There's a very scary week ahead. But don't worry, all those political ads will go away soon, and in the meantime we have Halloween to look forward to. Gory haunted houses and crazy parties abound, but for a literary celebration of the holiday, head to the Tarpon Springs Cultural Center, 101 S Pinellas Ave., at 7:30 p.m. Saturday to meet the woman who wrote Frankenstein. Storyteller and actor Susan Marie Frontczak will portray Mary Shelley, the British novelist who 190 years ago conceived the idea of a monster created by science. Call (727) 937-0686 for tickets. The center will also screen the 1931 film of Frankenstein, starring Boris Karloff, shown above, at 7 p.m. Thursday; it's free.
Big trouble from Mars on the radio
Speaking of Halloween classics, Thursday is the 70th anniversary of the original broadcast of War of the Worlds, a radio drama by Orson Welles, based on an H.G. Wells story, that was so convincing thousands of listeners panicked, thinking Martians had really invaded the Earth. You can download the original broadcast in MP3 at www.mercurytheatre.info/.
Halloween in a cooler key
For a jazzy holiday, head to the Studio@620 for In a Wizardly Tone, a performance by jazz guitarist Nate Najar and bassist John Lamb. Costumes encouraged; for tickets call (727) 895-6620.
Put down the mike and celebrate
Three longtime political reporters and commentators take time out from the campaign for cake this week. On Thursday, Andrea Mitchell will be 64. On Friday, Dan Rather turns 77, and on Sunday Patrick Buchanan will be 70.
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