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20081115 - SubGenius Devival in Baltimore - 0 - 171-7138-diptych-171-7139 - Clint - fangs, SubGenius salute - please click through to leave a comment on FlickR

Clint w/candy fangs, then giving SubGenius salute

EIEIEIEIEIIEIE!

So yes — we went to another SubGenius event. The Baltimore Devival #2. This time, we actually got a friend to join us: Tabbitha! I’ve always considered her the most latent SubGenius out of all of my friends anyway. (I’d say John The Canadien too, but he’s already found “Bob”!)  I wore my psychedelic / optical illusion shirt, pimp hat, green sparkling smoking jacket, and camouflage pants. Almost wore a space-themed tie, but decided against it, despite the cold, by assuming the venue would be too hot for a tie to be comfortable, and too dark for space tie to be visible.

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refrigerator podium – to be used for preaching later

We got off to a late start due to generally being punk-ass slowpokes. Baltimore is a long way away; over an hour’s drive. And poor Tabbitha had to drive to our place in addition to that. Then there was the whole detour on the way back to pick up my car, but I’ll talk about that later. We managed to blaze in town just around the opening time, so technically we were 15 minutes or so late. There was one good sign pointing out that we were in the correct place: A huge projected Dobbshead, obscuring a woman’s health advertisement. It was a sign from “Bob”:

20081115 - SubGenius Baltimore Devival #2 - 0 - Yup, it's the right place - projected Dobbshead - (by RadioFreeMountairy@Flickr) - 3035653554_a96795d04d_o - please click through to leave a comment on FlickR

projected Dobbshead (by flickr user RadioFreeMountairy)

The parking itself was really weird. You basically had to park in a lot that said you’d be towed if you parked there. But it was pretty much empty. And this seemed like a quiet neighborhood. Not a good neighborhood; but a quiet one. Not so busy that tow trucks were on the prowl.  And since Baltimore is a city full of douchebags (I got a ticket for not feeding a meter at 11:30PM on a Saturday fucking nite!), we weren’t sure if we could park there. We finally drove away, circled around, and came back a second time when we realized there was no where else to park.

20081115 - SubGenius Devival in Baltimore - 171-7103 - The Motor Morons - power tools band - please click through to leave a comment on FlickR

The Motor Morons – a power tools band

Dammit Janet and Tangent were asking us — “Have you seen a power tools band before?” … I really was totally clueless when they asked that. I finally learned the meaning of “power tools band”, and it was quite literal. And the great thing is, since SubGeniuses hate rules… You could walk right into the sparks if you so chose. And that’s what I did (almost)… I eventually wound up right next to the “sparks girl”, where I could get a good vantage of the carnage. At one point, she lost her spark thingies (they flew forward from the force of the power tools), and pulled these aluminum squares from her pockets to spark up in an emergency!

20081115 - SubGenius Devival in Baltimore - 171-7108 - The Motor Morons - power tools band - please click through to leave a comment on FlickR

The Motor Morons –  side view

Anyway, here’s some crappy (because my camera sucks) video of them playing:

(Yes, it’s 2 copies of the same video, one on flickr, one on youtube, just in case the other goes down.)

Anyway, beer was a consideration for us. The first Baltimore SubGenius Devival occurred in a church, which obviously did not have a liquor license. Tons of people were drinking (and thus huge lines for the bathrooms), but they all had the foresight to bring their own. Not wanting to repeat the mistakes of last year, we bought beer on the way — part of why we were late. We also enquired about the beer when we arrived. Princess Pisces was outside, and I asked her, and apparently it was a donation to get beer — like at Art-O-Matic. Except without fixed prices. (I always wondered how ArtOMatic could “cheat” this by “suggesting” a specific “donation”.)

And what is the most slackful donation to make? $1. This seemed to be fine with everyone. We drank a shitload for $1.

