Published on February 26th, 2018 | by TLV News


Rafael Alvarez and Matthew Zediker Perform March 9 in Water Valley, Mississippi

What: A parlor reading by Baltimore author and screenwriter Rafael Alvarez sharing stories from his new book, Basilio Boullosa Stars in the Fountain of Highlandtown.

 When: ​Friday, March 9, 2018 at 7 pm

Where:  The home of artists Pati D’Amico and Bill Warren, 200 Panola Street, Water Valley, Mississippi 38965

Who: Alvarez is a former staff writer for the HBO drama The Wire and the author of four books of literary fiction. He will be joined by Matthew Zediker, a multi-instrumentalist majoring in music and mathematics at Ole Miss.  Among Zediker’s many inspirations—from the blues to ’60s psychedelia—he is enamored of the music of Don Van Vliet  (1941–2010) , a visionary better known as Captain Beefheart. Alvarez interviewed Van Vliet in Philadelphia in the early 1980s. The show will be emceed by Tyrone Crawley, scholar of American soul music. 

Why: The 30th anniversary of Alvarez’s pilgrimage to Mississippi when he and Crawley criss-crossed the Magnolia State to raise awareness for literacy programs and interviewed river tow-boat captains about the great drought of 1988.

Info: Contact Pati D’Amico via or Rafael Alvarez at

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The Local Voice is a bimonthly entertainment guide and newspaper based in Oxford, Mississippi, covering and distributed in North Central Mississippi, including Oxford, Ole Miss, Taylor, Abbeville, Water Valley, Lafayette County, Yalobusha County, and parts of Panola County, Marshall County, and Tupelo . The Local Voice is distributed free to over 255 locations in North Mississippi and also available as a full color PDF download worldwide on the internet.

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