David Byrne to be at Castro Theatre 

He may be known for his loopy singing voice and big-suited stage persona. But former Talking Heads bandleader David Byrne has got a few more tricks up his baggy sleeve.

The Oscar winner has also penned a reflective book, a tongue-in-cheek send-up of Guevara’s “Motorcycle Diaries” called “Bicycle Diaries.”

His latest album, “Here Lies Love,” is a concept-piece collaboration with Fatboy Slim, based on the life of that shoe-crazed ex-first lady of the Phillippines, Imelda Marcos. But Byrne not only always wanted to direct — as the showbiz adage goes — he actually did, with a curious little 1986 gem called “True Stories.”

As part of this year’s Sketchfest, Byrne will be dropping by the Castro Theatre for the movie’s 25th Anniversary screening on Feb. 5, at 5 p.m.  

Set in a fictional Texas town on the eve of a huge local celebration, the droll-witted “True Stories” predates later Christopher Guest mockumentaries like “Waiting For Guffman” in style, tone and deadpan delivery. And it’s cast is worth the price of admission alone — Pops Staples, Swoosie Kurtz, John Goodman and the great, eternally hilarious Spalding Gray.

Don’t remember it, you say? Time to walk with Byrne himself down memory lane.

Tickets are $25. For information, visit www.ticketweb.com.

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