Edgar Allan Poe spent part of his life in Boston, and a bust of the author has been created to commemorate his time here. The unveiling is slated for the evening of October 30th at 6:00pm at the Boston Public Library. See http://www.bpl.org/news/calendar.htm?trumbaEmbed=view%3devent%26eventid%3d110800379 for more details.
On October 31st at 8:00pm, the Somerville Theatre in Somerville, MA will host a performance of “NEVERMORE: An Evening With Edgar Allan Poe.”
This very special Halloween treat is one night only! Written by Dennis Paoli, Nevermore: An Evening With Edgar Allan Poe stars horror and sci-fi heavyweight Jeffrey Combs (Re-Animator, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, From Beyond, The Frighteners) in an astonishing turn as Boston-born king of the macabre, Edgar Allan Poe. Combs doesn’t play Poe—he inhabits his spirit in this 90-minute, one-act play that ranges from the comedic to the tragic. Don’t miss out—this is the first time Nevermore has come to Boston—and could very well be the last.
Get tickets at https://www.vendini.com/ticket-software.html?t=tix&e=d5e933b2365aa6976a95ade5f9ff1c7f.
You can learn more about the project at https://www.facebook.com/EdgarAllanPoeBronzeBustProject.
The Florence Griswold Museum in Old Lyme, CT annually stages a themed outdoor display of tiny “fairy houses” on its grounds, and this year’s theme is “Wee Faerie Village in a Steampunk’d Wonderland.”
Artists and designers creating the over two dozen faerie-scaled installations must recount Lewis Carroll’s classic tale, “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” in a steampunk setting. Imagine a miniature Victorian world viewed through a steam-powered futuristic lens.
Visitors will travel the Museum’s 11 acres to discover a faerie version of Lewis Carroll’s topsy-turvy dreamlike world. With guide in hand they will follow Alice’s adventures – keeping up with the tardy White Rabbit…surviving the Mad Tea Party…drinking and eating to change size…talking with flowers…and playing croquet with the hot-tempered Queen of Hearts.
As part of its Wee Faerie Village exhibition, adults and families with children can enjoy a month of fun faerie and Wonderland-themed activities. Events include a visit from Alice, baking and faerie house-making contests, croquet lessons, a magic show, parties, book discussions, and craft activities.
The exhibit runs from October 3rd to November 2nd. For ticket information and a full schedule of events, visit http://florencegriswoldmuseum.org/programs-events/wee-faerie-village/.
Tickets are going on sale for “Marvel Universe Live,” a live-action show based on the Marvel characters.
Marvel Universe LIVE! will captivate audiences with an authentic and original story that brings more than 25 Marvel characters together on one epic quest. The story is framed around the battle over the Cosmic Cube, the source of ultimate power and one of the most feared and coveted treasures in the Marvel Universe, that has been shattered into pieces by the Mighty Thor in order to prevent it from falling into the wrong hands. With the pieces scattered across the globe, Thor’s villainous brother Loki devises a scheme to clone its powers, inciting a threat that could not only decimate Earth but also obliterate the Universe.
To defeat Loki, Marvel’s biggest Super Heroes must band together, including The Avengers – Iron Man, Captain America, Hulk and Thor along with Spider-Man and Wolverine, must trek across the globe to retrieve the Cosmic Cube fragments and unite them. As the Super Heroes track the Cube, they will encounter some of their biggest adversaries including Green Goblin, Doctor Octopus, Red Skull, Madame Hydra, Aldrich Killian, Electro and more, in the quest for the very same fragments. These foes have no problem teaming up if it gets them closer to their ultimate goal of world domination.
The show will come to the following New England locations in 2015 — yes, that’s 2015, a year and a half away.
Hartford, CT — October 23 to October 25, 2015
Manchester, NH — October 29 to November 1, 2015
The website also lists “Worchester, MA” as a “coming soon” entry, no date given but presumably also in 2015. There are also shows in New York and New Jersey if those work better for you. See the complete tour list and buy tickets at http://www.marveluniverselive.com/tours-tickets.php.
Enjoy one of your final chances to visit the Higgins Armory Museum in Worcester, MA by joining them for “Middle-Earth Day” on September 28th from 10:00am to 4:00pm. (In 2014, the collection will be transferred to the Worcester Art Museum.)
Join us for the last stand of men and elves at Higgins on our final Middle-earth Day.
So dust off your traveling cloaks and study up on your runes, or just comb your feet and join us for a day of fun and fellowship.
- Pretend our Great Hall is a fortress against the Necromancer; build a shield and learn how to fight like the men of Gondor!
- Are you more Shire-minded? Then you’ll love our Hobbit Sing-a-long.
- There’s something for everyone – even the orcs!
See http://www.higgins.org/middle-earth-day-1 for details.
