EDITOR JULIE IMEL DISHES THE NEWS YOU NEED TO KNOW
Vampires, and other things
I would never make it as a vampire.
Although I do have the perfect shade of pale skin, wear lots of black clothing and avoid direct sunlight (unless I first apply sunscreen with an SPF of 50 or higher), any dreams of a vampire-like existence were dashed long ago by my intense love of garlic and horrific eyesight at night. Oh, and also, I’m really squeamish about blood.
Fortunately, this week’s edition requires no bloodsucking, no superior nighttime eyesight and no black cloaks to enjoy. Inspired by the Gothic Weekend (Feb. 15-17) presented by the Everhart Museum in collaboration with Broadway Theatre League’s presentation of the Addams Family musical, our special edition of electric city and diamond city is vampire themed, just for you. Alicia Grega explores The Blood is the Life: Vampires in Art & Nature exhibit at the Everhart Museum (opening Friday night). I’ll catch up with our friends at the Scranton Cultural Center hosting Virst Vriday: Vhat is a Vampire and give you details on the Addams Family musical. Tom Graham gets Up Close & Personal with Dr. Gary Kwiecinski, a local professor who studies the morphology and Antillean Island bats. Jeff Boam offers a primer to vampires in pop culture, and Bookmarks’ columnist Amye Archer tells the tale of books that just plain sucked the life out of her.
Really, the cover says it all. Special thanks to the Everhart Museum for giving us access to their gorgeous ruby red rooms so photographer Tom Bonomo could shoot model Jer Tobin, on a cold, January day when the museum was closed to the public. Our gratitude also goes out to the man behind our vampire’s costume and makeup, Jim O’Hora, of Taney’s Costume Shop, Scranton, whose work is always truly inspired.
In other news …
Step outside the realm of vampires for a minute, and take a look at some of the other exciting opportunities and events going on in your world:
National Wear Red Day — According to the American Heart Association’s (AHA’s) website, heart disease still kills more women than all cancers combined. Friday, Feb. 1 is Go Red For Women day, which allows the AHA to help women by offering educational programs, increase women’s understanding about their risk for heart disease and support research to discover scientific knowledge about heart health. And, in honor of 10 years of Wearing Red, the AHA has also launched the America Goes Red Challenge, where you can wear red, go red, and paint your community red all for a good cause. For complete details on how you can make a difference, visit http://wearredday.goredforwomen.org/.
Campaign School 2013— Hosted by the League of Women Voters of Lackawanna County, you can learn how to run a successful campaign for public office at this special event on Saturday, Feb. 2 (snow date: Feb. 9). Campaign School will be held on the 5th floor of Brennan Hall at the University of Scranton, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information, and to register, visit http://www.lwvlackawanna.org/register.php.
Dance For Hope —Dance for Hope, a “Feeding Hope” Benefit for National Eating Disorders Awareness Month, will be held on Friday. Feb. 15, in Trax Platform Lounge at the Radisson at Lackawanna Station in Scranton. The event features entertainment by techno/house DJs DJ Ransom and DJ Hostyle, with a special performance by Philly and Atlantic City artist DJ April Price. While you’re dancing the night away, you can take a break to enter to win great raffle prizes donated by local business, including Why Not Designs, Over the Moon and Alexander’s Salon & Spa. Doors open at 9 p.m. with music from 9:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. Admission is a $5 donation, and all proceeds benefit the National Eating Disorders Organization, a non-profit organization in the U.S. advocating on behalf of and supporting individuals and families affected by eating disorders.
That’s the scoop! Thanks for reading and I’ll meet you here again next week.
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