Thursday, September 10, 2009

Movie night: Townes Van Zandt documentary

Alamo Drafthouse logoTonight, the Alamo Ritz on Sixth Street will screen a documentary about the legendary Texas country-folk musician Townes Van Zandt. If you haven't heard of Van Zandt (and shame on you if you haven't), the guy is a legend and is respected by Texas musicians of all backgrounds. Supposedly, he frequently turned down opportunities to write songs with Bob Dylan, who was a professed fan of Van Zandt's. He was also an interesting dude who chugged straight whiskey in the afternoon.

You can watch the documentary Be Here to Love Me at the Ritz at 7p. The film first screened at SXSW four years ago. Fair warning: Tickets are $25 at the door. Pretty steep, but if you can afford it you should go. The proceeds benefit Austin Bat Cave, a nonprofit that helps kids and teens improve their creative writing skills. Filmmaker Margaret Brown will be on hand to talk about her film. Thanks to Slackerwood for the heads-up on this one (link).

If you can't afford the ticket price, there are plenty of cheap local shows tonight in the $5 range. The Lemurs and White White Lights invade Mohawk here, while Emo's hosts a cavalcade of humorously named bands here.

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