Immobile frigate the Queen Mary will become the destination spot for an ass-load of hipsters this weekend, and we're pretty sure this is a first for the giant boat. Now, normally such a notion would give curmudgeonly old fucks like us a headache, like the kind we get when we look at hipster portal Polaroid Scene (www.polaroidscene.com. Go there now. Don't punch your screen), but this is different. The Queen Mary is hosting music concert All Tomorrow's Parties (ATP), which this year features the art show "Bridgin' the Gap." Unfamiliar? Confused? God, you're lame!
All Tomorrow's Parties is a giant two-day concert that started in England. Each year, one musician or artist chooses the lineup for the whole thing. We could tell you more, but this is an art story.
"Bridgin' the Gap" is an amazing eclectic art show, always tethered to a music show—this year, ATP—and curated by young whippersnapper Mariko Jones.
It emphasizes the underground—Jones' hero is Basquiat—and features visual art, installation, small-press books and magazines, clothing, design, sculpture, and more from a number of luminaries. Quite a few artists offer pieces from outside their field: famous photographers offer sculpture, famous curators show photographs, etc. Jones seems to want to single-handedly encourage creative people to avoid being pigeonholed. "You don't have to be a musician and that's it," says Jones. In this regard, the show is more about the creative urge first, the artists second and the actual pieces third. And the pieces don't blow—on the contrary, "Bridgin' the Gap" will most certainly impress.
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The lineup includes Aaron Rose (curates group show "Beautiful Losers"), Chris Pastras (owns Stereo Skateboards with Jason Lee), Dan Didier (former member of Promise Ring), Deanna Templeton (photographer/wife of skater Ed Templeton), Perry Tollett (brother of Goldenvoice's Paul Tollett/owns Glass House), United Bamboo (New York clothing company), Vice, Florencio Divala and Swindle Magazine.
Lest you are wondering, you curious smurf, everything is for sale and it's priced to move, too. "Everyone's lowering their prices for the show," says Jones.
So you'd best dispense with your seasickness excuse and go to the Queen Mary now. Bon voyage!
"BRIDGIN' THE GAP" ONBOARD THE QUEEN MARY, END OF 710 FWY., LONG BEACH, (562) 435-3511 OR (323) 980-3444; WWW.ATPFESTIVAL.COM. SAT.-SUN. CALL FOR HOURS AND ADMISSION PRICES.