A few damned-type events this week that it looks like we will be attending.
First off — and I’m very excited to see this — Bat Boy: The Musical will be at Southern Connecticut State University in New Haven, running from March 5 to 14.
If you’ve been (ironically) living in a cave, and aren’t familiar with Bat Boy —
Ripped from the headlines of The Weekly World News, BAT BOY: THE MUSICAL is a classic love story with a serious bite. This delicious twist on the modern day musical comedy tells the amazing story of a strange boy with pointy ears, his struggle to find a place in a world that shuns him, and the love that can create both miracles and madness.
Tickets are $10; $5 for SCSU students and seniors.
I know you all might find it really hard to believe, but in my youth, I was quite a fan of The Weekly World News and of course, Bat Boy. I mean, as someone who’s always been interested in the wild and weird, how could I not be drawn to a weekly paper that somehow managed to come up with weekly stories — and lots of photos! — concerning Bigfoot, the Loch Ness Monster, UFOs, Atlantis, Elvis, aliens and all sorts of freaks from around the globe? It was like crack!
Or is that crackpot? Ahh, the things I soaked my young impressionable mind in …
Anyway, the other event coming up in the next week or so is an event sponsored by Atlas Obscura, a group I had never heard about until my brother-in-law Greg told me about it. But I like their slogan — “A Compendium of the World’s Wonders, Curiosities and Esoterica.” Right up our alley, right? Unfortunately, they only have one entry in their Connecticut section, and that’s about Holy Land USA.
The good news is that on March 20, they are celebrating an event they’re calling Obscura Day, which will feature organized events all around the globe to celebrate the wondrous and curious. In Connecticut, the event is a visit to the stone ruins of Gungywamp complex in Groton, and they’re trying to time the event on the vernal equinox so that the sun will illuminate one of the hidden chambers — sounds cool!
At the moment, the event is open and apparently, it’s free of charge. Maybe we’ll see you out there!