The Third Annual Los Angeles Krampus Ball
Saturday, December 5, 2015.
Held once again in our chalet-style venue in Highland Park, the Krampus Ball, is the scariest costume party this side of the Alps. Tonight it falls on Krampusnacht, the night the devils are summoned by St. Nicholas from their secret cave on Mount Lee, and marched toward Highland Park where the naughty and nice are assembled for judgment. Tradition says we dress to the “neins” for this night of reckoning, so we encourage whatever Krampus couture’s within your budget — lederhosen or dirndl, some Victorian fanciness, or just some sprigs of pagan holly – it’s up to you. While we await St. Nick’s judgment, we’ll pass the time with entertainment including classic German tales of errant children musically and theatrically interpreted by cabaret artist Christina Linhardt and vaudevillian “Tuba” Heatherton. You’ll have a chance to embrace your inner Bavarian as GTEV D’Oberlandler returns with their folkloric Schuhplattler dances, 10-foot alphorns, accordions, and tuned cowbells. Linda Herman and the Raving Polka roll out the barrel, and get your oompah running. Things get truly witchy when Tatzelwurm takes the stage. Performing in horns and hides and smelling faintly of the Black Death, this experimental neofolk ensemble makes the sort of music Odin puts on mixtapes for his Valkyries. There will also be the diabolically pleasing shimmying of Miss Krampest Storm, treats and blessings from St. Nicholas, and other surprises, the most terrifying being the arrival of the Krampus Los Angeles Troupe. When you hear that clatter of bells outside, you’ll wish you’d been good; nearly two dozen fantastically outfitted Krampusses and related demons are about to storm in, sweeping everyone into a furry maelstrom of horns and flicking switches.
KRAMPUS BALL: Highland Park Ebell Club, 131 S Ave 57 Los Angeles, CA 90042, Doors: 7:30pm, Show: 8pm-12am, $20 (Advance tickets strongly recommended; this event sells out early every year.)