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Jul. 2nd, 2013

Steampunk, Neo-victorian, Dorian's Parlor

Dorian's Parlor - July 20th 2013

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Full Steam Ahead, Dorian’s Parlor Returns for Third Anniversary

Philadelphia, PA, July 20, 2013. Once again Storykeeper Events, in association with Circuit Six, is proud to present Dorian’s Parlor, Philadelphia’s premier Steampunk showcase for live music and dance performances, inspired DJs, fashion shows unveiling wearable art from neo-vintage designers, vendors, and craftspeople. After a six month holiday, Dorian’s Parlor returns to celebrate its third birthday by hosting the Steamstock Tour, featuring the musical acts This Way to the Egress, Frenchy and the Punk, The Cog is Dead, and Psyche Corporation. The Doubletree Hotel’s Ormandy Ballroom, located at 237 Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107, grants the event’s two hundred or more patrons plenty of room to dance, mingle, and enjoy the show.

Since its debut in June 2010, Dorian’s Parlor has continued to extend a friendly welcome to casually clothed spectators and Steampunk-seekers alike. Gil Cnaan, the clockwork heart giving the event life, wants prospective attendees to know that everyone is welcome to “step into the Parlor”, he emphasizes that Dorian’s Parlor has a liberal dress code. The event spans wardrobe choices from club night to black tie- and even then, such styles do not reflect the full range of freedom and creativity frequently exhibited in Parlor-goer’s attire.


The reviews of Dorian’s Parlor harmonize in a chorus that exalts the event as a gathering of unique individuals of all varieties, and most of all, as being a friendly party where everyone is nice, even when they’re being naughty. Tara Murtha of Philadelphia Weekly wrote “the theme of the party is theatrical anachronism” and described Dorian’s Parlor as “a party for the steampunk set and the many subgenres of friendly freaks and geeks.” Dorian’s Parlor has flamboyantly caught the attention of at least two Geekadelphia writers, including Kelly Rowles who named Dorian’s Parlor “The Ultimate Geeky Getaway” and has praised the organizers for doing “an excellent job creating a Victorian atmosphere while giving patrons some modern entertainment.” While the theme is Victorian, there is no shy, mysterious fan fluttering to interpret. Jo Pincushion recognized Dorian’s forthright nature and proclaimed it “A wonderful event for anyone who is looking to party with the darker side of life … and everyone is accepting and friendly.” Consistent with all accounts of amiable disposition, the event website, www.DoriansParlor.com endorses the event as a “haven for artists, Bohemians, socialites, and neo-vintage lovers of all stripes and inclinations.”


Please visit http://doriansparlor.com/ for more information, peruse photos from past events, and get updates on things yet to come.

Join us on Facebook to socialize with other attendees, get advice on costumes, and to bask in the excitement of the adventure that awaits you.

Tickets are $25, and admission includes a drink ticket, hors d’oeuvres, access to all entertainment and vendors, 21+ to enter.
Order tickets in advance at
http://doriansparlor.ticketleap.com/dorians-parlor-july-featuring-the-steamstock-tour/.

Don’t miss the Steampunk spectacle of the Summer, and step into Dorian’s Parlor on July 20 from 8pm-1am at the Doubletree Hotel- Ormandy Ballroom at 237 Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107.


Photo Courtesy of Babs Who Takes Pictures

Jan. 26th, 2013

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Dorian's Parlor is back!

Hello all and sundry!


So after much waving and wrangling and wailing and gnashing of teeth,
we have a date for the next Dorian's Parlor! Philadelphia's premier
Steampunk/Neovictorian event is back, and will be better than ever!

On January 26th, we will have fantastic DJs, music, magic, merriment, mischief, mayhem, and other words starting with M.

Date: January 26
Time: 8:00 PM
Place: The Doubletree of Philadelphia

Room: We will be on the third floor, rather than our usual first floor
accommodations, as the hotel is redoing our normal place.
Price: $25 gets you admission, a drink ticket, and hors d'oeuvres while supplies last.



Musical Acts:

The Extraordinary Contraptions:
http://theextraordinarycontraptions.com/

Radium Angels:
http://www.reverbnation.com/radiumangels

Katie Kat:
https://www.classicalsinger.com/sites/index.php?user_id=107217

DJ:
DJ Dave Ghoul:
http://www.daveghoul.com/
http://cogheadmusic.com/

Magic:
Rowhan the Conjurer:
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Rowhan-the-Conjurer/265822450125685

Fire:
Little Miss Rollerhoops

Fashion Show:
The Corset Girl Stylings by Lily Lisa
www.TheCorsetGirl.com

We look forward to seeing you all there!

