foxtongue: (Default)
Hallowe'en 2011

Show me on the dolly where the bad person touched you.
foxtongue: (b&w tony & jhayne)
Sputnik! Cosmonauts!

Someone said we were dressed as city workers when we were out last night, to which I said, "No! Cosmonauts!".
They replied, "But cosmonauts aren't real, city workers are, so you're city workers."
"What do you mean cosmonauts aren't real?" "There's no such thing as a cosmonaut!"
foxtongue: (b&w tony & jhayne)
Originally we were going to spend Halloween in Seattle again, but this year it's Vancouver that's got the parties. Here's our schedule:

  • Witches and Warlocks Ball
    A very Drive flavoured dance party, featuring BlackBerry Wood, The Creaking Planks, Timothy Wisdom, and Little Woo's shadow-puppet fairytale "The Silent Kingdom". Show up in costume, preferably by bicycle, dance until you drop. Commercial Drive Legion, 2205 Commercial Drive. 8 pm - 2 am. $10, or $8 if you arrive with Critical Mass. Facebook link.

  • The Dusty Flowerpot Cabaret presents the Parade of Lost Souls: Secret Souls Walk
    Public Dreams will be hosting an interactive celebration at Britannia Community Centre. Start there to discover the location of the walks. At a mysterious locale, only to be revealed on the day, (though I remember a map floating around a few weeks ago, can anyone explain it?), the Dusty Flowerpot crew will be enticing you into back alleys, streets, and open spaces to awaken our neighbourly spirits, (likely art, shows, and fire performances). Note: no fireworks, no street closures. 5 pm - 9 pm. Facebook link.

    Also, they're still looking for volunteers: Join in Secret Souls Walk (Parade of Lost Souls). An inspiring awakening of neighbourly souls - already neighbours are pledging their homes to the underworld. Please come along to be a helping hand on this journey! Want to operate a giant puppet, perform, or just pitch in to help out with the myriad of jobs we need covered to make it all happen? We really need your help and hey - you'll be let in on the secrets way before anyone else! On October 30th this community collaboration will come together- it wouldn't happen without you! We're looking for some benevolent souls to help us with setup, set dec, performing, strike, donations, and generally creating magic in the neighbourhood of Commercial Drive. Your involvement counts in bringing the community together to make magic. To volunteer, contact Public Dreams -

  • Maria in the Shower
    This one's confusing. We know they're playing, but when? And where? Conflicting events claim different things.
    1. Halloween Party, A benefit to celebrate the 65th Anniversary of People's Co-op Bookstore.
    Russian Hall, 600 Campbell Avenue. $10. Doors open 7:30 pm. Facebook link.
    2. The Carnival of Shadows, starring Maria in the Shower, Jeff Andrews and the Crows at Midnight, and The Creaking Planks.
    Cafe Deux Soleils, 2096 Commercial Drive. $10. Doors at 8 pm. Facebook link.

  • Waldorf Grand Opening
    To celebrate the Grand Opening of the newly renovated Waldorf hotel, the new owners are throwing a gigantic, free, multi-room Halloween party to showcase the entire complex, including the hotel rooms, lobby, restaurants, salon, the freshly restored 1950s tiki bar, the Cabaret nightclub, and the Leetag Banquet hall. Rumour also says they're setting up an outdoor dance space in the parking lot. Of everything on offer, this might be the best, biggest place to be. Facebook link.

  • Spooky Movie Halloween Recovery Day
    Nursing a candy hangover? Had one too many bloody marys? Come on over and recover while snuggling into our low-key movie marathon! From noon until night, we're going to draw the curtains, turn out the lights, and wallow in some of the best and worst that spooky cinema has to offer. We've got a huge list of films to choose from, or bring your own! My place, 12:00 - 9:30 pm. If you're uncertain if you're welcome, just ask. Facebook link.
  • foxtongue: (b&w tony & jhayne)
  • Wikipedia: a list of raw materials used in button making.

