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Profs & Pints: Frightful Fairy-Tale Weddings
The Bier Baron Tavern
Washington, DC
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Profs & Pints: Frightful Fairy-Tale Weddings
Profs and Pints Presents: Frightful Fairy-Tale Weddings, featuring death, curses, and iron shoes, with Sara Cleto and Brittany Warman, former instructors at The Ohio State University and co-founders of the Carterhaugh School of Folklore and the Fantastic.

If youve looked at wedding magazines, checked out bridal boutiques, or visited a wedding venue, you know that the term fairy-tale wedding is practically everywhere. The hearts desire of many a bride-to-be, the idea of the fairy-tale wedding - magical, romantic, with a hint of destiny - has an undeniable appeal.

But what do weddings actually look like in the traditional tales?

Such ceremonies are not always about true love, thats for sure! Weddings in your favorite traditional fairy tales can be quite weird, even horrifying. Cinderellas stepsisters are attacked and blinded by doves, Snow Whites stepmother dances to death in iron shoes, and Mr. Fox ends with the bride telling the wedding guests that her new husband is actually a murderer!

Sara and Brittany will guide you through these strange and fascinating tales and then discuss how the murder and mayhem of the old fairy tales gradually gave way to such tales being seen as the height of romance (hint: it has a lot to do with the Walt Disney Company.) By the end of this talk, youll never hear the phrase fairy-tale wedding the same way again, although you might see some participants' behavior as in keeping with what the Grimms had in mind. (Advance tickets: $12. Doors: $15, save $2 with a student ID. Listed time is for doors. Talk starts 30 minutes later. Please allow yourself time to place any orders and get seated and settled in.)


The Bier Baron Tavern (View)
1523 22nd St NW
Washington, DC 20037
United States


Arts > Literary
Education > Classes
Other > Holiday

Minimum Age: 18
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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