At Dudley House this month, highlights include the music of the world, the Broadway stage, and the annual FredFest. For more, please see the Dudley website.
A World of Music
Saturday, May 11, 8 p.m., Dudley House Dining Hall. The Dudley World Music Ensemble Concert invites you to feast your senses on a wild mix of musical flavors from around the world — from Ottoman classical music to Qawwali-inspired, pop-rock songs from India; from full-on video game music to the tranquil sounds of ancient China. Come and enjoy this eclectic repertoire of music you otherwise can't hear anywhere. Reception to follow.
Our Annual FredFest
Friday, May 10, noon–10 p.m., Graduate Student Lounge. Curated by Dudley House Administrator Susan Zawalich, the Fred Astaire Birthday Festival is a day and night celebration of the birth of Fred Astaire (May 10, 1899), the timeless American dancer and entertainer who starred in some of the most wonderful films of the 20th-century American canon. Drop in anytime for films and refreshments (including Ginger floats, Fred water, and birthday cake)!
- Noon. Introduction to Fred Astaire
- 12:15 p.m. In 1981 The American Film Institute honored Fred with its Life Achievement Award at a televised banquet — a magnificent, star-studded introduction to his life and work, with clips of some of his greatest film performances.
- 2 p.m. The Bandwagon (1953, 112 min.) From the era of great MGM musicals. A glimpse into the backstage traumas of putting on a stage musical, often mentioned as one of the greatest film musicals of all times.
Birthday cake and coffee served after the film.
- 4:15 p.m. Easter Parade (1948, 103 min.) The only film Fred made with Judy Garland — and they make a marvelous team.
- 6 p.m. Holiday Inn (1942, 100 min.) Fred is joined by Bing Crosby in this Irving Berlin musical.
- 7:45 p.m. Flying Down to Rio (1933, 89 min.) We end our journey back in time, enjoying this madly entertaining film that first paired Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers.