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Art of Bleeding Video Premiere Show

Wed., Nov. 14, 2012
Doors: 9:30pm
Hyperion Tavern (Hush Club)
1941 Hyperion Avenue
LA (Silver Lake), CA 90027


Tonight Ye Olde Hushe Clubbe recklessly prescribes a mix of medical, musical and vaudevillian entertainments with inevitable risk of mind-altering interaction.

Legendary producer, artist, and underground luminary KIM FOWLEY offers his inimitable musical ravings, channeling the timeless teenage Id through a polluted septuagenarian stream of consciousness. It’s a new and interactive art form, like group therapy with a back-up band. Some will be healed, some demons invoked.

Thanks to Nurse SNOW MERCY, Fowley has recently joined forces with the surrealist-satiric ambulance crew of THE ART OF BLEEDING to star in their latest production, ALL THINGS NICE, which premieres tonight.

With this semi-animated video short, these parodic paramedicals reach new heights of age-inappropriate entertainment, mixing nursery rhymes, anatomical striptease, and overly developed doll-women. Fowley gets cozy with a scalpel and leads the way. Nurses featured in the video are: Snow Mercy, Nurse Poppy, Nurse Amanita, Nurse Amputette, Nurse Tayler, Kat, and Kristina.

The ever-more-scantily clad ART OF BLEEDING NURSES appearing in the video will also be on hand to tend to the faint of heart, and you are invited to DRESS FOR THE HOSPITAL in order to receive their ministrations. The reclusive ABRAM THE SAFETY APE will also make a rare appearance to guide the easily misguided through his multimedia world of Health and Safety infotainment.

Comedian and recovering circus impresario ERIC CASH will offer commentary (and probably tribute to the eldritch Gods) throughout the night. His yelling, kicking, screaming fight against reason has sullied the stages of many a comedy club, dive bar, and even a junkyard, and he looks forward to leaving his comedic stain on Ye Olde Hushe Clubbe tonight.

Rounding out the evening will be the curvatures of burlesque artist and actress in tonight’s featured video, KRISTINA NEKYIA. Expect a sizzling and not-quite tasteful medically-themed performance.

DOORS 9:30. Come early because the venue is TINY and this incomparable presentation is UNREASONABLY, IMPROBABLY and ENTIRELY….
FREE!!!!!!! FREE!!!!!!! FREE!!!!!!!

Visit the doll hospital in The Art of Bleeding’s ALL THINGS NICE

Appearing with the Fuxedos this Friday


The Art of Bleeding will be joining The Fuxedos, the Mike Penny Orhcestra, Lost Moon Radio, and Quazar and the Bamboozled for a show at the Bootleg Theater for a show the LA Weekly picked as “Best Proof That Rock & Roll Is The Devil’s Music

We’re ON EARLY, and it’ll be short, sweet, and sticky, so arrive before before 9 or you’ll miss everything – well, at least everything we do.   Doors 8pm, first act shortly thereafter.

What We Did with our Nov-Jan Vacation


Maybe you’ve noticed: we tend to overextend ourselves.   Not only does this blog cruelly stimulate and occasionally sate your need for medical curiosities, but it does double duty promoting the tenuously related activities of The Art of Bleeding Magic Ambulance crew.  Squeezing in hours to actually produce those ambulance shows can itself be a distraction from blogging.  Anything beyond that, and something gives.

That’s when the blog goes black.   Immediately after our “Halloween Highway” gore spectacular, your humble blogmaster was summoned away by a past that just won’t quite stay buried.   You see, The Art of Bleeding’s absurd spectacles are genetically related to those of The Cacophony Society, a national cabal of pranksters and eccentrics, which is the subject of a recent museum exhibition, which I, as former wrangler of the Los Angeles lodge, was called away to help curate.

It was a mad rush, allowing no time for blogging over even organizing the Art of Bleeding appearance at the exhibition opening February 4.  Our ambulance performance this time round was of a highly “improvisational” nature, but we’ll be back with something more… errr, organized, at the April 7 closing party.

In any case, we’re more or less back, and below are some pictures from AoB’s participation in the event. Photos below are courtesy Curious Josh, Lee Joseph Publicity, and The Orange County Register.

(Note: The giant fetus depicted below is from a Cacophony/Art of Bleeding collaboration, the “Prenatal Emergency” installation at Cacophony’s “Museum of Mental Decay.”  Here it is in situ.)

Video from 2006 Car Crash Show

This Halloween weekend Art of Bleeding will be returning to The Steve Allen Theater to present an enlarged (“inflamed”? “engorged”?) version of our 2006 Halloween car crash show.   This excerpted video, shot by Chuck Cirino of Weird TV, should give you a taste of what lies in store for guests of our 2011 extravaganza. The man with the mic is one of our returning perfomers Danny Shorago of The Fuxedos, America’s favorite apocalyptic comedy art-rock band. Music is “Gambled and Lost” from  The Art of Bleeding’s Music from the Magic Ambulance.


