Each week The Advocate asks a different “quiz taker” for his or her current favorites in pop culture.
QUIZ TAKER: John E. Jackson, 38, president of Launch Media, founder of Art Melt.
WHAT I’M LISTENING TO: “I recently picked up a restored hi-fi, so I’ve been getting into classic LPs lately. I recently bought The Police’s ‘Reggatta de Blanc’ and Pink Floyd’s ‘Dark Side of the Moon.’ When not listening to LPs I generally use Pandora or straight-up radio. I really don’t have a style preference. One day I’m listening to some new music and another day I’m listening to jazz on 90.3 WBRH.”
WHAT I’M READING: “I like to read The Advocate, Entrepreneur Magazine and Louisiana Gardener. I’ll also read a few trade magazines from time to time.”
WHAT I’M WATCHING: “I don’t watch much television but my wife, Fairleigh, has gotten me hooked on ‘NCIS’ on CBS. We both love AMC’s ‘The Walking Dead,’ and we recently started watching the new season of ‘Arrested Development’ on Netflix.”
WHERE I’M SURFING (ON THE INTERNET): “I’m a news junkie, so CNN and the ‘Daily Report’ get my attention just about every day.”
WHAT’S YOUR GUILTY PLEASURE? “When I’m standing in line at the grocery store, a bag of Cheetos or a Slim Jim often call my name.”
What is the secret to Art Melt’s longevity?
“Accessibility and great art. The purpose of Art Melt is to create an environment where art of all types, especially visual art, can easily be enjoyed and appreciated. You don’t need to be a gallery hound or member of a museum to appreciate and celebrate our tremendously talented Louisiana artists. Each year the event brings in jurors from not only our state but from across the country. They always comment on how impressed they are with the quality and quantity of talented artists that submit work for the show.”
EVENT INFORMATION: The 10th annual Art Melt, the largest multimedia, jury-judged art exhibition in Louisiana, will be held from 5-10 p.m. Saturday, July 20, at the Louisiana State Museum’s Capitol Park Museum, 660 N. 4th St. The LSU Museum of Art, 100 Lafayette St., also is hosting an Art Melt retrospective, which will include the history of the event and feature work from past winners. The exhibit opens Friday and runs through Sept. 8.
Advocate staff writer