Bob Rodman's Fountain of Youth Is His Camera

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Courtesy of Bob Rodman
The mascot of OC's rock scene stays out all hours of the night. He has taken shots and partied with some of the rowdiest local bands around. He's so popular that musicians have started a fan club in his honor; they even have buttons with his name on them. In a crowd, he never fails to stand out, with his long white ponytail and goatee. Oh, and he's old enough to be their grandpa.

Over the past six years, Rodman, 73, has documented a who's-who of hometown talent from the front row at such venues as the Detroit Bar, House of Blues in Anaheim and the Tiki Bar. Though he fancies himself a pretty quiet, humble guy, he's known to have photographed as many as three shows in a night. "People will see me at shows and go, 'Hey, Bob!' And I have no clue who they are, but they know me or know who I am," Rodman says with a chuckle.

It's rare to speak to him during daylight hours. Sitting down at Memphis Cafe in Costa Mesa, Rodman's wide, 6-foot-3 frame nearly dwarfs the table and the tiny cup of shrimp gumbo in front of him. He's eating light these days, ever since he had surgery to add a pacemaker.

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Eight Kurt Cobain Fan Portraits That Look Nothing Like Kurt Cobain


We love the arts. We love Nirvana. We love when people paint portraits of Kurt Cobain 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.

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How 'Born This Way' Went All the Way to No. 1 Told in Lady Gaga Gifs

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Lousy album cover aside, Lady Gaga's sophomore release Born This Way sold 1.1 million copies in its first week and is No. 1 on the Billboard charts, the biggest since 50 Cent's The Massacre.

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420 Art Show Up In Smoke

This is what we get for running with a press release about an art show with the word "chronic" in the title.

Last week we received an e-mail from a gentleman named Sergio Sandoval associated with skate, surf and smoke-lifestyle company, Long Beach Chronic. The impresario was promoting a 420 event featuring works by various artists including Opie Ortiz and former Rat Fink illustrator, The Pizz, among others. The theme was, take a guess-- weed--as visualized on a quintessential  southern California canvas--the skateboard deck. Sounded promising.

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OK Go--True Artists or Just Exhausted? Watch the 'Last Leaf' Video

OK Go's video for their latest single, "Last Leaf" is totally made up of photographs--15 still shots for every second of the two minute, 44 second video. All on what looks like edible toast. It's totally cute, like a Shel Silverstein book. But it also leads me to think that OK Go are far better as performance artists than musicians. If you look at what OK Go is doing beyond the gimmicks, you'll see that their work really lends itself to a clever DIY aesthetic, with a sense of humor that makes their work easily accessible. Still, I have questions.

Such as:
1. Are they taking a break from choreographed dance moves?
2. Did they eat all the toast?
3. How did the illustrations get on the bread?
4. Was there a lot of computer work involved?

We've asked their publicist these questions and will update you as we find out; in the meantime, watch "Last Leaf" after the jump.

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Sharpies and Coffee Cups and Mr. Boey

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Photos Courtesy of Cheeming Boey
​Boyishly grinning in his black hoodie and jeans, artist Cheeming Boey easily blended into the crowd at Laguna Art Museum's OsCene. (Read Dave Barton's review of the whole exhibit here.) Yet, his exhibit--simply titled "Sharpie on Styrofoam Cup"--stole the spotlight. They really are just Styrofoam cups. With Sharpie drawings. Painstakingly intricate Sharpie drawings with names like "Naranbaatar," "Fedor Emelianenko," and "Pew, pew, pew." To him, that his customers can't hang their purchases on their wall is exactly what makes them compelling despite their simplicity. In a culture that eats up any visual media labeled "HD" or "Now in 3D!," Boey's 2D drawings take their revenge by insisting on a 360-degree reception.
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The Long Beach Comic Con Encore: The Expo!

"The Long Beach Comic Con was a great opportunity for fans and pros to meet in a great environment. Sign me up for next year!" said John Drdek, a writer for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles last October. Fortunately, we don't have to wait that long.

