JUST IN – Sun Ra film screening TONIGHT at Cinefamily in LA

Sun Ra: Space in the Place

Based on Sun Ra’s free jazz masterpiece of the same name, Space is the Place is an appropriately chaotic brew of elements: social commentary, exploitation, science fiction, concert film, and, best of all, a journey to “true perception.” Playing himself, Ra intergalactically travels back in time to the 1940s to compete in a card game with the pimpadelic Overseer to determine the fate of the Black race. From then on, Ra is dodging everyone from The Overseer to white secret service agents who have it out for him, all the while maintaining his signature calm. Luckily, Ra’s band, The Arkestra, is in tow to back him up, and provide musical vibes all along the way. Truly bizarre and captivating at the same time, with colors that rival a Powell & Pressburger film, Space is the Place takes you on a cosmic journey into not only Sun Ra’s mind, but maybe your own.

Presented by Arthur Magazine

Dir: John Coney, 1974, 35mm, 85 min.

Tickets – $10

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About Jay Babcock

I am the co-founder and editor of Arthur Magazine (2002-2008, 2012-13) and curator of the three Arthur music festival events (Arthurfest, ArthurBall, and Arthur Nights) (2005-6). Prior to that I was a district office staffer for Congressman Henry A. Waxman, a DJ at Silver Lake pirate radio station KBLT, a copy editor at Larry Flynt Publications, an editor at Mean magazine, and a freelance journalist contributing work to LAWeekly, Mojo, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, Vibe, Rap Pages and many other print and online outlets. An extended piece I wrote on Fela Kuti was selected for the Da Capo Best Music Writing 2000 anthology. In 2006, I was one of five Angelenos listed in the Music section of Los Angeles Magazine's annual "Power" issue. In 2007-8, I produced a blog called "Nature Trumps," about the L.A. River. Today, I live a peaceful life in the rural wilderness of Joshua Tree, California, where I am a partner in JTHomesteader.com with Stephanie Smith.

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