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Clinic for the wannabe freak
The St. Bob Memorial Sick Clinic, which will pop up for one night only at Eagle Rock’s Situation Room, serves those who want to be less normal or want to embrace taboos but don't really know how. “Are you ostracized … for being ‘too vanilla’?” the clinicians ask in their press release. The clinic is named after writer and artist Bob Flanagan, who spent the years before his death from complications of cystic fibrosis performing acts of sadomasochism with his partner, Sheree Rose. Also, he and Rose in 1994 built an installation at Santa Monica Museum of Art in which a children’s hospital coexisted with a torture chamber, and Flanagan’s face appeared on a video monitor in a rose-filled casket. Rose and other collaborators or acolytes of Flanagan’s will staff the clinic, and proceeds go toward publishing Flanagan’s last, autobiographical work, The Book of Medicine. 2313 Norwalk Ave, Eagle Rock; Fri., Jan. 6, 9 p.m.-2 a.m.; donations on sliding scale. facebook.com/thesituationroomla.