October 28th, 2014

Amnesia, 853 Valencia Street, will host the San Francisco Songbird Festival on November 1st. The Early Show, 6:00 – 9:30 PM, will feature a 20-minute set by Dr. Hal.

This first hour will also incorporate performances by, among others, Viola Booth, Tyler Weiss, Deborah Crooks and Jen Burke Anderson.

Later in the evening, interspersed through the night by DJ sets from MSK.fm, Brasil, the Inner Ear Brigade and Tiger Honey Pot, featuring Tora Fujimoto, will play.

This Late Show runs from 10 PM to the closing of the club.

Jazz and standards by Emily Anne and Heather Thiel and friends.

Come one, come all!



October 18th, 2014

An all-new, streamlined iteration of the Ask Dr. Hal! Show goes on the boards Wednesday night, October 22nd in San Francisco at Viracocha, an arts space, night club and music venue on 998 Valencia Street at 21st. The performance will begin shortly after 8:00 PM.

Admission price to this event has a floor of $10.00 cash only, pay at the door –but additional donations up to $20.00 will be gratefully accepted by Viracocha, which needs public support to continue its mission to promote live music and shows. This door deal, the club has stated, reflects its need to survive in the neighborhood and continue to provide a community-driven art space for performers.

The doors to Viracocha will open at 7:00 PM. We invite you to come in and enjoy the many features of the place, including the Piano Bar. All are welcome. The downstairs club will admit the audience at 7:30 PM, at which time the full bar will also open.

Hosting the Ask Dr. Hal! Show will be performance artist and fine artist Spy Emerson, whose ongoing project, The Hook-Up Truck, has provoked wide commentary and engaged national attention through various media outlets in 2014, including Fox News and TIME Magazine.

Other featured guest performers will include Dr. Fiasco of Radio Valencia fame, who will create visual accompaniment for the main portion of the show, poet-in residence Rusty Rebar, primed to do a short and pithy spoken-word set, and Carol Denney, a balladeer who will present an unusual musical and artistic display of her own invention called a cranky, a combination of panorama and the miniature stage. (Yes, a crank is involved.) The entirety of the show happens to an aural background produced by the show’s long-running music specialist and editor, KrOB.

Other surprises are promised.

The chief feature of the evening’s entertainment is of course the Ask Dr. Hal! Show‘s centerpiece, Dr. H. Owll himself, who, accepting tips, will answer any question from the audience, rewarding the best of these with Bardic Recitations and oracular commentary.

The Ask Dr. Hal! Show has run, on and off, for sixteen years in San Francisco. It was recently cited as Best of the Bay by the S.F. Weekly.

Please come in and see us this Wednesday night– and bring your friends!

For Viracocha information: (415) 374-7048

ASK DR. HAL! Invites YOU to support our Radio Ministry– by coming in to the station, and going on the show!

April 7th, 2014


                                  by Blently Squibb

On Friday, April 11th, YOU are invited to participate– on the Ask Dr. Hal! Radio Show– and help keep us on the air.

The only Ask Dr. Hal! Show this month, in fact, will be this fundraiser. Purpose: to raise the dues to keep our radio show going on RadioValencia.FM in San Francisco. Periodically, it’s necessary to do this, and the hour has rolled around. For fans, this is an opportunity to visit our Radio Ministry in person, to Ask Dr. Hal on the air and have your question and his response transmitted as part of our historic, outgoing Podcast, known locally, nationally and even internationally!

Here’s how it works: come to a special location (NOT The Dark Room) –the Trucker’s Chapel — 2390 Mission Street, Suite 302, any time during our regular showtime slot, 10 PM to 1:00 AM.

Admission Ten Dollars ($10) or whatever you can give– it’s a fundraiser, after all – a sliding scale will be in effect, so no one will be turned away. This is a party and we’d like you to be there!

Also featuring: Pete Goldie’s Space Science Report!

KrOB’s Visual Vortices!

Nose Hair Lint Gland’s Sherilyn Connelly’s Internet Interpretations of Dr. Hal’s explanations!

Spy Emerson in full performance mode!

Poet-at-Large Rusty Rebar on hand for recitals!

Hosted by ADH’s fabulous Dr. Fiasco!

With plenty of other performers and Radio Stars– including you!

Come in and mingle with the ultimate elite– the recondite fans and supporters of Ask Dr. Hal!

