Arts & Eventz

Around & About the Performing Arts: Marion Fay's Music & Theater Appreciation Classes

By Ken Bullock
Friday January 11, 2013 - 01:33:00 PM

For years now, Marion Fay's led a remarkable series of adult ed classes in both music and theater appreciation at the Northbrae Community Church (941 The Alameda, Berkeley, near Solano Avenue & the tunnel), with visiting composers, conductors and musicians of the SF, Berkeley and Oakland Symphonies, who discuss and perform their work, and actors and directors for the theater classes, which also feature field trips to performances, at discount prices, with post-show discussions. -more-

Around & About Entertainment: The 13th Edwardian Ball & World's Faire

By Ken Bullock
Friday January 11, 2013 - 01:29:00 PM

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: or at the door -more-