Guerrilla art performance turns heads at library

Everyone knows to keep quiet in the library — signs on the Ballard Library doors even ask visitors to turn off their cell phone ringers.

So quite a few folks were surprised when a three-piece band began playing in the library lobby Saturday afternoon, followed by the appearance of a large woolly creature and colorful dancers:

The five-minute “guerrilla art performance” was all part of a promotion for a new exhibition at the Seattle Art Museum, “Nick Cave: Meet Me at the Center of the Earth.” More details here.

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Duke Ofthe Land

BOOKMAN: Well, let me tell you something, funny boy. Y’know that little stamp,

the one that says “SEATTLE Public Library”? Well that may not mean

anything to you, but that means a lot to me. One whole hell of a lot.

Sure, go ahead, laugh if you want to. I’ve seen your type before:

Flashy, making the scene, flaunting convention. Yeah, I know what you’re

thinking. What’s this guy making such a big stink about old library

books? Well, let me give you a hint, junior. Maybe we can live without

libraries, people like you and me. Maybe. Sure, we’re too old to change

the world, but what about that kid, sitting down, opening a book, right

now, in a branch at the local library and finding drawings of pee-pees

and wee-wees on the Cat in the Hat and the Five Chinese Brothers?

Doesn’t HE deserve better? Look. If you think this is about overdue

fines and missing books, you’d better think again. This is about that

kid’s right to read a book without getting his mind warped! Or: maybe

that turns you on, Seinfeld; maybe that’s how y’get your kicks. You and

your good-time buddies. Well I got a flash for ya, joy-boy: Party time

is over. Y’got seven days, Seinfeld. That is one week!




That has to be the best imitation of a Joe Friday speech I have ever read!


Nick Cave and the bad seeds ?