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Friday, November 7, 2008

Roll Call: Bean Summer

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For today's installment of roll call we call out Lenny's promoter and video artist Bean Summer.

Who are you?

I am human video unit 34796864923 -- eight. Also known as Bean, though this is only my alter ego. My real ego died years ago. I'm an artist, musician, noisemaker, video jockey, replicant, android, teacher, instructor, humanoid, hobo, carny, promoter, sound engineer, visual stimulator, and parental discretion is advised.

Describe yourself in three words.

Unique, compelling, fun.

Who — dead or alive — would most you like to meet?

Nam June Paik, was probably the first video artist in the world, he experimented with televisions and created many video works and was part of the Fluxus art movement. He is probably one of my biggest influences. It would be interesting to sit down and talk with him about what he would be doing now with all the technology that we have available to us as video artists. He pioneered everything I do as a video artist.

Who would you most like to slap in the face?

Myself. I make big mistakes. I'm sure that many people agree that slapping me in the face would probably be a good idea.

What song do you wish you had written?

"Ring of Fire" by June Carter Cash.

Elvis Costello or Elvis Presley?

If I had to pick one I would say Presley, though I love Elvis Costello as well. In all honesty it's a tie.

LP, CD or MP3?

.mov files or QuickTime files... A little video nerd joke.

If you could start one trend, what would it be?

Bands arriving on time.

If you could end one trend, what would it be?

Police enforcement of some laws that I will not say here.

With whom would you most like to play a game of spin the bottle?

My girlfriend, Ms. Elisabeth Amanda (Mandy) Gee.

Bean is most excited to tell you that The King Khan and BBQ comes to Lenny's on Fri., Nov. 21. Tickets are $10 in advance / $15 day of show.

(Photo by Chad Radford)

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