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Creepmas Day 5: Krampus Overload

Posted in christmas, events, monsters with tags , , on December 5, 2013 by shewalkssoftly

I smell a giant trend approaching (well it’s already well underway, really). Like zombies, bacon and cupcakes, the krampus is rising in pop culture.


KRAMPUSFEST begins today:
A “multi-venue celebration” that will run this year from December 5th to the 21st. A troupe of costumed Krampus performers will appear at each venue, including the Krampus Ball, an art exhibition, and a publicly held run held in conjunction with the Downtown Art Walk. Each member of the Krampus Los Angeles Troupe makes their costume mostly by hand.


Boy, I remember when I used to mention the krampus and people raised a confused eyebrow. “What about cramps, now?”


Now they are all over sweaters, ornaments, cards…



There is an amazing art show I wish I could attend.

Much more info at the Krampus Los Angeles…a blog entirely dedicated to this folklore fiend!

Cannot type/talk due to severe illness (all words courtesy of voice software or kind typing helpers)…I read and appreciate all comments…Apologies for not being able to respond.

Resintopia: Plastic Model Kit & Statue Expo

Posted in craft, events, monsters, sculpture with tags , , , on May 15, 2012 by shewalkssoftly

My friend The Headless Hearseman, pioneer of monster model kit customs, is putting together an amazing event next month. Resintopia gathers monstrously talented (get it? *nudge nudge*) sculptors and producers from all over the country.

There will be kit displays, contests, trophies, prizes, Q & A sessions, demos…all kinds of fun stuff.

The event takes place June 23rd and 24th, 20 minutes from NYC at the Crowne Plaza, Fairfield, NJ, so mark your calendars East coast monster lovers!

You will see some amazing craftsmanship here, folks. I highly recommend attending if you can make it.

Get all the details here, and take a look at The Headless Hearseman’s work.

Crafty Chica Cruise 2012

Posted in art, craft, events with tags , , on January 2, 2012 by shewalkssoftly

Oh boy…one of these years I’m going to hop on board for a Crafty Chica Cruise. This looks like so much fun!

Art swaps, workshops (all supplies included), demos, prizes, a 24 hour craft room…along with the regular culinary and scenic delights of a cruise. I’ll be smack in the middle of my spring semester, buried in Integrative Medicine so I have no hope of attending, but it seems fantastic.

See more info here (and if anyone goes, please tell me how it is!).

Beautiful Breakup Ceremony

Posted in events with tags on June 27, 2011 by shewalkssoftly

I think this is a lovely complement to yesterday’s celebration of matrimony: a romantic breakup ceremony.

Xu Minyu and Xiao Ying, two Chinese students, enjoyed a happy relationship throughout their four years in college. However, careers pulled them in different directions upon graduation so they decided to hold a gorgeous public breakup (reminiscent of a grandiose wedding proposal).

Not all relationships end with anger, betrayal or bitterness. Sometimes two good people who love each other must separate because of location, life goals, wanting (or not wanting) children, etc. Fairy tales teach us that love is always enough for a Happily Ever After. But in real life, when this is not possible, why not celebrate the beauty of the union? Of course, not everyone must do this in public with lights and dozens of roses…but I like the idea behind paying tribute to what a loved one has contributed to our existence.

Skull Appreciation Day

Posted in anatomy, announcement, events with tags , , on May 31, 2011 by shewalkssoftly

I have a habit of making up my own theme days every so often. Constructing a day around a random subject keeps life’s miniature adventures flowing.

Skull-A-Day officially decided that June 4th is SKULL APPRECIATION DAY.

Did you ever ask your mom and dad “Why is there Mothers Day and Fathers Day but no KIDS Day?” and they replied “EVERY day is kids day?” Well, pretty much every day in my life is Skull Appreciation Day (though coincidentally I made tentative plans to be surrounded by more skulls than usual on Saturday).

I’d like to do a skull megapost this weekend. If anyone has suggestions or images I can add, please share!

