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Monday, August 16, 2010

Fire Cabaret featured PCL Rose Nisker

At last month’s Crucible Heat: A Fire Cabaret benefit featured Pacific Cannery Loft (PCL) Rose Nisker was performing flamenco  tissue aerial style dance.

In the August 15th 2010, San Francisco Chronicle, Staff Writer Carolyne Zinko [EMAIL]  wrote a article titled “Crucible benefit fans the flames of creativity.” Below are excerpts from that article.

You can sneak a lot of industrial arts - welding, blacksmithing, jewelry making, even glass blowing - into an evening with a little imagination and the right performers.

"Heat: A Fire Cabaret" paired sultry music with circus-style acrobatics, burlesque entertainers, dancers in gothic costumes straight out of "Beetlejuice" and fire. Lots of fire.

The three-night show in Oakland last month was a benefit for the Crucible, an arts education center founded in 1999 that serves 8,500 adults and students each year.

Previous fundraisers focused mostly on flames. This year's benefit was designed to counter the notion that the Crucible's mission is primarily about creating artworks that shoot fire, a la Burning Man.

Like Burning Man, the hundreds of guests attending were asked to dress in speakeasy costume, to get into the act, and many did.

"I purposely didn't wear a lot of hair spray tonight - I didn't want to go up in smoke," quipped event-goer Donna Sachet, a San Francisco drag queen clad in a short blond wig, a red fringed flapper dress and red heels.

The "Fire Cabaret" - held in the group's 56,000-square-foot warehouse on Seventh Street - featured four short musical vignettes performed on a stage that alternated with demonstrations of industrial arts by the center's faculty members in other parts of the venue.

But even the demonstrations were often paired to music, as in one room where blacksmiths pounded enormous hammers on red-hot metal, while a woman danced on a table in African print dress to several men playing rhythmic drums and shaking maracas. [MORE]

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