In a Better World: “Big Hair: The Life & Times of Tomata du Plenty” at Art Share L.A. – Opening Night

Tomata du Plenty

A heat-packed gallery/warehouse space was the setting for the opening night of Art Share L.A.’s  “Big Hair: The Life & Times of Tomata du Plenty”, a two-day retrospective of the artworks of Tomata du Plenty, ex-Screamers frontman, Cockette and artist….whose paintings are the focus of this particular exhibit.  For many in the large crowd of old school LA and San Francisco punks – musicians, artists and scenesters, it was a chance to reconnect, a reunion of sorts and an opportunity to share fond memories of the lead Screamer.  Also, many new fans came to get a close up view of what the legend is all about.  Along with portraits, large works and photos, there were music tributes by ex-Screamers bandmate Paul Roessler with Rikk Agnew, Gitane Demone and Deb Venom; and the Groovy Rednecks whose frontman includes close du Plenty friend Tex Troester.  Tonight is the final opportunity to to view a wide variety of du Plenty’s artworks collected for this exhibit, to catch more musical tributes (Kristian Hoffman, Dick and Jane Family Orchestra, don juan remainder., Knitts) and a chance to connect with the large amount of fans  that posthumously du Plenty still brings together.


Judy Ornelas Sisneros

About Judy Ornelas Sisneros

I am a native Californian, born and raised in Bakersfield and eventually escaping to San Jose then San Francisco where I spent every free moment in punk and post-punk culture spaces before heading to LA permanently in 1989. I have also spent major time as an AIDS and queer street activist, which today along with my passion for punk/alternative music still informs my personal and social life. I love photography, film and playing punk/post-punk stuff on the bass. My LA Beat contributions are usually photos that give a glimpse into the vibrant art and music scene that makes Los Angeles such an amazing city to live in today.
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