by Jac Kern
Jac's roundup of pop culture news and Internet findings
It’s recently come
to my attention that it’s almost Halloween...
In my opinion,
costumes are imperative to any good October outing, but a successful ensemble
doesn’t have to be complicated. Pulling from pop culture — from favorite movies
and TV shows to current events — is a perfect way to find a culturally-relevant
costume. (And, speaking of cultures, make sure you don’t select a get-up that
mocks one. Racist costumes,
much like Daniel Tosh, are way more offensive than clever or funny.)
Dressing like your
fave TV characters is always a hit. Most television networks sell costumes
coinciding with their top shows online. Pay homage to the first season of
American Horror Story by dressing as the Rubberman or sporting the creepy Larry
Harvey burn-face mask. FX also offers costumes from Wilfred, Archer and The League. More of a Kenny Powers fan? Get his Miami Mermen look here because, in case you missed it, Powers is coming back fucking soon. Since creating your own costume is almost always preferred, put on your DIY cap and peep inspiration from It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia and 30 Rock.Whether you're throwing a Halloweekend party or just want to experience the weekend from your couch, peep this week's Halloween-inspired TV picks here. AMC, Syfy, ABC Family and other networks will be showing marathons of horror classics, family-friendly favorites and everything in between, in addition to new holiday-themed episodes of your favorite shows.And while there are tons of horror movies in theaters this weekend, Hollywood continues its butchery of all things sacred with the remake of Carrie. It's not in theaters 'til March 2013, but the trailer does look pretty creepy.
Off the screen
and onto politics, this being an election year promises plenty of Romney- and
Obama-inspired costumes. Expect plenty of down-and-out Big Birds, binders full of women
and horses-n-bayonets. Personally, I’m looking forward to seeing Workout Ken 2012,
aka a guy dressed as Paul Ryan from his P90XXX Time Magazine photo shoot.
Fellas, all you need are some earbuds, a red ball cap, grey T-shirt and some
free weights (fake ones if you’re not as ripped as Romney’s running mate.) Make it work!What’s orange,
fiery and generally terrifying? No, not The Great Pumpkin. The Donald! Trump recently dropped his “October Surprise,” an announcement that had bloggers
speculating all week. The statement, supposed to be detrimental to the Obama
campaign, spurred rumors of everything from Obama’s alleged coke-dealing past
to a failing relationship with his
wife. But what recently surfaced was even lamer than all of that.
requested that Obama release his college transcripts as well as his full
passport records by 5 p.m. Oct. 31 (there’s the Halloween tie-in!) and he will
donate $5 million to any charities of the president’s choosing. So,
essentially, more birther bullshit. Yawn.
Last time I checked, Trump had about the same amount of political pull as
Lindsay Lohan, so I doubt this bears any consequence on the upcoming election, but it would
be nice to see Obama stick it to the grotesque ginge and, hence, idiots
everywhere, one last time.
0 Comments · Wednesday, October 24, 2012
Love it or hate it, regardless of age, Halloween is a fixture
in American culture. Whether you’re avoiding the holiday bar scene or
just want to get in the Halloween spirit, this week’s TV picks celebrate
(and poke fun at) Oct. 31 and all the laughs and frights that come with
Oct. 27 • Madison Theater
0 Comments · Monday, October 22, 2012
Dayton’s music scene is similar to Cincinnati’s in that
they’ve both given rise to a great number of bands that represent the
incredible musical diversity within the respective band communities.The Werks are one of Dayton’s more recent success stories; the Jamadelic quartet officially formed five years ago.
Reality and fantasy collide at Waynesville's ScareDown
0 Comments · Wednesday, October 17, 2012
An acquaintance of mine despises haunts. She considers Halloween itself
to be ugly and horror entertainment in general to be a symptom of
first-world mental illness. If she knew the details of Waynesville’s new
haunt ScareDown, she’d probably have additional objections.
1 Comment · Wednesday, September 19, 2012
In the 1880s, George Renninger created one of the most known
pieces of Halloween candy ever invented, one that has endured over a
century — candy corn. Considering it’s also one of the most maligned candy treats
ever invented, how has it remained a fixture of autumn so long?
0 Comments · Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Whether you've got kids, an itch to waltz or just need an excuse to drink in costume, we've got the event for you.
0 Comments · Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Halloween is, at its heart, a children’s holiday. Despite the hugely popular and profitable businesses of haunted houses and adult costumes, it’s kids who get more out of October than anyone else. It does not memorialize a war and has little religious significance. Its the playful, secular traditions that have risen above its Christian and Gaelic ones.
0 Comments · Wednesday, October 29, 2008
With Halloween falling on a Friday this year, pretty much any bar you pick this weekend will have some sort of scary happening going on. But if you’re a local music fan looking for more than “Monster Mash” karaoke and costume contests, here are my picks for Friday’s fiercest, most fearsome shows.
Halloween Event Listings
0 Comments · Tuesday, October 21, 2008
The best Halloween pub parties, masquerade balls, and family events in the entire city. Get scared with your friends, your kids, your relatives, and complete strangers... and have fun doing it.