Come one, come all. The only Ask Dr. Hal! Show this month. Keep us going. Send PayPal Donations to Radio Valencia.FM (specify for the Ask Dr. Hal! Show). Or donate in person as you become a Voice on the Show!

At The Trucker’s Chapel, 2390 Mission Street at 20th, door on 20th St. side. There will be ADH personnel present at the gate to make sure you (and not some clueless riff-raff) get into the otherwise empty building. They’ll see that you take our charming, antique elevator to the Third Floor and proceed to sweet, sweet Suite 302…

View KrOB’s projections, including cartoons and monster movies…

Meet your fellow enthusiasts– mingle, network and socialize. The Event of the Season, bar none.

And at any time (such is the nature of the Podcast) listen to the whole Megilla– on RadioValencia.FM!



March 20th, 2014

SAN FRANCISCO – The latest iteration of the Ask Dr. Hal! Show comes roaring into March like the proverbial Lion. We have an exciting talent, a quondam sensation on our show (and long-term fans will certainly remember him)– let’s call him Naught Lad, from New York City. We’ll also have Information Retrieval by our own Inside Man in the rough-and-tumble political arena,  Earl Yazel. We have the redoubtable Dr. Fiasco at the helm (DJ Jazzbo Jaunty John Hell is sitting this one out). We have cartoons, Monsters and the omnipresent ambiance of KrOB. Hard Science,with special reference to the starry cosmos and the space-time continuum is and shall be the province and purview of Boffo Boffin Pete Goldie. We have Dr. Hal’s eponymous circumloquatious ruminations and answers to your lucre-sponsored submitted questions. All in all, we have an intellectual salon for the recondite theatregoer and night club habitué. To that we add the Anodyne of Lyric Poetry and the Analgesic of Comedy as prophylaxis against ennui and the daunting impediments within the Human Condition. AND, we have a swell-looking babe, the incomparable Kellita, who will dance enticingly– until all her clothes are lying on the floor. Oh, boy! Then, with a blush, a wink and a wave, her unclad form will flit, a retreating porcelain nymph in a hurry, to the dressing room. We’re going to need a volunteer to pick up her clothes and bring them to her. We’re sure those details will be easy enough to work out. In short, a memorable evening.                                       All this and more will happen at The Dark Room on Saturday night.
For Dark Room Information, call (415) 401-7987.
Ask Dr. Hal! is BACK– this March 22nd,
at The Dark Room Theatre– 2263 Mission Street–
10:00 PM– Doors open for this show at 9:45 PM.
Admission: $5! (A mere Trifle.)   Enjoy an Array of Delicious Theater Candy and Snacks.
Professional Acoustics, Sound, Lighting Design. Tiered Seating. Two Bathrooms– No Waiting.
Friendly. Familiar. A Home Away from Home. Good-Natured Dog and Cat on Premises. Near
the Beauty Bar. Take Muni’s 14 Mission or 47 Van Ness. Close to B.A.R.T.  Give us a try!                       


February 13th, 2014

On Monday morning, February 17th, ADH’s own Dr. Hal will fly to Colorado and answer questions that night in front of a live audience.

This is a Reddit ‘Ask me Anything” session, and will take place at 9:00 PM Eastern Standard Time.

Ideally, many years in the traces of professional question-answering will make this task more achievable.

But tune in, Etherettes and Rocket Rookies– see how it goes!

Save the date: Artist, actor (Half-Life), SubGenius and podcast host Harry Scifres Robins will endure a Reddit Ask Me Anything session at 9 p.m. EST Mon., Feb. 17th:



February 12th, 2014

The Ask Dr. Hal! Show will soon be seen once again at The Dark Room at 2263 Mission Street, between 18th and 19th Streets.  Admission is $5 (five dollars), and the event, which starts at 10 PM, will run until Midnight.  Featured in this iteration of Ask Dr. Hal! will be Spy Emerson as well as the usual ensemble– Pete Goldie, Sherilyn Connelly and KrOB– all hosted by John Hell, a newlywed just now returned from his honeymoon in the Antipodes. With– Special Mystery Guests, Animated Cartoon, KrOB’s Monster Movie Klip, 2-Minute Dance Party, the KrOB Moment and assorted Bardic Recitations. Rusty Rebar will also make an appearance on The Dark Room‘s stage to perform readings of his own work. The entire show will be broadcast as a Simulcast on RadioValencia.FM. It all begins at 10 PM; doors open at 9:30. Two rest rooms, tiered seating, array of candy, drinks and theater snacks. Live dog and cat on premises. Come see what all the shouting is about.


