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March 29, 2010 // UPDATED 12:08 pm - April 6, 2010
By: Gregory J. Scott
Gregory J. Scott

// Brit’s Pub throws a punk-rock bash for Haiti relief //

Time to don your safety pins and bum flap. Maybe work a little Elmer’s Glue into the old Mohawk. Brit’s Pub is calling all punks to turn out this Thursday night for its “Punk is Not Dead” event, a rock and roll rebellion to benefit continued relief efforts in Haiti.

Co-sponsored by the American Refugee Committee, the Loring Park-based international humanitarian aid agency, “Punk is Not Dead” is a combination art event and dance party, showcasing paintings of punk and post-punk icons as well as the music that they created.

Louisa Greenstock, a painter from Brimingham, England, who also works as a host at Brit’s Pub, will exhibit pop surrealist paintings of rockers like Johnny Rotten, Ian Curtis, Joe Strummer, Robert Smith, Billy Idol, Morrissey and Siouxsie Sue. Gábor Tar, another artist from Birmingham who ended up in the Twin Cities, will contribute copper etching prints with a punk rock theme. Amazingly, Tar was simply walking past Brit’s Pub recently where he spied some of Greenstock’s work displayed in the front window. According to Brit’s general manager Shane Higgins, Tar asked him about the paintings, and that’s how the idea for “Punk is Not Dead” came about.

In addition to the art work, local DJ Jake Rudh, of Clubhouse Jager’s popular Wednesday night post-punk party Transmission, will spin tunes from Joy Division and the Cure, the X-Ray Spex and Echo & the Bunnymen. Rare video footage of these artists will also play on screens around Brit’s third floor clubhouse.

All artwork will be for sale, but a special auction of a select piece from both Greenstock and Tar will be acutioned off specifically to benefit the American Refugee Committee, who is currently providing relief services to 25,000 Haitians affected by last winter’s earthquake. Members of the ARC will also be on hand to accept donations.

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Punk is Not Dead
7 p.m. Thursday
Brit’s Pub
1110 Nicollett Mall