By Jessica Graham
Photo credits: Bryan Glosemeyer/BSG Photo, Ian C Heslop; Deirdre Powell; Sandra Cuddihy; James Patrick Dawson
Imagine yourself in a room where belly dancers are moving slowly to the music; your eyes follow the movement of their hips like you’re in a trance. Painters are splashing their canvases with every color of the sunset, while music blares in the background. In the midst of all the chaos, comedians, martial and circus artists perform their hearts out for an audience decked in a multitude of costumes. It’s like you are in a dream.
Wake up, because it’s real. Tomorrow night in San Francisco’s Richmond district, Halloween Cabaret will be taking over the stages at Rockit Room from 7:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. Gathering together in costumes to see visually stunning acts maybe be reason enough for you to come out. If it isn’t, know that this event is supporting a very special organization called VAGABOOM!
There is an incredible raffle drawing taking place too. The main prize is a trip for two, worth $2,000, to Mexico. The profits are used to help run after school children’s programs all over the Bay Area.
“We work in areas that are really in need of arts programs like battered women’s shelters and community centers down on Sixth Street. The kids have nowhere to go,” said Dee Kennedy, who founded VAGABOOM! in 2007. “They have a lot of fun. There are lots of smiles at the classes.”
Boys and Girl's Club Treasure Island 2008 (http://vagaboom.jalbum.net/Boys%20and%20Girl%27s%20Club%20Treasure%20Island%202008/slides/DSC_5579.html)
The organization started with Kennedy who ran a theatre troupe, and 2 circus teachers, Marina Kardjieva and Martina Oscarsson. The festivals were fun, but the two wanted to do even more for the community. They decided to start after school programs that are free to the public and help enrich the community. The programs teach children circus arts, ceramics, Capoeira, Filipino martial arts, miming theater and dancing. The programs are run on grants and grass roots donations.
Kennedy, who has dedicated most of her life to the arts, will debut her new music video at the event. Her musical group is called Deeva. She describes the style as “pop rock with an electronica feel” and her website, heavily decorated with the flower of life, hosts several ethereal-feeling music videos. She has been signing for over 10 years professionally, and three with Deeva. Saturday, Kennedy will combine her love for the arts with her desire to enrich the lives of Bay Area children.
“I have always been involved in music and theater. I kind of have to do it,” said Kennedy. “It’s a self-expression for me. I get so much enjoyment out of sharing my art with other people. I love the community of it, meeting new artists. It is a way for me to keep social activism and my artist taste-buds excited and integrated all at once. It is a spiritual experience for me.”
The event will take place at the Rockit Room, between Fifth and Sixth streets on Clement Street, October 20 from 7:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. There are more prizes than just the free tickets to Mexico. A full list of prizes can be found at www.rock-it-room.com.