Chef Adam Ostrofsky will be talking about how professional cooking has been influenced by theoretical religions, including Christianity, to Judaism, to Taoism, Hinduism and Islam, how feminism has affected the kitchen dynamics, and how the dynamic of this diversity has changed the restaurant industry. He will also speak in regards to how the Satanic Panic affected the restaurant industry and still does to this day, making Satanism an obstacle for many of its practitioners.
Adam Ostrofsky aka The Satanic Chef is a long-time Culinary Artist who has worked at several restaurants such as MARE, Sel De LA Terre/L’Espalier Back Bay, JM Curley’s, Ripasso, Cafe Beatrice, Revival, and most notably Tavern Road.
He has currently written a cookbook entitled Devil’s Food, A Satanic Cookbook. The book contains original art by local artists Courtney Brooke aka Light Witch and illustrator Leigh Anita.
In conjunction with We've Become What We Parody, join renowned writer, filmmaker, musician, academic, and artist Cevin Soling for a conversation about his process and practice, including a special musical performance featuring works from his band, The Love Kills Theory.
Soling's artistic and academic work is ultimately about transcendence. His debut film, A Hole in the Head, documented a subculture who drilled holes in their heads to expand their state of consciousness. The troubling aspect was not so much these people’s willingness to violate their own body in a dramatic manner. Rather, the procedure might work and the subsequent questions this raises about potentially improving brain function and how far one should go.
Between his musical, artistic, and film projects, Soling has been featured on MTV, HBO, BBC, Comedy Central, The Discovery Channel, and TLC, among others.
Additional projects include the following documentaries and animated shorts: Urine: Good Health, Boris the Dog, The Bill Johnson Show, Great Moments in Rock, Captain Stickman vs The Color Black, The War on Kids, Ikland, The Gilligan Manifesto, The War on the War on Drugs.
Soling is the author of several books including: Kierkegaard's Dilemma, The Bomb that Followed Me Home, The Disciples of Trotsky, The Land of Plenty, Tiffany Brittany Brooke, The Jolly Elf, Eldwyn the Laid Back Dragon, and The Student Resistance Handbook.
NYC Art Star, Reverend Jen visits the Satanic Temple where she will read from her salacious and wacky books, take questions and screen "Satan. Hold My Hand", a film she wrote and starred in that also features Faceboy, Robert Prichard and Janeane Garofalo.
Reverend Jen is a Renaissance Elf, art star, painter, performer, filmmaker, “Anti-Slam” open mic host and author of six published books including “Elf Girl” (Simon & Schuster) and “Live Nude Elf” (Soft Skull.) Her various handcrafted art books can be found in collections that include the Whitney Museum of American Art, the MoMA Library and the Warhol Museum. Rev. Jen was also the founder of the world famous "Lower East Side Troll Museum" which was open from 2000-2016. The Troll Museum is now a "Troll Pantry" in Jen's Brooklyn abode where she lives and works as a full-time personal assistant to her cat.
Alexander has lended his brush to many bands over the years, his album covers include Arch Enemy, Sabbath Assembly, Lungs, and Silver Talon. A full album cover discography can be found here. Reisfar was the artist in residence at the John Natsoulas Gallery in 2012, where he became a member of the Davis Mural Team. The artist’s murals can be found in Davis CA, Oakland CA, and Portland OR. His paintings, both brooding and elegant, have been featured across the U.S. and can be found in numerous collections and outsider exhibitions around the world.
From the morning of Friday, October 1st, through Sunday, October 3rd, we’ll practice yoga, magick, tarot, meditation, share delicious meals and drinks, and have fun activities planned during our wonderful weekend getaway! The BNB is about 35 minutes from Salem, and all yoga classes will be held at the Satanic Temple.
Peter Bebergal, author of "Season of the Witch: How the Occult Saved Rock and Roll", will discuss the relationship between theater, ritual, and popular music, with a look at the influence of ancient religious practice, turn of the century art, and occult lodge rites on the performance and culture of rock. From Robert Plant's Dionysian swagger to Bowie's alchemical transformations, Bebergal will reveal the gods under the masks of rock's most arresting moments.
Artist Statement: The works serve as critiques of both ourselves and our culture designed to prompt unsettling questions. What kind of world have we created? What do we value, and what do we want to achieve? How do we suppress thoughts of our eventual demise and the specter of violence that surrounds us? Alienation plays a significant role – not as a subject as one might expect, but rather as an object. Alienation from selves, from others, from our culture and history, from the things we produce, and the things to which we aspire are ultimately what generate ironic humor in the dark landscape.