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'Downton Abbey' and 'Game of Thrones' events this weekend in the SF Bay Area

Downton Abbey, Game of Thrones and Fantasy Faire costumes
Jean Martin and Kyle Nishioka

This coming weekend, there will be a “Downton Abbey”-themed ball and a “Game of Thrones” benefit party where costumers in the San Francisco Bay Area will be transported into the elegant world of Edwardian-era England or the medieval-inspired fantasyland of “Game of Thrones.”

PEERS Downton Abbey Ball
April 5
7:00 p.m. - midnight
Alameda Elks Lodge
http://www.peersdance.org/downton.html

The Edwardian Alameda Elks Lodge will be transformed into Downton Abbey, where Lord and Lady Grantham (James and Cathleen Myers) will be holding their annual Servants’ Ball. Thus, both “Upstairs” and “Downstairs” attire are welcome. The suggested time period for costuming is 1912-1923 or you can also wear modern evening dress.

Bangers & Mash will be playing popular Edwardian and post-Edwardian dance music including waltzes, polkas and tangos as well as set dances and mixers. During the intermissions, Sara of Sara & Swingtime will perform hits of the early 1920s. Lady Rose (Sarah Kramer) will have a surprise for the attendees as well.

For those who need lessons on the dances for the evening, there will be pre-ball workshop at 7:00 p.m. Neither partners nor experience is needed for either the dance class or the ball. Tickets are $20 at the door.

HackCancer Presents: Game of Thrones-A Royal Affair
April 5-April 6
9:00 p.m. - 2:00 a.m.
San Francisco Armory
http://www.hackcancersf.com/gameofthrones

The San Francisco Armory, which looks like a medieval castle, will be the setting for this “Game of Thrones” benefit party. Proceeds from the event will go to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Costumes from the novels or show--especially from the different houses of Westeros, citizens of the Free Cities and denizens beyond the Wall--are highly encouraged but cocktail attire is also appropriate.

Several rooms in the Armory will be transformed to portray the most symbolic kingdoms and attractions from “Game of Thrones” including The Wall, Winterfell, the market of Qarth and King’s Landing. VIP ticketholders will also have access to Theon’s Dungeon and the Royal Retreat. There will be DJs as well as live performing arts such as sword dueling by iron-clad knights and medieval actors.

There will be full service cash bars serving a variety of cocktails, wine and beer. You must be over 21 to attend. VIP tickets are sold out but $50 general admission tickets are still available as of press time.

Copyright 2014, Jean Martin.

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