cannot stop his own extinction...
But I can go out with a BANG!!!
Things you see in a graveyard.
Things you see in a graveyard."
-- Repo: The Genetic Opera, "Things You See In a Graveyard"
Le Bal des Vampires was excellent. I'm not really sure how else to describe it.
DJs DarkMoon and Persephone were amazing, as always, playing a mix of goth, early 80s, and other pop classics on the bottom floor of the venue. I also got a short chat with the very lovely DJ Femme Mystique, who was in attendance as well.
The mid-floor was dominated by a set of four lovely singers (one of which doubled as an harpist) who spent much of the evening singing old songs (often a capella) from centuries past. Also, a set of tarot readers whom, I am sorry to say, I did not get a chance to take advantage of.
The top floor was quite a delight. For the majority of the night, this giant ballroom was a scene of amazing cotillions and elegant waltzes, all accompanied by the excellent musical contributions of period musical providers Bangers&Mash. In fact, yours truly had the pleasure and delight of dancing his first real waltz (for which I'd love to thank the extremely lovely and terribly kind Ms. Mina). I danced a total of four waltzes that night, thanks to the immensely pleasant and infinitely patient women that asked me to dance. I enjoyed this aspect so much that I am tempted to make PEERS events a rather regular part of my tour... I just wish I had better clothes for all those period-specific gatherings for which PEERS is famous. I certainly hope to advertise more of their gatherings on SFGothic.net.
Also, the mid-evening performance by the Theater of Vampires (if I recall their name correctly, of course) was quite amusing in and of itself. Lots of fun-making regarding Twilight and the pro-Prop 8 crowd, which, really, brought immense joy to my heart on both counts.
As to my fellow attendees? What a beautiful bunch of folks (and I'm not just referring to the ladies; though, as to them specifically, I can only say "WOW"). They were pleasant and their costumes, whether Louis period, Victorian, Edwardian, Georgian, 1920s, 1930s, fictional, whatever, they were fantastic. Not a single "tourist" in the crowd - everyone was in some kind of costume. I cannot convey how much this... completeness infected the event. It made it so enjoyable to my sense of verisimilitude and beauty. It was like walking through some amazing pastiche of history with a smattering of fictional awesomeness (props to the Blade and Joker .
Final assessment: Mister M needs to attend more PEERS events. Seriously awesome.
As to the coming weeks - I may try to hit Dark Shadows on Friday. And I definitely plan on being at Club Nocturne on the 26th. I can't promise anything more than that, but the VNV Nation show on 11/21 and Dark Sparkle on 11/23 both seem like they could be great fun. Either way, I hope to see you kiddies out and about.
-- Mr. M.