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TO MAR. 14
Considering how much of contemporary “downtempo” art-disco is derived from soundtrack music, it’s only fair that DJs pay homage to the movies that made such sounds possible in the first place. That’s the agenda of Visions’ new Cinemusic nights, when DJs Adrian Loving and Stevie G match video-shop oldies to compatible (or, in some cases, ironic) grooves. There are some ringers in the selections of flicks: Does Disney’s dorky Tron really belong on the Japanimation schedule? And, a topless Demi Moore aside, is Hollywood’s French-farce remake Blame It on Rio worthy of genuine Brazilian grooves? The transformation of schlock is part of soundtrack-groove music’s plan, though, so maybe early Demi will seem as cool as the sauntering rhythms on Thursday, Feb. 21, when Loving will sync “Bossa Mundo-Carnival Style” sounds to Black Orpheus and Quilombo, as well as the Moore flick. Before that is “Roots, Reggae & Dub: The Original Jamaikan Maan!,” on Thursday, Feb. 7, with The Harder They Come, Rockers, and Bob Marley: Rebel Music. Other pairings include “Trippy, Trippy Lounge: Babes, Bubbles & Blueberries” on Thursday, Feb. 14, with (fair enough) Barbarella and Susperia and (well, maybe) Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory and Sleeper. “Televise the Revolution: By All Means Necessary!” is on Thursday, Feb. 28, with Malcolm X (pictured), When We Were Kings, and Putney Swope. “Otherworld Sci-Fi: Journey From Innerspace to Outerspace” is on Thursday, Mar. 7, with Fantastic Voyage, Logan’s Run, and THX 113. And “Anime Extraordinare: Strap Your Space Blasters On!” is on Thursday, Mar. 14, with Tron, Fantastic Planet, Akira, and Rock & Rule. The series runs to Thursday, Mar. 14, at Visions Cinema Bistro Lounge, 1927 Florida Ave. NW. Free. (202) 667-0090. (Mark Jenkins)