Why is the Washington Pavilion hosting a show that promotes a cult?

I got an email from a foot soldier a few weeks ago, but didn’t think much of it;

I received a mailer about something called “Shen Yun: China before Communisim”. This is a stage shown produced by the Falun Gong religious movement, who is more well known for their pro-Trump rag The Epoch Times. They are going to put on one of these Shen Yun performances at the Washington Pavilion on January 26th. I wonder if this is worthy of a blog post as a SF government organization is allowing a pro-Trump religious movement to host a show at the Pavilion.

I responded;

I get it, and would agree this is a POS show, but the Pavilion is ran by a private non-profit even if it does get subsidies from the city they can basically put on any governmental or religious show and have over the years. You also have to realize the place is ran by a person who only cares about cashing in and making money.

As I mentioned above, there is little stopping the Washington Bazillion from putting on the show, and Holy Sh!t it is expensive. I guess cults don’t get money from trees.

If you don’t know much about the Falun Dafa Cult they seem to revel in being anti-socialism, anti-gay, anti-atheist, anti-premarital sex and and anti-science all rolled into a big old barrel of monkeys. Wait, I think I just described our governor’s agenda.

Secretly I am actually thinking about going just so I can laugh at the end when the Karl Marx character ruins all the fun. But I am also NOT a fan of putting my money in a burn barrel.

I encourage anyone thinking about going to NOT go and if you already have purchased tickets to ask for a refund siting you don’t wish to support a cult. I sometimes wonder whoever is booking the shows over there even bothers to do a little research. It reminds of how they didn’t book Lucinda Williams (about a month before she won a Grammy) because they didn’t think they could fill the seats or how they canceled negotiations with Hank the III because he wouldn’t promise to do all old timey music sets.

But a Chinese cult ballet for $180 a ticket? That’s A okay.



14 comments ↓

#1 Fear & Loathing in Sioux Falls on 01.16.22 at 1:45 pm

“Walk through walls and levitate”?…. Maybe he could help us with the Bunker Ramp.

What if we just waterboarded them? Liz Cheney says that’s not torture and we like Liz now.

Aliens are homophobic? That might explain cigar shape saucers, but does it really?

Daugaard once said we were just a little more socialistic than the Chinese (Inside Keloland 2013), so why do we put up with this crap?

The Events Center is for country music. The Pavilion promotes a cult. What’s the difference?

My bird loves the Epoch Times.

When you really think about it, ‘The Apprentice’ and ‘The Gong Show’ were quite similar.

Bottlenecks and shortages will hopefully slow down or prevent the further shipment of Kool-Aid.

I prefer the Irish Dancer Group. They played at the Pavilion once, too. I don’t fear the Irish. Just give them another drink and you are fine.

Noem’s obsession with transgenders and action civics is our cultural revolution. Maybe we could use some of this Shen Gong shxt. I don’t know. We need to be careful, however. I would hate to promote a cult that walks through walls because how would we ever stop the illegal aliens then?

#2 "Woodstock" on 01.16.22 at 2:01 pm

“‘Aliens have infiltrated people’s minds’?”…. “Actually, I don’t doubt that, because how else do you explain Trumpism?”…. “And I am all about levitating (“#DuaDua!!”)”….. #TheGongShow

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h8_c9Zf5MX0

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vFWv44Z4Jhk

#3 D@ily Spin on 01.16.22 at 2:17 pm

The Bazillion will book anything and everything. They’re that desperate. They’d probably book QAnon. They’re that naive. I’d not pay $180 for anything there unless it’s Jeff Dunham.

#4 D@ily Spin on 01.16.22 at 6:43 pm

Vacant office and retail space in California is being renovated into residential. Maybe start that here. There’s lots of commercial space but a shortage of residential. Vista Towers was to be an office tower but became residential. Perhaps the Bazillion could be modified for a new purpose.

#5 What is this QAnon? on 01.17.22 at 12:33 pm

Does it live inside your head? Why do I only hear about it on this cult site?

