Chicken John presents:
THE GENUINE & ORIGINAL
ASK Dr. HAL! SHOW
NOW PLAYING AT THE
Chez Poulet Gallery-Cabaret
3359 Army (Cesar Chavez St.)
San Francisco, California
[Where Mission St. Joins Cesar Chavez]
FRIDAY, November 6th!
PERFORMANCE COMMENCING AT
NINE P.M. SHARP!
===DOORS OPEN FOR THE SHOW AT 8:30 PM===
THE PRE-SHOW begins about Eight-Thirty. We will be starting as close to Nine PM
as we can. Despite a long history of lagging audiences, we won’t hold the
curtain as we have in the past–
WE CLOSE, ideally, before Midnight, to give our East Bay friends the chance to
make it in time to catch the last train from the 24th St. BART Station, a few short
blocks North of the CHEZ POULET GALLERY-CABARET [Last East Bay train departs
about 12:16 AM] in S.F.’s colorful Mission District!
Admission — $10.00
(TEN AMERICAN DOLLARS)
TOWNE DANDIES OPENER IS NEXT WEEK, NOT NOV. 6TH
A scheduling problem has compelled us to book Geoff Ellsworth for next week, not this week. Next week’s admission price will be $15.00, but this week it’s still ten!
==The Dr. Hal Report==
Vol. XII No. 4
C O N T E N T S :
KARTOON : SEX & INNOCENCE DISPLAYED
IN STILL AVANT ANIMATION + KrOB MONSTER MASTERPIECE
SHOWCASES HELLISH DEMONIC FIEND IN BLASPHEMOUS,
PULSATING PERFORMANCE TO BE DAMNED FOR + PETE
GOLDIE AWAY ON DEEP SPACE MISSION, ASTRO 7 CAPSULE
WILL RETURN TO EARTH IN TIME FOR NEXT SHOW + NEWS:
DR. HAL ART OPENING NOW UP & RUNNING @ MERCURY
CAFE + TOM KENNEDY TRIPARTITE SILENT ART AUCTION TO
CLOSE THURSDAY NOVEMBER 12TH, WITH HAL, CHICKEN
PRESIDING + SOCIAL NOTES + VERY LATEST PUZ-EV YOU
TUBE KLIPS +
UNIQUE ANIMATED CARTOON PRESENTATION!
ALL THE CATS JOIN IN (1946)
Another in our series of
the best American cartoons!
Lovingly selected–by KrOB…
A “cool jazz” cartoon from the world’s greatest animation studio, this is (almost) five
minutes of irresistible movement and music. In the catchy Technicolor short, master
animator Fred Moore, one of the Disney Studio’s famed “nine old men,” presides as an
insistent Benny Goodman tune accompanies a vital vignette where post-WW II youths
go out, driving and dancing (teenagers are a rare subject in cartoons). With lightning-
fast timing, and great jokes around a scribbling, scooting pencil drawing the people and
backgrounds as fast as it can (sometimes just not fast enough to keep up with the
hyperkinetic teens), the picture contains, very unusually, a surprising sequence of a
naked girl jumping out of a shower into her clothes. Wow! You have to look fast to see it–
but we know some of you are lusting after cute lil’ cartoon characters– don’t deny it!
The cartoon is both dated and, strangely, absolutely timely, though it depicts youthful
rituals of more than fifty years gone by. Ultimately thought-provoking (as well as toe-
tapping) like all good cartoons. And a KrOB Personal Favorite.
The characters are all so cool and smooth. Just watching the dancin’
made me wanna get up and dance!
WITH… SPINE-SNAPPING KLASSIC KrOB MONSTER EDIT:
NIGHT OF THE DAEMON!
A snarling, slobbering, hairy fiend emerges though a hole in the sky, at the inexorable
summoning of forgotten, ancient sorceries, to blast, burn and rend limb from limb a
number of unfortunates in this far from kuddly KrOB klip. Yes, Hallowe’en may be
technically over, but it never really goes away at Castle KrOB. The British author
Montague Rhodes James wrote “Casting the Runes,” a wonderfully gruesome and
suggestive horror story about a demonic curse. It was filmed by Jacques Tourneur,
an inspired director of the Val Lewton school who surpasses his mentor in this film.
