It’s festival season! And that means that I’m going to be through the roof, all out busy!
In addition to the regular festivals and gigs that make up this time of year, we added a summer Accidental Circus tour in May and oh yeah, Paolo (Jester of England & Accidental Circus Director) and Onca (Mezmer Society Songstress & Bellydancer, ABSFest Producer, & Accidental Circus Co-Founder) are getting MARRIED! So hold tight to your Carny Britches! It’s gonna be a memorable ride!
Starting this post off with a Public Service Announcement:
Keepi Vaudeville & Sideshow ALIVE!
What we do is dangerous enough as it is. It doesn’t take a whole lotta scratch to help out. Seriously. $5 is not a lot at all. But it will help them get what they need to keep doing that shit that they do so damn well!!!
You are not donating. You are investing.
You get stuff. Aaaaaannnnd, you get to see them do it a little bit longer, keeping that vaudvillian tradtion alive. Wouldn’t it suck if you had to say “I remember when folks used to do this”.
The two projects I kicked in for this month include:
Sabrina Chap’s album, We Are The Parade
for $10 you get a digital download.
And she periodically will do cover requests for donors!
also check out:
Pretty Things Peepshow Tour Bus or Bust http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/prettythingspeepshow/pretty-things-peepshow-tour-bus-or-bust
“We need the help of our fabulous friends, family and fans. All the people who have come out to see our shows, everyone we’ve taken pictures with, who have cheered us on and hung out with us after the show, all those who want to see the show but haven’t been able to yet, all those who want to help support live entertainment and a piece of American Theater History. It is a call to arms to all those who want to help us keep the future of entertainment alive by reviving the past. ”
And remember, even if you don’t have the pennies to spark, you can still help out by spreading the word. that’s free.
Now on to the list of upcoming shows!
Fri April 13
Ritz & Revelry in Richmond, VA
There’s nothing in the world that a good drink and a hearty laugh can’t fix. This month we’re putting the two together for an evening of slapstick comedy that will have your sides splitting.
The key to great vaudeville is comedy, which is why we’ve pulled together the area’s best quick-witted comedians for your enjoyment.
Bringing his ukulele and unique brand of humor to the Ritz & Revelry stage for the first time is Richmond’s own vaudevillian master, Mr. MARK SLOMSKI. Mark is currently the co-producer and master of ceremonies for the Slomski Cabaret, a live music vaudeville show with a focus on comedy, burlesque and sideshow arts.
Also making her Ritz and Revelry debut is a woman who needs no introduction…but we’re going to give her one anyway. She puts the DARE in daring! The FUN in funny! And the AWWW in awkward. It’s DC’s own sideshow girl, MAB JUST MAB!!!
Mab is a founding member of the nationally touring Accidental Circus and long time member of the award winning Cheeky Monkey Sideshow. A renowned glasswalker, escape artist, fire eater, blockhead and ukulele lover, she combines artistry and human endurance to bring you some of the finest vaudevillian entertainment around. Mab is also the tenured freak at DC’s notorious sideshow venue & museum, The Red Palace and has been featured in sideshow documentaries and books.
But the laughs don’t stop there! Because the Ritz & Revelry house cast will also be on hand to roll out a barrel of fun!
THE GARTER SNAPS
SALLY VON STREUSEL
And just added: OPHELIA DERRIERE!
Hosting this evening of hilarious hijinks is the funny lady herself, MISS MAGNOLIA JACKSON PICKETT BURNSIDE!!!
Tickets are $10 in advance, $15 at the door.
Advance tickets can be purchased at the Canal Club during any show (just tell them you want to buy Ritz & Revelry tickets) or online at http://thecanalclub.com/online_ticket_center.htm
Doors and pre-show dancing begin at 8 p.m.
Show starts at 9 p.m.
Cocktail or vintage-inspired clothing strongly encouraged.
Saturday, April 14
Tilted Torch – Wonderland @ Creative Alliance
MARQUEE BALL – Wonderland!
Sat Apr 14, 9pm
Adv $40, $35 mbrs, $45 at door. Preview Dinner 6-9pm. $185, table of 10 $1,650 includes Dance Party. 9pm-midnite.
