Not more of the Samo . . . For the past few months, the socially conscious scribble-scrabble of 80s art sensation Jean-Michel Basquiat has packed in a similarly excessive crowd at the Museum of Contemporary Art most notably at its Saturday Night Vision events. These weekly parties which featured screenings of Julian Schnabels Basquiat biopic, hip-hop karaoke, and DJ sets from Grandmaster Flash,Kinky,DJ Nobody and Sonic Youths Thurston Moore attracted the likes of Drew Barrymore and her Fab beau, Heather Graham, Billy Zane, Zack de la Rocha, Frankie Muniz and Beastie Boy Mike D. But Basquiat went bye-bye last weekend, and we joined dawdlers to get one last look at the Warhol cohorts frantic, graffiti-inspired works (from early days as homeless tagger Samo to his later doped-out mega-pieces). Friday, Anthem mags bash unveiled Reeboks latest bid to commodify street/hip-hop culture: limited-edition Basquiat kicks going for $140, in a sneaker-sexist selection of biggie mens-only sizes. [Now that dead guys can do corporate sponsorships and everything, maybe Kurt Cobain could help Guitar Center hip up its image, too.ed.] The following eve marked the final after-dark showing, with DJs Michael Stock and Benjamin White from the Echos hot new Sunday promotion Part Time Punks, whore actually full time if ya ask us. Stocks a filmmaker currently working on a BBC doc about Joy Division, and Whites an Amoeba Records vinyl expert and member of improv-rockers Go Go Airheart. Thrills and Pills While the Basquiat show kinda glossed over the obviously drug-induced nature of his work, MOCA more than acknowledges the relationship between art and mind-altering substances at its newest presentation, Ecstasy: In and About Altered States at the Geffen Contemporary in Little Tokyo. After nodding out (in a good way) to BRMCs moody set at the Fonda Saturday (along with Goo Goo Doll Johnny Reznick!?) we popped into the shows members-only opening, where DJ Sandra Collins was outside spinning electro in seriously rave-y surroundings (trippy video screens, blow-up furniture for lounging, buckets of Good & Plenty, which not so coincidentally look like ludes). The whole thing took Nightranger back to the mid-90s, when map points, rickety warehouses and nitrous balloons made for a good time at undergrounds like Under the Paw Paw Patch. The exhibits installations only enhanced the effect, with magic-mushroom imagery, flashing lights and rainbow confetti. Helpful hint: Dont go to this one sober like we did! Whipping Boys In gloomier news, fans of the S&M-ish smackdown Club Dungeon at AD have been gettin conflicting e-mails the past couple of weeks some saying the club is closed and others saying it aint. Turns out promoters Michael Stewart and Bruce Perdew (a.k.a. The Evil Club Empire) have parted ways with DJ Courtney and, judging from goth chat-room gossip, not too amicably. Courtney will continue the club for the moment; this dark duel is sure to heat up again come Halloween when ECEs Perversion-style hellfest at Boardners goes head-to-head with Courtneys Bondage Ball at Avalon each hoping to scare up the biggest bunch o bondage babes. Boo!
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