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Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Tonight at the Plaza: Lael Pastore meets Willie Wonka

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Two fantasy worlds collide tonight at the Plaza Theatre at its "Art Movie and an Opening" series, with the art of Lael Pastore going up on the walls before a screening of Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.

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"We want to have events at the Plaza that are more than just watching a movie," Plaza co-owner Jonathan Rej says in an email interview. "A big reason we go to the theater other than just renting the DVD is for the social environment. I like to take that a little further and add an interactive element to coming to our theater. With the Art Opening and a Movie series, people can come early, see art that relates to the film on some level, talk to people, meet the artist, then watch a great film. … People might come see one of their favorite classic films without knowing about the event tied to it and end up having a better experience, which is more personal and interactive. It ends up being more fun when the social aspect is heightened."

Here's how Lola Art and Gifts, which showcases her stuff, describes Pastore:

She spent much of her youth living and moving quite often in Asia and Africa. These experiences created a desire for escapism and pop culture. Through her art she tries to incorporate both of these fantastic worlds. With the sparkly backdrops and wonder inducing subjects, Lael tries to convey fun and beauty with a tinge of the painful sprinkled through. … Not unlike experiences all of us go through within our lives.

There's a decidedly outsider-art edge to some of Pastore's work, her glitter-and-glue detailing maybe reminiscent of Claire Joyce, so it will be interesting to see what she comes up with tonight to see how her sweet world matches up with Willie Wonka's. "Lael’s work is fantastical, glittery, and glossy," Rej says. "She incorporates into her paintings lot of little toys and trinkets, then uses glitter and polyurethane to make it shine and sparkle. The finished work is very colorful and candy like just like Willy Wonka and The Chocolate Factory. Although her work is not directly related to the film, it does have a magical quality that compliments it very well."

The opening starts at 8 p.m., followed by the screening at 9:30 p.m.

(Image courtesy Lola Art and Gifts)

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