Existing in a mutilated and truncated form only for many years, so that even its director
died believing no unedited print, or “director’s cut,” as we say today, existed, the true
complete version was discovered personally by Dr. Hal and associate Merl Reagle in
San Francisco in 1977 when Columbia Pictures unknowingly struck a new print from what
was archived in their vaults. So this footage and Dr. Hal go back a long way.
Now it passes through KrOB’s lens for another incarnation, seen here at the Ask Dr. Hal!
Show. Entire books have been written about this film, its authenticity and history. The latest
of these, called Beating the Devil: The Making of Night of the Demon, by Tony Earnshaw,
(Tomahawk Press, 2005) is pretty good, and we at Ask Dr. Hal! recommend it highly, with
the caveat that even this thorough treatment does not go quite as far as it might in getting to
its deepest possible understanding. Lights out!
Read the latest hard-hitting interview with Dr. Hal on Laughing Squid’s Blog:
NO BAR— BUT YOU CAN DRINK! (JUST BRING YOUR OWN)
Not counting the inevitable Fernet Branca shots for the (un)lucky…
PETE GOLDIE TO BE ABSENT ON DEEP SPACE MISSION,
FOR NOV. 6th ADH
Beloved astro-explicateur Pete “Boffo Boffin” Goldie has jettisoned his commitment to the Ask Dr. Hal! Show
for the duration of the week-long Astro-7 Deep Space Mission. Via his ground control link-up, Dr. Goldie has
proclaimed “All Systems Go and A-OK” from his Terribly High Earth Orbit Repair and Exploration Module
(THEOREM) after launch this Sunday from Cape Canavergravel in Florida. NASA officials have emphasized their
specific need for Pete Goldie’s “Magic Hands.” The mission objective: to repair the wobbling and severely ailing
orbiting Chandra Levy, Eliot Spitzer and Web Hubbell Very Large and Complicated Telescope Array. We wish
daring Dr. Goldie every measure of success on his historic flight, and confidently expect to welcome him, perhaps
somewhat singed from his descent through Earth’s Troposphere behind the DALKON 6 Heat Shield, to re-take his
rightful place once again at Ask Dr. Hal!
NEWS – ONGOING SHOWS
“THE PRODUCTIONS OF TIME” –Dr. HAL’S NEW ART SHOW!
For everyone who missed Dr. Hal’s last art show, some of the images shown there are now featured again,
together with new and previously unshown works. It’s all happening at the Mercury Café, 201 Octavia Street
(at Page). The opening party featured entertainment by Dr. Hal and KrOB. Keep watching this space for our
announcement of the closing party, which, when it happens, in addition to another appearance by the
demented duo, will present a live performance by Dr. Hal ably assisted by KrOB’s visual and auditory magic!
It will also be an opportunity for those who are interested to purchase a limited number of Dr. Hal’s books, The
Meaning of Lost and Mismatched Socks (which is becoming quite a rarity– Random House is now out of
them), Dinosaur Alphabet and Alien Apocalypse 2006, including autographed and dedicated copies.
This may be the last, best chance to get some of these. Art Prints of many of the pictures can be ordered from
Studio Reflex of San Francisco– pick up a form at the show. The Mercury, serving organic and fair trade
coffees and locally produced foods, can be reached at
CHICKEN JOHN, DR. HAL TO PRESIDE OVER LAST NIGHT OF BENEFIT AUCTION
In April our friend the amazing artist Tom Kennedy died in a tragic drowning accident at Ocean Beach in
San Francisco. The Ripper Journey Foundation has been established in his memory, and the final episode
of a three-part art auction fundraiser will take place November 12th at the Jellyfish Gallery, 1286 Folsom
Street in San Francisco. The public is invited to participate and attend free of charge. Among other events
of that evening, Chicken John and Dr. Hal will co-execute the Silent Auction.
Tom Kennedy passed away April 12, 2009 while body-surfing. He left behind a legacy as a pioneering
sculptural artist, social agitator and builder of more than twenty Art Cars. As a founding member of the
Art Car Movement, his works evolved into symbols of political protest and peacekeeping.
Tom envisioned his
beloved and most recognized art car, Ripper the Friendly Shark, traveling around the world with a crew called
the Friend Patrol. Together they would inspire and support friendship and peace in conflict zones where
people perceived as enemies live and work together.
