Something has been in the air this autumn. I can't quite put my finger on it - it is as if something is about to strike you, you feel it coming, and you are addicted to this feeling, and that is all you need. Maybe it's love, maybe it's the leaves starting to fall off the trees, maybe it's simply... change. Whatever it is, it could not better come to a climax on any other day than on the last of the month, October 31st, otherwise known as HALLOWEEN.
This Halloween is all about the chill in the air, getting goosebumps, fascination with the dark and the macabre, and best of all, SPECTACLE. Halloween; when for one day/night in New York City you can live in a world of the absurd. If I could take the whole day on Saturday to dedicate to romp, this would be the dream pool of ideas from which to piece together my Halloween madness. There's something for everyone, whether you like things old school, laid back, or just plain freaky!
The Ultimate NYC Spectacle:
The 36th Annual Halloween Parade! No comments necessary. Check out http://www.halloween-nyc.com/
Scary stories in the dark!? Count me in! (Build a fort, grab your flashlight and cut the power for added pleasure.)
The macabre - "The October Country," short stories by Ray Bradbury
The downright twisted - "Haunted," short stories by Joyce Carol Oates
The classics - anything by Edgar Allan Poe, or "The Witches" by Roald Dahl
Where can you be creative, eat great food, get your Michael Jackson fix AND party all in one place!? At Mano a Mano's Dia De Los Muertos celebration at St. Mark's Church! They are running a number of incredible events this Saturday:
12-7pm Altar-Building Marketplace
12-3pm Altar Building, theme: Michael Jackson and other recently deceased artists
3-5pm Four Workshops: Paper Skeletons and Papel Picado for Day of the Dead, Sugar Skulls, Day of the Dead Bread, Poetry for Day of the Dead
5-7pm Michael Jackson Dance Party with DJ José Higuera with Sammy Shecter and Ricardo Villa
The festival runs from the 30th to November 2nd, so check out the link below for a full schedule of events and to learn more about Dia De Los Muerto:
Riedel Dance Theater will be performing Ukrainian Eggs: Terrible Tales of Tragedy and AlleGorey, a special Halloween themed program inspired by the works of author and illustrator Edward Gorey - Awwwwesome. At the Joyce Soho, Saturday at 8pm, $20. From joyce.org: "Ten performers, 40 characters, and 20 unfortunate events pack full this powder keg of dance theater with heart, hi-jinx and "nuttily abandoned, dead-on humor" (The New York Times). Come in costume & bring the kids. Inner children welcome.""
Also, check out: www.riedeldancetheater.org/ukrainianeggs.html
The Old - The IFC Center (323 Sixth Avenue at West Third Street) is playing late night showings of "The Shining" on Oct 30th and 31st at 11:45pm.
The New - "Antichrist," the talk of the 2009 Cannes Film Festival. I watched the trailer and I was scared. So scared that now I need to see it. For more information and to watch the trailer, visit http://www.bam.org/view.aspx?pid=1744
For one hell of a live concert on all-hallows-evening, check out the World/Inferno Friendship Society at the Grand Ballroom. Be prepared for a hardcore experience that may involve audience interaction and clowns juggling fire. When they performed last year at Montclair State University, there was a serious mosh pit. See http://bowerypresents.com/event/3357 and www.worldinferno.com for more details.