Mad mortician raises the dead for Halloween

With the narrow street completely fogged over and the trees hanging over like a canopy, the sky was barely visible. Closer to the Mortuary, a woman could be seen staggering toward the crosswalk. She teetered on the edge of the sidewalk. Just on the verge of falling over into the street, she seemed almost drunk. A passerby got closer and she snarled and tried to bite them, causing them to scream. Her face was a blur of blacks and grays and there was blood running …

Orchestra haunts Sexon Auditorium in Halloween concert

Audience members were treated to some spooky tunes at Saturday night’s Halloween themed orchestra concert in the Sexon Auditorium. Conducted by Michael Powers, the orchestra featured some costumed members such as a Minion from Despicable Me, a plague doctor, and even an angel playing the harp. The night opened with Beethoven’s dramatic “Corialon Overture” which created a dark, mysterious atmosphere followed by the third movement of Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 1. Other pieces shied away from the darkness in favor of a whimsical tone, such …

Día del los Muertos honors many in the Playhouse District

Bright golden marigolds lined the sidewalks, stairways, art displays. Children gazed longingly at cupcakes, sugar skulls, and a giant skull cake that centered around the vast array of ornate and creative family altars and artwork displayed in the courtyard. And hundreds of families gathered to celebrate, remember and honor their loved ones gone at the Día de los Muertos arts festival at the Zona Rosa Caffe and Pasadena Playhouse Plaza. The event featured children’s calaca face painting, papier-mâché skulls, flowers and mask art made at the …