Into the Zone: The Story of the Cacophony Society

[Video Link] I'm looking forward to Into the Zone, a documentary about the Cacophony Society, which was a pranksterish underground cultural movement from San Francisco that paved the way for Burning Man. There will be a screening on Saturday, February 4, 2012 in Santa Ana, CA, followed by a Q&A session with the filmmaker Jon Alloway and Cacophony instigators that I'll be moderating. Hope to see you there!

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Into the Zone: The Story of the Cacophony Society

Benefit Preview Screening at The Yost Theate 307 N Spurgeon St, Santa Ana, CA 92701

The Cacophony Society Zone Show: You May Already be a Member

Grand Central Art Center

125 North Broadway, Santa Ana, CA 92701

Runs February 4 – April 15

More information after the jump:

EXHIBITION: The Cacophony Society Zone Show is a retrospective look at the Cacophony Society, a national collective of guerrilla artists, dada pranksters, and various eccentrics pursuing "experiences beyond the mainstream." Dedicated to activities mocking societal expectations, sacred cows, and good taste, The Cacophony Society evolved from the San Francisco Suicide Club and its members were chief organizers of the Burning Man Festival in Northern Nevada. The Society's pranking served as inspiration for the activities of Project Mayhem in Chuck Palahniuk's Fight Club. The exhibition transforms the museums main gallery into a wildly immersive environment filled with photos, graphics, video, props, costumes, and original art from Society events. Exhibition runs through April 15. FREE!

BLOCK PARTY: The Feburary 4th opening will be celebrated with a block party featuring carnivalesque music and performance from artists associated with the Society, art cars, competing protestors, dangerous stunts, an on-call ambulance, and other surprises. Check for complete lineup. FREE!

FILM: This benefit preview screening of the documentary "Into the Zone: The Story of the Cacophony Society" will be held at the historic Yost Theater, only a few blocks from the museum. From 3-4pm, a cocktail reception will be held at the theater's bar, followed by screening and Q&A with Mark Frauenfelder ( interviewing film maker Jon Alloway and Cacophony instigators John Law, Danger Ranger, Chuckles Klown, and Reverend Al. The film features extensive rarely seen footage as well exclusive interview of Chuck Palahniuk on his experiences with the Society. Advance tickets advised. (Recently re-opened, this 100-year-old theater formerly served the area in a dual capacity: vaudeville palace upstairs and basement holding cells dedicated to Orange County drunks and criminals.) Advance tickets recommended.


Feb. 4 – April 15

Closed Mondays

Tuesdays – Sundays 11:00 am – 4:00 pm.

Extended hours: Friday & Saturday 11:00am – 7:00 pm.

(First Saturday of the month galleries are open until 10:00 pm)

For the most up-to-date holiday hours call 714-567-7233