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Bomb It


DJ Lady Tribe (pictured) was an accomplished Los Angeles graffiti artist who gave up the racket of dodging other artists, gangs and cops to focus on music. One of the more amusing moments in Jon Reiss' film Bomb It is her outrage that someone would spray paint work on her home. With its hip-hop soundtrack, the film is an entertaining and slickly edited look at the birth and evolution of graffiti. It's even global in perspective as he interviews artists in Amsterdam, Barcelona, South Africa, Sao Paulo and Tokyo. The arrays of styles and approaches are reason enough to see the film, but Reiss offers an interesting investigation into the class issues of street art and the social implications of marking public spaces and private property. The film starts with a Philadelphia artist named Cornbread and follows the spread of graffiti in blighted urban areas up through high-priced graffiti-art-on-canvas gallery openings and corporate appropriation of the form. Reiss idolizes the underworld of gangs and taggers and seems to find particularly nerdy opponents to voice criticism of graffiti, but he still delivers an interesting debate about whether graffiti can be divorced from its largely underclass artists and public canvases. Tickets $7 general admission, $5 CAC members. — Will Coviello

7:30 p.m. Tue., June 10

Contemporary Arts Center, 900 Camp St., 528-3800;


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