20081115 - SubGenius Devival in Baltimore - 171-7110 - Tabbitha & Carolyn - please click through to leave a comment on FlickR

Tabbitha & Carolyn

The place it was at – Load Of Fun – was a very strange warehousey kind of venue. Not much of it was properly maintained. There were 3 bathrooms, but one did not have a working sink:

20081115 - SubGenius Devival in Baltimore - 171-7120 - The Worst Sink In All Of Scotland - please click through to leave a comment on FlickR

The Worst Sink In All Of Scotland

There was a lot of graffiti in various places as well:

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charming

I of course decided to explore. There was no security in any form whatsoever, other than various locked doors upstairs. I managed to explore every nook and crannie that could be explored without picking a lock. And there was some neat stuff… like… Stairs?!?!?!?!:

20081115 - SubGenius Devival in Baltimore - 171-7128 - stairs - please click through to leave a comment on FlickR

yes, stairs

There was all kinds of weird things up there… Including a dilapidated cart that really did not look safe to move any amount of actual weight on….

Once I got 2 floors above the main level, things got even more sketchy. The light was pretty much just the city light that came through the windows. There was a long narrow hallway and things were in such bad condition that I walked slowly to ensure boards didn’t break beneath my feet. Eventually I wasdeposited me into this strange area with caged books. I found it very odd, as well as a seemingly accidental social commentary on free speech in America:

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free thinking has no place in modern america

keep the children safe

I also found a rogue “OH!”, this time not placed there by me:

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OH!

The various bands (Motor Morons, Fat Free, Amino Acids) played, with various preachers (Rev. Ivan Stang, Princess Pisces, Rev. Carter LeBlanc) preaching in between:

Stang speaks!

Eventually, Susie The Floozy passed out candy fangs. These were arguably cooler than the candy eyeballs we got last year:

20081115 - SubGenius Devival in Baltimore - 171-7137 - Tabbitha - fangs, devil horns, Carolyn - please click through to leave a comment on FlickR

Tabbitha – fangs, \m/, Carolyn

We of course ran into several of the friends we made at X-Day, including 808 and Christie (with the Gashlycrumb Tinies tattoo). They may be at Assateague this year. The Asian chick in the background might be the subject of the “scrambled naked girl” artwork that I took back from this devival and put up on my wall. I’ll have to ask Reggie Zus.

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Carolyn, 808, Christie

Eventually, Tabbitha had to explore the 2nd floor as well, since 2 of the bathrooms were on the “1.5th floor” (kind of a half-floor between 1st and 2nd floor), and most SubGenii are way too fond of slack to go up an additional flight of stairs without konwing for sure there is a bathroom. Anyway, it wasn’t long before she found a sign to disobey:

20081115 - SubGenius Devival in Baltimore - 171-7143 - Tabbitha licking high voltage - please click through to leave a comment on FlickR

Even latent SubGenii are possessed with an urge to break any and all rules.

Finally we went out for a smoke break in the alley behind the venue, and checked out some of the cool graffiti:

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20081115 - SubGenius Devival in Baltimore - 171-7146 - Tabbitha, graffiti - please click through to leave a comment on FlickR

“There!”

It got cold, so we went back in and resumed watching the bands / preaching:

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watching bands

Stang’s jacket reminded me of my own, only silver instead of green:

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Stang’s shiny smoking jacket

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Stang preaching

Carter LeBlanc preaching

The last band to play is always the Amino Acids. They pulled Carolyn and some other females onto the stage…

20081115 - SubGenius Devival in Baltimore - 171-7175 - Carolyn on stage with Amino Acids - please click through to leave a comment on FlickR

20081115 - SubGenius Devival in Baltimore - 171-7178 - Carolyn & chicks on the stage with Amino Acids - please click through to leave a comment on FlickR

Yes, that’s a theramin.

20081115 - SubGenius Baltimore Devival #2 - Carolyn - up on stage - Amino Acids - (by RadioFreeMountairy@Flickr) - 3034821153_31a1bbd26b_o - please click through to leave a comment on FlickR

(some stage pics by flickr user RadioFreeMountairy.)

20081115 - SubGenius Baltimore Devival #2 - Carolyn - up on stage - Amino Acids - (by RadioFreeMountairy@Flickr) - 3034821453_58d7d9f6d7_o - please click through to leave a comment on FlickR

20081115 - SubGenius Baltimore Devival #2 - Carolyn - up on stage - Amino Acids - (by RadioFreeMountairy@Flickr) - 3035657998_ca88f8a236_o - please click through to leave a comment on FlickR

20081115 - SubGenius Baltimore Devival #2 - Stang - preaching - (by RadioFreeMountairy@Flickr) - 3035654482_4687264919_o - please click through to leave a comment on FlickR

Stang – preaching (by flickr user RadioFreeMountairy.)

