Fundraiser For Lovecraft Statue At Athenaeum
(3.16) Hey, Cthulhu got named-checked on Samantha Bee the other night. Here he is up to his tentacles in executive orders. That’s how big a deal Lovecraft is — a Cthulhu reference goes unexplained. (Of course, her writers are probably . . . never mind.)
Known as the father of weird fiction, Lovecraft has influenced numerous modern writers and filmmakers, but for years he was more or less ignored here in Providence. Devotees were directed to his grave in Swan Point Cemetery but that was about it.
That’s all changed in just a few years. Now there are markers about town, walking tours, film festivals, and the wonderful Lovecraft Arts & Sciences Council, a non-profit networking center located downtown in the Arcade. It is, in fact, to the owners of this excellent shop, Niels Hobbs and wife Carmen Marusich (with a cohort of like-minded zealots) that we owe this Lovecraftian renaissance.
Hobbs and Marusich are also the organizers behind NecronomiCon (best -con name ever), the biennial conventions that have filled the town with colorful and satisfied Lovecraft aficionados. And while there is now a bust of Lovecraft in the Athenaeum — and a couple of markers around town — there is still no statue to the man. So the Lovecraft Arts & Science Council is collaborating with sculptor Gage Prentiss to give the city a life-size bronze statue that will properly celebrate the enduring and growing influence that Lovecraft has had on literature. (Facebook event page.)
On Thursday, March 16, the Providence Athenaeum will be transformed into a “Cabinet of Curiosities” for a fundraising gala in support of a Lovecraft statue.
Throughout the evening guests will mingle . . . meet sculptor Gage Prentiss, and get an exclusive look at the statue in progress. The evening will feature music by gothic-folk band Vudu Sister, a silent auction, drinks, and complimentary food by Julian’s, Pizza J, and Knead Doughnuts.
The evening’s highlight will be a screening of the 2005 silent picture The Call of Cthulhu, with avant-garde composer and multi-instrumentalist Antonio Forte performing an original live score.
Tickets are limited to 185 and are available at eventbrite.
(This just in and I haven’t read it yet, “The complicated friendship of H.P. Lovecraft and Robert Barlow, one of his biggest fans” by Paul La Farge in this week’s New Yorker magazine.)
Tickets to fundraiser, $40 and $100, 6pm to 9pm, Thursday, March 16, Athenaeum, 251 Benefit Street, (directions)