Third Annual Benefit Cabaret

May 13, 2011

Mystical, funhouse-themed benefit cabaret featuring performances by Nichole Canuso and friends, plus cocktail specials, a Whack-a-Mole competition, silent auction, raffle (NYC package!), magicians, astrological readings and more!

Tickets can be purchased in advance online or Friday the 13th at the door.

This year, spend your Friday the 13th at a mystical, funhouse-themed cabaret with some of the most beloved gypsies in Philadelphia. Nichole Canuso Dance Company (NCDC) will hold its Third Annual Benefit Cabaret on Friday, May 13th, at Underground Arts at The Wolf Building in Center City.  This event continues the NCDC tradition of exciting cabarets that, like the company’s work, celebrate the awkwardness and elegance of human interaction.

Join us for a 6:30pm pre-party reception with the artists including complimentary cocktails and food, live music, a first walk-through of the event’s auction items, and a free astrological reading.  Tickets to this exclusive portion of the evening plus the main event are priced at $60

General Admission begins at 7:30pm, with tickets priced at $13 when purchased in advance or $20 at the door.

The evening will be hosted by Rainey Lacey (Wandering Alice, 2008), and feature performances by Nichole Canuso Dance Company (Wandering Alice, 2008; TAKES, 2010), Geoff Sobelle (all wear bowlers, 2003; Amnesia Curiosa, 2006), Miss Martha Graham Cracker (seen monthly with her band at L’Etage), Beau Hancock (Kathryn Karipides Scholarship Winner, 2009), Charlotte Ford (Chicken, 2010), Beth Nixon (Puppeteer, Cankerblossom, 2010), and other local favorites.  Even the 2nd Place Winners in the Fancy Division of the Mummer’s Parade, South Philly’s own Rabble Rousers, will make an appearance!

Featured events include a Magic Photo Booth by Philadelphia photographer JJ Tiziou, Tarot Card Readings from Reader Hilary Dick, Horary astrological Readings from Max Brown, a Whack-a-Mole competition, face and body painting, drink specials, and more.

Guests can take home such auction and raffle items as a package from Magic Hat Brewery (including a case of Magic Hat Brew); a martini package from Blue Coat Gin; gift certificates from local restaurants like Standard Tap, Johnny Brenda’s, Au Bon Pain, and Dmitri’s; Free Space Rental at The Arts Parlor; spa and hair treatments from such establishments as Fresh Hair and Ozzie Perez Salon; performance tickets from local companies including 11th Hour Theatre, Arden Theatre Company, 1812 Productions, and Theatre Exile; handmade items for the young ones (baby clothes and accessories), the grown ones (a handmade quilt for two!), and the furry ones (who doesn’t need a little spring romper for Fido!?).  All of these in addition to many more auction items - there’s something for everyone!

Our NYC RAFFLE is also happening again this year!  The prize this year includes 2 nights at a Manhattan W Hotel, 2 tickets to an NYC Dance Performance, Dinner for 2, and an hour with Dr. George Russell!  Get your raffle tickets early or at the event!!

Guests can also dance throughout the evening to a soundtrack by renowned local sound designer and NCDC Company Member Michael Kiley.

Proceeds directly benefit Nichole Canuso Dance Company, a 501(c)3 charitable organization, and will allow Nichole Canuso Dance Company to continue its mission to create dance projects that exist at the crossroads of movement, visual art, and theater.



Friday, May 13, 2011


Underground Arts at The Wolf Building

1200 Callowhill St., Philadelphia, PA 19108


6:30pm: Pre-Party Reception with Artists

7:30pm: Doors open for general admission

Ticket Information:

$60: 6:30pm Pre-Party Reception includes a pre-party with the artists plus a bounty of food, drinks, and conversation.

$13: General Admission, advance purchase.

$20: General Admission, at the door.

**This is a 21+ event.