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Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2007 06:48 am

Assorted Halloween treats

Some musical pleasures before Oct. 31 rolls around

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Springfield Classical Guitar Society presents Carlos Perez.
Untitled Document Who doesn’t love Halloween? Other than those really scary folks who take life too seriously, I think most people get a kick out of dressing up and becoming someone or something else, at least for one day. That transformation must be good for the soul. Halloween is the one holiday in which Americans actually get creative without a hint of religion or patriotism to give it a serious tone. For us, Halloween is a big whoop-de-do without a second thought to the roots of the holiday, but that’s OK. It’s what we do: We are a society out to transform.
Here are a few music-oriented Halloween activities for you to enjoy in the next few days before the 31st actually gets here. Theaters are supposed to be haunted. Tales abound of the possession of the old Springfield Theatre Centre on Lawrence Avenue by spirits who like to move things around — just ask some of the old theater folks about it sometime. No reports yet of missing Masonic members or other ghostly inhabitants at the Hoogland Center for the Arts, but the Roxy Group is presenting Halloween Dreams: The Spooktacular Revue there regardless. The show, based on 30 creepy songs presented with camp, candor, style, and silliness, will entertain, amuse, and happily frighten those brave enough to attend a performance. Spook yourself on Friday or Saturday night or during a Sunday matinee this weekend. How scary can a song be anyway? This has nothing to do with Halloween, other than the date, but why not dress up in your finest Dracula or Homer drag and attend the Springfield Classical Guitar Society concert on Saturday, Oct. 27, at the First Presbyterian Church, by Carlos PОrez, the internationally acclaimed guitarist from Chile, who might just get a big kick out of it.
“But the bars — what about the bars?” I hear the party crowd demanding. Downtown becomes quite the spectacle during a Halloween weekend, with most of the excitement on Saturday. The Brewhaus and Marly’s will have live bands, and the rest of the Fifth Street Strip will be hopping with creatures of all varieties. I’m sure that most other bars will have contests with cash prizes to entice imaginative minds to come up with exciting and creative outfits. Plenty of fun and just enough fright will no doubt be had on this most entertaining of holidays.
Contact Tom Irwin at tirwin@illinoistimes.com
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