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Downtown 81 / 35mm + pre-show live performance!


Texas Theatre

In 1981, writer and Warhol associate Glenn O’Brien, Swiss photographer Edo Bertoglio, and Jean-Michel Basquiat, a graffiti innovator and noise music artist who’d just begun to exhibit his paintings, hit the streets of lower Manhattan to make a movie about the bombed out bohemia that they knew.

Left incomplete due to money problems and assembled for release in 2000, Downtown 81, which follows Basquiat trying to move a painting while hustling for a place to sleep, became a window on a lost world of life on the margins and crazy creative ferment. Featuring John Lurie, Fab Five Freddy, and Debbie Harry, with musical performances by DNA, James White and the Blacks, and Kid Creole and the Coconuts—and Manhattan in all its mangy glory.

+ Special Free pre-screening performance supporting the Dallas Symphony Orchestra’s Southern Dallas Residency Program featuring a performance by Wanz Dover and percussionist, Austin Allen.

The Southern Dallas Residency program has three pillars:

DSO providing instruments and instruction to children in area schools and in after-school programs;
DSO musicians performing concerts on weekends and evenings in the community; and
DSO musicians collaborating with artists in the community.

Live Performance - 6pm (free show)
Intermission- 6:30pm
Downtown 81 on 35mm- 7pm (regular movie admission)



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