Monday, April 21, 2014

13 Apr 14


“...enjoy this insanity...” ~ Combichrist


Yep, blogspot readers, you definitely know it’s a hot show when the sign on the venue door reads loud and clear that the concert on this particular night is absolutely SOLD OUT. That was the case on Sunday when SouthSide and photographer Brian Lutz along with a crowd of many attended the Combichrist show featuring New Year’s Day and William Control at Bottom Lounge. This reviewer was excited to see William again after enjoying the last show he did a few months ago as well as seeing her friends, New Year’s Day, returning to Chicago. However, she was most excited to see Combichrist perform live on stage after being introduced to the band’s music when Joe Letz performed a rare DJ set at SubT the month prior. And the way things looked, blogspot readers, it was going to be one insanely wild and awesome night of music.

“...Am I insane?” ~ Ash of New Year’s Day

SouthSide is a creep. The “Creeps” (New Year’s Day fans) were out in full force tonight, blogspot readers, cheering, moshing as well as body surfing  amidst the hardcore sound from their favorite band – New Year’s Day. Currently on tour, this band kicked off the night of insane wild and craziness which featured intense primal screain’ vocals to fierce guitar riffs fueling excitement and much more throughout the venue. Though their opening set was quite brief, NYD still packed a lot of momentous punch into it ...not sparing one second of its allotted time with idle chatter or nonsense. No, this band came to rock and rock they did, blogspot readers. Performing songs like “Technical Party” and “Murder”, creeps were encouraged to crowd surf despite the venue’s strict policy. Plus there were a few wheelchairs somewhere close to the stage. SouthSide’s friend and photographer had a difficult time shooting photos since he was closer to the craziness that ensued near the stage during this performance (along with others to follow after NYD). Never had SouthSide seen a crowd respond so passionately to Ash (NYD female lead vocalist) whenever she would expressive the lyrics with not only the emotions in her voice but with body language (especially when she flipped off people) or to the thrilling shred of the guitars and thunderous drums inciting the wild crowd reactions. What an explosive start to tonight’s show. From beginning to end, it was an intense bang that left the “Creeps” begging for more blood and music, blogspot readers. This reviewer highly recommends checking NYD’s single “Angel Eyes” (featuring Chris Motionless) off the latest release Victim to Villain. For more information, follow New Year’s Day at

“...Are you ready to have a good time?” ~ William Control

Yes, but before joining the crowd for all of the rockin’ fun and excitement, this reviewer sat down with William Control to discuss about his recently released new album, The Neuromancer. Stating that he’s excited about it, William went on to describe it as “...pretty fuckin’ filthy and amazing...” It’s close to what this reviewer would say about The Neuromancer after listening to an advance copy before its recent release, blogspot readers. Compared to his other albums, this artist mentioned he feels that he’s “...evolving as a songwriter, musician and producer...” besides the album also has a great cover (photo). William went on to tell this reviewer that The Neuromancer  “ the prelude to the hate culture...” based off his book, Revelator: Neuromancer – about how he (the character) lost his mind before asking him if there’s a song that reflects his personality. “...All of them are bits and pieces of my personality...” says William, “...[it’s] about the character I created...” then emphatically adding “ it [The Neuromancer] and tell your friends to buy it...” This reviewer concurs with that statement wholeheartedly. She also recommends checking out William Control while he’s currently on tour. What could she say about seeing him for a second time, blogspot readers? Did she have fun like the first time? Yes yet this time she attended the show more like a fan. It was another thrilling time spent with this dapper gent of a musician who had this crowd pumped with excitement amidst the cloud of New World Order within hate culture which left many screaming for more. By now, the venue had swelled to near capacity for this mid-lineup performance that was shrouded in clouded electric glow, rockin’ guitars and digital tech rhythms to give each of William’s fans one long continuous party. However this reviewer noticed one thing about this performance compared to the last. He didn’t have much room to truly to move and perform at his fullest (because of the drum riser for Combichrist) yet that minor problem didn’t stop this musician from weaving his sexy magic on his loyal fans. Performing live versions of “Price We Pay”, “Revelator” and “Illuminator” off The Neuromancer, William’s commanding presence on stage excited everyone especially when he did a couple of song duets with Ash (of New Year’s Day) and invited a lucky female fan to join him. Though it wasn’t part of the set list, this reviewer suggests listening to her (and Brian’s) favorite song – “The Filth and The Fetish” for its deliciousness of chilling shivers which roll down your spine. William also performed her other two favorites – “Razor’s Edge” and “I’m Only Human” to end his (rather) short(er) performance than usual,  blogspot readers. Still it was a thrilling ride. And if you missed his Chicago performance this time, he promised to return again in the fall ...expect SouthSide to be there too when he does. For more information as well as checking out his album. The Neuromancer, visit