And of course… There was this guy. Note the bubbles. I didn’t take it, but this is a VERY strange picture:

20081115 - SubGenius Baltimore Devival #2 - Stang - preaching, weird guy, bubbles - (by RadioFreeMountairy@Flickr) - 3035653342_f9f304c5de_o - please click through to leave a comment on FlickR

weird guy, bubbles

(by flickr user RadioFreeMountairy.)

Anyway… A good time was had by all. We got to experience preaching, music, intoxication, unique people, as well as reconnecting with some of the cool people we had met at X-Day this year. Plus, Reggie Zus let me take home a piece of art that he had on display there. He said he printed it for free at school, so why not give it away for free? I don’t have a proper picture of it, but you can see it in the top of this picture, behind our cats playing with bubbles:

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ANYWAY…. WE SHALL RETURN NEXT YEAR!

PRIASE “BOB”!

OFFICIAL PICTURES & VIDEO FROM DEVIVAL: www.subgenius.com/bigfist/fun/devivals/Baltimore_2008/

FULL DEVIVAL AUDIO: www.radio4all.net/index.php/series/Church+of+the+SubGeniu…

To view all my pictures (basically the same pictures as this posting) on flickr (in case you want to individually comment), go to my SubGeniusDevival20081115 tag on flickr.

(and yes, this write-up is several months late)

Yes, Carolyn & I will be there. The Canadian wants to go, but has trouble committing to things. Tabbitha should be coming with us as well, as our most-likely-latent-SubGenius-out-of-everyone-we-know friend. Anyone else is welcome. If you want to see preaching, bands, and generally have a chilled out time (last time they had chairs everywhere, and we lounged in a very low-energy way), come. Not high-energy (other than when the Amino Acids play), but definitely high uniqueness.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: The SubGenius Foundation, Inc. 1-216-320-9528 / Fax: (216) 320-9528 / stang@subgenius.com / baltimoredevival@gmail.com

BALTIMORE, Maryland: The Church of the SubGenius is coming to Baltimore on Saturday, November 15th. Psychic predictions for the event have revealed the city will never be the same.

Members of the controversial cult will be gathering for a religious Devival designed to promote the cause of Slack, Abnormality, and the Word of Church founder J.R. “Bob” Dobbs. SubGenius Devivals are spiritual events unlike any other, and audience attendance is expected to reach capacity crowds.

Planned stage events at the Devival include religious preaching and rock music by scheduled performers. Attendees at the event include Reverend Ivan Stang, Rev. Susie the Floozy (of WREK Radio and “Bob’s” Slacktime Funhouse), Reverend Carter LeBlanc, and Priestess Pisces. Bands and performers will include The Amino Acids, Fat Free, The Motor Morons and The Versificators. With a special video surprise presentation as well.

Admission is $8 per person. Doors open for the Devival at 8:00 PM.

The event takes place at Load of Fun, a community-based gallery and venue for emerging and established artists in a variety of media located at 120 W. North Avenue, Baltimore MD. [It reminds me of the type of place Artomatic would be thrown.]

Detailed information about the upcoming Devival can be found on at the official SubGenius Web site: http://www.subgenius.com/newdevivals.html

As well as on the Load of Fun website: http://www.loadoffun.net/Calendar.html

The official home page of the Church of the SubGenius can be found at: http://www.subgenius.com

Photographers, entertainers, production companies, radio broadcasters, and all media producers are encouraged to contact Rev. Ivan Stang at the Church’s Cleveland, Ohio headquarters at 1-216-320-9528. (more…)


981. That’s a new record. Read on for why, and some pictures of the SubGenius Baltimore Devival. (more…)

Details on devivals (including ones in Amsterdam, Cleveland, Detroit, San Fransisco) can be read about HERE.

I’m totally going to be there tomorrow.

It’s going to be wierd, unique, and unexpected.  A very welcome combination in this day and age, where “public” usually equates “boring” and “generic”.

