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Adding Psychic Wounds to The Art of Bleeding

October 2011 : Clint Catalyst

Readings/Spoken Word Performances

 

Saturday, October 29, 2011 (Hollywood, CA)

with
MARGARET CHO (Drop Dead Diva, The Cho Show)
KIM FOWLEY w/ NOIZEE & BRIANNA GARCIA
JIM TURNER (Duck’s Breath Mystery Theatre, 2-Head Dog)
TOBY HUSS (Carnivàle, Adventures of Pete & Pete)
SELENE LUNA (The Cho Show, My Bloody Valentine 3D)
CLINT CATALYST (Cottonmouth Kisses, 1000 Ways To Die, The Adonis Factor)
MICHELLE CARR (Velvet Hammer, The Berber Show)
Emcee: BIENO SVENGALI (Svengali Magic)

The Vitals:

PLEASE NOTE : THIS IS AN EARLY SHOW (8-10 p.m.)

10/29/11
“Halloween Highway 2 : Art of Bleeding and Guests”
Art of Bleeding
Steve Allen Theatre
4773 Hollywood Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA
8:00 p.m. — 10:00 p.m.
Linkature: Facebook Event Page , Facebook Group
All Ages (Though Not Recommended for Children)
$10 Admission
Contact: comedy@artofbleeding.com , abram@artofbleeding.com
❧ Or via Facebook (Please see links above)

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About Art of Bleeding:

“The Art of Bleeding is a uniquely non-accredited educational institution offering powerful and ego-destabilizing lessons in health and safety. Our presentations (often staged from an ambulance) utilize live performance, film, puppets, music, animation, and thinly veiled medical fetishism to explore the topic of catastrophic health emergencies within the framework of children’s television programming.”


Hemoglobin Hotties

Also, here’s a little
Animated GIF

via Mine Archives:

Bloody Cool ? Reverend Al Ridenour’s Antics Define ‘Sick’ In The Best Sense Of The Word

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Though I digress. More about
The Last Saturday of October!

“This Halloween weekend, The Art of Bleeding will once again transform the Steve Allen Theater parking lot into a ghoulish carnival of entertaining catastrophes featuring a SPECTACULARLY REAL MULTI-VEHICLE CAR-CRASH TABLEAU.

Against a smoldering backdrop of twisted cars, you’ll have the opportunity to hear TRUE STORIES OF MEDICAL HORRORS and ACCIDENTS from a rotating line-up* of storytellers including MARGARET CHO, ANDY DICK, JIM TURNER, TOBY HUSS, EDDIE PEPITONE, SELENE LUNA, DON BOLLES, STEPHEN HOLMAN, CLINT CATALYST, MICHELLE CARR, KIM FOWLEY, DUKEY FLYSWATTER, DANNY SHORAGO, KIM STODEL, BIENO SVENGALI, and more.

Providing dubious educational counterbalance to these tales of trauma will be THE ART OF BLEEDING’S “Magic Ambulance Theater,” a tragically misguided children’s show featuring gore-drenched actors, pedantic Safety Ape, bickering robot, and an ample array of attendant nurses in less-than-ample wardrobe.

FEMALE BLOOD WRESTLING, and a frighteningly live sound-performance installation by the enigmatic medical miracles of BOUNCEHAUSEN round out the evening.

And by all means, feel free to come in your Halloween costume! Doctors, nurses, and ESPECIALLY accident victims encouraged. Prizes for outstanding achievements related to our theme.”

(Again, there’s a high likelihood this show may not be appropriate for children.)

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TICKETS AVAILABLE VIA:

Steve Allen Theater

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*Please note: this event takes place three separate evenings.  I’ve listed the the night in which I’m a participant, for reasons that should be obvious— but hey! Maybe you’re not super-saturated with information on a daily basis, nagging like a steady succession of pop-up ads programmed to auto-start with a You-Will-Watch-Me insistence so gauche, your keyboard locks, a carcinogenic hue plagues your screen and sweeps it dark as

Oh, #whatever

I’m sure any of the nights will be fun.  I just hope to see you when I’ll be there, so we can . . .


Insofar as caloric value?  Of that I’m not certain

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AUTOMOBILE SCULPTURE: Clod Wrinkleman, Al Ridenour

ART OF BLEEDING MAGIC AMBULANCE THEATER: Randy Horton, Phil Glau, Al Ridenour, Eric Ridenour, Auriana Borealis, Jezebelle X, Harmony Rose, Tayler Jones, B.J & Eileen Winslow, Erin Robotmachine.

BOUNCEHAUSEN: Jason Hadley, Elizabeth Herndon, Joe Borfo, Cathy Gingerly, Rev. Mook, Rev. Dak J. Ultimak, Kel, Nicole Arneson, Matteo Oettam, Tim Wheeler, Esther Napastick, Michel Cicero, Todd Sterling

BLOOD WRESTLING: Auriana Borealis, Snow Mercy, Chrystal Skye

Projections by LUCID PROJECTIONS.