CombiFuckin’Christ” ~ the sign on the dressing room door

The moment finally had arrived, blogspot readers, for SouthSide to witness as well as experience the band as Combichrist. Recently, this reviewer had a taste of this band’s hardcore industrial/post-punk rock sound when Joe Letz performed a rare DJ set at Subterranean. However, what she experienced then didn’t compared what happened tonight. Describing Combichrist’s headlining show as insanely awesome, thrillingly wild and fan-frenzied chaos is a good start without giving too much away. SouthSide felt sorry for photographer Brian Lutz (who wasn’t able to snap any photos) was caught deep in the middle of fan-frenzied chaos that erupted soon after the band’s symphonic intro ended amidst thunderous cheers (and some jeers because the intro was a bit too long for a few impatient fans). Combi-fans packed all sides of this venue ...side to side ...front to back. Wall to wall bodies pumped up and ready as they welcomed their rock heroes loud and clear when finally appearing on stage. Fanatic shouts of “...hate disorder/ love destroyer...” filled the room, blogspot readers. There were moments when daring fans jumped on stage only to be instantly pushed off by the band’s videographer for a bit of crowd surfing. And if you thought it was wild amongst the hardcore Combi-fans, then you should have seen the band itself. The front man first appeared on stage wearing a red devil-like mask energetically inciting the crowd to react to each angered cry he made over the microphone. The other members of the band followed suited ...rockin hard amongst their various positions on stage even Joe high upon the synths riser. Yet with all of the fan frenzy going on, blogspot readers, it instantly warmed up the venue to the point that the slow moving fans couldn’t help alleviate the rise room temperature. Some of the Combi-fans this reviewer had seen were nearly passing out and had to sit near the emergency exit doors to catch that cool breeze blowing in. Don’t get SouthSide wrong ...she did enjoy the wild craziness at her first Combichrist performance. From the dark themes inciting anger and frustration over the societal ways and rules to the gritty roughness of the electric riffs off the guitars and vocal fervor constantly fueling their fans excitement. Sadly, the warmth inside this venue ended SouthSide’s fun earlier than expected. Still, she cannot wait until Combichrist returns again. For more information, visit Combichrist at
Special thanks to Brian Lutz for snapping William Control pictures taken during the interview.
Until next time, support your local scene,

Friday, April 18, 2014

12 Apr 14 - Sci-Fi Spectacular 2014

Let’s go to the movies, blogspot readers!

