A film about Simon Bolivar, in San Francisco.

édgar ramírez  as simón bolívar photo courtesy of cohen media group_{8575d914-c5c1-e311-a4a4-d4ae527c3b65}It opens on October 3 in selected Bay area theaters. An epic film about legendary Simón Bolívar, El Libertador of the Americas presents Venezuelan-native Edgar Ramirez as Bolivar, and Spanish actress María Valverde (A Puerta Fría), as his beloved wife, along with a fine group of actors.

The film does not appear to be a documentary, but rather a fictional story based on his victories, struggles,  leadership, and his dreams for creating a united South America.

Here is what the producers say about The Liberator:

The Libertador tells the story of Simón Bolívar, one of the most prominent Latin American leaders in the colonial struggle for independence from the Spanish crown. Centering on a thirty year period in Bolívar’s life (1800-1830), Arvelo’s film traces his improbable, circuitous rise to power, his unprecedented military victory – establishing the first union of newly independent countries, Gran Colombia, over which he presided for over ten years – and his ultimate fall from political grace.”

Opens October 3

  • Century 9 in San Francisco
  • Century Northgate in San Rafael
  • Maya Cinemas Salinas in Salinas
  • Maya Cinemas Pittsburg in Pittsburg
  • Regal Olympus Pointe in Roseville

The Libertador is directed by Alberto Arvelo and written by Timothy J. Sexton (Children of Men), with original music by Gustavo Dudamel (Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela; Los Angeles Philharmonic). It is produced by Alberto Arvelo, Ana Loehnert and Winfried Hammacher (As If I Am Not There; Deadfall). The executive producer is Édgar Ramirez.

quote leftI swear before you; I swear on the God of my parents; I swear on them; I swear on my honor and I swear on my country that I shall not give rest to my arm nor respite to my soul until I have broken the chains that oppress us by the will of the Spanish power. quote right

– Simon Bolivar.

Bohemia Comes From Opera, Boleros and Trova.

Mexican soprano knows how to mix it.  Content by Lupita Peimbert.

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It was her first time performing in San Francisco, at charming venue in the heart of the Mission District. Mexican soprano Rocío Jiménez combined opera, boleros, and Latin American Trova, and we liked it! Rocío Jiménez‘ sultry, delicate voice, the amazing guitar music by Hugo Waizinger, and a couple of female piano players, turned a simple evening into a bohemian night, at the small theater in the Community Music Center.

“Es la historia de un amor
como no hay otro igual
que me hizo comprender
todo el bien, todo el mal
que le dio luz a mi vida
apagándola después
hay que vida tan obscura
sin tu amor no viviré.”

A night filled with delightful nostalgia. Here is a little taste of it.

Rocío Jiménez en San Francisco por primera vez.

Rocio was born in Tepic, Nayarit; she grew up in Tuxtla and eventually moved to Guadalajara, Jalisco, where she currently resides. One can find the artist performing at cafes, art-bars, and at some unusual places.

“It has been my purpose to bring opera, which is my passion, to as many people as possible, let them hear it, feel it, and understand it. I do it by mixing it with other musical genres I also love: boleros and trovas,” the soprano says.

Her repertoire includes Litto Nebbia and Silvio Rodriguez, two giants of the Latin American song, or Trova. Rocío likes the public to take part during her performances. She asks you to sing along, and behaves like a friend of yours while on stage.

Opera is her background and training. Forgive me but I didn’t record her opera songs. The boleros and the trovas is what I recorded, and I got her to sing backstage, a Capella, and to share in her native Spanish a little more about her life.

Check a mini-interview here.

The public appreciated Rocío Jiménez performance. We applauded and sang along. She was invited to sing in the South Bay on October 4th, at an event in the Mexican Consulate in San Jose. I think it would be great to have her again in San Francisco, and let larger audiences see her bohemian mix.  [Content: LP]


When The Giants Come To Town…

Meet Walter from San Francisco. He loves the Giants, and he loves to sing. I saw him at Dolores Park the other day, while he was searching the grass with a metal detector. He used to attend public meetings at City Hall, literally voicing his opinions. Great guy, and a loyal Giants’ fan. Go Giants!

Sotrytelling by Lupita Peimbert.