WhimSea! And Kat Robichaud’s Misfit Cabaret Album on Kickstarter

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Last week I went to a beautiful performance at The Great Star Theater, my favorite theater, to see Kat Robichaud and the Misfit Cabaret. I loved every moment of the Thursday night Whim-Sea show, and it was my intention to do a post at the time to let more people to know that they must go see it that weekend before it closed. Good intentions, and all that … all I managed to do was get a few social media posts up hoping to send people to check it out, and to share the photos that I took with a reviewer from SFist. But it’s not too late to share, because the two original songs that Kat performed were my two favorites of the night and they are going to be available on her next album, which is in Kickstarter funding right now. So, let me tell you a little about the show and then some more about the Kickstarter.

WhimSea

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Whimsea was a cabaret performance inspired by the sea so it was filled with mermaids, modern sea shanties and references to underwater-related things from olden times to pop culture. The whole thing was hosted by Kat who was the undeniable star of the show but gave great stage space to a variety of other performers.

(If you’re asking yourself is it that Kat Robichaud, yes, of course it is her because there could be no other. She did perform on The Voice where she did a great job but it’s really much, much more of a joy to see her up close and personal where she’s doing creative stage work in a way that seems so much more authentic to who she is. Not that I know her, but that’s the sense I get from watching her perform.)

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From Kat’s Instagram

In any case, I absolutely agree with Joe over at SFist when he writes,  “Her act seamlessly fuses the jazz chanteuse and screwball comedy genres that have no business working so well together.” And I agree with the two star acts he named – Carnie Asada is endlessly hilarious and Frankie Fictitious is stunningly beautiful – but I disagree with his assessment that the other variety acts were somehow not up to par. The music from Rabbit Quinn and Justin Seagrave couldn’t be more different from each other and yet somehow they worked in the same performance, separated by various acts, loosely hanging together with a theme of the sea, each lending their individual musicianship to the overall perfect ebb and flow of the night.

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But, as I said before, Kat is really the star of the show. Her voice is amazing, and it’s not just that, it’s that she is a true performance artist. She’s funny and charming and sassy and her costume changes are fabulous (plus she supports local artists and costume designers with them). She created two new original songs for the show, both of which I fell in love with. One is in honor of David Bowie, and it has the perfect tune and lyrics to exactly express why he should be honored. The other is The Last Waltz of The Wrights, which was amazing not just for the song but for the Whimsea stage performance in which two dancers dramatically perform a rock waltz about a romantic murder-suicide. It gave me chills.

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From Kickstarter

I loved it. I love everything about Kat and her Misfits and I love everything about Great Star Theater, where they will be performing again in October for a two night show called A Very Bloody Misfit Cabaret.

Kickstart the Album

And as I mentioned, the two original Whimsea songs that I loved are going to be on an upcoming album currently on Kickstarter. It includes eight other songs from different performances. I was only able to pledge a small amount to get the music and some small bonuses but there are some awesome artistic and performance prizes at the higher donation levels … and I happen to know firsthand from my own crowdsourced funding, first through Indiegogo for Hook to Heal and now through Patreon for ongoing work, that even the smallest amount you are able to donate is truly helpful to individual artists in getting their work out there. Support amazing creative work!

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Upcoming: Patterns at The New Stage

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There’s an upcoming performance here in San Francisco that I’m keeping my eye on. It’s called Patterns is part of the emerging theatre called The New Stage. The performance will be held at The Dennis Gallagher Arts Pavilion at the French American International High School.

This is a one-woman show. I love solo performances, especially when there are multiple characters, which is the case here. I just think it takes immense talent as well as confidence to do this kind of performance.

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Burlesque is Art, Art is Burlesque


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There are so many opportunities to see different types of burlesque performances in San Francisco. I’ve seen a variety of styles in different venues over the years. The group I see most often is Bombshell Betty’s group, which performs several times each year at The Elbo Room. The performances are generally themed and I’ve done ones that were for Valentine’s, Easter and Christmas. But my favorite as far as themes go was one I went to a couple of months ago that was themed around art history. Each of the performers based her piece on a famous artist or style of dance. So intriguing!

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This was Picasso with his muse.

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This one and the one above it was Dali and surrealism. It was actually really kind of creepy and reminded me of some of the freaky scenes in experimental films I’ve watched. But in a good way.

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One of my favorites, although also creepy, was the Frida Kahlo piece. She burlesqued her way out of her cast.

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This was a group performance of Warhol’s Marilyns.

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Jiten Daiko Performers

A couple of days ago I shared that I’d seen a Taiko performance in Japantown a few months back. I neglected to mention that the group that performed was Jiten Daiko, a young local group that performs in a variety of places. They’re worth a second look, I’d say.

The Jiten Daiko website shares:

Jiten Daiko Performers

Some videos, starting with a tqo-part video showing the same event that I went to but the performance is the one from 2012, not this year:

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