Friday, January 6, 2006

Art Space Allows Broke People To Jam

NEW YORK (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – If you’re broke and have nothing to do on a Friday night, you could always join a band for one evening.

Each Friday, the Glass House Gallery in Brooklyn, New York, hosts a free “Experiential Art Night,” where attendees are invited to pick up whatever instrument is lying around and sing into the mike as part of one big open music jam.

Glass House co-director Brooke Baxter says some people bring their own instruments, while others are welcome to use “what’s left in the space,” like buckets, sticks, amps and guitars. She adds, “We had an accordion for a while and I think we had a flute.”

In addition to creating music, guests are invited to do other artistic activities such as work on a collective painting, decorate a busted television set, or type out stories, observations or poems on the “collaborative typewriter.”

Baxter admits the event, likened to a Sonic Youth concert, does get loud and crazy. As she puts it, “Some people walk in and it’s too much for them and they walk out.”

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