The guest of honor on this week's Dinner Party Download is Terry Allen, who hails from one of the most famous zip codes in country music: 79401. That's Lubbock, Texas, which is home to Waylon Jennings, Jimmie Dale Gilmore and Joe Ely -- not to mention Buddy Holly and Roy Orbison.
It's only natural, then, that Allen -- who writes songs, paints pictures and produces plays -- is thought of as a country music singer first and an artist second. But that's not how he sees it.
This week, Allen's art/performance exhibit, "Ghost Ship Rodez: The Momo Chronicles," opens in San Francisco. Allen talks to Brendan Newnam about polymathematics, chimpanzees and how long people can misunderstand each other.