Day 7: Berkeley hosts Sparks IGNITE WHAT'S NEXT

Juxtapoz // Sunday, September 16, 2007
One week into the tour and counting, the artists dig into their reserves to pull off another successful day of painting. Day seven of the Sparks IGNITE WHAT'S NEXT art tour took Saber, Dave Choe and Retna to the grand opening of the Upper Playground Berkeley store on Telegraph Ave. The guys signed the usual books and shirts but switched things up a bit for several willing ladies who wanted Saber to sign their stomachs. We wonder how long that will take to wash off? Fans came out for the evening event held at the Radio bar in Oakland. After this, it's on to San Jose for the tour's last Bay Area stop Sunday, September 16th for a day event at Workmens on Eastridge Loop. Click to see photos and video from the Berkeley event with guest artist Retna and details on upcoming stops on the Sparks IGNITE WHAT'S NEXT art tour.

Day 6: Sparks IGNITE WHAT'S NEXT in Sacramento

Juxtapoz // Saturday, September 15, 2007
Wednesday's Sacramento leg of the Sparks IGNITE WHAT'S NEXT art tour brought out some of the largest crowds we've seen yet. The cops made a special appearance at the day event held at FTC, thankfully leaving without incident. I hope they at least enjoyed the art while they were there! The evening event at R15 featured some rad giveaways including the grand prize - a Bianchi Pista fixed gear. From the California's Capitol it's on to the Bay Area Friday, September 14th for the opening celebration of Upper Playground's newest location in Berkeley (2509 Telegraph Avenue) and then an evening event at Radio in Oakland. Saturday's daytime event in San Francisco will be held at the Upper Playground on Fillmore St. at 3pm. For the evening, the art tour will be held at 111 Minna as part of Juxtapoz' Get Exposed event and will start at 10pm. Click to see photos and video from the Sacramento event with guest artist N8 Van Dyke and details on upcoming stops on the Sparks IGNITE WHAT'S NEXT art tour.

Day 5: A Day At The Beach

Juxtapoz // Friday, September 14, 2007
Dave Choe and Saber decided to hit the beaches of Santa Cruz for a little downtime before heading to Sacramento. After a bit of sand drawing, they made a brief pit-stop at Dave Choe's pad where he shared one of his more controversial household items - a phallic phone - and then took everyone for a spin in his new car. The guys are in Berkeley today with Retna at the brand new Upper Playground store and will be hanging out tonight at Radio Bar in Oakland, starting about 8:30. Tomorrow, Saturday, September 15th, they'll be at the Upper Playground mothership during the day in the Lower Haight, San Francisco and joining Juxtapoz' Get Exposed party at 111 Minna for the night. Click for photos and video of playtime in Santa Cruz and details on the next stops of the Sparks IGNITE WHAT'S NEXT art tour.

Day 4: IGNITE WHAT'S NEXT Stops in Santa Cruz

Juxtapoz // Thursday, September 13, 2007
Day four of the Sparks IGNITE WHAT'S NEXT art tour brought the crew to Santa Cruz to do a live installation at The Krate. This time, Alex Pardee was there to paint with Saber and Dave Choe. Many came out for a chance to watch these guys work and to meet them in person. After a day of travel, the Sparks IGNITE WHAT'S NEXT tour will be in Sacramento Thursday, September 13th with a daytime event at FTC skateboard shop where there will be some cool give-aways, and an evening event at the R15 bar. The give-away there will be a brand new Bianchi Pista fixed gear. Joining Choe and Saber will be painter/illustrator, N8 Van Dyke. Click to see photos and video from the Santa Cruz event and details on upcoming stops on the Sparks IGNITE WHAT'S NEXT art tour.

Day 3: On the Road

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, September 12, 2007
Check out these pics from the road. The guys met some interesting folks including a dude with a parasol and a couple of ladies who liked to play with daggers. Isn't traveling fun? After a day of rest, the Sparks "IGNITE WHAT'S NEXT" art tour will resume on Thursday, September 13th in Sacramento. Click to see photos from the road and details on upcoming stops on the Sparks IGNITE WHAT'S NEXT art tour.

Day 2: Sparks IGNITE WHAT'S NEXT Art Tour Hits LA

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, September 11, 2007
After an amazing first day of live painting in San Diego, at both the Agenda Trade Show and Ole Madrid, the Sparks IGNITE WHAT'S NEXT art tour continued on to Los Angeles. This time, artists Saber, Dave Choe, and Retna, made a stop at Workmen's on Melrose for a day of live installation, autographing books, and even hitting up a signature piece on a couple of willing fans' t-shirts. The evening event was held at Guys Bar on Beverly Blvd where Saber, Choe and Retna did another live installation. The event featured plenty of Sparks as well as live DJ sets by DJ Muggs of Cypress Hill and by DJ Solo. Today they hit up The Krate in Santa Cruz at 3pm (803 Pacific Avenue) and on Thursday, Sept. 13th, look for them in Sacramento at FTC (1006 J Street) at 3pm and at R15 (1431 R Street) at 7:30pm.  

