Salzburger Weekly Reports on Krampus Visit to LA

Article from the Salzburger Weekly about the upcoming visit by the Altgnigler troupe-members to LA. (They’ll be at the The Krampus Ball 2014,Krampus Los Angeles at the Echo Park Parade Dec. 13th! and attending the St. Nicholas 1888: A Kinder-Horror Holiday (6pm, 9pm))

TRANSLATION: “LOS ANGELES, Gnigl. The Altgnigler Krampus and Perchten troupe was contacted in 2012 through Facebook by a group of artists from Los Angeles who wanted to organize a Krampuslauf. Member of the troupe and district troupe chairman Martin Zehentner had met with the group in March 2013 in Los Angeles and furthered contact. So it was that December the first Krampuslauf took place in the streets of the US metropolis of Los Angeles. After the start in 2013 proved promising, the Altgnigler Krampuses were also invited to participate this year. For the December 2014 dates Zehentner, will travel with his sister and nephew to LA to make the Salzburg tradition known across the pond. “By now we already prepared for this,” says Zehentner. In December 2013 the Krampus created a stir in the streets of Los Angeles.”


Krampus LA at “What Makes a Monster”

A couple Krampus LA devils will be in attendance at this opening reception at USC November 18. One of our suits is also featured in the exhibition.

Opening Reception

Tuesday, November 18, 2014, 4 p.m.
Friends of the USC Libraries Lecture Hall
Doheny Memorial Library 240
Admission is free RSVP at

Dean Catherine Quinlan and the Friends of the USC Libraries invite you to the opening reception for the new exhibitionWhat Makes a Monster? Held in five library locations across the two USC campuses, the exhibitions explore how humans have long found wonder in the strange and macabre, from mythical creatures like alien xenomorphs and atomic monsters, to the real world of freak show artists, microscopic pathogens, and monstrous criminals.The reception will be preceded by a discussion on the meaning of monsters in diverse contexts and cultures. The event will be moderated by science writer and Institute for Figuring co-founder Margaret Wertheim, in conversation with game designer Leonard Boyarsky, USC professor and multimedia artist Charlie White, and USC professor and folklore scholar Tok Thompson.

Presented by USC Visions and Voices: The Arts and Humanities Initiative. Organized by the USC Libraries. For more information, please visit

Exhibition on display October 30, 2014 – May 31,2015

What do nine-headed water serpents, microscopic pathogens, criminals, freak-show artists, and so many diverse communities of the other have in common? In various historical settings and contexts, they all have carried the label “monstrous,” sometimes as a result of unproven assumptions, a lack of scientific awareness, or purposeful demonization by figures of authority. What Makes A Monster?, held simultaneously in five library locations across the two USC campuses, examines preconceived notions about such monsters, and why they elicit responses across the emotional and physical, political and cultural spectrums. The exhibition features rare items from the USC Libraries Special Collections, such as Swiss natural scientist Ulisse Aldrovandi’s 1642 Monstrorum Historia and Reginald Scot’s 1584 The Discoverie of Witchcraft, alongside recently produced works such as a deck of serial killer “trading cards” and a Mayan altar with accompanying hexes “for the wandering male.”

The multipart exhibition is centered in USC’s Doheny Memorial Library Treasure Room, with satellite displays on topically relevant themes in the USC Helen Topping Architecture & Fine Arts Library, Norris Medical Library, Science and Engineering Library, and the VKC Library for International and Public Affairs.

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Alpine Nicholas-Krampus Play to Premiere

(ABOVE: Turn-of-the-century Nicholas troupe. SOURCE: Vienna Folklore Museum).

On December 13 2014, Krampus Los Angeles will claw its way to the very wellsprings of the Krampus tradition with the world’s first English-language production of an authentic Alpine Nikolausspiel, one of a series of “Nicholas plays” traditionally performed on the saint’s feast day in parts of Austria and Bavaria.

In 2014 UNESCO recognized the  the Nikolausspiel as an element of Austria’s “intangible cultural heritage,” or in the parlance of the UN, a “Human Treasure.”  Our Los Angeles presentation is a composite of several village plays, incorporating not only the Krampus and Nicholas, but also a juicy tirade by the Prince of Hell, the “Lucifer Sermon,” usually presented as a standalone act, as well as “Death and the Youth” featuring an exceedingly clueless young man stalked by a remorseless Reaper.

Krampusfest 2014 Events Announced

More details forthcoming, but for now the basics…

The Krampus: Presentation with Costumed Catwalk

Saturday, November 29, 2014: Krampus folklore explained and illustrated with a festive stream of rare images, film clips, and walk-ons by costumed members of the Krampus LA Troupe.  Over a dozen costumes, many never-before seen!  More details TBA.

The Krampus Ball

Saturday, December 6, 2014:  KrammpsteinD’Oberlandler Bavarian DancersRasputin’s Marionettes, German cabaret from Christina Linhardt and a fearsome visit by not only our indigenous Krampus, but also several of the real thing from Austria. Same lodge-style venue as 2013. Imaginative and comfortable Krampus-light costuming encouraged.  More details TBA.

Krampus at the Echo Park Community Parade

Saturday, December 13, 2014, (11am): The Krampus LA Troupe, a steam-powered Krampus-driven vehicle, and the first Austrian Krampuses to visit North America — several members of: The Alt Gnigler Krampus TroupeMore details TBA.

St. Nicholas 1888: A Kinder-Horror Holiday

Saturday, December 13, 2014, (Evening): Celebrating the sterner side of Christmas with a traditional Austrian Krampus play from the 1880s presented alongside the child-rearing terrors of “Der Struwwelpeter” (“Shockheaded Peter”).  All set in a historic building of the era! Costume event: period clothing, festive or grim encouraged. More details TBA.

(Past Events: 2013)

Krampus LA romps at Copro Gallery. Photo: Paul Koudounaris.

Scare LA Presentation

Scare-LA-2014-FBKrampus LA Directors Al Guerrero & Al Ridenour will give a talk next Saturday on Krampus folklore and local activities  at Scare LA, the ever-growing annual powwow for Halloween people in downtown Los Angeles.  Weekend tickets still available, and check their FB page for updates.

Our presentation happens Saturday, August 9 1:30-2:00.  Official description from the website:

“With a wave of Krampus comic books, TV cameos, and several Krampus feature films jockeying for the Christmas 2014 box office (including one by Kevin Smith), this August would be a great time to get the jump on the seasonal wave of Krampusmania.
Brought to you by Al Guerrero and Al Ridenour of Krampus Los Angeles, this panel will plunge you far beneath the depths of any passing Wikipedia acquaintance to explore the deepest, darkest roots of Krampus folklore and the figure’s relation to various phantoms, witches, and killer saints stalking Alpine crags and valleys.
The talk will be accompanied by a cavalcade of rare slideshow imagery and show-and-tell with costumes created by Krampus LA.
After whetting your appetite for the blood of naughty children, Guerrero and Ridenour will fill you in on local Krampus fun and games, what’s planned for 2014, and how you can help stem the tide of misbehaving children.”