Another Anime Convention is, as you might expect, an anime convention being held in Manchester, NH the weekend of October 19-21. There will be panels, contests, gaming, costuming, dancing, video screenings, vendors, artists, and a variety of special guests. Visit http://www.anotheranimecon.com/ to get all the details.
The Studios at Porter Mill in Beverly, MA is hosting “Zombiebombed,” a gallery show of “seventy original pieces of artwork published in and inspired by the renowned ZombieBomb! Comic Anthology.” This runs April 1st through the 29th. On April 28th from 4:00pm to 8:00pm there will be a meet-and-greet reception with several of the artists. Learn more at http://studiosatportermill.blogspot.com/2012/04/zombiebombed.html.
It’s going to be Halloween throughout the month of October in Salem, MA, and you can find out about all the spooky events at http://hauntedhappenings.org/. There will be all kinds of tours, theatrical presentations, contests, dances, costume parties, and ghostly visitations. A few items of note:
October 6, 6:30pm-8:00pm, Haunted Happenings Grand Parade. Wizards from the local Harry Potter group, http://hp-ma.com/, will be participating.
Count Orlok’s Nightmare Gallery has several celebrity appearances lined up:
October 10, 2:00pm-6:00pm, Kane Hodder from Friday the 13th
October 14 and 15, 1:00pm-6:00pm, Bill Johnson from Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2
October 21-23, 1:00pm-6:00pm, Doug Bradley from Hellraiser
The Omen Psychic Parlor and Witchcraft Emporium will have some author signings:
October 22, 11:00am-4:00pm, authors Lesley Bannatyne (Halloween Nation) and Rosemary Ellen Guiley (Haunted Salem)
October 31, 12:00pm-3:00pm, Rosemary Ellen Guiley (Haunted Salem)
[Thanks to James of The Greater Boston Area Harry Potter Social Group for reminding me]
The third annual Steampunk Bizarre Exhibit will be on display at the Mark Twain House & Museum in Hartford, CT, starting with the opening reception on October 1st, 2011 and running through January 15th, 2012.
Dr. Grymm Laboratories presents the third annual 2011 Steampunk Bizarre Exhibit, featuring the works of 21 national and internaitonal artists that explore the unknown alternative world of Steampunk and Mark Twain. A complete Steampunk experience like no other, featuring special events, performances and interactive oddities! Opening reception will be on October 1, 2011. Funded by Hartford Steam Boiler and Foresite Technologies.
Learn more at http://www.marktwainhouse.org/museum/upcoming_exhibits.php and http://www.drgrymmlaboratories.net.
[Tip from Kristin]
“Nemo’s Steampunk Art & Invention Gallery Gala Celebration” will take place at the new “20,000 LEAGUES” attraction presented by 5 Wits-Patriot Place in Foxboro, MA.
Steampuffin (www.steampuffin.com) and 5 Wits-Patriot Place (www.5-wits.com) have come to together to show you what kind of technology and art could have been on the Nautilus if Nemo was piloting his famous submarine today. Think of Steampunk as an alternate reality where the Victorian period happened at the same time as the computer or information age – what would have been produced in modern innovations, inventions and gadgetry. In fact, many believe that Jules Verne was really one of first Steampunk thinkers and writers to popularize the genre.
Come join us as we showcase Steampunk artists, vendors, and live entertainment alongside 5-Wits’ new 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea interactive walk-through attraction.
The 1000-square-foot Nemo’s Steampunk Art & Invention Gallery will feature museum quality 2D & 3D artwork and inventions from 20 Steampunk artists from across the country and the world. The artwork will be for sale and can also be customized for client’s homes and businesses. A full list of artists can be seen at www.steampuffin.com.
As a part of the exhibit and Gala Celebrations – attendees that dress the part will also be able to participate for FREE in 20,000 LEAGUES, a fully immersive interactive walk-through adventure that combines elements of video games, museum exhibits and theme park rides. In 20,000 LEAGUES guests become undersea explorers as they discover and then ultimately race to escape the Nautilus! (Those who do not come in costume will have the opportunity to participate in this attraction for a discounted price.)
The party will take place Saturday, February 12th, from 6:00-11:00pm. (This is a date change from February 5th.) Learn more at http://www.steampuffin.com/Home/Nemos-Steampunk-Gallery.aspx.
The Harvard Museum of Natural History in Cambridge, MA has a Harry Potter-themed scavenger hunt running through November 28th. Visitors can pick up a “Marauder’s Map” and explore the museum’s specimens of owls, snakes, wolfsbane, and other real-world elements that also appear in the books. Visit http://www.hmnh.harvard.edu/family_programs/index.php#harry for details.
[Tip via The Greater Boston Area Harry Potter Social Group]