From spooky to sensational Events to feature demons, Elvis, CSO

“Dead of the Night” comes to Pure Theatre in downtown Charleston for a multiday run that ends on Halloween.

Spooky things are afoot at Pure Theatre. They involve a “Mad Poet of Leicester Square,” a supernatural psychedelic rock opera and some very scary phantoms who take over the show.

“Dead of the Night” is full of rock star demons in horror couture, leaving audience members gasping and giggling in the mayhem of Evil’s weird wake.

Like goth rockets zooming through the gates of The Poet’s dark and delusional mind, the spirits conjure up a world of eerie delight, inciting theater-goers to confront the likes of The Time Capturer, The Werewolves of Sennen Cove, a wailing troupe of Go Go Ghouls, The Faeries of Doom, One Bad Black Cat, The Gloomy Dane and the enigmatic Moor, Moore & More.

This isn’t the first year for this production, but it has become a fan fave.

“Dead of the Night” was written and is costumed by Willi Jones and directed by Gus Smythe.

With bandleader Lee Barbour, sound/light engineer Rocky Weakley, and a blastoff cast of 25, this surreal spectacle will haunt you into the spooked out, goblin-infused chill of one howling, fearful fright.

“Dead of the Night” will play for several weeks starting Friday and ending in a special spooky performance on Halloween.

All shows are at 7:30 p.m. Purchase tickets on Pure’s website at www.pure theatre.org or via phone at 723-4444. This is not part of Pure’s subscription series.

And yes, we’re talking Presley here. Warren Perry of the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery will speak as part of the “Sound and Vision: Monumental Rock and Roll Photography” exhibit at 6 p.m. Friday at the Gibbes Museum of Art.

He’s the author of “Echoes of Elvis: The Cultural Legacy of Elvis Presley” and a co-author of “Elvis 1956: Photographs by Alfred Wertheimer.”

He will talk about how Elvis’ life, widespread fame and legend fit into the greater framework of American culture.

And there will be a special guest. Barbara Gray, the mystery woman in the “The Kiss” photo by Alfred Wertheimer will be in attendance.

She kept her identity a secret for most of her life but recently was acknowledged as the woman in one of the most famous photographs of the King. She’s a charmer, so everyone will enjoy meeting her.

The exhibit features the iconic leaders of rock and roll, blues, and hip-hop, distinctly American forms of music with Southern roots, in images taken over the past five decades by the foremost photographers of contemporary musicians.

Tickets to the lecture are $30, or $20 for members of the Gibbes.

The Charleston Symphony Orchestra’s first Masterworks of the season is selling so well that it has added an extra performance to the series.

The symphony will be performing Holst’s “The Planets” for three performances: 7 p.m. Thursday, and 7:30 Friday and Saturday at the Sottile Theatre. The concert features conductor David Amado and the CSO Chorus performing the music of Holst, Brahms, and Verdi.

The Thursday performance is the new one and it is a special open dress rehearsal. Price for that is $25 adults, $15 students.

The full concerts Friday and Saturday have prices starting at $25, and $20 for students, but there are only a few seats remaining, so if you want to see it, better hurry.

Good for the symphony for figuring out programming that is drawing an audience.

Autumn on the Ashley, a two-day open-air crafts fair, will be at Magnolia Plantation and Gardens on Saturday and next Sunday.

It’s a great way to stroll through the historic property and see some wonderful local artisans at the same time.

More than 35 vendors are expected for the fifth annual event that features stained glass, jewelry, pottery, glass bead work, wood work, folk art, photography and blacksmith and wood carving demonstrations. The craft fair, which is free to the public, will be 9 a.m.-5 p.m., both days.

The Master Gardeners, one of the sponsors, will answer gardening questions and receive soil samples. The cost for soil samples are $6 each.

Call 722-5940 to get tips on how to collect a sample. Plants and gardening books will be sold.

Reach Stephanie Harvin at sharvin@postand courier.com or 937-5557.