Tim Miller's new solo show--based on his just published book of the same name--takes its title from the number of beds he estimates he'll spend time in during his career on the road. (One of the NEA Four, who sued the government in 1990 when their National Endowment for the Arts grants were rescinded under political pressure, the Santa Monica performance artist has been in the game for more than 20 years and is shooting for another 20.) Noting that "history is made on a mattress," Miller--whose pieces celebrate gay love, sexual liberation, and left-wing politics--reminds us that beds are sanctuaries and battlefields, playgrounds and resting places, the arenas where we develop relationships with others and a sense of ourselves. His intimate bedtime stories, both amusing and profound, are a way of waking his viewers' self-awareness, while his aggressive, cocky, almost smug persona both entertains and challenges. Thu-Fri 3/16-3/17, 8 PM, and Sat 3/18, 7 PM, Bailiwick Repertory, Bailiwick Arts Center, 1229 W. Belmont, 773-883-1090, $25.
Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): photo/Thomas Strand.