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Last modified: Thursday, October 21, 2010

'The Bat' shines signal over IU Auditorium when 'Dennis James Hosts Halloween' Oct. 27

WHAT: Dennis James Hosts Halloween
WHEN: Oct. 27, 7:30 p.m.
WHERE: IU Auditorium
TICKETS: $8-$16 for children and IU Bloomington students with a valid ID; $14-$19 for general public, on sale now. Individual tickets may be purchased online at, in person at the IU Auditorium Box Office, as well as through, all Ticketmaster outlets, or charge by phone at 800-745-3000. The IU Auditorium Box Office is open Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Oct. 21, 2010

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Indiana University alumnus Dennis James returns to Bloomington to perform his annual Halloween organ performance, this year accompanying Roland West's 1926 film The Bat Oct. 27 at 7:30 p.m.

Audience members who arrive by 7:05 p.m. will be eligible to compete in the B97-sponsored costume contest, with awards for Scariest, Most Creative and Best Overall costumes.

Dennis James Halloween

This year, James will perform a new solo organ piece to accompany The Bat, the story of a caped criminal who witnesses a bank robbery and tries to track down the stolen money at an old mansion. While everyone else looks for the money, "the bat" murders everyone in the mansion one by one. This film is most famously known for originating the "Batman" signal later used in the Batman comic books and subsequent films.

James is an in-demand solo performer and research fellow with the University of South Carolina who has been a major part of the revival of silent films and live music. James attended Indiana University in the 1960s as a student in the Jacobs School of Music and began his annual Halloween organ performance four years ago.

"It's always great to have Dennis James return to the Auditorium," said Doug Booher, director of IU Auditorium. "His performance is an annual Halloween treat that we look forward to."

Dennis James

Dennis James

IU Cinema Director Jon Vickers will deliver a pre-show talk titled "A Brief History of Silent Film Accompaniment" at 6:30 p.m. in the Neal-Marshall Center Bridgewater Lounge. The talk is free and open to the public.

For more information on Dennis James Hosts Halloween and all 2010-2011 season shows at IU Auditorium visit The Web site features video clips and a selection of songs from this season's performances, in addition to a direct link to the IU Auditorium Facebook Fan Page and Twitter page, whose members receive exclusive benefits throughout the year.

Dennis James Hosts Halloween is sponsored by Lamar Outdoor Advertising and Walnut Grove Spring Water. The IU Auditorium 2010-2011 season is presented by Curry Auto Center, B97, the Herald-Times, IU Document Service Center and IU Residential Programs and Services.