That’s how SouthSide recently spent her Saturday. Munching on buttery popcorn, snacking on yummy Raisinettes, and drinking cool refreshing soda while watching her cinematic favorites on the big screen inside the Patio Theatre during Sci-Fi Spectacular 2014. This one-day movie-a-thon had a little something everyone, blogspot readers. There were monsters in space (George Melies’ A Trip To the Moon) and on land (Godzilla vs King Kong), fantasy (Legend and Pan’s Labyrinth), sci-fi adventure/action (Buckaroo Banzai and Escape From New York) and horror (Night Of The Living Dead and Dead Zone). Over fourteen hours of movies as well as a Buffy The Vampire Slayer episode, “Hush” and indie movie shorts in between attracted avid moviegoers of all ages. PLUS there were special appearances by Doug Jones (of Pan’s Labyrinth and Hellboy I & II) and Kyra Schon (aka Karen Cooper from Night Of The Living Dead). Besides viewing movies, fans could hang out ...browse and shop the many vendors such as Horribles, Kutcha Galleries participating at this event.
SouthSide with Doug Jones
Upon arriving, SouthSide spent a few minutes chatting with Doug Jones about his roles in Pan Labyrinth and Hellboy I & II wondering how he felt being the only English-speaking actor in a Spanish-speaking movie. He mention it was hard learning a language he doesn’t speak but he did learn his lines in Spanish “...though it was hard concentrating...” after hours of makeup and costuming. Did you know, blogspot readers, that Doug was also the White-faced monster (the one with eyes in its hands) in Pan’s Labyrinth? Yep, that was him. After the movie’s showing on the big screen, Doug noted something that this reviewer hadn’t noticed before. His “Faun” character in the movie ages backwards (from old to young with more agility in the end) as Ofelia continues to believe in herself and the moon princess tale. For SouthSide, to finally see this Guillermo Del Toro masterpiece on the big screen was one of the many highlights of her Sci-Fi Spectacular experience. It was more enjoyable than watching it on DVD because on a large screen she could totally immerse herself into the majestic fairy tale world as well as the realistic horror of the Spanish countryside during World War II created by this director. There was a funny moment during the screening of Pan’s Labyrinth in which a guy shouted “...there’s pizza in the lobby...” after the tense scene when Capt. Vidal’s men were shot by the rebels. Speaking of Guillermo Del Toro, Doug Jones just finished another movie with him in Toronto (currently in post production) however the actor was only allowed to reveal it’s about a haunted house. Here’s another movie fact about Doug Jones ...he was “Billy” in the Disney movie Hocus Pocus. Oh yeah - don't be afraid to get a special hug from this actor. He's a GREAT hugger who loves to give everyone cool doggie pets on the head!

Kyra Schon
At the opposite end of the concession hallway, Kyra Schon aka Karen Cooper from Night Of The Living Dead was setting up her photos and trowel jewelry for fans to purchase. Recently, this reviewer was lucky enough to interview the woman behind the iconic horror character but meeting her in person was a chance of a lifetime, blogspot readers. SouthSide could simply spend hours with Kyra chatting about trivia bits and pieces about NOTLD as if the George A. Romero movie had just finished wrapping up yesterday because every memory is still fresh in Kyra’s mind. She remembers observing her friend Mimi jumping in her seat during the scene when the zombie hands came through the window of the farmhouse as well as the day Romero was delivering the movie to the distributor in New York when the news broke that Martin Luther King was assassinated. Kyra mentioned he (Romero) was worried it wouldn’t be shown because of the movie’s ending. She also mentioned that Duane Jones wasn’t the first choice to portray the character “Ben”. According to her, the role was designed for a burly trucker type until Duane Jones was given the opportunity to audition for the part which immediately blew everyone including the original guy picked to play the trucker character. Sadly, she never got the chance to see him again yet on the day of the premiere, Kyra received a dozen of roses that her first instant thought was they were from Duane. Her mother
did confirm her instinct was correct even though she would learn the truth years later. During the NOTLD screening, SouthSide mostly sat in the darkness of the theatre wondering if Kyra was watching us and our reactions while watching the movie especially her scenes. Still, to finally view this Romero horror classic was a big thrill for this reviewer. From  Johnny’s iconic line “...they’re coming to get you, Barbara...” to Karen Cooper’s only line “...I hurt...” in which had many within this packed theatre cheering. More cheers were aplenty while Kyra did her iconic zombie scenes but then suddenly you could hear boos and jeers when Ben died. No matter how many times Kyra has seen this movie, she still cannot watch this one particular scene. After the screening, she talked about her time on the NOTLD set (in which she mentioned it was boring but fun) and the basement scenes were filmed in the basement of Romero’s studio while the farmhouse scenes were done 30 miles north of Pittsburgh in Evansville. You may (or not) have noticed there weren’t any scenes of Kyra’s character actually stabbing her mother with the trowel. She was stabbing into a pillow. And believe it or not, Kyra never had any bad dreams after filming this movie though The Omen and Carrie did disturbed and scared her, blogspot readers. However, it took conventions and events like Sci-Fi Spectacular that she learned to finally accept it was okay to be a part of the horror culture even though before (as a young teen) she didn’t like being the center of negative attention (Kyra was teased by a boy after the NOTLD premiere).An audience member asked if she (and/or Romero) ever thought about the movie’s societal significance back then to which she said that she hadn’t since they were simply making a horror movie not a statement about society.

