zines2010_press Part of the South FIRST FRIDAYS art walk in downtown San Jose’s SoFA District. Visit http://www.SouthFIRSTFRIDAYS.com for the full lineup.

We love zines‚Ķ those little diy, cut-and-paste, copied-on-the-cheap, hand-folded, self-distributed gems that continue to surface because someone, somewhere feels the need to express themselves. It’s that simple. Zines exist and fleurish outside the mainstream with no particular interest whether you’re paying attention or not. According to Chip Rowe, creator of Chip’s Closet Cleaner, “They’re Tinkertoys for malcontents. They’re obsessed with obsession. They’re extraordinary and ordinary. They’re about strangeness but since it’s usually happening somewhere else you’re kind of relieved.”

Featured Zine sellers:
Marc Arsenault, John Bobst, Silvia Chenault, Michael Foley, Ben Henderson, Chris Kardambikis, M Undead, Yumiko Miyagawa, Tomas Moniz, Kyle Pellet, Mahoney Perkins, Louis Schmidt, Matthew Seigel, Kate Steward & Meagan Zupancic.

Live Musical Performances:
Adam Lynn’s “scrapbook-y collection of mostly melancholy stripped down tunes recalls a wide variety of influences from the raw end of Mogwai’s catalogue, to the acoustic balladry of Nick Drake, to the sparse and almost-robotic piano embellishment of Pinback.” http://www.myspace.com/theextras

Zoe Boekbinder is one half of the popular duo Vermillion Lies which she formed with her sister Kim Boekbinder. Her voice is evocative of jazz vocals music circa 1930’s and 40’s; in keeping her style she sometimes performs with a full cabers act. http://www.myspace.com/zoeboekbinder

Corpus Callosum is part puppet show, part performance art ensemble and part experimental-folk-orchestra. At a Corpus Callosum show you will see stilt walkers, instrumental oddities; you will hear lovely music and you may even be called upon to sing along. http://www.myspace.com/corpuscallosumband

Exhibit on view through March 13, 2010

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