Sep. 10th, 2012

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Dorian's Parlor, September 2012

Dorian’s Parlor is a Steampunk event held at the Ormandy Ballroom of the Doubletree in downtown Philadelphia.  Dorian’s Parlor is a celebration of the Steampunk aesthetic, which blends history with the future and adds a healthy dose of what might have been.  Patrons dance, sip cocktails, enjoy hors d'oeuvres and partake in a one-of-its-kind lineup of bands, DJs, dancers and high fashion from the foremost neo-vintage designers.  Dorian’s Parlor is fast becoming a household name for those who love Steampunk and all things neo-vintage.
The September lineup features Eli August and The Abandoned Buildings, a fire performance by Little Miss Hollerhoops, the stylings of The Ak'ana belly dance troupe and Cello Mike will be there to move your soul with music.  Your music will expertly mixed by DJ Coghead during a fabulous fashion show featuring STEAM WORKS and a special guest M.C. Mr Hugh Casey!
The next 21 event will be held Saturday, September 15th, from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m., in the Ormandy Ballroom of the DoubleTree Hotel, on the Avenue of the Arts in downtown Philadelphia. Admission is $25, and includes a drink ticket and hors d’oeuvres.
We are looking forward to seeing you there!

May. 25th, 2011

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Dorian's Parlor June

 

Dorian’s Parlor
is a monthly Steampunk event held at the Ormandy Ballroom of the Doubletree in downtown Philadelphia. Dorian’s Parlor is a celebration of the Steampunk aesthetic, which blends history with the future and adds a healthy dose of what might have been. Patrons dance, sip cocktails, enjoy hors d'oeuvres and partake in a one-of-its-kind lineup of bands, DJs, dancers and high fashion from the foremost neo-vintage designers. Dorian’s Parlor is fast becoming a household name for those who love Steampunk and all things neo-vintage.

The June lineup features the return of the delightful Psyche Corporation, which is “one part cyberpunk trip-hop darkwave music, one part robotics exhibition, one part dreamscape art.” The much-loved White Elephant Burlesque Society returns as well with a gypsy cabaret full of vaudevillian burlesque Dorian’s Parlor also features New-England based band Jaggery, an art-rock collective which weaves instruments such as harp, viola, piano, contrabass, and drum kit with other-worldly vocal stylings. For something a little out of the ordinary, check out Walter Sickert and The ARmy of BRoken TOys, described as “a Dada-esque circus carnival run amuck.” This month’s fashion show will feature the delightful designs of Jeximé, and Tsirkus Fotografika’s RA Friedman will present the project’s most memorable and intriguing portraits and discuss his unorthodox photo methodology.

The next 21+ event will be held Saturday, June 4th, from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m., in the Ormandy Ballroom of the DoubleTree Hotel, on the Avenue of the Arts in downtown Philadelphia. Admission is $25, and includes a drink ticket and hors d’oeuvres.

Mar. 31st, 2011

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Dorian's Parlor April



Dorian's Parlor brings a fresh new lineup for the upcoming April event.  A monthly Steampunk event held at Ormandy Ballroom of the Doubletree in downtown Philadelphia, Dorian’s Parlor takes a little something from every genre and weaves them into a fantastic new spectacle that is uniquely Steampunk.  Patrons dance, sip cocktails, enjoy hors d'oeuvres and partake in a one-of-its-kind lineup of bands, DJs, dancers and high fashion from the foremost neo-vintage designers.  Nowhere else but Philadelphia can you find an event of this caliber and scale.

Since its debut in June 2010, Dorian’s Parlor has grown into one of the most anticipated monthly events around. It has been highlighted in media outlets such as The Philadelphia Inquirer, Geekadelphia, Culturemob, City Suburban News, Philadelphia Weekly and the Steampunk Tribune. The April lineup features the famed Steampunk icon and author G.D. Falksen as MC.  Sxip Shirey, who has toured with Evelyn & Evelyn and featured solo performances at Boston Symphony Hall, headlines with unique orchestration and a clutch of curious objects, including Industrial Flutes, Obnoxiophone and Human Beatbox.  This month’s fashion show features the renowned Twin Bee Design Studio, and Ak'Ana will entertain with their unique brand of Tribal Fusion Bellydance.  Local favorite band Platform One, who has performed at festivals such as Blacksun, Darkstar, and the NY Synthpop festival and appeared with such acts as Bella Morte, The Echoing Green and Ottos Daughter, bring their special flavor of Gothic Synthpop to this Steampunk Event.  Portrait photography by Hugh Casey will help memorialize your fantastic finery, and through it all DJ Kiltboy will keep the dance floor moving. All aspects of the event’s production — lighting, sound, stage design and production management — are provided by Philadelphia’s own CircuitSix, LLC (www.circuitsix.biz) as part of their ongoing sponsorship and patronage of Dorian's Parlor.