CADILLAC AMBULANCE AND GEAR courtesy NIK WHITE

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For Kathy, Upon Reading The Village Voice [ February 23, 1976 ]

Performance. The performative.
I need more performance art in my life.

Reading this clipping sped my pulse, made me feel
both as if I were a spectator and a participant in the event.
[ Each is the other, ultimately. ]

A nod to your ghost, Kathy Acker…

I never told you that several lifetimes ago, back when I lived
in a dry county in Nowheresville, Arkansas —
so eager to claw out of that place
the tips of my fingers ached

I stole a San Francisco telephone book from the local library
[ planning, as it were, my ’ great escape ’ ] and
was so stunned to see your name / number listed, I
had to call and confirm you were you.

Sorry I hung up, but not-so-sorry
Caller I.D. didn’t exist yet in that
ancient history

What…I don’t know what else
I could or would’ve said

My favorite writers, artists :
I guess I view them the way most people do “rock stars.”

Even the term ‘rock and roll’ induces eye-rolling on this end, but
I’d stomp my feet and raise a lighter
for an encore

of your life, for
your life cut short —

This world is a cancer : it eats everything
precious, everything
every thing

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She Ain’t Ugly; She’s My Shyla.

Rifling through the ridiculous four-digit number of unanswered missives clogging my In-Box like a steady diet of deep-fried dill pickles, KFC and biscuits slathered in bacon fat does the arteries, it took but a cursory glance at the last sacrilegious e-card Ugly Shyla sent starring Scooter (R.I.P.), her three-legged cat, and I was transported back to April of 2003.  Convergence, an annual festival for those more shadowy in spirit, had booked me as a spoken word performer among that year’s roster.  Jared, ever the trooper in terms of road trips, had joined me on this excursion to Las Vegas: convention capitol of the world, tackiest city in the country, and home of the flamingo-themed Hilton hotel where for four days it was as if a black cloud descended upon its fuchsia presence.

That’s when I first “officially” met Shyla ♥—

Why the quotation marks?  A counter-culture periodical entitled  Swag had premiered around this time, and both Shyla and I graced its pages.  I’d read the feature on her and hence already knew about the ‘morbid fine art’ dolls she creates, her involvement with the performance art troupe (A-M-F), her wicked sense of personal style (fish-hooks through flesh used in lieu of garter belts), how her mom (known in the scene as ‘Goth Mom’) turned her on to the joys of John Waters, Satanism and transvestites.  All of that was fine and fascinating, but—more than anything—I was intrigued by the knowledge that this remarkable creature hailed from a tiny town called Jennings, Louisiana.

My own history composed of 18 years in Nowheresville, Arkansas—where I grew up not on a street, but a ‘Rural Route’ consisting of dirt and gravel—I can’t help but be drawn to other southern-fried freaks.  Not so much for the sake of sharing tear-stained stories of persecution, but rather because some of the most fascinating individuals I’ve ever met have sprouted from completely random spots among The Fly-Over States’ detritus.  While it sucked with sharp fangs during those days of puberty and pimples, I’m grateful to have developed as an individual without a clique to inform or guide me.  Said another way?  There was no “Check-List of Cool,” no tables in the caf polarized by those who fit within the parameters of Punk, Goth, Mod, Ska, etc.

When there’s no need to conform among the non-conformists?  That’s when the aberrant has an opportunity to define itself.

But I digress.  Ugly Shyla is aberrant, if anything—and sick, sick, siiiick in the best sense of the word.


::  A Sexy Shyla Pin-Up Print :: Available Through Her Web Shop ::

We clocked each other in the (ahem) “Bizarre Bazaar”: me in a custom Liz McGrath pinstripe suit adorned with gaping wounds and open sores oozing with red glitter; she in a pristine white baby doll dress that’d been ripped apart and re-stitched with thick black thread to match her full-eye black sclera contacts.

Sure, there’s the blue hair, the fishnets: this is familiar territory for most of us.

But once we made it past the “Don’t-I-Know-You-From…” social pleasantries?

That’s when I began to learn the good stuff.


:: artwork utilizing menstrual blood as a medium ::

Don’t just take my word for it, though.

Stop by her self-proclaimed “trailer park of the internet” ( Ugly Shyla Dot Com ); peruse her on-line gallery ( Ugly Art Dot Net ); give her Etsy marketplace a gander ( Ugly Art On Etsy ) and come to your own conclusions.

