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Culture, The Exhibitionist The Ultimate Subculture Party Comes to S.F.: The Edwardian Ball and Edwardian World’s Faire

The Ultimate Subculture Party Comes to S.F.: The Edwardian Ball and Edwardian World’s Faire

A very special thing happens in San Francisco every January. For most it’s time to return to a regular work schedule, or make plans get plenty of sleep and exercise. But for the town weirdos, January means one thing:…
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Calendar, Night&Day No Guts, No Gorey

No Guts, No Gorey

Wipe the last of the Playa dust off your goggles, because the 13th Annual Edwardian Ball and World’s Faire is here. An over-the-top homage to the macabre comedy and aesthetic of the late Edward Gorey, the Edwardian Ball and Faire…
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Calendar, Night&Day Darkness from the East

Darkness from the East

The fall of the Soviet Union freed not only political prisoners and some high-end vodka brands but also truckloads of culture -- including some fairy tales so dark they make Tim Burton and Edward Gorey look like My Little Pony.…
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Calendar, Night&Day Gorey Factor

Gorey Factor

"The people at the grey hotel / Are either aged or unwell." That's the uplifting first page of The Iron Tonic (Or, A Winter Afternoon in Lonely Valley), one of the bleakest-beautiful picture books in Edward Gorey's fascinating oeuvre and…
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Calendar, Night&Day The Garden of Evil

The Garden of Evil

Our favorite Victorian hothouse offers a botanical tableau perfectly suited for the dark themes of Halloween. It's devoted not to rebirth and renewal but to heart palpitations, skin lesions, organ failure, intestinal panic, multidirectional vomiting, shearing pain, madness, paralysis, and…
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Calendar, Night&Day Comic Tragedy

Comic Tragedy

The story begins with a random unfortunate incident: A woman, startled by a scream from a well, goes to check it out and falls in. Then she is catapulted into an excellent adventure. The conclusion? “‘Life is distracting and uncertain,’/She…
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Calendar, Night&Day Walking Into Yourself

Walking Into Yourself

We all went through it as kids. Everything was so unfair: the constraints, the responsibilities, the boredom. Then one day we opened a door in our house and there it was — a perfect existence, where all was right and…
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Calendar, Night&Day Walking Into Yourself

Walking Into Yourself

We all went through it as kids. Everything was so unfair: the constraints, the responsibilities, the boredom. Then one day we opened a door in our house and there it was — a perfect existence, where all was right and…
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Calendar, Night&Day O Gorey Night

O Gorey Night

In classic picture books like The Gashlycrumb Tinies and The Hapless Child, beloved author-illustrator Edward Gorey evoked offbeat fantasies in surrealist miniature for audiences tuned in to the scarification of youth. His vision, in which unsuspecting innocents fall prey to…
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Calendar, Night&Day The Gorey Details

The Gorey Details

There was a time when the term “Gothic” conjured up images of vaulted ceilings, embellished spires, and the glowy sobriety of illuminated manuscripts. More recently, Gothic has been callously stripped of its "ic," along with some of its romanticism, and…
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Calendar, Night&Day The Bohemian Club

The Bohemian Club

Everyone should go to the opera from time to time. We recommend dressing in strange vintage gear when you go, to give your evening sort of a "Natural Born Killers meets Edward Gorey cartoons" feel. See if you can find…
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Calendar, Night&Day G is for Gorey

G is for Gorey

The late Edward Gorey, also known as Ogdred Weary and Dogear Wryde (anagrams!), started illustrating books in the '50s, then swung out on his own, producing more than 100 books full of urns, statues, balustrades, curtains, puffed sleeves, and the…
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Calendar, Night&Day Sweet Dreams?

Sweet Dreams?

Children's literature harbors a vein of cruelty that holds our attention — whether it's the bloody caution of Edward Gorey or the jocular sadism of Roald Dahl. Now Martin McDonagh's play The Pillowman takes the comedy and the nastiness of…
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Culture, Stage

The Construction Cabaret

Liebe Wetzel's found-object puppetry tends to be a family event, with skit after skit of funny items doing funny things, or else an oddly serious silent show about, say, racism. The Construction Cabaret is neither: not serious, and not for…
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Music, House of Tudor House of Tudor

House of Tudor

It shouldn't be surprising that the Tiger Lillies are the recipients of Edward Gorey's creative legacy. Their critically acclaimed staging and subsequent scoring of Shockheaded Peter: A Junk Opera, a live production based on the 1850s book Struwwelpeter, was a…
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Film, Scot Free

Scot Free

The title Morvern Callar may sound like an Edward Gorey book or a job designation for telephone solicitors, but it's actually a name -- pronounced (roughly) "Mawvin Calla" (like the lily). Although some sources claim that morvern callar is Scots…
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Music, House of Tudor House of Tudor

House of Tudor

At first I am comforted and compelled by the notion of "Remedial Cinema," a film series that promises remedies for all disease and deficiency, imagining I will just sit back, relax, and let my brain say, "Aaahhh, the video doctor…
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Holiday, GIFTS

GIFTS

DVDs Giving a movie usually means one of two things: that the film is good enough for multiple viewings or that you want to expose someone to something you think is cool or educational. Tear-jerkers, surprise endings and light romantic…
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News, Night Crawler Revisiting the Ghastly One

Revisiting the Ghastly One

"Cruelty is remembered and appreciated. ... History doesn't remember the good deeds one does ... only the bad. ... They are the history makers, those that do horrendous deeds. They are the remembered ones." -- William from Andy Milligan's Cocteau…
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Culture, Stage Shaky Landing

Shaky Landing

In one of his novels, I think it's The Tin Drum, Günter Grass takes a wry swipe at the writers of modish European minimalism who lined up behind Beckett after the Second World War to strip their stories of definite…
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