Human bodies are so hip these days. Some people like to look at dead ones on display, once they've been preserved and posed with tennis gear. At fancy parties, people serve sushi on naked women's bodies because A) it looks cool, and B) it encourages people to eat more sushi. Also, some artists find painting on regular canvases boring because the surface is flat and doesn't move, so they paint on live human specimens instead. In fact, a big body painting competition is happening this weekend at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, 1015 Elm St., called the North American Body Painting Championship, which features 150 models and artists representing more than 20 countries. Both sponge/brush artists and airbrush artists will compete for cash and prizes valued at more than $25,000, with doors opening to the public at 2 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Plus, the NABPC will donate $5 for every artist registered for the championship (plus a portion of ticket sales) to the Dallas-based cancer relief organization Arts Fighting Cancer. Tickets are $25 per day or $60 for the whole weekend, and VIP and group rates are available. For tickets or more information, go to nabpc.net.
Fri., March 4, 2 p.m.; Sat., March 5, 2 p.m.; Sun., March 6, 2 p.m., 2011
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