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'Dream' for a Good Cause: Bagavagabonds' Art Explosion to Feature Affordable Art, Live Music and Ping Pong

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When LAist interviewed FILTER Editor-in-Chief Pat McGuire last year, he introduced us to the Bagavagabonds, a group of LA-based friends who are passionate about art in all its forms. Saturday night will mark the Bagavagabonds' fourth Art Explosion—an all-ages multimedia experience and art show at the Brick Building in Culver City.

The Bagavagabonds created this event to make art accessible to everyone. This Art Explosion's theme is Dream, and the group extended an open invitation to anyone who wanted to participate. All art pieces will be sold via silent auction for $50 or less, with proceeds benefiting Los Angeles-based charity Make Something.

The $10 admission/donation will also include access to the event's other offerings: live music, free drinks, interactive art installations, a ping pong lounge, short film screenings, the "Zzz listening room" and more. Yesterday LAist caught up with McGuire and his fellow FILTER co-worker/Bagavagabond Eli Thomas to learn more about the event.

LAist: What makes the Art Explosion so special?

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Pat McGuire: Many people grow up making art in school, then stop when they get to college or enter a non-creative occupation. They're left thinking about the great movies they'd make, songs they'd write, or paintings they'd create if they had time or a reason. We're just trying to give people a reason to get the paint set out again.

Eli Thomas: And we're trying to remove fear from the equation. We tell people, "Don't be afraid to put your piece on the wall." There are going to be established artists at the Art Explosion as well as guys like us who aren't artists.