The free, quarterly indie mag WeMerge thrives when it comes to promoting local artists. Case in point: It held a cover-art contest for its eighth issue, which will be released June 1. The winner was Japanda, and now not only will her art don the cover but WeMerge plans to promote the hell out of her -- starting at its music/art event Saturday at Propaganda, where Japanda will paint live.
It's billed as WeMerge's Release Party, but, really, there's
going to be plenty more release parties throughout the summer. Because
how do you keep a quarterly 'zine current? Release party, release party,
release party -- it's a smart concept -- and all of these parties will
feature Japanda. Joining her at Propaganda will be body-painter
Raquel McInnis, who painted a rad guitar on a model at the last (at time
of print) WeMerge Thursday, a weekly open-mic night filled with
artists and music and liquor at Kevro's Art Bar.
Saturday, McInnis will bring her own model or two and will paint away as
you get to watch while sipping a vodka tonic -- that's prime people-watching! Bands Speaking Volumes, the People Upstairs, and Sumsun will
perform. And of course, the man behind WeMerge, Renda Writer,
open-mic host extraordinaire, will be present too.
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No cover. Release party starts at 8 p.m. at Propaganda, 6 S. J St.,
June 5, 8 p.m., 2010.