Masquerade-2015-Social-Media-ad-940x470Pandora Productions, the progressive theater company whose mission is to produce plays and musicals inclusive of and of interest to the LBGTQ community, throws a hell of a party.

I can say that for sure because I am a certified wallflower and went to last year’s Masquerade and danced my feet off, gained new friends and made some boozy bids (and won) on silent auction items.

It’s just about everything you could possibly want in a party: fabulous (and fabulously dressed) people, amazing music, heavy hors d’oeuvres, gorgeous decorations and … those magic words … open bar.

It’s Pandora’s largest fundraiser of the year, and at $75, it’s worth every penny.

And it’s a Masquerade, so of course there’s a theme. This year it’s a “Black and White Ball,” so you have a lot of flexibility. It will be interesting to see how they transform the Art Sanctuary space and interpret the theme.

Pandora is adding a new event this year: a live “paint off” between two local artists, Joshua Jenkins and Joy Wilson. They’ll have three hours to create a new original work, and then those paintings will be auctioned off during the event.

Music will be provided by The Billy Goat Strut Revue, who tore down the house last year, and DJ Sleepy-T.

The event is Saturday, Feb. 21. Doors open at 7 p.m. for the subscriber VIP hour, for all season subscribers to Pandora who purchased Masquerade tickets and those who purchased a table. General admission begins at 8 p.m., and the party ends at midnight … don’t forget your glass slipper!

Tickets are available online at the Pandora home page.

Pandora’s next production, “Edith Can Shoot Things and Hit Them,” by A. Rey Pamatmat, debuted at the Humana Festival in 2011 to rave reviews. (Back when I was blogging at, the play made my “Best Things about 2011” list.) It begins March 5.

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