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Death, Sin, Redemption, Morality: Gallery Show Features Artists' Take on Law & Order Plotlines

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For fans of TV's Law & Order franchise, catching an episode in rerun can be like greeting an old, familiar (and sometimes disturbing) friend. For the first few minutes you might be working to unravel your own mystery after pulling up the episode on your on-screen guide: "Hmmm, have I seen this one before? Is it the guy who works in the deli who collects the kiddie porn?"

Those one-line episode summaries are what inspired California artist Brandon Bird to curate a gallery show called "These are Their Stories," which opens Saturday in the galley at Meltdown Comics:

Each piece is an artist's interpretation of a one-line episode summary from the DirecTV program guide. Like the series that inspired them, they are sometimes straightforward and sometimes offer a twist; sometimes they contain no easy answers, and sometimes they are just plain goofy.

We got in touch with Bird to find out why Law & Order works well in art, how the show came to be, and what he thinks about the future of the show...aka LOLA.