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Beware the 'Curious Sofa' at the Edwardian Ball in SF and LA

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After the holiday season, are you still looking for a party? Want to dress up in something out of the ordinary and even a bit extraordinary? Need an out-of-town trip or want to trip into another century or alternative universe. Even if you're comfy on your couch, you might see you couch differently if you get Edwardian.

You have a choice then: San Francisco or Los Angeles. Paradox Media and Vau de Vire present the 14th annual award-winning Edwardian Ball and World’s Faire on Friday and Saturday, January 17th and 18th, 2014 at the stunning historic San Francisco venue, 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 with 35-foot ceilings, a wraparound balcony, 22 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 performances.

Then less than a month later, Paradox Media and Vau de Vire will be in Los Angeles for the Edwardian Ball on Saturday, February 8th, 2014 at The Fonda Theatre in Los Angeles. The Fonda Theatre is a historic 1920's venue originally built as Carter De Haven's Music Box and is formerly known as The Henry Fonda Theatre and The Music Box.

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 Curious Sofa’ which the co-producer Justin Katz describes it 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 clubgoers and where the high-flying trapeze and steam-powered machines create the backdrop for elegantly dressed ballgoers waltzing their way from absinthe to the dance floor.

Founded in 1997 by husband and wife team Shannon and Mike Gaines, the San Francisco-based entertainment company Vau de Vire Society has been titillating crowds around the world with its 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, sideshow 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 their creation of original stage shows.

For over 16 years Paradox Media, owned and operated by Justin Katz, has been producing an eclectic variety of art and music events in the San Francisco Bay Area. These have included festivals such as ArtCar Fest, How Berkeley Can You Be!?, 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 Media is the exclusive presenter of Rosin Coven, Founders of The Edwardian Ball in 1999. Katz is the bassist for Rosin Coven and a founding member of this unique ensemble. Katz also works for Goldenvoice / AEG Live, producing hundreds of concerts and special events in the San Francisco region at the Warfield Theatre, The Regency Ballroom, festivals, and arena concerts.

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. 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.

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.

San Francisco on 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, circus sideshows, burlesque, and longtime Edwardian disc jockey Delachaux and Vau de Vire Society.

San Francisco and Los Angeles on Saturday night is The Edwardian Ball - Friday’s rides and games are cleared away, making way for Ballroom Dancing followed by performances by Dark Garden Corsetry, “Belle of the Ball” Jill Tracy, DJs Miz Margo and Delachaux. Capture a moment of history in the antique portrait studio, sip an absinthe cocktail, and dance the night away. Later in the night, Rosin Coven and Vau de Vire Society will perform the ‘not-to-miss’ theatrical interpretation of an Edward Gorey story.

Both nights in San Francisco attendees can visit the widely acclaimed “Museum of Wonders – an Edwardian Odditorium” located in the opulent Regency Lodge. 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. Guests can also enjoy a special cocktail concoction from the St. George Spirits Absinth Bar.

In San Francisco 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 and a hosted Edwardian Gaming Parlour.

The Edwardian Ball Los Angeles – February 8, 2014: It’s returning to Hollywood's beautiful Fonda Theatre for a night of music, dance, theatrics, circus arts, ballroom dancing, midway gaming, mischief, and, of course, the art and stories of Edward Gorey! The Edwardian Ball Creators & Co-Hosts, Rosin Coven & Vau de Vire Society will perform an original presentation of Edward Gorey’s “The Curious Sofa.” Plus Delachaux, Shakti Bliss, The John Bros. Piano Company, The Klown, Gentlemen Callers, BellHop, Malvoye The Mentalist, Shovelman, Portrait Booth, and Rooftop Vendor Bazaar and Midway Gaming. Dark Garden Corsetry will be presenting their famous fashion show featuring a new collection in vibrant jewel tones, suitable for cocktail parties or the boudoir. Also, attendees can enjoy absinthe cocktails, full food menu and ample parking.

San Francisco Events:

The 14th Annual Edwardian Ball & World’s Faire

  • Friday & Saturday, January 17 & 18, 2014 –
  • Doors and Show at 8:00pm
  • All Ages Welcome

Where: The Regency Ballroom

  • 1300 Van Ness
  • San Francisco, CA 94109.
  • Phone (415) 673-5716

Tickets:

Los Angeles Event:

The Edwardian Ball presents Edward Gorey's “The Curious Sofa”

  • Saturday, February 8, 2014
  • Doors and Show at 8:00pm
  • All Ages Welcome

Where:

  • The Fonda Theatre
  • 6126 Hollywood Boulevard
  • Los Angeles, CA 90028
  • (323) 464-0808 or visit www.fondatheatre.com/.
  • Tickets: Purchase: http://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/372385
  • GA Tickets: $45. Includes main floor and rooftop Carnival, limited seating on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • VIP Tickets: $75. Includes all GA access plus admission to seated balcony with cocktail service and prime view of stage.
  • VIP Private Booth: $380 for 4 people, $575 for 6 people on Balcony or Main Floor. Includes private booth with table service, great visibility of stage and dance floor. One ticket is good for entire booth - best seats in the house!
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