THE EDWARDIAN BALL – Saturday, February 11, 2017
Everything you will need right here at Etoile Costume & Party Center, to attend The Edwardian Ball in style at the Fonda Theater.
This year’s theme for the 8th Annual Edwardian Ball in Los Angeles and the event in San Francisco on Friday, January 20th and Saturday, 21st is MURDER, as illustrated by this year’s featured Gorey tale “The Deadly Blotter. The Edwardian Ball is an elegant and whimsical celebration of art, music, theatre, fashion, technology, circus, and the beloved creations of the late, great Edward Gorey. Almost anything goes, from Vampires to dancing cats, skeletons, monsters, mayhem and chaos of the mind. Let your imagination run wild. Choose a costume, hat, mask, accessories and we can even give you assistance with your make up for this fun event.
Set in “Edwardian” times, this multi-media festival has grown over the past decade from a small underground club night into an internationally recognized event, even earning the blessing of The Edward Gorey Charitable Trust.
This year the living interpretation and celebration of the stories of the late-great macabre cult author, comic artist, illustrator and cartoonist Edward Gorey revel in even darker black comedy and ominous gothic intrigue, suspense and mystery with the theme of “murder,” as illustrated by this year’s featured Gorey tale, “The Deadly Blotter.”
Unconventional and unusual, eccentric and esoteric, and peculiar and particular in this intriguing and raucous whodunit, the guidelines are defined and redefined by the attendees, all of whom are either sleuths or suspects in hilarious homicidal hijinks.
For the uninitiated, The Edwardian Ball presents a unique blend of live music, theatre, fashion, circus, fine art, riveting stage shows, literature, ballroom dancing, DJs, and character play into a whirlwind, enticing extravaganza. Set in a romanticized, gilded and gentile Neo-Victorian and Edwardian-era, a gothic and steampunk-tinged distant past intertwines with an elegantly imagined future. Other darkly decadent and delightful attractions include our award-winning Vendor Bazaar, Portrait Booth, Museum of Wonders, locally distilled absinthe cocktails, parlour games, alluring sideshows, and much more. All ages are welcome in this kindly interactive environment.
Ballroom dancing leads way to stunning performances both on and offstage in a collage of fashion, theatre, music, circus performance, and dance. Each year, The Edwardian Ball presents a featured Edward Gorey tale in an original stage performance by co-hosts Rosin Coven and Vau de Vire Society, this year taking an ominous twist with “The Deadly Blotter,” an alphabetical journey into classic murder-mystery whodunit, blending music, stage, and film in a unique presentation of a tale that only Gorey can tell…
Since its inception the Edwardian Ball has become one of the most highly anticipated and extravagant events, at one of San Francisco’s premier venues, The Regency Grand Ballroom (formerly the historic Avalon Ballroom), at the corner of Sutter and Van Ness, 1290 Sutter Street, San Francisco, 415/673-5716, on Friday and Saturday, January 20th and 21st and in Los Angeles on Saturday, February 11th at The Fonda Theatre, 6126 Hollywood Boulevard, in the heart of Hollywood, 323/464-6269.
The acclaimed Edwardian Ball promises a night of music, dance and performance inspired by the delightfully macabre (and occasionally ribald) work of writer and artist Edward Gorey. A must for the adventurous!
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