Born in Germany in 1931, Chris Strachwitz is arguably second only to the Lomaxes when it comes to informing us about our own musical heritage. With the release of Mance Lipscomb: Texas Sharecropper and Songster on his new Arhoolie label in 1960, the same year he opened a now-legendary record store just north of Berkeley, Strachwitz delivered the first of hundreds of seminal blues, country, gospel, jazz, Cajun, and zydeco performances unto curious roots-music fans. Strachwitz will attend tonight’s screening of This Ain’t No Mouse Music, a new documentary about him by Chris Simon and Maureen Gosling. The evening will also include vintage performance clips, two films by the great music documentarian Les Blank, and Arhoolie-catalog tributes by Las Rubias del Norte, Mamie Minch, and El Rey Vallenato Beto Jamaica.
Sat., Sept. 27, 6 p.m., 2014