Upcoming events at Howl Happening

Tight 5: A Comedy Series Hosted by Greer Dworman
Comedy

Tight 5: A Comedy Series Hosted by Greer Dworman

Wednesday 7:00pm (13 December)
Howl Happening, New York

Actors Fund Affordable Housing Workshop
Health

Actors Fund Affordable Housing Workshop

Tuesday 2:00pm (19 December)
Howl Happening, New York

Events around Howl Happening

Rednecks with Paychecks Spring Break 2018
Sport

Rednecks with Paychecks Spring Break 2018

Thursday 9:00am (15 March)
Rednecks with Paychecks Offroad, Saint Jo

Palmistry Readings by Izaskun

Palmistry Readings by Izaskun

Tuesday 5:00pm (19 December)
The Alchemists Kitchen, New York

Microdosing with The Mother: Ayahuasca as a Daily Practice

Microdosing with The Mother: Ayahuasca as a Daily Practice

Wednesday 8:00pm (20 December)
The Alchemists Kitchen, New York

Practical Herbalism: Intentional Potion Making

Practical Herbalism: Intentional Potion Making

Sunday 12:00pm (17 December)
The Alchemists Kitchen, New York

Robert Gordon Rockabilly X-Mas with The Skelekasters!
Music

Robert Gordon Rockabilly X-Mas with The Skelekasters!

Friday 7:00pm (22 December)
The Bowery Electric, New York

Martin Rev [Suicide] + The Juan MacLean [DJ Set] w/ Future Punx
Music

Martin Rev [Suicide] + The Juan MacLean [DJ Set] w/ Future Punx

Thursday 7:00pm (28 December)
The Bowery Electric, New York

Be Our Guest – A Disney DJ Night at Bowery Electric
Music

Be Our Guest – A Disney DJ Night at Bowery Electric

Thursday 8:00pm (21 December)
The Bowery Electric, New York

5-week poetry workshop w/ Michael Collins
Workshop

5-week poetry workshop w/ Michael Collins

Sunday 12:00pm (11 March)
Bowery Poetry Club, New York


Tomata du Plenty Coast to Coast

Tomata du Plenty Coast to Coast


When?

Start time: Thursday 7:00pm (07 December)
End time: Thursday 9:00pm (07 December)

Where?

Howl Happening
6 E 1st St, New York
Art

About

Art Showing, Panel Discussion, and Screenings

Actor, performer, painter, raconteur. Howl! Happening is pleased to present an evening celebrating the colorful coast-to-coast life of Tomata du Plenty. The show will include a one night only sale of Tomata’s watercolors from the collection of Chuck Fulton, a slide show curated by Sandra Schulman, and a panel discussion focusing on Tomata’s time in New York City. The panel will feature 70s era Off-Off-Broadway theater contemporaries Tish and Snooky of Manic Panic; Jack Rabid, publisher of The Big Takeover, who conducted one of the last interviews with Tomata; and Carlos Iglesias, L.A. based collector and documentarian of the upcoming film on Tomata’s life. A slide show and a short film, commissioned especially for the presentation, will be shown.

Tomata du Plenty (1948 –2000), born David Xavier Harrigan, was an artist in step with his times—careening from careers as a theater troupe founder and experimental punk band performer to multimedia artist. Born in New York and raised in California, Tomata seized the day in San Francisco, where he joined the Cockettes, the legendary theater troupe in 1968. He co-founded Ze Whiz Kidz, a lip-synch troupe, with the late Gorilla Rose in Seattle and later performed comedy with Fayette Hauser and Gorilla at CBGB in New York, alongside the Ramones, and the Stilettos with a pre-Blondie Debbie Harry.

He made his mark with The Screamers, a band with no guitars—just one ARP Odyssey synthesizer, one Fender Rhodes with fuzzbox, a minimal drum kit, and Tomata on lead vocals. They never recorded an album but became sensations at The Masque, the Whisky a Go Go, and the Roxy in Los Angeles with their meticulously polished productions.

After the final breakup of The Screamers in 1981, Tomata embarked on a new career as a painter and evolved into a revered folk artist who worked the storefront gallery circuit in Seattle, L.A., Miami, New Orleans, and San Francisco. He always said he’d sooner sell 100 of his trademark instant paintings depicting his favorite artists and other plain folks at $25 each than one at $25,000. And that’s exactly what he did.

Photo: Marva Marrow