When: Sat., April 11, 8 p.m. 2015
Although listeners can’t resist drawing comparisons between the wildly popular podcast Welcome to Night Vale and the work of H.P. Lovecraft or David Lynch (or even likening it to A Prairie Home Companion narrated by The Twilight Zone’s Rod Serling), true fans claim it’s unlike anything that came before it. The supernatural brainchild of writers/creators Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor, Night Vale owes some of its hypnotic charm to narrator Cecil Baldwin, an actor, performer and member of the experimental New York theater troupe Neo-Futurists. As radio host Cecil Palmer, Baldwin navigates the bizarre landscape of Night Vale, an imaginary desert town inhabited by angels, dragons, a menacing Glow Cloud and “dark hooded figures with unknowable powers.” Given plot twists and anecdotes that involve everything from a gay romance to a PTA bake sale benefiting “Citizens for a Blood Space War,” the podcast inspires both binge listening and an imaginative canon of fan art. With a novel set for release in October, Night Vale’s first official U.S. tour stops at the Aztec with a brand new script enhanced with live musical accompaniment from Brooklyn-based electronic composer Disparition (aka Jon Bernstein) and British psych-pop surrealist Mary Epworth.