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Thursday, September 25, 2008

At the Hideout: Buy Art (for Obama), Vote for Arne (for the Future of Poetry)

posted by on September 25 at 12:33 PM

Greg Lundgren, the guy who invented Vital 5 Productions, who makes gravestones out of glass, and who owns the art bar with an art vending machine and the best Greyhounds in town, the Hideout, does not like politics. But the situation is so dire he’s making an exception.

From now until October 30, 40 percent of all the proceeds of any work of art you buy at the Hideout will go to the Obama/Biden campaign. The Hideout walls are covered in modestly priced great stuff by local artists. Or 100 percent of proceeds from sales of The Vital 5 Cookbook (which is serious fun and only 25 bucks) will go to the campaign.

Here’s the glorious art vending machine at the Hideout (from here). (I think the Obama deal applies to the art on the walls, but it could include the machine, too—or you could probably talk Greg into it if you’re passionate enough.)


And in another election universe, from Greg’s mass email this morning:

And while I am writing about elections…

Vital 5 Productions was asked to nominate a Northwest poet for this years Poet Populist Award. It took us about .01 seconds to raise our hand and point to Arne Pihl. For those of you who know Arne, it is an easy choice to make. He is an amazing poet and writer, publishing books like Deck Hand Arm, Girls, Girls, Girls, and Montana, with a very hefty stack of loose leaf paper waiting to be published. If you don’t know much about Arne’s work, he writes about commercial fishing, professional drinking, a whole lot of women trouble, and some deep thoughts about why men are so screwed up. He is the working man’s poet and he deserves a big round of applause. We ask that you check out his work (there is one poem posted on the website and all three of his books are at the Hideout) and VOTE FOR ARNE online at:

Well, okay, but Paul Constant disagrees. He wanted Geologic.

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I heart Earl 3.0. I have always wanted the pink sparkly gun.

Posted by moxietex | September 25, 2008 12:39 PM

Jen ... the "vending machine" you displayed is no longer there. The free jukebox selling prints in place of CD covers has been gone for the better part of a year. The vending machine that exists now is a real live, full size vending machine named EARL 3.0 and it dispenses such glorious sundries as miniature art galleries, porn stories that look like candy bars, strange things from Japan, glittery resin cast handguns and other art collectibles.

Posted by justing | September 25, 2008 12:45 PM

And don't forget, Arne is also a real talented carpenter!

Posted by vermillion | September 25, 2008 5:09 PM

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