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FILM: Siren of the Tropics 

Sunday, July 10

Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture continues its Classic International Black Cinema Series this afternoon with a screening of Siren of the Tropics. The 1927 film stars the lovely Josephine Baker (see her pictured with a feline friend). Baker — the first African-American woman to star in a major motion picture — plays Papitou, a Caribbean native who falls for Andre, a visiting French engineer. Upon his departure, Papitou heads to Paris, where she claims a new career path in the entertainment biz and strives to capture Andre's heart. The next screening (on Aug. 14) in the series, Zouzou will also star Baker. Free with museum admission. 2 p.m. The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture, 551 S. Tryon St. 704-547-3700. www.ganttcenter.org.

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