Marc Ribot rocks ‘The Kid’ this Saturday at PS 10

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Brooklyn-based composer and experimental guitar guru Marc Ribot will perform his original musical score to Charlie Chaplin’s “The Kid” live at a screening of the film at PS 10 in the South Slope on Oct. 15.

Ribot — who has drifted among classic rock, free jazz and No Wave in a career featuring collaborations with Tom Waits, Elvis Costello and Cuban musician Arsenio Rodriquez — scored “The Kid” as part of the New York Guitar Festival last year.

“Marc is fabulous,” said Amy Schwartzman, vice president of the school’s PTA. “And the film, ‘The Kid,’ is really timely because Chaplin’s character finds a little tramp and raises him during the Depression. We’re in a recession, so it resonates beyond just a quaint, sweet, charming movie.”

The performance at PS 10 will raise funds for the school’s arts programs, classroom materials and a new math program — appropriate, considering the subject matter of the Depression-era film.

Schwartzman and her fellow PTA members hope that Ribot — and “The Kid” — will draw a big enough audience to significantly help their fundraising efforts, even though the tickets are priced as a suggested donation.

“We’ve had severe budget cuts this year, and with the economy, we think this event will be a big help,” Schwartzman said.

“The Kid,” with a live score by Marc Ribot at PS 10 [511 Seventh Ave. between Prospect Avenue and 17th Street in Park Slope, (718) 965-1190], Oct. 15, 3 pm. For info, visit

Updated 5:26 pm, July 9, 2018
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