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Monday, August 10, 2009

Eyedrum red ink spurs benefits

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Like many organizations — make that non-profit organizations … er, make that, non-profit, avant-garde, experimental, alterna-wacky organizations, Eyedrum is hurting through the current economic downturn. For the first time in 10 years of continous operation on the proverbial shoestring, the fabled multi-media arts venue has begun missing rent payments.

What to do? Well, the all-volunteer Eydrum board and supporters have put together a benefit art auction this Friday. More than 100 local artists — including Kojo Griffin, Lilian Blades, Angus Galloway, Eric Mack, Marcia Cohen, Mario Schambon and Nancy Floyd — have donated works to be sold to shore up Eyedrum's bottom line. The event is free for members and $10 for others.

Still want to help? Next month, SoPo Bikes' Rachael Spiewak is helping put together a 24-hour dance-a-thon(!) to benefit Eyedrum. The dancing begins Saturday, Sept. 26, at Eyedrum and lasts, well, about 24 hours, give or take. Music will be provided by the Atlanta Sedition Orchestra, Pleasure Cruise and Strezo, as well as DJ Gnosis and a whole passel of fellow disc-spinners.

As the late, great Billy Mays once said, But wait — that's not all! The entertainment and activities will also include aerialists, burlesque dancers, a kissing booth, a silent auction, a bicycle scavenger hunt and a midnight booty shake contest. Admission ranges from $5-$10, depending on when you arrive (the later you arrive, the less you pay), or FREE with the purchase of an Eyedrum membership. See you there.

(Photo by Joeff Davis)

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