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Remembering the Fillmore EastFebruary 15, 2020
A Tribute to Gregory CorsoRaymond Foye interviews Gregory’s lifelong friend, editor and translator, George Scrivani. With a selection of short films by Laki Vazakas, and poetry with Anne Waldman and friends. Raymond Foye and George Scrivani are currently editing an edition of this work for New Directions Publishing Company. They will discuss this project, and George Scrivani will offer personal observations and insights into Corso’s ideas, working methods, and biography.
September 16, 2018
Allen Ginsberg Birthday Celebration: 2018June 3, 2018
We Remember PhillyIn our own madcap way, Howl! Happening salutes Philly Abe in a series of candid film clips, remembrances, and performances. In the clips by Elizabeth Nichols, Philly expounds on lipstick, landlords, laughter and more while close friends like Hapi Phace, Miss Joan Marie Moossy, Hattie Hathaway, Salley May, Todd Verow, Steve Ellis and others take off from these moving images to spotlight an aspect of her over the top personality and big heart. The evening begins with a ritual by Gail Thacker invoking her irrepressible spirit.
April 27, 2018
This Side of Heaven by Todd VerowAs part of the tribute to Philly Abe’s life and work, Howl! is pleased to present a screening of This Side Of Heaven, a film by Todd Verow. Philly’s roommate, dear friend, and artist collaborator, Verow describes the impetus for the movie: We decided to make This Side of Heaven when our landlord was doing everything he could to try to get us evicted. Our way of coping with the harassment and absurdity of it all was to make a movie. It was cathartic and exhausting. Every day when we were shooting, we would wake up and I would spend an hour doing Philly’s makeup and hair. We would go over the scenes while I did this, and she would get into her character. When we were done for the day, we would both just collapse on the floor, exhausted physically and emotionally. It was the last movie we finished together.
April 13, 2018
Paging Tom Murrin!An Evening of readings and performances with friends and colleagues celebrating the life and work of the late, great comic genius, Tom Murrin. Often called the “Godfather of performance art,” a stellar lineup of friends and colleagues will read and perform short essays, interviews, and one act plays that reflect on his life, work, and influence. Featured readers and performers include: Salley May, Tony Stinkmetal, David Cote, Erin Courtney, John Jesurun, Katie Hathaway, David Levine, Lucy Sexton, Nicky Paraiso and Patricia Sullivan.
February 22, 2018
Toyo MemorialPrivate memorial in remembrance of Toyo.
February 12, 2018
Rene Ricard Four Years OnHowl! Happening is pleased to present Four Years On, a multimedia evening organized by Rene Ricard’s close friend, publisher, and executor Raymond Foye. As we approach the fourth year of Ricard’s death, interest in the work of this poet, painter, and critic continues to grow. A mainstay of the New York art scene, Ricard starred in numerous Warhol films, including Chelsea Girls (1966).
Special guest readers will include Anne Waldman, Richard Hell, Anselm Berrigan and others to be announced. A short film starring Rene Ricard by Rita Barros will also be screened.
January 24, 2018
Tomata du Plenty: Coast to CoastActor, performer, painter, raconteur. Howl! Happening is pleased to present an evening celebrating the colorful coast-to-coast life of Tomata du Plenty. The show will include a one night only sale of Tomata’s watercolors from the collection of Chuck Fulton, a slide show curated by Sandra Schulman, and a panel discussion focusing on Tomata’s time in New York City. The panel will feature 70s era Off-Off-Broadway theater contemporaries Tish and Snooky of Manic Panic; Jack Rabid, publisher of The Big Takeover, who conducted one of the last interviews with Tomata; and Carlos Iglesias, L.A. based collector and documentarian of the upcoming film on Tomata’s life. A slide show and a short film, commissioned especially for the presentation, will be shown.
