John Pizza in My Shell
Friday, January 10, 2020 / 4 PM / Free
The Full Moon Show: A Tom Murrin/Alien Comic Invention
All silver and shiny and metallic, the full moon reflecting on my armor last night was a scrutinizing eye. I prefer to be seen as mirror of your expectations, a special version of me magnified and reversed, crisp, confident and…well-shelled. I suspect you understand. You showed up to the party, elegantly dressed, all shelled up, laughing loudly. We bumped shells all night like little croquet balls. It was colorful! It was fine! How’s your aunt by the way? How was that trip to, um, Panama was it? —John Pizza
Howl! Happening welcomes the New Year with the latest edition of the signature Full Moon Show, a manic, mysterious blend of mayhem and madness in the spirit of Tom Murrin, aka the Alien Comic. Please join artist and performer John Pizza for this latest iteration titled My Shell, which is all about the shining armored shells we sport when clanking our way through everyday life. As always, there’s gonna be a little dancing, a little singing, and a surprising gathering of absurd objects.
John Pizza is a performer, builder, and artist. He uses trash and thrift-store detritus scrounged in his Brooklyn neighborhood to tell stories and make shows. He loves the macabre and the mushy sweet. His sculptures are performative, and his performances involve sculptures—an object theatre of weird surprises.
About Tom Murrin and the Full Moon Show
Performance is anything done with purpose and style. —Tom Murrin
Howl! Happening houses the Collection of Tom Murrin, aka as the Alien Comic, Godfather of Performance Art. Every full moon—without fail, paid booking or not, in all seasons and whatever the weather—he performed his Luna Macaroona Full Moon Show. When he had a club date that fell on the full moon, he’d wrangle his friends to perform as guests—pushing the careers of such groundbreaking performers as David Cale, David Sedaris, Amy Sedaris, Blue Man Group, Ethyl Eichelberger, Lisa Kron, and many others. When he didn’t have a club date, he performed on the street for passersby, transforming the pedestrian atmosphere with his madness and magic.
The Full Moon Show is made possible in part with public funds from Creative Engagement/Creative Learning, supported by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, and administered by Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. LMCC.net