SOLD OUT: Krampus Talk with Costume Catwalk

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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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Krampus Book — Weekend Events

FRIDAY!

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Krampus signs photos at Dark Delicacies.

KRAMPUS BOOK SIGNING at DARK DELICACIES
Friday, November 18, 2016

Krampus visits at Dark Delicacies, North Hollywood. Al Ridenour signs copies of The Krampus and the Old, Dark Christmas.  6-9pm.

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.

SATURDAY!

book-event-header1KRAMPUS 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.

FREE EVENT!

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.

“The Definitive Book on Krampus” says Dangerous Minds

Dangerous Minds calls the new Krampus folklore book by KLA’s Al Ridenour, a “must have” and “the definitive work on Krampus,” and “really can’t recommend this highly enough.”

They write:

EVERYTHING YOU ALWAYS WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT THE KRAMPUS BUT WERE AFRAID TO ASK
Last year here at Dangerous Minds we declared that Krampus had hit the American mainstream, and just a couple of weeks ago we told you “fuck the elf on the shelf, here’s Krampus in the corner.” As we begin to see the department stores trot out their Christmas wares, we are reminded that Krampustime will soon be upon us.

If you’re looking for a Krampusnacht gift for someone special, we have a suggestion:

Feral House has just published the definitive work on Krampus and assorted other dark pagan Yuletide terrors. The exhaustively-researched The Krampus and the Old, Dark Christmas: Roots and Rebirth of the Folkloric Devil by Al Ridenour explores the origins of the Krampus myth, its recent popularization in the United States, the various celebrations and traditions associated with the creature, as well as similar European Christmas beasts.

Krampus, for anyone out of the loop, is a horned, anthropomorphic, demon-like creature who, according to Alpine folklore, is a companion to Saint Nicholas. He acts as the yin to Santa’s yang—punishing the naughty children while Saint Nicholas rewards the good. Krampus provides the dark balance to Saint Nicholas’ light. Traditionally, Krampus is thought to beat naughty children with sticks. Children that have been extra bad are treated more severely: they are stuffed into bags and thrown into the river. It’s really quite a brilliant legend: if your kids are misbehaving, scare the shit out of themwith the threat of being flogged and tortured by the Christmas devil!

The Krampus and the Old, Dark Christmas: Roots and Rebirth of the Folkloric Devil is jam-packed with information on the history and meaning of the Krampus as well as scads of photos and art prints. The dozens of photos of celebrants of myriad regional-variant Yuletide festivals in bizarre and terrifying costumes is worth the price of admission alone. Award-winning designer Sean Tejaratchi has laid everything out gorgeously, augmenting Ridenour’s thoughtful analysis. I really can’t recommend this highly enough. If you have any interest in the subject, this book is simply a must-have.