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Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Halloween Parties and the Arts

Posted By on Wed, Oct 24, 2012 at 2:40 PM

If you polled artists about their favorite holiday, odds are Halloween would be right up there. (For sure it would kick Valentine’s Day’s ass.) Here are a few Hallow's Eve things local arts venues have planned this weekend, for kids and adults.

Two of the adult events are Downtown this Friday. From 6-9 p.m., Future Tenant Art Space hosts Disco Graveyard, a Halloween Happy Hour. The attractions are live music, food, drinks and dancing, with a costume contest including prizes for Most Dead and Most Original. Future Tenant is at 819 Liberty Ave.

Meanwhile, just around the corner, ToonSeum hosts … wait for it … Drawn of the Dead, an animation screening and costume party. The evening begins at 7:30 p.m. with an outdoor screening of Night of the Living Dead: Reanimated. The unique 2009 take on George Romero’s 1968 classic features work by nearly 150 international artists and animators who reenvisioned favorite scenes from the film through their own artistic lenses (from oil paintings and CGI to sock puppets); the results are paired with the film’s original soundtrack. The fun also includes vintage cartoons (Casper, et al); a costume contest; pumpkin-spiked hot chocolate; adult beverages; and more. The free, 21-and-over party’s at 945 Liberty Ave.

On Saturday, also for adults, is Fe Gallery’s Eat, Drink & Be Scary. The event, in Lawrenceville, is a costume party notable for its inventive contest categories: best handmade costume; best use of fake blood; best movie reference; best dead celebrity; best costume in the form of a pun; and best use of a sheet (without being a ghost). There are also food, drinks, music by DJ Zan Naz and a chance to see the gallery’s spooky exhibit, Creep. The party’s from 7 p.m.-midnight, and a $5 donation is requested.

Meanwhile, here’s the kid stuff. (Yes, Halloween’s for kids, too).

Family events this weekend include the fourth year of the Kelly-Strayhorn Theater’s Halloween Mayhem. The free day of activities and performances at the East Liberty venue features special guest Mr. McFeely and includes mask-making and face-painting for the costume parade, plus music and dance on stage from Hope Academy students. Halloween Mayhem runs 11 a.m.-2 p.m. this Saturday.

From 1-3 p.m. Sunday, head a few blocks south to the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, for the PCA’s Halloween Party. This event also includes family-friendly art activities for the kids, the obligatory face-painting, entertainment, refreshments and more. Costumes are encouraged, and there is an entry fee of $5 for member families, $10 for non-member families.

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