Sure, the name of this series might make it sound like a nerdy horror/sci-fi film festival, but the purpose of Professor Diablo's True Revue hews to the academic side of entertainment. These multimedia events, sponsored by Duke University's Center for Documentary Studies, are intended to highlight artists who make great use of documentary field work and research in their creative process.
This time out, the True Revue will delve into the hard-working themes of John Sayles' revered film Matewan, a portrayal of the plight of West Virginia coal miners in the 1920s. Actor Mike Wiley and photographer Jeff Whetstone will present a series of pictures exploring one family's run-in with the coal industry, while the musical side will belong to M.C. Taylor's Hiss Golden Messenger. With a sepia-toned take on folk-rock and songs such as "A Working Man Can't Make It No Way," Taylor is an obvious choice for such hardscrabble subject matter. The free event starts at 8 p.m. —Jordan Lawrence