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STRANGE POWERS: Stephin Merritt & The Magnetic Fields - three nights only at Ritz

Director Kerthy Fix in person for post-film Q&A after the 7pm show Monday, Nov 8!

Dubbed by Time Out New York the "Cole Porter of his generation," Stephin Merritt is the immensely talented, genre-hopping, hyper-prolific songwriter know best for his work with the Magnetic Fields. He's the man that penned such quirky, irresistibly melodic tunes as "Papa Was a Rodeo," "The Luckiest Guy on the Lower Eastside," and "A Chicken with its Head Cut Off" -- all found on the band's 1999 opus 69 Love Songs. (If you're anything like me, you probably heard one of these tunes on a mix (be it tape, CD, or playlist) from a friend, fell in love with the tune, smiled at the lyrics, and immediately went out and bought that unwieldy 3-disc set and it's remained in heavy rotation ever since).

Stephin Merritt is, by all accounts, a genius. And a grump. And a bit shy of the spotlight. In other words, a difficult subject for a documentary filmmaker. Thankfully, directors Kerthy Fix and Gail O'hara persevered. They spent over 10 years(!) making this doc, a peak behind the curtain into Merritt's songwriting and recording process, as well as a glimpse into his relationships with those around him, including longtime bandmate/friend/manager Claudia Gonson. Plus, they captured some great live performances of Merrritt's music.

We have just three nights of shows, so catch it before it's gone. Tickets available here:

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