Rather than a welcome mat, you’ll be greeted by an image of your hostess bound in a warm, fuzzy straightjacket.  It might be hard to make out what she’s saying on account of the Hannibal Lecter-Lite safety guard that obscures her mouth…but if you look deep into those eyes eclipsed by contact lenses a ruptured shade of red, there’s an inherent sense that in Ugly Shyla’s world—complete with gauche magenta-on-pink animal-print wallpaper and the royal proclamation “Mental Illness With Style” scrawled in a gorgeous font rife with manic intensity—this is her version of an invitation to step inside.

Then, once you ease into the nascent stages of dementia via multi-sensory bombardment,

once you abandon all distinctions between what’s extreme and what’s extremely absurd,

it’s hard not to feel immediately welcomed…and at home.

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Salt Lake City: Beware!

Oh, Salt Lake. Over the course of the last decade, I’ve descended upon you as a spoken word performer, actor, and emcee . . . but now this? This promises to be something else, entirely.

Present Tense : All you need to know is : It’s a collaborative effort with comrades Paris Sadonis

And the multi-talented Miss Zoetica Ebb. † As for specifics? Well . . . we hope to see you there!

Friday, the 11th of June, 2010 † Area 51, 450 S. 400 W., SLC, UT
Doors at 8 PM † Performance at 9 PM † 10 Dollar Cover Charge
18 to Think † 21 to Speak In Tongues

Oh Yes: Mark Your Calendars, I Said!

June 2010 Clint Catalyst Readings/Performances

✷ EVENT ONE  of TWO ✷

Saturday, June 5, 2010 (West Hollywood, CA)

Catalyst and the stunning Julia Voth are the “featured readers” for Los Angeles’ incendiary new spoken word series: The Poetry Brothel.

This month’s theme is “The Best Little Whorehouse In Los Angeles.”

The Vitals:

06/05/10
“Clint Catalyst As A Commodity: Verbiage For Sale”
The Poetry Brothel
House of Blues, Foundation Room
8430 West Sunset Blvd
West Hollywood, CA
Doors at 8:00 p.m.; Event Concludes at 11:59 p.m.
Linkature: The Poetry Brothel via Facebookery
This Event Is 21 & Over, With A Valid I.D.
Entry Will Be $15 At The Door, $10 With RSVP via thepoetrybrothelrsvp@gmail.com
❧ Or via Facebook (link posted above)

And Now For Further Enticement, In The Words Of Madam M:

“Join us on June 5th for steamy readings, cold drinks and lovely ladies performing burlesque for your titillation. In the old fashioned style of everyone’s favorite Dolly Parton flick, dress to the nines and get ready to be sauced and saucy.

All of the resident ‘whores’ are available for these sequestered readings at any time during the event. Of course, any good brothel need a furtive ‘front’ or cover; ours is part saloon and part salon, offering a full bar with music, burlesque dancing, fortune-tellers, and installations from our poets and other artists at each event. [In addition to the featured readers], each night we will also introduce several “New Girls”…[performers] who punctuate the evening with a few special public performances.”

Music provided by the ever spectacular Daniel Ribiat.

Featured visual artists: Joshua Burian Mohr and Zoetica Ebb

“The cornerstone of The Poetry Brothel is the event series. Bringing a new twist to the tradition of poetry reading, The Poetry Brothel showcases a diverse roster of emerging and established poets.

However, our events are also interactive performance art pieces based on the concept of the prewar brothels in the United States and Europe.”

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Clint Catalyst’s Guide To Los Angeles (Interview for Gay.com by Josh Rotter)

DISCLAIMER!

✪ Please Note: ✪

At the time in which this interview was conducted, I didn’t exactly have an unbiased point-of-view.

Friends of mine had recently been laid off—a common occurrence in businesses when things like a “merger” occur… but wounds were still fresh, so to speak.  If not theirs—well, then mine, out of camaraderie.

Rather than call attention to the negative, I hope you’ll be able to apply the aforementioned statement in any instances where it might be [AHEM!] applicable.  As in: flagrantly.

Oh, &…it’s taken numerous attempts for my embarrassingly low-tech ass to get this archived Q & A to post within WP’s established parameters.

:: claws & any other applicable appendages hereby crossed —with— massive thanks to Josh Rotter & Gay.com! ::

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“Flouncing About” — Spoken Word Text by Clint Catalyst; Narration by Pauley Perrette

with the aural fixation / visual manipulations of

P Emerson Williams [ Veil Of Thorns ]

the artwork of — and special appearance by — Joshua Petker

as well as portrayals by Dirk Mai and Julia Romanenko.


