Author Al Riddenour will take us on a magical journey into Yule in the Middle Ages, with an exploration of how the medieval winter celebrations evolved over time into how we celebrate today as Christmas.
Al Ridenour, author of The Krampus and the Old, Dark Christmas, is the preeminent English-language expert on the folklore and history of the Krampus. Now in its second printing, “The Krampus” was described by Dangerous Minds’ Christopher Bickel as “the definitive work on Krampus,” and a “must read.” LA Times’ books critic Elizabeth Hand found the book “gleefully erudite,” remarking that it “deserves to become a classic.”
Ridenour’s interest in old world holiday customs while he was living in Berlin as a Fulbright Scholar. After travels in Germany and Austria in 2011, he founded, along with artist Al Guerrero, LA’s annual Krampusfest and Krampuslauf, engaging both local and European performers for these events. He has translated, produced and directed adaptations of traditional European Krampus plays, lectured on the Krampus at the International Goethe-Institut, The San Diego Art Institute, and the New Americans Museum. He also crafts and sells Krampus masks and teaches workshops for those interested in making their own. In 2018, he was recruited by Geek Nation Tours as onboard consultant for tours of Austria and Germany focusing on Krampus events and traditions.
Ridenour also writes and produces “Bone and Sickle,” a podcast exploring the intersection of folklore, history, and the horror genre.
Location: Norma Kershaw Auditorium
Member or with paid museum admission $9 | General $12