The story of Celia Cruz is the story of salsa music itself. From her earliest forays into Cuban nightlife with La Sonora Matancera, to her international acclaim (complete with Grammys and the National Medal of Arts), Cruz took salsa around the world and gave the power of azúcar to the masses. It is only fitting that the very popular Celia Cruz Smithsonian exhibit would close with a screening of Salsa: Latin Pop Music in the Cities, a documentary that illustrates those infectious Latin rhythms.
The 60-minute doc takes viewers from the Cuban countryside to the throbbing heart of bustling New York City, tracing the journey of salsa and shining the spotlight on the genres most influential musicians. Besides getting a dose of Cruz, viewers can also enjoy rare recording sessions by the likes of Tito Puente, Rubén Blades, and Charlie Palmieri. See it today at 1:30, and send Celia off with a bang at the Bass Museum of Art.
Sun., Aug. 19, 1:30 p.m.