Japanese film and performances at the Historic Ute Theatre in Saguache


SAGUACHE — Friday, Oct. 25, marks the first Foreign film Friday at the Historic Ute Theatre. This new tradition will be kicked off in grand style with a full afternoon and evening of Japanese cultural events! Performing are the Shumei Hikari Taiko Drummers from Crestone as well as visiting Grammy Award-Winning Taiko Master, Koji Nakamura. Experience an introduction to Japanese culture through art (origami), through the powerful vibrations of taiko drumming as well as through two Japanese films and guests modeling a traditional kimono! The fee for the kid-friendly afternoon event is by donation, and tickets for the evening event are $10.
1:00 Doors Open! Intro to Japanese culture/Japanese crafts for children (origami) (1:30 seating for Taiko drumming)
2 p.m. Taiko drumming performance
3:00 - 5 p.m. Japanese children’s film : I WISH (rated PG) with English subtitles. The story is about two brothers who were inseparable, but now their parents have separated, and they live, one with each, in distant towns. This is the problem that must be solved in “I Wish,” this 2012 film (rated PG) by the Japanese master Hirokazu Kore-eda,
5:30 p.m. Seating for Taiko Drumming)
6 p.m. Taiko Drumming performance
7 p.m. Japanese comedy TAMPOPO with English subtitles The story is intertwined with various vignettes about the relationship of love and food, but the main story is about trucker Goro, who rides into town like a modern Shane to help Tampopo set up the perfect noodle soup restaurant.
On Sunday, Oct. 27, at 7 p.m., the Historic Ute Theatre is playing its  first silent film with a live music score from Denver! The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari is a spooky silent cinema classic. Released in 1920, it’s a quintessential film of the style known as German Expressionism. The sets and costumes are meticuously crafted in a surreal, strange and twisted manner that strikes an extremely unique mood that cinema hasn’t quite seen since. It’s the story of a dubious carnival exhibitionist, Dr. Caligari, and his future-telling somnambulist (sleepwalker), Cesare. The film will feature an original live music score from Denver musicians Kris Drickey, William Overton and David B. Weaver.
The Historic Ute Theatre has re-opened with a dynamic mission to uplift, transform and engage through live performances, independent/foreign films, and special events. The Theatre team is dedicated to preserving the funky historic vibe of the theatre while offering family-friendly, innovative, accessible, and inspiring programming to San Luis Valley residents and visitors alike.
The Shumei International Institute is generously offering these events to the community! For more information, contact Heidi Wong at 719.427.1080 or [email protected]
For more information about Shumei in Crestone, visit: www.shumeicrestone.org and for more info about Shumei International Institute, please visit: https://shumei-international.org

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