- ALREADY HAPPENED:
Full Moon Show featuring Aru Hanger
January 31 @ 4:00 pm - 4:30 pm
One event on May 1, 2018 at 4:00pm
One event on March 31, 2018 at 4:00pm
One event on April 29, 2018 at 4:00pm
One event on May 29, 2018 at 4:00pm
One event on June 28, 2018 at 4:00pm
One event on July 27, 2018 at 4:00pm
One event on September 24, 2018 at 4:00pm
One event on October 24, 2018 at 4:00pm
One event on November 23, 2018 at 4:00pm
One event on December 22, 2018 at 4:00pm
One event on March 1, 2018 at 4:00pm
Every Month on The Full Moon
You’re summoned to the show at Howl! Happening, a performance of raw human emotion and blunt cerebral experience where I encourage thoughts on civics, social bonds and changing institutions. Influenced by the strike for rights by workers in 2018 at The New School, my performance starts there and goes beyond that, making you feel through your thoughts: can social change be done in changing just one institution or does democracy need promoting beyond the walls of Congress? I push the limits of the body, pulling together conflicting histories on how the street speaks to the show, and of course on strawberries.
About Aru Hanger
I came up with “Aru” as a four year old to view while playing make believe and never lost the romance of it and Hanger is my mother’s maiden name that will die with her and her siblings. I’ve taken up these names as an artist; they tie me to my history as artists are made through historical engagement. Artists draw people to reform society’s norms and institutions. I’m invested in both vulnerability and doubt which humanizes people, deepening our social bonds.
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.
The Full Moon Show is made possible in part with public funds from Creative Engagement / Creative Learning, supported by 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
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