Courtesy Rainbow Vomit

Don your unicorn horn headband and diamond edition crystal foam wig, or whatever, because Rainbow Vomit is back.

The art submersion (something like dropping LSD without the commitment) space has been closed for remodeling, but experience director Rob Andrews reports it’ll be open in time for Halloween AND the Nov. 2 Rolling Stones show at neighboring venue, The Cotton Bowl. And in honor of the Stones’ visit, the artists behind RV just unveiled a mural that marries their own thing — emesis, of the prismatic variety — with the rockers’ iconic Hot Lips logo.

Deanna Theis, lead artist and curator says the mural expresses her team’s excitement for the Stones’ upcoming concert.

“It only seemed natural to find a unique way to merge Rainbow Vomit’s signature brand with the lips that have graced millions of stadiums, billboards, bedroom walls and bumper stickers over the last 50 years or so,” Theis says. 

The Stones’ first tour minus their founding drummer, Charlie Watts, who died in August (having never missed a gig, it’s said) is a bittersweet affair, I guess like puking Skittles.

But wait. What, you may ask, exactly is a Rainbow Vomit? Located at 3609 Perry across the street from the State Fair of Texas/Cotton Bowl, it’s art for those who deem conventional museums too one-dimensional, overly still or not fluffy enough.

RV’s experiential installation occupies 2,500 square feet brimming with 8,000 balloons, 9,000 LEDs, 200 pounds of cotton, four miles of ribbon, and an array of characters from a BoJack Horseman fever dream (note: that was pre-renovation). 

Seemingly inspired by the likes of Santa Fe’s beloved Meow Wolf and reliant upon in-person tours, RV managed to survive the pandemic closures before getting back to normal. But what’s normal when business-as-usual is conducted within a house of clouds inhabited by a unicorn of dripping colors named Gerrod? 

We don’t know yet what Mick and Keith have to say about the nod, but Fair Park’s senior marketing director Julian Bowman says she’s encouraged to see “neighbors join forces to support  the events and entertainment we bring to the community through art.”

Regular tours at Rainbow Vomit resume Oct. 30, with a special reopening concert event, Imaginarium: An Arabian Nights Soirée featuring Allen Hulsey, Oct. 29.

In collaboration with local non-profit Exude Love Foundation, Rainbow Vomit reports it will be offering all sorts of special programming throughout the rest of the year, including a rare appearance by renowned electronic music producer Acid Pauli Nov. 5 and a variety entertainment show produced by the RadiantSolz performance troupe (specializing in fire — you heard me) Nov. 14.

Rainbow Vomit also announced a chance to win Stones tix — the entry form and more on that here.


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