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1 June 2005
DJ sets and performance by
Plunge Into Death
midway cafe

5 June 2005, 7 P.M.
Plunge Into Death
with Sara Cooper and Wisteriax
(Karen from the Sob Sisters' cello/noise project)
Washington Street Arts Center

7 June 2005
Plunge Into Death
with Cyanide Valentine

18 June 2005, 8 p.m., 21+, $8
A rock marathon to benefit the Somerville Arts Council!
The Anchormen Karaoke (with guest vocalists); The Operators (total last show ever! probably); Scrapple; Asian Babe Alert; Albumen (the new band of Paul Sinkcharmer)
PA's Lounge


Grampa and Julie: Shark Hunters
Jef Czekaj

Top Shelf Productions

Jef Czekaj is an illustrator, cartoonist, musician, and poster artist who lives and works in Somerville, Massachusetts.

His critically-acclaimed comic, "Grampa and Julie: Shark Hunters" is read by over a million children monthly in Spanish and English in Nickelodeon Magazine (a collection of the first 3 years of this strip has just been collected in a book of the same name (Top Shelf)). His self-published comic Hypertruck has been called "the funniest indie-obsessed subcultural screed ever photocopied" by the Seattle Stranger. His logo for the City of Somerville's Art Beat Festival appeared on t-shirts, posters, banners, and aprons in the summer of 2002. He has been awarded several Massachusetts Cultural Council grants. In 1999, he and Alex Pirie formed The Somerville Comics Collaborative. The organization uses the medium of comics as a means of bringing different community groups, businesses, artists, and people of all ages and backgrounds together around the common ground of storytelling using words and pictures. They have published several short collaborative comics and one 96-page graphic novel drawn by Somerville youth, Fire on the Nunnery Grounds, and organized a city-wide celebration of comics. He is currently at work illustrating a book for Charlesbridge Publishing, and, of course, creating new "Grampa and Julie" strips.

He is also a founding member of the Handstand Command music collective, a small group of like-minded musicians based in Somerville. He performs in smoky bars in bands with tragically-doomed names like The Tardy, The Anchormen, Sinkcharmer, and Plunge Into Death.

Last year Boston Magazine included Jef on their list of "hot" visual artists. He's not sure what that means, but appreciates the compliment. 



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