999 Eyes Freakshow w/Panty Raid
When: 8 p.m. Thu., Dec. 8
Today’s culturally sensitive citizen might be wary of paying to see “freaks” exploited onstage. But at 999 Eyes, you can indulge your curiosity with no guilt attached. The genetically anomalous talents behind this touring troupe have rethought the old-fashioned sideshow — their mission is to celebrate genetic diversity and let “freaks” present their unique talents.
Performers such as Elephant Man, The Tiger Lady and Black Scorpion alternate between sword-swallowing vaudevillians and heartfelt storytellers, sharing tales about what it’s like to be born different from everyone else. Circus-style jug ensemble THAT Damned Band’s original numbers provide the perfect background for a night of lurid yet educational fun. The show is profanity-free and appropriate for all ages, but burlesque troupe Panty Raid opens.