November 10th, 2007

2640 St. Paul Street
Baltimore, MD

Be there, or be pink.

Read about day 3 here. Read about day 5 here. 2008 (11X-Day) X-Day review here.

As always, click through to comment on any picture individually on flickr, or to see the full-size…

We went to X-Day again this year. It was a totally different experience than last year. It rained for the first three days we were there, but then it got really nice for the weekend. It was never overbearingly hot.

20090704 - X-Day - GEDC0305 - Wilhelm's Bob Dobbs painting - please click through to leave a comment on FlickR
Wilhelm’s Bob Dobbs painting

^ The “Bob” painting that stared over us, mocking us with his off-kilter eye!

Saturday was the pancakes and scrapple… A certain group of Subgenii that we haven’t really talked to much make these every year. Last year we did not realize how great it was to NOT MISS IT. This year, we actually went. They have this grill that’s so hot that they cook a pancake in about 10 seconds or so. They have gallons and gallons of batter, and basically feed everyone until the batter is gone.

They also serve scrapple!

Clint finally tried scrapple because Carolyn had the foresight to get him a piece while he was getting his pancake. Nobody was interested in Clint’s stovetop/campfire yardsale waffle-iron that he brought, though. They had things pretty streamlined.

They also had the “gang wars” event, which was mostly a few people with water pistols. But it really helped that Danger Unicorn was topless. What a ray of sunshine in an oppressive world!

20090704 - X-Day - GEDC0307 - Dammit Janet, __, Stang, Brian, __, __, Danger Unicorn - boobs! - please click through to leave a comment on FlickR
Dammit Janet, Stang…Danger Unicorn boobs!

I forget why, but I had wandered to the other side of the campsite, to see the Norther Pavilion that I’d never really hung out at during the 2008 X-Day. Since my foot hurt from my plantar fasciitis, I actually drove across, even though it’s only 1000 feet away or so. I think people were making more food to mooch or something. I dunno. I kept hearing there was going to be a pinata. I didn’t want to miss the pinata. I think Carolyn was napping at this point or something. At some point we had the house salad and the quesadilla from the Blue Lady café run by Brushwood. They are damn generous with their portions.

Finally, the pinata happened. I got there just in time to see Dildo Valerie flashing everyone. Unfortunately for the general public, that link is to a video that only my face to face flickr friends can see. ;)

Only at a SubGenius event would someone think to have a pinata that is not full of candy… But is full of… BUGS! Crickets, to be specific.Hilarious when Dildo Valerie finally gets it open and says, “It’s like…bugs.”

20090704 - X-Day - GEDC0313 - pinata crickets - please click through to leave a comment on FlickR
they didn’t really move too much afterward

We also had some good ol’-fashioned preaching and ranting by SubGenius founder Ivan Stang:

20090704 - X-Day - GEDC0314 - Rev. Ivan Stang - preaching - please click through to leave a comment on FlickR
Rev. Ivan Stang – preaching

Here’s a video excerpt:

20090704 - X-Day - GEDC0317 - Rev. Ivan Stang - preaching - please click through to leave a comment on FlickR

"When Ivan Stang talks.. People listen."

Sometimes, he looks downright angry. Then again, if you’re not angry, you’re probably not paying attention:

20090704 - X-Day - GEDC0324 - Rev. Ivan Stang - preaching - please click through to leave a comment on FlickR
Get mad!! You’ll pay to know what you really think!

Quit your job for “Bob”! Praise not working! Overman? I’m over, maaaan. “You can’t put ME in a box?”, you say? Ladies and gentleman, we all end up in a box. Find your ShorDurPerSav… Because you have a short duration personal existence!