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August 2009 Clint Catalyst Readings/Performances

August 8, 2009 (San Francisco, CA)

Clint Catalyst adds a few words of his own to a stellar line-up of authors at Charlie Andrews’ “Writers With Drinks,”the Bay Area’s highly-acclaimed ‘Spoken Word Variety Show’

08/08/09
Other magazine presents Writers With Drinks
(with featured wordsmiths Dorothy Allison, Adam Savage, Clint Catalyst, Mary Miller, Steven Barnes and special guest host Beth Lisick)
The Make-Out Room
3225 22nd Street
San Francisco, CA
7 p.m.
Writers With Drinks Website
*This Event Is 21 & Over
$3-$5 sliding scale (all proceeds benefit non-profits)

Reader/Performer Bios:

Dorothy Allison is the author of the National Book Award finalist and Ferro Grumley prize-winning Bastard Out Of Carolina, the Lilian Smith prize-winning Cavedweller, and the short story collection Trash, plus the forthcoming She Who. She was an award winning editor for Quest, Conditions, and Outlook, early feminist and Lesbian & Gay journals. Her story “Compassion” was selected for both Best American Short Stories 2003 and Best New Stories from the South 2003. She’s been a Distinguished Visiting Professor at Emory University and a writer in residence at Macondo in San Antonio, TX, and Columbia College in Chicago.

Adam Savage is a special effects expert who hosts the show Mythbusters on the Discovery Channel. He’s also worked on Star Wars Episodes I and II, Space Cowboys, Galaxy Quest, Terminator 3, the Matrix sequels, and A.I. among others. I’ve done R&D for toy companies, acted in commercials and films, and done props and sets for Coca-Cola, Dow Corning, Hershey’s, Lexus, and a host of New York and San Francisco theater companies.

Steven Barnes’s novels include the Aubry Knight series, the Insh’Allah series, plus Shadow Valley, Great Sky Woman, Charisma, Iron Shadows, Blood Brothers and the Kundalini Equation. With Larry Niven, he’s written the Dream Park Series, The Descent of Anansi, Achilles’ Choice and Saturn’s Choice. With Tananarive Due and Blair Underwood, he writes the Tennyson Hardwick novels. He also wrote the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine novelization Far Beyond The Stars, and the Star Wars novel The Cestus Deception, plus two Assassin’s Creed novels. He’s written for The Twilight Zone, The Outer Limits, Stargate: SG-1 and Andromeda, and has been nominated for the Hugo, Cable, Ace and Endeavor awards.

Clint Catalyst is the author of Cottonmouth Kisses. He’s served as contributing editor with Swindle Quarterly and Surface, a managing editor of Permission magazine, and editor-at-large of three literary journals: Praxis, Psychodaisies, The Aeonian. With Michelle Tea, he co-edited the anthology Pills, Thrills, Chills and Heartache. He’s won the Isaac Andrew Campbell Memorial Prize for Poetry and the Congress/Bundestag Scholarship, the literary journal CFF deemed Catalyst both “Renaissance Man of the Year” and “Author With Most Anticipated New Release.”

Mary Miller is the author of Big World and the chapbook Less Shiny. Her work’s appeared in Storyglossia and elsewhere.

About Writers With Drinks:
Writers With Drinks has won “Best Literary Night” from the SF Bay Guardian readers’ poll five years in a row and was named “Best Literary Drinking” by the SF Weekly. The spoken word “variety show” mixes genres to raise money for local worthy causes. The award-winning show includes poetry, stand-up comedy, science fiction, fantasy, romance, mystery, literary fiction, erotica, memoir, zines and blogs in a freewheeling format. The event has been going since April 2001.

About Beth Lisick:

Beth Lisick has published poems, essays, a short fiction collection, and also wrote a weekly nightlife column for SF Gate for eight years. Her stage and screen collaborations with writer/performer Tara Jepsen have yielded some uncomfortable moments, the most recent being a short film called Diving for Pearls which played the international film festival circuit. She also co-organizes the Porchlight Storytelling Series, a monthly show for amateur storytellers in San Francisco. Her book Everybody Into the Pool, was a New York Times bestseller and made Entertainment Weekly’s list of Top 10 Nonfiction Books of 2005. Her latest book about her adventures in the self-help biz is called Helping Me Help Myself: One Skeptic, 10 Self-Help Gurus, and a Year on the Brink of the Comfort Zone.

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August 14, 2009 (San Francisco, CA)

Clint Catalyst performs a multi-media spoken word performance at Homo-A-Go-Go!

08/14/09
SOMArts
934 Brannan Street
San Francisco, CA
415-552-1770
7:40 SHARP! (Immediately Following Hunx and His Junx)
Homo-A-Go-Go Website
“Homo For A Day” Pass: $10 for Those Under 21; $20 for 21+
All Ages
(Please Refer To Website for Full Benefits of the Day Pass! Truly: The Talent + ‘Perks’ = FTW…)

Info listed at Homo-A-Go-Go Site, Click Through To “Readings/Performances”

Hope to see y’all there– I performed at H.A.G.G. three years ago in Olympia and had a wickedawesome time!

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