    What are people doing for Hallowe'en? We don't have a costume concept, let alone a party plan. Blasphemy! Unheard of! I would be ouraged, except that it's an annual issue. Once again, like every year, I had some utterly fantastic ideas early on, around February or March, that I have completely forgotten. Things I remember liking were the low rez girl and the Lichtenstein couple, (see also: these girls), as well as a seriously dashing faun costume at Teatro Zinzanni that added an incredibly handsome men's corset to the regular furry legs. In the back of my head is an idea to go as Sputnik and Laika, a retro nod to the history of future, wrapped in tin-foil and fun fur paws, but I haven't run it past Tony yet. Given his fluffy head, I'll argue, I totally get to be the satellite.
  • foxtongue: (while I hope)
    our six month lunaversary

    It was our six month anniversary this past weekend, so we went to Teatro ZinZanni, the dinner theater circus we went to on our very first date, as part of our glorious Halloween. Teatro ZinZanni celebrated with us, in turn, by signing us up for their costume contest, where we won third place! I'd never been in a costume contest before, so I was nervous, but it was ridiculously fun, and we won silly Teatro ZinZombie t-shirts. Plus, as a bonus, we were informed after that we were the number one staff pick! We're still thrilled. What better way to start an evening?


    What was your costume(s)? Post pictures!
    foxtongue: (while I hope)

    Song of Birth: The 3 Magi, Oil on wood, 30″ x 28″, by San Fransisco painter Isabel Samaras.
    foxtongue: (rawr)
    Lollyphile: delicious, hand-made lollipops in flavours like Pomegranate-Tangerine, Maple-Bacon, and Absinthe.


    Juan's been working overtime putting together a luscious Hallowe'en countdown series for The Secret Knots entitled The Brides of Dracula, that each showcasing a tiny short story about one of the mysterious women in question. Part I: Elena the Seer and Part II: Stana the Beautiful are now up, with Part III to come soon. Working on them has been really special, as hammering the language dents out of the scripts has been one of the creative highlights of my week, and I hope people like them enough to leave some positive reviews and tell their friends. They're really quite pretty, and as a bonus, Juan's posted a haunting little four panel he created several years ago, simply titled Vampire. Go see!
    foxtongue: (while I hope)

    Oh My Deer, by Arizona-based illustrator Chiara Bautista aka Milk. (More images here.)
    foxtongue: (while I hope)
    I'm driving down with Matthew and Sarah tonight to Seattle and plan to sew raw red sequins onto my white hallowe'en bustier all the way. We're going to The Chapel tonight, a church converted into a night club, to dance under fire-spinners. Good times.

    For those sticking around in Vancouver, there's also fun things to do:

  • The Leaky Heaven Circus presents HOWL: A Haunted Hall.
    Friday, October 23rd: 7 - 10pm
    Saturday, October 24th: 7 - 10pm
    Sunday, October 25th: 2 - 5 pm

    At the Russian Hall (600 Campbell Avenue), sliding scale. Cash only at the door please. The Haunted Hall can be entered at any time during the above slots. During a tour of the Haunted Russian Hall, subjects will be subjected to a variety of frightening ordeals to awaken their deepest phobias. Studies will be conducted and trepidations will be calculated on a demographic map of the city. A panel of Child Psychologists (aged 8 through 14) will counsel you through a debriefing session at the end of your journey through fear. All ages welcome. Costumes are a plus.

  • Harm's Road + Creaking Planks at the Rickshaw.
    Friday, October 23rd:

    Harm's Road and The Creaking Planks compete for the title of Most Delightfully Ridiculous! Don't relax your standards of ridiculousness for a moment! DEMAND that they deliver, and they SHALL!! Bonus points for COSTUMES! Come early for the Costume Contest! There will be kooky prizes and adoration for the winners!
    Tickets $10 at the door at The Rickshaw Theatre: 254 E Hastings at Main.

  • Midnight Movies at the Rio: Hedwig & the Angry Inch and Velvet Goldmine.
    Friday, October 23rd: midnight!

