Moulin Rouge was so romantic and glamorous, what with the singing, the dancing, the absinthe, the hookers and the TB — on second thought, it was pretty seedy. Enjoy the glitz and color without all the rough stuff on Friday, April 5, when Spectacular Spectacular takes over the Portuguese Hall at 7 p.m. with a Moulin Rouge-style cabaret show ($50, $20 for students after 10 p.m.).
Are you in? Oui? Then throw on something that says Belle Epoque and get there early for cocktails and hors d'ouvres. The circus-style fun includes acrobats, stilt walking, Redwood Rings working enough hoops to make a Slinky jealous, freaks (totally OK to call them that in a professional retro-circus context), Vaudevillian comedy and the petticoat-shaking ladies of Bada Bling! burlesque. Portland's LoveBomb Go-Go marching band provides an "intergalactic indie-Balkan-funk-punk" soundtrack for the show.
All that over a schmancy organic, French meal by chefs Paul Lefever and Geoffrey Goldsmith. They're moussing salmon, wrapping things in bacon, searing lamb and roasting root vegetables. Gluten-free and vegetarian options are on the menu, too.
After the show, it's the after party, an Extravagant Dance Affair. Seriously. That's what it's called. Two stages keep the festivities going with DJ Mancub, of the San Francisco silent disco scene (which is absolutely a real thing that we did not have to Google), The All Good Funk Alliance and singer/emcee Lafa Taylor. Wear comfy shoes, drink plenty of water and regret nothing, mes amis.