I don’t do Halloween costumes as much as I do “get-ups.” A hat, a wig, a prop (and it all has to be something I can dance in) is usually enough to get me into a Halloween party unrecognized. This year I went to two dance parties dressed kind of poet/punk. When people asked about my get-up I told them I was Yoko Ono meets the Bride of Frankenstein. Here I am, taking a pause from dancing to pose with my friend Calamity Jayn.
I lent Joe the purple wig I wore for last year’s annual The Kind at the Pine Tavern bash. He topped it with a neon green Dr. Seuss fur cap. I’m surprised he didn’t dance his hat off because he really lets loose when The Kind play his favorite Grateful Dead songs. Watch him dancing HERE, the one with the glow in the dark Happy Halloween T-shirt who kept getting mistaken for a teenager scarecrow.
I took my yearly picture of doorman Grateful Steve (here in blue with Grateful Bruce). I thought he was a Grateful Papa Smurf and didn’t discover he was a member of the Blue Man Group until I spotted the other two members.
My friend Kalinda Occupied the Pine Tavern. It was unnerving to me that she never stopped smiling all night because her smile was glued to her face (mask).
On the dance floor Yoko Ono meets the Bride of Frankenstein meets Marilyn Monroe meets Lady Gaga, and we danced together. She was drunk and I was drunk on Grateful Dead tunes. We got a kick out of each other.
One of the literal highlights of the night was the poi glo light and hoop dance show by the Ilima Ursomarso and the Rhythm Fire Dance Company. It was a Sly and the Family Stone kind of big psychedelic show that was very hard to capture with my camera but my video did okay, watch HERE.
The dancers changed costumes and did a fire show outside with lighted fans, sticks and hoops. At one point Ilima balanced a flaming sword on her head. The whole thing was fantastic! Clip HERE.
Near midnight we went over to the Dogtown Sun Hall to catch the Alliens playing and to check out the costumed people there. The first thing I noticed was that Dr. Sue was in a wedding dress. She had just split up from her long time partner who never married her and so thought it was appropriate, she said. She got the whole thing at Angels in the Attic thrift shop and it was very convincing.
I was disappointed that I couldn’t get my on tap IPA because they stopped serving at midnight. We hung out with our friend Rowan, who had a damn big 80’s hairdo and who I now have a new nickname for (see photo).
By the end of the night I was singing a version of the song that Donnie and Marie used to sing I’m a Little Bit Country …I’m a little bit Rock and Roll. Mine went like this: I’m a little bit little bit Yoko Ono … He’s a little Wizard of Oz. Joe (photo #2) and I agreed that I could have been taken for Bullwinkle’s Natasha and the Addams Family Morticia. The next day I went to a Halloween kid’s party.