    The Rio Theatre (1660 East Broadway at Commercial Drive Broadway Skytrain) & Black Dog Video present a Friday Midnight Musical Double Bill of HEDWIG & THE ANGRY INCH and VELVET GOLDMINE. Dress in costume and win fabulous prizes! Hosted by Burgundy Brixx! Admission is $10 ($8 in costume).

  • Ed Wood's Orgy of the Dead - LIVE! Ghouls, Girls, and Gore! by the Screaming Chicken Theatrical Society.
    Friday, October 23rd & Saturday, October 24th: Doors 8pm - Show 9pm.

    If you’re a fan of Burlesque, horror, sexploitation, b-movies or just plain fun you'll love this feature production from Screaming Chicken Theatrical Society. The eighteen member, all star cast will make you squirm in your seats. At the WISE Hall - 1882 Adanac St. - just off Commercial Drive. Tix $25, on-line, from select retailers and at the door.

  • Sex & Death: A Festival of Short Plays by Don Nigro.
    Friday, October 23rd: Doors at 7:30, show at 8pm.
    Saturday, October 24th: Doors at 2:30 pm and Show at 3:00 pm. Doors at 7:30, show at 8pm. (Saturday's showings will present all six plays in the festival. All other showings will present four.)

    Spectral Theatre Society and the UBC Players are excited to announce their co-production of “Sex and Death: Six Short Plays by Don Nigro”. Creepy, thrilling and sexy shorts by one of America’s premier playwrights, co-presented by Vancouver's premier creepy, thrilling and sexy theatre society! Subject matter may not be suitable for all ages. Seating is limited so be sure to purchase your tickets ahead of time.

  • EVIL DEAD: The Musical at the Vogue.
    Friday, October 23rd - November 14th: 8 pm

    Blood, guts, gore, and laughter! Evil Dead: The Musical, the smash hit show from Toronto, New York and Calgary has all the makings to be this decade’s Rocky Horror Show. Based on the wildly popular cult movie series (Evil Dead, Evil Dead 2: Dead by Dawn, Army of Darkness) five vacationing college students looking for fun break into a secluded cabin in the woods. There they discover instead The Necronomicon, an ancient flesh-bound book containing blood-inked spells with the power to summon the demons of Candar. It’s up to Ash, the meek S-mart Housewares employee, to fight off the demons any way he can. Or…he’ll be dead by dawn. (All to song and dance!) But dear audiences, BEWARE! If you sit too close to the stage, in the area we like to call: “The SPLATTER ZONE,” you are bound to leave the theatre covered in blood. Ask for the Splatter Zone by name when you book your tickets!

    Tickets, (including Splatter Zone Tickets), start at $25, available at all Ticketmaster outlets, online at or call 604.280.4444.

  • BLOODSHOTS Canada 2009 48-Hour Horror Filmmaking Challenge
    SHOOTING: Friday October 23 - 7:00pm - Sunday October 25 - 7:00pm
    SCREENING: Wednesday October 28 - 8:00pm at the Anza Club (3 W. 8th, Vancouver)

    The people who brought you Vancouver's CINEMUERTE FILM FESTIVAL (1999-2005) are getting set to bring you the 6th annual BloodShots 48-Hour Horror Filmmaking Contest - 25 Teams of filmmakers all fighting against the clock to make the best horror film they possibly can. There will be celebrity judges, fabulous prizes and several tons of fake blood! At 7:00pm on Friday October 23, registered participants are given envelopes containing a horror subgenre (in past years this has included haunted house, giallo, backwoods horror, necrophilia film and more!), a weapon, a prop and a line of dialogue. They then have 48 hours to return their finished 2-7 minute film on DVD! Prize for Best Hallowe'en Costume at Screening.

