Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Fiesta Jarocha!, Movie Review, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel


Having trouble viewing this email? Click here


Fiesta Jarocha: Conjunto Jardin's 15th Anniversary Celebration! ¡Quinceañera!


Saturday, June 2nd, 2012  8 pm -- Sabado 2 de Junio

Ford Amphitheatre

2580 Cahuenga Blvd E, Hollywood, CA 90068

 Box Office: 323-461-3673



Dear friends: Saturday, June 2nd is coming right up! Buy your tickets by this Saturday, May 26 to save! (ticket prices go up after that)


Queridos amigos, ya se acerca el Sábado, 2 de Junio! Compren sus boletos antes de este Sábado 26 de Mayo para ahorrar! (se suben los precios después)


Check out this video the Ford Theatre made to help us promote the show -- 

Miren este video que el Teatro Ford nos hizo para ayudarnos a promover el show:




Conjunto Jardin

Conjunto Jardin


Please forward this email to your friends to get the word out. Let's make it a real party! Por favor, pasen este mensaje a todos sus amigos para ayudarnos a promover el evento. Así sera una verdera fiesta!


To share the bill we've also invited to Los Angeles two of the most respected elders and masters of the son jarocho genre: jaw-dropping harpist Alberto de la Rosa from Xalapa, Veracruz, and "the Cachao of Mexico," bassist/arranger Don Fallo Figueroa and his group of young phenoms, Son Candela, from Tlacotalpan, Veracruz. We will be joined by guests including guitarist Ciro Hurtado  (Huayucaltia), original Conjunto Jardín cajonero Marcel Adjibi from Benin, West Africa, percussionist Tiki Pasillas (Marc Anthony), the elegantly costumed dancers of Tierra Blanca Dance Company, and MC Rafael Figueroa, son jarocho scholar, radio host and poet from Xalapa, Veracruz. Art director Reyes Rodriguez of Tropico de Nopal Gallery/Space will oversee the visual design of the show.




This is a show not to be missed! Get your tickets here: http://fordtheatres.org/en/events/details/id/353



Para compartir el escenario hemos invitado a Los Angeles dos de los maestros mas conocidos y respetados de la tradición de son jarocho: arpista extraordinario Alberto de la Rosa de Xalapa, Veracruz, y "el Cachao de Mexico," bajista/compositor Don Fallo Figueroa y su grupo de jovenes fenomenales, Son Candela, de Tlacotalpan, Veracruz. Tambien tendrémos como invitados especiales a guitarrista Ciro Hurtado (Huayucaltia), cajonero original de Conjunto Jardin, Marcel Adjibi de Benin, percusionista Tiki Pasillas (Marc Anthony), bailadores elegantes de Tierra Blanca Dance Company, maestro de ceremonia Rafael Figueroa Hernandez, locutor de radio y decimista de Xalapa, Veracruz. Director de Arte, Reyes Rodriguez de la galería Tropico de Nopal estará a cargo del diseño visual del show.


Este será un evento para no perder! Compre sus boletos aquí: http://fordtheatres.org/en/events/details/id/353

Thanks for your support! Gracias por su apoyo! -- Conjunto Jardín



* * *

From: David McReynolds [mailto:davidmcreynolds7@gmail.com]
Sent: Monday, May 28, 2012 12:10 AM
 Movie Review, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

Let me quote from the first lines of the Wikipedia summary: "A group of seven British retirees have outsourced their retirement, attracted by the less expensive and seemingly exotic India". The retirees are a cast of
Judi Dench, Bill Nighy, Dev Patel (who starred in Slumdog Millionaire), Celia Imbrie, Ronald Pickup,
Maggie Smith, Tom Wilkinson, and Penelope Wilton. (Incidentally, apropos of nothing - how often have
you done what I just did, write a piece, start to proof it before sending, and find you hit the wrong key
and have deleted it all and must start again?).

I went because I would go to any film that had Maggie Smith, Judi Dench and Bill Nighy. I went
despite the fact the film opened to mixed reviews. The New York Daily News sniffed at "John Madden's
disappointingly shallow comedy . . ." and gave it a mere two stars.

The Daily News missed the point. Here are a group of characters well past their sell-by date, being
told by Sonny (Dev Patel), the enthusiastic part owner of the hotel, that "if everything is not alright, it
is because it isn't the end. In the end, everything will be alright". The British travelers find the Best Exotic
Marigold Hotel is not quite what it had seemed on the internet. Not all the rooms have doors. Some
have insects. One room has birds. The telephones do not work. Sonny, in his enthusiasm, assures everyone
that all will be well, phones will ring, doors will be found.

The travelers are not well off - Evelyn (Judi Dench) has had to sell her home in England to pay off the
debts of her late husband and has to hunt for work in India. Muriel (Maggie Smith) is a retired housekeeper
with deeply racist views who has come to India for an inexpensive hip replacement. Jean (Penelope Wilton)
and Douglas (Bill Nighy) are a retired couple who lost their life savings investing in their daughter's internet
start-up. One of the more interesting characters is Graham (Tom Wilkinson), a retired high court judge who had grown up in India as a child, but returned to Britain. He is now trying to find a man with whom he
had an intense relationship in his youth. He is not sure if the man is even alive or, if he finds him, if he
will be welcomed - the relationship had caused a scandal in the distant past.

I identified with Graham, since I had been in love with a High School friend - before I even knew what
love was. We were close but at the point I told him I was homosexual the relationship ended and I've
wondered - it is more than sixty years now - what happened with his life. He became a lawyer. I assume
married and had children and grand children. I still think back to him as a hero. When, in 1949
I returned by bus from New York to Los Angeles, taking the deep Southern route (having heard Bayard
Rustin speak of his chain gang experience), I had tried sitting in the colored section and when, in
Louisiana, I was ordered by the bus driver to move to the white section, I was sure my High School
friend would have handled it more courage than I.

I remember India from my one visit, in 1986, for a Triennial of the War Resisters International.
We landed in Mumbai (then still called Bombay) and took the train to a Gandhi Ashram, which impressed
me greatly. But while I was grateful to the Indian family in Mumbai which housed Myrtle Solomon and
me after the Triennial, I was horrified by the poverty, the beggars, the dust, and by the fact the
water was never safe to drink. In that sense I sympathized with the one member of the group who,
nearly mad from the dust and chaos, returned to England.

But for the others, one by one, they found in this strange land, so chaotic, crowded, noisy, filled with
life and color, something they had missed in England. Bill Nighy's character falls in love with the city,
setting out each day to explore the temples. Muriel (Maggie Smith) grudgingly comes to admit the
Indian doctors did a fine job and, despite her racist views, has something of a breakthrough encounter
with the untouchable cleaning woman at the hotel.

There is one "true" love story, when Sonny (Dev Patel) falls madly in love with the beautiful Sunaina who
works at the call centre (one of those places we reach when we call our computer or telephone company
for information). He defies his mother to announce they will be married. And it is the Maggie Smith
character who saves the hotel when she takes charge of the accounts, finds the hotel is not a losing
proposition but just needs a competent book keeper, a post which she suggests she should take on.

So in the end the telephones work, and the guests, who had been so tentative in their first encounters
with India, accept it as part of their lives. What is fascinating about the film is that we are not talking
about young people discovering a new adventure, but a group, all past sixty,some past seventy and
still counting, which finds that there are always new beginnings.

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is a delight. Even, I suspect, for those of you under fifty.

- 30 -

No virus found in this message.
Checked by AVG - www.avg.com
Version: 2012.0.2171 / Virus Database: 2425/5031 - Release Date: 05/29/12

No comments:

Post a Comment