Katy Perry - Honda Center - September 16, 2014

Photo by Scott Feinblatt
Katy Perry
Honda Center

Did you ever have the feeling that you were the only 40-year-old heterosexual man at a rave-themed pep rally for seventh grade girls? On the occasion of Katy Perry's "The Prismatic World Tour," the Honda Center was filled with 14,000 of the like (by Perry's count). The only bad vibes came from a tattooed man wearing a Suicidal Tendencies t-shirt -- arguably the only other older straight guy (not counting the daddy chaperons) -- who was ejected prior to the concert for throwing punches at a couple of effeminate men. But whereas violence was not tolerated inside the stadium, the stadium itself was surrounded by a dozen or so religious protesters bearing fancy signs of intolerance towards homosexuality.

This was likely in response to the first single of Perry's [herself, the daughter of two Pentecostal pastors], "I Kissed a Girl," which was released in 2008 and reached number one on Billboard's Hot 100. Now, multiple hits, successful tours, acting roles, product endorsements, and millions of dollars later, Perry demonstrated that she knows how to put on a great show.

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Artopia - MUZEO - March 22,2014

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Photo of Paul F. Contreras's "Ticking Time Bomb" by Scott Feinblatt

March 22,2014

The Muzeo stands in the heart of the city of Anaheim. Within its main gallery, the Carnegie Building, and Anaheim Heritage Center are contained artifacts and documents which tell the tale of the town's history as well as galleries which display the works of local artists and touring exhibitions. The Muzeo museum and cultural arts center are also available for hosting events, and on the evening of Saturday, March 22, OC Weekly set up shop in honor of its 2nd annual OC People issue.

As the name of the event, Artopia, indicates, this celebration highlighted the arts. Vendors of quality culinary delights as well as those of non-perishables lined the Muzeo's courtyard and occupied some of the gallery space, which was principally set up to showcase the artwork of 10 local artists, who were selected by the public. As it frequently turns out in events such as these, the overall programming can threaten to eclipse the focus on the featured artists. However, since the programming was principally made up of local musicians and vendors, the result was a well-balanced milieu in which patrons of the arts, scenesters, and locals could mill about between the hours of 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

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Six Legitimate Reasons to Make Art

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A factor in the decline of decent art was recently dragged onto center stage by the New York Times in an article called "Brooklyn Communal Cool: The Brand." The piece, authored by a person who spells "mic" like "mike," focuses on a communal-living quarters in Brooklyn called the Clubhouse and its ties to a "new media" company called BKLYN1834. And if you couldn't guess by the fact that somebody started a company without any vowels, it's a bunch of bullshit.

Here's a choice quote that basically sums up the article:

"For our generation of artists, we realize that we are each our own brand, but not everyone knows how to manage this," Mr. Reid said. "Our business is to equip artists with these tools, which feels like a natural, organic progression of what we already do at the Clubhouse."

Amid the swirl of eye-rolls associated with the fraud and fakery of "indie" pop-art and its interaction in a new-media marketplace, we'd like to present to you the six legitimate reasons to make art. (Hint: it has nothing to do with "branding" and everything to do with this Bill Hicks clip.

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Tenacious D Fan Art, You Really Must Own

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chuckhodi on etsy.
Tenacious D is the ultimate un-guilty pleasure. Their song lyrics are like humorous children's stories (for adults) set to rock music; which is fitting, because it was recently announced that Jack Black will be starring in a Goosebumps movie. (Yes, the series of scary children's novels by R.L. Stine).

And who doesn't love Black's partner-in-crime Kyle Gass? He's the only celebrity wearing socks and sandals court-side at the Lakers game. Together, these laissez-faire characters form the greatest parody band since Weird Al--and bonus--they're awesome musicians too.

We've collected some of the best Tenacious D fan art on etsy to satisfy your inner nerd-rocker:

JJack Black of Tenacious D Pop Art by chuckhodi on etsy.com (above). It's a little scary, but so is Jack Black.

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Joan Jett Fan Art You Really Must Own

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AaronJTurner on etsy.

Joan Jett has filed a cease and desist letter to the president and CEO of SeaWorld in Florida after learning her infamous "I Love Rock 'n' Roll" anthem is part of Seaworld's Shamu Rocks show.

Jett wrote:
"I was surprised and upset to see on YouTube that SeaWorld used I Love Rock 'n' Roll as the opening music for its cruel and abusive 'Shamu Rocks' show. I'm among the millions who saw Blackfish and am sickened that my music was blasted without my permission at sound-sensitive marine mammals."