Day 1: IGNITE WHAT'S NEXT Kicks Off in San Diego

Juxtapoz // Sunday, September 09, 2007
The Sparks, IGNITE WHAT'S NEXT, art tour hosted by Sparks, Upper Playground, and Juxtapoz Art & Culture Magazine kicked off on Friday, September 7th in San Diego, CA with live painting installations by artists David Choe, Retna, and Saber. The afternoon event was part of the Agenda Trade Show at the San Diego Concourse and the evening event was held at Ole Madrid in San Diego's historic Gas Lamp District. Huge crowds came out for both installations and plenty of Sparks was drank by all. The tour is just getting warmed up, so check out the list of upcoming events to see if these artists will be coming to your town! Next stop: Santa Cruz, CA with an afternoon event at The Krate located at 803 Pacific Ave that starts at 3pm. Just added to the Santa Cruz events: Alex Pardee.

IGNITE WHAT'S NEXT: Full Schedule Details

Juxtapoz // Saturday, September 08, 2007
EAST COAST TOUR STOPS (details TBA): Oct. 12-13 - Richmond, VA Oct. 14-15 - Baltimore, MD Oct. 16-17 - Philadelphia, PA Oct. 18-19 - Montclair, NJ Oct. 20 - New York, NY Oct. 21 - Brooklyn, NY Oct 22-23 - New Haven, CT Oct. 24-25 - Burlington, VT Oct. 26 - Boston, MA CLICK HERE FOR THE FULL DETAILED SCHEDULE including Times and Venues

