H.P. Lovecraft Double Feature at Artisphere Saturday
H.P. Lovecraft was an early 20th century writer, a master of combining horror, fantasy and science fiction. But his legacy is greater than even he would have imagined.
The Los Angeles-based H.P. Lovecraft Historical Society has grown from a gathering of friends participating in role playing games to makers of films based on Lovecraft's work.
On Saturday, Artisphere in Arlington will screen two of those films: "The Whisperer in Darkness" and "The Call of Cthulhu."
H.P. Lovecraft Society co-founder Sean Branney has enjoyed the author's work from a young age.
"We've been playing around in his universe ever since," Branney said of he and his friends.
Branney directed the two films screening at Artisphere. He said adapting the works was challenging because Lovecraft didn't write much dramatic dialogue. He also added that other adaptations were unsatisfying.
One twist Branney and his crew did in creating the adaptations was to film them as if they were being made in the year Lovecraft wrote the story. "Whisperer in Darkness" is filmed in black and white, much like the Dracula and Frankenstein flicks of the era.
"We thought it might be interesting to keep with that tradition," Branney said. "It seemed very well suited to the Lovecraft aesthetic.
The dark, macabre works of Lovecraft have enjoyed a cult following.
"I can't speak for everybody, but what is interesting to me is that he created a mythology that put mankind in its place," Branney said of Lovecraft's appeal. "There certainly is an audience for this kind of picture."
When: 8 p.m. Saturday
Info: $8; artisphere.com
Friday Night Frights and Disco in the Dark at the Black Cat Friday
Spend a few hours at the Black Cat's back stage. First, catch two episodes of "Tales From the Crypt," then follow that with a disco party.
When: Frights start at 7 p.m., Disco in the Dark 9:30 p.m. Friday
Info: Friday Night Frights is free, Disco in the Dark is $5
Little Black Dress Party at McFadden's Friday
At McFadden's every woman wearing a black dress on Friday will get $3 champagne, wine and mixed drinks. Also, the first 25 women through the door receive a gift bag.
When: 9 to 11 p.m. Friday
Robyn at U Street Music Hall Saturday and Sunday
Swedish pop star Robyn is in town opening for Cold Play this weekend. To kill some time, she's doing a DJ set at the U Street Music Hall. The Sunday show is sold out, but the Saturday show will have tickets at the door.
When: Saturday at 10 p.m
Info: $30; ustreetmusichall.com
Zappa Plays Zappa at the Birchmere Sunday
Dweezil Zappa has formed a tribute band of probably the most appropriate person for him to pay tribute to: His dad. Zappa Plays Zappa is Dweezil performing the music of his father, the legendary Frank Zappa. That's keeping it in the family.
When: 7:30 p.m. Sunday
Info: $65; birchmere.com