by Jac Kern
Halloween is no
longer a one-night event just for kids. Like many holidays, Halloween’s reach
goes beyond Oct. 31 (I’m pretty sure I saw costumes descend into stores
mid-August), giving us grownups a chance to dress up and act out. This
(Hallo)weekend features events that celebrate all the weird, wonderful and
freaky aspects of our favorite holiday.
If staged dance
performances weren’t what you had in mind, think again. While not necessarily
Halloween-related, Cincinnati Ballet’s ALICE
(in Wonderland) will take audiences on a whimsical journey down the rabbit
hole Friday-Sunday. In addition to talented dancers and music by the Cincinnati
the costume and set designs are truly freaky-fabulous.
For a darker dance
experience, check out Exhale Dance Tribe’s one-night engagement, Dead
Can Dance. The troupe has transformed Emery Theatre into a haunted
house, where dancers will lead spectators from room to room, creating an
interactive, spooky show Saturday night. The performance begins at 7 p.m.
After a month of bringing
photography to the forefront of the Cincinnati art scene, FotoFocus will close
with Saturday’s Carnevil. The event boasts a full bill of entertainment from
live music and DJs to improv and burlesque to fortune-tellers. Guests are
encouraged to explore the venue, Newport’s Thompson House — which is said to be
haunted — and hunt for spirits from Southgate’s past. Find tickets and event
than three identical mute men, covered in paint? Blue Man Group wraps up its local run with performances at the
Aronoff Center Friday-Sunday. The show is an energetic spectacle that theater critic
Rick Pender describes as “a strange and wonderful communal experience.” Go here to read
our full review.
Judging by the
number of Halloween bar and club events, alcohol is the “candy” of choice for
many adult trick-or-treaters. So it looks like Arnold’s picked the perfect
weekend for The Bourbon Ball. The bar will be stocked with more than 30 top
shelf selections, offering specials on Manhattans, Old Fashioneds and other
bourbon classics as well as bourbon-infused bites like Bourbon Bacon Strips and
Bourbon Sauce Pork. The free event will also have swag bags and live music all
means Night Owl Market
is back, bringing food trucks and vendors together at the parking lot at Main
Street and Central Parkway. In addition to late night eats, NOMers can
participate in a costume contest and a flash mob-style “Thriller” dance with
Pones Inc. The free fun runs 10 p.m.-3 a.m. Saturday.
One thing that’s
definitely scarier than any haunted house or paranormal activity hotspot is
breed discrimination. Show some love to dogs that prove no breed is born “vicious”
at Bark Bash:
Celebrating National Pit Bull Awareness Day.
From pit bulls to puggles, all are welcome to romp around Voice of America Park
Saturday from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. There will be raffles, vendors, kids activities and
appearances from the Ben-Gals and Cincinnati Rollergirls.
Few experiences are more
picturesque than spending a fall afternoon perusing Findlay Market. This Sunday
the market presents its annual Fall Food Festival, featuring a pie baking
contest, cider mulling demo, live music, food tour and more. Come hungry
between noon and 4 p.m. Find details here.
Check out ScaryBeat
for a full rundown of costume parties, bar events, haunted houses and more
happening this weekend through Oct. 31.
by Jac Kern
Jac's roundup of pop culture news and Internet findings
It’s recently come
to my attention that it’s almost Halloween...
In my opinion,
costumes are imperative to any good October outing, but a successful ensemble
doesn’t have to be complicated. Pulling from pop culture — from favorite movies
and TV shows to current events — is a perfect way to find a culturally-relevant
costume. (And, speaking of cultures, make sure you don’t select a get-up that
mocks one. Racist costumes,
much like Daniel Tosh, are way more offensive than clever or funny.)
