Historians remember 1973 as an exciting time for fans of government overthrows (coup-noisseurs, if you will), with leaders toppling in Afghanistan, Uruguay, Thailand and Chile that year. On Friday, those coup-noisseurs can think about Chile by "Dancing on Pinochet's Grave" at Sweat Records.
In 1973, 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 then controlled by General Augusto Pinochet, who it is estimated had 3,000 of his citizens killed, another 20,000 brutally tortured, an unknown others disappeared. He somehow died in 2006 without ever managing to stand trial for his crimes.
An asshole and forgetful? Unacceptable.
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Rather than mourning the rise of a dictatorship 40 years ago, on Friday folks will be celebrating 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's 2013 Best Folk Band) and singers Rod MacDonald and Nick Annis.
Dancing is optional during the short documentary about resistance graffiti collectives who painted murals during Pinochet's rule. And if you came stag, consider partnering with Abdy Javadzadeh, a FIU sociology professor who will be providing enough background on Chilean politics for you to not feel guilty about celebrating a stranger's death.
And 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, please grow up and become a citizen of the world. There are fun parties and good music in it for you if you do. On Friday, they're free and start at 6 p.m. Visit sweatrecordsmiami.com or call 786-693-9309.