The Edwardian Ball 2012 Presents Edward Gorey’s “The Iron Tonic” At San Francisco’s Regency Ballroom Friday & Saturday, January 20-21, 2012 --

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An elegant & whimsical, extraordinary two-day extravaganza of costumery, carnival, music, acrobatics, ballroom dancing and fashion; an outrageous celebration of an unforgettable era while honoring the prolific master of ominous storytelling.

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SF Weekly refers to it as “The quintessential must-never miss event of the year.”

Paradox Media and Vau de Vire present the highly anticipated 12th annual, award-winning Edwardian Ball on Friday and Saturday, January 20th-21st, 2012 at the historic Regency Ballroom – an irreverently elegant festival of music, theatre, dance, circus, gaming, vending, art, and fashion. This year’s Ball presents “The Iron Tonic” by Edward Gorey, who classified his own work as “literary nonsense.” This eccentric masterpiece will be miraculously brought to life by Ball co-hosts Rosin Coven and Vau de Vire Society in an original blend of music, choreography and theatrical circus – a performance interpreted with humor and darkness with dazzling style.

Friday’s Edwardian World's Faire opens the party with special one-night-only attractions such as a Barbary Coast-themed Midway and bicycle-powered carnival rides by Cyclecide, confirming why many choose to attend both nights. The SF Bay Guardian calls The Edwardian Ball, “Gorgeously Gorey” while the SF Weekly refers to it as “the quintessential must-never miss event of the year.”

At the extensive Vendor Bazaar each night (also free on Saturday from noon to 5 p.m.) attendees can browse and purchase authentic fashion, costumes, accessories, jewelry and beautiful oddities. The Bazaar will also feature musical entertainment, strolling performers and a hosted Gaming Parlour.

For the first time, the Edwardian Ball takes over all three levels of the historic Regency and presents the “Museum of Wonders – An Edwardian Odditorium” in the opulent, mysterious Regency Lodge. A limited number of guided tours will be offered throughout the evenings. Guests will be escorted through an eccentric collection unusual art & peculiar artifacts, a living statue garden, and spectacular circus sideshows, while being serenaded by the haunting soundtrack of a vintage 1900’s pipe organ.

Another special feature this year is Professor Elemental, the King of “Chap Hop” all the way from the UK. The Professor will be headlining the main stage Friday night and hosting a special Saturday afternoon event, “High Tea with The Professor” - guests may purchase tickets.

Since 1999, The Edwardian Ball has grown from an underground club event into a full-fledged festival of arts and culture, focusing on the esteemed works of Edward Gorey. Now with the blessings of The Edward Gorey Charitable Trust, the event reaches across cultural boundaries to include audiences of all ages and backgrounds. It’s where literary fans are as welcome as goth club-goers and where the high-flying trapeze and bronzed plated bicycles create the backdrop for elegantly dressed ball-goers waltzing their way from absinthe to dance floor.

A truly prodigious and original artist, Edward St. John Gorey (1925-2000) gifted the world with over 100 works, including The Gashlycrumb Tinies; prize-winning set and costume designs for innumerable theater productions from Cape Cod to Broadway; illustrations in publications such as The New Yorker and The NY Times. He produced illustrations for books by a wide array of authors from Charles Dickens to Edward Lear, Samuel Beckett, John Updike, Virginia Woolf, H.G. Wells, Florence Heide and many others. His well-known animated credits for the PBS Mystery! series have introduced his work to millions of television viewers. Gorey's masterful pen and ink illustrations and his ironic, offbeat humor have brought him critical acclaim and an avid following throughout the world.

The Edwardian Ball Los Angeles, to be held on February 4th, 2012. Details to be announced.

Paradox Media – For over 15 years Paradox Media, owned by Rosin Coven bassist Justin Katz, has been producing an eclectic variety of art and music events in the San Francisco Bay Area, including festivals such as ArtCar Fest, How Berkeley Can You Be!?, The Oakland World Music & Jazz Festival, ArtFest’s Spectra Ball, Mission Bazaar, and Burning Man’s annual SF Decompression; independent theater with Everyday Theatre’s “The Bright River” and nonprofit community events with Epic Arts. Paradox is the exclusive presenter of Rosin Coven performances, the founders of The Edwardian Ball in 1999. Executive Producer Katz also works for Goldenvoice/AEG Live, producing their concerts in the SF region.

Vau de Vire – Founded in 1997 by husband and wife team Mike and Shannon Gaines, this SF-based entertainment company has been titillating crowds around the world with their unique brand of interactive and thematic art, dance and circus. This avante-cabaret community consists of classically-trained dancers, acclaimed acrobats, aerial artists, contortionists, sideshow acts, fire-performers, thespians and beautiful circus freaks. Notable collaborators include Cirque du Soleil, the SF Symphony, Paul Oakenfold, Moby, Paul Van Dyke, The Dresden Dolls, Peaches, Alkaline Trio, Bassnectar, The Madd Vibe Orchestra, Crystal Method and Tiesto. Vau de Vire has provided live support performances for James Brown, Primus, 50 Cent, Wyclef Jean, Velvet Revolver, The Cure, and many others. Vau de Vire produces the West Coast's longest-running and most outrageous circus-infused dance party, SF’s Bohemian Carnival.

The Regency Ballroom – The historic Regency was built in 1909, and is considered the finest example of Scottish Rite architecture in the country, featuring neoclassic and Beaux-Arts styles. The stunning Regency Ballroom is a treasure featuring 35’ ceilings, a wraparound balcony,
22 elegant chandeliers, hardwood floors, and ornate décor.
What: The Edwardian Ball 2012 presents “The Iron Tonic”
When: Friday & Saturday, January 20 & 221, 2012 – Doors and Show at 8:00pm – All Ages
Where: The Regency Ballroom - 1300 Van Ness, San Francisco, CA 94109.
            Phone (415) 673-5716 or visit                                                                                                                                                                                                
Tickets: General admission is $29-39 in advance. VIP tickets are $75-85 and include access to the seated balcony, complimentary drinks, and a special VIP entrance to the event. 2-day tickets while they last.

For more information and online tickets, please visit and

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