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A Night At The Edwardian Ball Los Angeles

Photo courtesy of Gary Stevens (www.garysworld.net)
Photo courtesy of Gary Stevens (www.garysworld.net)

On the evening of Saturday January 31st hundreds of revelers descended upon the decaying Tower Theater in Downtown Los Angeles for an evening of art, music and creative fashion.  The very first Edwardian Ball had landed in Southern California.  The response was both enthusiastic and unforgettable.

Even at the very start of the night the venue was already over flowing with a sea of people in costumes ranging from the Victorian era to Burning Man types with glow in the dark accessories.  It was hands down one of the most eclectic crowds to ever gather in such a setting, sporting a very healthy representation from all the generations presently dwelling in the City of Angels.

This was not the typical glam scene with nothing but pretty young kids.  It was a crowd marked by character faces from youthful scenesters to the WWII generation, making for some of the greatest people watching I’ve had in at least a decade.  What was equally significant was how respectful everyone behaved with regard to sharing space for a night.  There was no ageism, scene hauteur or other negativity often played out in the darkness of a Los Angeles night.  I have no idea if that was due to people taking up the spirit of a time when people had manners or if it was sheer communal joy for a shared passion.  Either way, it was beautiful and set the tone for the night.

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The Edwardian Ball – Los Angeles

Photo Courtesy of Neil Girling (www.theblight.net)

For the first time ever, the infamous Edwardian Ball will be making its tawdry way down the coast from San Francisco and gracing Los Angeles with an evening of exquisitely dark decadence in the historic Tower Theater on the evening of January 31st.

For the unanointed, the Edwardian Ball is a celebration of art, dance, music, fashion and technology all centered around the art and stories of Edward Gorey. It is a unique blend of historical and contemporary imaginations colliding to create an unforgettable evening where the people watching is as integral to the experience as the performances on the stage. There is one small warning – there will be ballroom dancing. So, do get your practice in now, darklings.

Hosted by Cirque Berzerk in collaboration with Edwardian Ball co-creators Rosin Coven and Vau de Vire Society, the evening will be nothing less than an intoxicating ride full of glamour, visual seduction and live performances. Other talent featured includes Helios Jive, DJ Xian, Jill Tracy, Miz Margo, Dark Garden Corsetry, and several special guests.

The event is all ages. Tickets are $30 for general admission and $75 for VIP (which includes reserved balcony seating and a hosted absinthe bar). Tickets can be purchased online here or by visiting Necromance at 7208 Melrose Ave. LA, CA 90046 (323.931.2997).