When a young Jennifer Connelly
wishes that the goblins would take away her baby brother, she conjures up David Bowie
in blonde ’80s mane, blue cape and exquisite pointy eye liner. ”Go back to your room, play with your toys and costumes, forget about the baby ,” bids The Goblin King
and then offers her a crystal, “not an ordinary gift for an ordinary girl that takes care of a screaming baby.” Thus starts LABYRINTH
(1986), Jim Henson’s second foray into fantasy with puppetry after THE DARK CRYSTAL
(1982). The film, which now as an affectionate cult following fueled by lust for Bowie, is the inspiration for the Labyrinth Masquerade Ball Sat. June 9
in Heaven at The Masquerade
by event planner extraordinaire Mon Cherie,
grand mistress of legendary Atlanta night club The Chamber
, the Rockabilly Lounge, Va-Va-Voom Burlesque Show
and lately Mad Lib-Ations
Thursday nights at The Little Five Points Corner Tavern
Mon Cherie kindly agreed to share a sneak preview of the fantastical festivities and also what else she has planned for the near future.
Why a Labyrinth Ball?
The Labyrinth Masquerade Ball concept came from a conversation I had with Magenta Costly of The Modified Dolls. When we met, we hit it off so well that we knew we wanted to “do something” together. Ever since I founded The Chamber, I enjoyed making people’s dreams come true and watching them beam with delight. When I watched Magenta talk of her love of the movie and her dream of wanting to hold a masquerade ball, I said, “Let’s do it.”
Can you tell us a little more about what will be going on in terms of performers, decor, etc?
You can expect to see Flying Fairies, Goblin Kings and a Masquerade of debauchery. The performances will amaze – fire fans, aerial artists and sparks will fly with a grinder show. Belly dancers and a bit of burlesque to cap off the night.
How should attendees dress? Is it strictly fairy tale or all types of fantasy?
Since it is very important to me that everyone feels welcome at my events, I will never insist that people dress to theme, meaning nobody will be turned away at the door, if you are not in costume. That said, I hear the costuming that the guests are wearing will exceed all expectations of a true Masquerade Ball.
David Bowie as The Goblin King in LABYRINTH; Sony Pictures, 1986.
What types of masks are acceptable and what happens if someone shows up without a mask?
Also, in case guests have not found that perfect mask, I will have several mask vendors on hand, selling their wares – even have a few in the raffle. So, I have decided to split the raffle and give away the masks early in the evening, so they can wear their prized masks for the event.
Will there be vendors and the usual Mon Cherie raffle? In other words, how much cash should we stash?
What’s next for Mon Cherie Presents that you’d like to share?
There are a lot of changes in the Mon Cherie Camp. I’m planning another Rockabilly Lounge for Sat. July 21, with Ghost Riders Car Club, and we are planning the next Chamber Reunion, as we speak. My most favorite new thing is Mad Lib-Ations, which we hold EVERY THURSDAY night at L5P Corner Tavern. Where all my potty mouth friends get to mingle, network, play games and win fabulous prizes. To keep “A” Breast with my shenanigans, feel free to visit my website at www.moncheriepresents.com.