Charlie: The Hapless Discovery at Raw Art this weekend!

Charlie: The Hapless Discovery at Raw Art this weekend!

By Molly Fleming, Staff Writer

Another unusual night of the arts comes to Rockford this weekend with Ugly Old Lady Productions’ Charlie: The Hapless Discovery at Raw Art Studios Gallery on Friday, Jan. 24, and Saturday, Jan. 25. Featured are the collected works of Jesus Correa, Marieke McClendon, Javier Jimenez and Molly Fleming (Rainbowassedfool Productions). The artists will depict visually a story that the four wrote together. Other works of poetry and short stories by local writers will be available at the show as well.

The story involves Charlie, a sheltered and naive line man at a chili factory, whose life is disrupted by a repressed memory resurfacing while canning beans n’ weenies. The memory inspires Charlie to embark on a long, arduous quest for truth in which he encounters many unusual characters alien to his previous lifestyle. The conclusion to Charlie’s search is perhaps more upsetting than the actual quest. The story takes the reader through an abstract journey of discovery with an art exhibit for interpretive visual aid. Although the show has a seemingly innocent theme, the overall depiction of The Hapless Discovery is not for children as the artwork and story contains adult material: sexual content and language inappropriate for those under 16 years of age.

Live music for the two-night shows includes performances by You Have Brought This Upon Yourselves, D.J. Weve 1, La Chupacabra and Intel. It will be an all-around mix-up of hip-hop and modern music. As the production committee for this show is notoriously unorganized, times and exact dates for the performances cannot be officially reported, but all groups will have a chance to perform sometime in the two-night exhibit.

This will be the second showing of The Hapless Discovery as it premiered last weekend with an impressive turn-out, with little to no promotion. All who attended agreed that it was a “good time.”

Other artists featured include Jason Judd, Devin Henry and Corey. The show’s entertainment kicks off at 5 p.m. both nights. There is no cover, but donations are strongly encouraged. Raw Art Studios Gallery is located at 2500 N. Main St., upstairs in the old Atwood building. Parking is available behind CalCars on N. Main. For more information, call 227-9017 and ask for Dr. A.W. Hellnaw.

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