Follow us down the rabbit hole with costumes, art auctions, performances and masters of Motown, The Bellevederes as The Patterson is transformed into Wonderland for our Alice in Wonderland-themed 2012 Marquee Ball! Join our biggest supporters at the Dinner beforehand to honor arts lawyer Scott Johnson with the coveted Golden Formstone Award and Terry Rubenstein for her family’s Lifetime Achievements in the arts. Or, come dance and enjoy free food, beer and wine at the big Dance Party. Don’t be late for this very important date!
General public, click here for tickets!
Members, click here for tickets!
DCVariety Open Mic Night @ Red Palace
We have a great turn out of talent this month!!!! OMG! you are NOT gonna believe it! and since it’s a DCV Open mic, it’s cheaper than a regular show. holy crap. anyone who makes it out this month is gonna get a super special treat. very excited! ^_^ very excited indeed!!!!
seriously, this month we have: Singing and Burlesque
Erotic spoken word poetry with music
and a wonderfully Peculiar musical act
And we will still make room for at least one walk up act! Always surprises at DCVariety Open Mic night!
Sat April 21
Wild West Space Opera (in space) With Dinosaurs Variety Show @ Gallery 5
advance tickets available at http://www.gallery5arts.org/Pre-Sale.html
Vaudeville Galore and Mab, Just Mab Present:
Wild West Space Opera (in Space) With Dinosaurs!
A long time ago, in a gallery not too far away, millions of voices suddenly cried out in unison for awesomeness. Trapped in a world they never made, their hopes for entertainment were answered by a group of Big Damn Vaudevillians. Now, the spice will find a way to be with you and prosper in a single night too epic to be contained by a single genre. Prepare for your mind to be melded by a sexy stampede of sideshow, comedy, magic and burlesque at The Wild West Space Opera (in Space) With Dinosaurs!
Mab, Just Mab, “DC’s Own Sideshow Girl”, is a founding member of the nationally touring Accidental Circus and long time member of the award winning Cheeky Monkey Sideshow. A renowned glasswalker, escape artist, fire eater, blockhead and ukulele lover, she combines artistry and human endurance to bring you some of the finest vaudevillian entertainment around. Mab is also the tenured freak at DC’s notorious sideshow venue & museum, The Red Palace and has been featured in sideshow documentaries and books.
Sidetracked, vaudeville masters of wile and wit, bowl the crowd over with rapid fire, comedic storytelling. Recently returned from rocking out the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, these two women have performed on historical stages, doorways and tall ships. They rejuvenate the vaudeville genre…with badass sensibility.
Deepa de Jour is Richmond’s own delectable dish, with a different flavor every day! She has figured out her own recipes to create dazzling costumes and props, ranging from classically sweet to neo-burlesque with a BANG! With her extensive background in visual arts and material studies, she has translated her interests into the art of the tease and is constantly creating and learning new ways to tell a story from the stage in an imaginative and enticing way.
Larry “Doc” Volz has over two decades of experience surprising people with belly laughs and impossible inventions. His trademark “Amazing Elixer of Life” medicine show style antics and impossible inventions include teleporters, invisibility generators, instant hair growth machines that go horribly awry and much more. Doc is also winner of the first People’s Choice Award from the International Brotherhood of Magicians for Excellence in Stage Magic, the Stage Magic World Championship from the Society of American Magicians and the International Battle of the Hypnotists in Tokyo Japan.
And no Out-Of-This-World Adventure would be complete without the Space Moon Cowboy: Buster Britches!
Saturday, April 21
200 West Marshall Street
$10 advance / $15 door / $8 members
advance tickets available at http://gallery5arts.org/Pre-Sale.html
Doors 8:00pm / Show 9:00pm
Fabulous prizes for the best wild west space opera (in space) with dinosaurs costume
Sponsored by the Richmond Institute of Burlesque and Boom Boom Basics Burlesque Studio
Sunday, April 22, Beginner Uke Love Workshop, Richmond, VA
11am-1pm: Beginner Uke Love with Mab Just Mab! $25
More information at illuminationdancestudio.com!
Do you find that the 6 strings of the guitar too many?
Do you feel that you are not nerdy enough for the accordion?
Tired of trying to stash your davul in the overhead compartment?
Now there is an instrument for EVERYONE!
Great for parties! Perfect to play along at jams!
Easy to pick up, hard to put down!
FACT! Ukuleles increase your sex appeal!
4 strings and the truth! The Incredible, Portable, Magical, Musical, Ukulele is now within your reach!
Learn the basics of making sweet uke love and leave this workshop well on your way to becoming a ROCK GOD!
