2016 has truly reshuffled the deck. Therefore, Calamus and Comfort & Joy (two non-profit organizations dedicated to queer community building) have decided to shift the focus of this year’s winter celebration from Solstice to Saturnalia.
Saturnalia is the ancient Roman festival honoring the most complex of the gods, Saturn. After a sacrifice was made in his honor, Roman society was turned on it’s head; schools/courts/exercise regimens/declarations of war were suspended, masters served their slaves at lavish banquets, gifts were exchanged, and everyone was encouraged to express themselves freely and party to excess. (Read more here).
Being the modern grrls that we are, expect all the elements of a classic Saturnalia, remixed for the year MMXVI.
Enjoy a banquet fit for the gods from noted culinary artisans Beonda Doubt and Zac Benfield. Expand your soul with a wealth of visual delights: Fashions by Justin Denberg and a cavalcade of entertainment hosted by Darwin and Ultra, featuring performaces by Brontez Purnell, Saturn Jones, and Spice Rack favorites.
A Sacrifice to Saturn, illuminated by III and worthy of this gorgeous collection of people, will cap our show. Pro tip: Ponder something you’re willing to sacrifice to honor Saturn, that hard working god that gets shit done. Carry that in your heart, you reap what you sow.
Introducing the curatorial prowess of Comfort & Joy’s latest resident DJ, Trever Pearson, who's bringing to the table DJs that inspire you to lose yourself in dance on the main floor, under visual demigod Chickpea’s black light splendor.
Descend into our update of the Roman Baths, a sensual atmosphere fusing the exotic aesthetics of artists Steve Dudek, Greg Brown, Rob Nevitt, Jacob Perkins (and more!) with the aural stimulations of DJs DiggDeep and Grisecon. Soothe and relax with a tea kiki hosted by Doktor Sprite. Let naked men feed you grapes and other tasty treats.
Tarot Card Readings by the legendary Avis. Please tip her properly.
Photo-booth from our tireless chronicler, Dot, a real stand-up dude if there ever was one.
Full clothing check available.
This event is 21+. For your safety, you will be lovingly & thoroughly searched.
Mad props to Roman Avila for these evocative promo collages.