The Center for Documentary Studies, in partnership with The Hinge, is thrilled to present the fourth installment of Professor Diablo’s True Revue, featuring writer Randall Kenan, photographer and mixed-media artist Courtney Reid-Eaton, and punkabilly icon Dexter Romweber. The True Revue is an evening of art and performance at the Durham, North Carolina, club Casbah featuring writers, musicians, visual artists, and others who make use of documentary tools and methods in the creation of their art.

Randall Kenan: Randall Kenan was born in Brooklyn, New York, in 1963, and spent his childhood in Chinquapin, North Carolina. He graduated from East Duplin High School in Beaulaville, North Carolina, after which he attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he received a B.A. in English in 1985. He is the author of many books, fiction and nonfiction, including a novel, A Visitation of Spirits, 1989, and a collection of stories, Let the Dead Bury Their Dead, 1992, which was nominated for the Los Angeles Times Book Award for Fiction, was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, and was among The New York Times Notable Books of 1992. He is currently associate professor of English and comparative literature at UNC-Chapel Hill.

Courtney Reid-Eaton: Courtney Reid-Eaton was born in a New York City that no longer exists, in 1958. She’s the exhibitions director at the Center for Documentary Studies, a photographer, book- and mixed-media artist, wife and mother. She has worked as the coordinator of an in-house corporate stock photography library, the studio coordinator at a corporate still life photography studio, and as photo editor of Guideposts magazine. Reid-Eaton was initiated into the fellowship of documentarians by photographer Mel Rosenthal at the State University of New York, Empire State College, and darkroom printing by Ellen Wallenstein at the School of Visual Arts and Barbara Grinnell at the New School in New York City. From 1992 to 1997, she directed the alternative Vis-à-Vis gallery at St. Clement’s Episcopal Church and Off-Broadway Theatre in Hell’s Kitchen. Her work has been exhibited in New York, New Jersey, California, and North Carolina.

Dexter Romweber: Born the seventh son of a coal miner’s daughter in 1966, Dexter Romweber is an icon of the American music underground. Former frontman for the world famous psycho-surf rockabilly-garage-punk combo Flat Duo Jets, Dexter released his first of fifteen albums in 1990 to rave reviews worldwide. He starred alongside R.E.M. and The B-52s in the 1987 cult classic film, Athens, GA. Inside/Out; Omnivore Recordings is reissuing the film in a 25th anniversary edition in October 2012, which will include a soundtrack on CD. His first national tour in 1990 was as opening act for The Cramps. He was showcased on MTV’s The Cutting Edge and 120 Minutes, appeared on Late Night with David Letterman, and has shared the stage with underground rock royalty such as Iggy Pop, the White Stripes, AntiSeen, Reverend Horton Heat, and many others. Romweber is also the subject of a new documentary movie, Two-Headed Cow, which includes testimonials by Jack White, Neko Case, Cat Power, and Exene Cervenka among others.

The above video includes video by Kristin Bedford and Joel Mora. Editing was done by Ross Davidson.

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