            The next 21+ event will be held Saturday, April 16th, from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m., in the Ormandy Ballroom of the DoubleTree Hotel, on the Avenue of the Arts in downtown Philadelphia. Admission is $25, and includes a drink ticket and hors d’oeuvres. 

Feb. 28th, 2011

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Dorian's Parlor March

 

Dorian's Parlor continues to impress with a fresh lineup of local art and entertainment. A monthly Steampunk event held at Ormandy Ballroom of the Doubletree in downtown Philadelphia, Dorian’s Parlor makes every month's event into an unparalleled blend of music, theater, culture, fashion and socializing. Patrons dance, sip cocktails, enjoy hors d'oeuvres and partake in a one-of-its-kind lineup of bands, DJs, circus performances and high fashion from the foremost neo-vintage designers. No where else but Philadelphia can you find an event of this caliber and scale.

Since its debut in June 2010, Dorian’s Parlor has been picking up steam, so to speak, with each event surpassing the last. It has been highlighted in media outlets such as The Philadelphia Inquirer, Geekadelphia, Culturemob, City Suburban News, Philadelphia Weekly and the Steampunk Tribune. The March lineup features Steampunk author G.D. Falksen as MC; a performance by the ethereal Divine Hand Ensemble, which boasts a 8-piece orchestra and a theremin; local rock band Arcati Crisi. This month’s fashion show features Alex London Design, who expects to debut his dark designs at New York Fashion Week alongside the nation’s top designers. The Amazing Stage Show is a cabaret showcase specializing in bellydance, burlesque and vaudeville. Author Bernie Mojzes will return with an adaption of his short story The Evil Gazebo, portrait photography by Hugh Casey will help memorialize your fantastic finery, and through it all DJ Kiltboy will keep the dance floor moving. All aspects of the event’s production — lighting, sound, stage design and production management — are provided by Philadelphia’s own CircuitSix, LLC (www.circuitsix.biz) as part of their ongoing sponsorship and patronage of Dorian's Parlor.

The next 21+ event will be held Saturday, March 12th, from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m., in the Ormandy Ballroom of the DoubleTree Hotel, on the Avenue of the Arts in downtown Philadelphia. Admission is $25, and includes a drink ticket and hors d’oeuvres. This month there are three ways to get discounted admission: show up with ticket stubs from either The Mutter Ball on March 11th or In The Next Room at the Wilma Theater, or buy your ticket along with admission to The Steampunk Tempus event the next weekend to get $5 off the door price.

The door to the parlor is open. Won’t you come in and stay a while?

Jan. 4th, 2011

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    If you haven’t had a chance to check out Dorian’s Parlor yet, you should definitely put “Attend January’s Event” at the top of your list of New Year’s Resolutions. A monthly Steampunk event held at Ormandy Ballroom of the Doubletree in downtown Philadelphia, Dorian’s Parlor embodies the very spirit of the New Year. It takes the old – fashions, ideas, etiquette, food, games, music – and reinvents them to create something shining-new and daring, bold and enticing. There is a sense of excitement and nostalgia in the air as patrons come together to dance, sip cocktails, enjoying hors d'oeuvres and partake in a one-of-its-kind lineup of bands, DJs, circus performances and high fashion from the foremost neo-vintage designers. This is one resolution that you’re sure to enjoy keeping. 

January’s lineup features Steampunk author G.D. Falksen as MC, a performance by the baroque rock/junkyard cabaret band Not Waving But Drowning, Hula Hoop dancer Flow Pixy and a fashion show featuring New York based costume and fashion designer Kristin Costa. Philly’s own DJ Dave Ghoul will spin, The Absinthe Minded Professor will entertain you with violin powered Steampunk storytelling and theater, and Miss Ivy League will entice you with a burlesque performance. And if all that isn’t enough to draw your interest, there will also be a reading of a never-released short story by guest-author CJ Henderson and portrait photography by Hugh Casey to help memorialize your fantastic finery. All aspects of the event’s production — lighting, sound, stage design and production management — are provided by Philadelphia’s own CircuitSix, LLC (www.circuitsix.biz) as part of their ongoing sponsorship and patronage of Dorian's Parlor.

