Talk about saving the whales with a vengeance. After cutting his teeth as a no-nukes protester in the late 1960s, activist Paul Watson later found himself kicked out of Greenpeace for—get this—being too aggressive and confrontational(!) Now that’s commitment to animal rights and the environment. Not skipping a beat, Watson immediately formed his own organization, the nonprofit Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, to protect marine life and habitat—an effort that has drawn both praise and controversy due to the group’s methods, which include ramming whaling vessels and sabotaging seal hunters. Currently, Watson and his crew aboard the MV Steve Irwin can be seen on the Animal Planet show Whale Wars, which depicts his latest campaign against Japanese whalers. Watson—named last year by the U.K. Guardian as one of “50 People Who Could Save the Planet”—is scheduled as the featured speaker for Saturday’s “Sea No Evil Art Show 2009,” which benefits the conservation society. Upping the hip factor, art pieces by Jeff Soto, Shepard Fairey—who will also be tapped as a DJ—and others will be sold in a silent auction. Live performances include Tim Kasher of Cursive and The Good Life. Expect a no-holds-barred take on the state of the world’s oceans from “Captain” Watson. Don’t care for hardcore environmentalists? Stick it in your blowhole.
Sea No Evil: An Art Benefit to Preserve & Protect the Oceans of the Word at the Riverside Municipal Auditorium, 3485 Mission Inn Ave., Riverside, (951) 788-3944, www.seasheperdartshow.com, www.riversidemunicipalauditorium.com. Sat, Aug. 29, doors open 6PM, starts 7PM, Free ($5 donation required).