Buster Keaton’s “Steamboat Bill Jr” benefiting Libros para Todos

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Event Category: Charity Events and Films

  • Steamboat Bill Jr. 
    starring Buster Keaton
    Live piano accompaniment by Susan Varcoe

    Wednesday, May 16, 7pm
    Miguel Malo Auditorium, Bellas Artes, Hernandez Macias 75
    Tickets: 150 pesos, on sale at Solutions (Recreo 11);
    online steinwayseries.com;
    or at the door one hour before show time.

    Twenty percent of ticket sales directly supports Libros para Todos.

    Buster Keaton‘s 1928 comedic masterpiece (“In a class of its own…insanely inventive…the physical stunts are extraordinary…five-star review” – TimeOut) in a spectacular digitally-restored print that makes the movie appear brand new. With live piano accompaniment by Susan Varcoe, a virtuoso Canadian pianist who has created her own thrilling, original score to enhance what is already an irresistibly entertaining movie. Keaton was known for his deadpan humor and hair-raising stunts, all of which he performed himself. Steamboat Bill Jr contains the most famous, and probably most dangerous stunt in all of American cinema – involving a cyclone and a collapsing building. (Jackie Chan, who idolizes Keaton, tried to imitate the stunt in one of his own movies.) In Steamboat Bill, Keaton plays William Canfield Jr, the son of the skipper of a paddle steamer on the Mississippi. An effete, ukelele-strumming college kid, Willie has to toughen up to rescue his father and girlfriend against a series of dramatic and hilarious obstacles. No lover of cinema should overlook the great films of Buster Keaton, whom Roger Ebert called “arguably the greatest actor/director in the history of the movies.”


    The nonprofit organization Libros para Todos (Books for Everyone), seeks to inspire children in Mexico to read more, particularly those children and young adults residing in rural communities where access to books is limited.

    How we came to be…

    Libros para Todos began in 2013 with a group of enthusiastic readers who thought it would be a good idea to bring author Francisco Jimenez to San Miguel de Allende.   These readers were so moved by Francisco’s autobiography about his childhood working in the fields of California, that they contacted him and bought 250 copies of his book which they began distributing to rural schools where books are scarce.   Six weeks later, 235 children from underserved communities came together and were able to ask questions directly to Francisco and have their books signed.  One child remarked, “This is a dream come true!” It was then that our project really took root.  We began to think long term about how to inspire children to read more.  Doing a Big Read every year was a great way to get children excited about a book, but we also thought it would be a good idea to get the teachers involved more.  In 2015, Libros hosted its first workshop for teachers in which teachers from various participating rural communities came together and talked about effective methods for getting children to enjoy reading.  It was a success!  Now we host these workshops bi-annually. Now that we had a few years of experience and seeing the demand to include more schools and more projects, we began thinking about how to keep children reading during year.  We decided to make ‘pop up’ libraries: collections of books that would visit the communities, two months at a time.  In February of 2017 we set up our first two pop up libraries. We learned that children were also enthusiastic about writing their own stories.  How could we encourage the love of writing?  In 2017 we decided it was time to start organizing writing workshops for children with visiting and local authors as a way to foster creativity and a love of literature.

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