MP3J Night at Big Car 

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If you've got a portable MP3 player and ever felt the desire to indulge your inner DJ, now might be the time. The Big Car arts organization will be holding an MP3J contest at their studio in Suite 215 in the Murphy Arts Center at 1043 Virginia Ave. during the opening party of their Temporary: Work on Paper exhibit. The Friday, June 3 party starts at 6 p.m. and will feature work by Anna Rae Landsman, Penelope Dullaghan, Violet Avaline and Paul Goode. "We just want people to come and bring their MP3 players, pick three songs during the course of the night, step up and bring out their inner DJ," said John Clark of Big Car. "I think a lot of people have that urge. That's a lot of what Big Car is about: tapping into that creative part of people that maybe they feel, but giving them the little nudge to go ahead and try it." Participants will each select three songs for their performance, and the judges will pick a winner based on their selections. The prize for first place is an iPod Shuffle. "It's the same thing we do with visual art collages, but more with sound," Clark said. "Portability is kind of cool, that we don't have to have a bunch of DJs dragging in a bunch of records and stuff. It could be chaotic, but I'm sure it's going to be a blast. There's a lot of influence from the Surrealist movement, and a lot of what they were about was encouraging people who were not necessarily artists to step up into the realms." The Work on Paper exhibit runs through June 12. For more information check out

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