  • Sin City Halloween Warm-Up Fetish Party at Club 23 West.
    Saturday, October 24th: 9 pm

    Due to overwhelming demand, Sin City presents the kinkiest PRE-HALLOWEEN party in the city, warming up for the main event : SIN CITY FETISH HALLOWEEN on Nov 1 at Celebrities! We'll be presenting a special Halloween-themed photo booth at this party, so make sure and get some saucy photos to mark the occasion! Absolutely no streetwear or regular daywear! As always, we're always on the lookout for people to showcase their awesome outfits and ideas, and any fetish outfit as per the dress code outlined in the main group listing will do - and will be absolutely appreciated! Special pass for 3 off cover. Otherwise, it's $12.

  • Renegade Parade of Lost Souls a community action.
    Saturday, October 24th: 7:00 - 10:30 pm

    The Public Dreams Society, that has historically put on The Parade of Lost Souls annually, on the Saturday prior to Halloween, is not hosting it this year. instead, it's up the community as a group of free citizens to make it happen! Dress in costume! Make music! There will be fire performances at the tennis court. Grandview Park, Commercial Drive.
  • foxtongue: (rawr)
    Dead Hearts, by Dead Mans Bones

    This video features Machine With Wishbone, a kinetic sculpture created by American artist Arthur Ganson. (His TED Talk).
    foxtongue: (Default)
    Make something great. Tell people about it. Do it again.


    I was finding over the weekend that my reflexology socks have begun falling down. Not to the point of continual adjustment, but enough that I decided it's time to invest in another quaint pair of sock garters, (my last ones having gone to the great fuzzy sock drawer in the sky several years ago). Foolishly, I decided my best course of action would be to hit up SockDreams, the most thorough stockings site on the planet. Did I get in and get out, immediately leaving with what I went in for? No, frankly, I did not. High caliber words like angora, silk, lace, chenille, and shimmer, small fantasies, such words, every one, dismantled my conviction and made me stay.

    Charcoal, dirty olive, raspberry and trembling dark plum...

    I barely escaped alive.

    Every category silently tore at me, promising comfort, confidence, femininity, warmth, cleverness, flirtatiousness or sex, laying out possibilities like tarot cards, a future with the top of my naked thigh slyly being touched under a table, a moment of enjoying someone watch me as I slowly roll them on, or perhaps only random conversation at some unknown bus-stop, "I've always liked teal.", meeting, then, my future best friend. Tabs were being opened, spreading across the screen like bleeding, unrestricted stanzas of flashy curiosity equaling, I'm certain, a similarly outrageous price-tag. I had to take action. Judiciously picking my way through the impossible, I first discarded the duplicates and most banal, anything that could be bought later, that never goes out of stock, then shaving at the edges more carefully, manipulating facts, rationalizing bits and pieces away until I was left with only the most unique, red in tooth and talon, and fun.

    In the end, however, I couldn't manage to cut it down past a final batch of twelve. Some colourful tights for the upcoming winter, a pair of expensive, breathy thigh highs, some knee highs, a set of microfiber arm warmers, a pair of slate gray socks printed with birds on a wire, and a pair of criss-cross button fingerless gloves. I think, though I'm not precisely sure, they should arrive at my home in Seattle tomorrow.

    So, as it's about to be a bit more imperative: Anywhere know an equally good place to get skirts?
    foxtongue: (Default)
    Bethalynne, lucky partner to my clever internet cousin Myke, has updated her website, "All freshened up pretty for Halloween" with a new collection of artwork. Go check it out! Not only is she brave and beautiful, she's wicked talented too:

    Bonus! Her chock-a-block full of wonder Etsy shop where you can admire her art then take it home. Unbelievable, right? Right. Go get some here: Etta Diem
    foxtongue: (while I hope)
    One of the many, (you'd think unexpected), things we accomplished during Sunday's epic bed-sit stay in was to finally nail down what we're going as for Hallowe'en. After hours of hare brained ideas and methodically poring through costume sites, we finally decided that Tony will go as a blindfolded knife-thrower with terrible aim and I'll be his lovely knife studded assistant! Tah-dah! Fun without slut, a pinch of the circus, (which, if we had a Thing, would likely be our Thing), and due to last year's costume mix-up, I've already got the boots.
    foxtongue: (feed me stories)
    Japanese Man Petitions to Legally Marry Manga Character

    We've decided to paint the guest room library the colours of a Hypselodoris nudibranch bullock, but darker and a bit richer, leaving us with aubergine, pumpkin, sunflower mustard, and crimson red. Well, really, I decided and David took a look at what I was talking about and said, "No, you're not too geeky. That'll be awesome."