The art auction will raise money to send Ripper the Friendly Shark on this mission at least once a year. The
three-part fundraiser wraps up on November 12th with a silent auction and live performances. To date, an
ever-growing list of artists has donated artwork to be auctioned with all proceeds to benefit the Ripper
Journey Foundation. Featured artists include, among others, Haideen Anderson, Margot Duane, Karen
Cusolito, Michael Christian, Brian Goggin, Dan Das Mann, Justin Credible (insert wolf-whistle here) Jon Alloway and Kal Spelletich. The event
will also showcase photos, art and videos about Tom Kennedy and the Ripper Journey Foundation created
memory. All pieces in the silent auction will also be online at
Venue: Jellyfish Gallery at 1286 Folsom Street, San Francisco
November 12th ~ Closing Night
6:00 PM until Midnight
This announcement adapted from Scott Beale’s write-up on Laughing Squid. For complete information, go to:
NEXT WEEK’S SPECIAL GUEST STAR–
APPEARING NOVEMBER 13th–
of the TOWNE DANDIES!
“The Towne Dandies are music as art project,” says Ellsworth, who is in fact an artist,
a professional painter of portraits and landscapes. And while he is also an accomplished
musician and songwriter, he tends to think of himself primarily as an artist and to regard
his eclectic exertions with the Towne Dandies as performance art. “And with all art projects,”
he says, “they always take a turn on you. You start out thinking you’re making one thing, but
circumstances take you into different directions. So with every one of our Towne Dandies
shows, I always just stay open to the possibilities.” For Ask Dr. Hal! Ellsworth promises to do
a half-hour, one-act play. Some of our audience may remember him from the Odeon days.
ADMISSION PRICE NOTE:
To pay this guest artist appropriately, Chicken has increased the admission price of the show on Friday, November 13th,
for this one time to $15.00.
‘Twas the night before Hallowe’en & not very much seemed to be stirring at Ask Dr. Hal! –but, y’know,
it turned out t’be just another one o’ those nites when we get most of the audience as they come in after
we get started. Yes, the krowds are coming to the old Chez Poulet –-they’re just coming late… Early arrivals
were rewarded with our Frank Tashlin cartoon, Porky Pig’s Feat, a last-minute substitution for our
announced cartoon featurette, the Tex Avery-directed Porky’s Duck Hunt. Ackshully, PPF is a far better
cartoon anyway than the historically significant PDH– KrOB just wanted to show the latter short’s Drunken
Singing Fish scene… But back at the show, we’re still making interesting discoveries… Like, f’rexample, how
cranky Chicken’s discovered that he doesn’t haveta work too hard to make the potted Pot-Smoking Guys laff–
in fact, those guys– jocose Juhani Smith & knocked-dead Ken Kneisel ‘ll laff at anything chatty Chicken sez!
We’re repeating ourselves… short-term memory‘s shot… But we seem to remember delectable Diane took a flyer
on the show, & might be back for mo’; & we glimmed sultry Sarah Szczechowicz, pedantic Pete Goldie’s better
half, released from childcare of determined daughter Daria by the timely intercession & sympatico self-sacrifice of
devoted Dawn Stott back at the Goldie manse… Then there was generalissimo Geoffrey Smart, a one-time host
of ADH back in the (recent) day, who even so hasn’t burned out on th’concept… We ogled voluptuous Val Stanfield,
visiting from Long Beach, CA —we saw her on the Playa a month or two ago wearing a smile & a hair ribbon… just
those… Lovely jasper-eyed Janay Growden was also very noticeable… We had more than the usual no. of surprises,
& surely th’ biggest surprise hit of the show was the unannounced incursion of comely contortionist torrid Tara
Quinn… She did indeed undulate into a few impromptu poses for the appreciative krowd, but she was mainly
there to drop off a few hundred cases of hi-fructose mango energy drink… Photo’d everybody drinking it, too…
not to Dr. Hal’s (diabetical) taste, tho’ –but there’s no mistaking that the show Sold Out that nite… Jaunty John
Law sported a truly impressive set of chin-whiskers… we saw him the nextnite at the big fun(d)raiser co-ordinated
by jocund John & kurvaceous Katy Bell for beleaguered Bill the Junkman of Ace Auto fame, and the utility of th’
facial foliage became evident as laughmeister Law “went” for Hallowe’en as kra-azy Kommunism-founder Karl
Marx… Back at the show, kaptivating Kate Willett & masterful Marc Roper 1nce again adorn’d the whip-it-heavy
after-party, lingering after Andy Antrobus & mellow Molly Mulier, a gen-u-inely generic couple… Cast-member
Cappy was finally back in th’ saddle… ‘midst swirling clouds of incense— sorry, asthmatics… Photog Puzzling
Evidence was shooting us more for You Tube entries on his PuzEv TV site thru th’nite, & was that particular Paul
Pot, penning a pasquinade, or not?
