The Best of Mad Swirl : 01.27.24

by January 28, 2024 0 comments

‘But I don’t want to go among mad people,’ said Alice. ‘Oh, you can’t help that,’ said the cat. ‘We’re all mad here.’ Lewis Carroll ••• The Mad Gallery ••• Creepshow ~ Doug Mac To see all of Doug’s colorfully grotesque cartoony scenes, as well as our other resident artists (60 and counting!) take a virtual stroll thru Mad Swirl’s Mad Gallery! …

Mad Swirl Open Mic : 02.07.24

by January 22, 2024 0 comments

Join Mad Swirl this 1st Wednesday of February (aka 02.07.24) when we’ll be doin’ the open mic voodoo that we do do at our OC home, BARBARA’S PAVILLION! Join hosts Johnny O & MH Clay as we open the mad mic, starting with some musical grooves brought to you by Swirve (Chris & Tamitha Curiel, Gerard Bendiks). This month we …

The Best of Mad Swirl : 01.20.24

by January 21, 2024 0 comments

All art is autobiographical. The pearl is the oyster’s autobiography. Federico Fellini ••• The Mad Gallery ••• Record Archive ~ Doug Mac To see all of Doug’s colorfully grotesque cartoony scenes, as well as our other resident artists (60 and counting!) take a virtual stroll thru Mad Swirl’s Mad Gallery! ••• The Poetry Forum ••• This last week on Mad Swirl’s Poetry …

The Best of Mad Swirl : 01.13.24

by January 14, 2024 0 comments

Be daring, be different, be impractical, be anything that will assert integrity of purpose and imaginative vision against the play-it-safers, the creatures of the commonplace, the slaves of the ordinary. Cecil Beaton ••• The Mad Gallery ••• Willie Nelson ~ Doug Mac Mad Swirl is excited to start off the new year by welcoming a new artist to the Mad gallery, with …

New Featured Artist : Doug Mac

by January 12, 2024 0 comments

Mad Swirl is excited to start off the new year by welcoming a new artist to the Mad gallery, with grotesque and gritty work that only a real mad man himself could scheme up — and that mad man is Doug Mac. With an unmistakable style (reminiscent of Ed Roth, but still uniquely his own), Doug creates colorful and cartoon-ish …

The Best of Mad Swirl : 01.06.24

by January 7, 2024 0 comments

Nothing happens unless first we dream. Carl Sandburg Sometimes it feels like a dream. At other times it feels like it was just last year… or even 10 years ago… but in reality it has been 25 years since Cheyenne Gallion, Lisa Carmen & I were sitting around in a cozy living room on a cold January eve in east …

Note of Gratitude to the Mad Ones : 01.03.24

by January 4, 2024 0 comments

If you joined Mad Swirl Open Mic this past 1st Wednesday of January (aka 01.03.24) at our OC home, Barbara’s Pavillion, to swirlabrate not only the ringing in of the new year (YES!) but also our 25th year of Mad Swirl’n (YES!) and witness whirl’n up the Swirl and getting the Mad mic opened for all you Mad ones out …

25 Years of Madness & Still Swirl’n

by January 1, 2024 0 comments

t’was 25 years ago today that Mad Swirl began to whirl our way! Yep, a full score & a half ago, our creative outlet, Mad Swirl, was born! I still can’t believe we’ve been swirlin’ together since way back in 1999. Who woulda thunk that an idea to start a small local zine would have evolved into the worldwide presence …

The Best of Mad Swirl : 01.01.24

by January 1, 2024 0 comments

We live at the edge of the miraculous. Henry Miller ••• The Poetry Forum ••• This last week on Mad Swirl’s Poetry Forum, Christmas blessed, looking forward to a New Year’s best… we flat defied being organised; we would not be alone, scattered treats on stones; we quelled our laughter to clean up after; we were happy to be with …