An Erotic Evening at the Black Sheep Gallery

Erotic Exhibit at Black Sheep Gallery
Erotic Exhibit at Black Sheep Gallery

When it comes to matters of the flesh, society prefers to turn a blind eye. Even in this century, it’s remarkable how people can become uncomfortable with a conversation that addresses what pleases our bodies. Have you ever paused and asked yourself, “What arouses me and gives me pleasure? From what do I derive physical satisfaction?”

The Black Sheep Gallery in Burbank, California, begs these questions and more with its current exhibition, “Erotic.” The new art installation fittingly debuted Valentine’s Day weekend and the provocative event invited all in attendance to explore the depths of dark desire. Continue reading “An Erotic Evening at the Black Sheep Gallery”

The 7 Most Iconic Goth Couples

Still from Francis Ford Coppola's "Dracula" (© Columbia Pictures)
Still from Francis Ford Coppola’s “Dracula” (© Columbia Pictures)

Flowers, chocolates and anything and everything heart-shaped blissfully emerge when February 14th rolls around. For lovebirds, it’s all red, pink and sweet for Valentine’s Day, no? Well, for those that have a penchant for dark romance, there’s nothing more amorous than a bouquet of black roses, a moonlit picnic in the cemetery and perhaps even a keepsake in the shape of a real, bloody human heart.

To commemorate this holiday, I decided to pay homage to some of history’s most quintessential pairs that put an entirely different spin on the old adage “romance is dead.” For the following seven most iconic goth couples, romance is at its peak when in the grasp of passion and death. Continue reading “The 7 Most Iconic Goth Couples”

A Night of Goth Metal with The Sixth Chamber

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For nearly two decades, The Sixth Chamber has been gracing the metal music scene with heavy riffs, mesmerizing rhythms and haunting lyrics that transport listeners to a dark, mythological realm. The band’s sound delivers an intoxicating blend of 70s rock, psychedelia and goth metal interspersed with exotic embellishments. I got to see these self-declared “denizens of otherworldly realms” perform live recently at the iconic Rainbow Bar & Grill on the Sunset Strip for an energy-fueled show. Continue reading “A Night of Goth Metal with The Sixth Chamber”

Steven Johnson Leyba’s “FIRE” Exhibit & Ritual at The Dark Art Emporium

Steven Johnson Leyba's FIRE art exhibit
Steven Johnson Leyba’s FIRE art exhibit

He was ordained as a reverend into the Church of Satan by Anton Szandor LaVey in 1992, has placed curses on politicians and corporations, and caused media mayhem when, during his Apache Whiskey Rite as a political protest, he allowed himself to be anally penetrated by a woman wearing a harness with a bottle of Jack Daniel’s strapped to it. Continue reading “Steven Johnson Leyba’s “FIRE” Exhibit & Ritual at The Dark Art Emporium”

Blake Armstrong’s “Morpheus” Solo Exhibit at Lethal Amounts

Blake Armstrong's "Morpheus" exhibit at Lethal Amounts
Blake Armstrong’s “Morpheus” exhibit at Lethal Amounts

For his first West Coast solo exhibit, artist Blake Armstrong debuted “Morpheus,” a collection that delves into a dark, ethereal world that exists beyond consciousness. It’s only fitting that the opening reception coincided with the rise of the full moon on January 10th—a peak time to manifest dreams into waking reality. The series, which is named after the Greek god of sleep, invites onlookers to experience otherworldly visions and confront beings hidden in the deepest parts of our psyches. Continue reading “Blake Armstrong’s “Morpheus” Solo Exhibit at Lethal Amounts”

Being an Introvert: Me, Myself and the “I” Word

"Introverted but willing to discuss books." (Sweatshirt from the Introvert, Dear online store)
“Introverted but willing to discuss books.” (Sweatshirt from the Introvert, Dear online store)

Although I’ve known for a long time that I’m an introvert, I had no idea until recently what that fully entailed. I was aware of my quiet nature, difficulties conversing with people and discomfort socializing. I’ve found it challenging to maintain friendships because I usually pull away when I feel the social commitment is too much for me to handle. But there were other traits about myself that frustrated me that I wasn’t aware were due to my introversion. I’ve gone the majority of my life believing there was something wrong with the way I interacted with people, processed information and spent a lot of time in my head. Continue reading “Being an Introvert: Me, Myself and the “I” Word”

Hyaena Gallery Presents: “Dreaming of Spirits”

"Dreaming of Spirits" artwork
“Dreaming of Spirits” artwork

For its current exhibit, Hyaena Gallery in Burbank, California, is communing with phantoms and the other-worldly in “Dreaming of Spirits.” The group art show features pieces by more than a dozen artists that explore the ghosts that plague us, both figuratively and literally, tapping into mental, emotional and spiritual terrain. Continue reading “Hyaena Gallery Presents: “Dreaming of Spirits””

House of Salem & Lethal Amounts Present The Texas Chainsaw Museum

The House of Salem's The Texas Chainsaw Museum at Lethal Amounts
House of Salem’s The Texas Chainsaw Museum at Lethal Amounts

It’s gone down in history as one of the most controversial films of the 20th century and set the bar for the slasher genre. Upon release, “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre” was not only met with polarizing critical reviews but was also banned in more than six countries. From being described as “despicable” by one Los Angeles Times reporter to being said to possess “redeeming social merit” by Stephen King, there’s no doubt this horror movie elicits strong reactions from audiences, down to the present day.

To commemorate the 45th anniversary of the motion picture, House of Salem, in collaboration with Lethal Amounts in Los Angeles, California, debuted The Texas Chainsaw Museum this past weekend. The pop-up features hundreds of memorabilia and artifacts from the 1974 film, including many never-before-seen items—until now. Continue reading “House of Salem & Lethal Amounts Present The Texas Chainsaw Museum”

7 Gifts for the Spooky Soul in Your Life

7 Gifts for the Spooky Soul in Your Life

It’s that most wonderful time of year when the weather gets chilly, colorful lights adorn homes, Christmas trees go up, carols play on the radio and the smell of cinnamon practically permeates the air. And, let’s not forget the holidays are synonymous with gift-giving. Even a dark soul like myself enjoys the season. But, having said that, my macabre factor doesn’t tone down.

I like to compare myself to Jack Skellington from “The Nightmare Before Christmas” who had an appreciation for the holiday, but also injected it with his Halloween spirit. He proves that us morbid folk can strike a nice balance between Christmas cheer and ghostly boos. So, what do you buy someone who basks in the darker side of life? To get you started, following is a list of 7 Gifts for Spooky Souls that will work with any spending budget. Continue reading “7 Gifts for the Spooky Soul in Your Life”

Spotlight on Clairvoyant & Psychic Medium Shelley Hofberg

Photo by Sasha Freemind
Photo by Sasha Freemind

Have you ever had a gut feeling about a situation that turned out to be correct? Have you experienced vivid dreams that, to your great surprise, foretold a future event? Or, maybe you just frequently have hunches about things and don’t understand why you do. Intuition is a guiding force in these situations and is key to unlocking psychic abilities. Continue reading “Spotlight on Clairvoyant & Psychic Medium Shelley Hofberg”