Friday, March 27th, 2015

It’s… like the Beatles getting back together! –Dr. Fiasco


(SAN FRANCISCO)– The San Francisco Institute of Possibility (SFIOP) and Associated Artists, fresh from their notable recent production THE FALLEN COSMOS (q.v.) will soon present an unbroken, month-long run of “the original” (a.k.a. 1.0) Ask Dr. Hal! Show, just as done for its first decade at the legendary Odeon Bar.

Every Friday night in the month of April!

Mark your calendars (or do whatever it is you do to remind yourselves on your various small, portable electronic devices).

The classic line-up will also be presented: Pete Goldie’s Space Science Report, David Capurro’s web-retrieved imagery, KrOB’s musical signatures, curated cartoons and video interpolations, Chicken John’s acerbic ringmonstering and Dr. H. Owll’s question answering and store of Bardic Recitations…

It’s all at the ultra-fashionable Chez Poulet Gallery-Cabaret, 3359 Cesar Chavez.

For those not “in the know,” this venue is also referred to  more colloquially as “Chicken John’s Warehouse.”

That’s the brick red-painted bâtiment on Cesar Chavez which presents a mural (by Lloyd Mongoloid) on its traffic-facing side displaying chaotician-entrepeneur “Chicken” John Rinaldi sitting on a lofty tree branch which he’s busy sawing off— a symbolic depiction, we hasten to add, of his personal method of getting large entertainments up and running.

The show will be put on in a form recognizable to those who remember it best from its classic beginnings. Even the legendary “Smoke-Pot Guys,” according to advance publicity, have been persuaded to be in attendance. This audience subset, headed by the ever-addled Phineas T. Smokepott, are valued as Laugh Leaders– whatever anyone on stage says is sure to get a guffaw from this quarter of the crowd, which, ideally, will dis-inhibit other more reserved attendees from  expressing earthy, risible appreciation for the goings-on.

As ever, Ringmonster Chicken John will dispense the traditional shot of Fernet Branca (a potation which has its own supporting cult) for any question he deems more than usually valid for the nature of the performance.

There will be Mystery Guests, also. Whomever these may be, the mystery surrounding them is, at the time this preliminary announcement is being penned, to all intents and purposes impenetrable.

Start-time for the show is 9:oo PM. Admission is listed as $20, or for the desperately destitute, $10.00.

Come One, Come All!


Friday, March 27th, 2015

For those whose favorite part of the Ask Dr. Hal! Show is the “Bardic Recitations” so frequently offered there, this show may be what they’re looking for.

DURING THE RUN of Ask Dr. Hal! at Chez Poulet Gallery Cabaret (see new post), on April 15th (a Wednesday) Dr. Hal will take a break from the show by joining the ensemble cast of poets and musicians at his show’s quondam venue, Viracocha (998 Valencia Street at 21st).

DEPEND ON IT all lasting until at least 10:30 PM.

THE UNUSUAL TITLE of the show refers to the “braiding” of disparate acts into a becoming coiffure, as it were.

THE SHOW, HOSTED by poet-at-large Martin “Rusty Rebar” Hickel and musical performing favorite Karlyn DeSteno, will feature many other entertaining lights of the night scene.

musician — andrew blair —
poet — becky foust —
musican — karlyn desteno —
poet — martin hickel —
musician — datiko gee —
poet — blake more —
musician — cello joe —
poet — hal robins — See More

Start time for the show will be 8:30 PM; doors to the club will be opened at 8:00 PM.

A VENUE FOR the spoken word and for less traditional musical forms is presented as an alternative to the band-heavy scheduling which now dominates the potential choices for recondite late-night entertainment.

ADMISSION to this performance is a most reasonable Ten dollars ($10).