The Krampus and the Old, Dark Christmas

Join Al Ridenour, author of The Krampus and the Old, Dark Christmas: Roots and Rebirth of the Folkloric Devil for a lecture and slideshow on the history and mythology of this often misunderstood creature from Alpine tradition. He’ll explore the figure’s folkloric background in the superstition-drenched Christmas season of old Germany and Austria, nights haunted by ghostly processions, forest spirits, witches, and werewolves.  The talk will be accompanied by slides from Ridenour’s richly illustrated book, rare archival video clips and costume examples. A mask- and costume-maker himself and organizer of LA’s annual Krampus Run since 2013, Ridenour will also share behind-the-scenes details of Krampus costuming and events both here and abroad.

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Tuesday, November 13, 2018 - 7:30pm to 9:00pm