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SatanCon 2023 — April 28–30, 2023, Boston, US

The Satanic Temple presents SatanCon 2023, the second convention with this one commemorating TST’s 10th year, is April 28–30, 2023, Boston, US. (N.B. Although this is an upcoming calendar event, at the time of posting, tickets to the main event are sold out. There are still passes to the marketplace, sans presentations and so on.)

Hermetic Library Calendar Satancon 2023 28apr2023

Boston Marriott Copley Place – April 28-30, 2023


See also “Boston’s SatanCon expected to be largest ever gathering of Satanists“—”Hundreds of Satanists will converge in Boston’s Copley Square at the end of April for the second annual SatanCon. But they aren’t coming to worship the devil. With over 800 registered attendees, organizers say they’re expecting it to be the largest ever gathering of Satanists, accompanied by protests of conservative and Christian groups from across the country.” “The event has been widely covered in conservative media, including Fox News. Online protesters like televangelist John Ramirez say the Satanic Temple, the organization hosting the convention, exists ‘so demons and spirits can work in the atmosphere … to really bring destruction to the people.’ Dex Desjardins, an ordained minister of Satan and spokesman for the [Satanic] Temple, said the church is often misunderstood.” “‘We know that there are movements in this country right now that are trying to take away voting rights. They’re trying to restrict the kinds of relationships you can have, what you can read at school, what you can say as a teacher, and you have to push back. And it’s risky. It’s always risky to fight for civil rights.’ Desjardins said the group supports people’s right to protest, so long as they do so peacefully. ‘That’s their First Amendment right, just like we have the right to be here and hold our convention,’ he said.”

Darren Aronofsky’s Pi on Pi Day — March 14, 2023, various cities, US

Special one day only IMAX screening of a restored version of Darren Aronofsky’s Pi, Pi Day, March 14, 2023, in various cities across the US.

Hermetic Library Calendar Pi 14mar2023

“Join director Darren Aronofsky on Pi Day for a special screening and conversation to celebrate the 25th anniversary of his groundbreaking first feature PI. The special one-day only event will include a live Q&A with Aronofsky, cinematographer Matthew Libatique, composer Clint Mansell, actor Sean Gullette, and other special guests live from Los Angeles followed by a screening of the restored film. The 1998 surrealist psychological thriller stars Sean Gullette as a mathematician who becomes obsessed with searching for patterns in the universe as part of a quest for meaning.”

“Join director Darren Aronofsky on Pi Day for a special IMAX screening and conversation to celebrate the 25th anniversary of his groundbreaking first feature Pi.

This one-day only event will include a live Q&A with Aronofsky and other special guests live from Los Angeles followed by a screening of the restored film.

The 1998 surrealist psychological thriller stars Sean Gullette as a mathematician who becomes obsessed with searching for patterns in the universe as part of a quest for meaning.

EVENT DATE: March 14, 2023
DIRECTOR: Darren Aronofsky
CAST: Sean Gullette, Mark Margoils, Ben Shenkman
TICKETS: https://pi.imax.com/”

Harry Smith — Oct 4, 2023–Jan 2024, New York, NY, US

Harry Smith, an art exhibit, Oct 4, 2023–Jan 2024 at Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY, US; about Harry Smith.

Hermetic Library Calendar Harry Smith Exhibit 4oct2023 Aleph
Harry Smith, Aleph

“This will be the first solo exhibition of artist, experimental filmmaker, and groundbreaking music ethnologist Harry Smith (1923–1991), whose compendium of song recordings, the Anthology of American Folk Music, laid the groundwork for the popularization of folk music in the 1960s. This exhibition introduces Smith’s life and work within a museum setting for the first time and includes paintings, drawings, experimental films, designs, and examples of Smith’s collecting alongside his historic folk music collection. Seen throughout this hybrid display of art and ephemera are signs of the esoteric, fantastic, and alternative cosmologies basic to Smith’s view of culture. The exhibition proposes new ways to experience diverse strains of 20th-century American cultural histories.

Over the course of fifty years, Smith made renegade and innovative use of the changing recording and distribution technologies, from his voracious approach to record collecting to experiments with early tape-recording systems to groundbreaking manipulations of abstraction and collage in film. Smith was a pioneer in collecting, organizing, and sequencing images and artifacts that structure the ways we understand and share culture and experiences today. He created a life and practice outside of institutions and capitalism, offering an eccentric model for engagement with a society today even further dominated by these systems.

Vitally, Smith brought to light and wrestled with—sometimes imperfectly—facets of America’s rich histories, tracing and sharing underappreciated veins of culture often invisible to mainstream society. Very much outside of his time, Smith nonetheless created his own rich vein of American culture that says more about this country, its arts, and its diverse creative communities than nearly any other artist of his time.

