Halloween in early 19th century America was a night for pranks, tricks, illusions, and anarchy. Jack o' lanterns dangled from sticks, and teens jumped out from behind walls to terrorize smaller kids. Like the pumpkin patches kids love today, it was good fun — until it wasn't.
Black sparkles flicker across a white expanse before white scratches and gradient fog interrupt gray monochromes in Joachim Koester's three-minute, 16mm film projection "Message from Andrée," an art film at the service of evoking sublimity, failure, invention, dissolution, and questions of veracity that is screening at the Baltimore Museum of Art's Black Box through March 6.
"Dracula" seems right at home among the ruins of the Patapsco Female Institute high above Ellicott City. Thanks to the Chesapeake Shakespeare Company's outdoor staging, the vampire has taken up residence at this wooded site. It makes for the perfect Halloween date.