The Edwardian Ball
presents “The Eleventh Episode”
At San Francisco’s Regency Ballroom
Friday & Saturday, January 21-22, 2011
An extraordinary two-day festival of petticoats and corsets, hairpins and top hats, where Edward Gorey macabre meets Edwardian-era panache.
When: Friday & Saturday, January 21 & 22, 2011 – Doors and Show at 8:00pm – All Ages Welcome
Where: The Regency Ballroom - 1300 Van Ness, San Francisco, CA 94109. (415) 673.5716 or visit http://www.theregencyballroom.com
Tickets - General admission tickets are $28-$38 in advance, balcony tickets from $38-48, and a limited number of reserved VIP balcony tickets are available $75-85.
VIP tickets include best/reserved seating, table service, and complimentary absinthe cocktails for 21+ with ID.
For more information and online tickets, please visit http://www.edwardianball.com
Paradox Media and Vau de Vire present the highly anticipated, eleventh go-round of the award winning Edwardian Ball on Friday and Saturday, January 21st-22nd, 2011 at The Regency Ballroom. Once again, this “quintessential must-never-miss event of the year” presents an elegant, turn of the century celebration of music, theatre, circus arts, bands, DJs, ballroom dance, fashion, technology and, of course, the ominous art and stories of beloved author and illustrator Edward Gorey. Hosted by Edwardian Ball co-creators Rosin Coven and Vau de Vire Society, the nights promise an unforgettable blend of audience participation and performance with darkness, humor, and style in a stunning historic venue. The event also features “Belle of the Ball” Jill Tracy, DJs Miz Margo, Delachaux, and GlobalRuckus, Dark Garden Corsetry, Fou Fou HA!, Gomorran Social Aid & Pleasure Club, Flynn Creek Circus, Vima Vice Squad, ballroom dancing, antique portrait studio, authentic tea parlor, extensive vendor bazaar, participatory delights and distractions, and a madhouse slapdashery of costumery by all the attendees.. Costumed attire is highly encouraged -- all in attendance are invited to return to a time of gentility by creating characters for the occasion.
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. Now, with the blessings of The Edward Gorey Charitable Trust, this two-night mini-festival of everything-under-the-midnight-sun reaches across cultural boundaries to include audiences of all ages and backgrounds, where literary fans are as welcome as goth clubgoers, where the high-flying trapeze and steam-powered machines create the backdrop for elegantly dressed ballgoers waltzing their way into the antique portrait studio.
Back by popular demand, the two-day event also features an abundant Vendor Bazaar located in the Sutter Room, the lower level of the Regency Ballroom. This overflowing marketplace of fineries, clothing, accessories, and oddities is open both nights from doors til close, and in addition on Saturday the 22nd for daytime shopping - no admission fee from noon-6pm. The Vendor Bazaar will also feature musical entertainment, strolling performers, and new this year, a hosted Edwardian Gaming Parlour.
For over a decade, The Edwardian Ball has been featuring Gorey tales brought to life on stage. A truly prodigious and original artist, Edward St. John Gorey (1925-2000) gifted the world with over one hundred works, including The Gashlycrumb Tinies, The Doubtful Guest, and The Wuggly Ump; prize-winning set and costume designs for innumerable theater productions from Cape Cod to Broadway; a remarkable number of illustrations in publications such as The New Yorker and The New York Times,; as well as illustrations in books by a wide array of authors from Charles Dickens to Edward Lear, Samuel Beckett, John Updike, Virginia Woolf, H.G. Wells, Florence Heide, and many others. His well known animated credits for the PBS Mystery! series have introduced his work to millions of television viewers. 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
2011 also marks the return of The Edwardian Ball Los Angeles, held the following weekend on January 29th at The Music Box, Hollywood. Event founder Justin Katz muses, “The demand for this event to return to Los Angeles has been incredible. It’s clear that no one city can contain this celebration, where the old world meets the world-to-be with a tip of the top hat, a cinch of the corset, and a splash of absinthe poured over a silver spoon. In addition to being a truly San Francisco event, we’re thrilled to bring The Edwardian Ball back to LA.”
Paradox Media –
For over 13 years Paradox Media, owned by Justin Katz, has been producing an eclectic variety of art and music events in the San Francisco Bay Area, including festivals such as ArtCar Fest, How Berkeley Can You Be!?, The Oakland World Music & Jazz Festival, ArtFest’s Spectra Ball, Mission Bazaar, and Burning Man’s annual SF Decompression; independent theater with Everyday Theatre’s “The Bright River;” and nonprofit community events with Epic Arts. Paradox is the exclusive presenter of Rosin Coven performances, the founders of The Edwardian Ball in 1999. Executive Producer Katz also works for Goldenvoice/AEG Live, producing all of their concerts in the San Francisco region. http://www.paradox-media.com/production/index.html
Vau de Vire –
Founded in 1997 by husband and wife team Mike and Shannon Gaines, San Francisco-based entertainment company Vau de Vire Society has been titillating crowds around the world with their unique brand of interactive and thematic art, dance and circus events. This avant-cabaret community consists of classically-trained dancers, some of the nation's most acclaimed acrobats, aerial artists, contortionists, side-show acts, fire-performers, thespians, and beautiful circus freaks. The group has been cross-pollinating genres by collaborating with an eclectic variety of world-renowned musicians and DJs in creating original stage shows spanning a range of social groups and subcultures. Notable recent collaborators include Cirque du Soleil (Corteo), the San Francisco Symphony, Paul Oakenfold, Moby, Paul Van Dyke, The Dresden Dolls, Peaches, Alkaline Trio, The Madd Vibe Orchestra, Crystal Method, and Tiesto. Vau de Vire has provided live support performances for James Brown, Primus, 50 Cent, Wyclef Jean, Velvet Revolver, The Cure, and many other highly respected international artists. In addition to producing The Edwardian Ball since 2005 Vau de Vire produces and hosts the West Coast's longest-running and most outrageous circus-infused dance party, San Francisco’s Bohemian Carnival. Through the years Vau de Vire has received numerous commissions from high profile music and arts festivals to curates live-music stages and program multi-day variety entertainment amidst a VdV custom built environment complete with thematic installations and large scale aerial-art sculptures. Past and ongoing clients include: Bumbershoot Festival, Download Festival, Outside Lands, Lightning in a Bottle (’07,’08, ’10), Xingolati Groove Cruise, Vegoose Festival, Harmony Festival, Exprescion on Alcatraz, and Super Village at Super Bowl '08. http://www.vaudeviresociety.com
The Regency Ballroom –
The historic Regency Center was built in 1909, and is considered the finest example of Scottish Rite architecture in the country, featuring neoclassic and Beaux-Arts styles. The stunning Regency Ballroom is a treasure featuring thirty-five foot ceilings, a wraparound balcony, twenty-two turn-of-the-century teardrop chandeliers, blonde hardwood floors, and ornate décor. The newly renovated stage provides top-notch, state-of-the-art sound, lighting, and video production for concerts and performance. The Regency hosts hundreds of events annually, including private events, weddings, club nights, and the Goldenvoice concert series on its three stunning levels, including the opulent Regency Lodge upstairs and the wonderfully versatile Sutter Room below. http://www.theregencyballroom.com