With a Twist

Seeman serves up bar life


2/25

Aside from having a last name that evokes childish playground humor, Joey Seeman is a nationally and locally acclaimed artist (just look at the work he does for this paper) with an art style that broils in its expressionism. The main thing to remember is that Seeman's paintings are not family-friendly. His art is decrepit, sleazy, disgusting, embarrassing, lustful, homoerotic, misogynistic, lurid and cheap. And in an America that seems to have lost touch with reality as it drifts further and further to the right, his style is stirring, meaningful, soothing, unapologetic, innocent, beautiful, relevant, insightful and obtuse. Seeman's latest visual compilation is titled The Unhappy Hour, which depicts those familiar denizens of the bar life, and we're not talking about those suckers on Cheers. It's hard to tell if Seeman is recognizing or empathizing with these characters; either way, your eyes will not revolt as you take in the way-past-her-prime barfly and her drinking buddy, the too-slick-to-stay-sober businessman. To see the new Joey Seeman collection, venture to the Magnolia Theatre in the West Village, 3699 McKinney Ave. Art will be displayed February 25 through April 7. The reception is Friday from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Admission to the reception is free. Call 214-520-0025. --Jonathan Freeman

Take It All Off
2/26

“Blue for You”
Joey Seeman
“Blue for You”
“Opera MADI #71”
Piergiorgio Zangara
“Opera MADI #71”
“Flutter” (detail), 2004
Jessica Halonen
“Flutter” (detail), 2004

We understand the concept of a class on how to strip for your significant other. We do. Really. We just don't subscribe to the idea. The question isn't "What can you do for your significant other?" It's "What can your significant other do for you?" Right? Didn't a president say that? Well, whatever--that's our philosophy. But for those of you who are concerned about having a healthy relationship and maintaining that elusive spark, The Lodge, 10530 Spangler Road, offers a free class that teaches women and couples saucy stripper moves that are supposed to give you a workout and make your mate hot. Classes are held every Saturday at 7 p.m. in The Lodge's classroom, "a studious environment outfitted with a special lighted mini-stage and pole." Which raises a question about strip clubs: Who cleans the pole? And how often? There sure are a lot of naked body parts surrounding that thing. And you don't know where they've been. Or, well, maybe you do. Either way, head to The Lodge this weekend and do something nice for your significant other. Maybe you can use it as leverage in the future. And, hey, don't forget the Clorox wipes. That pole's not gonna clean itself. Call 972-506-9229. --Rhonda ReinhartSteps to a Cure
2/25

In obvious homage to the brilliant last half-hour of Grease, students and faculty at Southern Methodist University will be throwing on their dancing shoes for the school's fourth annual Mustang Marathon, benefiting two organizations that serve children and infants affected by HIV/AIDS: the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation and Bryan's House. The 24-hour dance marathon (6 p.m. February 25 to 6 p.m. February 26) will be held in the Dedman Center for Lifetime Sports, 6000 Airline Road. There is no entry fee, but donations are needed. Call 214-768-8466. --Mary MonigoldGeom-art-ry
2/25

Defying the embedded concept that art has to "mean" something, the modern art movement MADI, known for its use of bright colors and geometric shapes, depicts subjects without any kind of symbolic meaning, embracing what they are in and of themselves. What does this mean for you? Less snooty art chatter when you attend the MADI Museum and Gallery's Celebration of Geometric Art--80 Artists of 20 Countries, which opens with a reception from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday at the Kilgore Law Center, 3109 Carlisle St. Call 214-855-7802. --Mary MonigoldSculpture o' the South
2/26

Twang combines the Southern lilt, flirtatious wit and up-front honesty, and all in the smooth flurries of a regional accent. Listen to anyone who's not from Texas describe the speech pattern of a Lone Star native, and our bet says there's no doubt the word "twang" is involved. Whether it's "You know, she really doesn't have much of a twang" or "Dang, listening to that twang makes me wanna talk like a Texan, too," the twang is there, and it refuses to be squelched. Luckily, Texas artists refuse squelching as well. TWANG, an exhibition of sculpture by 24 contemporary artists with Texas connections, will appear in the main galleries of The McKinney Avenue Contemporary from February 26 through April 9. TWANG pushes the envelope of traditional sculpture but keeps its eye on Texas. Kinda like the rebel who leaves home but keeps glancing in the rearview mirror. The show features Paul Booker, Margarita Cabrera, Bill Davenport, Sharon Engelstein, Paul Fleming, Nancy Granahan, Jessica Halonen, Lily Hanson, Katy Heinlein, Justin Kidd, Franco Mondini-Ruiz, Katrina Moorhead, Teresa O'Connor, Michael Powers, Chuck Ramirez, Riley Robinson, Derrick Saunders, Chris Sauter, Ludwig Schwarz, Hills Snyder, Erick Swenson, Brad Tucker, Janet Tyson and Kyle Wadsworth. A free reception will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Saturday with the artists in attendance...and perhaps even some verbal twang. Get the drawl ready and the razor-sharp Southern wit well-honed. The MAC is at 3120 McKinney Ave. Call 214-953-1212. --Jim Schutze

 
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