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.