Tuesday, March 28, 2017

4/1/17 April Fool's Day - talk with Alan Abel and Andrew Lampert @ Recess in Soho NYC 4-6pm

If you live in NYC, please join us at Recess in Soho on 4/1/17 (April Fool's Day) from 4pm-6pm for an informal conversation about FAKE NEWS with Alan Abel and artist, Andrew Lampert.

The series is called... Faked/Out (the series runs from March 10 – April 8, 2017)

"Andrew Lampert and Public Opinion Laboratory will unveil the project Faked/Out, a multi-platform response to the world’s current information crises. Now that fake news is an all too real concern, it would seem that the only way to fight fire is with gasoline. Or, stated another way, the best way to understand fake news is to report it. With this in mind, Public Opinion Laboratory and Lampert will convert Recess into an office and operational hub for Fake Out News Incorporated (FONI), a news service very much concocted for the present moment."

For further info, please check out: http://www.recessart.org/andrewlampert/ 

RECESS: 41 Grand Street New York, NY 10013 (646) 863-3765

Donald Trump versus Fake News Creator, Alan Abel

Alan Abel is in the news again - the REAL NEWS - and this time it's because of Abel's beef with Donald Trump over an unpaid judgment owed to Abel. This is not a hoax!

(photo of Alan Abel by Jenny Abel)
Read the full story in Newsweek by Zach Schonfeld here: This 86-Year-Old Claims Donald Trump Has Owed Him $918.58 Since 1994 (published 3/22/17 at 10:00 AM)

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Alan Abel in Chicago for Hoaxing Workshop & Screening of ABEL RAISES CAIN

Long before punk’d became a verb with a hip spelling, self-styled, professional prankster Alan Abel was pulling the legs of the unsuspecting. Be it his fictitious Society for Indecency to Naked Animals or golf-course dance instruction to corporate executives in ballet positions promised to ratchet up their golf scores, Abel has been leading the way to his provocative punch lines for nearly six decades.

The incorrigible provocateur, writer, actor, musician, comedian, filmmaker, lecturer, and public interest champion is coming to DePaul University for a series of special events that will let you in on the man behind the many masks.

Come to a screening and Q&A of the film, Abel Raises Cain on Wednesday, March 2, 6:30 p.m. in room 108 of McGowan Hall South, located at 1110 W. Belden Ave. This event is free and open to the public.

On Thursday, March 3, at 6:30 p.m. the public is invited to attend a rare workshop on the art of devising and carrying out a media hoax. This interactive plot/workshop will introduce the audience to the art of the hoax and provide a unique, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to brainstorm and work with the master of allegorical satire, Alan Abel. Thursday’s meeting will be used to collectively develop and refine the premise of the hoax, which will be carried out at high noon on Friday, March 4th (location of actual hoax to be shared secretly with workshop participants on the night of March 3rd). Workshop participants are encouraged to attend and promote Friday’s hijinks, but it is not required. 

For more information about Alan’s hoaxes including The International Sex Bowl, Alan Abel Sues the IRS, Idi Amin Marries a WASP, Stop Bird porn, and the infamous Donahue Faint-In visit: www.abelraisescain.com

Both of these events are FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. Made possible by the generous support of the Social Science Research Center and the College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences at DePaul University.

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Alan Abel Exhibit at the Velveteria in Los Angeles

Do you live near Los Angeles? Have you ever heard of the Velveteria? How appropriate that the Weird World of Alan Abel is now on display at "one of the World's Strangest Museums" according to Travel and Leisure magazine! 

711 New High St
Los Angeles, CA 90012
The lewd horse that symbolized the prudent efforts of the Society for Indecency to Naked Animals to clothe every naked horse, cat, dog and cow, is now a celebrated work on black velvet with its own humorous twist at this quirky art museum.

The following is one of thousands of velvet paintings owned by Carl and Caren at the Velveteria and this one is obviously a tribute to the naked horse in shorts. But this beast happens to be a unicorn and his underwear is a little more... colorful.

Here is a sneak peak of a couple other Alan Abel paintings on display...

 (Omar the Beggar getting out of his 'limo')

 (Omar the Beggar with Don Rickles on The Mike Douglas Show)

So whether you enjoy the magic of velvet paintings or not, this place is extraordinary. Please go check it out!! The Velveteria was recently profiled in the LA Times.

Special thanks to Carl Baldwin and Caren Anderson for putting together this Alan Abel prank exhibit!

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Abel Raises Cain Screening at the 2015 Collinsville Film Festival

We just moved from Brooklyn, NY to a small Connecticut arts-oriented community and we're excited (maybe a little nervous) to share the film with our new neighbors and friends. Hopefully the nudity @ around 45 minutes into the picture will not be too offensive on a Sunday. I'm promising everyone that if they don’t laugh at least once, I will give them their money back. So here are the details...

ABEL RAISES CAIN is screening at the Collinsville Film Festival on Sunday, May 17, 2015 @ 1:30PM at the Canton Town Hall auditorium (4 Market Street, Collinsville, CT 06022). Tickets are $10.00 either in advance online via this link: Collinsville Film Festival Tickets or cash at the door. 

Photo by Denny Renshaw
For anyone who has just stumbled upon our obscure documentary, ABEL RAISES CAIN toured the international film fest circuit after winning the Grand Jury Prize at Slamdance in 2005. The movie is a comical portrait of my father, Alan Abel, the infamous media hoaxer. He is best-known for his campaign to clothe all naked animals for the sake of decency in the late 50s/early 60s, a zany cause that hoodwinked even Walter Cronkite, the most trusted newsman in America. The satirical crusade’s motto was, “A nude horse is a rude horse.” A silly idea that caught like wildfire, news of the phony organization landed the front pages of newspapers across America and around the globe. His pranking career pretty much took off from there. My mother was his partner in crime and they led a fun life together. But my dad never made any money, so his ‘success’ is bittersweet.

If you like Andy Kaufman, the Yes Men, Jon Stewart or Stephen Colbert, my father was doing their shticks way before they were even born! So if you've never heard of Alan Abel, come on down to Town Hall in Collinsville, CT on Sunday afternoon (5/17 @ 1:30) to see the screening! It's fun to experience it with a crowd in a public setting. My husband, Jeff, and I produced and directed the documentary together and we'll be doing a Q&A with the audience afterwards. You never know, there may be a couple of surprise visitors there who like to sneak in after the show starts.