SparkleBlob is the creation of Julianna Parr and is characterized as an arts and performance collective. On Saturday, August 2nd, they are having a full day of art exhibitions, an auction, live music, a DJ, food, and “artsy carnival games…and a fabulous live show at 8 p.m.”
Jason Myers plays percussion guitar, the ukulele, banjo, lap steel guitar, and the cuarto, performing “everything from jazz and popular music, zydeco, African highlife, (and) Hawaiian, to funk and soul” (MyersManiaMusic). While being serenaded by Myers’ melodies, along with DJ Yacht’s rock favorites, there will be a bingo bonanza, a ring toss of agility, a temporary tattoo parlor, and activities called “Daring Duck Pond,” and “Lollipop Pyramid of Mystery.” Also, someone called “The Art Wizard” will be a special guest, as will DocuMART™.
DocuMART™ (also co-founded by Julianna Parr) is actually a fantastic art installation project (so setting up the installation as a paperwork processing “office” in various locations) that makes “processing paperwork” a guise for social commentary about the role of bureaucracy in determining not just people’s fates, but their identities as individuals and human beings. It also (as all SparkleBlob projects do) comes with a large dollop of humor in rather joyfully highlighting the absurdities of bureaucracy as it relates to “real” human beings. (Roz Helfand, 6-year SparkleBob performer)
Proceeds from this year’s auction will benefit SparkleBlob’s programs such as the holiday one-of-a-kind musical puppet show that “carries some social and political satire, delivered with heaping spoonfuls of sugar…but underneath all the silliness are themes that hint at something more serious—a message about family and community” (KCRW, Avishay Artsy, 2012).
Another program is the weekly CraftNight that aims “to bring forth the unrealized artistic talents of the greater public” and Gothtober, which is in its 11th year and features a new work by a different artist everyday during the month of October. On the physical side, SparkleBlob organizes bicycle adventures such as the Midnight Ridazz “Nerd Ride” and a bicycling caroling tour that are touted as being easy, engaging, exciting, and “always packed with strange and fantastic information.”
Auction items are already available and may be viewed and bid upon at Bidding Owl.
SparkleBlob: “Being intensively creative with friends.”
SparkleBlob: “We’re strange and we’re all right.”
Saturday, August 2nd, 2-9 p.m.
2 p.m.: Art Exhibition & Auction Opens & Live Music!
305 S. Hudson Ave., Pasadena 91101
Hosted by Town Square Real Estate
Details at SparkleBlob.org & event Facebook page
More auction items:
• Marriage certificates (unrestricted)
• Passaporta, which:
Allows travel to all countries in one convenient document,
Allows travel to countries that do not exist,
Allows non-geographic travel: transitions and passages in states of mind, attitudes, and paradigms
• Geographical range identification card (similar to the seasonal illustrations found in bird books)