As part of the Melbourne International Jazz Festival, Lido Cinemas will be presenting a very special screening of ‘Tone Scientist’ Sun Ra Arkestra’s 1974 psychedelic funk masterpiece SPACE IS THE PLACE.
ABOUT SPACE IS THE PLACE
Sun Ra – space-age prophet, Pharaonic jester, shaman-philosopher and avant-jazz keyboardist / bandleader – lands his spaceship in Oakland, having been presumed lost in space. With Black Power on the rise, Ra disembarks and proclaims himself “the alter-destiny.” He holds a myth-vs reality rap session with black inner-city youth at a rec center, threatening “to chain you up and take you with me, like they did you in Africa” if they resist his plea to go to outer space. He duels at cards with The Overseer, a satanic overlord, with the fate of the black race at stake. Ra wins the right to a world concert (featuring great performance footage of the Arkestra) but agents sent by the Overseer attempt to assassinate Ra, who manages to vanish, rescues his people, and depart in his spaceship from the exploding planet Earth.
Friday 1 June 2018 at 7:00 PM
675 Glenferrie Road Hawthorn VIC 3122