When we were children, the only music we listened to were the Alvin & the Chipmunks Christmas album, "Froggy Went a Courtin'," and our older brothers' KISS records. Children today have Eddie Coker, a Dallas children's rock star. He records CDs and cassettes, tours public elementary schools, and performs at bookstores and Reunion Arena. He sings "Happy One" and "Nine Inch Whales," a song about removing sharks from swimming pools, which is meant to teach addition, subtraction, and multiplication--while sounding just like Devo. Coker raps, dances, sings, and plays guitar, all while teaching kids that hitting is bad, which makes him the anti-Manson. He makes kids scream just like Ricky Martin does with the preteen girls, so Coker's shows tend to be very loud. Catch him on tour this week. June 10, 11 a.m., Barnes and Noble, 8525 Airport Freeway, North Richland Hills, (214) 281-7042. June 12, 11 a.m., Las Colinas Medical Center, 6800 MacArthur Blvd., Irving. June 15, 1 p.m., Irving Arts Center, 3333 N. MacArthur, Irving, (972) 252-7558.
We're not an art critic--thank goodness, since we don't want to find a death mask on our desk--but we're still curious to find out how the artists of The McKinney Avenue Contemporary's new exhibition post-hypnotic will use materials such as resin, wood, pharmaceuticals, stainless steel, and light bulbs to create optical effects that "read" as paintings. Or why would someone want to create two-dimensional optical illusions using pharmaceuticals. Maybe post-hypnotic contributor Susie Rosmarin and three other painter-panelists will cover this during MAC's panel discussion "Current Trends in Abstract Art." Reception, 6:30 p.m. Art Talk '99, "Current Trends in Abstract Art," 7 p.m. Moderated by John Pomara with Susie Rosmarin, Ted Kincaid, and Scott Barber. Post-hypnotic runs June 12-July 25. McKinney Avenue Contemporary, 3120 McKinney, Suite 100. (214) 953-1212.