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D Tour


Drummer Pat Spurgeon's rock 'n' roll odyssey has been an odd mix of no-surrender chutzpah and rigorous medical vigil. While in college, he literally was days from death's door after he fell ill, ignored the symptoms and tried to sleep it off. His mother intervened, and doctors quickly discovered he had glomerulonephritis, an illness that causes kidney failure. A kidney transplant saved his life, and he continued to pursue his dream of playing in a major rock 'n' roll band. But his new kidney started to fail as well. In what seems like an absurd choice, he started twice-daily dialysis and continued to tour — dubbed the D(ialysis) Tour — with Rogue Wave, all the while waiting on a list for another kidney. More organ donors die waiting than receive transplants, and Spurgeon started looking for a donor more actively, which initiated a series of incredible events involving friends and strangers, who became absurdly united by a gift of life. Jim Granato's documentary D Tour follows Spurgeon's uncompromising efforts to both survive and follow his musical dreams, despite the unforgiving and abusive conditions of touring in a van. Dotted with indie rock celebrities and concert footage, the film sensitively chronicles how people face life-threatening illness. Several local physicians and transplant experts will participate in a discussion after the film. Free admission. — Will Coviello

D Tour

6 p.m. Sat., Sept. 19

Dillard University, Samuel DuBois Cook Fine Arts Center, 2601 Gentilly Blvd.;

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