NONSTOPPARTY: Art Shows September 6th - 8th

Juxtapoz // Thursday, September 06, 2007
You like art. You like to go see some art shows now and then. Well, put on your walking shoes, and/or jetpack, and get ready for tonight and tomorrow and the next day, because Thursday, September 6th through Saturday, September 8th, appears to be some kind of attempt to have the most art openings in a three-day period, maybe ever. Here is our short list of why we wish that whole "Beam me up, Scotty" thing wasn't just science fiction. Thursday, September 6th, 2007 In case you missed our splash page and bulletin on MySpace and many news posts, Juxtapoz is sponsoring Fighting 4 Dreams at 111 Minna in San Francisco. Starts at 7:30 PM, must be 21+, sorry Junior. One Night Only! Maya Hayuk and Todd Bratrud have neighboring solo shows in the two spaces that make up Fifty24SF in San Francisco. Shows start at 7pm. Get there early, always a madhouse. Chris Duncan has a solo in one of the galleries at 49 Geary in San Francisco. Get there early - for reals, shows at this venue run from 5p - 8p, then it's time to hit the road. The adorable Lisa Congdon has a solo show at the Candy Store in the Mission District in San Francisco, starting 'round 7pm. It's called The Tenderhearted, perfect for this indie designer clothing boutique / candy store. Yum. SURU, in cahoots with Thinkspace Gallery, opens another Triple Threat Series in Los Angeles - new works by Camilla d'Errico, Kelly Haigh, and Angelina Wrona. Scion's A Beautiful World opens at Reed Space in New York City. This year's artists include: Andrew Pommier, Andy Mueller, Angela Boatwright, Blaine Fontana, Blek LeRat, Books llll, Caia Koopman, Chris Yormick, Cody Hudson, Dalek, David Choe, Eye One, Francesco LoCastro, Freddi C, J. Shea, James Jean, Jeff Soto, Joshua Krause, Kelsey Brookes, Kenton Parker, Kofie, Mel Kadel, Michael Sieben, Mike Giant, Rammellzee, RETNA, R. Grimes, Ron English, Sam Flores, Sage Vaughn, Skwerm, Tim McCormick, Travis Millard and more. !!! If you're in the Northwest, and you like comics, Floating World Comics in Portland, Oregon presents a rare and exclusive opportunity to view new work by the acclaimed and elusive artist Al Columbia. Also tonight in Portland, Oregon, Jesse Rose Vala at Motel Gallery around 7pm. Recommended. Gary Taxali at Magic Pony in Toronto. Opening reception from 7-10pm. By the time you read this, it's already too late, but what a day to be in Stavenger, Norway... the Nuart Festival is this week, and tonight is the big concert with Coldcut, Daedelus, and Hudson Mohawke. Mayhem for sure. Friday, September 7th, 2007 In New York City, Jason Sho Green has a solo show opening at apt at 7pm. RSVP for this one. If you're in Los Angeles, check out Miles Thompson's new show at La Luz de Jesus. Starts at 7p. Ignite What's Next, the East and West Coast Art Tour sponsored by Sparks + Upper Playground + Juxtapoz kicks off in San Diego today with David Choe, Saber and special guests. The daytime details are as follows: Agenda Trade Show, 9am-7:30pm, San Diego Concourse, 202 C Street San Diego, CA 92101. SAN DIEGO Night: 10pm- 2am at Ole Madrid, 751 Avenue San Diego, CA 92101. DJ's: Armory Massive DJs- Armory, SD, Jayceeoh- The Masters/Special Teamz, DJ ice- 7th Letter, Neil Nice- LYNXNY, Patrick Melcher- Veece. Artists: David Choe - Saber - Retna The long-awaited Artifice Of Form show opens @Swarm Studios in Oakland, California. Nathaniel Freeman, Josh Keyes and Andy Vogt. 6-9pm. Seattle's Grant Barnhart & Bay Area artist Serena Cole @Bucheon Gallery, SF, 6-8p. HOPE LEAVES a solo exhibit by Michael Page at Anno Domini Gallery in San Jose, 8 p.m. 'til late, music by DJ Ferrari Amy Sol + Stella IM Hultberg + Oksana Badrak have an opening reception for their group show at Roq la Rue Gallery in Seattle, Washington from 6-9p. If you go, you can get one of Stella's super-limited-edition prints. If you're in Denver, Colorado, be sure to stop by Limited Addiction for Sanctuary - Nathan Spoor, Lola, Kevin Peterson, and Chet Zar, 7-10pm Saturday, September 8th, 2007 Sandow Birk and Catherine Page have an opening reception at Catherine Clark Gallery in San Francisco, 5:30pm - 7:30pm Also in San Francisco tonight is the one and only Richard Colman with a solo show, titled The Ghost at White Walls Gallery, starts at 7p Over in San Francisco's Mission District, Receiver Gallery presents In The Time It Takes, Bay Area artists Nancy Chan and Olivia Park. 7-10pm. We've been waiting all year for this one... Jeff Soto and Jim Houser at Jonathan LeVine Gallery in New York City. Nuff said. Deitch's Art Parade will mob through New York City for its third time on Saturday, September 8th, at 4pm on West Broadway in Soho. Ignite What's Next happens during the day at 3pm at Workmens (7562 Melrose Avenue LA, CA) and at night starting at 9pm at Guys Bar (8711 Beverly Blvd. LA, CA) with DJ Muggs of Cypress Hill and DJ Solo. Artists: David Choe - Saber - Retna Over in Culver City, CA, GREGORY EUCLIDE opens The Walks I Take Turn To Paper at Blk/Mrkt Gallery at 7pm Deep in the heart of Alhambra, California, Audrey Kawasaki and Fuco Ueda are showing together in Ephemera at Gallery Nucleus. 7-11p. Chris Jordan's crazy micro/macroscopic digital collage works will be exhibited at the Paul Kopeikin Gallery in Los Angeles. Opening reception time is a mystery. Give the gallery a call. Peter Rogiers & Andrew Schoultz at Roberts & Tilton, Los Angeles. 6-8p Dust painting artist Allison Cortson has an opening reception for her new works at The Happy Lion in Los Angeles from 6-8pm Seattle's OKOK Gallery hosts FIGHTING (aka Niall McClelland and Lukas Geronimas) Different Strokes September 8th through October 8th Urban Garden Walk by Revise CMW opens at 32nd&urban: gallery/space in Chicago-Bridgeport-Southside 6-11p. In Bedford, Pennsylvania, at the Bedford Arts Council, there's an opening reception for Wicked, works from Robin Grass and Amandalynn that are inspired by the book of the same name by Gregory Maguire. 9pm. There are approximately 14 bajillion more art shows starting today or tomorrow or the next day. See our events calendar for even more listings,

