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Was a generation being preconditioned for devil worship through heavy-metal music and He-Man? In a time of deep social upheaval, paranoia is paramount! Remember the power that misunderstanding and moral panic have to destroy lives: widespread censorship, beware-thy-neighbor thinking, and media-fueled fear. Is the devil at work, or is it just mankind's way?

A grand ballroom will transform into an occult ritual space where infamous talk show host "Gerald Rivers" will conduct an exposé of the dangers of satanism! Whether you are for or against — or simply a morbid curiosity-seeker — be part of the studio audience while the host confronts this moral binary of good versus evil. Be lured by tabloid sensationalism into an immersive evening of entertainment that brings together 40+ visual artists, designers, and performers from across the country who have created pieces that touch on specific media stories and personal experiences related to the 1980s-90s cultural phenomenon of satanic panic!

Show Details

  • Running Time:3hr (0 intermissions)
  • Dates:Closed on
  • Location:School of the Art Institute of Chicago Ballroom, Chicago