Just in time for Halloween, here's a horror story that might make you squirm in your seat — or bed. It's a cautionary tale about bedbugs, Cimex lectularius, those quarter-inch-long, six-legged, reddish-brown, apple-seed-shaped, wingless insects that live in mattresses and as parasites, love to sup on our blood at night.
As public offenses go, littering is relatively minor. But it's still offensive and it's constantly in your field of vision, an undercurrent of chaos, unsettling to walk past — or in some cases, wade through.
You wouldn't think so, judging by how upbeat and energetic she is, but Christine Steyer has a seen a lot of tragedy. Actually, she sings a lot of tragedy. She died of consumption as Mimi in La Boheme and killed herself in Madame Butterfly.
This love story starts at the circus. Hannah McGinnis was a diminutive aerialist in need of a stunt partner for the Triton Trouper Circus when it was suggested she pair up with David Jeselski, a slab of a man with tattoos and spiked hair.