Was a generation being preconditioned for devil worship through heavy metal music & He-Man? In a time of deep social upheaval, paranoia is paramount! Recall the power that misunderstanding & moral panic hold to destroy lives & experience it all at Satanic Panic.
The ballroom transforms into an occult ritual space where infamous talk show host ‘Gerald Rivers’ will conduct an expose on the dangers of Satanism. Whether you are for or against or simply a morbid curiosity seeker — be part of the studio audience while the host confronts this moral binary of good versus evil. Allow yourself to be lured into an immersive evening of entertainment that brings together 40 plus visual artists, designers, & performers from across the country who have created pieces that touch on specific media stories & personal experiences related to the 1980s-1990s cultural phenomenon of Satanic Panic!
In addition to 3 ritual sets of burlesque & variety performances audience members will have the chance to interact with floor characters, engage in games, purchase from vintage pop culture vendors, engage with roleplaying photo opportunities & earn badges of “sin”. Guests are encouraged to dress in punk/rock/goth/heavy metal attire to help transport the event to a time & place. The goal is to push the boundaries of live entertainment into an engaging immersive environment where patrons can reflect on events of the past & discover ways that this same kind of moral panic & hysteria is thriving today.
When: Friday, March 24, 8 pm to Midnight
Where: MacLean Ballroom, 112 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL, 60603
Public Transportation: CTA 3, 4, 6, 26, 143, J14 buses; ½ block from Brown, Green, Pink, Orange and Purple lines.
Cost: $30 – $350
Age: 18+, 21 to drink
Event Email: SatanicPanicBurlesque@gmail.com