“...all the dreams of youth are regrets of maturity...” ~ Dark Lord (Tim Curry), “Legend”

Tom Kelly
Besides oohing and ahhing the fantasy world of unicorns, fairies and sprites as well as gigantic horns of Dark Lord (Tim Curry) of "Legend" (also starring a young Tom Cruise and Mia Sara) or laughing at the comical antics of John Big Booty and Jeff Goldblum’s surgeon character in a cowboy costume in the 80s cult classic Buckaroo Banzai (also starring Peter Weller, Ellen Barkin, John Lithgow), SouthSide also spent some time browsing amongst the many vendors at Sci-Fi Spectacular 2014. One vendor in particular caught her eye, blogspot readers, because the sign read “Orphan Kitties”. And for $7, you could take home a unique Hello Kitty creation by illustrator Tom Kelly (a comic book artist by day) who dresses them up as your favorite comic superhero or villain. He told this reviewer that it started about 8 years ago at a comic convention in which he had drawn a Hello Kitty as Batgirl for a vendor’s young daughter. Before it was over, he had approximately 50 orders. “...all I was really doing was something nice fore this little girl...” Tom stated before adding that his creations are quite popular with people all ages from kids to women and men (evil super villains are his biggest sellers with them). What he does is called “upcycling” because he turns the cardboard (he gets from electronics stores) into art which is mostly geared for comic conventions but around Halloween, he does create Hello Kitty witches, Freddie (Krugers) and more. For more information about Tom Kelley and his art, check out his site at SouthSide had to say “hi” to the guys at the shop where local horror personality, Svengoolie, get his rubber chickens flown for his Saturday television program – Horribles. She highly recommends checking out this horror collectable shop for its many rare to “hard to find” movie memorabilia to add to your collection. Next, she had to check another vendor who beautifully captured your favorite horror villains and heroes through this artist’s custom illustrations and designs. This reviewer also highly recommends checking out Chris Kuchta of Kutcha Galleries
  ( from Lafayette, IN, blogspot readers. She liked how this artist paid close to every intimate detail of each main character from movies like Big Trouble In Little China, Candyman (that was her favorite design), Hellraiser and many more including Nosferatu to which you could have framed for display. Chris’ art grabbed plenty attention throughout the Sci-Fi Spectacular with few of the attendees taking home some of his lovely artwork. Other vendors included two from comic shops that would make any fanboy (or fangirl) squeal with excitement over the various array of comic selections for sale (some were discounted too) and jewelry vendors like Asunder ( who will be also at Convergence 20 happening soon.
Sci-Fi Spectacular fans
In between movies, there were movie trailers (like one for Chrysalis – this reviewer liked the premise for this movie ...can’t wait to see it), shorts (Jack was very creepy and twisted) and a 50s inspired movie trailer contest in which local aspiring directors created movies from themes within that nostalgic era shot in black-n-white. Movies like Leave It Creature (the creature being the Beaver character), Corn Stalk, Let’s Invite Satan To the Slumber Party and more were voted by audience applause and cheers, blogspot readers. And the winner was – Corn Stalk! “...everyone loves a killer corn movie...” It was a fun day for all but you don’t have to take SouthSide’s word ...simply read the following quotes from those who were there. “...I’m happy to be here...” says her friend Germ the Ripper who also stated that Sci-Fi Spectacular was good so far and movie marathons are his bread and butter. Meanwhile, Donita had this to say “...[it’s] a lot of fun...” though she’s not a big horror fan but she’s a big 80s fantasy fan and was excited to see her favorite Legend on the big screen. Kirsten, who was one of many arriving at noon for the official start, told this reviewer she was excited to see Buckaroo Banzai on the big screen. “...pretty good lineup this year...” though her favorite Return Of The Living Dead wasn’t on it. Then, SouthSide met a woman named Andrea who also arrived at noon who told her that she has attended most of Terror In The Aisles events. “...Pan’s Labyrinth is my favorite [but] seeing Buckaroo Banzai on the big screen was kinda thrill...”Yet she was most excited to see Kurt Russell in Escape From New York because she had never seen it at all, blogspot readers.

What a day watching her favorite movies. SouthSide can’t wait for next year...

