There is something undeniably cool about rock 'n' roll art, especially when it's from past eras. In the days before extreme airbrushing, Auto-Tune, and mp3 pirating, the concert poster, album cover, and backstage photography were often as interesting as the performer. For four days, rock fanatics can enjoy "The Rock Art Show," a mega-collection of rare, original art: lithographs, photographs, handwritten lyrics, concert posters, gold records, album art, and drawings from a roster of musicians that reads like your favorite iPod playlist— Paul McCartney, Jerry Garcia, Jimi Hendrix, Bob Dylan, Carlos Santana, David Bowie, Tony Bennett, John Lennon, U2, John Mellencamp, Brian Wilson, and many others. Even cooler? Every day from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. you can watch live art being created. Director and animator Ron Campbell will be creating a Beatles animation mural during the show. Not familiar with the name? You certainly know his work. In addition to being an animator on the beloved and trippy Yellow Submarine flick, and as director of The Beatles Saturday Morning Cartoon, he has also had his hand in a variety of other cartoons, including Scooby Doo, The Flintstones, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and Winnie the Pooh. He'll be greeting guests who visit and answering questions while he works. A portion of the proceeds from the show will benefit the March of Dimes.
Jan. 21-24, 10 a.m.-8 p.m., 2009