Fund-raiser features Tahoe Basin artists |

Fund-raiser features Tahoe Basin artists

by Timothy Bowman

Expression and education will be themes for Strange Brew Coffee House Thursday night.

Strange Brew will host Strange Grooves, an expression session to raise scholarship funds for Lake Tahoe Community College students. The event begins at 9 p.m. and will feature artists, musicians and writers. For a $5 cover charge all can attend.

“This is the first time that we are actually doing fund-raising,” said Strange Brew owner, Al Hanan. “All of the cover charge goes to the scholarship fund. We’ll be open until people are no longer wanting to be here.”

The event is being organized by Alpha Gamma Sigma Honors Society at LTCC. AGS member, Jennifer Welker, said that Strange Grooves will be a unique event for artists in the Lake Tahoe area.

“We’re trying to gather together all the people who are creative and have no outlet to express themselves,” Welker said. “I want all the local artists to come out and bring their artwork, writing, and tools for expression to play with other artists.”

Strange Grooves is more than just a fund-raiser. She said it is about promoting artistic expression in a substance-free environment.

“This is such a small town and there is no place that people under 21 can go and enjoy themselves,” Welker said. “We want to create this environment to appeal to people who don’t drink, don’t do drugs, and have no place to hang out.”

Strange Grooves will feature an array of artists, D.J.s, and musicians. Chair massages will be available from the Living World Massage. Performers will be coming from all over the country to perform.

“A lot of the people that are coming to the party are from New York, San Francisco and other major cities around America,” Welker said.

Alpha Gamma Sigma hopes Strange Groove will be artistically beneficial to Tahoe.

“It is pretty much a community thing with people coming from all over,” Welker said. “I hope it creates an atmosphere of theatrical creativity at Strange Brew.”

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