Sunday, March 14, 2010

Austin art & music (by Suzie)

Austin artist Mark Goad created this vintage-style movie poster to accompany a screenplay sent to a Los Angeles producer. Mark and the screenwriter are my friends, and I'd love to see a movie made about the WASPs, the Women Airforce Service Pilots.

I wrote this in December and meant to post it, but then my sister arrived in town, blah blah blah. I found it labeled "draft" in Blogger. I went looking for it after Echidne posted last week on the WASPs. Click on the artwork to see more details.

If any of you are in Austin this week, check out Mark's fourth annual Red River Art Party 4-11 p.m. Friday and 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday at 94 Red River St. In addition to his art, there will be comedy and music, including Cookie McGee, Hoodygoode, the Jessica Shepherd Band, Lisa Byrn, Ledaswan, Loretta Callens, Jennifer Mansfield Peal and the debut of Katherine Dawn's all-female band TX LadyBugs. Listen to Jennifer's "Ballad of Susanna Dickenson," about the woman and her baby who survived the siege of the Alamo.

Although near the South by Southwest (SXSW) events, this party isn't officially sanctioned. It's free, but donations will be accepted for the screenwriter, who chose to remain anonymous in this post. She's struggling with MS.

Mark takes on labors of love, such as this poster, and is now working on something for me. To earn some money, he started doing chores for older people and ended up arranging and highlighting their keepsakes, in what he calls redneck feng shui.