Media Release


Tuesday, March 11, 2014
For Immediate Release

Contact: Jace Radke
Telephone: 229-2205


The Hot Club Of San Francisco Presents Cinema Vivant
Live Gypsy Swing Set To Vintage Silent Films At Historic Fifth Street School, March 29


       Tickets are now on sale for The Hot Club of San Francisco performance Cinema Vivant Saturday, March 29, at 7:30 p.m. at the Historic Fifth Street School, 401 S. Fourth St. Tickets are $10 in advance when purchased at or $15 at the door.      

       Imagine yourself in the idyllic French countryside in the 1930s. Sometime before dark, a gypsy caravan sets up camp in a field outside of town, luring the locals out for an evening’s fun. The wanderers travel with a film projector, pointing it at the side of a barn. As the images flicker to life beneath the stars, gypsy musicians play their guitars and fiddles, matching every movement on the screen with characteristic virtuosity, passion and humor. Reviving this lost entertainment, The Hot Club of San Francisco presents Cinema Vivant, an evening of vintage silent films accompanied by live gypsy swing. Two Ladislaw Starewicz films are featured in Cinema Vivant: “The Cameraman's Revenge” and “The Mascot.”      

       The Hot Club of San Francisco is an ensemble of accomplished and versatile musicians celebrating the music of Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli’s pioneering Quintette du Hot Club de France. The ensemble borrows the all-string instrumentation of violin, bass and guitars from the original Hot Club, but breathes new life into the music with innovative arrangements of classic tunes and original compositions from the group’s lead guitarist, Paul Mehling. For more information on the group, visit


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