If you happen to be one of those people who just can’t find a way to get into the Halloween spirit—if haunted houses, corn mazes and eerie carnivals are a bit too cheesy for you—then perhaps a smidgen of horror mixed with a pinch of the mystical and a heavy dose of fine arts, film and fashion is more your witches’ brew of choice.
Each year now for the past six, Stephen Simmons and Christel Edwards have created a production called “An October Evening” that spotlights artists and performers who are uniquely inspired by the ghoulishness inherent in the Halloween/horror genre.
“There are plenty of tricks and treats for everyone at our show,” Simmons says. “We have the silly campy side for the adults that refuse to grow up (Edwards), and we also provide a finer artistic side for the wine-tasting crowd (me). ‘An October Evening’ is an adult multi-arts show tailored for Halloween lovers young and old.”
Bigger and scarier than ever, 2011 includes short films by the likes of Night Of Productions, KillShip, Colton Tran, Entropy Pictures and David Komatar; fashion by Pretty Macabre (backed by a violinist and opera singer); photography by Renee and Todd Keith; and dance performances by Dance Biz, Cadence Dance Company and aerial artists Elizabeth Stich and Trisha Paulos.
“This year is darker in the multimedia aspect, and fun and colorful in the live aspect,” Edwards says. “We feel like this year stands out because we have such a solid lineup. It’d better—we sold our souls for it!” (Jacob Stringer)
An October Evening @ Salt Lake Masonic Temple, 650 E. South Temple, Oct. 27, 7:30 p.m., $10. AnOctoberEvening.com
Date: Oct 27, 2011
Time: 7:30 pm
Address: 650 E. South Temple, Salt Lake City, 84102
Where: Masonic Temple