2009-10-30 / Columnists

From The Artists Studio

Halloween Extravaganza: The Grossest Show On Earth!
Commentary By Susan Hartenstein

This week is Rockaway's last chance to witness "The Grossest Show on Earth" at Fort Tilden on Friday and Saturday, 6 -  9 p.m., sTudio 7 Gallery. Even the freaks are freaking out. This week is Rockaway's last chance to witness "The Grossest Show on Earth" at Fort Tilden on Friday and Saturday, 6 - 9 p.m., sTudio 7 Gallery. Even the freaks are freaking out. Madam Rayah, who has seen the unthinkable and cannot even bear to speak about it; who is plotzing with shame for her fellow carnivalians, is allowing another to report the events that have been going on at the Fort of Tilden. So here are the Gypsy Queen's too real visions of October 29, 30 and 31 as told to and by RAA's Dan Guarino:

Scary Circus: The Grossest Show on Earth presents a frightening funhouse full of ghouls and goblins at every turn in a sideways sideshow of things that go bump in the night. Visitors will enter an interactive shadowy show world of narrowing passages, secret locked rooms and dark, dark dead ends. At every turn the brave of heart may find mysterious creatures rising from the floor or feel the ringmaster's crumbling hand upon their shoulder or turn as the cold breath of the carnival crypt brushes against their neck. Sinister clowns and slithering freaks will roam the night as unseen, undead musicians conjure swirling, haunting circus music. Through the art of sight, light and sound the fearless and frightened alike will be plunged into a netherworld of Halloween fantasy and fun.

Billed as the "Grossest Show on Earth," this carnival of lost souls will rise from the mist and take up residence in the RAA's T-7 gallery at Fort Tilden. From 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Thurs - day, Friday and Saturday, Oct ober 29- 31, the ghosts of acrobats, jugglers and lion tamers will walk amongst the living through this twisted maze of thrills and chills. And fortunately for ladies and gentlemen and children of all ages admission and parking are absolutely free. Donations will be accepted.

For more information and/or directions call 718-474-0861, e-mail rockart 116@aol.com or visit www.rockawayartistsalliance. org.

Rayah is spent. All she has left to say is, dress warmly and wear comfortable shoes.

You don't want to face the great beyond with inappropriate attire.

RAA elections for members of the board of directors will take place in December; our Nominating Committee will be reviewing applicants in October and November. If you are interested, we ask that you contact the RAA office. For more information you can also contact John Grillo at GrillonInRock@ aol.com or James McKay at jmckay 265@aol.com.

Thanks to Vivian Rattay Carter for her informative and lively "Rock Solid" column last week about RAA. Make sure to check the column out each month - it's a treat.


Phone: 718-474-0861; Fax: 718-474- 4373; e-mail: rockart116@aol.com; website: www.rockawayartistsalliance.org

Fort Tilden Highlights

HALLOWEEN EXTRAVAGANZA: 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 recommended for very small children who frighten easily. See column for details.

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. PRINTMAKING WORKSHOP: TBA THURS. NIGHT OPEN MIC: Perform - ing artists of all disciplines invited. Signup at 7:45 p.m.for 8 p.m. start time. suspended for Halloween. Will continue first Thurs. in Nov. ART CLASSES FOR CHILDREN AND TEENS: Fall classes include painting, digital photography, singing, acting, cartooning. Call RAA office for details.

PAINTING CLASSES FOR ADULTS: Tues. nights, 7-9 p.m.; Thurs. mornings, 10 a.m.-12 noon. sTudio 7, RoCA @ Fort Tilden. $15 per class, supplies in - cluded.

'GIFTED': NEXT RAA EXHIBIT: Mem - bers only. Contact RAA for details.

kidsmART corner

All children age 6-13 are welcome to attend kidsmART in Building T-149. We admit children on a first-come, first-serve basis. Once we reach our capacity for the day we are forced to turn children away. The vast majority of children escorted into the building between 3:30 - 4:00 p.m. gain admittance. However, we may be full by 4:00 p.m. and children arriving after that time, may not be able to come in. For this reason, please always escort children into the building. Do not just drop them off in the parking lot.

One of the goals of kidsmART is to provide a safe, nurturing space for children while parents are at work. If you are planning to rely on kidsmART as a child care facility on Tuesdays and Thursdays, it is imperative that you arrive as close to 3:30 p.m. as possible.

We understand that for some families, the hour and a half after religious education or other activities that end around 4:30 p.m. is the best time to come. In this case, we encourage you to have a frank discussion with your child about taking a ride up to kidsmART to see if there's space for them. Please explain, if there's space they can come, but if it's too full they'll have to try again the next day or the next week. We recommend that you poke your head in the door and ask if there's room rather than bringing your child all the way in so they can see other children having fun when they may not be able to stay.

If you have any questions or suggestions, please call RAA at 718-474-0861..

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