How do you pigeonhole the now-13 year-old Edwardian Ball & World's Faire, a cascade of wonders and diversions, on January 18-19 at the old Regency Ballroom on Van Ness at Sutter, in the same complex as the old Avalon?
In a town once famous for exotic events—and rave-up balls—the Edwardian is probably the closest to the good old days, before the remnants of the others became stale, commercial—or just ceased to exist. Something nostalgic—and refreshing.
Featuring the staging of an Edward Gorey tale, The Doubtful Guest (with the blessings of the Gorey Charitable Trust), with original music and choreography, the other wonders and diversions include parlor games, steam machinery, aerial performances, period technology, games, fashion shows, a museum of wonders—and of course, dancing in the ballroom to live music and DJs ...
Friday the 18th is the Edwardian World's Faire, with special events including the Wanderlust Circus Orchestra from Portland; Saturday is teh Edwardian Ball. Both start at 8, but on Saturday there's the Vendor Bazaar and Piano Saloon from noon to 5, accessible separately for $5, or free with admission to the main events at night.
Founded by Rosin Coven, co-hosted by Vau de Vire Society, with a Ball also at the Fonda Theatre in LA on February 23.
Tickets & VIP passes: $30-$90 at: bit.ly/edwardian13
or at the door