By John Bear
If George Bush Sr. Hated It, It Has to Be Good
Tim Miller. This guy got his National Endowment for the Arts grant taken away under pressure from the first Bush Administration for the subject matter of his work being ... wait for it ... gay. And he wasn’t alone. There were three other performance artists in the same boat—a lady who talked about sex, a lady who talked about being a lesbian, and an actor who was in the ZZ Top video for “Legs” and a several shows in the “Star Trek” series—I’m not sure what he talked about, but someone didn’t like it. They later got it back after suing the federal government for violating their First Amendment rights (God, I love that amendment).
Outdoor Art Comes Inside
516 takes it to the streets
By John Bear
It can be a mural on a street corner, a piece of art pasted to a wall or a rainbow dripped down the side of a building. Sometimes it’s graffiti; other times it’s propaganda. Street art can be a legal mural painted on a wall or surreptitiously placed in the dead of night, ninja style. Banksy, a highly secretive street artist who operates out of the United Kingdom, has painted murals on the sides of cows, pigs and sheep. He placed his own work inside the Louvre in Paris (it was quickly removed).
Talking with street artist Chaz Bojórquez
By Christie Chisholm
Chaz Bojórquez has never been caught, but he has been chased.
He laughs when he admits it, because it seems slightly absurd: a world-renowned artist with work hanging permanently in the Smithsonian American Art Museum being pursued by cops for painting something on the side of a building. Such is the life of a graffiti artist.
Dracula, A Love Story
By Monica Schmitt
A 21st century version of the 19th century love story that continues to capture the imaginations of young and old alike.
24 Hour Comics Day
By Devin D. O'Leary
Create a 24 page comic book with fellow artists and comic book lovers.
Little Shop of Horrors
By Joshua Lee
Florist Seymour Krelborn discovers a demonic new breed of plant that has a taste for blood.
Quarantine: The Curse
By Joshua Lee
The Forrester Home for Girls is dedicated and is about to re-open in honor of the founder. However, something evil resides in the walls and it needs blood. Voted "Best Live Performance" by the Weekly Alibi readers three years in a row.
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