Thursday, January 13, 2011

Dorian's Parlor (courtesy of Draven Kane)



Contact: Gil Cnaan          610-306-8858 

Reinventing the Past in the New Year
Neo-Victorian.  Neo-Vintage.  Retro-glamour. At Dorian’s Parlor.
December 21, 2010 – Philadelphia, PA – 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.
            Steampunk is a fast-growing and highly creative genre of science fiction which is set in an anachronistic Victorian society.  Steampunk has seen attention in main stream media through films such as The Golden Compass and the 2009 Sherlock Holmes. Recently Steampunk bands and Steampunk fashion have been on the rise as well.  Dorian’s Parlor co-founder Gil Cnaan explains, “It is growing as a literary, fashion and music movement.”  Dorian’s Parlor is a monthly convergence of Steampunk and neo-vintage enthusiasts in Philadelphia.  The event offers a place for people interested in Steampunk to gather and for local artists and bands to showcase their abilities.
            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. 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 ( 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.

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