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Friday, April 8, 2016

Art Rock Revisited



True confession.  I missed the Kevin MacDonald art opening /happening at the Katzen Art Center last weekend because I had no idea it was happening. Contrary to what some people might think, I often have my head completely tucked under one wing if not in the sand.

The good news is, though we missed the party, the exhibit will be up through the end of May, and other events will happen here including an artist talk and concert. Do you remember Chris Murray's Govinda Gallery? He specialized in a sphere where art and famous musicians collide, and this show reminds me of that albeit the local version. Like musicians, we have an astounding stockpile of artists in this town, and sometimes they are the same person. This show is a must for all you old rockers and nostalgia hounds who remember the days when artists nestled between the peep shows downtown in places like the Lansburgh Building and the Atlantic which also housed the old 9:30 Club.

The companion show Teenage Twisted Plot gives a clever nod to MacDonald's involvement in music, and features many of his friends from a variety of bands including Urban Verbs, Root Boy Slim, Tiny Desk Unit, Razz and Slickees Boys.

And speaking of Root Boy- DC SALON is putting on a discussion/film preview at the Shaw Library next Wednesday April 13 titled, appropriately enough, "Boogie Til You Puke." But the subtitle? "The Forgotten Legend of Root Boy Slim?" Say it's not so.


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