The Second Coming: “Professor Diablo’s True Revue II” at the Casbah, Tuesday, June 26

"Mark's Passage." Photograph by Jeff Whetstone

The Center for Documentary Studies, in partnership with The Hinge, is thrilled to present the second installment of Professor Diablo’s True Revue, an evening of art and performance at the Durham, North Carolina, club Casbah featuring writers, musicians, visual artists, and others who make extensive use of documentary fieldwork and research in the creation of their art. The inaugural performance played to a packed house in April. (Scroll down to see a video.)

In True Revue II, Professor Diablo offers a music-video-photography-theater mashup about dark holes in the ground, strike busting, flooded valleys, the classic John Sayles film Matewan, and power, featuring acclaimed playwright Mike Wiley, Triangle country roots rockers Hiss Golden Messenger, and photographer Jeff Whetstone. Read more about it in this Independent Weekly story.

Professor Diablo’s True Revue II
Tuesday, June 26, 8 p.m.
Casbah, 1007 W. Main St.
Durham, North Carolina

NOTE: The event itself is free, but Patrons of Casbah, a private club, need to be members or a guest of a member; a lifetime membership is three dollars cash at the door. 

Professor Diablo’s True Revue II collaborators:

Mike Wiley is an acclaimed actor and playwright who has spent the last decade fulfilling his mission to bring educational theatre to young audiences and communities across the country. In the early days of his career, Wiley found few theatrical resources to shine a light on key events and figures in African-American history. To bring these stories to life, he started his own production company. His most recent works include a one-man play based on Tim Tyson’s memoir Blood Done Sign My Name and The Parchman Hour, an ensemble production celebrating the bravery and determination of the Freedom Riders who risked their lives to desegregate Southern interstate bus travel in 1961.

Hiss Golden Messenger is Durham, North Carolina–based songwriter M.C. Taylor, in partnership with multi-instrumentalist Scott Hirsch, who lives in Brooklyn, New York. The pair have been playing music together for nearly two decades. Poor Moon is the fourth proper Hiss Golden Messenger release, and serves as the best summation thus far of Taylor’s lone journeys through the dark night of the soul. “God is good, and it’s understood,” he sings. “But he moves in mysterious ways.”

Jeff Whetstone was born in Chattanooga, Tennessee and has been photographing and writing about the relationship between man and nature since he received a zoology degree from Duke University in 1990. Whetstone served for five years as an artist-in residence at Appalshop, Inc., a media arts center located in the coalfields of eastern Kentucky. While working at Appalshop, Whetstone was the project director for the Before the Flood exhibition that premiered at the National Folk Festival. His photographs and writing have been featured in Southern Changes, DoubleTake, Southern Exposure, Daylight Magazine, and elsewhere. Jeff Whetstone is represented by Julie Saul Gallery, New York; Karyn Lovegrove Gallery, Los Angeles; and Jackson Fine Art, Atlanta.

Watch performances from Professor Diablo’s True Revue I: “Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea”:

Video produced by Joel Mora.

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