Until next time, support your local scene,

Monday, April 14, 2014

I AM Fest

We are happy to announce we are in our fifth year of putting on one of the biggest, independently produced arts and music festivals. In the past we have worked with over 500 bands and artists and are continuing to give opportunities for local bands to network, get in front of new crowds and a chance to open up at one of Chicago’s premiere music venues. 
The Elbo Room presents I AM FEST 2014 INDEPENDENT ARTS & MUSIC FESTIVAL. It will host 10 bands at Chicago's very own HOUSE OF BLUES on AUGUST 16th of 2014. There is just one thing missing... the MAIN STAGE OPENING BANDS FOR THE SHOW and THAT COULD BE YOU!
There will be several Battle of the Band contests held at the Elbo Room. Bands will be provided with a basic backline (Guitar/Bass Cabs minus heads and Basic drum set and hardware minus kick pedal, snare drum and cymbals). 20 min sets for each band will be judged by a music industry panel and voted on by fans in attendance. 
This unique BATTLE OF THE BANDS looks for talented musicians that put on a great show and can win over an audience in person and LIVE online. The top 2 bands from each night advances to the Secondary Rounds on FRIDAY 6/6, 6/13, 6/20 and/or 6/27. 2 winners from each of those nights with 1 wild card will advance to the SEMI-FINALS on SATURDAY 7/5 or 7/12 along with 1 wild-card band. The winner and runner up of the FINALS (on SATURDAY JULY 26th) OPENS The 2014 I AM FEST at House of Blues presented by the ELBO ROOM Chicago.
E-mail KAYLA@ELBOROOMLIVE.COM with the following information. 
4) WHICH PRELIMINARY SHOW(S) YOU ARE AVAILABLE (4/29, 5/6, 5/12, 5/13, 5/19, 5/20, 5/26, 527, 6/2, 6/3)

Elbo Room uses Vendini for ticketing, marketing, and box office management.

Elbo Room - 2871 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL, 60657, (773) 549-5549
Vendini, Inc. - 660 Market Street, San Francisco, CA, 94104, 1 (800) 901-7173


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Evan and Jamie Benefit Info

The Heartland Cafe and
Red Line Tap Benefit for Evan and Jamie West
Thursday, 5/1/2014 at 7 pm

Featuring music from


The Twin Peaks
and friends
In the Heartland Cafe

And in the Red Line Tap

The Red Line Disaster
With Special Guests

The Polkaholics

All the proceeds from this benefit will be going to help former Heartland Cafe and Red Line Tap Employee Evan West who was seriously injured at this years SXSW festival in Austin Texas
We'll have music, a silent auction and more, all to help Evan West through this trying time.


Doors at 7 pm / Music at 8 pm Thursday, May First at the Heartland Cafe and the Red Line Tap

On March 13, a 21-year-old drunk driver trying to evade arrest sped the wrong way on a one-way street and plowed through a police barricade at the annual SXSW festival in Austin, Texas. He injured dozens of people. He killed three. Evan West is one who was injured, and Jamie West, his wife of two years, one who died. She was just 27.
Leaving the festival early, as Jamie had to be up for work the next morning, they were struck on their motorcycle near the intersection of Red River and 11th Street. Witnesses said that the driver, whose blood-alcohol level would later be measured at 0.114, accelerated as he fled, peeling through the crowds on Red River, which festival organizers had blocked off for pedestrians only.

Jamie was pronounced at the scene. Evan was rushed to Brackenridge, a trauma hospital near UT. He had been severely injured, breaking his leg in three places, fracturing two ribs, lacerating his spleen and liver, and sustaining trauma to his brain.
We need your help. Whatever we receive through this fund will help us with the many costs related to Jamie's funeral and Evan's recovery, including arranging physical rehabilitation and legal representation.

