DAMNED VIII – An Exhibition of Enlightened Darkness – (3 NIGHTS)


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On October 29th through 31st 2015 in Detroit comes the 8th annual assemblage of extraordinary artists from across this world to display their most introspective creations:

DAMNED – An Exhibition of Enlightened Darkness

From the infamous to the freshest of local and international talent, this prodigious congregation will allow us a glimpse within the diverse shadows of id and ego…of overall mind and encompassing soul guaranteed to intrigue, disturb, inspire or repulse. Rising from within the ashes of Detroit’s historic institution of Devil’s Night, this is not Halloween-themed art but an immersion within the immeasurable realms of consciousness through an elegant ambiance of live ethereal music and cirque/butoh-inspired performances.

There are 3 nights of DAMNED, each with its own distinct theme for the ambiance and performances that flourish within the exhibition:

– Thu 10/29 “The Darkness” – A night of introspective exploration within the shadowed and primal essence of self. This opening night features an intimate VIP Preview/Artist Reception, a formal absinthe tasting, an on-site chef preparing hot hors d’œuvres and experimental aerial and butoh-inspired performances.

– Fri 10/30 “The Enlightenment” – A night of the extrospective self enlightened through light, fire and the ethereal. This gala night features a VIP sampling of internationally-inspired tapas with with paired libations and exotic fire performances.

– Sat 11/31 “The Masquerade” – A festive celebration through a menagerie of exotic cirque, sensual rhythms and masquerade. This closing night features the formal mask-mandatory Masquerade Ball, an elegant seated 6-course aphrodisiac-inspired dinner, sensuous dance performance interludes, the aural ambiance of DJ Mikey and DJ Zumby from Strangeways Radio with DJ Slofu from Happy Endings and a menagerie of strolling cirque performances all night.

All nights feature a sensually lush VIP Mezzanine with live televised performance simulcasts all night, the gallery store to purchase a diversity of art and merchandise, our lovely Devil Girl hostesses and, of course, the art.

Please visit “www.thatdamnedshow.com” for further details regarding each night and tickets.

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DAMNED VIII – An Exhibition of Enlightened Darkness
Fine Art + Performance + Fine Dining + Masquerade Ball

October 29th through 31st 2015
VIP 7pm to 9pm – General 9pm to 2am

Tangent Gallery / Hastings Ballroom
715 E Milwaukee, Detroit, Michigan


HELP US HELP THE HOMELESS: At midnight during the masquerade ball, a single winner will be chosen to win a unique and exquisite prize: The Detroit Deconstruction Skull Ring© ($980 SRV) created by avant-garde fine alternative jeweler Atelier Gothique. All proceeds from the raffle will go to benefit our favorite charity, Burners Without Borders, to help feed and clothe those in need on our city streets through the hand packing and one-on-one giving of survival backpacks. For further details, or to enter online, please visit:


‘Satori Circus Theater Series’ : The Unveiling, by Brett J Lawrence

Introducing the unveiling of the ‘Satori Circus Theater Series’ Photography Project which I have been working on for the past 4 years. This will be the first time all these images will be displayed together in their entirety.

These images will be on display at the Klemm Gallery at Siena Heights University in Adrian, MI, during the ‘2015 Alumni Exhibition’ from October 1 – 29, 2015.

The Artists’ Reception takes place on October 16th, 2015 from 6-8pm in the Gallery.

Entrance to Klemm Gallery is FREE; food and drink reception is a ticketed event on the second floor. Please contact the Alumni Office to purchase your ticket ($12): +1 517 264 7143 or email at alumni@sienaheights.edu. AGAIN, YOU CAN COME SEE THE ART FOR FREE, BUT THE FANCY HORS D’OEUVRES AND DRINKS ARE TICKETED AND LOCATED ON THE SECOND LEVEL OF THE STUDIO.

All images are 8×12″ in size, floated on a 16×20″ Fuji Deep Matte archival print, framed, signed and dated. Each print is priced at $125.00, and may be purchased prior to the Exhibition. The complete set of 15 framed prints may be purchased in its entirety. All pre-purchased prints will be displayed as “From the private collection of “your name” during the Exhibition. Each print may also be purchased unframed, as well.(Please contact me privately for price.)

Originally conceived over a few drinks with my dear friend, Satori Circus, this project was able to come to fruition with the combined efforts of a variety of very open-minded individuals who understood my vision and were willing to allow access to these beautiful venues. To those individuals, I thank you. I couldn’t be more proud of these results.

Going through Hell with Satori Circus

Nicole Hayden, Times Herald
12:25 p.m. EDT July 30, 2015

At first glance, Satori Circus can be hard to identify.

