“In those days artistic success was not dollar driven,” Bob Neuwirth once said of the early 1960s scene. “If you had something to say, [that] was the way people were rated.” Though not the prevailing litmus test here in The Twenty-Worst Century, some continue to demand more than lowest common denominators. And so it is with Neuwirth. The painter, sculptor, filmmaker, musician and bon vivant is always provocative. While his current retrospective Overs & Unders: Paintings by Bob Neuwirth, 1964 – 2009 continues at Track 16, tonight he'll exercise his skills as thinker, raconteur and wit and submit to questions from Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist David Felton in a public conversation. For those in desperate need of smart, here's an oasis. Track 16 Gallery, Bergamot Station, 2525 Michigan Ave., Bldg. C1, S.M.; Tues., June 7, 8 p.m.; $20. Pre-reception with Neuwirth and Felton from 6:30 to 7:30; $95. Net proceeds support Southern California Public Radio, KPCC 89.3. 310-264-4678, https://www.livetalksla.org/uncategorized/bob-neuwirth-in-conversation-with-david-felton-2/.

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