St. Nicholas and these monsters presided over the 4th Annual Krampus Ball last night. Thanks to all who attended and helped pull together the best Krampus Ball ever!
Friday, December 2, 2016
Four our fourth year, we return to the charmingly old-world ballroom in Highland Park where Krampus feels most at home. Our emcee for the evening will be that friend of good children everywhere (and merciless judge of the naughty), our very own St. Nicholas. There will be plenty of treats and blessings from the good saint, and plenty of Austrian STIEGL BEER from our bartenders.
Returning in their embroidered lederhosen and dirndls G.T.E.V. D’OBERLANDLER once again brings a sampling of the folk music and dance of Alpine Bavaria where the Krampus makes his home. Expect more, furious bench-thumping dances, the spirited sole-slapping fury of the Schuhplattler, Christmas melodies picked out on tuned Alpine cowbells, and the melodic bellowing of those 10-foot twin Alphorns.
HAMMERSTEIN MUSIK BAVARIA
Fronted by Bavarian-born Andreas Becket, HAMMERSTEIN MUSIK BAVARIA plays everything from boot-stomping polkas to tears-in-your-beer ballads of die Liebe gone wrong. They’ll even give you some on-the-fly dance lessons. The 4-piece ensemble boasts award winning classical musicians, seasoned studio pros and an academically trained ethnomusicologist, but they still haven’t forgotten how to party like a drunken goatherd at his first Oktoberfest. They’ve even appeared in a recently much aired, high-camp Wienerschnitzel commercial touting their fast food as “sorta German.” And, yes, there will be yodeling.
Representing the heathen side of the season, the band IRONWISE explores darker, sometimes witchy themes. Singer Laura Shodire celebrates “those of iron-strong wisdom and will,” in lyrics delivered over an eclectic brew of folky rock doused in gothic ether. Tonight they even debut a song about the Krampus.
“THE ELFKING” with CHRISTINA LINHARDT and RASPUTIN’S MARIONETTES
Vocalist CHRISTINA LINHARDT will sing Schubert’s Der Erlkönig, (“Elf” or “Alder” King) from Goethe’s poem based upon old German legends. This supernatural tale of a sinister and mysterious being intent on seducing a child away from the world of mortals will be visualized by the puppet-masters of RASPUTIN’S MARIONETTES. Assistance will be provided by our own St. Nicholas, RICK GALIHER.
KRAMPUS LA TROUPE
At any point during the festivities, visitors may notice a gathering din of clanking cowbells telling them they are only moments from that moment the ballroom doors burst open and a massed attack by the two dozen or so devils and mountain spirits of KRAMPUS LA sweeps them into a maelstrom of horns and flicking switches. Pray that St. Nicholas can gain control of his malevolent slaves and save the evening! Percussion provided by TALEA.
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Please purchase tickets early. DO NOT COUNT ON WALK-UP DOOR SALES. Every year this event sells out quite a bit before the date. Caveat emptor! Please also remember, this is an early show, over by midnight. And it’s earlier in the week than other years – FRIDAY NOT SATURDAY. In any case, you’ll want to early to allow yourself some extra moments to savor the surroundings, exchange pleasantries with other guests turned out in their yuletide best, snack on Pfeffernüsse. and snap some pictures of the still-fresh costumes. Krampus-inspired merchandise will be available from a few select vendors including AVE ROSE, MISS HAVISHAM’S CURIOSITIES, CHURCHYARD, GINGERBREAD CASKET, MISS FORMALDEHYDE, and XTABY JEWELRY. Free Guest Photo Booth by ZACHERY GARNER PHOTOGRAPHY.
THIS EVENT SOLD OUT FRIDAY MORNING 11/25 — PLEASE TRY ANOTHER EVENT FROM OUR SCHEDULE
SATURDAY NOVEMBER 26th 2016, 6:00pm.
Goethe-Institut Los Angeles, 5750 Wilshire Blvd. Suite 100, Los Angeles, CA 90036
Advance Tickets Only:Available here.
Thanks to a certain highly promoted 2015 horror-comedy by Universal, many Americans now know something about the Krampus. Or think they do. However mass-culture horror tropes have muddied those waters, there is a growing domestic subculture of grassroots enthusiasts eager to understand and share a more authentically European take on the Krampus tradition. Over the last decade, dozens of Krampusläufe have sprung up in various American cities, including exceptionally vigorous activity in Los Angeles, where members of Austrian troupes have marched alongside their American protégés in devilish, switch-swinging camaraderie.
The creative force behind much of this enthusiasm for a once obscure Alpine tradition is Krampus Los Angeles director and author of The Krampus and the Old, Dark Christmas, Al Ridenour. Returning for his third annual presentation, Ridenour will explore the topic with new slides, rare video clips, and surprises dreamed up with his costumed cohorts from Krampus Los Angeles.
Central to the superstitions, fears, and legends associated with “the old, dark Christmas” season, or die Rauhnächte, are the fearsome characters that haunted the Germanic landscape. To assist you in visualizing these particular spooks, Ridenour has choreographed costumed walk-ons by Krampus Los Angeles members. The demonic Habergeiß, the Schnabelpercht, and “bloody Thomas,” are but a few of the more than a dozen apparitions expected. Naturally, the more familiar Krampus and saintly Nicholas will also be on hand to ensure that both naughty and nice are not only educated but appropriately rewarded.
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Al Ridenour will be signing The Krampus and the Old, Dark Christmas, a compendium of Krampus lore, history, and contemporary practice. Krampus himself will be in attendance for photo ops and frights courtesy of Seven Hells.
KRAMPUS BOOK PARTY at SOAP PLANT WACKO
Saturday, Nov. 19th, 7-10pm
4633 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles
BOOK-SIGNING, SLIDE AND VIDEO TALK, COSTUMED DEVILRY, AUDIENCE KRAMPUS KWIZ, AND MOLTEN LEAD FORTUNE-TELLING. SPECIAL MUSICAL SET TALEA.
Last appearing at the Soap Plant Wacko at the 2012 publication party for Tales of the San Francisco Cacophony Society, a national group of guerilla artists and pranksters in which he played a leading role, author Al Ridenour returns tonight as Krampus researcher par excellence with his new book The Krampus and the Old, Dark Christmas.
In this new incarnation, Ridenour has obsessively translated his way through countless 19th-century compendiums of folk tales and superstitions, medieval witchcraft documents, and rhymed folk plays, networked with contemporary Krampus groups and mask-carvers, corresponded with Austrian anthropologists and museums, and traveled to the Alps to be properly smacked by whips and tossed into snowbanks by rampaging devils. He’s even sweated inside his own handcrafted suit as part of LA’s annual Krampus festival, which he helped found in 2013 and now directs. With the publication of The Krampus and the Old, Dark Christmas, Ridenour offers a summation of these explorations in one entertainingly written lavishly illustrated volume examining not only the Krampus but related folklore of Alpine witches, ghosts, spectral armies, diabolical hunstmen, and murderous saints.
Ridenour’s lively, often comic presentation includes slides, video clips, costumes, an audience-participation Krampus Kwiz with prizes (and punishments) and a demonstration of Bleigiessen, and ancient European form of fortune-telling using molten lead and associated with the “old, dark Christmas” of his book.
A special musical set will be provided by TALEA, offering a unique mix of ambient/electronic soundscapes, tribal percussion, ambient and abrasive guitar, along with spoken word and operatic vocals.
Due to the overwhelming response to our first Krampus Mask-making Workshop last Sunday, we’ve added a second workshop for Sunday November 20. More info and registration link here.