The Evan West Fund. Anyone wanting to donate can do so at any of the Garrett State Bank locations. Anyone out of state who would like to donate can do so by mailing to:
Garrett State Bank
P.O. Box 29
Garrett, IN 46738
(make sure to make a note that it's for the Evan West Fund)

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Thursday, April 10, 2014

One On One With Suren Unka

Hey, blogspot readers, SouthSide has another exclusive interview just for you! Through the use of modern technology, she had a chat with New Zealander EDM artist, Suren Unka about his music from upcoming album "El Chupacabra".
SouthSide: What inspired you to name your album "El Chupacabra"? Have you ever heard of the Mexican stories about "the goat eater" before in New Zealand? Do you have such tales there?
Suren: Yes. I got the name from watching a documentary on the Discovery Channel about El Chupacabras. I was super fascinated by the tale and liked the sound of the words, "El Chupacabra". I decided I had to use it for my album tittle. This sparked a chain of naming some of my songs after interesting documentary’s Like ‘Lyuba’ ‘Weather Science’ ‘Uvula’ ‘Nanobots’ ‘Oryx’. All song tittles from my album.
SouthSide: In your opinion, does your current single "130" represent who Suren Unka is and/or what his music is about to fans?
Suren: Yes definitely. ‘130’ was the last song for me to write on my album. So it’s the current direction I’m going in. I still wanted to stick with the ‘Suren Unka’ sound from previous releases (Melodic). But add[ed] a slight dance element to the sound.
SouthSide: Using such unique rhythms and melodic beats in this particular song, could you see yourself as a visionary in the next wave of the EDM scene?
Suren: I am totally not sure. EDM is constantly changing. I can never keep up with all the EDM waves. So as a rule I decided to just make music that I would enjoy. Using sounds that suit me.
SouthSide: Will you be releasing any more singles off your upcoming album soon?
Suren: The album is coming out April 22nd. So I won’t be releasing any singles before then. But after the album is released, I’ll be releasing a music video for my song ‘Flee’ which is on the album.
SouthSide: Who would you say had some influence on your music? And if given the chance, which song (s) would you like to re-mix or collaborate with that artist/musician?
Suren: Four Tet [post-rock and electronic musician Kieran Hebden] is my hero! He has influenced me a load. I would love to remix his song ‘Sing’. Even collaborating with him, I feel I would learn so much.
SouthSide: Being a half a world away, how has modern technology contributed in your goal of reaching your new as well as current fans of your music?
Suren: The internet has been helpful especially Youtube. People from all round have been watching my music videos.
SouthSide: Do you have plans to perform live? If so, when and where can fans see you on the stage?
Suren: Yes, I perform live. I’m doing a New Zealand tour next month and thinking about touring Australia later on this year.
SouthSide: What is the local music scene like in Auckland, New Zealand? Besides Lorde, is there any other artist/musician or music genre that's making waves on the radio there?
Suren: Yeah at the moment this whole Bedroom Producer/EDM scene is at a high. There’s so much talent all round New Zealand. Some Artists to check out are Race Banyon, Kamandi, Black City Lights, Fly Nights and Team Cat Food.
SouthSide: Lastly, any last words, shameless plugs etc would you like to say about yourself and/or your music to the fans around the world?
Suren: Please check out my album ‘El Chupacabra’on April 22nd! Give me a like on Facebook to keep updated:
SouthSide would like to thank Suren Unka for taking time out of his busy schedule for this interview.
Until next time, support your local scene,

One On One With Kyra Schon

Ghouls, space monsters, evil spirits and more will be scaring up screams on the big screen this Saturday at Patio Theatre (located on Irving Park Rd near Austin). On April 12 th, cult classics like Legend, Buckaroo Banzai, Night Of The Living Dead including a showing of George Melies’ A Trip To The Moon and many others will once again get their cinematic due at this year’s Sci-Fi Spectacular. blogspot readers! This one-day fest features over 14hrs of movie madness, short films (such as Let’s Invite Satan to the Slumber Party, Hands of Fate, Jack), vendors and much more that’s sure to please any sci-fi / horror fan of all ages. Plus there will be vendors, prizes, surprises, live charity auction in support of Vital Bridges as well as special guest appearances by Doug Jones (Hellboy I & II, Pan’s Labyrinth) and Kyra Schon (Karen “ghoul girl” Cooper of Night Of The Living Dead). Fan will be able to take free pictures with them during this event. Romero’s 1968 classic Night Of The Living Dead is one SouthSide’s favorite horror movies and she had the extreme honor of interviewing Kyra Schon about her iconic role, opinion about horror movies of today and more.

