March 8, 2010
It’s finally here! On Saturday, April 17, 2010, Chicago theater group Collaboraction and I are throwing an Order of Odd-Fish fan art gallery show and costume dance party!
Collaboraction is decorating their space to portray scenes from Odd-Fish. Foppish cockroaches, courtesy of Strange Tree, will be strolling around. There will even be opportunities to taste Belgian Prankster beer, thanks to Matt Mayes and Meg Rutledge!
It’s 437 N. Wolcott in Chicago. From 7-9 pm, it’s the opening of the gallery of all the great fan art I’ve received for Odd-Fish. Here’s just a few examples—click on the thumbnails:
After 9 it turns into a costumed battle-dance party into the wee hours. Come costumed as a FIGHTING GOD for the battle-dancing contest in the Dome of Doom! Register by emailing your name, your fighting god name, and if possible, a picture of yourself in fighting-god costume to firstname.lastname@example.org. 64 duelists maximum; first 20 duelists who register get in free!
What kind of DIVINE BATTLES can we expect to see on April 17?
Yes, all divine warriors eager to prove their celestial muscle are invited: murderous angels, immortal bacteria, supernatural gladiator droids, reverse vampire ninjas, chthonic death-ooze, righteous seraphim clad in armor of holy lightning—fighters of any kind!
Ritual COMBAT-BY-DANCE shall be judged by the warrior-priests of COLLABORACTION, based on COSTUME, fighting STYLE, and signature DEATH-BLOW.
The champion shall have the honor of being sacrificed to ICHTHALA, the ALL-DEVOURING MOTHER, in an OCCULT RITUAL of APOCALYPTIC TERROR!
The art gallery opening from 7-9 is free. For the dance party afterward, tickets are $20 ($25 after April 15) for general admission and $50 ($60 after April 15) for premium admission. Normal admission includes PBR until it runs out, and you can BYOB. Premium admission includes open bar, appetizers and access to premium lounge. Get your tickets here, or visit Collaboraction.org for more information.
UPDATE! Use promotional code “185” to knock $5 off your ticket price. So that’s $15 for normal admission and $45 for premium. Tell ’em James sent you.
Wait, What’s This All About?
James Kennedy, the author of the young adult fantasy The Order of Odd-Fish (Random House Delacorte, 2008) has teamed up with Collaboraction to pull of a unique art show and costume dance party extravaganza for Collaboraction’s 7th Annual Carnaval. THE DOME OF DOOM will showcase the strange, wonderful fan art James has received from enthusiastic readers of Odd-Fish. It will also be a costumed dance party in which guests dress up as fighting gods and battle-dance in a raucous competition reminiscent of the climactic scenes of Odd-Fish. For the week after the opening, James and Collaboraction will host field trips from Chicago schools for performances from the book, art viewings, and theatrical writing workshops led by James. Information about the field trips can be found here. You can contact James directly at kennedyjames [at] gmail [dot] com.