Museum remembers Janis Joplin
This month, the Museum of the Gulf Coast will remember one of its most notable natives.
Jan. 19 will mark the 66th birthday of rock music icon Janis Joplin. The legendary performer will be honored with a temporary display and film screenings. Beginning Jan. 5, the museum will host a tribute to Janis’ motorcycle from the famed biker shop and bar Strokers Dallas.
The custom bobber-style bike was made by Strokers founder Rick Fairless and features several images of Joplin and a psychedelic tie dye paint job. “I built this bike as a tribute to a great Texas gal, Janis Joplin,” says Fairless. “Tie Dye is my thing and it was hers too … I think Janis would be proud.” The bike will be on view at the museum through Jan. 28 and admittance is included in general admission.
In addition, the museum will screen two documentaries Jan. 19. The BBC-produced “Janis Joplin: Southern Discomfort” will be shown at 2 p.m. and the PBS-produced “The History of Rock n Roll: My Generation” will be shown at 4. Films are free and include admittance to the museum’s exhibits including the Music Hall of Fame featuring exhibits on Joplin, George Jones, Gatemouth Brown and other Gulf Coast music greats and the temporary exhibition “50 Years of Rock and Roll” on loan from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum.
For more information, go to www.museumofthegulfcoast.org or call 982-7000. The museum, 700 Procter St. in downtown Port Arthur, is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and 1 to 5 p.m. Sundays.