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Art, Music and Belly Dancing for Mental Health

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(Ms. Sandy and Ms. YET, with additional musicians, last November at the Binarium Sound Series)

What happens when Houston art, music, and (fan)zine culture combine forces to celebrate the city's cultural life and raise awareness for affordable mental health care? You get the not to be missed Art + Music + Zine Party going down next Thursday, Januay 27th, 6:30 p.m. to closing at Khon's Bar, 2808 Milam St. Three outstanding non-profits - Zine Fest Houston, Objectif Magazine, and MusicHeals Foundation - will host what event organizer Mo Roberts calls a "super eclectic, kinetic, mish mash" of art and music, including genre-defying performances by CeeplusBadKnives of Reprogram Media, GoREALah Soul, Chek Records recording artist 3Bubble, Houston band Another Run, Ash Semien, noise guitar and belly dancing duo Ms. Sandy and Ms. Yet, and filmmaker Stephanie St. Sanchez. There's a suggested donation of five to 10 dollars.

The three non-profits may or may not be on your radar. Zine Fest Houston is an annual event dedicated to promoting zines, mini-comics and other forms of small press, alternative, independent, underground and DIY media and art. Objectif Magazine describes itself as "denizens of the underground bumrushing the monoculture." Once a print publication now an online magazine, their mission is to "examine the work of iconoclasts of the past and broadcast the work of the iconoclasts of the future." MusicHeals Foundation works with visual and performing artists to raise funds, build awareness, and garner public support for social service organizations and charitable causes, including affordable and free health care for communities in need.

In addition to sets by the aforementioned performers, the Art + Music + Zine Party will feature an auction of works by University of Houston grad (now London-based) artist Chloe Stewart. Half of the proceeds from Ms. Stewart's art and print sales will be used directly to underwrite therapy and counseling for residents in the Project Row Houses Young Mothers Program via MusicHeals Foundation. Those who wish to make a donation but cannot attend the event should visit the MusicHeals Event Brite page.

Whew! Got it? Well here it is again: Next Thursday night, you have the opportunity to enjoy the taste of Kohn's Louisiana brewed beer selection, the sounds of some of Houston's more experimental noise/hip-hop/indie musicians, and the visuals of Chloe Stewart's striking portraits while directly supporting the health care needs of your community. Roberts says the three non-profits involved embody a "zeitgeist of contemporary global culture." That may be, but this particular event is truly a local brew.

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