June a bluesy boon for TTC

We’re making quick work of this post as the next Time Traveling Cinema presented by C-U Confidential and Psychic Joker Entertainment will take place later tonight, Friday, June 29, 10 p.m., at SoDo Theatre, 114 S. Neil St., Champaign, IL! Once again, we have an hour’s worth of locally-made material for you including two more episodes of NINJA THE MISSION FORCE from Dark Maze Studios, the second episode of Braden Boe’s THE BLACK KNIGHT OF SIOUX CITY, the Thomas Nicol shorts BEDTIME FOR TIMMY and UPGRADE (co-created by Andrew Stengele), and a pair of Elsinore music videos, WOODEN HOUSES by Don Ferguson and LIFE INSIDE AN ELEPHANT by Chris Eitel!

After that madness, we treat you to one vintage documentary and one low-budget programmer which will provide you with a healthy dose of classic blues music as well as a peek into what constituted African-American entertainment in the mid-20th century. First up will be RHYTHM AND BLUES REVUE (1955) featuring a cavalcade of stars performing on the stage of the legendary Apollo Theater in Harlem including Sarah Vaughan, Count Basie, Big Joe Turner, and Nat “King” Cole. Then, the dazzling entertainer Cab Calloway gets mixed up with gangster and nightclub mayhem in the comedy HI-DE-HO (1947), named after his signature call-and-response refrain from the song “Minnie the Moocher” which helped cement his standing in music history when he performed it anew in THE BLUES BROTHERS.

Plan on taking a break from all those brews and barbeques this evening to soak up the fun at the Time Traveling Cinema, a community micro-cinema concept set in a clean, safe, and fully-equipped environment!

~ Jason Pankoke

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