See the story of El Cerrito’s own record label!
“This Ain’t No Mouse Music” is a new documentary about Chris Strachwitz and Arhoolie Records. Chris is the founder of Arhoolie and Down Home Music, the record store in El Cerrito that’s just a few blocks from the theater. He’s a German immigrant who fell in love with American traditional music and created a record company so he could capture it. He’s been running Arhoolie Records since 1960, and in that time has recorded Cajun and Zydeco, New Orleans brass bands, Tex-Mex, blues, bluegrass, country and many other types of music. What it all has in common is authenticity and gutsiness—Strachwitz isn’t interested in anything that’s wimpy or watered down.
“This Ain’t No Mouse Music” was produced and directed by Maureen Gosling and Chris Simon (both former collaborators of Les Blank). They will be present for a Q&A session after the movie, as will Chris Strachwitz himself. The event is a benefit for the Arhoolie Foundation, which is dedicated to the preservation of vernacular culture.
There will be only one showing of “This Ain’t No Mouse Music” at the Cerrito on September 18 at 7:00. All seats are $15. Moviegoers are advised to get advance tickets at the box office or online, as shows may sell out. “This Ain’t No Mouse Music” will also be shown from September 19 through September 25 at the Elmwood in Berkeley and at Rialto Cinemas in Sebastopol. Chris Strachwitz, Maureen Gosling and Chris Simon will not be present at the screenings in Berkeley or Sebastopol.
Have you discovered Scene, on the right side of the lobby? Scene wine/food bar offers tempting food such as panini, snacks and salads—and they can all be brought to your seat in the theater. Scene opens daily at 4:30 and is a great place to visit—even when you’re not going to a movie.