"Like Moulin Rouge on crack" -L.A. Times
The experimental CABARET MAGIQUE performance series was launched
at the Chez Es Saada Moroccan restaurant in New York's East Village
in January, 2003. The weekly series ran for a year and a half, later
moving to Tapis Rouge on nearby Avenue A. Producers CHI CHI VALENTI,
JOHNNY DYNELL and MICHAEL JAMES O'BRIEN provided a signature mix of
classic showgirl performance, experimental spoken word, chanteuses
of all genders, and other rising stars of the downtown demi-monde.
Here, more highlights from past editions for your pleasure.
The Dress Code was Twenties Glamour, Magique
for Moderns, Full Evening Dress (Oughts through Forties,) Montmartre
Bohemian vs. East Village performance artist, Dietrich butch drag for
women, berets, French New Wave, Weimar homage, Vaudeville or Burlesque
looks or the ever-popular "Moulin Rouge on Crack" style.