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 Dec 16 - 22, 2010 
“Open Eyes” by Tamara Zibners

Culture Shock

Black Market Charity

Being homeless is no fun, but Josh Jones of Black Market Goods wants to help. For the fourth year running, the gallery owner is holding a benefit for those in need. Wasted Youth, held at 1816 Haines NW, will gather artists, musicians and dancers together at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 18. The theme of the show is nostalgia pieces reflecting video games, comics and toys from the artists’ formative years. The show will feature art from a variety of mediums. Five bands are set to perform, along with a DJ, body painters and a burlesque troupe. There is a $3 donation at the door that can be substituted for clothing, toys and food, which will be donated to Toys for Tots, Roadrunner Food Bank and other charities. Jones says he has been "kind of homeless" before, so he wants to help others out. "It sucks to be out there in the cold," he says. Yes, it does.

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“Open Eyes” by Tamara Zibners
“Open Eyes” by Tamara Zibners

Gallery Review

Between Fort Worth and Smyrna

Figurative drawing at The Normal Gallery

By David Leigh

There’s that joke: What do you get when you play country music backward? You get your house, your truck and your wife back. At its heart, it’s a joke about how depressing country music can be. Nobody wants to hear about the realities of divorce, alcoholism or depression through their radios. Artists have often used life’s lows as rich fodder for their visual material, and the current drawing show at The Normal Gallery is a good example of that.

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Book Review

High Art in Low Places

Steve Martin confronts the ugly side of beauty

Review by John Bear

An Object of Beauty

Steve Martin is a guy who wears many hats. He’s a comedian, actor, banjo player, juggler, tap dancer, novelist, playwright—a Renaissance man.

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A hilarious, fast-paced comedy, where residents of one of the smallest trailer parks in Texas are thrown for a loop when they realize the nearby town of Tugaloo is determined to annex them.
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