Festival Recommendation
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(Celia the Queen plays the Tribeca Film Festival on April 26, 2008)

Meet the “Queen of Salsa”, Celia Cruz. The trailer for the film is calm, reflective, and spans years of memories. It’s a nice ride. (Celia The Queen Trailer). Celia was a complicated woman. She spent a lifetime representing Cuba on every corner of the globe, yet she died before ever having a chance to see her homeland again. It’s deep.

Below is a sentimental pic from my childhood. It’s Celia at my fathers restaurant/supperclub in Miami where she jammed occasionally. Beside her is Pedro Knight, her husband, who was the coolest guy that hung out in our bar. Check out those lambchops!

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(Celia & Pedro at Centro Vasco, Miami)

They had a great love story. They met, flirted, and hooked up while playing in the elegant big band era in 1940’s Cuba. He was a trumpet player with the orchestra La Sonora Matancera, and they made beautiful music for 15 years. They fled Cuba together and lived in exile for the rest of their lives. Total soul mates until their final days.

Celia The Queen, directed by Joe Cardona, plays Tribeca Film Fest on April 26, 2008. For tickets, go to Tribeca Film Fest site. There’s going to be lots of friends and family in the room (and in the air) that night celebrating her life.

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RIP Celia Cruz
October 21, 1925 – July 16, 2003