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Art That's a Steal 

Spirit Art House, BICAS (Bicycle Inter-Community Art and Salvage) and Thunder Canyon Brewery invite you to a one-of-a-kind experience that could change the way you think about art shows.

Mitchell Moen, Spirit Art House curator and owner, describes the

Grand Theft Art show as the "evolution from an exhibition to a show." The show is intended to dispel the stuffy elitism that sometimes accompanies art shows and turn an exhibition into an event that most people can enjoy regardless of their art knowledge. The show also includes music and live-art demonstrations of how to hot-wire a vehicle and remove a car stereo.

Participating artists in the new show, whose theme is "Art You'll Want to Steal," include Rob Osborne, Mark Matlock and Ethan Scott, with musical guest Bass Touch. Osborne is unveiling a never-before-seen piece called "10 Speed Hero." It involves a fellow superhero stealing the Batmobile for a joyride, which Moen says is a perfect fit for the GTA theme.

The Geo Metro from October's spray-painting bash will get a colorful new paint job, have its stereo removed and also be hot-wired, in case you'd like to learn more about those essential skills. Folks from BICAS will also demonstrate how to secure your bicycle from theft. BICAS, a nonprofit celebrating its 25th year, will get 10 percent of the proceeds from art sold.

Adding to the event is the ability to purchase art with Bitcoins. "Spirit Art House is proud to accept Bitcoin for all art purchases to further promote the legit use of the crypto currency to the general public," Moen said. A partnership with CoinBase.com allows him to process transactions through mobile devices. "I try to push the envelope a little more each show," Moen said. "This is a primer for a much more edgier experience coming to Tucson."

D.M.

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