Michelle Shocked sat outside the Santa Cruz venue she was supposed to play Thursday night, playing guitar with her face covered and her mouth taped over, protesting the cancellation after she went on an anti-gay rant at a San Francisco show two weeks ago.

The New York Times reported that Shocked, 51, sat on the ground outside Moe's Alley strumming an acoustic guitar. Instead of talking to spectators, she pointed to a sign and invited people to use a marker and write their comments on her all-white outfit.

Shocked tweeted a message to followers early that day, informing them of her plans and inviting them to come down.

"It's an art project," she wrote. "'My Summer Vacation.' I want your autograph. Bring Sharpie."

Shocked, who once identified herself as a lesbian, has become a born-again Christian in recent years. Much of her tour was canceled by club owners after her San Francisco show.

At one point Thursday, the owner of Moe's Alley, Bill Welch, came out and spoke to Shocked. He later told the Associated Press that he didn't plan to rehire her, nor take further steps against her.

"We will not be bashing Michelle Shocked," he said. "Rather we will celebrate music, diversity and send some healing Santa Cruz energy her way."

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