Arts planner for Feb. 2-8

February 2, 2014 

It’s one of the iconic album covers of all time: Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass’ “Whipped Cream & Other Delights,” released in 1965.

The groovy title track of that album became the cheeky theme of “The Dating Game,” but it was “Whipped Cream’s” cover art that had the most lasting effect, as it featured dark-haired model Dolores Erickson (who was actually three months pregnant at the time) covered in strategic piles of cream (which was actually of the shaving variety).

“It’s certainly an iconic cover,” Alpert told the St. Petersburg Times last year. “At the time I thought we pushed it too far. People were wondering, Is Herb Alpert hanging out under there? I still have people come up and say how much that cover art meant to them but they’ve still never heard the album!”

Local record dealer Christopher Bickel has collected about 400 of the album covers, fascinated by that image. And then he let local artists put their stamp on it — artistic graffiti, if you will.

Artists’ interpretation of the album covers is the focus of “Whipped Cream & Other Delights: remake/remodel,” opening Tuesday at 701 Whaley hallway gallery. Artists such as J. Spencer Shull, Thomas Crouch, Lyon Forrest Hill, Jennifer Stephens Hill, Billy Guess, Michael Krajewski, Amanda Ladymon, Katie Sheridan, Eric Miller are represented. Bickel and curator Jeffrey Day also have contributed to the exhibit.

The exhibition runs through Feb. 23. The gallery is open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 1-5 p.m. Sundays. Admission is free. Details: (803) 771-0101.

Columbia native Adam Knight Gilbert is the special guest at the next Columbia Baroque Soloists concert Friday.

Gilbert began playing the recorder as an 8-year-old at Hand Middle School, and his love for historical instruments grew into a career. He’ll give a pre-concert talk at 7:15 p.m. before the 7:30 performance at the USC School of Music Recital Hall, 813 Assembly St.


Columbia Museum of Art gears up for its newest exhibition, “Japan and the Jazz Age,” with a members-only lecture by curator Victoria Cook at noon Friday.

The exhibit, is the first formal look at how Art Deco — a very Western style — helped Japan usher itself into the modern age. More than 130 objects, including sculpture, photography, ceramics, lacquer, glass, wood furniture, jewelry, textiles, graphic design, painting and woodblock prints, are included in the exhibit, which opens to the public Friday and continues until April 20.

RSVP by Monday (803)799-2810. Details:

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