Some people may know screenwriter Guillermo Arriaga for his gripping drama Amores Perros, which exposes the ugly and cruel underbelly that is human existence. Others know him for his Academy Award-nominated film Babel, or the hugely successful 21 Grams, or perhaps for winning the Best Screenplay Award at the Cannes Film Festival for The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada. Many do not know that Arriaga is also UNT's Institute for the Advancement of the Arts artist-in-residence. He'll be visiting the campus this spring, during which time he'll share his experience through a number of seminars and lectures. Join him from 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Denton's Center for the Visual Arts, 400 E. Hickory St., for "An Afternoon of Reading and Music." If his talent wasn't already overwhelming enough, Arriaga spends his time as a novelist, too. His books include Guillotine Squad, A Sweet Smell of Death, The Night Buffalo and Retorno 201, a collection of short stories. Arriaga will read from his works in both English and Spanish, and sign copies of his books and DVDs. Then, stick around for some contemporary Latin American music performed by UNT musicians. For more information, visit unt.edu.
Sun., April 11, 2:30-4 p.m., 2010