The Delicate Prey: The Life and Work of Paul Bowles

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EV associate programmer Carl Hanni presents an evening dedicated to the remarkable work of the legendary expatriate writer, composer, ethnomusicologist and reluctant counter culture figure Paul Bowles. Bowles spent several decades living in Tangier, Morocco, while writing such now famous novels like “The Sheltering Sky” and “The Spider’s House,” while also hosting William S. Burroughs and other notorious literary outlaw figures. The evening will include a talk on his life and work, selections of music he recorded in Morocco, brief readings by Billy Sedlmayr and John Melillo and accompanied by a screening of a fascinating Bowles documentary.

FALL OF THE HOUSE OF USHER TIMES FOUR!!! (Live Sound / Silent Cinema)

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Tonight in conjunction with Tucson’s Big Read Connects, EV presents the most avant-garde interpretation of an Edgar Allen Poe’s tale, The Fall of the House of Usher. Made in Los Angeles in 1928 by James Watson & Melville Webber this B&W American expressionist horror masterpiece will be scored four times by 4 amazing Tucson musicians/bands. Featuring sound & text from Algae & Tentacles, Lousie LeHir + Annie Dolan, Carbon Canyon, and Robert Villa. Come for the love of Poe, music and musical experimentation!

LAVISH LITERARY HOAXES The Cult of JT LeRoy (Tucson Premiere)

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EV is proud to present the Tucson premiere of Marjorie Sturm’s new feature documentary about the scandalous writer JT LeRoy. JT LeRoy was a teen prostitute, addicted to heroin and infected with HIV, when a therapist encouraged him to write his life story. Buoyed by a cadre of celebrities, he published three critically acclaimed books, including Sarah and The Heart is Deceitful Above All Things. But as his fame skyrocketed, the shocking truth emerged: JT was not what he seemed. What followed was a downfall as bewildering as it was tragic. Drawn into LeRoy’s inner circle before the truth came to light, filmmaker Marjorie Sturm was misled like many others. Through intimate interviews with many close to the tarnished figure, Sturm attempts to untangle what really happened, and in the process explores how his deception called into question not only the value of LeRoy’s writing without his “authenticity”, but our culture’s complicity with the author’s seductive cult of personality.