“Art After Dark” Costume Party to Benefit MassMu and CMA

“Art After Dark” on Saturday, October 22, 8:00 p.m. to midnight, at the Massillon Museum will be an ultra-creative costume party—complete with a costume contest—but that will be just the beginning of the fun.

The Canton Museum of Art and MassMu have collaborated to create an event to remember. Everyone 18 and older is invited. Organizers have now announced the performers who will spark the theatrical Halloween atmosphere of the party.

Suzie Dills, a planetarian at the Hoover Price Planetarium in Canton, will lead the evening’s stargazing activities. The former executive director of the International Women’s Air and Space Museum at Burke Lakefront Airport in Cleveland, she has also presented many programs at the Lake Erie Nature and Science Center’s Walter R. Schuele Planetarium and is active throughout Northeast Ohio in astronomical societies.

Ed Ellis, who claims to have the world’s fastest hands, will mingle with guests performing his magic. For more than 25 years, Ellis has performed close-up comedy magic worldwide. He has played Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas, he’s a regular in Hilton Head, he has toured South Korea Army bases, and he has frequently performed at national and international magic conventions. He earned Second Place in the Close-up International Battle of Magicians 2005 and came back to take First Place the following year.

The region’s Halloween king and Edgar Allan Poe expert, John Kiste, will present The Mask of the Red Death in the dramatic fashion for which he has become known. He performs regularly in Canal Fulton and has written plays and performed for the Museum’s One-Act Plays each spring as part of the NEA Big Read.

Seasoned readers Darcy Angle, Luna Hart, and Samantha Wolmotharot will offer tarot card readings for an additional fee throughout the party. Decks of 78 tarot cards have been used for games since the mid-15th century, but by the late 18th century, mystics were finding special meaning in the specific cards of the tarot deck and the order in which they appear. What will you learn about your future?

DJ Dave Ignizio of Square Records will keep dance music flowing from 8:00 p.m. to midnight. The Museum’s vintage photobooth will be ready to capture the unusual costumes of the evening. And several surprises will keep guests looking out of the corners of their eyes.

Come in costume—but don’t stay away if you prefer to party in street clothing and find amusement in the attire of other guests. To vie for special prizes, skew your costumes to fit the main categories: “Overall Best Costume” and “Best Art History Inspired Costume.”  Massillon Mayor Kathy Catazaro-Perry and Canton Mayor Tom Bernabei will judge the competition.

The $20 ticket includes entertainment, snacks, the dance party, and costume contest entry. Raffle tickets for unique baskets and Tarot card readings will be sold separately at the event. The cash bar will be open throughout the party. Each member of the Canton Museum of Art or Massillon Museum will receive one free drink ticket at the door. New members are welcome at any time. Proceeds from the party will benefit Massillon Museum exhibitions and programming and Canton Museum of Art exhibition programming.

Tickets may be purchased online now at massillonmuseum.org/party or in person at the Massillon Museum or the Canton Museum of Art. Tickets will be sold at the door if they remain available.

The Massillon Museum is located at 121 Lincoln Way East in downtown Massillon. Free parking is available on adjacent streets and in nearby city lots. For additional information, call the Massillon Museum at 330-833-4061, or visit massillonmuseum.org.