Mab, Just Mab will show you how to get started on your road to uke love!
This is a class for beginners, and people who have held a uke once or twice.
There are a VERY LIMITED number of spare ukes, so it is strongly advised that you get your own (you won’t regret it!). If you buy a new uke, be sure to tune it up before hand, strings need time to settle in. Mab is available for email questions before the workshop. Not sure what kind of uke to get? There are plenty of affordable ones for under $40. But watch out! If you pay less than $20, chances are you have a uke that won’t hold a tune!
Mab recommends the Kala Dolphin Bridge Soprano Ukulele for about $45 online for beginners
Friday, April 27
Swami YoMahmi presents: Doctor Who Burlesque
Swami YoMahmi, the Original Sideshow Geek, presents an inter-dimensional burlesque adventure through the universe of Doctor Who. Featuring out-of-this-world burlesque from the always surprising and sexy Reverend Valentine, Candy del Rio, and Eerie Twilight, plus sonic sideshow by Mab Just Mab, and introducing erotic stage kitten Gaia Phoenix.
2 shows: 9:00pm (doors open at 8:30) and 11:00 pm (doors @ 10:30)
Tickets: $10 in advance at redpalacedc.com; $12 at the door
So grab your scarf and your favorite Companion, count the shadows, and DON’T BLINK!
Whovian dress encouraged (but not required).
and I heard a rumor that there would be cookies!
The response to this show has been amazing! I highly recommend picking up your tickets ahead of time!! you will be so sad if you miss this one!
Thursday April 27 – to Sunday, April 29
Paolo & Onca’s Wedding!
A Carney Star Studded weekend of love and circus and freaks and geeks and just everything wonderful!
Sat May 5
Spoutwood Faerie Festival
Wedji will be visiting (not performing) for one day!
MD Faerie Festival
Wedji will be there Saturday & Sunday! With Fluffy and Azog!
This year they have decided that since the festival was all about Wedji any way, the might as well make it official! It’s a Goblin Theme!!! There will be parades, and tea, and tons of fun activities for the little ones!
Also, this year they are at a new site! So be sure to check out their website for the updated address and info!
May 15 – 20th
Accidental Circus Midwest Tour!
May 15-16, 2012 Asheville, NC at The Magnetic Fields Theatre
May 17, 2012 Lexington, KY at the Mecca Live Studio
May 18, 2012 Cincinnati, OH at the Circus Mojo
May 19, 2012 Indianapolis, IN at the White Rabbit Cabaret
Fri May 25 – 27
ABSfest – Ashville, NC
I’ll be doing a duet with Princess Kali & bringing out the new glasswalking table duet with August Hoerr and MCing the Friday Sidshow show
EMPOWERMENT INNOVATION EDUCATION
Now in our SIXTH year of celebrating the Vaudeville Revival, ABSfest is yelling it loud – we are dedicated to
EMPOWERMENT INNOVATION EDUCATION
Nearly 3000 people have reveled in the company of our suede, satin, and sparkle, our chicken feathered starlets and our fish-eyed zombie boys. Nominated for Best Show in the Mountain Xpress Readers Choice Awards, ABS…fest has attracted renowned circus and burlesque artists from across the USA, as well as Scotland, Germany, and Japan. We promise fashion, contortion, trapeze, and tease!
In a world now brimming with Burlesque Festivals, from Vegas to Amsterdam, ABSfest is known for embodying the true spirit of Vaudeville, offering driven artists a relaxed environment to network, and for a community that nurtures raw, boundary-pushing, creativity. The festival is one of several annual productions of Future of Tradition, a seminal force in the underground Asheville arts community since 1999. Executive Producer Lauren ‘Onça’ O’Leary tours internationally teaching and performing dance, music and stagecraft with the Mezmer Society and with the Accidental Circus.
Friday June 1
Valentine Candy with Sabrina Chap! @ Red Palace
*more details coming soon!*
June 29 – July 1st
NY Faerie Festival
Wedji will be back again! Making mischief and mayhem! Joining her old buddies, Krii, and the Trolls, plus many more special characters that inhabit the truly magical land that is the New York Faerie Festival. *where the faeries come out to play
Fri. 6/29: 11 – 7
Sat. 6/30: 11 – 7
Sun. 7/1: 11 – 6
Adults over 16 $15
Children 6-15 $8
Children under 6 Free
Save by ordering online!