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X returns to The Casbah

The legendary band X returns

by Reviewer Rob

X opens their show at The Casbah, 11-27-15: this was said to be the first time X had appeared on stage since Billy Zoom had been in chemo treatment. They chose the warm and inviting safety of the naugahyde-padding lined stage of The Casbah for their re-emergance. It was a powerful performance by this legendary band. Here’s the moment Zoom walked on stage and was joined by Exene Cervenka, John Doe and drummer DJ Bonebreak. Formed originally in 1977, this band has meant and still means a lot to countless lovers of their music, punk rock mixed with Americana/rockabilly and poetry, and over the years they’ve been through so much. It was great to see X play this night.

Video by the totally amazing Reviewer Rob, Editor@ReviewerMagazine.com, of course.


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X opens their Casbah show after Billy Zoom takes the stage to cheers from the crowd.
X opens their Casbah show after Billy Zoom takes the stage amid cheers from the crowd.

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The Hand Of Glory

[Occult]

The Hand Of Glory

at California Institute Of Abnormalarts

Illustration of a Hand Of Glory and how it was used as a candle during a burglary.
Illustration of a Hand Of Glory and how it was used as a candle during a burglary.

by Reviewer Rob

A Hand of Glory was a tool used by malefactors in the criminal underworld of yesteryear. Think of it like a kind of supernatural roofie used by burglars and other such nefarious bad actors. Taken from the corpse of a hanged man, the hand was dried, pickled and mummified according to a special process and then it made a thieves’ job easier by eliminating resistance from the occupants of house or building they wanted to rob. Some accounts also said they allowed entry through locked doors.

This of course made it an object of immense value to a certain social element. According to one account, in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Draco Malfoy sees a Hand of Glory in Borgin and Burkes, the dark arts specialist shop, and is told that it “gives light only to the holder.” He buys and later uses it in Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince. These purported special power may be why one was reportedly found secreted inside the wall of an old house in Yorkshire, England, recently. Perhaps it was put there long ago for safe-keeping or for some other “magic” reason. The California Institute Of Abnormalarts in Burbank has a Hand Of Glory among its strange collection of occult kitch if you’d like to see one in the beef-jerkied flesh. According to the owner Carl Crew, “it tastes like teriyaki.”

Hand of Glory:
A grisly magical charm popular with thieves in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, the hand of glory was a candle made from the dried hand of a hanged convict through a complicated recipe that also included herbs, horse dung, peppers, and salt. The hand would be carefully mummified, and then joined to or turned into a candle using tallow from a hanged corpse. (whether this is from the same corpse is apparently irrelevant). Set alight, the hand is said to have the power to render the occupants of a household insensible, making burglary a simple task.
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Pictured below: The Hand of Glory under glass and on exhibit at The California Institute of Abnormalarts, 11334 Burbank Boulevard, North Hollywood, California 91601. When asked about its provenance CIA proprietor Carl Crew would only say it was dated from 1709 and of Scottish origin. Asked how he got it, his pointed reply was “I’m an art dealer, man.” Photo by ReviewerPhoto.com.

Hand Of Glory, under glass, at California Institute of Abnormalarts. Photo by Reviewer Rob, ReviewerPhoto.com.
Hand Of Glory, under glass, at California Institute of Abnormalarts. Photo by Reviewer Rob, ReviewerPhoto.com.
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The Halfwits’ Last Hurrah at Hollywood Fringe

FOUR CLOWNS PRODUCTIONS and The Halfwits’ Last Hurrah

by Reviewer Rob

Really glad I went to see these guys on opening night. Reminded me I need to get out from under earbuds, and out from sitting in front of a computer screen for something other than to see a band play. Very interactive play, The Halfwits’ Last Hurrah, about a hapless circus ringmaster and his troupe. You might feel threatened with something falling on you sitting up front. The stage-sweeper clown tried to climb under my feet as I texted pre-show and people finished taking seats. The group puts on a real show too. You feel the energy of their heartfelt albeit hokey story. It’s funny and dramatic and you’ll be rooting for them by the end. Go see them, especially if it’s at another Hollywood Fringe festival. That whole scene looks like it’s an undiscovered box of fun.

See more about lineup and dates at their site: fourclowns.org.


The Halfwits Last Hurrah, Four Clowns, Hollywood Fringe 2015.
The Halfwits Last Hurrah, Four Clowns, Hollywood Fringe 2015.