with 25th anniversary showing of House Party and a live performance at the annual Cinema Arts Celebration
Kid ‘n Play will conduct a Q&A following the screening of hip hop cult classic House Party at the MFAH on November 14, and will perform the film’s “rap battle” later that night at Cinema Arts Celebration at Brasil. The film, directed by Reginald Hudlin, was a big hit for New Line Cinema in 1990 and made Kid ‘n Play hip hop’s first true movie stars…even leading to an animated series devoted to the duo. Christopher “Play” Martin, who is also the founder of Brand Newz, an online hip hop news portal, will visit the class on Hip Hop and Religion, taught by Bun B and Anthony Pinn at Rice University (Thursday, November 12, 10:50 A.M. – 12:00 P.M., open to visitors).
Christopher “Kid” Reid and Christopher “Play” Martin were the members of Kid ‘n Play, a rap group known for their playful rhymes that dominated in the late 1980s. The New York City natives got their start in high school as the Turnout Brothers, but changed the name of the group twice before settling on Kid ‘n Play. They recorded three albums, starred in five movies, and even a cartoon together, making them a household name. Their fame reached its peak with the hit single “Ain’t Gonna Hurt Nobody” and, of course, the cult classic teen flick, House Party. Christopher Reid is now a film and TV actor and a radio personality on Sportsradio 1310 FM/96.7 The Ticket in Dallas. Christopher Martin is a celebrated, award-winning and self-taught documentarian and founder of cutting-edge production company Playground Solutionz, which develops and produces short- and full-length multimedia projects.
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 14, 4:00 P.M.
THE MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS, HOUSTON
CINEMA ARTS CELEBRATION
With DJ Patrick A. Reed and a special appearance by Kid ‘n Play at 11:00 P.M.
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 14, 9:00 P.M. – 1:00 A.M., BRASIL
performing live following The Jones Family Will Make a Way
Jones Family Singers, a gospel group that recently moved from Austin to Houston, will perform live at the MFAH following the screening of The Jones Family Will Make a Way, which premiered at SXSW in 2015.
The Jones Family Singers, consisting in part of five sisters, two brothers, and their father, have been tearing up churches and festivals alike for over two decades.
“Modern practitioners of a long musical tradition…infusing their joyful, reverent songs with elements of vintage soul and R&B” declares the Wall Street Journal. “Yep, it’s gospel music – but fans of Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings and Vintage Trouble will also find a hip shaking and spiritually uplifting workout at the core.” “It was all joyful praise, brilliantly timed with one crescendo after another,” boasts the New York Times, while both Rolling Stone and NPR called them “a must see act” at SXSW in 2014. The Jones Family Singers received a standing ovation at Lincoln Center in the summer of 2015, and showcased at New York City’s globalFEST as well as the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., in January 2015.
THE JONES FAMILY WILL MAKE A WAY with live acoustic performance by The Jones Family Singers
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 15, 4:00 P.M.
THE MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS, HOUSTON
performing live following Don’t Think I’ve Forgotten
Two of the leading musicians in Dengue Fever, who accompanied The Lost World at the first HCAF in 2009, will return to perform a short intimate set of music paying tribute to the golden age of Cambodian rock and roll, following the screening of Don’t Think I’ve Forgotten: Cambodia’s Lost Rock and Roll on November 19 at Asia Society Texas Center. John Pirozzi’s fast and entertaining film tracks the twists and turns of Cambodian music of the ’60s and ’70s, as it morphs into rock and roll, blossoms, and is nearly destroyed by the Khmer Rouge.
It all began in 2002, when Dengue Fever formed and released their eponymous debut. Packed chock-full of ‘lost’ Khmer covers, the band paid homage to Khmer rock, a hybrid of Vietnam War-era surf, psych, and classic rock, performed by Cambodian giants like Ros Sereysothea, Pan Ron, and Sinn Sisamouth. The roots of the band trace back to a 6-month trek through Southeast Asia by keyboardist Ethan Holtzman in late 1990s. Returning to Los Angeles with a suitcase crammed full of Cambodian cassette tapes, Holtzman and his brother Zac, who had discovered the same music through a friend working at a record store in San Francisco, reunited and founded Dengue Fever. Nimol joined the band when she realized the band shared a genuine passion for the music and culture of her homeland. The Deepest Lake is the band’s latest release.
DON’T THINK I’VE FORGOTTEN: CAMBODIA’S LOST ROCK N’ ROLL with live performance by Chhom Nimol and Zac Holtzman of Dengue Fever
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 19, 7:00 P.M.
ASIA SOCIETY TEXAS CENTER