Chuck Palahniuk and the SF Cacophony Society: Creating Culture from Mayhem, A Commonwealth Club Event in San Francisco

Fight Club

On September 23rd, 2013 at 7:30 PM, the Commonwealth Club of California will be hosting “Chuck Palahniuk and the SF Cacophony Society: Creating Culture from Mayhem,” an evening with author Chuck Palahniuk (Fight Club) and Tales of the San Francisco Cacophony Society co-authors John Law and Carrie Galbraith. Bloomberg Businessweek executive editor Brad Wieners will be the evening’s moderator. This special event happens at San Francisco’s Castro Theatre, is open to both Club members and non-members, and tickets are available now.

Ever wonder how Chuck Palahniuk came up with the idea for Fight Club’s secret society of recreational fighters? Or how a giant wooden “man” ended up on fire, inspiring one of the world’s most radical gatherings? Welcome to the Cacophony Society, an underground group of pranksters whose culture-jamming antics have shaped the contemporary zeitgeist for the past three decades. Now, from Flash Mobs and SantaCon to groups like Improv Everywhere and the Yes Men, new generations of instigators are taking a page out of the Cacophony book, driving pranks and events with social media tools. Join us as Society founders, celebrated members and those they’ve influenced take us through the origins of Cacophony, the importance of play in adult life, and how to kick-start your own culture.

image via Last Gasp featuring art by Kevin Evans

Rusty Blazenhoff
Rusty Blazenhoff