Cabaret Communion, or, How to Have Your Cake and Eat it Too
We have all had this problem before. In our hyper-productive society where we use our schedules as trash compactors, we often try to kill two birds with one stone by combining activities in a synergistic way. We listen to podcasts while riding bikes to work. We plan two OK Cupid dates at once to avoid wasting time on a dud. These tactics have definite drawbacks, and will probably end in our (read: my) ultimate demise. However, there is untapped potential in the joining of two seemingly divergent pastimes that can be combined in a modern and only slightly scandalous way: Communion and Cabaret.
Our ancestors used to have to relieve themselves out of doors, communicate through numeric messages sent to tiny boxes strapped to
their belts, and get water from a well. They also had to commit their sins
on Saturday night and wait all the way until Sunday, stewing in guilt, before they could go to church and absolve themselves. Now, I may not be an expert on this sort of thing, but I have been to a few burlesques and myriad church potlucks, so yes, I am an expert. And I can tell you, the cabaret communion is the natural modern progression of our society, and you would be mad to resist it.
Yes, I will admit that it seems incongruous. But think about it this way:
What do we love about cabaret? Intrigue, variety, color, distraction,
enlivening libation, sass, and entertainment. And what does religious
communion provide? Fellowship, community, comfort, perhaps the
presence of a mysterious higher power, and usually a delicious snack.
Why should these things be mutually exclusive? Perhaps cabaret and
communion have been artificially separated for all these years merely for tax purposes or because one nun left the cloth for the art of burlesque, and the rest of her cloister could never forgive her.
The only way to heal the wounds of our conflicted forbears is to take
matters into our own hands and celebrate daring varietal entertainment,
good food and drink, and the strengthening of fraternal bonds with a live
variety show of our very own, housed in the only church that would allow such a fabulously ingenious experiment to occur within its sacrosanct walls: Saint Stephen and the Incarnation.
Let’s do this thing.
Editor’s Note: Just to be clear, no clergy have guaranteed actual salvation through this event, but we don’t see how we could be any worse off than we already are.
The SweetBread Jim’s Potluck Spectacular!
August 11, 2012
Host: Mab just Mab,
Music: Star FK Radium and SweetBread Jim's
Burlesque: Pria Puss
Magic: Benjamin Corey
Victuals provided by: Red Rocks Pizza, Mama Chuy DC, Black Strap Baking Co., Columbia Heights Coffee, Le Caprice, Blind Dog Cafe, Pho Viet and more.
Production Sponsored by: FutureView Inc., Wonderland Ballroom, Runcible Spoon, Banished? Productions and W.C. Motor Co.
Tickets: $25 in advance, $30 at the door
For reference: Typical boring dates (dinner, drinks, movie) cost about $50 / person, and you still have to go to church afterward
Ticket includes: Admission to event, One (1) SweetBread Jim's Potluck
Spectacular! collector's cup, piles of food and rivers of drink, and a night of music, comedy, dancing, and more! Seating limited. 21+
Tickets available at http://sbjpotluck.eventbrite.com/
Here is the Facebook event.
Short URL: http://bit.ly/RtQ8M4