Brian Jabas Smith with Maggie Smith & Tom Hansen
Brian Jabas Smith’s book Tucson Salvage: Tales and Recollections from La Frontera (Eyewear Press), has its roots in his biweekly columns in Tucson Weekly. He’s an award-winning journalist, first as a staff writer and columnist at Phoenix New Times and then as an editor at Detroit’s Metro Times. Before writing full time, Smith was a songwriter who fronted rock & roll bands Beat Angels and, before that, GAD. He has written songs with lots of folks, including Alice Cooper. Tonight he’ll be joined on our stage by Seattle author, Tom Hansen, whose book American Junkie (Soft Skull Press), was recently adapted for the stage by BookIt Repertory Theatre. Tonight’s program also includes a screening of a documentary based on Tucson Salvage, directed by Maggie Smith and music performed by psych violinist (and brother Brian’s sometime bandmate) Barry Smith. “In Tucson Salvage, Brian Jabas Smith deftly delivers us a nuanced collection of field reports from the modern human condition; keenly observed, humanely considered, and unquestionably lived." —Jonathan Evison.