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Special Dinner & Movie Event at The San Juan Grill!

By Matt Lanning - Posted on 13 October 2008

10/17/2008 - 6:00pm
10/18/2008 - 10:00pm

(editor's note: I am SO sad to miss this one! I'm in San Francisco right now and have seen Beth on many occasions in some very important art/music performances. DO NOT miss this one, Silverton!)

You are cordially invited to join us Friday and Saturday, Oct. 17 & 18 to savor the hearty flavors of a classic Russian meal (6:00 PM), followed by a very special presentation of the 1929 Russian silent movie My Grandmother (7:30 PM). Beth Custer (Greg’s sister, a well-respected SF Bay Area musician and composer) coupled this amazing film with her own score (performed by the Beth Custer Ensemble and special guests). Come meet Beth and enjoy an evening of Russian culture, right here in beautiful Silverton. Reservations are strongly suggested. Call 970-387-9918. We look forward to seeing you!

MY GRANDMOTHER —a silent film by Soviet Georgian director Kote Mikaberidze made in 1929 and banned by the Soviet regime for 40 years.

Forgotten for a half-century, Kote Mikaberidze's MY GRANDMOTHER (CHEMI BEBIA/1929) is a delightful example of the Soviet Eccentric Cinema movement as well as an irreverent satire of the then still-young Soviet State system. Noted for its anarchic styles—which include stop-motion, puppetry, exaggerated camera angles, animation and constructivist sets—the film unspools the foibles and follies that abound when a Georgian paper pusher, modeled after American silent comic Harold Lloyd, loses his job.

Beth Custer created a quick-paced pastiche of American jazz and blues, contemporary classical, and world folk music.

BETH CUSTER is a composer, performer, bandleader, clarinet teacher, and the proprietor of BC Records. She is a founding member of the silent film soundtrack purveyors the Club Foot Orchestra; 4th world ambient ensemble Trance Mission; the quartet of esteemed clarinetists Clarinet Thing; the trip-hop duo Eighty Mile Beach ; and the Latin-jazz-rock influenced Doña Luz 30 Besos. She now leads The Beth Custer Ensemble, which recently toured Russia , Great Britain , and the Czech Republic performing her live score to the 1929 Soviet Georgian silent film MY GRANDMOTHER. Beth has received many awards for her music including, most recently, a Civitella Residency wherein she spent six weeks in a castle outside of Rome composing. Visit for more info.

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