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Who has time to read the collected works of Shakespeare, especially when you can click a mouse and get the abridged gist on Wikipedia? Why spend your lifetime working for one company when you can be a soldier of fortune? Why research consumer goods when commercial jingles tell you exactly what to buy? Our entire society is in a state of flux; we’ve become a culture that cherishes luxury over permanence, and we want those extravagances surrounding us immediately.

At least that’s the thesis behind “Microwave Mascara,” the new collection of artwork by Australia’s Georges LeBar. Within these oil paintings opulence abounds, transforming cathedrals into plush nightclubs, complete with chandeliers and pole dancers. Think of it as ´80s greed with a high-speed Internet connection. All that is sacred is lavishly debauched and spread across canvas with rich, sumptuous colors. It’s exciting. It’s taboo. It’s opening Thursday evening from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Hollywood Art and Culture Center (1650 Harrison St., Hollywood). Tickets cost $6 for non-members. Call 954-921-3274, or visit
Nov. 29-Dec. 31, 2007

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