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   from the issue of February 16, 2006

At the Ross

The life and lyrics of a legendary musician will be highlighted in "Be Here to Love Me: A Film About Townes Van Zandt," playing Feb. 17 to March 2 at the Mary Riepma Ross Media Arts Center.

In the film, director Margaret Brown focuses on Van Zandt's decision to live his life for his art, mingling interviews with friends and family with rare footage of Van Zandt performances, interviews and intimate portraits shot in his home. The film includes appearances by many musicians, including Willie Nelson, Lyle Lovett, Kris Kristofferson, Steve Earle and Emmylou Harris.

Van Zandt never recorded a hit in his nearly 30-year career and had a difficulty time simply keeping his records in print. But, when Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard charted a No. 1 country hit with Van Zandt's "Pancho and Lefty," he became widely respected and admired as one of the greatest country and folk artists.

Van Zandt's songwriting can be felt in the work of many contemporary artists, from the White Stripes to Beck.

Showtimes for "Be Here to Love Me" and "Capote" (showing at the Ross through March 2) are available online at or by calling 472-5353.



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