January 12th, 2014

by Blintley Splervot

SAN FRANCISCO – An entirely new Ask Dr. Hal! Show is headed for the Dark Room Theater, 2263 Mission Street, and debuts Saturday night (once again, we couldn’t get a Friday), courtesy of Dramaturge Emeritus and quondam ADH Host Jim Fourniadis and Wigglesworth Productions. The show will begin at the now-usual start-time of 10 PM, and admission will still be an insignificant $5– Five Dollars.

Host for Ask Dr. Hal! this time around will be Dr. Fiasco, famed “Brazilian Astronaut” and Editor of the Spock Science Monitor in Black Rock City. The celebrated Bon Vivant will bring a welcome light touch to the question-and-answer goings on– a traditionalist where ADH is concerned, Fiasco intends, we have learned, to bring back many features which have languished undone in recent iterations of these performances. The KrOB Moment, Two-Minute Dance Party and other segments which the  cultish devotees of the long-running night club act may have noticed have been prominent by their absence are expected to appear again in their newest gloss under Fiasco’s tutelage.

Poet Rusty Rebar wll be on hand to propitiate the Muses with an appropriate Invocation.

Jazz Singer Christine Uomini will lead off the night with a musical set designed to stimulate the audience and harmonize with the concept of the show.

Performance Poet Whitman McGowan will re-appear after too long an absence to favor the ADH attendees with a dynamic new creation.

These additions will augment our regular features, such as…

Prevailing theory suggests that cosmic rays are accelerated to energies of billions, even trillions
of electron volts– by the expanding shock waves generated when massive stars explode. You’ll
instantly comprehend this in one flaring blast of comprehension, not unlike the searing flash that
announced the beginning of the Atomic Age, the very moment you hear ADH Science Solon Pete
Goldie expound on gamma ray bursts, and how cosmic rays with even higher energies are thought
to be powered by supermassive black holes at the centers of galaxies (our own galaxy, the Milky
Way, has one of these). Kinks in a galaxy’s magnetic field keep cosmic ray particles perpetually
bouncing back and forth between the advancing shock wave and the immediately anterior region–
revving them up, as it were, to these high energy levels. Who knows? Perhaps gamma-ray emissions
from starburst galaxies peak at the energy generated when a certain subatomic particle known as a
neutral pion decays into two gamma rays. These galactic pions can be generated only by cosmic-ray
collisions. Pete, a student of the evolution, physics, chemistry, meteorology, and motion of celestial
objects, as well as the formation and future development of the universe itself, also isn’t beyond a nod
to high-energy physics to make his point. And, with computer-jockey Sherilyn Connelly’s assistance,
he usually also illustrates his presentation with rare pictures of strange worlds in our own Solar
System. A Dr. Hal Show Extra-Special Featurette. 

With Monster Movie Moment, Fernet Giveaway, Klassic KrOB Kartune and a plethora of Surprise Mystery Guests.

Come One, Come All. Doors at 9:30 PM; show at 10 PM. Two blocks from B.A.R.T.’s 16th St. Station. Candy and Refreshments. Tiered Seating. Two bathrooms. Dog and cat on premises. Rated Best of the Bay in the SF Weekly.

Come and be a part of it!



December 29th, 2013

SAN FRANCISCO – It’s official: the next Ask Dr. Hal! Show will go on the boards on another Saturday (no Friday bookings are yet available) on January 18th, the first show of year 2014. The all-new show will feature some exciting new guests, who will variously perform revealing burlesque turns and euphonious musical acts–  negotiations are now proceeding. Still at The Dark Room Theater at 2263 Mission Street between 19th and 18th Streets, start time will once again be 10 PM. Admission price will remain five dollars. Watch this space for new developments!

ADH’s Dr. Hal to Proctor Shibari Drawing Session

December 5th, 2013

On December 11th, Dr. Hal will be the “Featured Artist” at a sketch session devoted to the
Japanese visual arts tradition of Shibari. Attendees will be drawing from models, as in other art
but with a difference. The models, beautiful and breathtakingly
unclothed, will be expertly trussed up with tightly tied ropes, in positions which, though
undignified in the extreme, are nonetheless said to be strangely arousing and highly provocative.

