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Stick Em Up!: An Evening with Filmmaker Alex Luster



Documentary filmmaker Alex Luster will screen excerpts from his Emmy award-winning works at the Guadalupe Theater this Thursday, including parts of his new film Stick Em Up!, a covert operation he launched to record the illegal street art scene in East Houston. A lot of these guys aren’t graffiti writers blasting trains with their crews. They like to run solo instead, with a roller and a bucket of glue as they paste up their posters by the dozens on call boxes and over legit billboard ads, sometimes operating in the noonday sun right under the eyes of the police. While the trend with graffiti is to find permission walls to lay up the art in safety (and hopefully, have it stay around awhile), postering is a day and night bandit action that can cover a wall in a fraction of the time it takes to bust out a masterpiece, or even a serious tag, with spray cans. Luster worked with Gonzo247, a graf writer and co-owner of Houston's Aerosol Warfare Gallery to contact Houston guerrilla street artists, and get the intro to follow them around as they put up their art, dodged the heat, and put the art up again when it inevitably was struck down. Artists portrayed inStick Em Up! include Shepard Fairey (Obey Giant), who exhibited at Aerosol Warfare before he gained international fame, Give Up, DUAL, Eyesore, and the notorious Cutthroat, who will make a special appearance at the Guadalupe. Free, 7pm Thu, Aug 25, Guadalupe Theater, 1301 Guadalupe, (210) 271-3151,


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