Hallowe’en Happenings

Happy Hallowe’en, TLOers!  Lots of freaky shit going on this weekend.  First I’ll be attending OCCULT USA: A Process Church Sabbath Assembly at the Fremont Abbey.


Fresh from a series of sold-out events in Los Angeles and New York, this live performance and multimedia presentation simulates a “Sabbath Assembly ritual” as conducted in the psychedelic ’60s by one of the most notorious occult groups of the era, the Process Church of the Final Judgment.

The Process Church was an intensely creative, apocalyptic shadow side to the flower-powered ’60s and New Age ’70s. The influential group opened Chapters in London, Europe and across the United States. Dressing in black cloaks, they created their own heavily-designed magazines and promoted a controversial, quasi-Gnostic theology that reconciled Christ and Satan through awareness and love.

Tonight, to celebrate the recent release of LOVE SEX FEAR DEATH, Feral HouseProcess Media, and Sound@One present a simulation of an actual Process Church “Sabbath Assembly” ritual. The Sabbath Assembly band, comprised of Kyle Forrester (Crystal Stilts), Jex Thoth (I Hate Records), Sophie Gonthier (Anything Maria), Anders Nilsson, and David Christian (of No-Neck Blues Band), will perform Process hymns and songs throughout the ritual.

Then it’s over to Neumo’s for Broadcast and Atlas Sound.  More info about this highly anticipated show at Mood Organ and The Stranger.

Unfortunately, I’ll be missing a few things, like the amazing show at the Rendezvous featuring Kawabata Makoto with members of Kinski, Thrones, Amber Asylum, ?alos, and Sugar Skulls. More info about that one here.  I’m also very sad to have to miss Degenerate Art Ensemble’s Sonic Tales at the Moore Theatre.  Hey DAE:  will you please consider more performances in the future?  Two is simply not enough!

Degenerate Art Ensemble - Sonic Tales

Last but not least, don’t forget to save some energy for the Portable Shrines Dia de los Muertos show tomorrow featuring Blues Control, Little Claw, and Brother Raven.  See you there!

Portable Shrines - Blues Control

~ by emilypothast on October 31, 2009.

2 Responses to “Hallowe’en Happenings”

  1. What’s a Sabbath Assembly ritual look like? (sounds really interesting…)

  2. It was a fairly straightforward church service constructed like a mass with a liturgy (I saved the program) and hymns performed by a rock band assembled by Dave Nuss from No Neck Blues Band. The music was really, really good.

    The content of the service was about reconciling the four archetypal gods (or aspects of god) in the Process theology: Jehovah, who represents the authoritarian nature, Lucifer, who leads away from fullness into separation, Satan, who represents fiery destruction, and Christ, who represents the reconciliation of the parts to the whole through the transforming power of love.

    Good times. Then there was a slide show by the ex-member who wrote the book (interesting) and an excerpt from an upcoming documentary on the Process Church (super interesting.)

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