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AT THE MOUNTAINS OF MADNESS: A TRIBUTE TO THE WRITINGS OF LOVECRAFT

Tuesday, October 12th, 2010

AT THE MOUNTAINS OF MADNESS: A TRIBUTE TO THE WRITINGS OF LOVECRAFT

October 16, 2010 - November 8, 2010
Opening Reception / Oct 16, 7:00PM - 11:00PM
Gallery Nucleus
210 East Main St, Alhambra CA 91801
626.458.7477

Gallery Nucleus is a premier illustrative and entertainment arts gallery located just outside of downtown LA. We have been hard at work organizing a tribute art exhibit to none other than H.P. Lovecraft. The exhibit is set to open Saturday, October 16 and features some of the best in the biz. All of the works will be viewable online at the stroke of midnight here.

Lovecraft-related costumes, Edwardian/steampunk attire is quite welcome and even encouraged for the opening. Free admission & refreshments plus artists in attendance.

Exhibiting Artists Include:

Aeron Alfrey
Martin Astles
Wesley Burt
Cameron de Leon
Jeremy Enecio
Jon Foster
Justin Gerard
August Hall
Android Jones
Edward Kinsella
Casey Love
John Jude Palencar
Jeff Remmer
Jordu Schell
Andrew Scott
Brian Smith
William Stout
Justin Sweet
Michael Zulli

Dragon*Con: RHYTHMATICA!

Wednesday, September 1st, 2010

Weird Tales presents an sf/fantasy poetry slam. Come one, come all! Contribute
or just appreciate. Cherie Priest, Stephen Segal, Rogue. and others…
Saturday, September 4 at 4:00 pm; Greenbriar Room at the Hyatt Hotel.

Steampunk droogs onstage!

Wednesday, October 14th, 2009

Let’s try a little logical syllogism, shall we?

Fact: A Clockwork Orange is a favorite movie and/or book of most of you who are reading this.

Fact: Steampunk makes everything better.

Conclusion: You want to go to Edison, New Jersey, this month to see the awesome new theatrical production of A Clockwork Orange, in which our murderous young antihero Alex trades in the well-polished visuals of the Kubrick film for belching smokestacks, colossal clock cogs, and the ribbed wreckage of a crashed zeppelin.

Acclaimed New York stage director Alex Dawson, who describes his vision of the play as “Mack the Knife meets Ferris Bueller,” explains the aesthetic: “In the movie, the Droogs wore cricket whites, odious codpieces, and beaky Commedia dell’arte noses. In our version, they wear tailored suits, skater pads, and government-issued gas masks — threads of WWII gas-bomb paranoia, natch. The soundtrack to Kubrick’s film was a mix of classical and electronic synth; the music in the play is a cross-faded, beat-juggled hodgepodge of new wave, folk, punk, techno, pop, and thrash, with Mott the Hoopla’s youth anthem, ‘All the Young Dudes,’ serving as the perfect theme song.”

The show opens tomorrow, Oct. 15, and runs eight performances through Oct. 30 at the Studio Theater at Middlesex County College. Tickets are an incredibly budget-friendly $10. Make your reservations now, my droogies!

The Opus Fantasy Festival…

Monday, February 23rd, 2009

…is a unique fantasy convention in Denver that brings together a colorful spectrum of music, art, performances, and live-action games alongside the usual far-out fun of convention geekery. This year’s event, taking place March 13-15, promises to be a real treat, with a Dark Wizard’s Ball, a show by the Serpent Moon bellydancing troupe, and live steel swordfighting by the warriors of Castle Wall! Then there’s the incredible French artist guest of honor Gil Bruvel, hot paranormal novelists Ilona & Gordon Andrews as literary guests of honor, songwriter and goth-of-all-trades Voltaire as musical guest, author and Weird Tales contributor Sarah Hoyt serving as toastmaster, and more!

Weird Tales is proud to be joining the festivities as Opus’s special magazine guest, and we encourage fans who can make the festival to come on out — there will be weird fun, prizes and freebies aplenty!

