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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!


Rare Live Appearance by Bouncehausen

Our Halloween weekend extravaganza at the Steve Allen Theater will feature a rare live appearance by the enitmatic band/art-collective known as Bouncehausen. Preferring to perform under pitch black conditions only intermittently interrupted by seizure-inducing blasts from a strobe, this reclusive group have rarely been photographed.  However, our sources assure us that the pitiable creatures featured in the photographs above are among its key members.

On October 28, 29, and 30th, Bouncehausen’s performance will take place indoors on the theater stage, before, during, and probably long after the outdoor show takes place.  Intrepid visitors are invited to wander in and experience Bouncehausen at any point during the evening.  During the course of their 72-hour performance they are expected to sustain and relieve themselves through intubation.

A spokesperson for the group has released this statement:

Bouncehausen will sonically recreate the exact moment of impact of a terrifying automobile crash, slow it down 300 million times and stretch it into one seven hour epic “song” that will take three days to play. If you are able to witness even a small part of this historic event you will have a much greater understanding of what it sounds like to exist on a molecular level as steel and glass twist and explode.

(WARNING: Bouncehausen contains members of Woodpussy, WACO, Millisecond Evolution and Gingerbread Swastika. Please be advised)

Photos from our SF Show

Last weekend ,The Art of Bleeding performed at block party alongside giant singing Tesla coils, steam engines, and other mobile art installations outside the gallery 111 Minna. The event was a book release party for Bay Area impresario Chicken John’s new publication The Book of the IS.

This performance was a miniaturized version of our Halloween weekend event in Los Angeles.

(Photos by Nick Winterhalter)

Los Angeles Halloween Show Announced

HALLOWEEN HIGHWAY 2 with Art of Bleeding and Friends

Friday, October 28, 8:00pm – 10:30
Saturday, October 29, 8:00pm – 10:30
Sunday, October 30, 8:00pm – 10:30

Steve Allen Theater
4773 Hollywood Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90027

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 lineup of storytellers including MARGARET CHO, ANDY DICKJIM TURNER, TOBY HUSS, EDDIE PEPITONE,  SELENE LUNA, DON BOLLES, STEPHEN HOLMAN, CLINT CATALYST, DUKEY FLYSWATTER, DANNY SHORAGO, KIM STODEL, BIENO SVENGALI, and more TBA shortly.

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.

(NOTE: This program may not suitable for children)

TICKETS $10, Available online for: FRIDAY 10/28,   SATURDAY 10/29,  SUNDAY 10/30

(Photos from Halloween Highway 2006)


Andy Dick, Jim Turner, Don Bolles, Clint Catalyst, Bieno Svengali

FRIDAY 10/28
TOBY HUSS  Carnivàle. Adventures of Pete & Pete), (EDDIE PEPITONE (Last Comic Standing, Old School) DUKEY FLYSWATTER (Haunted Garage, Surf Nazis Must Die), STEPHEN HOLLMAN (Theater Carnivale, Pee Wee’s Playhouse), DANNY SHORAGO (The Fuxedos), KIM STODAL

MARGARET CHO (Drop Dead Diva, The Cho Show), TOBY HUSS (Carnivàle, Adventures of Pete & Pete), SELENE LUNA (The Cho Show, My Bloody Valentine 3D)

SUNDAY 10/30
MARGARET CHO (Drop Dead Diva, The Cho Show)TOBY HUSS (Carnivàle. Adventures of Pete & Pete) KIM STODAL



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, &TBA