MELVIN VAN PEEBLES’ 80th BIRTHDAY BAASSSSSH
- Tuesday, August 21 at 5:30pm
THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT. A very limited number of tickets may be available at box office at show time.
“He didn’t open doors; he blew them off the hinges.” 1971’s Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song crashed box office charts despite being an all-Black indie production before there was such a thing. But its star and maker had already been an Air Force pilot, San Fran cable car gripman, novelist (author of five books... in French!), painter, sculptor, pioneer rapper, twice-Tony-nominated Broadway playwright, local news commentator, Wall Street trader, provocateur, you name it. Hard to believe that Melvin Van Peebles did all of this — and much more — in a mere eight decades (and still going strong). Tonight, on his actual 80th, the legend himself will be interviewed onstage by filmmaker Joe Angio, director of How to Eat Your Watermelon in White Company (and Enjoy It), the 2005 documentary on Melvin, in an evening interspersed with film clips... and guaranteed surprises. Produced by Bruce Goldstein.