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Dracula at the Falcon

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We all know the pointy toothed, black-caped, supple-white-neck-lusting Dracula made famous by Bram Stoker's 1897 novel. Many of us also know Francis Ford Coppola's 1992 dark masterpiece starring Gary Oldman as Count Dracula, Keanu Reeves as Jonathan Harker, Winona Ryder as the Count's love-interest, Mina and Anthony Hopkins as professor Abraham Van Helsing.

But Dracula, in fact, has a historical basis outside of popular culture. Bram Stoker's character was loosely based on Vlad III, Prince of Wallachia, or Vlad the Impaler. Vlad III ruled Transylvania (modern day Romania) from 1456 to 1462 and got his nickname from his large-scale impalings--he purportedly offed 30,000 people in the city of Brasov.

So, whether you're a Romanian history buff, a Stoker-stalker or a dark prince of the night, Thursday, Oct. 29, is your evening at the Falcon Tavern. The Coppola-directed Bram Stoker's Dracula will be projected on the Falcon Tavern's outside wall at 7 p.m.

While the view from Bannock Street is not as scene-setting as a foggy Transylvanian horizon, there will be plenty of red wine and cozy patio-heater warmth to make you mighty glad you're not hanging out with Vlad.

Thursday, Oct. 29, 7 p.m., FREE, Falcon Tavern, 705 W. Bannock St., 208-947-3111, falcontavern.com.

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