Vintage themed cabaret is a dark delight


The DC Tweed Ride has passed and the extended re-mix that was 2013 Holloween week had finally ended.  Avoid post  festivities depression and treat yourself to Happenstance Theater’s  fourth edition of Cabaret Macabre.  I’ve been lucky enough to catch two seasons and I really enjoyed both!

Michael R. Kelly of had this to say about this year’s production…

“Happenstance Theater’s 4th Annual All-New Cabaret Macabre is an absolutely lovely show for this time of the year: a little spooky, a lot of whimsy, and plenty of morbid humor to keep you laughing throughout the evening of their brand new and fan favorite vaudeville sketches.

Drawing inspiration from the illustrator Edward Gorey, Victorian nightmares and popular music of the time, this marvelous ensemble explores the darker sides of human existence with just enough scrutiny to intrigue its audience, but orchestrated succinctly as to not dwell on the heavy stuff.”

Mark Jasper and Sabrina Mandell have performed at D&Q Seersucker Socials and post Tweed Ride parties and you’ll love their vintage inspired approach to theater.

There are only 5 performances left before they take the show to New Orleans. Get tickets and see it before its gone!



D&Q 2013 DC Tweed Ride Flickr Pool


2013 Tweed Ride picture for Flickr


The 5th Annual DC Tweed ride featured some of the most amazing looks ever! Please upload and share your best images where they can be enjoyed by all and featured on the  D&Q site.  Upload your best tweed ride photos here!


*The photo above was taken by John A. Petty II of Philadelphia!



Registered after 2pm today? Hear this!

Attention Dandies & Quaintrelles!

The 5th Annual Tweed Ride is but a few days away. We couldn’t expect a better forecast for Sunday, when over 600 dandies & quaintrelles are planning to ride in style through the streets of Washington, DC.

If you’re registered, you’ll receive our start location and route info by noon tomorrow!

Here’s just a hint of the easy route that’s in store. We’ll start high and mostly descend our way through D.C.’s leafy streets, picturesque circles, historic buildings and monuments.

Things to download and print today: 
- Your waiver form. Everyone must bring a signed copy to the starting point.
- Your event receipt. Please print and bring it with you to the rider check-in table! If you’ve bought tickets to the Bash, you’ll receive a wristband at rider check in for quick entry to the party.


11 am to 12:30 pm: Riders check in, mingling, photo opps
1 pm: Ride leaves!
4:30 pm: The post-ride bash at Brixton starts. Meals will be served on the first floor, music and entertainment will take place on the second floor.

Other important info:
- If you’ve purchased a ticket with a meal, you’ll need to hold on to it after you’ve received your wristband. Brixton staff will collect it at their buffet line!- If you’re coming just for the party, bring your receipt with you for check in at the door!

-If you plan to party with us at Brixton and haven’t yet bought tickets, Remember that tickets sell out in advance and we can’t promise any sales at the door! It’s $20 to enter and drinks will be available at happy hour prices. The jazz-age sounds of Dandy Wellington, the smooth moves of the Fidgety Feet Dancers, and burlesque performances by Medianoche are sure to light up the night.


A few photos from the 2012 Bash at Brixton







More from me tomorrow!


Eric Channing


Dandies & Quaintrelles

The Dandy who brings the BANG to the Bash…

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Dandy Wellington sets the standard for how jazz-age music is performed. The look, the energy, and the music chops are top notch.  His performances are a treat to the eyes, ears, and soul!  He rolls into DC twice a year and sets the party on fire. Before midnight, he boards a bus and in the tip of a hat, he’s gone!

Maybe you  haven’t seen him perform. Maybe you only do the rides. It’s like having apple pie without a scoop of ice cream.  It’s like packing your favorite flask without your best bourbon.  When skipping the party, you miss half of what makes the day what it is!

We’ve booked him twice a year for four years straight with good reason. The man and his band give bang to the bash. You won’t get more bang for your buck!

This year we’re serving meals on the first floor of Brixton and leaving more room for the party upstairs. Folks will be able to hear the band and watch the action on the flat screens behind the bar if they want to relax downstairs.

Tweed Ride Registration now open

















As things return to normal in our beloved city, it’s time to look forward to our big fall ride!

Register for the free 5th Annual DC Tweed Ride and purchase tickets to our Bash at Brixton before they sell out.

Our eventbrite registration and ticket link is live at:

Interested in volunteering to check in participants in at the start of the ride in exchange for admittance to the Bash at Brixton? Please send us a message!

Participated as a D&Q ride marshall in the past and interested in helping out again in exchange for admittance to the Bash at Brixton? Send us a message!