“Have you seen the guy with the sign?” Many commuters over the last month have asked that question about EWU art student Gabriel Brown. Dressed in a second hand suit and holding a funny sign, Brown has been panhandling every weekday morning on a downtown corner. I received a press release from Brown that said:
“I am doing this for many reasons. It is a way to give people "pure" entertainment: no advertisements, no charges, no responsibilities. And it is live, not seen on T.V. live, but really live. This also brings people enjoyment; they look forward to seeing me every morning. It is comedy, but it always begs a question. I poke at a range of social and political issues that are important to me.”
For the rest of the Colin Mulvany/Video Journal piece about "The Beggar in the Suit," plus the audio story, click here.