Wide Angle with Gene Smith: An Evening with Sam Stephenson + The Paris Review
Where: National Sawdust
80 N. 6th St.
646-779-8455 Price: $35
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Noted author and documentarian Sam Stephenson (The Jazz Loft Project) and the indispensable literary journal The Paris Review host a National Sawdust+ evening inspired by the beguiling life and legacy of pioneering American photographer W. Eugene Smith. Regarded as the father of the photo-essay genre, Smith captured iconic and gritty images of the basements and alleyways of New York’s jazz scene; and his poignant documentation of the disease-stricken residents of post-war Japan continues to haunt our collective consciousness. Linked to Stephenson’s new book, Gene Smith’s Sink, the expansive evening will feature readings by Stephenson, the premiere of Chuck-will’s-widow, a short film by Jem Cohen inspired by the book, and music by composers such as Hall Overton and Sonny Clark. Musicians including percussionist/composer Victor Pablo and pianist Angelica Sanchez, and a string quartet from Wordless Music Orchestra (Pauline Kim Harris, Ravenna Lipchik, Isabel Hagen, and Clarice Jensen) will join the captivating lineup.Buy tickets/get more info now