making a concerted effort to not write about Occupy or that which Sucks,* which is all i feel like i've been doing the last month and a half.
so... you will have to take my word for it because my camera's battery died outside the cathedral, and i apparently packed a spare in my other bag... (yay, i've become my mother) so my pictures are limited in number and quality.
it's apparently a big secret in NY, unadvertised, done every year for at least twenty years, and still the line is around the block.
the cathedral of st john the divine on the upper west side, which i'm told is the largest cathedral in the world, puts on this elaborate halloween celebration which involves their massive pipe organ, 1920's horror movies projected on film with a live score, their old graveyard and crypts, and a procession of ghouls comprised of broadway dancers, puppeteers and trapeze artists silently scaring even the adults with their crazy costumes that are sometimes 3x as large as the wearer. and yes, i did say trapeze. yes, the cathedral is tall enough to have a trapeze artist overhead.
i was left with only my shitty phone and shitty photography skills to try to capture what was probably the awesomest awesome that ever was, through dry ice and startled and startling people.
after the movie and the procession of ghouls, said ghouls hang out and interact with people, posing for pictures and frightening children.
everyone leave exhilarated, laughing about the campy movie and imitating the huge moving sculptures as they make their way to the subway....
and seeing the show with two artists who love all things creative and cool... so much the better.
i will now be going every damn year. like everyone there, they all say they come every damn year, no matter what. i mean, the cathedral alone is spooky, add lighting and the original score of phantom of the opera, people squinting so they could barely see is that a costume or AAAHHHGHAHAH! hee hee... fun stuff.
this is turning out to be an excellent year for me. i love knowing there are fucking cool ass people in the world who love cool ass shit.