The Mont Alto Orchestra's schedule of silent films and dances

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September 13, 2015

Tea Dance

Avalon Ballroom
6185 Arapahoe Ave

2 - 5 pm •$15 / $10 students / volunteers free!

Tango, onestep, waltz, and foxtrot to the sounds of the Mont Alto Ragtime and Tango Orchestra, with singer Susan Rogers. A free lesson will be given at 1 pm by Jim X. Borzym. The Avalon Ballroom is the largest and most pleasant dance floor in Boulder County, and the music is excellently played and eminently danceable.

September 24, 2015

Why Be Good?

Cook County Community College, Concordia Kansas


The Marian D. Cook series will host us for a performance of our new jazzy score for the 1929 silent comedy-romance "Why Be Good?" The film, staring Colleen Moore, a contemporary of Clara Bow and Joan Crawford, was recently discovered in Italy after it was thought to have been lost forever. It is the story of Pert Kelly, a shop girl by day and a flapper by night. The image of a modern girl in the late 1920's, Pert has a wild reputation, but really lives at home with her parents. When Junior, the boss's son falls for her, Pert loses her job. Junior is still smitten and devises a test to convince his father of Pert's virtue.

September 26, 2015

The Oyster Princess
Battling Butler

Bowlus Center
Iola KS A


What can we say? A wacky comedy by Ernst Lubitsch, and a classic but rarely screend Buster Keaton feature, AND the Marx Brothers. Check out the schedule, and go to Iola!


November 21, 2015


Pioneer Museum
Colorado Springs, CO

7 pm. Free.

Ramona (Dolores Del Rio) is the ward of a wealthy ranch owner in early California. Though courted by the ranch owner's son, she falls in love with an Indian sheep shearer -- but this leads her into a world of racial discrimination. Based on the hugely popular and influential 1884 novel by Helent Hunt Jackson, this film was considered lost for decades, but thanks to the Czech Film Archive and the Library of Congress, a new English language print was made available in 2014.

This performance has an unusual twist: the room where we will be performing is just down the hall from Ramona author Helen Hunt Jackson's house, which now is an exhibit at the Pioneer Museum!