Zine scene

Anyone getting bored with the mainstream art scene should consider checking out the fourth annual Twin Cities Zinefest, held at Steven’s Square Center for the Arts, 1905 3rd Avenue South, this Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Zinefest is a celebration of independent art, publishing and music. Artists will display and sell their work. There will also be live music, a caucus on zine libraries and several other entertaining activities.

The fest kicks off with live music at Acadia Café on Friday, July 13 at 7 p.m. and continues at Steven’s Square Center for the Arts on Saturday, July 14 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Sunday, July 16 from noon to 4 p.m.

Said Gerald Prokop, Director of the event, “Zinefest is basically a conference or a fair of independent publishers. And what we do is we open it up for registration…people register for $10 and that gets them space in the gallery area to set up a table and show their zines, sell them and trade them with other people that are either other registering people or people coming in from the public.”

The Minnesota Center for the Book Arts will have a table at the event and local musical group Cell Phone will be doing circuit-bending performances on Saturday. (Prokop said circuit-bending consists of people “taking apart and altering electronic toys or low battery-powered musical instruments” to create new and interesting sounds.)

Admission to the fest is free; the kick-off party at Acadia costs $3..

Said Prokop, “Everyone does something different when it comes to Zines and there’s not really a centralized place for people to go looking for these things. It’s just kind of a loose network across the country.”

For more information on the event visit the Steven’s Square Center for the Arts Website at www.stevensarts.org or the Twin Cities Zinefest MySpace page at www.myspace.com/tczinefest.