The people of Phoenix got quite an eye-opener while flipping through his week’s print issue of local media publication, The Phoenix New Times. Folks in search of things to do in The Valley for the holidays were greeted with an ad for local band Slowpoke‘s Annual Holiday Reunion Show at The Yucca Tap Room, which sounds tame enough, only this ad features a pro-rape graphic taking a jab at the recent #MeToo movement front and center.
“We have met the enemy… and he is us.” – Pogo by Walt Kelly
I was going to start my own zine. Months after the first Underground Publishers Convention wrapped up at Stinkweeds a few years ago, the idea of starting my own zine formed in my head. As time rolled on, I started compiling list of things I was going to cover in its pages: performance art, improv shows, the occult. I was interested in writing about ephemeral things, blink-and-you’ll-miss-‘em events. I even had a name worked out for the zine: Jackalope.
In today’s edition of Phx’s weekly paper, a think-piece about the state of the arts was published. It’s authored by Robrt Pela, who opines, “…I wish this scene were more about art and less about partying. The established artists I love are rarely shown downtown anymore, and if they are, it’s in a group show, where their work often as not shares space with junk by kids who are entering a gallery scene that’s not really set up to nurture them.”