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Woody Allen will revisit the scene of his movie Vicky Cristina Barcelona on New Year's Eve, when he'll give a gala performance with the Eddy Davis New Orleans Jazz Band at the city's Liceu opera house.
The holiday concert, followed by a dinner in the theater lobby for 350 VIP ticketholders, could rekindle the director-clarinet player's relationship with the Barcelona public, which took an antagonistic turn during the filming of 2008's Vicky Cristina. The shooting of the movie Allen called his "love letter to Barcelona" at postcard-worthy locations in the city center disrupted the flow of everyday traffic, irking locals. A bigger controversy arose when it was revealed that the state and city governments had contributed taxpayer dollars to the film’s budget. Such was the uproar that Allen reportedly ended up cancelling two other projects originally planned for production in Spain, and moved on to London, Paris and Rome.
Allen and the New Orleans Jazz Band have been playing a weekly date this fall at NY’s Café Carlyle. They will also perform Dec. 23 at Royce Hall in Los Angeles.