The exhibition, designed in partnership with artist Carol Bove, distills his remarkable and varied production into a number of distinct sculptural spaces. Smith’s early hand-painted abstract films, his film of Seminole textiles, and Andy Warhol’s Screen Test of Smith will be presented alongside stills from the liner notes of the Anthology of American Folk Music. The exhibition will zig-zag through displays of Smith’s personal collection of ephemera and archival materials to survey the artist’s life. The artist’s rarely-seen final film Mahagonny (1970–80) creates a portrait of urban America with a mesmerizing, hectic, and repetitive showcase of four films presented simultaneously while an original score from the Brecht-Weill opera Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny (1930) plays at high volume. A small black box theater will immerse visitors in Smith’s collage film, Heaven and Earth Magic (1957–62), and other audio-visual works. Finally, this exhibition will offer a unique listening environment where visitors can explore the Anthology of American Folk Music along with interviews from Smith himself.

This exhibition is co-organized by The Whitney Museum of American Art and the Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts at Harvard University, where a version of the project will open in November 2024. The exhibition is curated by artist Carol Bove; Dan Byers, the John R. and Barbara Robinson Director of the Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts; Rani Singh, Director of the Harry Smith Archives; Elisabeth Sussman, Curator and Sondra Gilman Curator of Photography at the Whitney Museum of American Art; with Kelly Long, Senior Curatorial assistant at the Whitney Museum of American Art.”

The Lost Art of Dreaming — March 2–5, Seattle, WA, US

The Lost Art of Dreaming by Sean Dorsey Dance at Velocity Dance Center, March 2–5 (with ASL interpretation Friday, March 3), Seattle, WA, US.

Hermetic Library Calendar the Lost Art of Dreaming 13feb2023

MARCH 2 – 4 | 7:30 PM
+ MARCH 5 | 2 PM
*ASL interpretation Friday, March 3rd.
12th Avenue Arts | 1620 12th Ave

Sean Dorsey Dance’s THE LOST ART OF DREAMING is an invitation to embrace expansive imagination, reconnect with longing, connect with joy and pleasure, and propel ourselves toward loving Futures. This new full-evening work is a fusion of full-throttle dance, intimate storytelling, intricate costuming and exquisite queer partnering … all performed with Sean Dorsey Dance’s signature technical precision, guts and deep humanity.”

“The Lost Art Of Dreaming is performed by a powerhouse ensemble of five trans, queer and gender-non-conforming dancers (Sean Dorsey, Brandon Graham, Héctor Jaime, David Le, Nol Simonse) – with a rich, layered soundscore featuring original and commissioned music.”—The Lost Art Of Dreaming – Seattle Tour

Features original music composed for the show by Anomie Belle. (HT email from Anomie Belle, see “Sean Dorsey Dance “The Lost Art of Dreaming” is in Seattle March 2-5!“)

This is part of a 10+ US city tour, so look for other dates at Sean Dorsey Dance’s Upcoming Events page.

Damien Echols Presents: The Mothman Prophecies — February 23, 2023, New Orleans, LA, US

Damien Echols Presents: The Mothman Prophecies, part 1 of a series, at The Broad Theatre, February 23, 2023, New Orleans, LA, US

Hermetic Library Calendar Damien Echols Mothman Prophecies 23feb2023

“I was invited to choose 3 movies to screen, and do accompanying talks, by the Broad Theater here in NOLA. We begin on Feb 23rd with Mothman Prophecies. The theme of the talks are the stages of magickal development – Neophyte,Adept,Master.”—Damien Echols

“Damien Echols Presents: The Mothman Prophecies – February 23rd

February 23 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

We’re thrilled to announce that a very special guest, author Damien Echols is curating a three part series at The Broad, starting Thursday February 23rd with THE MOTHMAN PROPHECIES. Since his wrongful incarceration in 1993 and subsequent release from prison in 2011, Damien has written several books, often in collaboration with his wife Lorri Davis, on hermetic magick as well as a number of autobiographies. Damien appeared on Duncan Trussell’s show Midnight Gospel and, over the years, has been featured in many podcasts, radio interviews and documentaries. Damien will be in person to introduce the film and will stick around afterward for discussion.

Date: February 23
Time: 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Cost: $12”

[web, tickets]

We seek truth in all human experience, principally because we want security; we want that certainty that we are not deceiving ourselves. The question is, how do we know when we have attained truth? To most of us, truth consists of the substantiation of our ideas.

Ralph M Lewis, The Conscious Interlude [Amazon, Bookshop, Publisher, Local Library]

Hermetic quote Lewis The Conscious Interlude seek truth all human experience because security certainty not deceiving ourselves question how know attained truth to most substantiation our ideas

Listen, you! We expect nothing from you…we have burnt our hope as far as you are concerned…we want to speak to the ones who are prepared to stop eating their food. Misery is your food… scum-filth party politics is your food…when will you look down and see what is on the end of your fork – the naked lunch? We give up, you little people, your tenacity, your insistence on little wretched miseries amazes us. Stop reading this now. Because it is highly unlikely that you are one of those able to understand us.


Hermetic quote TOPY Blood stop reading this little wretched miseries highly unlikely you are one able to understand

There’s always been disaster and war, ups and downs, dark ages and golden eras. It’s not the first time that something’s wiped out a big chunk of life on the planet, either. But each time that happens and the world recovers, some species don’t make it. This time it just might be us.

Karen Traviss, The Best of Us [Amazon, Bookshop, Local Library]

Hermetic quote Traviss The Best of Us always been disaster war dark ages golden eras not the first time wiped out life planet world recovers some species dont make it might be us