Saturday night is also when the most bands play. Special thanks to Dildo Valerie and Bunny Day for imparting upon me the ability to enjoy the show much more, thanks to some of their leftover intoxicants. Unfortunately I missed the crazy drunk girl dancing on stage until someone kind of shooed her off. But I did manage to download videos of that, before they were pulled from YouTube ;)

20090704 - X-Day - GEDC0328 - Amino Acids - please click through to leave a comment on FlickR
Amino Acids

Video of Amino Acid craziness:

20090704 - X-Day - GEDC0334 - Amino Acids craziness - please click through to leave a comment on FlickR
Amino Acids craziness

20090704 - X-Day - GEDC0331 - Amino Acids - please click through to leave a comment on FlickR
A fez is not an unusual sight around these parts

20090704 - X-Day - GEDC0336 - Amino Acids playing - please click through to leave a comment on FlickR
Amino Acids hit their high note

I should mention that at some point, they played the Amino Acids movie. I’d seen the first couple parts at the Baltimore Devivals, but I had not seen the brand new part 3.

After the shows, we had the huge bonfire. Basically, I’ve never seen bonfires huger than this — but during Brushwood’s Starwood festival, they actually make bonfires too large to fit in the roundhouse. (The roundhouse is the wooden semi-structure that these bonfires take place in.)

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bonfire pit

Of course, SubGenii don’t just do something. They do the hell out of it. And that includes lighting bonfires. Why be normal, when you can light it with a fucking blowtorch?

blowtorch bonfire lighting (3m19s)

A random YouTube’er, who obviously goes to Brushwood, informed me that the blowtorch has a name. “‘Tis The Dragon”, he commented.

At some point earlier during this X-Day — or maybe the last one — we had wandered around with hot dogs on our camping forks, looking for the path of maximum SLACK — that is, someone else’s fire. Dr. Legume ended up cooking our hotdogs with a blowtorch. Let me just say — hot dogs cooked via blowtorch are quite execllent!

Here’s the best picture of the bonfire. NOT by me; You need a $2600 camera to pull this off:

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bonfire (by George Burgyan)

The annual burning of the wooden Dobbsikon proceeded, as it always does. This time, a spinning, flaming piece did not break off and fly into a densely populated area of drunk onlookers. I was pretty amazed at their reaction time when that happened last year.

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Pantiara – by the bonfire pit

People danced in circles around the bonfire… Others watched:

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bonfire

And that crazy drunk girl? She danced naked the entire time. As depicted in Rev. Panik’s painting that I photographed, which became as close to the official photo for this X-Day as any, as it was used as the header image for the official 12X-Day page:

20090705 - X-Day - GEDC0384 - Rev. Panik's painting - Lord Cyclohexane, drunk naked girl @ yesterday's bonfire by you.

Who knows how the night ended? By the time the bonfire happens, things are usually pretty hazy. Last time, X-Day was a Saturday, so the bonfire was at the very very end. This time, X-Day is Sunday (tomorrow), so the bonfire was not the very end of our celebrations. But it did mark the last official major event.

Now we have to be up by 7:00AM tomorrow, as The Rupture is predicted to occur at 7AM, July 5th, 1998. The problem is — someone switched the calendars, and we don’t know when 1998 is. So we just have to keep trying every year, until the pleasure saucers come.

To view all the pictures of this set on flickr, go to my 20090704 tag on flickr.

Read about day 3 here. Read about day 5 here. 2008 (11X-Day) X-Day review here.

My Parody Religion Is Better Than Your Parody Religion … or: How I Survived X-Day XI [2008]
Days Four and Five

DAY FOUR: X-DAY

OH SHIT!! WE MISSED THE END OF THE WORLD!!! Attending The Rupture is sort of the point of going to X-Day! And it happens at 7AM on 7/5/1998. (But when is 1998? Obviously our current calendars are wrong.) And we didn’t get up until past 9… DAMN! (more…)

My Parody Religion Is Better Than Your Parody Religion … or: How I Survived X-Day XI [2008]

PROLOGUE

I first heard about the Church Of The SubGenius on a national WWIV syndicated message board, on some BBS, way back in the late 1980s. The ridiculosity of it all intrigued me, as did the parody of organized religion. It is a parody religion, like Flying Spaghetti Monsterism, but superior in every way: Actual depth, substance, philosophy, and even truth. Superior art, superior video, superior radio shows, superior events. (Um, FSM doesn’t have any of these, does it? FSM is basically like parodying the Holy Bible with a knock knock joke or a single middle finger; CotS is like parodying the Holy Bible with a more ridiculous bible.)

Read the wikipedia page HERE; it explains things adequately). (more…)