The Gory Details Audio Archive

This Halloween weekend as part of our event at The Steve Allen Theater, we’ve invited some of your favorite comedians, artists, and underground personalities to share macabre stories of their own grisly medical incidents. This is actually a continuation The Gory Details Project, our attempt to create an audio archive of true first-person stories of medical emergencies.We began collecting these stories in 2006 using a dedicated phone line and also occasionally parking our ambulance on public streets and using costumed nurses to corral passersby into our mobile recording studio. More recently, some of those stories became the basis for a series of videos.  (More on that later.)

The 100+ recordings can be streamed here. If you don’t like clicking on streaming links every 2 minutes, a selection of some of our favorites can be downloaded from iTunes.

T-shirts and Rumors of T-shirts


Our friend Bill from Y-Que Trading Post, purveyor of LA’s finest satirical and pleasingly moronic T-shirts  (including ART OF BLEEDING T-SHIRTS) just dug up this picture he shot at our 2006 “Halloween Highway” show.  He’s talking about putting on a T-shirt and making it available at our upcoming 2011 Halloween Highway 2 show.  Just the gift for mom and dad this Christmas!


Ladies & Gents, Stephen Holman

We are thrilled to have painter, performance artist, and animator Stephen Holman as a guest at our Halloween weekend show. Stephen has worked with many of the artists we crush out on: Paul ReubensJohanna Went, Clam Lynch, John Fleck, The Kipper Kids, and his cartoonish, sometimes grotesque sensibilities have been inspirational to latter day puppet-and-blood-slinging types like ourselves and countless others.

From his website:

Holman’s early work took the form of experimental films that he screened at bars and nightclubs. However, the ongoing battle to engage a rowdy club crowd’s attention caused these screenings to quickly expand in scope and complexity to include live performance as well as film. Pushing this concept further, Holman formed his first performance art ensemble, TORTURE CHORUS in 1986, and began staging live shows in seminal NYC venues such as 8BC, The Kitchen, Danceteria and Franklin Furnace.

In 1987 Holman moved to Los Angeles where he co-founded THEATRE CARNIVALE, a neo-vaudevillian performance troupe/venue whose mandate was to showcase cutting-edge cabaret/club-based performance artists including Johanna Went, John Fleck and the Kipper Kids alongside exotic entertainment such as sword-swallowing strippers, professional magicians et al. Holman and Theatre Carnivale garnered rave press reviews (“LA’s Artaud”- Paper Magazine), ruffled the feathers of the cultural elite (“Avant Garbage reeking with cheap jokes, sex and violence!”- LA Reader) and succeeded in defining a new genre of nineties west coast performance art.

By the early 1990s Theatre Carnivale had evolved into a vehicle for Holman’s own work: a wild blend of comedy and eco-science involving ensemble casts, live musicians and surreal costumes and props. Throughout the 90s he received grants and staged productions in major venues across America, England and Japan (including NYC’s Kitchen, England’s Channel 4 TV and Tokyo’s International Theater Festival), also collaborating extensively with artists Johanna Went, Clam Lynch, Brian Routh and Tom Murrin in a side project entitled Bigg Mess.

It was at this point that Holman started making PAINTINGS after each performance, feeling that graphic images of the ideas, costumes and characters in the shows in many ways represented a more satisfying documentation method than relying exclusively on video footage. Solo exhibitions of these paintings took place at Bobo Gallery and Morphos Gallery in San Francisco, and the Onyx Gallery and EZTV Gallery in LA.

Also around this time, Holman was hired as an artist on CBS children’s TV series PEE WEE’S PLAYHOUSE and continued success in this field led to him forming, with his wife, artist Josephine Huang in 1993, his own independent animation company (W)HOLESOME PRODUCTS. This partnership went on to create and direct several innovative stop-motion animation and mixed media TV series including LIFE WITH LOOPY (Nickelodeon), WE ARE THE SHRIMPSKINS! (Nickelodeon), PHANTOM INVESTIGATORS (Sony/Warner Bros) and DUDLEY AND NESTOR DO NOTHING (Disney).

In recent years Holman has focused his artistic energies primarily on his painting work. Since 2006 he has had four solo exhibitions in Southern California (including a career retrospective at Track 16 Gallery in Santa Monica). His favorite themes of eco-science and man’s relationship with nature have been expanded in his latest works to include alchemical imagery and other vaguely mystical influences yet still retain his trademark twists of surreal humor. He has recently embarked on a series of ten portraits on canvas entitled “Feral Children”.