Ignite What's Next

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, September 05, 2007
Sparks, the caffeinated alcoholic beverage brand, is teaming up with Upper Playground and Juxtapoz Magazine to debut the "Ignite What's Next" Art Tour. The event will showcase the talents of several contemporary artists taking them on a nation-wide tour with more than 20 stops on the East and West Coasts. There will be live art installations at a variety of venues ranging from urban boutiques to bars and nightclubs. The line up will include David Choe, Saber, Retna, and N8 Van Dyke with the possibility of more artists being added. The live, daytime, urban-themed art events will be free to the general public and followed by nightly receptions, featuring DJs, artist meet-and-greets, and book signings. The current schedule is below: WEST COAST TOUR STOPS: Sept. 7 - San Diego, CA Day: (9am-7:30pm) Agenda Trade Show at the San Diego Concourse, 202 C Street, San Diego, CA Night: (10pm- 2am) Ole Madrid, 751 5th Avenue San Diego, CA DJs: Armory Massive DJs- Armory, SD / Jayceeoh- The Masters/Special Teamz / DJ ice- 7th Letter / Neil Nice- LYNXNY / Patrick Melcher- Veece Artists: David Choe / Saber / Retna Sept. 8 - Los Angeles, CA Day: (3pm) Workmens, 7562 Melrose Avenue LA, CA Night: (9pm) Guys Bar, 8711 Beverly Blvd. LA, CA DJs: DJ Muggs of Cypress Hill / DJ Solo Artists: David Choe / Saber / Retna Sept. 11 - Santa Cruz, CA Day: (3pm) The Krate, 803 Pacific Avenue Santa Cruz, CA Night: (TBA) Artists: David Choe / Saber / Rhode / Alex Pardee Sept. 13 - Sacramento, CA Day: (3pm) FTC, 1006 J Street Sacramento, CA Night: (7:30) R15, 1431 R Street Sacramento, CA DJ: Shaun Slaughter Artists: David Choe / Saber / N8 Van Dyke Sept. 14 - Berkeley, CA Day: (3pm) Upper Playground 2509 Telegraph Avenue Berkeley, CA Night: (8:30) Radio Bar, 435 13th Street @ Broadway Oakland, CA DJs: Touch One / Arson Artists: David Choe / Saber / Retna Sept. 15 - San Francisco, CA Day: (3pm) Upper Playground, 220 Fillmore San Francisco, CA Night: (10pm) 111 Minna, 111 Minna St. @ 2nd (between Howard and Mission), SF, CA DJs: Sake 1 (Local 1200) / Vin Roc (Triple Threat, 5th Platoon) / Zita (MixerFriendly, Golden) / Pablo Scratch (Turntable Tykoonz) / Irie Dole (Jah Warrior Shelter) / Green B (Bday Girl, Miss Tress Hi Fi) / Joe (BD Boy, Nowtime Sound) Artists: David Choe / Saber / Retna Sept. 16 - San Jose, CA Day: (3pm) Workmens 220 Eastridge Loop #185 San Jose, CA Night: (No evening event) Artists: David Choe / Saber / Rhode / Alex Pardee Sept. 19 - Portland, OR Day: (3pm) Upper Playground 25 NW 5th Avenue Portland, OR Night: (9pm) Rotture 315 SE 3rd Avenue Portland, OR DJ: DJ P Artists: David Choe / Saber / TBA Sept. 21 - Seattle, WA Day: (3pm) 35th North, 1100 East Pike Street Seattle, WA Night: (9pm) Lo_Fi Performance Gallery, 429 Eastlake Ave. E. Seattle, WA DJs: Hideki / Kamui Artists: David Choe / Saber / N8 Van Dyke EAST COAST TOUR STOPS (details TBA): Oct. 12-13 - Richmond, VA Oct. 14-15 - Baltimore, MD Oct. 16-17 - Philadelphia, PA Oct. 18-19 - Montclair, NJ Oct. 20 - New York, NY Oct. 21 - Brooklyn, NY Oct 22-23 - New Haven, CT Oct. 24-25 - Burlington, VT Oct. 26 - Boston, MA About Sparks Sparks, the founder and leader of the caffeinated alcohol beverage category, is brewed by Steel Brewing Company, a subsidiary of Miller Brewing Company. Sparks is a blend of caffeine, alcohol, taurine, guarana and ginseng, and is available in Sparks original, Sparks Plus and Spark Light. As with all Miller Brewing brands, Sparks markets only to legal-drinking-age consumers and strictly adheres to its Marketing Compliance Program, which is rooted in the Beer Institute Marketing & Advertising Code. About Upper Playground Based in San Francisco, Upper Playground ( was founded in 1998 to fill the fashion void between culture-based brands of clothing. At the time, clothing brands targeted toward one particular cultural group, such as skaters, surfers, or musicians, had no overlapping characteristics. Upper Playground was founded with the belief that numerous social influences, such as art, music, skateboarding, basketball, and street life, could be combined in one brand of clothing that celebrates contemporary urban lifestyle without excluding anyone. Today, Upper Playground is recognized as a catalyst for the fusion of fashion with art from some of the finest local and international artists and graphic designers. About Juxtapoz Juxtapoz Art & Culture Magazine focuses on underground artists and cutting-edge art movements. It was designed as a magazine for the new art movement with a goal to bridge the gap between art and culture. Juxtapoz showcases today's most interesting and influential artists.


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