Professional make-up artist Sonja Century complies with Sharon Kozden’s request to be transformed into a “pretty goth.”
Story, photos by Sharon Kozden
“It’s so hard to be careful, so easy to be led
Somewhere beyond the pavement
You’ll find the living dead.” – Tom Petty, “Zombie Zoo”
What better way to spend a Friday the 13th evening than in the company of creepy and grotesquely incorporeal beings intent on feeding on my brain? Ironing my underwear? Navel-gazing? Nope and nope: I was out to get me some “organs that serve as the center of the nervous system.” I didn’t have to travel far to find them! The Piazza at The Schmidt’s Commons in Northern Libertie’s was crawling with the undead during its 6th annual Zombie Crawl and Halloween Fest and Bazaar. It was one action-packed night when PARTYPLANT and One Up Events Zombie Crawl intersected with Arts at Night: Friday the 13th Edition. All incorporeal beings as well as attendees were treated to a maxed-out menu of entertainment and drinks galore.
I was fortunate enough to be in possession of an Early Dead-level ticket, which got me a professional makeup application by the uber-talented Sonja Century. While I couldn’t go the full-on zombie distance, my transformation to goth girl was tres thriller. Ticket options ran the gamut from general admission to the coveted Early Dead and included those with titles such as Brain Crazed, Putrid Pals and Disembowel Discount. Was someone checking out baby names in a zombie parenting-guidebook?
Rob Wright, Owner and Founder of One Up Events, “keeping the public informed about the best nightlife events at the top bars, nightclubs and restaurants in Philadelphia” since 2013, organized the Zombie Crawl, which began at the Piazza and roamed through Northern Liberties with stops at participating bars, including Gunners Run, Crabby’s Sports Bar, Urban Village, North Bowl & Standard Tap, Mad Rex and The Barbary. Drink specials all night featured $3 select beers and $4 specialty Zombie cocktails.
With the crawl beginning around 10 p.m. and the check-in at 8 p.m., there was plenty of time to imbibe and enjoy the Arts at Night events, too numerous not to mention! Faces in the crowd took in everything as they wandered and meandered among artistic vendors, dancers, burlesque, drag and fire performers, sideshow acts, music and more.
Herewith the lineup: Lux Arati Fire Breathers (a femmes-only Belly and Fire Dancing Troupe), The Peek-A-Boo Revue (burlesque), Lelu Lenore, Lil’ Steph, Renee Rebelle, the drag show by Philly’s Foxes and Maria Top Catt, acrobatics by Secret Circus and imprint dances by Sanbrooka Productions, who debuted their hip-hop show.
But wait! There was more with an after-party at a secret location as well as zombie swag and giveaways. Don’t even ask me about the secret location, as this relatively speaking old head’s only place to crawl at such an hour was into my hotel room’s bed, too tired to care that I committed the cardinal sin most women are warned against, which is to never go to sleep without makeup removal. The following morning I looked more zombie than goth-like.
Maybe next year I’ll be ready for a full-on zombification rather than my wussification as merely goth, not that there’s anything wrong with that.
With a name such as Creep Records, your zombification is surely guaranteed.
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Wall signage at the Piazza at The Schmidt’s Commons. The intersection of Arts at Night with PARTYPLANT and One Up Events Zombie Crawl had something for everyone. If you heed said sign’s advice, “the rest will follow.”