Pow! Wow! Long Beach has nothing to do with Batman

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I’ve been dropping in on this week’s inaugural Pow! Wow! Long Beach events, which are made possible by my friends at interTrend and Imprint. It’s exciting to see so much cool public art go up around town and to make new friends and reconnect with old ones (Jeff McMillan and James Jean, above, respectively).

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Yesterday, I checked out some spots by the convention center. I paid a visit to Jeff and his crew including Gary Musgrave and Ellen Bae. I think it’s key to have at least one Long Beach artist mixed in, and also nice that his piece will be in sight of a Whaling Wall mural by Wyland. The street art angle is fairly new but the idea of public art is not.

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I was there one day too soon to see Jeff Soto and the Low Bros in action, but was stoked to find that their wall provides a backdrop to a favorite skate/flatland BMX spot.

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James Jean’s piece is coming along, too, and the talk at the Art Theatre between interTrend’s Jeffrey Ng (a.k.a. jeffstaple) and French artist Fafi was lively and fun. Coming up this week, there’s a Nychos documentary screening and talk tonight and plenty of other art and music related events that are worth checking out.

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If you can, visit Friday’s Pow! Wow!-related Vitality and Verve opening at the LBMA on Friday night. (Below, LBMA Executive Director Ron Nelson on the left and art by Brendan Monroe on the right.) I put up some more pics and info about the show and the Pow! Wow! kickoff event at psychictemplelbc.com.

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If I don’t run into you at the opening, I’ll seeya out on the streets while checking out the finished murals.

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