Is it a comedian? A musical? An off-Broadway production?

It is a man with white and black face paint in a full suit.

And it takes the flesh of human life and peels the skin back to reveal the uncomfortable, off-putting guts and inner-workings of every living being.

“Satori Circus: Funy as Hell” is performance art that uses musical numbers, a live band, human theatrics and spoken word.

The production is at the Sky Box Lounge, 400 Quay St. in Port Huron at 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

Check out this story on thetimesherald.com: http://bwne.ws/1SjQHbP

Funny as Hell


So, the boy…SATORI CIRCUS has another performance…yes, in Port Huron!!!!!!!!! (He loved going there as a kid to play hockey…so long ago!) This time its not for hockey…but for performing at the Skybox Lounge. July 31st and August 1st, he and dear friends.Scott Dambacher, Dave Sharon Wander, Sadaat Hossain, J. Pauly Zimmer esq., Barbara Jean, Brian Dambacher, Ryan McInnis and Nate Dauphinais…are performing ‘Funy As Hell’….Its quite amazing even if he is my son..hahaha!!!! Hope to see you there…Thanks – CM

Small Wonders 3 – Featuring Konrad Lee


On Saturday July 11 2015 at Atomic Cafe Gallery in Hamtramck comes a grand event of tiny proportions called “Small Wonders – An Exhibition of Tiny Art”. This curated exhibition will feature a variety of fine art in various mediums from artists local and worldwide created with only one guideline in mind…all artwork must 5 inches and under.

Now in its 3rd year, Small Wonders has grown to include a small festival of film shorts, a gallery of artists creating tiny art live and The Fargin Chef on-site creating tiny portions of fine delicacies. And returning once again, Konrad Lee, Lounge singer Extraordinaire, will be singing a selection of tiny themed songs.

Learn More…

Out of Character: Russell Taylor is Satori Circus

Performance artist Russell Taylor — AKA Satori Circus — continues to evolve his singular brand of performance art.

“I’m an anomaly. I started out doing it just to be anonymous, to separate Russ form this stage character that became Satori Circus.”
Russell Taylor, AKA Satori Circus

In 1988, Russell Taylor began a project to take theater and turn it upside down. That is when he became Satori Circus. Not quite a mime and not quite a clown, Satori Circus is equal parts audience provocation and semi-autobiographical performance art with everything from pantomime to dance to music. Taylor hooks up with WDET’s Travis Wright to talk about his undefinable take on performance and his upcoming show at the Tangent Gallery on June 12.

-Eli Newman, Culture City Associate Producer
WDET 101.9FM
Link to Source

Satori Circus makes the crowd part of the story

Steven Sonoras, Special to The Detroit News
CaptureRussell Taylor, aka Satori Circus, has been redefining local theater since the late ’80s with his Brechtian multimedia performances. Friday and Saturday Satori Circus will present a new performance art piece titled “Dbwe’ inini” at the Hastings Street Ballroom, and it’s unlike anything he has attempted before.

“I was like, ‘I’m tired of performing for people. I want them to perform for me,’ ” he says of his new piece’s impetus. “I wanted to figure out how to do that in a different way than normally is done, like calling people on stage and making them do stuff.” Read More…



Join us once again, or for the first time, on this epic theatrical journey through time, space and outer dimensions.

The Squidling Brothers and Madoodi Mothers travel to Sordor with The Squicken. Where Great Grandma Madoodi will Drop her brand new Album!!


Jelly Boy The Clown
Matterz Squidling
velvet crayon
Fibi Eyewalker
Madeleine Belle
MacKenzie Moltov
Mr. Dead Guy
Tommy Toonz
Brettzo S. Brouhaha
Laïla Poché

Mixed Nuts


Fancy Pants is opening up another can of Mixed Nuts, but this time they are taking the show to Detroit!! Formerly taking residence in Ann Arbor, this wacky show has decided to come to the motor city and mix things up a bit.
The evening will include comedy, burlesque, clowns, vaudeville, and so much more from different local performance artists.

Satori Circus
Mabel Syrup
Holly Hock
Furvus Mendaxxx
J.P. Ballyhoo
Sofia Syntaxx
& Things and Stuff from the Striped Circus

Our emcee for the evening is the nutty Mickey Mandrake!!

$10 cover
9pm doors

$5 gated parking available

+++++ This event is a fundraiser for the 3rd annual Michigan Burlesque Festival, which will be happening on September 18th & 19th, 2015 (tickets will go on sale Aug. 15th) +++++