THE EDWARDIAN WORLDS FAIRE
http://edwardianball.com/Paradox Media and Vau de Vire Society present the 15th annual award-winning Edwardian BallĀ® and World's Faire on Friday and Saturday, January 16th and 17th, 2015 at the stunning historic San Francisco venue, The Regency Ballroom. An elegant and whimsical two-day extravaganza of costumery, carnival, music, acrobatics, circus midway games, ballroom dancing and creative fashion; an outrageous celebration of an unforgettable era while honoring Edward Gorey, the prolific master of ominous storytelling. Edwardian Ball founders Rosin Coven and co-hosts Vau de Vire Society bring a featured Edward Gorey story to life on stage with original music, theatrical choreography and narration. . .this year presenting 'The Beastly Baby" which is described as "the ultimate in pornographic joy, combining naughtiness to the limit of the imagination and laughter to the point of breathlessness." It's where literary fans are as welcome as Goth club-goers and where the high-flying trapeze and steam-powered machines create the backdrop for elegantly dressed ball-goers waltzing their way from absinthe to the dance floor.Step into a uniquely immersive world, where turn-of-the-century meets world-to-be in a fantastic blend of performance and audience, of sights, sounds, and magic. One can expect an irreverently elegant blend of theatre, circus, live music, DJs, ballroom dancing, parlour games, steam machinery, aerial performances, obscure props, period technology, games, fashion shows and a Vendor Bazaar & Piano Saloon. All in attendance are invited to return to a time of well-dressed gentility by creating characters and costumes for the occasion -- instilling a madhouse slapdashery of costumery by nearly every single attendee.Since 1999, The Edwardian Ball has steadily grown from a Bay Area underground club phenomenon into a full-fledged festival of arts and culture, focusing on the esteemed works of the late, great author/illustrator Edward Gorey. . .bringing his tales to life on stage. This year only, the Ball will feature four awe-inspiring works of Gorey on loan from SF's Cartoon Art Museum. "In its 30 year history we have hosted six exhibitions of original drawings and paintings by Edward Gorey in addition to his books and other printed ephemera, and every time the galleries are packed with eager visitors. . ." says Malcolm Whyte, Founder, Cartoon Art Museum. Now with the blessing of The Edward Gorey Charitable Trust, the truly prodigious and original artist, Edward St. John Gorey (1925-2000), will be honored for his body of over 100 works. Gorey was an American writer and artist noted for his illustrated books. He wrote and illustrated such popular books as The Doubtful Guest and The Gashlycrumb Tinies and illustrated works as diverse as Dracula by Bram Stoker, The War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells, and Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats by T. S. Eliot. His characteristic pen-and-ink drawings often depict vaguely unsettling narrative scenes in Victorian and Edwardian settings. He was also a very successful set and costume designer, earning a Tony Award for his Broadway production of Edward Gorey's Dracula. Animated sequences of his work have introduced the PBS series Mystery! since 1980.Resorting to the sure-fire means of getting one's book published by becoming a publisher, Edward Gorey created The Fantod Press in 1962. His first title, writing as Ogred Weary, was The Beastly Baby, a small tale concerning a particularly unpleasant infant. Every publisher to which Gorey had pitched the work had rejected it. . .perhaps because it's about a baby called "it" who is so wicked that "it" cuts off the head of a cat. Gorey's masterful pen and ink illustrations and his ironic, offbeat humor have brought him critical acclaim and an avid following throughout the world.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edward_Gorey Both nights' attendees can visit the widely acclaimed "Museum of Wonders -- an Edwardian Odditorium" located in the opulent Regency Lodge (see a panoramic view at http://bit.ly/360lodge). Be transported in a nostalgic turn-of-the-century elevator with costumed operator and enter an entire floor dedicated to natural wonders, unusual and peculiar artifacts, a living human statue garden, fortune tellers and sideshows, along with haunted mysteries and curiosities. These are all to be discovered through self-guided tours from 8-11pm, while being serenaded by a haunting soundtrack from an authentic 1900's pipe organ played by Mighty Dave. Guests can also enjoy a special cocktail concoction from the Raff Distillerie Absinthe Bar. At the extensive Vendor Bazaar located on the lower level each night ($5 on Saturday from noon to 5 p.m.) attendees can browse and/or purchase authentic fashion, costumes, accessories, jewelry and plenty of relevant, rare oddities. The Vendor Bazaar will also feature fashion shows, strolling performers, a hosted Edwardian Gaming Parlour and The John Brothers Piano Company.Plus performances by The Grand Artique, Shovelman, Living Statues & Peepshow by Dark Garden, Mystic Midway, Fou Fou Ha!, Jet Black Pearl, Dangerous Puppets, Professor Flockmocker, Le Cancan Bijou, Owl Tree Tarot & Tinctures, and guests can have their photo taken at our famous Antique Portrait Studio. Friday night is The Edwardian World's Faire - a little more rambunctious than the Saturday night Ball, The Faire presents an authentic tea parlor and an interactive night of Barbary-themed Midway Games, bicycle-powered carnival rides by Cyclecide, an exposition of steam-powered machinery by Kinetic Steam Works, burlesque, and music by Gypsy rockers Diego's Umbrella, six-string guitar virtuoso Eric McFadden, Shakti Bliss, Jet Black Pearl, DJ Fact.50, Vau de Vire Society and MC Kingfish of Hubba Hubba Review. Saturday night is The Edwardian Ball - Friday's rides and games are cleared away, making way for Ballroom Dancing followed by an Edwardian Fashion Show by Dark Garden Corsetry. Rosin Coven and Vau de Vire Society will perform the 'not-to-miss' theatrical interpretation of the Edward Gorey story, The Beastly Baby (more info below). Also performing: The Speakeasy Syndicate, eccentric punk gypsy Jet Black Pearl, Miz Margo, Le Cancan Bijou, circus sideshows by The Klown, and DJ Delachaux. Capture a moment of history in the Antique Portrait Studio, sip an absinthe cocktail, and dance the night away with Vima Vice Squad.