The next 21+ event will be held Saturday, January 22nd, from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m., in the Ormandy Ballroom of the DoubleTree Hotel, on the Avenue of the Arts in downtown Philadelphia. Admission is $25, and includes a drink ticket and hors d’oeuvres.

Dec. 9th, 2010

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The next event!



  Every month like clockwork, an assortment of people converge on the Ormandy Ballroom at the Doubletree Hotel in Philadelphia. Young, old, students and professionals come together to dance, sip cocktails, enjoying hors-d'oeuvres and partake in a one-of-its-kind lineup of bands, DJs, circus performances and high fashion from foremost neo-vintage designers. Dressed to the nines, they have one thing in common – a love of the genre known as Steampunk.

  Since its debut in June 2010, Dorian’s Parlor has been picking up steam, so to speak, with each event surpassing the last. It has been highlighted in media outlets such as The Philadelphia Inquirer, Geekadelphia, Culturemob, City Suburban News and Philadelphia Weekly. November’s event drew the largest crowd yet, with performances by the band Ego Likeness, DJ Johanna Constantine and a fashion show from Philadelphia's Delicious Boutique. December’s lineup features Steampunk author G.D. Falksen as MC, a performance by the neo-classical Steampunk band The Clockwork Dolls, vaudeville from The Slomski Brothers and a fashion show featuring the Philly-based corset designer MayFaire Moon. Philly’s own DJ Kiltboy will spin, and the 55-year old Amazing Amy will wow you with her flowing feats of flexibility. And if all that isn’t enough to draw your interest, there will also be a book reading by author Bernie Mojzes and portrait photography by Hugh Casey to help memorialize your fantastic finery. All aspects of the event’s production — lighting, sound, stage design and production management — are provided by Philadelphia’s own CircuitSix, LLC (www.circuitsix.biz) as part of their ongoing sponsorship and patronage of Dorian's Parlor.

  The next 21+ event will be held Saturday, December 18th, from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m., in the Ormandy Ballroom of the DoubleTree Hotel, on the Avenue of the Arts in downtown Philadelphia. Admission is $25, and includes a drink ticket and hors d’oeuvres.

Nov. 16th, 2010

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Upcoming Dorian's Parlor Event

I am sure some of you have heard of Dorian's Parlor, an event hosted in Philadelphia. Dandies mingle with aristocrats and daring explorers while sipping cocktails, enjoying hors d'oeuvres and partaking in a one-of-its-kind lineup of bands, DJs, circus performances and high fashion from foremost neo-vintage designers. They spill onto the sidewalk outside the Ormandy Ballroom and take over late-night food spots, attracting curious looks from passers by. Who are these mysterious people from another era?

Dorian’s Parlor is a monthly convergence of Steampunk and neo-vintage enthusiasts, a sensuous spectacle of vintage glamour highlighting the best of Philadelphia’s alternative culture. Steampunk is a fast-growing cultural phenomenon which melds Victorian aesthetics with modern (and sometimes futuristic) technology to create a fantastic spectacle of fashion, art, music and literature. The genre has received tremendous exposure via such diverse media outlets as the New York Times, the best-selling novels of "cyberpunk" founding-father William Gibson and the 2009 blockbuster "Sherlock Holmes". Dorian’s Parlor co-founder Gil Cnaan explains, “It is growing as a literary, fashion and music movement.”

November’s lineup includes the immensely popular band Ego Likeness, DJ Johanna Constantine and a fashion show from the delectable Philadelphia's Delicious Boutique. Steampunk author G.D. Falksen will MC, the Royal Baritarian Players will perform, and an animated film by Adriel Garcia will be featured. Opera singer, Katie Kat (who trained with Maria Callas's voice coach and local soprano Trisha Kotch) is also on the play bill. Young adult Steampunk author Dianne K. Salerni will be in attendance as well, reading excerpts from her newest work. All aspects of the event’s production — lighting, sound, stage design and production management — are provided by Philadelphia’s own CircuitSix, LLC (www.circuitsix.biz) as part of their ongoing sponsorship and patronage of Dorian's Parlor.

The next 21+ event will be held Saturday, November 27th, from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m., in the Ormandy Ballroom of the DoubleTree Hotel, on the Avenue of the Arts in downtown Philadelphia. Admission is $25, and includes a drink ticket and hors d’oeuvres.