Silver City, Nevada - On May 16th, 2015 at 6pm, the Silver City Arts group will host a screening of the director's cut of "The Life and Times of the Red Dog Saloon" at the Silver City School House at 385 High Street. The documentary is by Silver City native Mary Works Covington, whose father, Don Works, was one of the founders of the Red Dog Saloon in Virginia City. At the conclusion of the film, several long time residents will comment on cultural changes they've noted in Silver City during the last 40 years. The event will also include a display of historical photos and essays on Silver City 1965-2005, plus a display of Mary MacDonald's collection of Comstock music memorabilia. Long time Silver City residents Don Works, Robert Elston, Travus T. Hipp, and Lynne Hughes are among those in the documentary. Film maker Mary Works Covington explains, "The film explores, among other things, the role of the Red Dog Saloon in helping to create and establish the formula for the psychedelic dancehall that became the backbone of the psychedelic music scene later in San Francisco." In the 60's, legendary bands like The Charlatans and Big Brother and the Holding Company played there as well as the PH Phactor Jug Band, Wildflower and Final Solution and many others.
Mary Works Covington is also known for her work as assistant sound and/or dialog editor for films like Titanic, Saving Private Ryan, The English Patient, Contact, The Talented Mr. Ripley and many other films. She is currently the community arts development program coordinator with the Nevada Arts Council.
Display on the "Cultural Re-Population" of Silver City 1965-2005: The arrival of some of those interviewed in the film marked the beginnings of a "cultural re-population" of Silver City, when the demographics of the town took a sharp turn. Records indicate a shift in the education, occupation, age and population of the town beginning in the early 1960's. In addition to the film screening, the evening will also include a display of photos, posters, flyers, essays, artwork, and newspaper columns illustrating a cultural shift in Silver City from 1965 to 2005.
The public is cordially invited to this free event. For more information, call Quest Lakes at (775) 847-0742. The Silver City Arts group hosts many free, public art, film, music, and literary events throughout the year. For more information, see https://www.facebook.com/pages/Silver-City-Arts/618872294885649