the young Cajun-rock band Lost Bayou Ramblers, key contributors to the movie’s soundtrack. The band recently released a remarkable album, Mammoth Waltz, with a little assistance from Dr. John and Scarlett Johannson.
Music magazine Offbeat says “the Lost Bayou Ramblers evoke the late-19th-century roots of Cajun music … a milestone breakthrough in roots-music cultural alchemy.”