With their ability to convey power and emotion, rock and art are natural bedfellows, even though Dwayne Johnson is quite a bit younger than Garfunkel. Linking them together in slightly less hot-yet-tender fashion, the Art Of Rock Gala.
Going down tonight, AORG's a booze-/ grub-loaded gala celebrating the work of eight big-deal graphic artists with a knack for morphing rock music into clever visuals before painstakingly hand-printing them, basically elevating the concert poster into art, which sounds completely gross if you're still thinking about Garfunkel. Some highlights:
Chazbro: A Dave Matthews Band print done in a '50s Bazooka style with two big Slurpees in the background and a kid yelling about the concert, plus a second poster (for The Knitters with Mike Stinson) worked up in a style similar to the back of playing cards, but with a rooster in the middle, meaning Phil Hellmuth will no longer be the poker table's only cock.
Justin David Cox: One for folksy troubadour Andrew Bird showing a violin submerged in water, with its neck sticking out to form a lighthouse casting a beam through the darkness, in addition to another with an owl whose big round eyes are actually spools from an old cassette tape, for a band called the Appleseed Cast, which is just what you end up with when you start spreading seeds all up in other people's business.
Modern Anthem: For the group Deer Tick, a print of a bald-headed vulture perched atop an acoustic guitar, and for singer/songwriter Joe Pug, one depicting broken romance via a raven sitting on top of an axe that's been plunged into a heart-shaped trunk, presumably to hold things that couldn't fit into Kurt Cobain's box.
As a bonus, Nate Duval will be creating a custom piece for the event, and each guest will take home a copy of one of the prints. There'll also be free eats (cumin-dusted tempura shrimp, Kobe sliders) and Gran Sierpe Pisco cocktails, plus tunes by DJ/VJ duo Eclectic Method, also what The Rock called Garfunkel's old-fashioned means of asking him out to the Sock Hop. But hey, it worked!