Spooky Double Feature:
Cemetery Symbols + Victorian Creepiness
* Friday, October 22, 7:30-9:15pm Eastern Time via Zoom
A special, spooky online double feature, just in time for Halloween! Longtime Brainery teachers Allison Meier and J.R. Pepper will each be giving 45 minute talks on some of
our favorite macabre topics.
Tickets available at www.brooklynbrainery.com
The Purr-fect Muse: A History of Cats in Art
* Friday, December 10, 2021 through The Hillside Library
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Before they were the rulers of the internet, cats have had a steady presence throughout the history of art. Our feline friends have been symbols and even gods ever since the time of the Ancient Egyptians. They have also been constant companions for some of the world's most famous artists.
From Bastet to nyan cat, we'll look at the many roles and many of lives of cats in art.
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HALLOWEEN ART AND PODCAST
Professional eccentric, JR Pepper, combines her love of art and bizarre history into her entertaining lectures and spooky photography. She majored in art history with a focus on female surrealists. Today she is a Fellow and Curator, for the New York City Odd Salon, a non-profit that hosts curated talks on topics dealing with history, art, and science from 1950 or earlier.
Pepper helps us understand that monsters are visual representations of our fears. Film serves as a medium to express those fears. Film appreciation has been part of Pepper’s life since childhood. She grew up watching 1980s horror films and obsessed over Disney’s Sleepy Hollow and Beetlejuice.
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Ghosts, Goblins, Murder, & Madness
Featuring 21 different voices hailing from five different countries and 11 states, Ghosts, Goblins, Murder, and Madness is certain to strike a chord with every horror aficionado.
Devil's Night, Day of the Dead, and Halloween have been celebrated around the world in one form or another, beginning with the ancient Celts more than 2,000 years ago. For some revelers, it's a time for guising, or dressing up in elaborate costume; for others, it's a time for practical jokes and mischief; and for some, it's a reverent occasion to acknowledge the thin line between earth and the spirit world.
In this same vein, the stories in this collection provide a wide-angle lens at what comprises the unique expanse of horror fiction today. From hobgoblins and apparitions, to haunted dwellings and cursed possessions, to good intentions gone awry and evil ones turned on the perpetrator, these 20 tales will unsettle, frighten, tickle, and caution, and in the end, listeners may take heed before ever again accompanying their children trick-or-treating, striking up conversations in anonymous chat rooms, or fortifying their homes in an attempt to prevent Halloween vandalism.
My story "Asking For It" is featured in this publication, and hey!
One of my photographs are on the cover!
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