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Basquiat's Birthday

click to enlarge JEAN-MICHEL BASQUIAT
Jean-Michel Basquiat

Since way before the days of Kanye West fancying himself an art lover, even before the days of The Velvet Underground and Andy Warhol, artists and musicians have shared a special kinship, a sense of mutual admiration. In a nod to this kinship, Ventura is hosting a special show to commemorate the occasion of iconic artist Jean-Michel Basquiat’s birthday. Basquiat — who would have been only 56 this year, but for a heroin overdose that cut his brilliant life short at age 27 — was a neo-expressionist whose work resonates with many for combining elements of graffiti and primitivism with colorful abstractions and biting social commentary. The all-local bill for this show, an appropriate homage to the eclectic artist, will feature Mad One (hip-hop), At War with Dust and Antique Sunlight (folk), Tony Romero (jazz fusion) and Mockingbird Express (psych-rock). $3-$5, 8pm-2am Thu, Ventura, 1011 Avenue B, (210) 802-6940, venturasatx.com. — James Courtney

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