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Just a fraction of what the Long Beach Comic Con had to offer in October. 
​Owing to the tremendous success of the Stan Lee-christened inception of Long Beach Comic Con last October, the LBCC decided to give us an encore in the form of the one-day Long Beach Comic Expo. We were regaled last year with fantastic tales (and outrageous pictures) of sexy Mario, local pro-wrestlers, and many fanboy-teasing OC roller girls. The upcoming convention, which will be held in the Promenade Ballroom at the Long Beach Convention Center on February 20 at 10 a.m., and its line-up of guests, promise to be just as epic.

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Q&A with Hibbleton Gallery Artist Mar Hernandez

There are many champions of cutesy, contorted cartoon imagery. But staring into character-filled frames of Spanish artists Mar Hernandez (aka Malota), whose eye-popping Japanese-style cartoons and attention to detail earned her a National Illustration Award in her home country in 2008, finds her own niche in the sleek, modern mix of illustrations, doll-making and design. 

Tomorrow, her first Orange County exhibit, "Personajes de Colores," opens at  Hibbleton Gallery in Downtown Fullerton which seems to be quite a haven for up and coming illustrators and cartoonists. The exhibit runs until November 22. If you want to experience her art beforehand, check out some of her galleries here. Yesterday she was kind enough to engage in a little artist Q&A.

How did you get involved with Hibbleton Gallery? Did you know about them before you went to Spain?

Mar Hernandez: I knew about Hibbleton Gallery because Ben Pham, one of the owners wrote me a few month ago. I took part of the collective show named surfacing. After this collective show Ben proponed me to prepare a solo show for his gallery and I said yes.
This is not the first time I made a solo show but it is the first time in the USA.

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Greater California Playing the Long Beach Museum of Art 'After Dark'

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That record right there, Greater California's All the Colors, was declared OC Weekly's "Best of OC" best album of the past 12 months--sure, Greater California are from Long Beach, but we've considered that to be part of our coverage area for so long that even residents there get a little confused at times.

Full of shimmering, mature and fully realized pop like "It's Great" and the title track, it's a must-listen for anyone that loves the best of '60s and '70s rock (like the Byrds: the Next Generation). Your next opportunity to hear some of that album's fine tunes is sooner than you might think: tomorrow, at the Long Beach Museum of Art, for their latest "After Dark" event. Root for culture! They're playing, and it's also a chance to check out three new exhibitions: Sweet Subversives: Contemporary California Drawings, Surviving Hard Times: WPA Artists and 3313º Fahrenheit. It's from 7 to 10 p.m.; $10, free for members. Check out the flier after the jump for more details and a sneak preview of a cool image from one of the exhibitions.

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WTF File: Kanye West's short film "We Were Once A Fairy Tale" directed by Spike Jonze

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You gotta hand it to Kanye, he's never too self-conscious to take a risk. Over the weekend, his short film, We Were Once A Fairy Tale, directed by Spike Jonze (currently riding high on his Where The Wild Things Are success), finally unveiled itself to the masses following almost two month's worth of internet hype and speculation. The film, clocking in at a brisk 11 minutes, shows West in what most people would perceive to be his natural state of VMA-style jackassery as he stumbles around intoxicated in a packed night club to the beat of his own song "See You In My Nightmares" off of 808s and Heartbreak. 

At first, every sarcastic bone in your body wants to credit this bizarrely accurate portrayal of a drunk celebrity to West's wealth of real life experience that allowed him to prepare for the role. Even the part where he projectile vomits all over the bathroom and air humps a suspiciously sexy barroom ghost before passing out on a couch. Sounds weird, huh? Wait 'til you get to the end. In the interest of not spoiling it for people who haven't already seen this, we're going to shut up about how the film ends, although if blood, guts and cuddly suicidal goblins tend to make you uneasy you might want to just skip this one. But for those of you who were bummed about Kanye and Lady Gaga canceling their tour stop in OC next month, maybe the ending will bring you some sense of bloody comfort. Click the jump to see the video and afterwards we can play the fun game of "guess the deluded superstar's cinematic metaphor."

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