The Black Cat (1934) is a pre-Code horror film, and among the first movies with an almost continuous music score. It became Universal Pictures’ biggest box office hit of the year, and helped to create and popularize the psychological horror subgenre, emphasizing atmosphere, eerie sounds, the darker side of the human psyche, and emotions like fear and guilt to deliver its scares.The British critic Philip French wrote, “The movie unfolds like a nightmare that involves necrophilia, ailurophobia (fear of cats), drugs, a deadly game of chess, torture, flaying, and a black mass with a human sacrifice. This bizarre, utterly irrational masterpiece, lasting little more than an hour, has images that bury themselves in the mind.”Directed by Edgar G. Ulmer. Produced by Carl Laemmle Jr. and E. M. Asher. Starring Boris Karloff, Béla Lugosi, David Manners and Julie Bishop.
The Curse of the Cat People (1944) A moody psychological fantasy thriller that follows Amy, a young girl who befriends the ghost of her father’s deceased first wife, Irena, a Serbian fashion designer descended from a race of people who could transform into cats. Although sharing some of the same cast and characters and marketed as a sequel to 1942’s Cat People, the film is self contained and only tangentially related to its predecessor.The New York Times’ Bosley Crowther called it “a rare departure from the ordinary run of horror films [which] emerges as an oddly touching study of the working of a sensitive child’s mind”.Directed by Gunther von Fritsch and Robert Wise. Produced by Val Lewton. Starring Simone Simon, Kent Smith, and Jane Randolph.
We’re having the first Purrzday Kava and Piano Salon this upcoming Thursday, August 5th. Come join us for enchanting kava, emanations of Universal Cat Consciousness, AND an exquisite piano recital by Amy Norman and Paulo Sultanum. This will be a weekly artistic salon that centers around piano music, but is also a forum for other arts, artistic discussion, and social evolution – all in the eclectic spirit of CRAZYOLOGY!
Welcome to Purrzdays at The Institute of Crazyology at 1000 Van Ness! Starting this month of August, 2021 we will be opening a pop up Kava Salon and Piano Lounge Thursday evenings every week.
Ponder holofelinity roaming within Cathenge; an immersive, sound healing art experience, by David Normal. The Cat Temple is home to feline souls who appreciate a sensual and stimulating environment.
Surrounded by colorful cats, hear the sounds of the talented pianists:
7:30 PM Amy Norman
9:00 PM Paulo V Sultanum
Purrrforming at the Instititute’s shimmering baby grand piano (donated by Sunset Piano)
Walk among the columns and grand statues under the ornate lofted golden ceilings of The Institute of Crazyology (a historic Cadillac showroom) creating a unique acoustic resonance for our pianists to truly shine.
Hannah Wise and Sunny Vinson, high stewardesses of the Institute, will be offering Kava Kava. An enchanting Polynesian traditional libation tickling the GABA receptors in the brain. An empathogenic-like brew that brings on the feline vibrations of relaxation.
Burning Man Archivist and arts curator, Christine “LadyBee” Kirsten, will install her assemblage piece, “Shrine of the Dessicated Rats”, in the “Catacombs of Curiosity” (the network of odd and mysterious rooms lurking behind the Institute of Crazyology).
The Institute of Crazyology is very pleased to present new paintings by Peter Shaw. These will debut at the Crazyology Inaugural Ball on Sunday, June 20th.
MENDOCINO’/‘RedwoodDuff’2020-2021 environmental-painting series ——————————————————————————————————
The ‘MENDOCINO’/‘RedwoodDuff’2020-2021 environmental-painting series artworks are typically made outside and are made with paint on-paper and paint on-canvas utilizing the organic plant materials that comprise the natural ground-covering of the California Coastal Redwood Forest ie. redwood-duff.
Currently, Shaw is making 2-108”x114” on-canvas ‘MENDOCINO’2021 artworks; ‘LavenderMendocino’2021 and ‘BoogieMendocino’2021 as unique large-format environmental-paintings, on white/raw canvas.
Arranging lighting for the Institute of Crazyology. Ron Halbert and Maitland figuring it out. That’s an Asmat tribal war shield on the wall. With the uplighting the relief in the carving really pops beautifully.
On Saturday we will move the cat bases into place and on Sunday we will stand the Catoliths on their bases.
We’re making solid progress at the Institute of Crazyology, and if you like what you see then please don’t hesitate to support the effort:
We’ve raised $600. so far, and we’re very grateful for the support.