Professor Diablo Returns to Durham on May 28 to Investigate “Lost and Found”

From the "Collections" series. Photograph by Leah Sobsey.

From the “Collections” series. Photograph by Leah Sobsey.

Co-presented by the Center for Documentary Studies and the Hinge Literary Center, Professor Diablo’s True Revue is a collaborative performance series showcasing artists—writers, musicians, visual artists, and others—who make use of documentary ideas, methods, and impulses in the creation of their work.

Following five full house performances since its launch in the spring of 2012, the True Revue returns club Casbah to dig through arrowheads, love, and weather stations in a one-time event that explores the theme of “Lost and Found” with biologist and artist Courtney Fitzpatrick, songwriter/musician Melissa Swingle, photographer Leah Sobsey, and interdisciplinary artist Jane D. Marsching.

Professor Diablo’s True Revue VI: “Lost and Found”
Tuesday, May 28; doors open at 7 p.m., show at 8 p.m.
1007 W. Main St., Durham, North Carolina
Tickets: $7 in advance, $10 at door. Click here to purchase.

Courtney Fitzpatrick’s undergraduate training was in visual art, and she taught photography at New York City’s Hetrick-Martin Institute before returning to her original interest in evolutionary biology and animal behavior, research that has been supported by Duke University, the National Science Foundation, a Fulbright Fellowship, and the Leakey Foundation. Her collection of nonfiction essays and photographs, Maji Moto: Dispatches from a Drought, emerged from seventeen months in Kenya studying primate reproductive biology in the wild. Fitzpatrick is a post-doctoral fellow at the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center.

Jane D. Marsching is an interdisciplinary artist who explores
 our past, present, and future human impact on the environ
ment through collaborative research-
based practices with scientists, educators,
 kite builders, meteorologists, architects, and musicians, among others. The author of Far Field: Digital Culture, Climate Change and the Poles
, Marsching  is an associate professor and Sustainability Fellow at Massachusetts College of Art and 
Design. Victor McSurely collaborated on her NOAA Webcam piece featured in Professor Diablo’s True Revue.

Leah Sobsey is an artist who works in traditional, digital, and alternative-process photography, mixed media installations, and public art, exploring memory and the notion of collections as they relate to personal and public identities. Sobsey has exhibited nationally in galleries, museums, and public spaces, and her work is held in private and public collections across the country. Cofounder of the Visual History Collaborative, her current work includes Collections, a photographic series on specimens from the National Parks Museum collections, and Bull City Summer, a collaborative documentary project that explores the Durham Bulls.

Melissa Swingle is a songwriter who has performed, 
toured, and recorded with her bands Trailer Bride and
 the Moaners. She recently has been performing with Melissa and the Swinglers and is at 
work on a solo record. Born in Memphis, Tennessee, 
and raised in Mississippi and in Ivory Coast, West Africa,
 she has toured all over the U.S. with Neko Case, the 
Mountain Goats, M. Ward, Drive-By-Truckers, and
 Calexico, and has opened for Wanda Jackson and Hasil
 Atkins. Swingle is a multi-instrumentalist who plays the singing-saw like no
 one else and just recorded saw tracks in the studio with Dexter Romweber for his next release.


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