Little Richard Doc At Columbus

(4.11) Head over to the Columbus Theatre tonight for a screening of “Little Richard: I Am Everything” the story of the black queer origins of rock n’ roll.

[The film] explodes the whitewashed canon of American pop music to reveal the innovator – the originator – Richard Penniman. Through a wealth of archive and performance that brings us into Richard’s complicated inner world, the film unspools the icon’s life story with all its switchbacks and contradictions.

From Rolling Stone mag:

The film (a Rolling Stone co-production) tells the story of the musical pioneer while simultaneously exploring the black queer origins of rock music and how it was successfully whitewashed throughout American pop culture. . .

The trailer . . . teases some of the heavier themes the film explores, like Richard’s tenuous relationship with his own queerness and the way he struggled to live as his true self while empowering others to do exactly that. There are also interviews with an array of Black and queer scholars, plus some of the artists Richard influenced, from Mick Jagger and Paul McCartney to filmmaker John Waters.

Not rated. Running time: 1  hour, 41 minutes.

I Am Everything, $10, 7pm, Tuesday, April 11, Columbus Theatre, 270 Broadway, (directions)

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