Sex Drugs RocknRoll Activism August ArtWalk Occupy Weekend Open Thread!




Your challenge this weekend, dear Orange County adventurers, will be not so much choosing between which ArtWalk to attend, as which one to attend FIRST.  Here’s the 911 on Fullerton and Santa Ana both…

This is tonight and tomorrow night (Fri Aug 1 – Sat Aug 2) from 6pm to 10pm, at the Magoski Arts Colony, 223 W Santa Fe Ave, in Fullerton.  Baxter writes us:

The Egan Gallery cordially invites you to enjoy big doses of “Sex Drugs & Rock “n’ Roll. In partnership with local musician, sound and lighting guru Roy ” El Roy ” Zartman, The Egan will be exhibiting the best of Roy’s 40+ year massive collection of all things Sex, Drugs and Rock ‘n’ Roll.

Roy attended Sunny Hills High School in the late 60s and since then he has never been too far away from stage. Roy is a musician himself but made a living first as a bouncer at The Golden Bear Huntington Beach, and later doing sound and lighting from small local clubs to mega concerts across the county.

Roy is a master sound engineer, production and lighting expert and has worked the So Cal concert and club circuit for four decades and he has seen it all. His credits look like a whos who record collection as seen at . Roy was also there the night The Golden Bear closed it’s doors for the last time doing monitors for Robin Trower. Roy was also kind enough to volunteer his time as stage manager when in July 2012 a bunch of amateurs held a concert for Kelly Thomas headlining The Adolescents. Roy fell in love with the art these gigs produced and he as been collecting original concert and movie hand bills and posters all the while. In 2005 Roy had a hip replacement that hasn’t gone well, dislocating 4 times since then it has left him hospitalized for a week each time amassing huge bills. The only reason he offering these treasured items for sale is to take care of the bills it has amassed. So come down and enjoy some rock, punk and movie history.

On display and for sale will be cult classic film posters, much of the promo material from San Francisco Psychedelic rock scene, as well as Roy’s own personal rock and punk material from the gigs he played and worked. Everything on display will be an original printing and everything will be for sale well below the collectable retail price.

The Egan Gallery will be transformed and Sex Drugs and Rock “n” Roll are on the menu. So come sober or come loaded, either way you will enjoy your trip.

Santa Ana

Meanwhile, this just came in from friend of the blog, activist, Santa Ana occupier and artist Matt Southgate, who was recently and controversially evicted from the Santora building:


Press Contact:  Matt Southgate – 714.381.9136 –

“A Tribute to Santa Ana” by Urban Realist Painter, Matthew Southgate will open THIS SATURDAY 8/2 during DTSA’s ArtWalk. Celebrate historic scenes & local movie legends from the “Golden City” such as Chaplin, Brando, Bebe Daniels and more!
“A Tribute to Santa Ana”
@ Diego’s Downtown
224 E. 3rd St, Santa Ana 92701
Opening from 6pm to Midnite

Southgate was taught painting by the legendary Emigdio Vasquez and also studied art at Santa Ana College.   He’s been active in the Santa Ana arts scene for over 20 years, exhibiting at the Caged Chameleon Gallery in the 80’s, which DIEGO’S chef Richard Espinachio used to run, as well as in the Bowers Museum, OCCCA, and his infamous Studio del Sotano gallery in the historic Santora basement.  A skilled muralist, portrait painter and sign-maker, Matt has also been active in local politics, advocating for Artists with the Artists Village Association of Santa Ana (AVASA) and United Artists of Santa Ana (UASA).   His guiding vision has been to preserve the historic Santora Arts Building, Artists Village and DTSA as cultural hubs by providing Artists and Arts Businesses with the support needed so they can continue showcasing Santa Ana’s unique history.

Matt’s art is characterized by hyper-realistic urban portraits of Santa Ana locals, historic buildings and businesses. He also weaves nostalgic visual narratives of Santa Ana’s Vaudeville & Show Business Legends like Charlie Chaplin, Marlon Brando and Bebe Daniels. Similarly, his evocative portraits of street characters, the homeless and DTSA’s richly diverse immigrant community have won many prizes & accolades.  Southgate currently works at the Bowers Kidseum where he teaches Art History & Painting to local youth.

Don’t miss THIS SATURDAY @ Diego’s for August ArtWalk. There will be food & drink specials all night!

#AugustArtWalk #6to11pm #3rdAndSpurgeon #DTSA #AnArtistInExile #NearTheYost

Web Blurb:
“A Tribute to Santa Ana” by Urban Realist Painter, Matthew Southgate! Celebrate local movie legends and historic scenes from the “Golden City” with  Chaplin, Brando, Bebe Daniels and more!!  * New Art Show @ Diego’s in Santa Ana!! *
#AugustArtWalk #6to11pm #3rdAndSpurgeon #DTSA #AnArtistInExile

Sad blast from the past – Matt’s old, celebrated, demolished studio in the basement of the Santora Building.

This is your weekend open thread.  Talk about this, that, the other, and what tardy flakes artists are!

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