Gravy, the magical
Court Jester of the Counter Culture, still quests to make "doing
good" fashionable in the 90's. In the words of Ram Dass, "This
wise clown of compassion is a genuine mahatma of the Cosmic Giggle."
He has an uncanny ability to connect with people, and he has combined
clowning and service into fine art. Founding father of the still-thriving
Hog Farm Commune, one of the stars of the Electric Kool Aid Acid
Test, Merry Prankster, he's master of ceremonies everywhere - including
Woodstock I and II, where he ended up running the medical tent.
He went to a Children's Hospital every day for seven years, cheering
up terminally ill children.
Now Wavy organizes FUNdraisers for the visionary SEVA foundation,
which is dedicated to ending preventable blindness and other good
works. He is founder and director of Camp Winnarainbow, author of
Something Good For A Change, and mastermind of the "Nobody
for President" campaign. Comic satirist Paul Krassner calls
Wavy Gravy "the illegitimate son of Harpo Marx and Mother Teresa".
Halim El-Dabh is a
of African Ethno-Musicology from Kent State University. He has travelled
the world on projects by such organizations as the Smithsonian Institute,
studying and participating in the life and music of tribal cultures.
He is an experienced drummer and performer on a wide variety of
authentic African musical instruments and on keyboard. He was a
soloist with Leopold Stokowsky,
and hes the composer of the music for Martha Grahams Clymenestra,
Nuriev and Margo Fontaynes The Fallen Angel Lucifer, Nile Festival
Music, Ramses the Great Symphony, Lament of the Pharoh, and the sound-light
show for the Pyramid of Egypt. His production Opera Flies was part of
the 25th Anniversary memorial program for the Kent State shooting. A pioneer
in the field of electronic music, he has a new CD entitled Crossing Into
the Electric Magnetic. Halim now works with both the Ohio Arts Council
and Cleveland Public Theatre.
is a Chameleon, ACE
organizer, and has been a teacher, writer, singer and ritualist
in the Pagan movement for over 25 years. Ian is a former Archdruid
and Director of ADF, and is presently its national Preceptor.
A founding member and Elder of Stone Creed Grove, ADFs oldest
congregation, he is author of four books on Celtic Paganism: The
Portal Book, The Book of the Dragon, Grammary,
and Druidheachd: Rites and Symbols of Druidry. One of the
finest bards of the modern Pagan movement, Ian has been writing
and performing songs of the British Isles and Neo-Paganism for over
25 years, and his music and poetry have delighted audiences at A.C.E.
events and Pagan festivals across the U.S.A. and Canada.
R.Y.T. is a certified yoga instructor who has been practicing yoga
and meditation for more than 15 years.She received her training
at Kripalu Yoga Center in Lenox, Mass.,and currently teaches at
the Kent Yoga Center.
Walter Eugene Grodzik
BA, MA, MFA, PhD (ABD). Walter is a Fulbright Scholar who has lived
and traveled extensively throughout Europe. He is currently Professor
of Expressive Arts at the interdisciplinary, experimental Evergreen
State College, in Olympia, Washington. Wine has been Walter’s
avocation for the past ten years. He has toured the wineries of
California, Oregon, Washington State, British Columbia, Peru, and
Nova Scotia. A friend to many a wine steward, restaurateur, and
wine store owner, Walter has attended all too many wine tastings
and frequently shares bottles of exceptional value and/or vintage
with friends and family.
Awen (a welsh word meaning ‘poetic
inspiration’) are Ian Corrigan and Sue Parker, from greater Cleveland,
Ohio. Awen’s music draws on the traditions of British and Irish
folk song and storytelling, as well as the traditions of Neopagan
spirituality. Ballads and storysongs mingle with seashanties and
countryside tunes, and the occasional original song that harks back
to Pagan times. Rollicking guitar rhythms combine with dynamic vocal
harmonies to produce a powerful sound that will captivate and delight
Einstein’s Stardust Outlaws is a Cleveland
based ensemble capable of everything from sonic soundscaping to
tribal world-beat to balls-out rock&roll, and has developed a strong
reputation among Pagan gatherings, psychedelic happenings, space-rock
festivals and big city rock clubs alike. ESO brings a treasure trove
of musical styles to their dynamically theatrical stageshows. LetX=X.