Jett will be starring in (and is the executive producer of) Undateable John, a romantic comedy about a slacker surf instructor who meets a troubled love interest in an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting. The film stars Daryl Hannah, Tom Arnold and Shannen Doherty. A release date has not been published yet.

Jett will be a guest on The Queen Latifah Show this week, with an episode air date of February 17, 2014. In the meantime, we invite you to browse some of the best Joan Jett fan art on etsy:

We're suckers for girls with attitudes. Two thumbs (and middle fingers) up for this print by AaronJTurner (above).

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Madonna Fan Art You Really Must Own

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Renato Cunha on Society6.com
Just as the clamor of Madonna's cameo performance at the Grammys was subsiding, she reappears during Miley Cyrus's MTV Unplugged to perform a mashup of "Don't Tell Me" and "We Can't Stop."

Madonna is the Queen of legendary pop music moments; this time, clad in a bedazzled cowgirl uniform, gettin' some girl-on-girl grinding on, and line dancing, oh my! That's one way to pass the torch... or ignite another.

To celebrate Madonna's return to the masses, we found some really great fan art on Society6.com.

Madonna looks extra voluptuous in this Hung Up art print by Renato Cunha (above).

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Prince Fan Art, You Really Must Own

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theSecondFace on etsy
If you've been wondering what Prince is up to, you've come to the right place!

Essence Magazine has announced that Prince will be performing at their 20th Anniversary festival 4th of July Weekend in New Orleans in 2014.

And mark your DVRs: A rare TV appearance by Prince on the sitcom "New Girl" will air on February 2, 2014.

In the meantime, feel free to indulge in some of the finest Prince fan art found on etsy.

We're loving the wide-angle perspective of Prince in this painting by theSecondFace on etsy (above).

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Pop Realist Robert Townsend Offers Us Candy, Insight Into His Life

Categories: art, interview

Jena Ardell
[Editor's Note: We chat with Los Angeles-based pop realist painter Robert Townsend to talk candy, career and his affinity for "Mid-century everything"]

"Would you like some rejected jellybeans?" Townsend asks, extending a large glass jar toward us. "They're irregular," he adds matter-of-factly, in attempt to make the candy seem more appealing.

Townsend just returned from his gallery show in San Francisco and couldn't resist visiting the Jelly Belly factory. Jelly Belly sells imperfect candies, meaning their shape or color is somewhat off, at a discount.

Ironically, being in Townsend's loft is a lot like being in an 'irregular' candy store. The colorful ice cream cones of Counting with Wayne Thiebaud (Townsend's favorite artist) tops one of the stacks of art books that flank Townsend's television. In lieu of a fruit bowl, a melted record bowl houses Townsend's vintage candy-colored matchbook collection.

If you look around closely, you will find a variety of sweets both painted on canvas and in real form--giant novelty lollipops and Bit-O-Honey taffies, mostly. Townsend usually keeps an arsenal of fresh sugar cookies in his kitchen, and cupcakes too, if he happens to be painting a giant watercolor of them.

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Beyoncé Fan Art, You Really Must Own

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Kaesthetics on etsy.
Target and Amazon are refusing to stock Beyoncé's stealth, new self-titled album after the album was being sold exclusively on iTunes for one week, raking in over $9 million.

Wal-mart was glad to take on Beyoncé's sloppy seconds and was rewarded two weeks later, when the songstress made a surprise stop inside Wal-mart's Tewksbury, Massachusetts location. Imagine how surreal it must have been to hear Beyoncé make this announcement over the intercom:

"Everyone in the store right now, the first $50 of your holiday gifts are on me. Merry, merry Christmas from Beyoncé."

Today reports 750 shoppers were in the store, which seems a little steep for a suburban Walmart, but who are we to question numbers. This generous publicity stunt (to the tune of $37,500) erased almost all of the egotistical assumptions we have about the Carter family.

If 14 songs and 17 music videos weren't enough Beyoncé for you, you should consider purchasing some of this amazing Beyoncé fan art we found on etsy:

Beyoncé looks great with Princess Diana hair. 'Lady B' illustration by Kaesthetics on etsy (above).

See also: Dave Grohl Fan Art You Really Must Own

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Six Trent Reznor Fan Portraits That Look Nothing Like Trent Reznor

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BatCountryArt on etsy.

We love the arts. We love NIN and Trent Reznor. We love when people paint portraits of Reznor that don't resemble him at all. Please enjoy this selection of fan art for sale on etsy. And artists, please don't be discouraged... we offer our suggestion of a comparable celebrity who your painting really resembles.

This illustration by BatCountryArt (above) answers the question: what happened to the kid from Toy Story after he graduated from college?

See also: Trent Reznor's Stunning Shout Out to Andrew Youssef in Las Vegas

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