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Doors open 6:30PM | Film Starts 7:30PM


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Pete Seeger was born May 3rd, 1919. This year marks the centennial of his birth. The folk singer and activist died in 2014 but his music and spirit live on. To honor his legacy, the Empress Film Club is presenting a documentary film followed by a community sing-along led by local musicians.

Wasn’t That a Time is a moving tribute to The Weavers. Formed in Greenwich Village in 1948, the folk quartet featured Lee Hays, Ronnie Gilbert, Fred Hellerman along with Seeger. They became unexpected pop stars with harmonic versions of On Top of Old Smokey and Good Night Irene. Their careers were disrupted by blacklisting during the McCarthey-era “Red Scare.” The film follows them as they prepare for a reunion concert at Carnegie Hall in 1980.

Immediately following the film, everyone will participate in a sing-along of songs that Pete Seeger performed. Lyrics will be provided and don’t need to carry a tune. Leading this “Re-Pete” singalong, as they did following 2017’s Visions of the Wild screening of Pete Seeger: The Power of Song, are local musicians Amanda Cundiff and Dave Tilton. Sing out!


Become a Film Club Member

As a non-profit organization, the Empress Film Club depends on the loyalty of our members. Members receive free access to screenings and may participate in our film selections and festival planning. Many screenings feature Q&As with film talent, directors and screenwriters. Join our community of engaged and diverse film-lovers as we continue to deliver programs that entertain, enrich and educate. Screenings are generally on the second and/or fourth Thursday of the month at 7:30pm. However, dates and times do vary from month to month, so please check this website for program details.