    Which means, as Nicole pointed out, my apartment is beginning to unintentionally match my hair.

    She stayed over on Saturday night and watched Ghostbusters with us, after we helped her emergency move this weekend, instead of going out for Hallowe'en. (Ray was going to help her, but he accidentally bailed, leaving her in a bit of a panic, her car shaky from a Friday accident and too small for her things, so I called up my mother and asked to steal her and her van for the evening.) The whole thing was a giant ball of sticky, fidgeting stress, all wrapped up in her raw and recent post-accident break-up that left her spending Friday night in her car, but my impromptu rescue thankfully worked out. David and I were enough to help haul things out of Nicole's a day overdue storage container, my mother's van was a perfect fit to tetris cram in absolutely everything, and her room was just the right size to set up her bed and neatly avalanche pile her things on it without breaking anything or making a mess.

    Seattle-kilt Tony came by for a Saturday visit too, which was also a treat, though a less fraught one. We went for breakfast at the Pannekok House with him and a batch of equally fun-clever Seattle folk, (and David and Dominique, though obliquely, as they were one table over), then dervished our way from there to tea at my place, where Nicole had holed up to take a shower and decompress from her awful Friday of Stress and Doom. (You did catch the theme there, I hope.) It was nice. The four of us sat in the living room and played with Emerson the Emo Bunny, drank honey lemon ginger tea, and shockingly didn't talk about anything terrible. Next time I'm in Seattle, I'm going to try to make sure to see him. Next time, too, I hope to bring David. It's about time those southerners met mah man.
    foxtongue: (while I hope)

    Everyone have a good Hallowe'en?
    foxtongue: (the welsh got you)

    BONUS annual hallowe'en post-an-hour : baby laugh a lot, it's a scream!

    ...and with that, I'm out. I did my nine to five, now it's time to dress up a little more and go shake some groove at whatever parties I can find. If you appreciated today's Post-An-Hour, it would be completely amazing if you could toss me some coin in lieu of candy. (Though candy works too, if you're local). I am a poor, poor kitten right now, and everything helps. Also, be thankful I didn't dig up that singing Tim Curry clip. You know the one. Yeah, that one.

    Thank you, and GOODNIGHT-TAH!
    foxtongue: (welcome to the sideshow)
    It was a real drug midnight
    swoooooooooooooooah dreary
    I was goofing
    Beat and weary
    Over many a freakish volume of forgotten score
    When suddenly there came a tapping
    As if some cat were gently riffing
    Knocking rhythm at my pad's door.
    Ah, "'tis the landlady," I muttered
    On her broom she flies the rounding
    Sounding for her rent
    WITCH only this and nothing more

    Ehh, ooh, will I ever get out of this feeling?
    Emmm, emmmm,

    Ah, so solid I remember,
    It was in that wrought December
    And it's swingin', jumpin' ember
    Blew it's phantom upon the floor
    Groovily I woo'd the morrow
    Still hung I sought to borrow
    From my book kicks
    To knock the sorrow
    Sorrow for my gone Lenore
    For that sweet, square but swingin' maiden
    Whom the fly chicks tagged Lenore
    Nameless here forevermore

    Lord Buckley's "The Bugbird" ("The Raven").
    Buy the album: "A Most Immaculately Hip Aristocrat.


    foxtongue: (Default)

    April 2012

    S M T W T F S
    123 4 5 6 7


    RSS Atom

    Most Popular Tags

    Style Credit

    Expand Cut Tags

    No cut tags
    Page generated Sep. 23rd, 2017 11:37 pm
    Powered by Dreamwidth Studios