For the last three years during the month of April, Philadelphia comes alive for ten days with science fun for the whole family. The Philadelphia Science Festival incorporates the scientific community to involve the general public with lectures, debates, hands on activities and special exhibitions.
One of these special science activities was held at the Laurel Hill Cemetery with the presentation of “The Morgue the Merrier.” With the many programs offered by Laurel Hill, you no longer have to be dead to join in on the fun. What kind of find? Find out more after the jump.
George A. Romero’s Night of the Living Dead has been resurrected as a new stage production, Night of the Living Dead Live, that just opened in Toronto.
The first thing you need to know about it is that the staging concept is brilliant: it’s entirely done in black and white. The sets, the costumes, the makeup, the blood… Talk about surreal! You’re sitting in a stage theater but it almost feels like you’re watching an old movie somehow. The creators wanted it to feel just like the original 1968 film. It’s worth seeing just for the novelty of the black and white vision brought to life.
The second thing you need to know about it is that George A. Romero himself wholeheartedly endorses the production. In fact, he will be in attendance at the show on Friday, May 3rd and Saturday, May 4th and participating in a Q&A session after the 7pm performances. When the legendary genius behind the original movie gets behind the stage adaptation, you know it has to be quality.
The team that is involved in bringing this project to life are no schleps. This ain’t your everyday indy or fringe play. It’s 100% talent. Co-written and directed by one of the writers (and director) of Evil Dead the Musical (Christopher Bond), this could be the next big thing for the undead on stage. The actors are top-notch talent with impeccable performances (they nail every nuance of their characters from the film), and clearly the artistic team deserve huge kudos for their achievement in grey scale. There’s even a “moan zone” where fans from the Toronto Zombie Walk have been enlisted to hang out as sort-of “extras” in the show.
Running until May 19th, Night of the Living Dead Live is something fresh and new for Toronto theater. Act one is authentically the movie put on stage and act two is full of surprises. It’s not so campy as to necessarily alienate the horror fans, but you’d have to be a corpse yourself not to find it hilarious at times.
If you’re a zombie fan, a George A. Romero fan, a Night of the Living Dead fan, or just looking for something really different and fun to do, you should definitely check it out. Book your tickets now here.
Before I review this week’s show let’s do a quick highlight of Episode 9. Daryl and Merle are saved by Team Prison. Yea Team! But Merle is voted off the team, forcing Daryl to leave with his brother. Not only were all my female friends and I upset about Daryl’s leaving the team, but so was Carol. Poor Michonne gets no respect for her help in saving Maggie, Glenn, Daryl and Merle. Really, what does she have to do to get on this team? I think she needs to send another zombie gram.
We watch as our little Beth steps easily into the role of adoptive mama for baby Judith. Glenn’s role is definitely growing in this season’s show. Tyreese and his group are unwanted house guests and get to watch Rick do his own version of The Sixth Sense. Rick gets to see more ghosts than I do on my ghost hunts. And what about the sunny town of Woodbury, you dare to ask? They fare no better. Zombies crash the party, the sulking Governor hides and Andrea does a cheerleader rally for the people of Woodbury. But, my little zombie snack, this is just the calm before the storm. Meet me after the jump.
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“The Walking Dead” will be back on AMC this Sunday night. My bottle of antacids by my side, I will give a quick review of Part One of Season 3, which introduced us to new characters and sadly, took some away.
Held to the edge of our seats, by each week’s heart pounding episode, we watched as Rick (Andrew Lincoln) and the group took over and secured a prison facility, while battling walkers every inch of the way. In the process, Hershel (Scott Wilson) was bitten and his leg amputated to keep him alive. Rick uneasily accepted the criminals that were living inside the prison, only to kill several of them later on, leaving Axil (Lew Temple) and Oscar (Vincent Ward) as the only surviving convicts, which Rick and the group grudgingly tolerate. Meet me after the jump.
Okay, so the apocalypse missed us this time around, but don’t get too comfortable; there is always trouble afoot. In my previous article about the Zombie Squad, I had mentioned several ways to help you make your home safe from those unwanted visitors looking to make you their next snack. So let’s say that your house is set up to handle any emergency that comes your way. You have a good supply of food, water, first aid kits, generators, weapons and a short wave radio. Right now you’re probably thinking that your worries are over and you will be able to continue to enjoy your lifestyle as the world around you begins to disintegrate. Wrong! What if the next disaster forces you to leave your house? What do you do? Where do you go and what do you bring with you? Ahhh, my little zombie snack, now that I have your attention, I can tell you more about bugging out, right after the jump.
As a big fan of zombies and zombie culture, I was really excited to get a one-day pass for the alpha version of The War Z – an upcoming 3rd person, zombie survival MMO from Hammerpoint Interactive. Because it is still in Alpha, I wasn’t expecting a lot, just to sort of get a feel for the game and see how it stacked up against an already over-saturated niche.
Zombies scare me, but I’m compelled to write about those pesky little flesh eaters. Why? They represent us! Yes, mankind at its lowest with no light at the end of the tunnel. Read the newspapers…we’re not that far from creating an apocalypse, our own extinction. Can we survive a breakdown in civilization? Hurricane Sandy showed how false those illusions were. We’re not the top dog on Planet Earth’s Epoch Flea Show. My father, a survivor of the Great Depression, was so traumatized by that era that he warned his children to be ready for anything. I fought him tooth and nail, arguing, “Dad, really! How could the Government fail us?” Then Hurricane Katrina happened! Sadly, when the proverbial dog doo hits the fan, we’re toast. So what do you do?
Food, water and shelter, I have enough food and water to last for two months, but eventually, you’re going to run out of clean water. Do you know how to purify water? Stocking up on canned and other non-perishables is good, but what about heat and medications? I have two generators, but what good will they be if there’s no fuel? Will Drug Stores stay opened during the apocalypse? Ha! Do you see where I’m going …scary, right? And what if some bad guys want your food and water or a gaggle of stray zombies are looking for a quick snack and you’re it? I believe in owning a gun or two for protection or to hunt for food. I’m not talking assault rifles, but a shotgun and a hand gun like a Smith and Wesson 9 MM, plus a Katana, for those pesky flesh eaters, just like Michonne (Danai Gurira) has in “The Walking Dead.” More on zombies after the jump.
On episode 7, we were made to watch the brutal beating of Glenn by the Governor’s henchman, Merle. Glenn stayed loyal to the team and refused to reveal the location of his friends so Merle upped the level of terror by sending in a walker to attack the trussed up Glenn. Thank goodness for my ulcer, Glenn was able to break free and kill the walker. Maggie, faced with Glenn’s brains being splattered all over the room, told the Governor everything he wanted to know, but knowing the Governor, our lovers are not out of the woods yet.
In the meantime, Rick, Daryl, Michonne and Oscar are preparing to break into the town and rescue their friends. And what’s with Andrea? This is a smart woman who has so far survived the apocalypse… so why is she falling for the Governor’s weak explanations of certain events. Is she just playing dumb until she figures out how to escape or is she under the spell of a madman? Let’s find out together after the jump.