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article imageOp-Ed: Soiled Dove makes return to The Point in Alameda Special

By Jonathan Farrell     May 26, 2017 in Entertainment
Alameda - The Point in Alameda is making room and coordinating preparations for The Soiled Dove - the one-of-a-kind 'Barbary Coast'- themed circus-infused dinner theater returning weekends from June 9th to July 1st.
Produced and presented by the Vau de Vire Society, also known for co-producing The Edwardian Ball, New Bohemian NYE, Phantasm, and providing theatrics at Burning Man, Symbiosis, Lightening in a Bottle and Lagunitas Beer Circus. For the past three consecutive years, The Soiled Dove has sold out, exceeding expectations and delighting audiences. Mike Gaines (co-founder with his wife Shannon) of Vau de Vire Society is pleased that this unique experience keeps growing and improving each step along the way.
Relocating the event from San Francisco's Mission District to its current location at The Point Alameda was a part of its growth-success. They transform the Big Top Tent (a massive 12,000 sq. ft. circus tent acquired from the countryside of Tortona, Italy) into a brothel and saloon reminiscent of the 1920’s.
Still it is that one-of-kind experience that sets The Soiled Dove apart from other large-scale party-like events.
"Indulge in a world of decadence," says Gaines. “The Soiled Dove is perfectly suited for those in search of an adventurous escapade into San Francisco's scandalous history. The Soiled Dove is guaranteed to impress, titillate and delight all your senses. We invite you to come experience the immersive dinner and show."
The Soiled Dove is a circus-infused culinary extravaganza set in the reincarnation of the notorious and legendary Barbary Coast. A virtual red light district. Gaines says to "expect an engaging evening filled with danger, decadence, world-renowned performance and a culinary extravaganza worthy of royalty."
Similar to other participatory 'immersion theatre' type of events, like 'The Edwardian Ball, Great Dickens Christmas Fair,' The Soiled Dove stands apart from the rest with its own style, spirit and energy. "Guests are encouraged to put a little (or a lot) of effort into their attire,” says Gaines. Explaining that the time period is diverse… guests are encouraged to wear costumes that cover Victorian, Edwardian, 49er (Gold Rush times), Harlots, Crimps and everyone’s most stylish period couture. It is an embodiment of sorts of that Wild West that not just San Francisco but the entire West Coast is praised for.
Running for four consecutive weekends beginning on Friday June 9, The Soiled Dove will have the best in everything one can imagine for a night out.
The 7:30 p.m. dinner and show will include the finest four-course cuisine by Work of Art and liberal libations served by the most enticing courtesans on the Barbary Coast. Drink tantalizing libations crafted by SF's own Monarch Bar.
The 9:30 p.m. show will have everyone in The Soiled Dove show with over 40 performers and musicians collaborating to help transport guests back to the heart of San Francisco circa 1890. Theatrics & circus is presented and produced by Vau de Vire Society.
Live musical accompaniment and arrangements will be provided by the famed Jazz Mafia / Realistic Orchestra, B-3 organist Mighty Dave will be performing with surprise musical-guest cameos each evening.
Courtesy of The Soiled Dove and Vau de Vire Society productions
Tickets are on sale now. They start at $50 for the Show to $130 for Dinner & Show (price includes a four-course dinner). 21+ Ticket. They can be purchased thru EventBrite Or, for more information visit The Soiled Dove Web site.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of
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