Press Release


Mecca Normal is in Florida to record a new album with KRAMER and Rat Bastard.

Miami – Thursday, November 8, Churchill’s Pub

Fort Lauderdale – Friday, November 9, Radio Active Records

Vancouver – Saturday, November 17, W2

CanZine West Festival of Zines and Independent Culture presented by Broken Pencil Magazine and W2. Mecca Normal performance. Jean Smith reading at The Real Vancouver Writers’ Series

OCTOBER West Coast  Tour Dates

“Pussy Riot” (20 x 20” acrylic on canvas) by Jean Smith

The Black Dot Museum of Political Art will be at Northern in Olympia, Washington for the second time since 2010, featuring art by members of the rock duo Mecca Normal.

Guitar player David Lester exhibits new paintings, panels from his graphic novel The Listener and illustrations from his weekly Magnet Magazine online column “Normal History”.

Jean Smith’s new paintings includes a “Pussy Riot” series and artwork by a character from her recently completed novel called The Black Dot Museum of Political Art about a narcissist who attempts to prevent an environmentally destructive coal mine from opening off British Columbia’s pristine coast.

Saturday, September 1, 2012 – opening reception for The Black Dot Museum of Political Art at Northern: the Olympia All Ages Project. Artists in attendance 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Free. The month-long art exhibition leads into a west coast tour in October that starts in Olympia.

This collection will be available for exhibition in other cities.

Jean Smith’s Artist Statement

David Lester’s Artist Statement

Mecca Normal West Coast Tour clubs / classrooms / bookstores / libraries / art galleries

Interviews and more information:

The Listener graphic novel

David Lester’s Art

Jean Smith’s Paintings

September Events

Vancouver – Saturday, September 8, Waldorf, Mecca Normal opens for Chain & the Gang.

Olympia – Saturday, September 1, Northern: the Olympia All Ages Project 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Opening Reception for The Black Dot Museum of Political Art a month-long exhibition of art by David Lester, Jean Smith

Vancouver – Sunday, September 30, Public Library Mecca Normal at Word On The Street, presented by CUPE Local 391

October Tour on the West Coast

West Coast Tour Jean Smith and David Lester will be reading from their books, presenting classroom and library events and Mecca Normal will be playing shows.

Olympia – Saturday, October 6, Timberland Library Saturday, October 6, 2012 – Timberland Library. David Lester presents The Listener graphic novel – a tale of complacency, art, power and murder (Arbeiter Ring Publishing, 2011). The Listener was a finalist for a ForeWord Reviews’ 2011 Book of The Year Award in the graphic novel category. Mecca Normal will perform new material from Jean Smith’s two recently completed novels, The Black Dot Museum of Political Art and Obliterating History – a guitar-making mystery, domination & submission in a small town garage.

Portland – Sunday, October 7, Interstate Firehouse Cultural Center

SalemMonday, October 8, Willamette University “How Art & Music Can Change the World”

San Francisco – Wednesday, October 10, SF Public Library Jean Smith and David Lester will both be reading at LitQuake Radar Reading Series.

San Francisco – Wednesday, October 10, Cafe Du Nord Mecca Normal (9:30) opens for The Corin Tucker Band.

LA – Saturday, October 13, HRLA Mecca Normal performance

LAMonday, October 15, Loyola Marymount University “How Art & Music Can Change the World”

OlympiaFriday, October 19, Evergreen State College “How Art & Music Can Change the World”