Northern: the Olympia All Ages Project, 2012

Press Release and Tour Dates, Fall 2012

The Black Dot Museum of Political Art took over Northern in Olympia, Washington for the second time since 2010, featuring art by members of the rock duo Mecca Normal. Guitar player David Lester exhibited new paintings, panels from his graphic novel The Listener and illustrations from his weekly Magnet Magazine online column “Normal History” with text by Jean Smith, whose new paintings included a “Pussy Riot” series and artwork by a character from her recently completed novel called The Black Dot Museum of Political Art about a narcissist who attempts to prevent an environmentally destructive coal mine from opening off British Columbia’s pristine coast.

Saturday, September 1, 2012Opening Reception for The Black Dot Museum of Political Art at Northern: the Olympia All Ages Project. Artists in attendance 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Free. The month-long art exhibition leads into a west coast tour in October that starts in Olympia.

"No Coal #4 by Martin Lewis (a character in the novel The Black Dot Museum of Political Art)" by Jean Smith (14 x 18" acrylic on canvas)

“No Coal #4 by Martin Lewis (a character in the novel The Black Dot Museum of Political Art)” by Jean Smith (14 x 18″ acrylic on canvas)

Vol. 168 illustration by David Lester for his Magnet Magazine column Normal History

Vol. 168 illustration by David Lester for his Magnet Magazine column Normal History

Fall 2012 Events

Olympia – September 1, Northern: the Olympia All Ages Project 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Opening Reception for The Black Dot Museum of Political Art a month-long exhibition of art by David Lester, Jean Smith

Vancouver – September 8, Waldorf, Mecca Normal opens for Chain & the Gang.

Vancouver – September 30, Public Library Mecca Normal at Word On The Street, presented by CUPE Local 391

October Tour on the West Coast

Jean Smith and David Lester will be reading from their books, presenting classroom and library events and Mecca Normal will be playing shows.

Olympia – October 6, Timberland Library Performance event: The Listener graphic novel by David Lester – Mecca Normal guitar-player turned author-illustrator. Jean Smith talks about her new novel, Obliterating History – a guitar-making mystery, domination & submission in a small town garage. Mecca Normal performs.

Portland – October 7, Interstate Firehouse Cultural Center

SalemOctober 8, Willamette University “How Art & Music Can Change the World”

San Francisco – October 10, SF Public Library Jean Smith and David Lester will both be reading at LitQuake Radar Reading Series.

San Francisco – October 10, Cafe Du Nord Mecca Normal (9:30) opens for The Corin Tucker Band.

LA – October 13, HRLA Mecca Normal performance

LA October 15, Loyola Marymount University “How Art & Music Can Change the World”

Miami – November 8, Churchill’s Pub

Fort Lauderdale – November 9, Radio Active Records

David Lester is the author of The Listener graphic novel – the story of Hitler’s rise to power and a cultural activist questioning the power of her art (Foreword Reviews Book of The Year nominee, Arbeiter Ring Publishing, 2011) – and The Gruesome Acts of Capitalism ($2000 in royalties donated to The Canadian Centre for Victims of Torture).

Jean Smith, the author of two published novels and a two-time recipient of Canada Council for the Arts awards, turns text of recently-completed novels into new Mecca Normal songs.

Jean Smith and David Lester, of the underground rock duo Mecca Normal (K Records, Kill Rock Stars, Matador), have been presenting “How Art & Music Can Change the World” – a classroom, library and art gallery performance event – since 2002.

Pages from The Listener graphic novel and paintings by characters from Jean Smith’s novel The Black Dot Museum of Political Art will be at Northern: the Olympia All Ages Project for the month of September.

Jean Smith and David Lester (Mecca Normal) at Word on the Street, presenting The Listener graphic novel at the Vancouver Public Library, 2011.

David Lestervideos, paintings, photos
Jean Smith – videos, paintings, photos