There was a time, 1981 to be exact, when I found myself drifting in Chicago. I had recently arrived from Texas where I had been playing synths in various projects and I had just finished performing and playing in a musical version of Shakespeare's The Tempest. (Don't ask - the last line of The Reader review said, "Stay away in droves.")
Charlie and his Moog Prodigy for hire
I was looking for my next wild-haired art thing and, boy, did I find it. I was drinking (surprise) at The Gingerman, next to Metro, and saw a homemade flyer on the wall asking for a synthesizer player for a movie soundtrack. I ripped the tag off the flyer and called and thereby entered the exotic sphere of Frank Garvey.Painting by Frank Garvey
Why am I telling you this? Frank and his expanded Omnicircus
clan of misfits will have an installation of robots, paintings and performing at Acme Art Works
on Wednesday, March 21 at 8PM. I haven't seen it yet, but it strikes me as a similar vibe to Survival Research Lab
only inside and with less blood, fire and gasoline. All art, revolutionary manifestos, robots, dirty words, flung paint played at 11. I'm looking forward to it.
Check out Lilia Ahner's Flickr set
for one of Survival Research Lab's shows. Trust me, if you can't go to an SRL show, at least take a peek at what you missed.
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