It's time once again for F.A.T. Village's big end-of-month bash, and this one will include the musical Hair, a hip-hop night, an open house at Project Fine Art and several art exhibitions. The art walk, which takes place just west of Andrews Avenue between Northwest Fourth and Sixth avenues in downtown Fort Lauderdale, will run 7-11 p.m. July 28.
Here's a rundown of the events. Feel free to check back as there may be updates.
Andrews Living Arts Studio
23. N.W. Fifth St., Fort Lauderdale, Facebook.com/ALAstudio, 800-838-3006 (for tickets)
If you've been wondering about all the hippies carrying signs and hanging out at recent FAT Village Art Walks, they've been promoting Hair. Duh.
Described as the musical "that puts rock music and the culture that went with it back on stage," it includes the songs "Aquarius," "Good Morning Starshine," "I Believe in Love," "Hair," "I Got Life," "What a Piece of Work Is Man" and "Let The Sunshine In." Andrews Living Arts Studio notes that Hair: The American Tribal Love-Rock Musical "has a strong effect on everyone, and acts as a bridge between generations and viewpoints. What looks like incredible chaos is actually organized chaos. This show has a vitality, a timelessness and a meaning that outlives the late 1960's and early 1970's in America." Hair contains adult content and nudity.
Rolling Stock Gallery will be closed during F.A.T. Village Art Walk, so the 14-member cast of Hair can perform the musical among the murals and artwork. Feel free to bring your own lawn chair or cushion (folding chairs will be provided to those who do not). The theater notes that performances will be held in the courtyard, unless bad weather prompts a move indoors, where the lawn chairs and cushions unfortunately will not fit.
If you miss it during F.A.T. Village Art Walk, Hair runs 8:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sundays through Aug. 5. Tickets are $29.95 and can be purchased online at Brownpapertickets.com/event/254313.
541 N.W. First Ave., Fort Lauderdale, 954-357-3934, C-istudios.com
Hip-hop night featuring performances by Bleubird (check out one of their videos above) and The Astrea Corporation and DJ G-FCTR playing hip-hop tunes throughout the night. There will be a photo booth with plentiful props, a live shoot with models dressed in hip-hop apparel from local designers and free drinks for 21-and-up all night. As C&I Studios puts it, "We go big. If you do too, join us." The party starts at 8 p.m.
Project Fine Art
500 N.W. First Ave., Fort Lauderdale, 954-333-8900, Projectfineart.com
Project Fine Art, once located in Progresso Plaza near Laser Wolf, has offoicially moved into its new space in F.A.T. Village and invites guests to check out their new gallery and office. Look for the blue doors at the corner of First and Fifth.
Inside you will find works by artists Joseph Fischer, Jim Bobick, Brian Buzzella and Eddie Mendieta, who will be showing "Icon," pictured above. He also painted a permanent mural off First Street.
Ryan Sirois, senior designer at Helium Creative, says the new space is a blend of their marketing and design studio, Helium Creative, and an art gallery. They're always looking for new artists to exhibit, so interested artists should send samples to Info@projectfineart.com.
|"My Soul" by Carmen Cordero @ Sheuat and Green's Art Studio|
115 N.W. Fifth St., Fort Lauderdale,
Carmen Cordero will be showing her oil paintings, which she notes "rely on chance and intuition" as this month's guest artist at Sheuat and Green. The show will run through Aug. 18.
|Leah Brown's work in the Modded show at The Projects/North in F.A.T. Village|
523 N.W. First Ave., Fort Lauderdale
Modded, a group exhibition in which artists Leah Brown, Ryan Farrell, Jonathan Rockford and Peter Symons combine technology and found and sculpted objects in works such as "It Takes a Community," Farrell's interactive work made from auto parts and stationary bicycles that power car headlights; "Piggyback" a large sculpture Symons made from cut plywood; "Report," Rockford's work made from stenographs, tripods and paper that come together to form the shape of a star; and a large face that Brown made from foam, foamcoat and paint.
Because the face is suspended from the rafters and looking downward, we can see what's inside her head, which is open and reveals a girl laying on her stomach and propped up on her elbows. She's peering into a dollhouse, probably imagining the world inside.
|This photo by Sara Nichols' will be on exhibit at The Projects South.|
523 N.W. First Ave., Fort Lauderdale
The Artists of F.A.T. Village, featuring works carefully selected by each artist and gallery in F.A.T. Village in an effort to "depict the individual styles, innovation, creative use of reclaimed materials and distinct vision of the artists."
|The Art of Diego Romero on exhibit at The Puppet Netowrk|
504 N.W. First Ave., Fort Lauderdale, 954-766-4741, Facebook.com/pages/Puppet-Network/149334065101692
Art of Diego Romero is a chance to meet the artist whose work includes illustrations, paintings and animations. According to Diego Romero's bio, he became involved in the theatre and visual arts after spending a year in a fellowship at Stanford University and explores social issues experimenting with animations frame by frame."
|"Indian Chief" by Billy F.R.E.D. Hellams at Samsara Gallery|
Sing-Sing-Papua New Guinea, a photography series by Sara Nichols, will be on display along with the gallery's collection of Southern Folk Art which includes work by Billy F.R.E.D. Hellams and Michael Banks.
|Laura Atria's "Economic Development in the year 2045"|
109 N.W. Fifth St., Fort Lauderdale, 954-540-9897, Worldandeye.com
Money is a group exhibition in which artists explore that paper stuff that's at the root of so many people's struggles. The show examines money-related questions such as "who has it? How does it connect to questions of power and helplessness? How are we connected and/or divided personally, societally and globally by issues of wealth and poverty."
The exhibition "Economic Development in the Year 2045," a dress that artist Laura Atria made from pennies, Cenigma's "Is The Economy Killing Your Sex Drive?" which will be raffled at the event, and Allan Pierce's "White Picket Fence," a photograph that depicts a yard with a decaying wood fence, a mattress in the corner and what looks like blocks of cement, perhaps part of a house foundation, strewn everywhere. A person is laying on the ground. The photo recently took a first place award at The Artists Guild Gallery in Delray Beach.
Other participating artists include Randy Hendler and Mimes, Perry Pandrea, and Judith Schwab.
|Alfred Phillips in his F.A.T. Village Studio|
Alfred Phillips, 113 N.W. Fifth St., Fort Lauderdale, 954-326-3133, Alfredphillips.com;
Andrews Living Arts Studio, 23 N.W. Fifth St., Fort Lauderdale, 954-530-1879, Andrewslivingarts.com
InduArt Gallery, 445 N.W. First Ave., Fort Lauderdale, Induartgallery.com
Iron Forge Press, 537 N.W. First Ave., Fort Lauderdale, 954-563-5255, Ironforgepress.com
Sixth Star Entertainment, 21 N.W. Fifth St., Fort Lauderdale, 954-462-6760, Sixthstar.com.