Punk-Rock Photographer Fights Cancer With Cheeky T-Shirts

Buying a band T-shirt is generally a simple act: You like the band, you buy the shirt. Shirts For A Cure takes it to another level. You like the band, you buy the shirt — and you strike a blow against breast cancer.

SFAC is the brainchild of punk-rock photographer Mark Beemer, whose wife died from the disease in 2002. He founded the Syrentha J. Savio Endowment (SSE), named after her, to offer financial assistance to women who can’t afford breast cancer medicine or therapy. […]

Scrappy Arts Organization Shakes Things Up in Dallas

In 2005, a handful of Dallas mavericks had an idea: join the art and music communities for an art auction and fundraising concert. They called it Art Conspiracy, and it was held at the historic Texas Theater in Oak Cliff.

That first year, 100 artists’ works, created on 18-by-18-inch plywood boards, were auctioned off between performances from local musicians. The evening raised more than $10,000 for the Paul Simon-founded Children’s Health Fund, benefiting children displaced by Hurricane Katrina. […]