Photo by Rob D.
Performance artist Russ Marshalek will be at the Hardywood event Sunday afternoon. (photo by Rob D.)
Director and Twin Peaks co-creator David Lynch recently announced the 2016 return of the surrealist soap opera that aired on ABC in the early ’90s — though the fate of the series (and his involvement) seems to be in question at the moment. Meanwhile, Richmond is giving itself a present. The Great Southern: A Twin Peaks Celebration from April 16 to 19 pays tribute to the strangest TV show ever to hit prime time, with nearly a dozen local businesses and venues giving it up to log ladies, damn fine cups of coffee and midgets talking backward in red rooms.
Actress Charlotte Stewart — who played Betty Briggs in Twin Peaks, as well as Mary X in Lynch's Eraserhead not to mention Miss Beadle in Little House on the Prairie — will be in town, as will Kimmy Robertson (Twin Peaks' Lucy Moran) and Brad Dukes, author of Reflections: An Oral History of Twin Peaks. Stewart and Robertson will be on hand to answer questions along with Dukes, after he does a reading at Chop Suey Books on Friday, April 17, from 6 to 9 p.m.
Eraserhead will screen at the Byrd at midnight Friday, and Hardywood Park Craft Brewery will hold an "Afternoon Both Wonderful and Strange" on Sunday from 3 to 6 p.m. with a performance by Falling, a local Julee Cruise cover band made up of members of Big NO and Manzara, as well as a "Mr. & Ms. Twin Peaks" Costume Contest, and a Q&A and signing with the featured guests. GWARbar, Dinamo and Bev's Homemade Ice Cream will offer Lynch-influenced menu items. Cherry pie, anyone?
This big Twin Peaks Celebration is presented by Movie Club Richmond, the Video Fan and Makeout Creek Books and happens April 16-19. Most events are free, except for selected screenings and performances. thegreatsouthern-richmond.com.
Here's a preview for Eraserhead: