Tuesday, September 03, 2013
The New O'Farrell Theatre Mural
A striking new mural has appeared on the back of the O'Farrell Theater strip club, which used to be known as the Mitchell Brothers Theater before one of the Mitchell Brothers killed the other in a drug fueled altercation.
I walked in the front door of the club at noon to see if anybody knew the story behind the mural, and was greeted by a sweet young woman at the ticket counter and a sour middle-aged male manager who looked at me suspiciously. Neither of them had any clue about the art and whether there was a backstory. When I told them that I was going to put a picture of the new mural on the internet, the manager barked that it would not be allowed under any circumstances.
I was tempted to ask him what part of "public" he didn't understand when it came to the concept of "public mural," but didn't bother and left my phone number and email address with the young woman in case somebody wanted to pass on any information about the artwork, which is a wonderfully strange, spooky addition to the gritty neighborhood.
Update: The muralist is Mike Shine. Click here for his website.