December 7, 2017
Holy! Holy! Holy! Allen Ginsberg’s Birthday PartyJoin Howl Happening and the Allen Ginsberg Estate to celebrate the poet-philosopher’s 91st birthday. The party also celebrates the re-release of Allen Ginsberg’s seminal recording of Songs of Innocence and Experience, in which he set to music and sang the poems of William Blake. No less than the legendary Lester Bangs wrote in Rolling Stone of the album originally released in 1970: “like a labor of love, a salute from a young visionary to an ancient sage, executed with delicacy and charm in a vocal style reminiscent of an Anglo-American muezzin.”
June 3, 2017
Empire: Closing Party The Last InterviewScreening of Amon Focus’ Arturo Vega, the Last Interview, 2013 In a particularly poignant and personal interview done just a month before his death, Amon Focus captures Arturo on film reminiscing about key moments and influences in his life, including growing up in Mexico City; discovering rock and roll when he was 8 years old; having music as his first artistic inspiration; making trips to San Francisco in 1965 and the Summer of Love (1967); moving to New York in ’71; working his first job at Orange Julius in Times Square; renting his loft on 2nd Street at Bowery for $300; having artistic inspirations including a love of words, supermarket window ads and the Eisenhower silver dollar, and painting the subsequent Insult and Supermarket series; meeting Dee Dee Ramone; and the evolution of his life, work, and friendship as the “Fifth Ramone.”
April 20, 2017
Empire: Arturo Vega’s Art and Life with the RamonesA presentation by Sandra Shulman and Monte A. Melnick. Two of Arturo’s closest friends illuminate his life and work. Sandra Hale Schulman, an arts writer, curator and film producer, will contextualize his fine art—speaking about the origins, iconography, and evolution of his work, and his influences from Pop Art to The Pictures Generation. Melnick will be talking about his more than 20 years working with the Ramones, and the range and relevance of Vega’s (“the fifth Ramone”) contributions to the band.
March 24, 2017
A Musical Tribute to Jackie and EthylFeaturing performances by Paul Serrato and The Eichelburglers. Jazz composer Paul Serrato will perform works he created for the late Jackie Curtis (1947-1985). Serrato was Curtis’ music director for many years and composed music for several of his stage performances in the 70s and 80s, including the underground classic “Glamour, Glory and Gold.” Superstar in a Housedress, a 2004 documentary, brought the Curtis legend to a new generation. The documentary will be screened during the exhibition. The Eichelburglers is a project by Jennifer Miller, Heather Green, and Lee Free, and is a cover band and operatic tribute to the legendary performer Ethyl Eichelberger.
May 7, 2016
Secrets of the Great Pyramid: Whispers TributePerformers include Pioneering Experimental Theater performer Agosto Machado, Pyramid/Wigstock co- foundress Sister Dimension, Poet Kennon B. Raines, from Montreal, chanteuse quebecoise Marleen Menard, Hapi Phace and Hattie Hathaway, and, in a tribute to International Chrysis, Bobbie.
PLUS: Bar dancing turns by Butch Icon Dee Finley and “The Painted Man”, David Caskie!
Video Shot & Edited by Darian Brenner
October 24, 2015
Secrets of the Great Pyramid: Cafe Iguana Tribute PerformanceOpening reception of Secrets of the Great Pyramid, The Pyramid Cocktail Lounge as Cultural Laboratory. Part Weimar-era Cabaret, part Great White Way, with a dash of the Merry Pranksters and Happenings thrown in, Cafe Iguana blends song, dance, poetry, theatre and gender-illusion into what was then a futuristic mix. The evening was held together seamlessly by its host, the late Ann Craig, channeled tonight by Heather Litteer. Performers will include double Obie and Bessie winner John Kelly, From Chicago, Alternative Theatre Mogul Kestutis Nakas, Non gender-specific Seattle burlesque giant Paula Now, the beautiful melodies of Chris Tanner, and more. PLUS Featuring a very interactive Jack Waters/Peter Cramer performance.
October 17, 2015