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ITC resurrects ghosts of Prohibition-era Texas

SAN ANTONIO – For the past two years, Texas heroes, villains and eccentrics have converged on the Institute of Texan Cultures for the annual Dance with the Dead. The third iteration of the museum’s Halloween ball takes place 8:30 – 11:30 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 26.
While previous years have seen the likes of Miss Edna Milton of the Chicken Ranch, World War II hero Dory Miller, gangsters Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow, and an array of calaveras, the 2013 Halloween bash will summon the spirits of Prohibition-era Texas.
Austin’s East End Arcadians will play hot jazz all night, providing a melodious backdrop that will transport visitors back in time. In addition, there will be a swing dance contest and costume contest, with prizes from the likes of the Esquire Tavern, Element Tattoo, Bird Bakery, La Madeleine, and many more.
With persistent rumors of the museum’s hauntings, the Ghost Seekers of Texas will lead a ghost hunt. ARTSLAM! will sponsor a live painting event, starting with a blank canvas at the beginning of the night and ending with a finished artwork to be auctioned off at night’s end. Horror d’oeuvres, cash bar, and 1920s horror movies on the dome will fill the evening with excitement from every angle.
Tickets are $20 per person at the door, $15 in advance or will-call, $10 for ITC members. The ghost hunt is an additional $5 and only available the evening of the event. A limited number of ghost hunt tickets are available, so plan to arrive early.
The Institute of Texan Cultures is located on the UTSA HemisFair Park Campus, 801 E. César E. Chávez Blvd., a short distance from the Alamo and the River Walk. Regular hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Saturday; noon-5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $8 for adults (ages 12-64); $7 for seniors (ages 65+); $6 for children (ages 3-11); free with membership, UTSA or Alamo Colleges identification. For more information, call 210-458-2300 or visit


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