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On a ripsnorting episode of After Hours AM/America’s Most Haunted Radio — Thursdays 9-11pE with hosts Joel Sturgis and Eric Olsen — we welcome Mike Gaines, co-founder and director of THE SOILED DOVE, Victorian, Steampunk, burlesques extravaganza, who also has a few ghost stories to tell. We talk with Mike at 10pE; at 9pE Joel and Eric review the week’s freakiest paranormal news and whatnot.

Vau de Vire Society presents The Soiled Dove, an immersive, circus-infused dinner theater set in the reincarnation of San Francisco’s ribald, spooky Barbary Coast red light district.

From Mike and Shannon Gaines, co-creators of the Edwardian, New Bohemia NYE, and Lagunitas Beer Circus comes an event that titillates every sense. Set amidst a thematic backdrop inspired by SF’s notorious gold rush era, guests delight in an engaging evening filled with danger, decadence, world-renowned performance, and an innovative culinary extravaganza worthy of royalty.

The Soiled Dove

Guests are encouraged to submerge themselves in the revelry by putting a little (or a lot) of effort into their attire—styles that cover Victorian, Edwardian, 49er, Harlots, Crimps, Steampunk, or their most stylish period couture.

Circus and theatrics by Vau de Vire Society. Interactive gourmet dinner by Work of Art. Music by Jazz Mafia/Realistic Orchestra.

Fridays & Saturdays from June 9th to July 1st.

Tickets for 21-and-over show at 

After the first and second runs of sold out shows in 2014, 2015 & 2016, The Soiled Dove returned June 9th (with shows every Friday and Saturday through July 1st) to the shore on the bay at The Point Alameda…under the Big Top Tent – a massive 12,000 sq. ft. circus tent acquired from the countryside of Tortona, Italy.

Set amidst a thematic backdrop inspired by San Francisco’s notorious Barbary Coast era, guests can expect an engaging evening filled with danger, decadence, amazing culinary creations and world-renowned performances. Live musical accompaniment and arrangements will be provided by the famed Jazz Mafia / Realistic Orchestra with surprise musical-guest cameos each evening.
Director/proMike Gaines The Soiled Doveducer of The Soiled Dove, Mike Gaines says, “We have over 40 performers and musicians collaborating to help transport guests back to the heart of San Francisco circa 1890.” Gaines explains how he and wife and Vau de Vire Society choreographer Shannon found the Tortona Big Top, “After literally scouring the world high and low for exactly the right fit, serendipity led us to the Italian countryside where we discovered the beautiful and magical Tortona – a 12,000 square foot circus tent with ultimate charm and pizazz.  Inside we are creating an intimate and exciting depiction of a happening saloon set back in San Francisco’s Barbary Coast era tricked out with multiple stages, a tall ceiling for aerial acts, balconies for the dancers, sitting areas and a bar perfectly designed for illicit escapades and debauchery.”
The Soiled Dove promises an evening of world-renowned performance accompanied by a live Orchestra of epic delights. You will indulge in a world of decadence perfectly suited for those in search of an adventurous escapade into San Francisco’s scandalous history. Guests are encouraged to submerge themselves in the revelry by putting a little (or a lot) of effort into their attire…styles that cover Victorian, Edwardian, 49er, Harlots, Crimps or one’s most stylish period couture.
This summer’s run of The Soiled Dove is located at The Point, a new mixed-use development in Alameda, CA. With breathtaking views of San Francisco and Alameda’s waterfront the location alone is sure to delight. Alameda Point Partners is excited to welcome The Soiled Dove as a continuation of Phase Zero, a series of early activation programs designed to entice new audiences to the area in advance of the project opening.
Partners include Alameda Point Partners, The Point Alameda, Monarch Beverage Catering, Work of Art, and Lagunitas Brewing Company.
Vau de Vire Society The Soiled Dov
About the Vau de Vire Society: Founded in 1997 by husband and wife team Mike and Shannon Gaines, the San Francisco-based entertainment company Vau de Vire Society has been titillating crowds around the world with its unique brand of interactive and thematic art, dance and circus events. This avant-cabaret community consists of classically-trained dancers, some of the nation’s most acclaimed acrobats, aerial artists, sideshow acts, fire-performers, thespians and beautiful circus freaks. The group has been cross-pollinating genres by collaborating with an eclectic variety of world-renowned musicians and DJs in the creation of original stage shows.
Notable recent collaborators include The Edwardian Ball (SF & LA) Cirque du Soleil (Corteo), San Francisco Symphony, Bassnectar, The Dresden Dolls, Calvin Harris and The Madd Vibe Orchestra…with live support performances for James Brown, Primus, 50 Cent, Wyclef Jean, Velvet Revolver, The Cure and many other highly respected international artists.
In addition to producing the annual SF/LA Edwardian Ball since 2005 and SF’s premier NYE event New Bohemia NYE, Vau de Vire is most widely recognized for their numerous music and arts festival commissions, having curated live-music stages and multi-day variety entertainment amidst their custom built environments.  Past and ongoing festivals include: Symbiosis Gathering, Outside Lands Festival, Bumbershoot Festival, Download Festival, Lightning in a Bottle, Exprescion on Alcatraz, Burning Man and Super Village at Super Bowl XLV.


Vau De Vire presents The Soiled Dove from Blackbird Films on Vimeo.

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