vidal_sympathyThursday, February 19

Writer, politician, provocateur and bon vivant par excellence Gore Vidal lived a life so rich and varied that it seems impossible to adequately capture it between two book covers. In Sympathy for the Devil, author Michael Mewshaw does his damnedest, though, drawing upon four decades of friendship with Vidal. He discusses his book and its wonderful subject tonight at SPACE Gallery (538 Congress St., Portland) at 7 p.m. Free. 828-5600. space538.org.