Wipe the last of the Playa dust off your goggles, because the 13th Annual Edwardian Ball and World’s Faire is here. An over-the-top homage to the macabre comedy and aesthetic of the late Edward Gorey, the Edwardian Ball and Faire has become a festive headquarters for the aficionados of steampunk, turn-of-the-(last)-century dress and manners, antiquated ballroom dances, and pretty much anyone looking for a fancy dress night in the city that doesn’t involve the opera. Friday night is the Faire, featuring an authentic tea parlor, interactive Barbary-themed midway games, bicycle-powered carnival rides, an exposition of steam-powered machinery, burlesque, performances from The Wanderlust Circus Orchestra, and dancing with Delachaux and DJ Fact.50. Tonight is the ball itself, featuring performances by Hayes Valley staple Dark Garden Corsetry, more dancing, and the Vau de Vire Society’s theatrical interpretation of Gorey’s “The Doubtful Guest.” Weird yourself out on both nights by visiting the Museum of Wonders, which features a living statue garden. The John Brothers Piano Company serenades partygoers who want to get their vintage shopping on in the Vendor Bazaar downstairs.
Fri., Jan. 18; Sat., Jan. 19, 2013