Tuesday, October 4, 2011
Dust & Corruption Calendar: October 2011
It's gonna be a busy month! Here's some stuff going on locally and elsewhere that caught my eye...
10/6 - "Born of the Floating World: A Brief Exploration of the Japanese Graphic Narrative," illustrated talk by Dev Avidon, examines the roots of manga and anime in the art of 17th and 18th century Japan. The Observatory, 534 Union St, Brooklyn, NY. Tix $5, starts at 8:00.
10/7 - Edgar Allan Poe House Benefit Concert, featuring Lenorable, Dance for the Dying, Nunchuks, and Lions & Tigers & Whales. Velvet Lounge, 915 U St NW, Washington DC. Doors at 9:00, admission $8.
10/11-14 - Soiree Debauche tours the mid-Atlantic, a burlesque show featuring Maria Bella, Mab Just Mab, Little Luna, Malibu, Nona Narcisse, August Hoerr, and Mark Slomski. 11th - Gallery 5 in Richmond, VA. 12th - The Red Palace, Washington DC. 13th - The Ottobar, Baltimore, MD. 14th - The Rex, Pittsburgh, PA.
10/13 - "The Empire of Death: Spectacular Ossuaries and Relics in the 16th and 17th Centuries," lecture and book signing by Dr. Paul Koudounaris, explores the uses of human remains in decorating religious shrines. The Observatory, 534 Union St, Brooklyn, NY. Tix $5, starts at 8:00.
10/14 - Seismic Sideshow, an array of sideshow & burlesque performers, a benefit for the annual Sideshow Gathering. Two shows, 9:00 and 11:30. The Red Palace, 1212 H St NE, Washington, DC. Tix $10 in advance, $15 on the day of the show.
10/15 - Halloween Costume Tea. For your younguns, a chance to dress up, have a colonial-era tea, and make some Halloween treats. Tudor Place House & Gardens, 1644 31st St NW, Washington, DC. Tix $20-$25. 1:00pm to 3:00pm.
10/15 - "Love Potion #1", an adaptation of the opera "L'Elisir d'Amore" by Donizetti, produced by my pals at the ever-interesting and innovative IN Series. Shows 10/15, 16, 22, 23, 28, 29, at GALA Hispanic Theater, 3333 14th St NW, Washington, DC. Tix $40, check site for showtimes. I'm ushering on the 23rd, so say hi if you come.
10/15-11/2 - Noir City DC 2011, a film noir festival featuring such classics as MILDRED PIERCE, THE MALTESE FALCON, LAURA, EXPERIMENT IN TERROR, SUDDEN FEAR, and many others. AFI Silver Theater, 8633 Colesville Rd, Silver Spring, MD. View the full schedule at the website, where tickets can be purchased.
10/15-31 - Halloween on Screen, AFI's yearly schedule of horror films for the season, this year including a special tribute for Vincent Price's centennial. Films include TOMB OF LIGEIA, PIT AND THE PENDULUM, MASQUE OF THE RED DEATH, THE TINGLER, WITCHFINDER GENERAL, and others. AFI Silver Theater, 8633 Colesville Rd, Silver Spring, MD. View the full schedule at the website, where tickets can be purchased.
10/16 - Skepticamp DC, a day-long grassroots conference on skepticism. I'll be presenting a paper on dentistry, tackling the marketing claims of over-the-counter dental products, and the intersection of dentistry and internal medicine. 10am to 6pm, Prince Georges Room, Stamp Student Union, University of Maryland, College Park, MD. Registration is free, lunch is provided.
10/16 - Feral Femmes, burlesque & belly dance fundraiser for the ASPCA and feral cat rescue. Solly's Tavern, 1942 11th St NW, Washington DC. Tix $10, Doors 7:00, show 8:30.
10/20 - Capitol Tassels & Tease! View DC's budding burlesque beauties. The Red Palace, 1212 H St NE, Washington, DC. Doors at 8:00, showtime at 9:00, tix $10.
10/20 - "From the Magnificent to the Macabre: Send-Offs for the Dead," illustrated talk and book signing by Sarah Murray, looks at over-the-top funerals. The Observatory, 534 Union St, Brooklyn, NY. Tix $5, starts at 8:00.
10/22 - The 4th Annual Silver Spring Zombie Walk. Dress up like a zombie, or a zombie hunter, and join in the lurch. Gather at Jackie's or the Sidebar, lurch up Georgia Avenue (starting about 8:45), scare the folks on Ellsworth, then relax at the AFI Silver for a showing of DEAD SNOW.
10/22 - THE HANDS OF ORLAC, with live music. The 1924 silent horror classic gets a live soundtrack. ArtSpace Herndon, 750 Center St, Herndon, VA. Tickets are $5. (I'd love to do this, but lacking transport at the moment, it seems unlikely.)
10/22 - Halloween and Day of the Dead Party, with music, costumes, sugar skulls, burlesque, videos, and more. The Observatory, 534 Union St, Brooklyn, NY. Tix $12, starts at 8:00.
10/24 - "Freaks and Pornography: Victorian Popular Anatomy Museums, Sex, and the Unusual Body," illustrated talk by Saran Kathryn York, looks at Victorian museums which purported to show unusual examples of human anatomy but also trafficked in pornography. The Observatory, 534 Union St, Brooklyn, NY. Tix $5, starts at 8:00.
10/27 - Tudor Place History Haunt, an evening event for grown-ups, with a ghost-themed walk in the gardens followed by cocktails and refreshments. Tudor Place House & Gardens, 1644 31st St NW, Washington, DC. Tickets $10-$15, starts at 6:00pm.
10/27 - "Attack of the Mutant Theremin: A Scholarly Halloween Diatribe....with Music." Talk & performance by thereminist Kip Rosser; title pretty much speaks for itself. The Observatory, 534 Union St, Brooklyn, NY. Tix $5, starts at 8:00.
10/28 - Two silent classics with live music by the Alloy Orchestra! At 7:00, it's a restored 35mm print of THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA with Lon Chaney; at 9:30 it's NOSFERATU. AFI Silver Theater, 8633 Colesville Rd, Silver Spring, MD. Tix $20/$18 members. (It's two separate shows, not a double feature, alas.)
10/29 - The 4th Annual All Sinners' Night. Music and burlesque and costumes. The Windup Space, 12 West North Ave, Baltimore, MD. Doors at 8:00, tix $10.
10/31 - Halloween! Go wild, go crazy, just be sure to come back and tell the tale!