Mobile’s Camellia Bay Burlesque is eager to spread some holiday spirit, especially when that holiday is about the spirits themselves. Mobilians can discover how delightful terror can be when they bring their “American Horror Story” show to Alchemy Tavern (7 S. Joachim St.) on Oct. 21 at 10 p.m.

This show features special guest Vita DeVoid from the South’s most Gothic burg, New Orleans. DeVoid was the guest star at Camellia Bay’s packed David Boa show this past spring.

There will be raffles for prizes donated by local businesses. Sponsors are The Gift Spot and the Crescent Theater.

Admission is $15 and advance tickets are available online at

Shelly’s monster amok in Langan Park
The Playhouse in the Park (4851 Museum Drive) is ready for Halloween with its presentation of one of Western Literature’s most prescient works, “Frankenstein.” The existential tale of scientific hubris and loneliness in the guise of horror premieres on Oct. 21.

Specifically, this is a version of the Broadway adaptation. The youth-oriented theatrical outfit boasts electrifying special effects, elaborate makeup and high-tech machinery — for the 19th century, that is — onstage in the time-honored work that was the product of an 18-year-old woman’s imagination in a rainy Swiss manor over two centuries ago.

Performances are Friday and Saturday evenings, Oct. 21, 22, 28 and 29, at 7:30 p.m. Attendees are encouraged to wear costumes for the Oct. 28 show and stay for a party afterward, which will include food and a costume contest at no extra charge. Prizes will be awarded.

Tickets are $16 for adults and $14 for students and seniors. Call 251-602-0630 for reservations.

Holocaust author speaks at University of Mobile
On April 13, 1945, U.S. Army tanks came upon a train loaded with thousands of sick and emaciated Holocaust victims. The liberators had no idea where they came from or how they arrived at that point, only that they needed help.

Decades later, a photo snapped on that day would launch award-winning history teacher and author Matthew Rozell into a project that culminated with his work “A Train Near Magdeburg: A Teacher’s Journey into the Holocaust, and the Reuniting of the Survivors and Liberators, 70 Years On.” His experiences were life-altering.

Rozell has been featured as the ABC World News “Person of the Week.” His work has been filmed for CBS News, NBC Learn, the Israeli Broadcast Authority, the New York State United Teachers and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.

Rozell will appear on Monday, Oct. 24, 11 a.m., at Ram Hall on the University of Mobile campus to speak about the work. Admission is free.

For more information contact Dr. Lonnie Burnett 251-442-2319 or email