Speaking of cults…thanks Scott for posting this, I’m getting my tickets right away! Didn’t know this was a thing, so I guess it’s good I stop here occasionally?

Once we go to the “Bazillion”? Will we be forced to give up everything and not allowed to leave? I need to know as I’ve got Silverstar on autopay, and I prolly should cancel it if I don’t have a car?

#6 Scott D Hudson on 01.17.22 at 12:43 pm

“The Bazillion will book anything and everything. They’re that desperate.”

If only. The correct phrase is they’ll book anybody who once had a song on one of our terrible radio stations, regardless of whether they have any of the real band members. But since they’ve never had a music expert making decisions, they’ve turned down a ton of great acts that would have done well. Scott mentioned a couple but there’s so many other failed opportunities.

Remember when at first they didn’t consider rock and roll worthy of their upturned noses? It was a modern day Footloose, about 30 years too late. Fitting, actually.

#7 l3wis on 01.17.22 at 3:22 pm

Funny you bring up SS, I guess the former owner of the defunct JD Byrider franchise owns the local SS franchise, DN, I remember when him and Irinic Johnny Thune-bag were BFFs

#8 D@ily Spin on 01.17.22 at 6:33 pm

QAnon is an American far-right political conspiracy theory and movement centered on false claims made by an anonymous individual or individuals, known by the name “Q”, that a cabal of Satanic, cannibalistic pedophiles operate a global child sex trafficking ring that conspired against the former U.S. President Donald Trump during his term in office. Experts have described QAnon as a CULT

#9 Blasphemo on 01.17.22 at 7:48 pm

If the Pavilion …”at first…didn’t consider rock and roll worthy of their upturned noses…”, I’m confounded by their booking Alice Cooper w/ Buck Cherry for a 4/3/22 show. Besides the fact that Buck Cherry has already performed annually at Royal River the past 2 years, neither one of these acts is exactly high brow entertainment – each is more a Bigs Bar or Pomp Room style act. I agree with SH – there are scores of excellent contemporary music performers/recording artists that are suitable for a 1900 reserved seat capacity multi-level venue like Sommervold Hall. Plenty of adults are interested in good live entertainment, but are wayyyy past tolerating standing room only shows like most offered at The District,. . . . or nosebleed section seats at The Denty.

#10 l3wis on 01.17.22 at 7:57 pm

LOL. I only saw Buck Cherry and Kid Rock once and it was fantastic. Buck Cherry is actually a great live band, but you are correct seeing them at the Pav would be weird. I was at this outdoor festival somewhere in Iowa years ago where Buck Cherry played right before the headliner, Kid Rock. And within the first song of KR’s set his guitarist decided to jump in the air and blow out his knee. It was bad. So KR decided to ask the BC lead guitarist to fill in, and since he didn’t know any KR songs they decided to become a cover band. It was fantastic, they played all these classic rock covers and NO Kid Rock or Buck Cherry songs. Stones, Zep, CCR, Doors, it was amazing. I have vowed never to see either band again live because it would only ruin my memory. There of course was the acid incident with one of my friends that made it even more entertaining. But that story is for another day.

#11 Further Fear & Loathing on 01.17.22 at 8:04 pm

Anti-quotation boy, who has become question mark boy, or better yet, a question mark himself, doesn’t seem to fear the Pavilion, but is willing to subject himself potentially to the Silverstar? What does he know that we don’t know? He sounds like a cult leader, if you ask me. Has he shaved his head and bought black Nikes for the Silverstar, I mean the silver comet? You know, Koresh had a prized Camaro? Was that q-m-boy’s car that he gave up? That sounds like something that would get washed often like some “questionable” minds.

#12 Watching from the Deep South on 01.17.22 at 8:41 pm

Bring back Collective Soul and see how well the balcony was rebuilt.

#13 anominous on 01.19.22 at 12:41 pm

does Steve Bannon get a cut of the box office take, seems like the kind of shitshow he and Gui would be invested in

#14 LJL on 01.19.22 at 8:42 pm

Silver Star ownership.
https://www.siouxfalls.business/silverstar-joins-with-atlanta-based-car-wash-operator/