If you’ve been listening to the 98 Rock Morning Show the past few weeks, you may have heard of this “Super Art Fight” thing happening at Baltimore’s Ottobar this weekend. The guys had the creators of Super Art Fight on the show twice to promote “The greatest live art competition in the known universe”. One of my buddies was in the competition and I had planned to go to support him. In the weeks prior, I tried getting a description of what I might be seeing at this thing… But his response was usually, “you just have to see it firsthand”.
From their “About” section on their website, “the event serves as a surreal mixture of live art, pro-wrestling style characters and storytelling and a dash of hilarious, improvised commentary, which makes for a show unlike anything else in the world today.” Basically, the artists come in with a topic to draw, they start with that, then randomly they have to spin the “Wheel of Death” which provides new, pre crowd-sourced, topics to implement. Who wins the competition is determined by crowd applause and screams after the bout is over.
Now, I couldn’t draw my way out of a shoe box, and I have no “art” credentials to speak of… but this was awesome. (Though, I do love quirky things and wacky entertainment – so I may have been prepped for the experience.) Regardless, it was a fun (albeit long) night of drawing, witty commentary, and a nice “vibe” of people. There were a couple musical acts to break up and accompany the art competition.
If any of this sounds interesting to you, there are a couple opportunities to check them out here in Baltimore again. There will be a Super Art Fight IDOL on Saturday November 2nd and another Super Art Fight LIVE Competition (like the one last night) on Friday, November 8th.