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Friday, December 30, 2011

New Year's Eve Miracle -- Swing Goth Promoter Finds New Venue After Cancellation

Posted on Fri, Dec 30, 2011 at 8:30 AM

click to enlarge The Unextraordinary Gentlemen
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We have to hand it to promoter Brian Gardner. Not only does the man put on amazing events with a group called Swing Goth -- which is the unlikely pairing of Goth aesthetic with swing dancing -- but he has done the unthinkable: Just days ago, his event (Gaiman vs. Moore: Fanageddon -- but more on that in a minute) was canceled because of a Big Unfortunate Thing over at Kimo's that resulted in all December shows being canceled. Fanageddon, in fact, was supposed to have been the last live show at Kimo's, which in 2012 will host, well, who knows what.

After learning Fanageddon had been canceled, Gardner turned to many sources that might be able to help him find a last-minute venue for a big event on New Year's Eve (we could hear the universe saying "Good luck with that!"), including theater and gallery spaces. But no luck. In the end, we don't know how he did it, but on Thursday he called us and said he'd gotten a new venue -- the Slovenian Hall on Mariposa. We can't say for sure, but we think the headliner band, the Unextraordinary Gentlemen, wanted to back out -- I mean, we would too if our venue fell through. But according to the Swing Goth website -- they're still in. Others on the bill include Saints of Ruin, Unwoman, and Blue Rabbit.

Read on to see the full description of the event as written by SF Weekly's Chantal Jolagh:

It's straight out of a movie scene -- where a great song comes on and all the actors know the same choreographed dance. At tonight's event, not only can you learn dance moves a little beforehand to make you look good for that special someone you're eyeing from across the room, but you get to celebrate at a New Year's Eve party that has one of the most unusual themes we've seen. This year, Swing Goth, an organization that's dedicated to partner dancing to modern music, presents Gaiman vs. Moore: Fanageddon. Partygoers are encouraged to come dressed in the themes of comic-book authors Alan Moore or Neil Gaiman -- whomever they think is better. (Moore produced Watchmen, V for Vendetta, and League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, while Gaiman's works include The Sandman, Coraline, Stardust and American Gods.) Preceding the party, a quick dance lesson is provided, teaching moves including swing and waltz so you can practice on the dance floor.

Gaiman vs. Moore: Fanageddon starts at 7:30 p.m. New Year's Eve at the Slovenian Hall, 2101 Mariposa, S.F. Admission is $25, and tickets must be purchased in advance.

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