And don’t forget:
AMAZING, AMUSING PUZZLING EVIDENCE YOU TUBE CLIPS!
Did you know you can watch some of the show right this minute? Well, thanx to Puzzling
Evidence, you can! Go ahead– scope out a few of the hi-lites from previous episodes of Ask Dr. Hal!
—on You Tube! It’s easy! It’s fun! It’s time-consuming! And it’s technologically au courant, and absolutely
the next best thing to being there in person! You need to visit his wonderful site, with rare video of the
Lost Galleon La Contessa and many wonders unrelated to our show– HELCO from Burning Man ’96,
various festivals and performances of all your faves– as well as our stuff from the links below. How?
How, you say? You do? Why are you talking to your computer? Go ahead– just click, clickety-click, on these
handy URLs. Remember, if it won’t play, try watching in High Quality…
Pete Goldie makes the SmokePot Guys laugh— and travels into the Abyss on October 23rd to reveal
Galaxy Clusters and other wonders (Pt. 1):
Then Dr. Hal appears to begin the show, not for the proud man, apart, on October 23rd (Pt. 2):
Accidents, doughnuts, cults and religions, Vampiric Diabetes, Other-shoeism, Miniature Zombies,
pens, swords, and Smoke Pot Guy served up hot, all on October 23rd (Pt. 3):
Seven inside jokes from inside that SmokePot Guy’s brain– as seen by the Norns, inside a black hole.
Then a One-Minute Dance Party occurs, when the Merry Bells ring round, and the jocund Rebecs
sound to many a Youth and many a Maid dancing in the Chequered Shade, concluding this lively
episode of ADH on October 23rd (Pt. 4):
Our second show of the latest run— straw telescopes seek Cassini Probe porn, with Phat Mandee
warbling “Over the Rainbow” in the background! It’s our October 16th show, its hour come round at
last (Pt. 1):
Saturn-shine on the moons of Saturn up against the Three Body Problem in the new “invisible” ring;
Cosmic Splat on Iapetus. What flavor ice cream is Hal, you ask? Answered October 16th (Pt. 2):
Light bulb eating by Chicken John and Phat Mandee consumes a priceless antique Edison-Mazda bulb
October 16th (Pt. 3):
Cougars and their ways then become the topic– this was the ruling October 16th (Pt. 4):
Zombies and Poetry— do they… go together? Here’s what we said October 16th (Pt. 5):
Our prevue show features Moon Matters, & Pete Goldie offers a lunar lunchpail on October 9th (Pt. 1):
Then after more Selenitic sensationalism Pete gives Chicken a needed lesson in courtesy, aided by
the Politeness Pachyderm, a.k.a. the Polite Elephant. This was on October 9th (Pt. 2):
Dr. Hal enters with an excerpt from Milton‘s L’Allegro, somewhat bungled as always– then… From our
October 9th show (Pt. 3):
Love and other things, Hell, clay, pebbles, meters, Chaco Taco’s Op-ish birth story, carnys, BigTop
peanuts, hay, barkers, cops, burlesque girls, vagina dentata, THC-induced delirium, clicking sounds,
Dawn‘s laugh, Don Fisher, Jesus‘ middle name, you name it… on October 9th (Pt. 4):
Picking up some still life while being “gingered” by a microwaved viking dressed in a paisley fractal
art barge….priceless. At least, we hoped so– on October 9th (Pt. 5):
Watch Plenty More ADH at Puzzling Evidence TV!
See you at the exclusive
CHEZ POULET GALLERY-CABARET
3359 Army (Cesar Chavez St.)
San Francisco, California
[Where Mission St. Joins Cesar Chavez]