you may have heard, the world didn't actually end on December 21 - but that
didn't stop a creative crew from throwing one hell of a doomsday gala at
Dorchester's First Parish Church. Songstress Amanda Palmer and her
husband, fantasy author Neil Gaiman, led post-apocalyptic ghouls, burlesque
dancers, and the rest of the colorful crowd in raising funds to restore Torrent
Engine 18, a 19th-century Dorchester firehouse that will house performances,
exhibits, and studio space for visiting and resident artists. For more on the
project, check out torrentengine18.org.
Dei Xhrist, artist
We did a triple take when we spotted Dei Xhrist's
three-faced papier-mâché headpiece made from casts of her own visage, which she
affixed to a Styrofoam cone covered with a wig she scored at an estate sale.
She kept the rest of the outfit simple,
opting for black and gray apparel and a beautiful necklace made by local
jeweler Megan Stelzer, a buddy of hers.
The idea had been brewing for a while
- she had a notebook full of ideas and sketches for the creation, but needed
the right opportunity to show it off. What better time than an apocalypse?
There might not have been another chance.
She'll make sure to get plenty of use
out of the unique piece. She planned to wear it again on New Year's Eve (and
perhaps when she gets her driver's license photo taken).
More pictures at thePhoenix.com/parties. See you out there!