All Hallows Art

By Seattle Mag

October 4, 2013

Embrace the spirit of the season with fearful arts outings

This article originally appeared in the October 2013 issue of Seattle Magazine.

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Kelly O

Seattle Women’s Chorus: Hallows in the Cathedral A family-friendly mixed bill of classics (“Monster Mash”) and semantic stretches (“Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered”) performed in an atmospheric church. Fear factor: Much of the lineup is frivolous fun, but Bach’s beckoning “Come, Soothing Death” is genuinely eerie. 10/18–10/26. Times and prices vary. St. Mark’s Cathedral, 1245 10th Ave. E, 206.388.1400;

National Theatre Live: Frankenstein An encore screening of Danny Boyle’s acclaimed London production, starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller. Fear factor: “It’s alive!” has never been a more horrifying statement. 10/31 & 11/3. Times and prices vary. SIFF Cinema Uptown, 511 Queen Anne Ave. N; 206.324.9996;

Carrie: The Musical The Broadway take on Stephen King’s unsettling tale, as interpreted by Seattle’s Balagan Theatre. Fear factor: Pig’s blood on prom night! 10/11–10/26. Times and prices vary. The Moore Theatre, 1932 Second Ave.; 206.682.1414;

Psycho, with live score by the Seattle Symphony Hitchcock’s classic is projected on a big screen above the stage as the symphony plays Bernard Herrmann’s magnificent score. Fear factor: Those infamous screeching violins are 10 times more terrifying when heard live. 10/30–10/31. 7:30. Prices vary. Benaroya Hall, 200 University St., 206.215.4747;

Mark Mitchell: Burial Seattle costume designer Mark Mitchell brings his exquisite eye to burial garments and cremation objects. Fear factor: In Mitchell’s hands, death definitely becomes her, but she’s still dead. Through 10/20. Times vary. Free. Frye Art Museum, 704 Terry Ave., 206.622.9250;

Lundgren Monuments: The Metalsmith and the Urn
Seattle art provocateur Greg Lundgren regularly presents artistic approaches to death accoutrements, including these urns by prominent blacksmiths. Fear factor: Considering options for your own urn—artful or not—will chill you to the core. 10/3–11/17. Times vary. Free. Lundgren Monuments, 1011 Boren Ave., 206.910.2432;

Film noir at SAM
This annual series includes The Lady from Shanghai (1947), directed by and starring Orson Welles. Fear factor: The black-and-white thriller features a faked death, a murder plot and malaise galore. 10/24. 7:30. Prices vary. Seattle Art Museum, Plestcheeff Auditorium, 1300 First Ave.; 206.654.3100;


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