Join us Thursday, February 8th at 6 pm for a very special show at the Gertrude C. Ford Center for the Performing Arts (351 University Avenue) in conjunction with the Oxford Film Festival – FREE admission. Guests will include debut novelist Xhenet Aliu (“Brass”); filmmaker/author Dan Mirvish (“Bernard and Huey”) with music by Charlie Worsham (“Beginning of Things”) and our special guest, Tav Falco (“Command Performance”).
Hosts: Jim Dees and our house band, the Yalobushwhackers.
Radio: 92.1 FM (Oxford)
Tav Falco is an innovative rock musician, photographer, filmmaker, author and actor. Raised in Arkansas, Falco moved to Memphis and in 1979 started a band, Panther Burns, that included late Memphis musicians Alex Chilton and Jim Dickinson. In 1981 the band released the EP, Behind the Magnolia Curtain. Falco has continued the Panther Burns with various personnel to this day. Other CDs include, Blow Your Top, Conjurations: Séance for Deranged Lovers, Panther Phobia and Command Performance.
Falco also studied the tango — a lifelong obsession — in both Argentina and France, culminating in his role as a tango dancer in the French film, Dans le Rouge du Couchant in 2003. Falco has produced and directed a number of short films, five of which were added to the official archive in Paris’ Cinematheque Française in 2006.
In 2014, Falco released a feature-length film, Urania Descending, which is set in Little Rock (Pulaski County) and Vienna, Austria. The following year, he published the book An Iconography of Chance: 99 Photographs of the Evanescent South. He is the co-author, with journalist Erik Morse, of a two-volume encyclopedia, Mondo Memphis, a musical and psycho-geographical study of his beloved city.
In 2015, the latest edition of Panther Burns set out on an American concert tour, and in 2017, they reconvened in Memphis to record an album, Falco’s first seasonal effort, A Tav Falco Christmas. Falco lives in Vienna, Austria.
Charlie Worsham is a country music musician originally from Grenada, MS who recently released his second album, Beginning of Things (Warner Music Nashville). His debut CD was Rubberband. This spring he will embark on tour dates with Lee Ann Womack and Miranda Lambert. Worsham is author of the book Follow Your Heart: A Guitar, A Tattoo, And One Man’s Country Music Journey (Spring House Press).
Xhenet Aliu is the author of Brass (Random House), a fierce debut novel about mothers and daughters, haves and have-nots, and the stark realities behind the American Dream. Aliu’s debut fiction collection, Domesticated Wild Things and Other Stories, won the Prairie Schooner Book Prize in Fiction. A native of Waterbury, Connecticut, she now lives in Athens, Georgia.
Dan Mirvish is a filmmaker and author and the co-founder of the Slamdance Film Festival. His latest film is Bernard and Huey based on a screenplay by Oscar/Pulitzer Prize winner, Jules Feiffer. As a director, producer and co-screenwriter, Mirvish made the feature adaptation of the hit Off-Broadway play, Between Us (2012), starring Julia Stiles. He is the author of The Cheerful Subversive’s Guide to Independent Filmmaking (Focal Press).