Tentacle Session #20 : Sunday February 18, 2001
The Catalogue of Monsters
photo by Jennifer Holmes
with opening music by
Jarico Reese of Dead Man's Records fame
February's Tentacle Session featured
the multi-talented artist, SubGenius, radio
personality, and scholar Hal Robins to celebrate our 2nd anniversary. Hal starred in the very
first session ever and in the series' first anniversary
show last February. What's more he made appearances in
sessions VII and
We have survived Y2K, the technological bogeyman, that diabolial COBOL-spawned
demon of ones and zeros. Whether you count 01/01/00 or 01/01/01
as the turn of the millenium, we've made it now, there's no denying.
We have survived, and there's nothing to be afraid of any more.
OR IS THERE?
The Tentacle Sessions' most fearless
(and most frequent) featured artist
would beg to caveat that confidence. There are
still things that should worry you. Things that
go bump in the night, things that lurk in the
deep and thrive in the dark.
But what is there to fear in our technological age? Hackers? Terrorists? Enviornmental
Nah, none of that lightweight stuff. Worry instead about scary, unearthly, unexplainable creatures, with sharp teeth, bulging muscles,
razor-sharp talons, and brains smaller than Roger
Corman's production budget.
What we are
hinting around about here is monsters!
Mummy, Kong, Giant Squid, Jerry Lewis,
and all their menacing ilk. Safe in your home
with only your alarm system to protect you, the
bad guys are coming at you analog
UNEXPLAINABLE UNTIL NOW
Hal Robins took the creatures by the peepers and the clawsies and
scared the monsters out of the closets, from under the beds, the sky, and of course nefarious regions deep below the earth's surface. Hal brought them all out into the open where they could be seen plainly and made fun of their knobby little knees (when necessary).
Hal Robins' original artwork has graced innumerable publications
worldwide over the last 3 decades including the Dark
Hotel series in the online magazine Salon.
He is one of the premier apostles of the Church
of the Subgenius and co-hosts the Puzzling Evidence
SubGenius radio show which is heard worldwide via the internet.
Hal's writings under the auspices of the SubGenii have appeared
in various publications including the official Church tome
Three-fisted Tales of "Bob". In recent years Hal
has gained yet another level of noteriety amongst San Francisco's
liveliest of arts due to numerous collaborations with "circus
All that and you can celebrate the series' birthday and the inauguration of
our new home at Du Nord. You've arrived on a very special
night, it's one of the Tentacle Sessions' affairs! It doesn't
get better or spookier than this.