. . . a place too strange for anyone to be a stranger
In the back of The Cat Club Abraham Lincoln is dancing with Jackie Kennedy. Can you see the ghosts in this place? Abe removes his tall hat revealing a star that flashes in red, white, and blue strobes. In 2016 on Folsom Street, 1860 meets 1960.
The Haunted Hourglass, the official title for tonight’s event, could be any number of things. It could be a teaser for January’s Edwardian Ball and World’s Faire. It could be an initiation or recruiting tool for new Edwardians. It could be an excuse to wrestle with every great fashion of the never forgotten past this culture so revels in.
At the bar, knights are saddling up with pirates; Egyptian Pharaohs are taking shots with Roman Emperors. It is endlessly important to note these are not dime store hand me downs. They are not last minute twenty dollar costumes in a bag. They are twenty-four carat, almost garish, and yet perfectly morbid considering the festivities.
The biggest complaint I’m hearing tonight is this place is too small and these costumes are too good. Don’t waste your time in a wax museum — come to San Francisco and get to know the Edwardian crowd. Our costume balls are living wax museums.
Paradox Media and Rosin Coven chose the Cat Club as an homage to the humble beginnings of The Edwardian Ball. It is, after all, where everything began so long ago. Tonight is their first ever (damn well better not be their last) Halloween event, and the first of seven events that make up their oncoming “Edwardian season.”
Dark Garden Corset and Couture models line the walls, holding carved-in-stone poses. The tiniest and most genuine smiles spark an itching twitch where their lips end and cheeks begin. The ghost of a man that sank with the Titanic does a dance move I’m calling the swim, then the chill, his beard frosted white in ice, his face aghast and properly dreary.
There is something they don’t print on the tickets to these events. Some may call it a fringe benefit, some may call it the main event: it’s this unbridled camaraderie. For all the strangeness in this club, nobody feels like a stranger. I have to wonder if we must disguise a part of ourselves to open up. Perhaps we are hiding what makes us hide, wearing bold to be bold.
Rosin Coven rock the crowd like town criers midway through the venue with the most energy on the smallest stage. The exposed brick walls on both sides seemingly transport us to a dystopian back-alley block-party. This is my kind of haunted.
“Are you feeling deliciously ghastly tonight?” they yell mid song.
From every angle, this underworld is almost-everything-goes:
It is an art gallery of beautifully distressed merit.
It is a priceless vessel that we carry into the freedom of obscurities.
It is a bold place too strange for anyone to be a stranger.
By Sean Taylor, TheatreStorm
THE FIRST-EVER INDOOR/OUTDOOR PLAYFULLY PATRIOTIC INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATION
FOR IMMEDIATE PRESS RELEASE
For more info, please contact:
Christopher Buttner, PRThatRocks.com
June 9, 16, San Francisco, CA: The first-ever SPIRIT FORWARD! day-and-night Celebration of Spirit is formally announced for Sunday, July 3, 2016, Independence Day Weekend, from 4pm to Midnight, at The Chapel. SPIRIT FORWARD! is presented by PARADOX Media, producers of the legendary, inimitable and description defying Edwardian Ball; HUSHconcerts, producers of peerless eclectic dance and silent disco events; and The Chapel, that – for the first time ever – is proudly partnering with these noted party and festival producers to found and launch a new and unrivaled annual entertainment institution.
SPIRIT FORWARD!, debuting at it’s annual home in the heart of the San Francisco’s Mission District, is a new, fresh, fun, and frenetic, day and night, indoor/outdoor, playfully patriotic music, dance, entertainment, live performance and art festival encompassing The Chapel's indoor main hall and her newly renovated special event space.
Headlining the indoor stage of this Red, White and Blue bombastic bash will be DirtyBird Records superstar Christian Martin, joined by local stalwarts Lisbona Sisters, Shiny Objects, MPHD and Sepehr. Outside under the sun and long into the starry night, a two-channel, multi-genre silent disco dance party will be headlined by Popscene/Live105's Aaron Axelsen. Axelsen will be joined by Space Cowboys' Zach Moore, Deckard and mancub, MoM DJs' Gordo Cabeza and DJ Phleck, Nonstop Bhangra's Jimmy Love, sonic siren Corinne and Matt Haze. Other attractions, distractions and interactions include engaging Art Cars, carnival games, Bahamut the Dragon, beguiling and luscious libations, and a unique delectable menu, served all night long and specially crafted for this event by The Chapel’s noted in-house restaurant, The Vestry.
San Franciscans know The Chapel as the city’s newest and incomparable premier hybrid live music venue, restaurant, and neighborhood bar located in the heart of the Mission District. Occupying a historic 1914 mortuary, the stunningly renovated chapel, with its soaring 40-foot high arched ceiling, has been lovingly converted into a breathtaking live performance venue with mezzanine, world-class restaurant, neighborhood bar, and outdoor dining patio. The Chapel’s new outdoor event space will debut with the launch of first-ever SPIRIT FORWARD!, which also marks The Chapel’s first foray into event co-promotion and co-production with two of San Francisco’s most well-respected entertainment event and festival producers.
The closest BART station is 16th & Mission – it’s an approximately 10 minute walk from The Chapel.
The last BART trains to the East Bay typically depart around 12:20 am and the final Southbound trains around 1:00am. There are also “all nighter” bus routes available throughout the city and surrounding counties.
There is no parking provided onsite, but there are parking garages located in the neighborhood. One is the Mission & Bartlett Garage at 90 Bartlett St. (between 21st and 22nd Streets). Another is the Hoff Street Garage at 42 Hoff (between 16th and 17th Streets). There is also some street parking available, with meter enforcement ending at 6:00 pm.