A longtime fixture of Gainesville’s entertainment scene, Tom Miller will give an Artwalk performance with Alan Bushnell on Friday night at the Hardback Café. It’s titled “Sex, Religion, Fastfood.”
Tom Miller fixates on Ted Cruz’s mouth during a recent Artwalk at the Hardback Café. (Photo by Gainesville Downtown)
The great thing about Tom Miller is that you never know what Gainesville’s most unpredictable performance artist will be up to next.
Tom Miller during a contemplative moment outside Maude’s Side Car in the Sun Center.
Earlier this summer, he and a dedicated team of artist friends erected a sculpture about nothing smack dab in the middle of Bo Diddley Community Plaza. Two weeks later, they painstakingly reversed the process to remove the invisible three-dimensional piece.
In the spring, Miller undertook perhaps his most, shall we say, daring project to date by sitting in front of a large poster of Ted Cruz’s face and staring directly into the then-presidential candidate’s gaping mouth for two hours without breaking eye contact.
That was during an Artwalk event at the Hardback Café, and — we’re happy to report — he survived the traumatic ordeal!
On Friday night, Miller will be at it again, performing at the Hardback Café along with longtime friend Alan Bushnell in a collaboration titled “Sex, Religion, Fastfood.” The show, starting at 7 p.m., will feature artwork and musical performances by both men, and most likely a surprise or two.
The event will be one of the highlights of Artwalk Gainesville, the monthly self-guided tour of downtown galleries and art spaces. Most events are from 7-10 p.m. This month’s events include walking tours of the downtown murals as well as downtown public-art sculptures.