Chas Smith holds a Master's Degree
in Music from Cleveland State University, where his class "Roots
of Rock, Soul and American Pop Culture is the largest-attendance
class offered (over 300 per semester), and he's the author of the
textbook From Woodstock to the Moon: The Cultural Evolution of
Rock Music. His studies focus on composition, ethnomusic and
electro-acoustics, and he's been an avid proponent of alternative
ideas in music therapy. He directs and plays keyboards and bass
for Einstein's Secret Orchestra and Cobra Verde, and has programmed
ESO Radio at WCSB 89.3 FM (www.wcsb.org) in Cleveland since 1987.
has been practicing and writing about Magick for twenty-five years,
with articles in The Cincinnati Journal of Ceremonial Magick, Aeon
Magazine, Starfire, and other publications. From her experiences
with Thelemic Magick, she developed Maat Magick and it's aim of
transforming the human race, and is the author of Maat Magick: a
Guide to Self-Initiation, and The Way of Mystery: Magick, Mysticism,
and Self-Transcendence. She is an Elder (former HPS) of the Circle
of the Sacred Grove, Church of Pantheist Wicca, and a former member
of the Typhonian OTO.
Rev. Ivan Stang
SubGenius Foundation in 1980, and has authored 4 books about The
Church of the SubGenius and fringe beliefs, including The Book
of the SubGenius and Revelation X. Since 1985 he has
produced the syndicated Hour of Slack radio show, and
has preached the word of J.R.
Bob Dobbs at hundreds of stage shows. The Church of
the SubGenius carved out a niche for itself on the Internet, where
Stang now resides
Penny Goody has
an initiated member of the Sacred Dance Guild since 1968. Following
the teaching of Shehera, Gabrielle Roth, Aiyja, and Suzanna Del
Vecchio, she has devoted many years to the art of Dance Oriental
(belly dancing). Born of Amish parents, her hexerie traditions of
the Old Ways counterbalance New Age insights. A student of Stephen
Gaskin's Monday night classes in the late 1960's, she studied with
Samuel Lewis, learning the Sufi traditions of enlightenment through
movement. A presenter/coordinator of Kids' Village at Starwood,
she encourages children to explore their own magical ways. She is
adherent of the Church and School of Wicca, and received her Doctorate
of Divinity degree in 1990. Now going into its twelfth year, Penny
is Goodwife Goody Goody at the Ohio Renaissance Festival, teaching
ribbon dancing and selling her magical crafts.
R.N. is a Registered Nurse, an Ohio licensed professional counselor,
and a bio-feedback technician. He holds degrees in Psychology and
Political Science from Case Western Reserve University. A Co-Director
and founder of ACE (and the Chameleon Club), Joseph has studied
and presented workshops for over 17 years. (The panel discussion
The Self in Transformation, with Joseph Rothenberg, is available
Mary Jo Smiley
(AKA Anomie) is a Certified Myofascial Trigger Point Therapist who
has been practicing this modality for over two years. A longtime
friend of ACE and the Chameleon Club, she was introduced to Myotherapy
in 1985 and, after years of informal study and exploration, obtained
formal training and certification at The Acadamy for Myofascial
Trigger Point Therapy in Pittsburgh, PA.
Liafal, M. Ed,
is a Chameleon,
an ACE organizer, and a founder and former Senior Druid of Stone
Creed Grove. She is a professional educator and a Priestess of the
Traditional Craft, current Vice Archdruid for ADF, a past officer
of the Ohio local Covenant of the Goddess, and has been a major
motivating force behind the Starwood Festival Kids Programming for
many years. A talented singer, she performs with Ian Corrigan in
the group Awen.
has been a Chameleon and A.C.E. organizer since the mid 1980's.
She has studied Yoga, Meditation, Magic, and Natural Health. In1994
she began attending seminars and classes on Natural Health and Healing.
Recently, Deborah left her position as assistant store manager/buyer
for a world renowned museum in Cleveland, Ohio to pursue an educational
and business venture in Natural Health Products.
Revelry is something acoustically
different; think Indigo Girls with Magickal ’tude! This all - Chameleon
trio features Victoria Ganger’s multi-genre originals backed by
the sensuous harmonies of Lisa Lefkort and Mary Alice Tummonds.
From evocative ballads to humorous tangos and all points in between,
Revelry draws it’s own unique connection between ancient tradition
and today’s spirit.
Ron Slabe has been making
electronic music since the late seventies, and has been creating
and participating in performance art almost as long. His work has
been featured at the Cleveland Performance Art Festival and at Cleveland
Public Theatre, the Psychedelicatessen, and small and large venues
around Northeast Ohio. He has performed regularly at ACE events
since 1986 beginning with the first MusicStar Festival, and he has
been the primary performer and mastermind of the StarWood Island
Multi-Media Show since 1991.