Are you feeling blue and has cabin-fever from the short dark days and long nights of winter? Break away and fly West to Los Angeles and don the festive wear because it's time for the Los Angeles version of the Edwardian Ball. Paradox Media and Vau de Vire present the Los Angeles 203 Edwardian Ball on Saturday, 23 February 2013 at the Fonda Theatre in Hollywood.
You won't miss the snow (we have some of that in the mountains if you really must have some) and you can walk around in the sunshine before becoming dark and gorey and display your steam punk, goth or faux Victorian splendor. Isn't that a nice change from the layers of wool and silk. You might even find your waist again and your back will thank you for a weekend vacation from shoveling snow.
This is the one-day version of a 13-year-old San Francisco tradition.
The ball started in San Francisco where it is a two-day event held at the Regency Ballroom (18-19 January 2013). After 13 years, this event is well established. Last year, the Los Angeles event, was threatened by catastrophe--but not the kind that would be considered Gorey-esque. If we could find the dastardly Music Box owners who absconded with the pre-paid monies that Edwardian Ball hosts Rosin Coven and Vau de Vire Society put up and put them in black tie and tails and give them villainous moustaches that might help.
The first Los Angeles Edwardian Ball was in 2009 and according to Justin Katz in a phone interview in 2011 that event was as "about as easy to produce an event in a bomb crater." The next ball, 2011, was at the Music Box with about 20 vendors and many of the same acts who perform at the San Francisco ball.
This year's theme is "The Doubtful Guest." Unfamiliar with the story? See this video link.
Los Angeles may be the first step in a road show. According to Katz this in-and-out one-day festivity might pave the way for additional shows. The Edwardian Ball folk would love to do New York City or Seattle or Portland. "I dream of what we could do in New Orleans," Katz revealed. Oh, wouldn't that be just the place to get gothic in a hot and humid, possibly vampirish way? "Each city has a unique flavor," Katz explained and should the Edwardian Ball become a road show, the cast and crew would respond to the character of the city.
So get ready for an entirely new show with entirely new fashion. Katz advises, "Have fun dressing up. There's no right or wrong way to dress for the Edwardian Ball. Choose something outside of your everyday life. Be playful with your own character."
You might be able to add a bit to your costume by finding a great hat or hairpiece at the show. Come early because the show begins when the doors open and the ballroom dancing usually starts before the show. Don't forget to sign up for a tarot card reading by Owl Tree. The sign up fills up fast. You'll also get a chance to record your finery at a portrait booth.
The doors open for the Edwardian Ball at 8 p.m. and the show runs until 2 a.m. All ages are welcome. The tickets cost $40-$85 and can be bought online. Tickets at the door cost an additional $5. General Admission includes main floor and rooftop garden access, very limited seating on first-come, first-served basis. Also included are all shows, portrait booth, vending, dancing, absinthe, art and surprises. VIP Reserved Balcony tickets cost $85 and includes all GA ticket access plus 2 drink tickets per person for select drink specials, reserved balcony seating and best view of stage.
The Fonda Theatre is located at 6126 Hollywood Blvd in Hollywood, CA. There is plenty of paid parking available.
The Los Angeles 2013 Edwardian Ball includes the following vendors: