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Perry, Charles, the Haight-Ashbury, A History; Vintage Books, A Division of Random House, New York, 1985, Copyright 1984 by Rolling Stone Press. excerpts Typed by Barb. Golden Nov. 22, 1994. 364w

Anger and a shadowy Brotherhood of Lucifer rented the Straight Theater for a guarantee of $700 and built a satanic altar on the floor. They hired Ben Van Meter and Scott Bartlett to do the light show, which was built around slides of Crowley's own tarot cards and 400 feet of Anger's film. Behind the projection screen the Orkustra would play, calling itself the Wizard for this occasion. Orkustra leader Bobby Beausoleil was himself the star of the film footage being screened.

The event did not draw a large crowd, but the satanic mood was beyond dispute. At one moment in the brotherhood's invocations around the altar, the top of the Tibetan prayer wheel flew off and hit, of all people, the Oracle's former art director, who was so badly hurt that an ambulance was called. Tough luck for the Straight Theater's insurance policy.

At the end of the show Van Meter returned the film to Anger, who handed it to someone else for safekeeping so he could leave for a post-invocation party. Anger had called it "my first religious film"; to non-satanists it had seemed to be merely shots of Bobby Beausoleil in weight lifter poses. During the night the film was stolen, and the culprit was widely assumed to be Beausoleil. p.240

The Straight Theater announced that the Straight School of Dance which had existed as a modern dance school in the Masonic Hall adjoining the Straight, would move to the theater building and offer public dance instruction. Said the poster: "The Board of Permit Appeals presents...Dance Your Misery Away. Professional dance lessons__5 hours for only $2.50. Instructors include Jerome Garcia, Dr. P. Pen."

A dance school, it turned out, did not need a permit the way a dance hall did. Among such "dance instructors" as the Grateful Dead and Neal Cassady with his mile-a-minute mouth was an actual dance instructor, the famous dancer and choreographer Ann Halprin. Two thousand "student body cards" were sold. p.241


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