Just because an artist is described as "in-your-face" doesn't mean he's actually going to physically get in your face. So relax, because when Melvin Van Peebles presents and signs the graphic novel version of his memoir Confessions of a Ex-Doofus Itchyfooted Mutha, he's there to connect and communicate with his audience, not freak out and otherwise burn the place down. Actor/director Van Peebles exposed a greater audience of moviegoers to the black experience with iconoclastic films Watermelon Man(1970) and the baldly autobiographical Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song(1971). So pervasive is his creative spirit that Confessions became a movie last year; it wouldn't be surprising if it came out next as a stage play, a webcast and a Flip-It Book. Confessions is a larger part of the greater puzzle that is the creative psyche of Melvin Van Peebles, another piece of which reveals itself as he holds forth this evening.
Thu., Sept. 3, 9:30 p.m., 2009