Describing her role in Night Of The Living Dead as “...hungry, cold, empty, driven, persistent...”, this reviewer asked Kyra what was it like working with George Romero and how did she get the role as Karen “ghoul girl” Cooper. She told SouthSide that when she worked with George “...he wasn’t yet considered legendary...” and “...Night Of The Living Dead was his first feature film...” describing the director as a “...big, jovial man with amazing dimples...” And here’s an interesting movie fact in which fans may not know, George asked Kyra’s father to direct her when doing her scenes in the movie.  “...I don’t know why – maybe he thought I’d feel more comfortable getting direction from my dad...” Speaking of her dad, you might recognize his other NOTLD movie credits as co-producer (along with Russ Streiner), “...did makeup on the ghouls, and worked on aspects of the sound...” besides his role as Harry Cooper. Since it was so long ago, Kyra doesn’t remember if she and/or her father had to audition for their famous roles, blogspot readers, but she does suspect she got the role through solely on nepotism. However here’s another fact NOTLD fans may not know, her role was originally written as a boy named Timmy but “...nobody knew any boys the right age...” So the part was re-written and the rest is history. “...My dad owned a recording studio in Pittsburgh and [he] was a friend/colleague of the guys from Latent Image [Romero, Streiner, Russo and Hinzman]...” also mentioning this interesting fact, “....he had quite a lot of acting experience – all on stage – prior to NOTLD, but he always hated his performance in the film...” Then, this reviewer wondered if she ever felt her character would  be the most remembered especially amongst NOTLD fans to which she commented by saying “...Oh, no way, though I guess I can understand it on some level...” Kyra went on to add “...Little Karen’s gruesome matricide was a groundbreaker ...and I’ve heard it made people physically ill...” That makes her giggle, blogspot readers, when she thinks about it.

At the of 11, Kyra did attend the NOTLD premiere calling it “...a fancy-shmancy affair, replete with limos and dressy clothes...”, blogspot readers. Plus, she was allowed to invite a few of her friends though having to sit in the center section of the theatre with her father. “...I spent a good part of that 90 minutes turned around, watching their reactions...” Why? “...Since I knew what was going to happen on the screen, watching them was more interesting and entertaining, and really, really funny...” to which she also added “ was a blast!” SouthSide asked Kyra for her opinion on her performance as Karen while watching herself on the big screen and she commented saying “...I don’t really remember my reaction at seeing myself...” “...I was probably embarrassed...” Kyra added along with how watching her dad getting shot and dying in the film made her a little upset. “...I had been there when they filmed that scene [over and over and over again], but seeing it on screen bothered me...” And to this day, she doesn’t like to watch it. She can’t even watch the scene where Duane Jones’ character, Ben, gets shot too. “...I always look away...” Would she do anything different to her character if given the chance? “...I’m not sure I’d have done anything different with Karen, other than not having her eat her dad’s entire arm in a few minutes...” says Kyra before adding, “...I mean, really – what sort of teeth did that kid have?” Good question. Kyra also thinks it would have been nice to see her (Karen) get away. If you really think about it, blogspot readers, her character wasn’t killed in the field with the other ghouls. “ I like to think she did sneak away and she’s still out there...” Kyra has written extensively about Karen Cooper’s “afterlife” in a form of an advice column called “Ghoulish Guidance”. “...She was my alter ego,  and I called her ‘Ghoulfriend’...” Kyra’s column appeared online on the website Dread Central as well as hers –

Does Kyra miss being part of the horror genre/movies of today and would she appear as a cameo if asked? She has been asked a couple of times to appear in various indie horror films however she turned them down because she’s not an actor. Her words and opinion, blogspot readers, not SouthSide’s. Let’s have Kyra explain further. “...people only remember my role because of its shock value, and not because of my acting was brilliant...” Yet, she did appear as a judge in 2007 in a film done by her friend called The Green Man. So what’s her opinion about horror genre and its movies? Is there too much gore and/or not enough surprise and suspense in them?  Kyra replied, “...there are some recent films I like, though I’m not a fan of excessive gore...” It’s not that she’s squeamish, blogspot readers, but she finds “...too often the gore is a substitute for a plot...” And since this reviewer mentioned suspense, she added “...anyone can make a head explode, but building suspense and tension is an art...” On that note, SouthSide then proceeded to ask Kyra if she had a favorite horror movie director to which she and this reviewer share the same likes, blogspot readers. Her favorite dead director is Alfred Hitchcock meanwhile her favorite live director is George Romero, of course, but she has one more – John Carpenter. “...After George, I really love John Carpenter’s older films three favorites of his are Halloween, The Fog and The Thing...” adding “...I love them because of the tension he created in those films...” As SouthSide mentioned earlier, Kyra along with Doug Jones will be appearing at Sci-Fi Spectacular 2014 this weekend and she wanted her thoughts about the upcoming appearance. “...I’m looking forward to the weekend and to meeting the fans...” And before ending the interview, this reviewer asked Kyra had anything else she would like to tell fans to which she replied with the following:

