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Sunday 28 January 2007

Voodoo Vaudeville: New Orleans' Magic Sprinkled Over Komedia

Welcome to the world of Voodoo Vaudeville, where sinister figures stalk the shadows in a luscious never-never land of defiant performance, deviant theatricality, twisted cabaret, cruel yet tender comedy and cutting edge contemporary dance.
Strange Days @ The Mardi Gras

The Mardi Gras has hit town, so hold out your hand and let the Krewe de Voodoo parade you through a gumbo of masquerade balls, Big Easy women and hot brass sounds.

But it's not all bourbon and beads - make sure your mojo is workin', as voodoo zombies are on the loose and the next Jazz funeral could be yours.

Choose to ward away the spirits with gris gris bags, or embrace the unknown with your very own Voodoo doll, and prepare yourself to follow a Southern Belle on a journey of untold bewitchery and mysticism, led by the charismatic Chris Cresswell and the Vaudeville gang.

With spicy Gumbo on tap and enough Cajun delights to spirit you away, the krewe that brought you Edinburgh favourites Skin of the Moon, Vampires of Variety and Fantasmagoria are back - there's New Orleans' magic in the air and it's coming to get you!

VOODOO VAUDEVILLE visits Komedia on Friday 23 February at 9pm.

Tickets are £10/£8 conc. and are available without a booking fee on-line at or from the Box Office on 01273 647100.

by: Mike Cobley


Being a Mod was a lifestyle synonymous with style, soul, Italian scooters, amphetamines and an all-encompassing twenty-four hour lifestyle.The scene was reported to be predominantly made-up of art students and working-class teenagers, who were deemed to be narcissistic, hedonistic and avowedly consumerist.

A group of young men aged 15 – 16 from Brighton & Hove will launch On the Level - an exhibition focusing on vulnerable young men from the city - with a performance at Brighton Dome (29 October 2016).

Three different Dementia Friendly screenings will be shown at the Duke of York's cinema in Brighton, with the aim of making cinema more accessible to people with dementia.

Bringing their spectral indie pop to The Green Door Store, this Autumn, Gengahr's Brighton date is just one of a slew of intimate UK shows.

Singer/songwriter/guitarist Sarah McQuaid sets out on her final UK tour before she takes a year-long break from the road to record a new album. 

The Passion of Remembrance, the 1986 groundbreaking feature film by Isaac Julien & Maureen Blackwood that defined the Black experience in the UK, is to be screened at Brighton's Duke of York's. 

Like many a British musician before him, Billy Bragg, bard of Barking, singer songwriter, political activist, and musical historian has made no secret of his obsession with the songs and the mythology of the Americas, not least those of his artistic and philosophical forebear Woody Guthrie.  

It is unusual to find Joni Mitchell's River alongside Sergei Rachmaninoff's All-Night Vigil, but that’s exactly what happens on Katie Melua's latest record, In Winter.
Photo By James Bellorini

In 2015 William Rennie, 26, originally from Cardiff, and Darwin Prakash, 23, from Delhi in India, were participants of Glyndebourne Academy, based in Sussex, a talent development project for outstanding young singers who face barriers to following a standard path towards music college or a professional singing career.

Brighton-based tailor Gresham Blake's bold and inventive take on traditional suits has generated interested worldwide, with an impressive list of clientele including Norman Cook (Fatboy Slim), Plan B, Steve Coogan and Ray Winstone among many others.

Being an iconic band is all about chemistry. Be they the Beatles, Small Faces, the Who, the Jam or the Stranglers. It's the mix of the individuals that makes the perfect whole.

A talented new filmmaker from Brighton has been making waves internationally with an award-winning short film that sheds light on Asperger's Syndrome.

Nina Conti whipped out her monkey early. It's a puppet and she used it to get to know that evening's Brighton Dome audience. It's a clever trick from a genius act as it's also a way for Nina to identify who,. later in the act, is going to be chosen to don one of her famous ventriloquist masks.

Described by the BBC as a 'spookily young Brighton trio with killer melodies and an Arctic Monkeys rasp', The RPMs have plenty to celebrate as they follow the release of their debut EP Digital Disobedience with a coveted support slot on the Buzzcocks 40th anniversary show in Brighton.

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