Saturday, April 10, 2010

Countdown to Yuri's Night Event / April 10

Countdown to Yuri's Night, an out of this world art extravaganza that combines visual art, performance, and music to commemorate the first human space flight, is back for a third year.

Countdown to Yuri's Night, a 21-and-over event, takes place Saturday, April 10, from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m., at the Capitol Skyline Hotel (10 "i" Street, SW).  Tickets are $30 in advance and $35 at the door.  Visit for tickets, artist links, and event announcements.

In an "Astro-Pop" art exhibition organized by artists Scott G. Brooks and Jared Davis, approximately 20 visual artists will exhibit work that celebrates, reflects, and imagines space, from hard-core science to the lowbrow culture.  Confirmed artists, in addition to Brooks and Davis, include Dana Ellyn, Matt Sesow, Stephen Blickenstaff, Greg Ferrand, Linas Garsys, and Andrew Wodzianski. The exhibition will be available for viewing prior to the event at

The night's festivities also include a lunar dance party with Chief Boogie Officer DJ P.Vo and special guest DJs, Stoli-sponsored drink specials, a reduced-gravity chamber (moonbounce), celesti al costume contests, and a final frontier photo booth.

Countdown to Yuri's Night is an artistic spin on a high-science holiday.  On April 12, 1961, Russian Cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin embarked on the historic first manned space flight.  Every year around April 12, Yuri's Night parties are held all around the world; it's like St. Patrick's Day or Cinco de Mayo for space.

Returning this year are Trixie Little and The Evil Hate Monkey, an award-winning acrobatic superduo who dance, flip, fight, and strip for the opposing forces of good and evil.  Their adventures have taken them all across the United States, and now they are charting a course to conquer the galaxy.  Miss Saturn, a New York-based staple of vaudeville and comedy with her 40 orbit rings (hula hoops), is also making an encore appearance.  Hosted by Southern Hemisphere, the show's emcee best known for her work as Card Girl in The Lobsterboy Revue, the Cosmonaughty Variety Show also includes:

- L'il Dutch, DC's salty sweet burlesque star and host of The Dutch Oven;

- Eva Brontosaurus, a musical comedy trio that's one part drag queen and two parts real women who like to do drag;

- Dr. Swami YoMahmi, Ph.D., a regular traveler in the D.C. sideshow universe, ably assisted by his lab assistant Booger; and

- Demivolt, a Washington-based post-punk/rock/surf band that will provide the musical backdrop for the show.

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