Saint Misbehavin’: The Wavy Gravy Movie to be screened at the Rock Hall

Wavy Gravy will also be special guest for Teachers Rock program for K-12 educators

CLEVELAND (February 26, 2010) -
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum will host a special evening with hippie icon and humanitarian Wavy Gravy on Wednesday, March 10, 2010.  The two-part event will consist of a special Teachers Rock program for local educators followed by the screening of the new film Saint Misbehavin’: The Wavy Gravy Movie.

This special Teachers Rock will feature Wavy Gravy’s work at Camp Winnarainbow, the circus and performing arts camp he and his wife Jahanara Romney founded and currently direct, now in its thirty-fifth year.  Camp Winnarainbow teaches creative and appropriate self-expression as well as respect and personal responsibility.  This hands-on workshop will allow participants to learn these performance practices and to consider their possibilities in the core-curriculum classroom .  Teachers Rock is held from 4:30-5:30 pm at the Rock Hall and is FREE and open to interested educators.  Please email edu@rockhall.org or call (216)515-8426 to RSVP.

After the film, Wavy Gravy, director Michelle Esrick, and producer and Cleveland native David Becker will participate in a discussion with the audience.  The film will begin at 7pm in the Rock Hall’s Foster Theater.  It is FREE and open to the public.  Please email edu@rockhall.org or call (216) 515-8426 to RSVP.

Film Synopsis SAINT MISBEHAVIN’: THE WAVY GRAVY MOVIE

SAINT MISBEHAVIN’ reveals the true story of cultural phenomenon Wavy Gravy – a man whose commitment to making the world a better place has never wavered.

Wavy Gravy is known in some circles as the MC of the Woodstock festival, a hippie icon, clown, and even a Ben & Jerry’s ice cream flavor.  He is all those things, but in SAINT MISBEHAVIN’ we meet a true servant to humanity who carries his message through humor, compassion and a song he sings wherever he goes, called “Basic Human Needs.”

SAINT MISBEHAVIN’ weaves together intimate verite footage, reflections from an array of cultural and counter-cultural peers, and a rich collection of never-before-seen archival footage to tell a story that is bigger than the man himself.
About Wavy Gravy

Like few others of his generation, Wavy Gravy (born Hugh Romney) has been at the center of most major American cultural movements. Wavy fostered the Beat generation by bringing poetry and folk music to the legendary Gaslight Cafe in Greenwich Village.  He witnessed the dawn of the psycodelic era as a member of Ken Kesey’s Merry Pranksters.  Wavy also helped start the influential Hog Farm commune, who provided free food and support to 400,000 people at the Woodstock Festival.  As MC of Woodstock and star of the Woodstock film, Wavy instantly became a spokesperson for the emerging counterculture.

Throughout his life, Wavy has worked tirelessly in support of the poor and suffering people of the world.  Along with the Hog Farm commune, Wavy journeyed in rainbow-colored buses everywhere from small town America to the Far East.  They took their way of life on the road and left an indelible mark on every community they reached.

Wavy co-founded the Seva Foundation with Dr. Larry Brilliant in 1978.  The Seva Foundation serves people around the world who are struggling for health, cultural survival and sustainable communities. Through benefit concerts featuring a wide range of musicians, including The Grateful Dead, Jackson Browne, Bonnie Raitt, and Crosby Stills and Nash, Wavy has helped to bring sight to millions of people in the developing world.

Wavy Gravy and his wife Jahanara Romney founded Camp Winnarainbow, a circus and performing arts camp.  Camp Winnarainbow passes on the ideals of love, compassion, and that we are all in this together. Camp Winnarainbow is located in Laytonville, California. The camp emphasizes experiential learning by urging campers to try new skills, and teaches young people how to be a positive influence to the community.

Wavy Gravy is one of a handful of people to be the inspiration for a Ben & Jerry’s ice cream flavor.  He has been featured on The Today Show, MTV, VH1, PBS and the Academy Awards.  Because of his advocacy on behalf of the planet and its least fortunate residents, Wavy Gravy has achieved his own brand of sainthood.  His friend and satirist Paul Krassner has called him “the illegitimate son of Harpo Marx and Mother Teresa.” Wavy says, “Some people tell me I’m a saint, I tell them I’m Saint Misbehavin’.”

About the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, Inc. is the nonprofit organization that exists to educate visitors, fans and scholars from around the world about the history and continuing significance of rock and roll music. It carries out this mission through its operation of a world-class museum that collects, preserves, exhibits and interprets this art form and through its library and archives as well as its educational programs.

The Museum is open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. On Wednesdays (and Saturdays through Labor Day), the Museum is open until 9 p.m. Museum admission is $22 for adults, $18 for adult residents of Greater Cleveland, $17 for seniors (65+), $13 for youth (9-12), children under 8 and Museum Members are always free, for information or to join the membership program call 216. 515.8425. For general inquiries, please call 216.781.ROCK (7625) or visit http://www.rockhall.com.  The Museum is generously funded by Cuyahoga County residents through Cuyahoga Arts and Culture.

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