Win a Chance to Get Buried Alive!

Posted in events, film, macabre with tags , , on September 24, 2010 by shewalkssoftly

This promotional event for the movie Buried is one of the strangest contest ideas I’ve ever heard, so it gets points for novelty. Not sure any amount of novelty could make me sign up to get buried alive though.

In celebration of [the film release], the Alamo Drafthouse and Fantastic Fest hosted Buried with BURIED: Rolling Roadshow of One. Four lucky (or not so lucky, depending on how you look at it) people were picked to be blindfolded, have a burlap sack put over their head, then silently driven 30 miles outside of the city. There, they were put in coffins and only then were they allowed to remove the blindfolds, where they’d see an LCD screen that would show Buried.

Splendid evening, eh? Gotta appreciate the postmodern spin of this…meta-burial.

Here is the movie trailer:


The Long Island MST3K Club

Posted in events, film, geek, humor, sci-fi with tags , , , , on July 21, 2010 by shewalkssoftly

In an effort to unite some local film geeks, I’ve started a club and we have our first meeting on Friday!

If you are a Mystery Science Theater 3000 fan and can make it to the Long Island area, please join our facebook group, spread the word, come to our events! Friday evenings at 7 will NOT be a standard time because I know it’s inconvenient for many people.

There has been talk of invention exchanges, baking contests and all sorts of cool stuff for future meetings…stay tuned…

POD PEOPLE screening, 7/23, 7pm

Facebook Group

Web page and mailing list info

Mark Ryden: The Gay 90’s

Posted in art, events, exhibits with tags , , on May 8, 2010 by shewalkssoftly

I’ve been remiss in posting about one of this year’s highlights: Mark Ryden’s Gay 90’s Exhibit. I don’t want to inundate you folks with countless pictures so I’ll post a few with a link to others.

The giant show stopper, Incarnation. This painting was massive and breathtaking.

In person, these paintings have a surreal vibrancy that is slightly lost on film.

The frames were custom made for each painting. The added detail is superb.

There was a second room filled with non-oil pieces (and a third filled with concept sketches). This one particularly caught my eye:

Stilts and meat costumes…what more does an art opening need?

The wall of inspirational materials was really fun to look at.

There is a terrific post over at Unusual Life (rapidly becoming a favorite site of mine) with lots more photos of the opening.

More pictures from my evening here, including shots of some of my favorite artists of all time.

Cirque Berzerk

Posted in candy coated nightmares, events, theater with tags , , on July 14, 2009 by shewalkssoftly

Tomorrow I head over to the West coast for a month, and one of my first stops is Cirque Berzerk.


ESCAPE deep into the sexy, twisted, theatrical underworld of Cirque Berzerk. Your hosts: A demented ‘family,’ born at Burning Man, that includes trampoline artists who bounce off the walls, heart throbbing aerialists, fiery burlesque dancers, bone-bending contortionists, sensuous acrobats, operatic sopranos, gothic stilt walkers, macabre marionettes and a few quite demented clowns.



I don’t find regular circus events the slightest bit enticing (perhaps due to the animal exploitation), but here…humans are the sole entertainment. Vaudevillian punk rock! I’m so glad the show was extended a few weeks from the original scheduled end date.

If you’re interested, there’s still a little time to check it out.


Posted in ephemera, events, food, kitsch, retro, toys with tags , , , , , on March 9, 2009 by shewalkssoftly

I had the pleasure of an early birthday celebration this past weekend, featuring lots of nostalgic goodies.


Friends contributed all kinds of treats, like these “30 things for turning 30” from Matt and Steph:

And homemade chocolate crucifixes by Lee:

There were TWO Space Invader cakes!



These photos of the Kiddie Comfort Food table don’t accurately reflect the majesty of the Hostess snack cake display.

The table evolved as the evening progressed…

If only I could share the fantastic music and video compilation! I’m so grateful to everyone for making this such a special night for me.

30 is going to be a wonderful year.