The stereotype is true: San Franciscans love ANY excuse to put on a costume and booze/dance the night or day away. From SantaCon to the Folsom Street Fair, I’ve done my fair share of putting on crazy outfits and makeup to party like everyone else. This past weekend’s Edwardian Ball may have been one of the best productions in entertainment and libations with the perfect amount of weird…if you even want to call it that.
I spent the last two nights at the Regency Ballroom in a Cinderella-inspired, peacock-feathered outfit. I made friends with Edwardian Ball OGs and newbies who just wanted to put on a top hat and ballroom dance the night away. I saw some amazing theatrical performances where live music, acrobatics and impressive sets came into play. I saw people playing with steam-powered machines and getting their tarot cards read. And I saw people of all ages finding nooks within the Ballroom to play, chat and let the magic of the night wash over them.
There’s no real way to explain the beauty and mysticism of the Edwardian Ball. But I’ll let these photos give you just a small glimpse into the enchantment of the evening.
For someone who has slight ADD when it comes to the weekend, I love having a calendar booked with concerts, special meals and day trips. But sometimes a girl’s gotta keep her weekend open and fill it up spontaneously with totally outrageous, typically San Francisco things. It was Tuesday night and I was getting slightly antsy because my weekend was barren. After checking out a couple of my favorite SF weekly calendars, I stumbled upon one of the most exciting events that I knew I had to check out: The Edwardian Ball.
After seeing some stunning photography from past events, I immediately signed up to cover the event. This Friday and Saturday, January 22 and 23, marks the 16th Edwardian Ball in SF. Expect a whimsical festival filled with steampunk enthusiasts, vintage fetish lovers, circus acts, live music and more spiked with Neo-Victorian and Edwardian-era Gothic imagery. Set within the Regency Ballroom, the two-day fest is inspired by macabre cult author, illustrator, cartoonist and comic artist, Edward Gorey. Think Lemony Snicket, Edward Scissorhands and the Addams Family and you’ve got yourself a pretty picture of what to expect when you walk in.
If you need any excuse for an ornate costume party this weekend, you need to check out The Edwardian Ball.
Along with seeing fellow San Francitizens dressed to the nines, you can expect steam-powered creations, parlour games, absinthe cocktails, a photobooth, mythical creatures performing throughout the venue, and a vendor bazaar where you can find a last minute Edwardian-inspired costume or accessory.
Friday marks The Edwardian World’s Faire and Saturday will showcase The Edwardian Ball. Whether you want to spend your evening in fantastical lands, try your hand at ballroom dancing, or just sit back and enjoy the crazy beautiful performances, this festival is not to be missed. Entertainment varies on both days so do yourself a favor and buy a two-day pass.
Also, make sure to check out The Mystic Midway: Stories of Gold. This interactive game takes guests throughout the Ballroom’s three floors where they’ll hear stories from all kinds of creatures and be awarded for deeds with trinkets and surprises.
Each evening starts at 8 p.m. with the Vendor Bazaar open from noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday. For tickets and more information, visit www.edwardianball.com.
It’s about that time again. San Diego’s posh and chic hotels and restaurants are filled with people dressed in capes, cloaks and masks. Comic Con has come again, and it’s time to celebrate. Closet nerds like myself are ready to come out in full force, and since this is the time that big media companies are flaunting their biggest and best products for the upcoming year, attendees are chomping at the bit to see what is in store for the upcoming year. You could barely tell that this was Preview Night, it was so crowded with fans. While people hadn’t dressed up too much, you could tell who would be ready to go the rest of the weekend.
Since Karina and I got invited in for the fun, we went to Preview NIght to see what the big fuss is going to be in 2012-2013. We weren’t disappointed.
Iron Man 3 Even though it was only Preview Night, people were swarming to see what Iron Man had to offer. The metal man’s suits were in full display, and people were dying to get any free swag that they could from this particular booth. All night long, people cheered, chanted and danced along with the Iron Man crew, all for the chance at a shirt and a picture. It’ll be fun to see if this booth has a few surprises waiting for us throughout this weekend.
This booth never fails to please the crowds. The South Park School had opportunities for guests to create the South Park versions of themselves, in addition to a chance to see what the new video from the South Park team would look like. Looks like the crew has been hard at work.
The Hobbit Easily one of the most talked about movies of the upcoming year, The Hobbit was in full force at the Con, with one large and beautiful booth with 3-D posters to enjoy. There was also Lord of the Rings characters sprinkled about, showing which of the most favorite characters from the previous trilogy will make a reappearance in the new prequel.
People are dying to see what’s in store with the new Walking Dead season, coming out in October 2013. Zombies are crawling all over Comic Con this year, and with the Zombie Walk, the Walking Dead’s 100th comic book coming out this year and the Walking Dead turning Petco Park into the Zombie Apocalypse, there is plenty for the undead to do. You have to love the chance to make yourself look like a rotting corpse, and a ton of chances for you to see what’s in store from this powerhouse.
Videogames, toys and art
Even if the large production companies bringing in movies and TV shows, Comic Con’s heart is still in the little stuff. New videogames, toys and art from new companies are still abounding at the Con. You can find something for everyone still, so you don’t have to worry about being bored at this event. At the very least, you can stop by the new Assassin’s Creed or WOW booths to play a little as you try to recharge your batteries. If you are more artistically inclined, check out the new Deviant Art’s display, which allows you to draw directly onto inDesign with a fancy tablet. Karina spent a good ten minutes drooling over her (hopefully) Christmas present.
Obviously, there’s going to be a lot going on this year at the Con, but between the panels, the start sightings, and the geeking out, you have to take a moment to enjoy the best part of the event: costumes! See you there!