Liz Swain 4:24 p.m., May 24
SpeakHer Open Mic for Women: Kava Lounge
Photo on left: Miki Vale
This afternoon I sketched a vision which came to me in last night’s fitful sleep - a t-rex in shades giving a peace sign on a skateboard that says “RAD!”
The image certainly exists already. Probably I owned the t-shirt in late 1989, when I was young enough to take these kinds of things for granted. Like C-3PO cereal and Mighty Max and little cans of Yoshi soda and wrestle buddies and…
“Do you want to help me destroy an idol?” asked Eli, a roommate.
“Sure,” I said reflexively, “what have you got?”
Eli produced a terracotta Buddha and an ornate image of Shiva and Vishnu in a frame which he had decorated with puffy paint. He placed the sacrificial deities/bodhisattva in a cardboard box on the carpet and violently smashed them together, sending bits of glass and clay everywhere.
He took the makeshift altar to the front yard and lit a corner of the Hindu image with a yellow lighter reading “Moistrix” on one side. At first the thick paper took, but a dry breeze blew it out.
I went for another lighter, but it, too, was not enough.
Opting for the path of least resistance, Eli tore the image into squares while I went for the fake blood and party poppers.
“Right, let’s do this thing,” I said, offering the confetti cannons.
“Dude,” said Eli, opening the front door. “I’ve got to go to math class.”
Now there’s a cardboard box on the floor containing chunks of pinkish-red clay, shards of glass, a mangled puffy-painted picture frame, and bits of slightly burnt, glittery paper. T-rex wears a sideways cap and endorses the mess with his little t-rex peace claw and “RAD!” deck.
I’m not sure what it all adds up to, but the strange episode reinvigorated in me a sense of creativity and expansion – the simple thrill of turning an idea into reality.
For the ladies interested in pulverizing non-action into full expression tonight, SoulKiss Events for Women Presents: Speak Her Open Mic.
Taking place on the first Wednesdays of every month, “SpeakHer is a creative outlet for women to share and enjoy each other’s art in a welcoming and relaxed environment. From poets, singers and musicians to rappers and comedians .. all forms of creative expression are welcome.”
Tonight’s installment features soulful sounds by Miki Vale, niomiesoulfly, and special guests, as well as organic beverages and drink specials all night.
Sign up for the open mic starts at 8 p.m., or email firstname.lastname@example.org
$5 - 9 p.m. tonight – Kava Lounge - 2812 Kettner Blvd.