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Strathmore Mansion: Rock, Paper, ZOMBIES

October 27, 2011 - 01:25 PM
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Rock, Paper, Zombies! (Rich Bernett)

What better way to start off a snowy Halloween weekend than a party with elephants, drumming rats and bear people? On Friday, Rock, Paper, ZOMBIES at the Strathmore Mansion will make you forget the difference between the real and the surreal.

The night is a tribute to all the bands that Rich Bernett has designed posters for over the past year. Bernett, whose company is called Gig Posters by Rich, gives a sample inspiration: “Wouldn’t it be funny if a bear guy was on an elephant with an umbrella, and it’s raining on him?” A video editor by day, he started designing gig posters for local artists last year, when he needed another artistic outlet.

Hosted by Bernett and Friday Night Eclectic, the show's performers include Medications' Devin Ocampo as well as Mittenfields and Bellflur.

“[It] started as me, kind of putting on a thanks,” he says. “I’ve met a bunch of really cool people — really good local bands.”

The evening will feature poster art — all 62 of Bernett’s works, from giant rats drumming at Jammin’ Java to lobsters with human hands squished under a can of medication, a piece done for Medications.

Works by Fire Studio, John Foster and Itty Bitty Press will also be on display. Bernett met Itty Bitty Press at one of his first exhibits at Garment District, a pop up shop for local designers and artists, that Brandon Wetherbee of You, Me, Them, Everybody was hosting. Wetherbee will be taping a live podcast at the party with gallery music by Kathryn Dagley.

8 p.m. $12 door, $10 presale.

Rock, Paper, ZOMBIES! (The Promo) from Rich on Vimeo.

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