During the session, Dr. Hal will be walking around the room,
supposedly looking at your sketches and giving art tips. All interested artists are invited to
the group and create life drawings– emphasis is on the unique poses, physical tension, and
eroticism that is expressed in the revealed, bound human form…

Shibari Sketch
encourages a collaborative atmosphere wherein painters, rope artists, and models
can explore the aesthetics of BDSM imagery together.  The art of life drawing provides a kind of
meditative focus, they say, that allows the bondage to happen at a contemplative pace. An on-site
Audience is invited to watch the scene, and has the opportunity to purchase the original drawings.

Remember, Christmas is right around the corner! What better gift for Dad than your painstaking
of a beautiful, nude girl writhing in rope bondage, offered up to the merciless eye
of the viewer?

Each Shibari Sketch Session consists of a “Featured Scene” that is a center-stage
modeling session,
with expert rope artists and unforgettable models.  Additionally, this session
includes a “Sketch Salon” that is open to all rope artists and models and encourages spontaneous
creativity and collaboration as well as the opportunity to practice the arts more informally, to say
the least.

At The Center for Sex and Culture, 1349 Mission St between Washburn and 10th, San
Wednesday, December 11th, 2013 at 8:00 PM. Cost: $20.00 regular, $15.00 students.
Tickets at door only. Event, needless to say, is for adults (18 and over).


November 12th, 2013

The Ask Dr. Hal! Show for November is on a Saturday, November 23rd– at The Dark Room Theatre, 2263 Mission St. (between 19th and 18th streets). Curtain time is 10 PM, with doors open at around 9:45 PM. Admission $5.00.

Featured guest performers for the show include Linda Robertson, violinist and tale-spinner, who, fresh from her last visit to her native England, makes a triumphant return to our stage.

Poet Rusty Rebar, who monthly co-ordinates Sunset Poetry in Sausalito, will provide a brief opening benediction.

Whitman McGowan, poet and performer, has been a figure in the S.F. Bay Area’s avant community for years. Featured in the San Francisco Chronicle’s Sunday Magazine, he also appears (as does Dr. Hal) at the Dragon’s Breath Fire Festival in Point Arena, California, among may other venues. He promises a musico-poetic interlude for Ask Dr. Hal!

Pete Goldie anchors us to the world of Astronomy with his long-running, perennially popular Space Science Report.

Sherilyn Connelly handles the I.T. needs of the show; she brings up congruent imagery from the Internet to project in real time during the performance.

Without KrOB, the show would be unspeakably less than it is; his soundscapes and provoking visual acuity further enliven the proceedings on our stage-wide screen. In addition, KrOB judiciously selects a favorite animated cartoon to initiate the show, as well as a special edit from his almost infinite collection of Monster Movie Moments– culminating in a profound result…

Jim Fourniadis, both dramaturge and author (The King Lives), who manages The Dark Room, steps into the rôle of Show Host to replace John Hell –though previously advertised, Mr. Hell,  who famously hosted the Power Tool Drag Races with Dr. Hal back in the day, was unaccountably called “downstairs” to take care of pressing business (sinner squassation) in the Infernal Regions. Jim, however, will keep matters well in hand; he too has a history with Ask Dr. Hal! as a prior Host. Now he brings his mordant wit and judicial impartiality to keeping the show’s ever-more-disorderly ducks in a righteous row.

Professional question-answerer Dr. Hal is in training for what may be his greatest challenge yet. Audience tip: Pre-prepare your questions! Get them ready before you come in to the show– and we will accommodate you.

Special Mystery Guests are promised, but at present not yet finalized; they may include a famous local Performance Artist from the Eighties whom we count as a National Treasure. And, perhaps, another often-controversial artist, known for her ability to stir up excitement (among other things) also may be among us– let’s wait and see for now…

Admission is only $5.00. Yes, you read it right– Five Dollars. Where else can you receive two hours plus of recondite entertainment for a price which would be inadequate to buy anything other than a bacon-wrapped hot dog (often available alfresco directly outside the venue from a colorful street entrepreneur). These viands have even been known to tempt gourmand Pete Goldie; perhaps they can satisfy the Inner Man (or Woman) within YOU. In addition, questions recognized by our Show Host as being of exceptional quality are often rewarded, at once and in situ, with a mind-numbing shot of deliciously horrible high-test Fernet Branca, the Miracle Liquid.

Come one, come all. Comfortable seating on risers. Two bathrooms. Doors open circa 9:30-9:45. Rated Best of the Bay in the San Francisco Bay Guardian. An Entertainment tradition since 1998. Be there!