Candy Apple and Texas Trash Bring Tucson Punk to MOCA

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Terry "Texas" Trash gets the screen and stage treatment at MOCA. - COURTESY OF CANDY APPLE
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  • Terry "Texas" Trash gets the screen and stage treatment at MOCA.

Probably the best part about a contemporary art museum is its inherently inclusionary nature. You want to stack some shellacked pieces of compost in a clever way? Sure. You want to paint a big black dot on a white canvas? Go for it. You're considering transforming the museum into a dumpster pool? Deal.

Well, in keeping with that tenet, Tucson's Museum of Contemporary Art is getting a little gritty and a lot loud for a punk-imbued double feature on Saturday, July 11.

First up, Tucson-born artist and director Dean Dempsey will be presenting his new film (released October 2014) that blurs the lines between reality and the film's narrative. Candy Apple follows Bobby (Dempsey) and his relationship with his father ("Trash" a.k.a. Terry "Texas" Trash) and their many vice-filled, dark and yet somehow still funny misadventures following a move to the Big Apple.

Then, the real Trash with hit the MOCA stage to perform live with the seminal Tucson punk outfit known simply as Texas Trash and the Trainwrecks. As with the film itself, the event promises to blur the lines between art and reality in a way that's nearly indistinguishable. Plus, it's an interesting overall look at one of the Old Pueblo's most legendary real characters, so you won't want to miss it.

The screening and live show begin at MOCA (265 S. Church Ave.) at 8 p.m. on Saturday. Tickets are $5 for museum members and $10 for everyone else. Due to the film's (and possibly the concert's) subject matter, kids under 18 need a parent or guardian to attend.


Editor's note: 
Terry "Texas" Trash is a finalists in Best of TucsonĀ® this year. Which category? Vote to find out!

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