Lungs, Face, Feet, the Polish Hill-based, Cumbria inspired gypsy brass band that played at the arts festival this summer (seen above), is part of a show at the Paramount Theatre in Oakland this Saturday October 22. They’re appearing with Common Visions from Asheville (described as “a hard to describe music experience”) and The Eggplant Faerie Players, who present “Welcome to Homo Hollow– 17 Years of Queer Country Living Celebrated through Music, Satire, Juggling and Drag”.
The Eggplant Faerie Players are a vaudeville circus troupe based at the queer community of Ida in the buckle of the Bible belt in Tennessee. Eggplant uses juggling, unicycles, stilts, satire, dance and drag to engage,
challenge and electrify young and old alike. Picture Dame Edna and W.C. Fields doing Shakespeare.
“Welcome to Homo Hollow” tells the history of Ida through a rotating series of pieces, which may include delights such as “Drag Queens with Chainsaws” (a juggling piece); “The Supremes”, a stiltwalking sketch which looks at the high and mighty ways expanded police powers and racial profiling challenges our civil liberties; “Dueling Mandolins” a medley of instrumental tunes; and “The 6-foot Unicycle of Death”, featuring TomFoolery and some sharp machetes.
This is a lot of good theater for one evening, and all for just $5- 10, sliding scale. The show starts at 8:00 p.m. at the Paramount Theatre, 1727 Blvd of the Allies, in Oakland.