Historians remember 1973 as an exciting time for fans of government overthrows (coup-noisseurs?), with leaders toppling in Afghanistan, Uruguay, Thailand, and Chile that year. This Friday, we’ll think about Chile by Dancing on Pinochet’s Grave at Sweat Records (5505 NE Second Ave., Miami).
In ’73, the elected socialist president Salvador Allende was violently forced out of power by the Chilean military with help from the U.S. government. For more than 15 years after, Chile was controlled by Gen. Augusto Pinochet, who is estimated to have ordered 3,000 of his citizens killed, another 20,000 brutally tortured, and unknown others disappeared. He died in 2006 without ever standing trial for his crimes.
This Friday, rather than mourning the rise of a dictatorship 40 years ago, folks will celebrate the resistance to Pinochet and the popular movements that led to Allende’s election in the first place. Literalists, beware: Pinochet is not actually buried under the Sweat Records dance floor. But this should not stop you from foxtrotting along to South Florida riot-folk band Unity Rise (Broward New Times’ 2013 Best Folk Band) and singers Rod MacDonald and Nick Annis. Dancing is optional during the short documentary about resistance graffiti collectives that painted murals during Pinochet’s rule. And if you come stag, consider partnering with Abdy Javadzadeh, an FIU sociology professor who will provide enough background on Chilean politics for you to not feel guilty about celebrating a stranger’s death.
Even if all 1973 means to you is the birth of Tyra Banks, coups are still relevant to you because one happens each time America’s current top model is usurped by America’s next top model. Also, grow up and become a citizen of the world. There are fun parties and good music in it for you if you do.
Fri., Sept. 13, 6-9 p.m., 2013