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Week Four of the Month of the American Culture Features Afro-Caribbean Jazz Contemporary Art and Documentary Films

Riga, April 16, 2010. – Week four of "Made in the USA: Month of American Culture" will feature the following events:

FILM PROGRAM "AMERICAN DREAMS"

The documentary film program "American Dreams" will take place in seven cities in Latvia – Ventspils, Valmiera, Jçkabpils, Daugavpils, Rçzekne, Jelgava and Rîga. The program will feature acclaimed, award-winning feature-length documentaries by American filmmakers that tap into the aspirations of a range of Americans and explore how they achieve their dreams.

Among the documentaries screened will be "Spellbound", "Murderball", "Born into Brothels" and "The September Issue". Free admission.

Monday, April 19, 19:00 – Ventspils Cultural Center, Kuldîgas iela 18 – Ventspils opening and screening of "The September Issue"

Tuesday, April 20, 15:40 – Daugavpils University – Daugavpils Opening and screening of "Spellbound"

Tuesday, April 20, 19:00 – Ventspils Cultural Center, Kuldîgas iela 18 – "Born Into Brothels"

Tuesday, April 20 – Thursday, April 29 – Various Valmiera High Schools

Wednesday, April 21, 14:00 – Rîga Central Library – Riga opening and screening of "Spellbound"

Thursday, April 22, 13:00 – Jçkabpils State Gymnazium, Blaumaòa iela 27 – "Born Into Brothels"

Thursday, April 22, 15:40 – Daugavpils University – "Murderball"

Thursday, April 22, 18:00 – Ventspils University College, Inþenieru iela 101 – "The September Issue"

AFRO-CARRIBEAN JAZZ

The Brian Lynch NYU Afro-Caribbean Jazz Octet is a Latin jazz group is led by Grammy Award winning trumpeter Brian Lynch, a recording artist and bandleader who has performed with diverse artists, including Afro-Caribbean pioneer Eddie Palmieri, bebop maestro Phil Woods and pop luminary Prince. Lynch is currently is on the faculty at New York University as well as conducting clinics and workshops at prestigious institutions of learning the world over. He is bringing a group of his talented music students to Latvia to perform a program of smooth and stylish Latin jazz.

Thursday, April 22, 17:35 – 18:05 – Brian Luynch and NYU students will be featured on live LTV1 TV show "Sems".

Thursday, April 22, 19:00 – Music and theatre Club "Artelis". Tickets 8Ls. for sale @ Artelis & Biïeðu paradîze.

Friday, April 23, 19:30 – Spîíeri Concert Hall. Tickets 3-5Ls. for sale @ Biïeðu serviss.

Saturday, April 24, 19:00 PM – Concert at Cçsu 2. pamatskola, Gaujas iela 45. Tickets – Ls 2.

CONTEMPORARY ART EXHIBITIONS

Paul DeMarinis "The Messenger". Paul DeMarinis is an acclaimed American artist who creates installation works based on electronic media. His is also a professor in the art department of Stanford University. DeMarinis’ major installation work, The Messenger, is currently exhibited in Spikeri.

It explores themes of technology, communication and electronic media in the modern age. Work description: E-mail messages received over the Internet are displayed letter by letter on three alphabetic telegraph receivers: a large array of 26 talking washbasins, each intoning a letter of thealphabet in Spanish; a chorus line of 26 dancing skeletons and a series of 26 electrolytic jars with metal electrodes in the form of the letters A to Z that oscillate and bubble when electricity is passed through them.

April 16 – May 9 – Kim? Spîíeri, Maskavas iela 12/1, Mon, Tue – closed, Wed Thurs, Fri 14:00 – 19:00, Sat, Sun – 12:00 – 18:00.


Aaron Schuman "Once Upon a Time in the West".

Aaron Schuman, an American photographer, writer, and curator, is currently based in the United Kingdom. Schuman worked with Annie Leibovitz before launching his own freelance career in 2000. Schuman’s exhibition, "Once Upon a Time in the West" was photographed on the eroding sets and locations of celebrated 1960’s ‘spaghetti Westerns’, deep in the deserts of southern Spain.

Aaron Schuman has written, "For several years I have pursued work concerned with the propagation of American myths abroad. I recently became fascinated by the notion that a fundamental American archetype – the Wild West, and its associations with freedom, independence, rebelliousness, brutality, morality, honor and so on – had been transposed by an Italian film director onto the landscape of Franco’s Spain, and subsequently came to define this ‘quintessentially American’ genre in itself.

Furthermore, I was particularly interested in discovering what these remnants – flimsy, worn and weathered, but still standing forty years on – might insinuate about the state of contemporary America, along with its ideals, reputation, ambitions, visions and illusions today."

April 16 – May 9 – Kim? Spîíeri, Maskavas iela 12/1, Mon, Tue – closed, Wed Thurs, Fri 14:00 – 19:00, Sat, Sun – 12:00 – 18:00.

LITERARY BROADCASTS ON LATVIAN NATIONAL RADIO

Tuesday, April 20, 22:15 – 22:45, Latvian National Radio – Novel "The Tombs of Atuan" by Ursula K. Le Guin.

Wednesday, April 21, 22:15 – 22:45, Latvian National Radio – Novel "The Farthest Shore" by Ursula K. Le Guin.

Thursday, April 22, 22:15 – 22:45, Latvian National Radio – Novel "Walden, or Life in the Woods" by Henry David.

Saturday, April 24, 17:00, Latvian National Radio – Theatre play performedby the Latvian National Theatre "The Prince and The Pauper"" by Mark Twain.

Sunday, April 25, 17:00, Latvian National Radio – Theatre play performed by the Latvian National Theatre "The Prince and The Pauper"" by Mark Twain.

For more information about upcoming events throughout Latvia that are part of the Month of American Culture, please see the social networking site: http://usculture.ning.com.

For media inquires and interview requests with Month of Culture guests, please, contact the U.S. Embassy Public Affairs Section at the contact information below.

The following is a press release from the U.S. Embassy in Riga
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