Everyone knows that one of the best Halloween destination vacation spots is none other than the sultry city of New Orleans and this years events are shaping up to be simply to die for. So, go and get some costumes together and get your plane ticket bound for the vampire mecca that is New Orleans, and no…it isn’t all about Anne Rice any more.
To start things off Friday, October 30th check out the Tru Blood and Gold Ball with special guest Charlaine Harris, author of the Sookie Stackhouse novels that HBO’s hit show True Blood is based on. Charlaine will be at the ball and at a special wine tasting event the evening before and ending her stay with a book signing at the Garden District Bookstore Halloween afternoon. There will also be live entertainment with three bands taking the stage at Republic New Orleans.
Go here for ticket and all event info for the Tru Blood and Gold Ball.
Then, if that isn’t enough vampire mayhem, be seen at the House of Blues at midnight on Halloween for the Endless Night XII Vampire Ball where you can revel in the night, take in hypnotic Gothic belly dance and dance the night away to the sounds of imported DJs spinning your fave Gothic/industrial/vampire music all leading up to a HUGE costume contest! So channel your dark side and bring your fetish, steam punk, horror, Gothic or your favorite vampire persona and enter the contest to win. Each winner of their category gets a HUGE prize bag and the Best In Show gets a prize bag and a cash prize. Go here for info and tickets for the Endless Night XII Vampire Ball. VIP packages available for a limited time only. VIP status gets you into other preand after parties for free along with some special Endless Night swag.
Both of these events are private ticketed events. You can purchase tickets online via PayPal or buy them at the venue door if available. BOTH EVENTS ARE 18 and UP!
So, be seen in New Orleans this Halloween weekend!
Dark artist Chad Savage, who has been providing artwork to the vampire subculture since the 1980’s, has opened his own Etsy.com shop, where he will be selling original vampiric artwork that he’s created over the last 20 years. Many of these one of a kind drawings were used on magazines, book covers and as book illustrations over the last two decades.
If you’d like to own a small piece of undead history, head over to http://ChadSavage.etsy.com. Check back daily, as Savage plans to dig up, scan and post drawings that haven’t seen the light of day (appropriately enough) for over 10 years. New artwork will be added every day or so.
A Chicago reporter is looking for some local vampire enthusiasts to profile for an upcoming magazine piece on Chicago vampire fans. If you’re interested in talking (and being photographed), please email Crystal Yednak at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks!
True Blood Tastings & VIP Party
Join RCN in Chicago on Labor Day Weekend for some tasty treats and a VIP Party, featuring Nelsan Ellis (“Lafayette”) from True Blood!
True Blood Tastings
When: Wed. Sept. 2nd, 11 a.m.- 5 p.m.
Where: Qdoba Mexican Grill
Address: 2427 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago, IL 60614 (near The Biograph Theater)
What: Come try True Blood!
Fangtasia VIP Party
When: Fri. Sept. 11th – 9 p.m. to Midnight (or later)
Address: 6341 N Broadway St., Chicago, IL 60626
What: Join us for an Exclusive VIP Fangtasia Party, with Special guest, Nelsan Ellis (“Lafayette”) from HBO’s True Blood
To win a pass to see a special screening of this highly-anticipated foreign vampire film, follow http://twitter.com/DarkChicago and post the following:
Hey @DarkChicago – I’m thirsty! Gimme passes to see Park Chan-wook’s THIRST!
The first 20 people who do this will get the passes (via email – you’ll print them yourself).
A priest becomes a vampire.another man’s wife is coveted.a deadly seduction triggers murder. Thirst is the new film from director Park Chan-wook (Old Boy, Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance, Sympathy for Lady Vengeance). Already a boxoffice smash in Korea, Thirst was honored with the Prix du Jury [Jury Prize] at the 2009 Cannes InternationalFilm Festival.
Continuing his explorations of human existence in extreme circumstances, the director spins a tale that he conceived and then developed over several years with co-screenwriter Chung Seo-kyung.
Sang-hyun (played by top Korean star Song Kang-ho, of The Host) is a priest who cherishes life; so much so, that he selflessly volunteers for a secret vaccine development project meant to eradicate a deadly virus. But the virus takes the priest, and a blood transfusion is urgently ordered up for him. The blood he receives is infected, so Sang-hyun lives – but now exists as a vampire. Struggling with his newfound carnal desire for blood, Sang-hyun’s faith is further strained when a childhood friend’s wife, Tae-ju (Kim Ok-vin), comes to him asking for his help in escaping her life. Sang-hyun soon plunges into a world of sensual pleasures, finding himself on intimate terms with the Seven Deadly Sins.
The current issue of Entertainment Weekly features a number of articles about the current cultural vampire craze, as well as some interesting interviews with vampire fiction authors old and new and the EW list of The Top 20 Greatest Vampires of All Time, which is surprisingly comprehensive in its scope (although once again Fright Night’s Jerry Dandridge can’t get no love!)