- ALREADY HAPPENED:
The Full Moon Show The Witch’s Moon
June 9 @ 4:00 pm
With co-hosts Tony Stinkmetal and Salley May
A Tom Murrin/Alien Comic Invention
Are you tired of every omnipotent cry-baby claiming to be the focus of a witch hunt? So are we! This Full Moon Show celebrates The Witch’s Moon. And his time, the Witches will be doing the hunting.
Salley May and Tony Stinkmetal take back the night—or more precisely, the late afternoon—and come out swinging the Malleus Maleficarum (or medieval Witch’s Hammer) as the Full Moon Crew “un-burns” the entwined histories of witchcraft and counter-culture, and mixes up a heady brew of historical irony, hysterical insecurity, and politically induced pyromania.
Moon Goddess Luna Macaroona will be playing the role of Circe, turning those who offend her into wild beasts. Instead of burning witches she lays waste to corrupt marketers of eternal youth, sexism, and the slavish followers of the social media who feed the beast. (No, not that Beast. We mean the power structure.)
This Black Sabbath will include a visit from Alice Klugherz, director of the Natural Selection performance coven to lift the current veil of mediocrity from our culture. In Haik Dreams Alice and her den of crones stir the cauldron of ageism with fierce, funny vignettes about becoming—and being—an older woman. Unleashed from the stage and roaming freely on First Street anything might happen. Laid bare, supercharged, nothing to prove—these women will not go quietly!
So set your broomstick to stun and your black cat to cruise-control! Suggested attire: pointy hats, PVC chaps, proto-crone-glam, Lagerfeld anything, thistle everything, widow’s peaks with silver streaks, spirit animals, familiars, Barbara Steele realness, cobweb shawls, Druid hoodies, Joan of Arc haircuts.
About Tom Murrin and the Full Moon Show
Howl! Happening houses the archives of Tom Murrin. Murrin, aka the Alien Comic, is known as the Godfather of Performance Art. Every full moon, Tom performed the Full Moon Show in honor of his moon goddess, Luna Macaroona. When he had a club date that fell on the full moon, he’d wrangle his friends to perform as his 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. If not, he performed on the street for passersby, transforming the pedestrian atmosphere with his madness and magic. Howl! Happening’s monthly series continues that tradition, with performances in the gallery and surprise pop up performances on the street.
About The Tom Murrin Archive
Howl! Happening is the repository of the Tom Murrin Archive comprising masks, costumes, scripts, correspondence, photographs, and tapes of performances going back to the early 70s. Murrin (February 8, 1939 – March 12, 2012) also known as The Alien Comic and Jack Bump, was a performance pioneer whose life and work inspired both artists and audiences for over 40 years. He was a member of the first generation of La MaMa playwrights. Tom wrote four plays performed through La MaMa and produced by John Vacarro’s Play-House of the Ridiculous, including the offbeat hit, Cock Strong, which toured with Ellen Stewart’s La MaMa Troupe to Paris, Amsterdam and Brussels.
Under the guidance of rock manager Jane Friedman, Tom began to perform under the name Alien Comic, opening for acclaimed punk bands in rock clubs such as CBGBs and Max’s Kansas City. As Alien Comic he performed in such venues as The Pyramid, 8BC, King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut, Performance Space 122, Dixon Place, La MaMa, and more. Since the mid 80s, he’s created, performed, and curated a series of variety nights at Performance Space 122, and La Mama Experimental Theatre Club and Dixon Place, called The Full Moon Show. His plays Sport-Fuckers and Butt-Crack Bingo were produced at Theater for the New City and La MaMa and directed by David Levine. Tom was the first performance artist to appear on stage at the original Dixon Place location at 37 East First Street in 1986.