Screen Dracula to appear at Stephens City drive-in

Charlottesville resident Raphael Peter Engel, who starred in the 1971 films “Dracula vs. Frankenstein” and “Brain of Blood,” will make his first East Coast appearance for fans before double-feature screenings this week at Family Drive-In Theatre in Stephens City.

Engel, whose screen name is Zandor Vorkov, will be available to greet fans, answer questions and pose for photos from 7 to 8 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, before the screenings begin.

To help alleviate blood shortages at the nation’s blood banks during the COVID-19 pandemic, Engel is encouraging film fans to donate blood at blood drives in their own communities. He taped a public service announcement promoting blood drives that will air at this summer’s drive-in screenings of “Dracula vs. Frankenstein.”

WTJU-FM, IX Art Park cancel Freefall festival

This year’s Freefall Music & Art Festival, which was to have begun Aug. 29, has been canceled, WTJU 91.9 FM and IX Art Park announced Monday.

IX Art Park will continue to schedule outdoor concerts this fall with proper social distancing and other precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19. To keep up with scheduled events, go to IXArtPark.org.

The Charlottesville-Albemarle Black Business Expo, which has been part of Freefall since the festival began, will take place in a virtual format on Sept. 26. For details, visit BlackBusinessExpo.org.

Winfrey’s magazine to end regular print editions

O, The Oprah Magazine is ending its regular monthly print editions with the December 2020 issue after 20 years of publication.

The brand, which is among the most recognizable magazines in the U.S., is not going away but will become more “more digitally-centric,” a Hearst spokeswoman Monday said.

There will be “some form of print” after the December issue “but what it is exactly is still being worked out,” she said.

Oprah Winfrey launched O with Hearst in 2000 and today is the editorial director. “I’m proud of this team and what we have delivered to our readers over the past 20 years,” Winfrey said in a statement provided by Hearst. “I look forward to the next step in our evolution.”

Hearst declined to answer why it was dropping the regular print edition, saying only it was a “natural next step” for the brand.

Magazines have been trying to grow their digital properties as print advertising shrinks and people spend more time online.

The economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic has further hurt print advertising sales, with research firm Magna in June predicting a 23% drop for U.S. national magazines this year.

From staff and wire reports

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