Car Bash – Who’s IN?

By: Jim Minge Email
By: Jim Minge Email

What: First Friday Events in Benson

When: Friday, Sept. 6

Where: Benson Maple Street Corridor, 56th to 65th streets


It's the first Friday of the month (Sept. 6), and in the art districts of the Old Market and Benson, that means FRESH ART!

In Benson, the artsy peeps there will be holding their usual hoopla along the Maple Street corridor between roughly 56th and 65th streets. Taking center stage this month is Jake's Cigar Bar, which will host a "Block Party."

In addition to oodles of new exhibit parties at galleries and venues in Benson, Jake's – at 6206 Maple St. – will be providing food and beverages along with music from Twinsmith (7 p.m.), the See-Through Dresses (8 p.m.) Oquoa (9 p.m.), Noah's Ark Was A Spaceship (10 p.m.), and Universe Contest (11 p.m.).

Meanwhile, the ever-inventive Sweatshop Gallery, 2727 N. 62nd St., will present "Twisted Metal Fest – Car Smashing Exxxtravaganza.”

When I think of car bashing, I think of two people: Britney Spears, who gave a post-head-shave beatdown to a paparazzi's car with an umbrella in 2008. And George Costanza.

For George, it was the Seinfeld episode where he and the gang borrowed his dad's prized 1979 Mercury Monarch for a trip to the mall to buy "The Drake" a wedding gift. They parked illegally in a handicap spot, and when they returned, an angry mob was in the process of bashing the life out of the car because a disabled woman – who had to park in a distant spot – was subsequently injured in a wheelchair accident.

I'm not sure what kind of a car the Sweatshop Gallery will be bashing on Friday, but if it's a Monarch, I'm going to tinkle myself. How awesome would that be?!? Answer: Very.

Regardless of the model of auto that will be bashed upon, the "Twisted Metal Fest - Car Smashing Exxxtravaganza" promises to be an entertaining event.

In addition to celebrating a new First Friday art exhibit by Teal Gardner, the Benson gallery will allow patrons to take a whack at a car beginning at 9 p.m. (they'll provide the sledge hammers, umbrellas, and other weapons). For a small donation (the proceeds of which go to the Joe Hruska Medical Fund) you can smash a car!

You're welcome.

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