Local gay artists find butt-kicking inspiration via discarded cigarettes
A collective of socially conscious Dallasites called Planet Peace are trying to collect 1 ton of cigarette butts. They started their quest in the heart of the gayborhood, the Cedar Springs entertainment district. Their clean-up campaign is called “Gimme Your Butt,” and they hope to use the butts for a sculpture.
According to Planet Peace organizer Randy Jacobs, seven of the group’s artists are gay including Jacobs, Jim Frederick, Billy Miller and Kathy Metcalf.
On Saturday, they’ll exhibit work in a private loft at South Side on Lamar. The group will sell original art and take donations to fund Project Peace. They also hope to lure more Dallasites who want to join the “Gimme Your Butt” campaign which focuses on improving the community especially for children, Jacobs says.
South Side on Lamar, 1409 S. Lamar. Aug. 19, from 7:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. For loft number, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
World Fair lecture
Check out a nifty late-night lecture at the Dallas Museum of Art on Friday. Neil Harris, professor of history at the University of Chicago delivers “The World on Display: America’s World’s Fairs, 1853-1915.” Harris discusses the history of world’s fairs as central marketplaces for the decorative arts, helping spread and promote new artistic styles, technological innovations and revolutionary ideas.
DMA, 1717 N. Harwood St. Horchow Auditorium. Aug. 18 at 9 p.m. General admission, $10 or less. 214-922-1200.
This is the final weekend to catch “100 Great American Photographs” at the Amon Carter Museum. The exhibition covers the history of photography, revealing a medium that has never ceased to evolve.
Images range from one of the earliest daguerreotypes to an ink-jet print made last year. The exhibit includes pictures of important events in American history featuring figures like Marilyn Monroe, Geronimo and John F. Kennedy.
Amon Carter Museum, 3501 Camp Bowie Blvd. Fort Worth. Through Aug. 20. Fri.-Sat., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun., noon-5 p.m. Free. 817-738-1933.
This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition, August 18, 2006.