McNay Art Museum will host a free screening of the musical film In the Heights on Thursday | Things to do | San Antonio

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  • In the heights will be screened at a free event at the McNay on Thursday.

The movie version of Oscar-winning director Steven Spielberg West Side Story might be all the headlines this awards season, but another Latinx-led Hollywood musical that debuted last summer was just as entertaining.

In fact, the Running included In the heights in its Top 10 Movies of 2021 list at No. 5 and called it a “joyful celebration of culture and creative family, high spirits and heartfelt.” Our review also highlighted the performances of the entire cast, especially Anthony Ramos and Olga Merediz.

Directed by Jon M. Chu (boobies rich asian) and written by playwright Quiara Alegría Hudes, the film is adapted from the musical of the same name by Hudes and Broadway superstar Lin-Manuel Miranda.

The story follows a group of Washington Heights residents living their lives in Upper Manhattan. Ramos plays Usnavi de la Vega, the owner of a bodega who dreams of one day moving to the Dominican Republic. Merediz plays the community matriarch, whose rendition of the song “Paciencia y Fe” (“Patience and Faith”) is one of the most memorable musical moments in cinema of 2021.

In the heights may not have done well at the box office — it released simultaneously on HBO Max and, you know, there’s a pandemic — but don’t let this one go unnoticed.

Free, 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 3, McNay Art Museum, 6000 N. New Braunfels Ave., (210) 824-5368,

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