2009-10-23 / Columnists

From The Artists Studio Rockaway Artists Alliance

Madam Rayah's Monster (Crystal) Ball
Commentary by Madam Rayah

More from Geoff Rawling's Circus Freak collection at RAA's Halloween Extra - vaganza in Fort Tilden next week. More from Geoff Rawling's Circus Freak collection at RAA's Halloween Extra - vaganza in Fort Tilden next week. Ohhhh what a cruel 'gift' they are presenting me on the occasion of my milestone 600th birthday (a mere pup in terms of gypsy queens). Oh, the diabolical monsters.

Halloween weekend, October 29, 30 and 31 (Thursday, Friday, Saturday), from 6-9 p.m. each night, the heinous hellions of Halloween are hijacking the hallowed halls of heavenly RAA's sTudio 7 (building T-7) and environs in Fort Tilden to turn them into a ghastly, blood-dripping Big Top of Hor ror.

Quelle Ironie! That the evil ghouls, goblins, witches and warlocks of the dark side will come masquerading as the gentle, fun-loving folk of the world of carnivals, circuses and side shows. (The bearded lady may not be a 'looker,' but she is a kind soul who distributes sleep-inducing muffins to cherubic young sters. I, myself, Medium Ray ah, each Hallo ween, when I'm not at my crystal balls warning the good people of the peninsula, read the lighthearted stories of Edgar Allen Poe to schoolchildren.) But noooooooooooooo. These imposters will use their guises and their spider web tent to lure, nay to suck the innocent into their vortex of vacating vampireish viscera (look it up), gobbling up those unsuspecting enough to wander into the mazes of mayhem that have been set to trap them.

All has been revealed to me in the clouded confines of my crystal balls. Oh balls. You make me cry, to think that the villains are using such a ploy. Siamese twins, not that there's anything wrong with that, are plotting to Thai pairs of kindergarteners to posts, using them to kindle marshmallows. Lobster people will boil greenpeace - niks in pots of water 'til they turn red. How unfeeling! And unenvironmental.

Freaks will abound. A half dragon/ half banker (redundant?) will swallow the wallets of carny patrons and give them as bonuses to CEOs. Two-faced politicians will let him. Bernie the Two-headed Leach will lure mommies and daddies into a cash-lined maze, suck their blood and try to escape through a loophole in the scenery.

Oh, the nightmare clowns. The phlegm-gushing geeks. The six-legged, wart-inducing toads. And those are just the guides. At all costs you must avoid this frightening Circus of Blood, Guts and Gore.

There are those who appear, for some reason beyond my powers to understand, to love this sort of FRIGHTFEST. To be scared horribly, happily out of their minds in an interactive house of horrorbles! We are even being told that the event is fun for the entire family and perfectly safe. Well, if that's what you want, you'll find it at Fort Tilden on the above-mentioned nights. The perpetrators of this ScreamSplash have the audacity to advise visitors to dress warmly and wear comfortable shoes. What chutzpah!

But don't say you haven't been WARNED BY RAYAH! If I do say so myself, once again, "Well done, Med - ium Rayah."

Control of this column is now being returned to Susan Hartenstein:

Two plays by Maureen McNelis, a member of the RAA Writers Group, are being presented at Where Eagles Dare, 347 West 36 Street, 13th floor, in Manhattan, on October 24 and 25 at 7 p.m. All seats are $15. The plays are "Borrowing From Peter," about a young prison inmate who might donate his kidney, and "Raising a Lit - tle Hell," about a 60-year-old woman giving surrogate birth to her granddaughter. The latter play was presented as a reading at the Writers Group event during ARTSPLASH.

InkSplash, the exhibition of 10 master printmakers, continues through Nov ember 1 in sTudio 6.

Have you visited RAA exhibits, events or meetings, liked what you've seen and want to get more involved? Do you have a skill or aspect of knowledge and professionalism that you be lieve could contribute to the or gan i - zation? RAA elections for members of the board of directors will take place in Dec ember; our Nominating Commit - tee will be reviewing applicants in Oct - ober and November.

If you are interested, we ask that you contact the RAA office.

For more information you can also contact John Grillo at Grill onInRock @aol.com or James Mc Kay at jmc kay265@aol.com.


Phone: 718-474-0861; Fax: 718-474- 4373; e-mail: rockart116@aol.com; web - site: www.rockawayartistsalliance.org.
Fort Tilden Highlights
InkSplash: Printmaking show, on view
through Nov. 1 in sTudio 6, RoCA @
Fort Tilden. Admission free. Gallery
hours: Sat.s 12-4 p.m.; Sun.s 1-4 p.m.;
by appointment. Admission free.
Oct. 25, 4-6 p.m., sTudio 6.
Oct. 29, 30, 31 (Thurs., Fri., Sat.), 6-9
p.m., sTudio 7 (building T-7) in Fort Til -
den. Circuses, Carnivals and Side
Shows. Free. Wear warm clothing and
comfortable shoes. Family oriented,
interactive, fun fright-fest, but not recommende
for very small children who
frighten easily. See column for details.
ing artists of all disciplines invited. Signup
at 7:45 p.m.for 8 p.m. start time.
NOTE: No open mic night Oct. 29 for
preparation of this year's Halloween
Extravaganza. Will continue first Thurs.
in Nov.
Tues. nights, 7-9 p.m.; Thurs. mornings,
10 a.m.-12 noon. sTudio 7, RoCA @
Fort Tilden. $15 per class, supplies in -

kidsmART corner

You can still sign up for the kidsmART after-school program. Just stop by Building T-149 in Fort Tilden on Tues - days or Thursdays between 3:30 - 6:30 p.m. or stop by the RAA office for enrollment forms.

Remember RAA is now offering af - ford able art classes for children and teens. This fall's course selection in - cludes painting, digital photography, singing, acting and cartooning. Call the RAA office for details.

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