Execution style 

Art Wars to be tres cabaret

click to enlarge Art Wars will benefit FutureSelf, an organization (pictured above) that offers art workshops and mentoring for teens.
  • Art Wars will benefit FutureSelf, an organization (pictured above) that offers art workshops and mentoring for teens.

If the recent Art Splash event at 32 Bleu was just a little too, uh ... pool party for you, good news: This time it's war, and they've got an executioner.

That's right, Funktion Flux Productions' latest arts extravaganza and fund-raiser, Art Wars, will (among many other things) pit artwork against a burly dude wielding an ax, a chainsaw and a sledgehammer. Only the pocketbooks of art lovers willing to cough up the dough to take 'em home and love 'em like Uncle Mordecai can save these helpless artworks in distress.

Here's how it's gonna happen. On Wednesday, Dec. 3, various artists including Tish Lacy Reed, Ramona Lapsley, Maxine Stores, Josh Kennard and others will begin making paintings at various stations around the 32 Bleu complex. Then, at around 9:45 p.m., the painting created that night be auctioned off to the crowd or destroyed by the art executioner who will spin the "Wheel of Death" to determine which of the aforementioned implements of destruction shall facilitate these paintings' untimely demise.

"I had a hard time trying to find people who wanted to create a piece and then let it get destroyed," said organizer Gwin Coleman who got the idea from a similar event friends of hers put on in Indianapolis.

But the art execution auction is just one of the many titillating events set to transform 32 Bleu into a rollicking cabaret for a long winter's night.

There will also be art on the walls, video installation, and an installation piece made out of fabric all around the venue by the likes of Atomic Elroy, Kim Sayers-Newlin, Marshall Worthey, Diane Keys, Wendy Mike and others.

There will be Argentine tango dancing by Oleh Kovalchuke and Edda de Pedro, Brazilian Capoeira dancing, sword dancing by Gushikawa, and belly dancing by Mahisha, Taka, Pamela and Callie.

And that's not even half of it. In between dancers and other events, Poetry Slam, Inc. national team members Kollin Luman, Kevin Rorke, Zedeka Poindexter and Kris Harlow (who just put out a new album of spoken word and hip-hop called lyrics for the listener) will perform.

Then, right after the art execution auction, the musical portion of the entertainment will begin. Featured performers will be acoustic maestro Benjamin Pratt, hip-hop crew Idiolectic, jazz-funk band Just Bee and melodic metal band Stasis.

If this sounds like more culture in one night than most Colorado Springsers see in a year, well, that's the idea.

"I hate to say there's not an art scene here," said Coleman, "but it's not the kind of arts scene I'm used to. So I thought I'd do these events and turn around and give the money back to the arts community to help build it up."

Last summer, Coleman raised $1,500 for Fusion Pointe Studios (a dance center on the West Side) with her one-night event, Art Splash. This time, Coleman plans to hand over the profits (plus a matching grant from the Gay and Lesbian Fund for Colorado) of Art Wars to FutureSelf, a local nonprofit that offers art workshops and mentoring to at-risk youth.

-- Noel Black

capsule Art Wars: Art, Music, Poetry, Dance

32 Bleu, 32 S. Tejon St.

Wednesday, Dec. 3 from 6:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.

All ages, $7

For info call 633-3523

For tickets call 955-5664



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