Dressing like your
fave TV characters is always a hit. Most television networks sell costumes
coinciding with their top shows online. Pay homage to the first season of
American Horror Story by dressing as the Rubberman or sporting the creepy Larry
Harvey burn-face mask. FX also offers costumes from Wilfred, Archer and The League. More of a Kenny Powers fan? Get his Miami Mermen look here because, in case you missed it, Powers is coming back fucking soon. Since creating your own costume is almost always preferred, put on your DIY cap and peep inspiration from It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia and 30 Rock.Whether you're throwing a Halloweekend party or just want to experience the weekend from your couch, peep this week's Halloween-inspired TV picks here. AMC, Syfy, ABC Family and other networks will be showing marathons of horror classics, family-friendly favorites and everything in between, in addition to new holiday-themed episodes of your favorite shows.And while there are tons of horror movies in theaters this weekend, Hollywood continues its butchery of all things sacred with the remake of Carrie. It's not in theaters 'til March 2013, but the trailer does look pretty creepy.
Off the screen
and onto politics, this being an election year promises plenty of Romney- and
Obama-inspired costumes. Expect plenty of down-and-out Big Birds, binders full of women
and horses-n-bayonets. Personally, I’m looking forward to seeing Workout Ken 2012,
aka a guy dressed as Paul Ryan from his P90XXX Time Magazine photo shoot.
Fellas, all you need are some earbuds, a red ball cap, grey T-shirt and some
free weights (fake ones if you’re not as ripped as Romney’s running mate.) Make it work!What’s orange,
fiery and generally terrifying? No, not The Great Pumpkin. The Donald! Trump recently dropped his “October Surprise,” an announcement that had bloggers
speculating all week. The statement, supposed to be detrimental to the Obama
campaign, spurred rumors of everything from Obama’s alleged coke-dealing past
to a failing relationship with his
wife. But what recently surfaced was even lamer than all of that.
requested that Obama release his college transcripts as well as his full
passport records by 5 p.m. Oct. 31 (there’s the Halloween tie-in!) and he will
donate $5 million to any charities of the president’s choosing. So,
essentially, more birther bullshit. Yawn.
Last time I checked, Trump had about the same amount of political pull as
Lindsay Lohan, so I doubt this bears any consequence on the upcoming election, but it would
be nice to see Obama stick it to the grotesque ginge and, hence, idiots
everywhere, one last time.
0 Comments · Wednesday, October 24, 2012
Love it or hate it, regardless of age, Halloween is a fixture
in American culture. Whether you’re avoiding the holiday bar scene or
just want to get in the Halloween spirit, this week’s TV picks celebrate
(and poke fun at) Oct. 31 and all the laughs and frights that come with
Oct. 27 • Madison Theater
0 Comments · Monday, October 22, 2012
Dayton’s music scene is similar to Cincinnati’s in that
they’ve both given rise to a great number of bands that represent the
incredible musical diversity within the respective band communities.The Werks are one of Dayton’s more recent success stories; the Jamadelic quartet officially formed five years ago.
Reality and fantasy collide at Waynesville's ScareDown
0 Comments · Wednesday, October 17, 2012
An acquaintance of mine despises haunts. She considers Halloween itself
to be ugly and horror entertainment in general to be a symptom of
first-world mental illness. If she knew the details of Waynesville’s new
haunt ScareDown, she’d probably have additional objections.
1 Comment · Wednesday, September 19, 2012
In the 1880s, George Renninger created one of the most known
pieces of Halloween candy ever invented, one that has endured over a
century — candy corn. Considering it’s also one of the most maligned candy treats
ever invented, how has it remained a fixture of autumn so long?
0 Comments · Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Whether you've got kids, an itch to waltz or just need an excuse to drink in costume, we've got the event for you.
0 Comments · Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Halloween is, at its heart, a children’s holiday. Despite the hugely popular and profitable businesses of haunted houses and adult costumes, it’s kids who get more out of October than anyone else. It does not memorialize a war and has little religious significance. Its the playful, secular traditions that have risen above its Christian and Gaelic ones.
0 Comments · Wednesday, October 29, 2008
With Halloween falling on a Friday this year, pretty much any bar you pick this weekend will have some sort of scary happening going on. But if you’re a local music fan looking for more than “Monster Mash” karaoke and costume contests, here are my picks for Friday’s fiercest, most fearsome shows.