Out of sheer boredom and morbid curiosity, I wandered inside Hot Topic in Berkeley yesterday. Besides the goth-lite corsets and frilly elastic thingys passing as “skirts,” the thing that struck me most was how much Alice in Wonderland merch is already on the racks, even though the Tim Burton movie won’t be released for another month or so. How are the kids supposed to know if they want to wear a T-shirt with Johnny Depp on it looking like a cross between Carrot Top and Behemoth without seeing the movie yet? Oh yeah, it’s in Hot Topic.
Well, it’s not just the kiddies. Mature goths are staking claim to the new Alice in Wonderland movie, too. Hence, the Friday, Feb. 5 event titled “Wonderland: A Tim Burton Ball,” hosted by Swing Goth. Swing Goth describes itself as “an organization dedicated to bringing partner dancing into the modern world. Our approach to dance instruction de-emphasizes footwork and returns the focus to dancing with a partner to the music.” (You can try Swing Goth-ing every first and third Tuesday at El Rio) Held at the DNA Lounge, the Tim Butron Ball will feature performances by Seattle-based steampunk band Abney Park, SF band Vagabondage, and SF-based puppet troupe Shadow Circus, which is “known for their Lovecraft inspired puppets that bring to life biting cultural commentary and satire.” DJs Skip, Shatter, and MzSamantha will also be spinning. 7:30 p.m.-3 a.m., $16 in advance, $18 (w/ costume), $20. (Optional dance lessons in polka at 7:30 p.m. and swing at 8:30 p.m. for an extra $5 bucks.) Wear your corsets!