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"Downtowns," An Exhibit On The Homeless

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Photographer Kirk Jordan's exhibit, "Downtowns," featuring images of homeless people, opens today at the Matthews Opera House and Art Center in Spearfish and runs through August 24th. An opening exhibition is this Friday from 5:30-7:30. Growing up in Spearfish with a strong love of music, photography and the movies, Kirk Jordan moved to California. He played music in Hollywood clubs and became a regular stand-up comedy performer at The Comedy Store on the Sunset Strip. This exposure led to acting roles in several films and TV shows in the 1990s, including "Wings", "Seinfeld", "Chaplin", "Dave", and "In the Line of Fire." Jordan was also working with the Los Angeles Unified School District as a substitute teacher, and in 1996 he took an offer for a full-time gig teaching 3rd grade. In 2004, Jordan founded CityMuse, a non-profit corporation designed to teach piano to elementary school students after school. Jordan is in pre-production for his documentary film, "Black Hills - Stripped", focusing on strip mining in his native South Dakota.