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  • In this photo provided by the Chris Loomis, singer Alice Cooper stands by his Andy Warhol red acrylic and silkscreen on canvas called “Little Electric Chair” at the Larsen Gallery in Scottsdale, Ariz., on Wednesday. (Chris Loomis/via AP)

Kona Commons seeks local art for branding refresh

Kona Commons invites island artists to submit original, imaginative artwork for consideration in the shopping center’s branding refresh program.

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The center is seeking art to complement and enhance its current brand; the art will be used in various branding elements throughout the center, one of which is the design of parking lot banners. The center cherishes its island home, and whenever possible incorporates island-relevant designs that reflect its brand characteristics of family-friendly, suburban, fun yet sensible, and well-traveled. The center’s demographic includes families, local men and women, and visitors.

Each artist may enter up to five pieces of art. The “Kona Commons Call for Artists” welcomes a variety of media, including painting, drawing, mixed-media, printmaking, digital art, and textiles.

Deadline for submission of artwork is May 31.

For details regarding the eligibility and selection process, visit www.konacommons.com.

Rock legend Alice Cooper to auction off Andy Warhol artwork

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — An Andy Warhol canvas found years ago in the garage of rocker Alice Cooper could become the highest selling artwork ever in Arizona.

The music legend, who has a home in metro Phoenix, announced Thursday that he would auction off “Little Electric Chair.”

It will be up for bidding on Oct. 23 at an auction organized by the Larsen Gallery in Scottsdale. The gallery estimates it could fetch anywhere from $2.5 million to $4.5 million.

The red acrylic and silkscreen on canvas was part of Warhol’s “Death and Disaster” series between 1964 and 1965. The pop artist often collected images from newspapers and magazines to use as inspiration for his work. Among them were images of the electric chair.

According to Cooper, the artwork was a birthday gift in the ’70s from a girlfriend who was friends with Warhol.

Cooper also plans to make the canvas available for public viewing.

The gallery owners say they will donate part of any commission to Cooper’s nonprofit, Solid Rock, which works to bring music, dance and other forms of art to teens.

Cooper is known for outrageous makeup and performances and such hits as “School’s Out.”

Broadway’s ‘Hamilton,’ ‘Lion King’ and ‘Wicked’ will reopen on same day

Broadway’s Big Three — the smash-hit musicals “Hamilton,” “Wicked” and “The Lion King” — are scheduled to return together on Sept. 14.

The announcement, part of a gush of returns as New York theater gets back in business, was made Tuesday morning on NBC’s “Good Morning America” news show. By returning on the same day, and all putting tickets on sale Tuesday, the show’s typically competitive commercial producers have come together to signal the return of the highest profile attractions on Broadway.

“Hamilton” will star Miguel Cervantes. He played the title role in the musical in the Chicago production but his Broadway bow was felled by the pandemic and the subsequent closing of Broadway theaters.

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“Hamilton” has been running on Broadway for six years. “Wicked” has been playing for 17 years. And Disney’s “The Lion King” has been in production for 23 years. The three producers said that they have already played, collectively, to 176 million people. All three shows play at theaters owned by the Nederlander Organization; they quickly will ramp up to the standard eight shows a week.

Three actors made the joint TV announcement: longtime Chicago performer Alexandra Billings (now Madame Morrible in “Wicked”), Krystal Joy Brown, (the current Eliza in “Hamilton”) and L. Steven Taylor, who plays Mufasa in “The Lion King.”

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