Rock & Pop

9th Annual Cheshire Rock Opera

When: Fri., Jan. 27, 8 p.m. 2012

Alice's penchant for traveling through looking glasses, falling down rabbit holes, and eating psychedelic mushrooms isn't the only reason she's been a consummate pop culture muse since the Victorian age. She's also beloved simply for having a rebellious spirit. By all appearances a sweet blond in ruffly knickers and a pinafore, Alice nonetheless refused to play by societal rules. She couldn't be tamed by stiff clothing, or children's primers, or even a hostile Queen of Hearts. Thus, it's little surprise she's embraced by the underground arts community in Oakland. One of Alice's more devout local followers, a musician named Sean Lee, put together a "full-immersion" celebration of Alice in Wonderland back in 2004, complete with a costumed tea party, a dance competition, and themed songs. The event had enough fairytale cachet to draw a following and ensure real longevity. This year's ninth iteration will feature antics by Wanderlust Circus, plus a "Queen's Concert" with several musical guests, including Thee Hobo Gobbelins. It happens at Oakland Metro Operahouse (630 3rd St., Oakland) on Friday, Jan. 27. 8 p.m., $10 for those wearing Wonderland costumes, $15 for everyone else.

Rachel Swan

Price: $10-$15


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