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Mexican Wrestler Masked Theme Party, tonight!

If you arrive at RazzBarry on Friday, April 25 between 7 to 9 p.m. for a film party titled "Fiesta de los Luchas," among the people you may see could be Tim Ferlito or Jon Case. They are the creators of the remade film "Ivory Bastards Against Extinction," a lucha libre masterpiece from Mexican Television. The film is being screened on Saturday, April 26 at 6:45 p.m. at the Palace Theater as part of the Syracuse International Film Festival. The owner of RazzBarry, Theresa Barry, said, "It's a weird, funny, wonderful movie."

What follows are instructions for how to behave when wearing a Mexican wrestling mask to RazzBarry's party for the film.

First of all, come prepared with a masked identity, including a name and a signature move, such as a plancha (body press) or a patadas voladoras (drop kick). If you arrive at RazzBarry without these, you will be given an identity. There are Mexican wrestling masks available for purchase at RazzBarry or you can make your own. Alternatively, you could print a template from the web and cut it out. While wearing your masked identity, be sure your goal is to save the world. Pretend you are not human. Look for an appearance by the character El Cojo Mente or RazzBarry's mascot, El Razbario.

On the way there, keep an eye out for inappropriate behavior near the Everson, such as a most famous secret agent offering children cigarettes. Beware of holes in the ground and people wearing adult animal costumes. During the party, also look for a special appearance by the CNY Roller Derby wearing masks and roller-skating around the block.

If you're still reading you must be intrigued!

Perhaps it would help to know more about what lucha libre is. The term is Spanish for "free fighting." In a featured story on NPR as part of the program "Day to Day" on November 7, 2005, lucha libre was described as a term for "professional wrestling, vaudeville, a venerable cinema genre and the Bushido code of the Japanese Samurai all wrapped up in one campy and crowd-pleasing spectacle." Perhaps the most famous real "luchador," as lucha libre performers are called, was El Santo or "The Saint," who began his career in the 1940s as a silver-masked wrestler and went on to wrestle, appear in comic books and movies for many decades, thus making the sport of Lucha Libre a definite part of mainstream culture.

"You have to have fun... that's half the battle," explains Theresa Barry of RazzBarry. When she opened her shop 14 years ago in Armory Square, at first she just carried clothing until, as legend has it, the store's mascot El Razbario came by to announce that RazzBarry had been chosen, because of its colorful atmosphere and fun design, to become a destination for all things fun. It was after that point the store became known for "off-beat fun things," Theresa said.

A Mexican wrestling masked theme party for a lucha libre film is certainly fitting.

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