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Looking for Andy Griffith with Evan Dalton Smith

June 25 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


Andy Griffith (1926-2012) is one of North Carolina’s most beloved exports, capturing America’s heart as Sheriff Andy Taylor. Evan Dalton Smith was born in the North Carolina Piedmont over four decades after Andy, just an hour south of Griffith’s hometown of Mount Airy. Both were small-town boys who grew up in similar places, where the counties were dry and the churches plentiful. But for both, there was darkness, crushed hopes, and tragedy, hidden just below the surface.
For Smith and many generations in North Carolina, Andy Griffith was like the air—everywhere, all the time, a part of daily life. Even after he left the state, Smith always felt the pull of home and the lingering ghost of Andy alongside it. This is an exploration on celebrity and the self, on home and what that means when you leave it, and why we love and admire the people we do—even if we’ve never met them—all told through the entwined lives of iconic actor Andy Griffith and writer Evan Dalton Smith. It is through Smith’s telling of Griffith’s life that he finds his own story, one that is both informed by and freed from the legacy of one of North Carolina’s most famous sons.

Evan Dalton Smith’s writing has appeared in the LA Times, LA Review of Books, Paris Review, New Yorker, Slate, and elsewhere and has been awarded residencies at Yaddo, Millay Arts, and MacDowell.


June 25
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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10464 Ridgefield Parkway
Henrico, VA 23233 United States
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