I am always grateful to the fans that come out the events I attend. Their love for the film is a great energizer for me, and they make all the events positive experience. Some of my dearest friends started out as fans I met at conventions. I can’t overstate my love for horror fans – NOTLD fans in particular.”
SouthSide would like to thank Kyra Schon for taking time out of her busy schedule for this extra special interview. It gave this reviewer a much deeper appreciation for her favorite horror movie. Pre-sale tickets for Sci-Fi Spectacular 2014 are on sale now for $20 and can be found at It’s $25 at day of event.
Until next time, support your local scene,

Monday, April 7, 2014

04 Apr 14 - David Guetta

Summertime EDM scene and fun arrived months ahead of schedule, blogspot readers!

For one night only, the grand splendor of the ballroom inside The Aragon was turned into a dazzling spectacle of glittering glow for David Guetta’s live performance. And a spectacle of fashionably dressed fans of this music scene – from looking like they had just stepped out at Enclave or spent time under the hot sun at North Avenue beach. Despite the non-spring temps and fierce winds blowing from the lake, fans came out in droves packing the main floor to party amidst this featured artist’s fusion of electro and hip hop/house rhythms.

However before anyone could party all night long, this reviewer along with many others had to pass through stringent security precautions that included being patted down and waved with the metal detector wand. She does have a couple of suggestions for The Aragon management. First – if you’re going to have a line in the alley, at least have proper lighting so people don’t trip or fall over the many craters of potholes in the dark. Second – there needs to be more security personnel at the entrance way to help ease the crowd congestion so those who are leaving The Aragon won’t get pushed, shoved and/or bumped back towards the grand staircase by those entering the venue. It was utter chaos trying to get out and there was NO security to help alleviate a potentially dangerous situation especially near the overcrowded bathrooms and bar stand (why is there a bar stand located in the entrance way anyway? Management should rethink locating it there.)

Once finally upstairs, the floetry or music and electronic rhythms was already surrounding the venue as the main floor quickly filled to capacity with moving bodies jumping and dancing to the pulsating beat, blogspot readers. Many shiny happy people grooving to the intense remixed sounds ...waving hands in the air as if they were going to “catch” electronic vibe being tossed at them from the stage. Each crescendoing rise and melodic tone in long continuous music waves wrapping around them was a cause to scream for more and more. And David Guetta and other DJs gave it to them. In a nutshell, it was a beautiful time to be alive and part of this active music scene whether you were young and/or close to SouthSide’s age. Multi-generational attendees basking together amidst the lights ...which left no one disappointed because everyone was having a fun time.

Also, this allowed SouthSide to do some people watching too, blogspot readers. Besides those dressed as if they were going to Spybar or Enclave, she noticed many didn’t care that the temperatures were on the cool side to wear shorts and tank tees to the David Guetta performance. She saw a guy draped with the French flag on his shoulders dancing within the crowd ...a pack of Cougars (believe or not trying to score a couple of hot dates on the dance floor) ...a couple of whacked-out girls high (probably on “Molly”) ...plenty of faux “flower” girls (those wearing flower headbands) ...a few minors busted for drinking without an orange wristband ...”sock monkey” groupies ...a few dressed in their hottest bikini swimwear ...and that was just a few this reviewer randomly saw before leaving, blogspot readers. By midnight, the crowd had swelled passed the main floor and the scene was becoming very intense for her to handle that SouthSide had to leave earlier than expected. She does recommend checking out David Guetta and his unique fusion that’s an homage to Chicago’s house music and its founder Frankie Knuckles. For more information, visit
Until next time, support your local scene,