The dearly departed were costume choices of guests at Halloween parties Saturday night.
The night of the living dead included Tim Collins, who did a dead-on Apple CEO Steve Jobs at the Dirty Dozen fundraiser for the Church Health Center at Earnestine & Hazel's. The jam-packed bash is an annual event given by people who live in the South Main district. Members of SNOZberry, dressed as "A Clockwork Orange" droogs, performed.
Michael Jackson figured into the costume Tony Brown wore to the Mid-Town Rhythm and Blues Party -- also known as "The Architects Party" -- at Askew Nixon Ferguson. His wife, Kendree, was Little Red Riding Hood.
"I'm a Big Bad Wolf, but I have to be a cool wolf," he said. "So, I did Michael Jackson."
His costume included white socks and a pair of Kenneth Cole black loafers, but he also wore a furry "wolf" glove on one hand and a sequined glove on the other. The Architects Party was a fundraiser for Mid-South Spay & Neuter Services.
TV and movies were inspiration for costumes at the "Angels, Aliens and Outlaws" Friends for Life fundraiser at the Bridges center.
Nate Gray dressed as Khal Drogo from HBO's "Game of Thrones" and his wife, Lindsay, was the Natalie Portman ballerina character from "Black Swan."
Popular culture costumes included three women -- Christy Parks, Donna Tschopp and Jessica Shea -- who dressed as Victoria's Secret angels and three guys -- Jon Parks, Chris Liberto and Paul Shea -- who dressed as Hell's Angels.
One trio in striped pants said they were "The West Memphis Three." They didn't want to use their names, but they did say they were from West Memphis.
A few costumes were scattered among guests at the Arthritis Foundation Bone Bash Masquerade at The Peabody, but the most striking was a purely fictional couple -- a Mr. and Mrs. Tin Man portrayed by the very silvery Missy and Paul West.
Designs gain footing
Khaila Cole, 11, from Power Center Academy; Carter Broughton, 9; from Lord's Tabernacle Christian Academy; and Americus Perkins, 9, from E.E. Jeter Elementary School, swept New York designer Vivek Nagrani off his feet with the sock designs they submitted for a Big Brothers Big Sisters competition. Their designs were turned into actual socks, which now are sold by V. K. Nagrani in New York.
People got a chance to buy the socks at the "Knock Your Socks Off" fundraiser Saturday at Oak Hall. A portion of the proceeds from the socks as well as clothing from other designers at the trunk show went to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Memphis.
Children in Big Brothers Big Sisters after-school programs were asked to submit sock designs, said Adrienne Bailey, Big Brothers Big Sisters president/CEO. Vivek was given the designs and asked to choose a winner.
"He had such a difficult time," Adrienne said. "He couldn't nail it down to one, so he nailed it down to three."
So, what grabbed Vivek about each of the winning socks?
"It was primarily the creativity, the use of pattern and just the overall look," he said. "It just looked so interesting to me. And it had a certain character to it. Each one of them had their own unique character."
The socks sold well at the fundraiser, Adrienne said.
"Some people were coming in just for the children to sign their socks," she said. "Some were buying one of each sock. Some couldn't decide and bought all three colors of the socks."
The socks are in men's sizes, so it might be awhile before Carter can wear the sock he designed. But, maybe not so long, said his mom, Cory Newsom-Broughton: "He'll probably catch up to it. He's so tall."
Fired up about art
A lot was going on at Art on Fire Friday night at Dixon Gallery and Gardens. Fired-up guests danced to Jon Cleary and the Philthy Phew from New Orleans and musicians from the Visible Music College of Memphis, while others watched the Dancing Fire fire dancers. People waited in lines for cuisine from area restaurants or gathered around a fire pit manned by volunteer firefighters Danny Hopper from the Germantown Fire Department and Matt Giannini and Eric Dipzinski from the Memphis Fire Department. The event also included silent and live auctions.
Enjoying the festivities was Wei Chen, a guest of Jim Baker, owner of Owen Brennan's restaurant. Wei, the first Chinese pilot to circumnavigate the globe in a single-engine plane, runs Sunshine Enterprises Inc., a construction material company headquartered in Memphis.
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