Friday, June 12, 2015

Win a Trip for Two to The Morbid Anatomy Museum and One Year Anniversary Celebration!

Win a trip for two with hotel and airfare included from your home city to the Morbid Anatomy Museum this October for Day of the Dead! Must enter by September 20th, and winner will be announced on September 21; Details can be found here.

We also hope you join us in celebrating our one year anniversary at our day-long "Festival of Arcane Knowledge" featuring MC Evan Michelson of TV's Oddities and short talks, quirky museum tours, demonstrations, screenings and projections showcasing our unique community of makers, teachers, collectors and rogue scholars. The day will conclude with a Devil's Masquerade reception/afterparty featuring live music, spectacles, cocktails, auction, and costume contest with prizes for best costume.

The Festival of Arcane Knowledge will run from 11 am - 7:30 pm and feature talks by Dr. Neal Goldsmith on psychedelics and death (based on his multi-sold out lecture); Douglas Rushkoff on "Living Taxidermy and the Real Housewives of the OC," Dan Smith on books bound in human skin; Robert Schneck on "Auto-decapitants"; Jessica Glasscock of the Metropolitan Museum on "Fashionable Mourning" from 1815 to 1915; and Karen Bachmann on spontaneous human combustion. There will also be a show and tell featuring a real Egyptian mummy head with Mike Zohn of TV's Oddities; antique masonic magic lantern projections by filmmaker Joel Schlemowitz; new episodes of Morbid Anatomy Presents with fillmaker in residence Ronni Thomas; music from the land of the fairies by Doug Skinner; and presentations by beloved lecturers Amy Herzog, Colin Dickey, Carl Schoonover, alchemist Brian Coitnor, and Egyptologist in Residence Ava Vitali. There will also be complementary beer while supplies last.

The Devil's Masquerade will begin at 8 and will include a special appearance of the devil himself; musical performances by Angela Di Carlo and Brooklyn based Milf and Dilf; antique devil film clips curated by David Cory; delightful complimentary cocktails; thematic music by DJ in residence Friese Undine, and a devil costume contest with prizes! You can find out more--and get tickets--here.

Hope very much to see you there!

Image: Detail of a 19th century diablerie from Brian May, Denis Pellerin and Paula Fleming's Diableries: Stereoscopic Adventures In Hell, sourced here. You can visit a copy of this book in The Morbid Anatomy Library!

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