Artisan Column by Jen Rubinowitz | 10/9/11

Halloween is just around the corner. Maybe we'll get some dark and stormy nights so we can make some progress toward a more normal rainfall level this year. As I'm stocking up on candy, I'll be following my annual tradition of watching horrible 50's science fiction movies with flying saucers, giant insects and such. You know the ones; the movies with nuclear overtones that are so bad they're good.

Closer to our current time and day, there are a couple of plays you can check out that honor the Halloween traditions of fright and mayhem. Harbor Playhouse has "Sweeney Todd" on stage. This play is based on an 1850's story that influenced the 1979 Broadway play which won a Tony award and a 2007 movie that featured Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter.

The other is a cult classic on stage at the Aurora Arts Theatre. "The Rocky Horror Show" comes complete with audience participation & props. The film it inspired premiered in 1973 and remains in limited release today. It was one of Susan Sarandon's first films along with Barry Bostwick. If you've got a sense of humor, both are worth seeing live on stage. Halloween, after all, is just about having fun so enjoy it through performing arts as well.

Artisan Events:
  • Fridays & Saturdays through October 29, 7:30 p.m. - "Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street." Harbor Playhouse. Admission: $6-$16
  • Daily through October 25 - "Moods" Exhibit by Gary Hansen and Jackie Anderson. Rialto Theater. Admission: Free.
  • Fridays through October 31, 7:30 p.m. - "Rocky Horror Show" The Aurora Arts Theatre. Admission: $15.
  • Saturdays through October 31, 7:00 p.m. & 11:00 p.m. - "Rocky Horror Show" The Aurora Arts Theatre. Admission: $15.
Jen Rubinowitz is a member of the Board of Directors of the Rialto Theater, an IRS 501(c)(3) charitable organization fostering art and education through visual art, music and live stage productions in the historic movie theater in downtown Aransas Pass. Her day job is in real estate at Coldwell Banker The Ron Brown Company. If you have someone you'd like to spotlight in this column, drop her a line at