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CABARET MAGIQUE

"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.

Photographs by Johnny Dynell, 2003.
DAVID LA CHAPELLE (RIGHT)
& FRIEND
MICHAEL JAMES O'BRIEN
& GARRETT DOMINA
SADE PENDAVIS
photo by MAKI
(MR.)  MISS UNDERSTOOD
 
VULGARAS'
VELOCITY CHYALDD
THE NEW & IMPROVED
FALON
MC CHI CHI VALENTI
 
ARTIST
MATTHEW BENEDICT
PUPPET MASTER
BASIL TWIST
"THE HOURS" AUTHOR
MICHAEL CUNNINGHAM
LUI ANTINOUS
 

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