Lovecraft & WT: Live in Chicago

Wednesday, November 12th, 2008

This November, the Chicago drama troupe Wildclaw Theatre — which received rave reviews last year for its staging of the horror classic “The Great God Pan” — will premiere a brand new adaptation of H.P. Lovecraft’s “The Dreams in the Witch House.” Our very own Lovecraft columnist Kenneth Hite will be on hand representing Weird Tales at the show’s opening night on Sunday, Nov. 16. It’s an auspicious occasion: the 75th anniversary of the story’s original 1933 publication in Weird Tales, the 85th anniversary year of the magazine itself, and a triumphant return to the Chicago arts & letters scene for Weird Tales, which was based in the Windy City all throughout its heyday of the 1920s and ’30s.

For fifteen years, the Chicago office of Weird Tales was the cutting edge of far-out strangeness in the American consciousness, as it produced such classic icons of the genre-to-be as Robert E. Howard’s bloody barbarian-king Conan and H.P. Lovecraft’s tentacled cosmic monstrosity Cthulhu. And the Midwestern location was not incidental to the Weird Tales story; not only did visionary editor Farnsworth Wright come to WT straight from his gig as music critic for the Chicago Herald & Examiner, but it’s worth noting that all of 20th-century horror literature might have evolved differently if Weird Tales had originally been based in the New York publishing mecca, instead of in Chicago. When the magazine’s first editor was dismissed in 1924, Lovecraft himself was publisher Jacob Clark Henneberger’s first choice for a replacement. But Lovecraft could just barely stand leaving his beloved Providence, R.I., to live for a time in nearby New York; uprooting himself to Chicago was utterly out of the question. And so Weird Tales went on to be shaped by Wright’s eclectic vision of the strange and horrific, while Lovecraft spent the rest of his days undistracted by editorial duties, penning mind-blowing stories now considered American classics. Both men’s work influenced horror for generations to come.

Wright wasn’t the only Chicagoan responsible for the magazine’s profound stamp upon the genre subcultures that rose in its wake. Fashion illustrator Margaret Brundage had been one of Walt Disney’s classmates at both McKinley High School and the Chicago Academy of Fine Arts; in 1933, she became Weird Tales’s chief cover artist. The 65 lush pastel illustrations she created over a thirteen-year period, featuring eye-catching scenes of whip-wielding witches, maidens in bondage, and black-clad gothic succubi, would provide a template not only for other pulp magazines, but for the goth-fetish fashion styles that remain popular today.

What’s more, one of Brundage’s latter-day collectors, Chicago author and genre-fiction scholar Robert Weinberg, has been the leading authority in maintaining and promoting the Weird Tales legacy for the past three decades now. His book The Weird Tales Story remains the definitive history of the magazine’s literary greatness.

So, Chicago-area Weird Tales fans, we encourage you to take part in the horror history your city helped build: head to the Athenaeum Theatre and see Wildclaw’s production of “The Dreams in the Witch House” — either on opening night this Sunday, or during the show’s five-week run. It promises to be a night to remember.

R.J. Downes: finding inspiration in Ray Bradbury’s marriage

Monday, July 7th, 2008

How do you write about a legend? Especially a legend who is still alive? R.J. Downes, a Toronto-based playwright, decided to take on Ray Bradbury, one of the most celebrated fantastic-fiction writers of all time, and his bonne vivante wife, Marguerite. The resulting drama, “Without Whom,” currently running at the Toronto Fringe Festival, is a fictionalized version of their relationship, with names fudged and facts tinkered with. In real life, Marguerite financially supported Ray’s early writing career, and the two remained married for 56 years, until she passed away in 2003. Downes, a prolific dramatist, helped produce the script for the Fringe, and plays a supporting role onstage as well. Weird Tales correspondent Robert Isenberg had the chance to hear the playwright’s thoughts the weekend of the show’s premiere. (more…)