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Jul. 3rd, 2010

Steampunk, Veronique Chevalier

World Premiere of Veronique's New Music Video @ Steampunk Bizarre on July 11th!



Greetings Dear 'Fiends' & Fan(g)s!

New excitement has been added to the froth that's already being generated around The Steampunk Bizarre! Behold the Official Press Release:

Internet Dating with a Comedic Twist, Weird Val Croons a New 'Toon!

The new animated comedy music video by Veronique Chevalier (aka Weird Val) is a lively lampoon of contemporary courtship. Part social satire, and part homage to her Dark Cabaret & Steampunk roots, her original song "Internet Date" is a cleverly packaged tour of the netherworld that is "Cyberian" (online) dating.

Los Angeles, CA - July 3, 2010 -- Veronique Chevalier, the quirky, aristocratic French-American cabaret artist whose Halloween record "Polka Haunt Us" was an Official Entry on the 51st Annual Grammy Ballot, is at it again this time with a new, animated cartoon music video, created for her humorous original song "Internet Date." With online dating already a well-entrenched method of modern courtship, Ms. Chevalier's cheeky wit serves her well, as she skewers the practice.

The narrative commences as a lament, and ends with one woman's triumphant solution to her earlier dating travails. Chevalier openly acknowledges the video is also an homage to the song "Coin-Operated Boy" by one of her favorite Dark Cabaret musical duos, Dresden Dolls.

"Internet Date" features the cartoon artistry of director Kyle A. Carrozza (a storyboard revisionist on Nickelodeon's "Fan Boy and Chum Chum"), whom she initially met online, via TheMadMusicArchive.com. It was their mutual love of demented music (not of each other) that brought them together.

Animator on the project was John Berry, who co-creates "Frog Raccoon Strawberry" strips with Carrozza for DummComics.com. ARIA (Australian Grammy) nominee, Jann Castor, who was chief recording engineer, sound designer and producer for "Polka Haunt Us," contributed foley and sound design for "Internet Date" as well. Castor and Chevalier also met online, via an ad she placed on Craigslist, seeking music collaborators.

The “Internet Date” video will premiere on Sunday, July 11th, 2010, at The Second Annual Steampunk Bizarre, at ArtSpace in Hartford, Connecticut, and will be available on YouTube one week after the live premiere. The Steampunk Bizarre, curated by Joey Marsocci, and presented by DrGrymmLaboratories.net, is a week-long exhibition, running July 9th - 16th, exploring various aspects of Steampunk, which is a term that has been coined for "The Scholar's Science Fiction."

Born from the imaginations of H.G. Welles, Mary Shelley, Jules Verne, Nikola Tesla and others, Steampunk offers a melding of late 1800's aesthetic with scientific discovery and other-worldly technology. Though Steampunk reached a tipping point recently, it is not just a current trend. The Steampunk aesthetic has been woven through our media and consciousness for more than a century in books, film, music, fashion, and art. Today, the Steampunk movement is alive with artistic creation and ideas to bring “a world that never happened” into reality.

The Steampunk Bizarre Exhibit will be alive with sights and sounds of ingenious and strange contraptions set in a themed atmosphere. Dr. Grymm's EXPERIMENT is to bring together 23 international artists, some from the Steampunk community, some professional artists trying their hand at Steampunk for the first time.

Chevalier, who also found Marsocci online, is the only performance artist who has been invited to participate in The Steampunk Bizarre, and in addition to screening the "Internet Date" video, she has written two song new parodies and a spoken word piece entitled "I Am Steampunk" that she will perform live.

Highlights of the exhibition will be filmed for a documentary by Neurotic Films, tentatively entitled “I Am Steampunk: The Making Of A Bizarre World,” which will premiere in the Fall of 2010.

When asked if any of the narrative in "Internet Date" is based on her personal experiences, Chevalier will only say that she prefers to focus on how effective a tool the Internet has been for locating people with whom to work in a professional capacity.

"Internet Date"producer/writer/singer Veronique Chevalier is known as The "Weird Val" of Cabaret, for her hilarious parodies and side-splitting covers. (Imagine if Jim Morrison and Elvira had a twisted, Edith Piaf-like love child). She is the recipient of The Unanimous Choice Award for Best Independent Cabaret Artist by the Los Angeles Music Awards for her benefit recording Cabaret4Choice. Deemed "too extreme for Simon" she was gonged off the first season of America's Got Talent, after only 20 seconds, proving that her gifts are wasted on the masses.

WEBSITE
http://www.WeirdVal.com

YouTube (The video will be uploaded to YouTube on July 16th)
http://www.youtube.com/user/VeroniqueChevalier

PHOTOS
Veronique Chevalier Red Velvet Curtains Photo by Justice Howard
http://WeirdVal.com/PR/VeroRedVelvetNOcrosses.jpg

Veronique Chevalier as "Hell-ga The Devil's Beer Maid" Photo by Justice Howard
http://WeirdVal.com/PR/BeerMaidinHell-final.jpg

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What: Steampunk immersion experience for all ages, July 9-16th
Veronique's Appearance: Sunday, July 11th (Steampunk Meet Up)
Time: 5 to 9 pm
Venue: Hartford ArtSpace
Address: 555 Asylum Avenue, Hartford CT, 06103
Telephony: 860 - 548 - 9975
Event URL: http://www.drgrymmlaboratories.net/Steampunk-Bizarre.html

Apr. 9th, 2010

Steampunk, Veronique Chevalier

A NEW Evening Of Steampunkery, Sunday May 2nd

Veronique Chevalier, GildedAgeRecords.com & Sepiachord.com Present:

A Red Velvet Evening of Steampunkery & Veronique's Natal Date Celebration
A Vaudeville Extravaganza in Two Acts

Who: All Ages!
Cover: $8
Date: Sunday, May 2nd
Time: 8 pm
Venue: Echo Curio
Address: 1519 Sunset Blvd, LA, CA 90029
URL: http://echocurio.com

For your edification and entertainment, I am proud to feature:

* Erica "Unwoman" Mulkey, Cellist, SF, who has toured with Votaire and Rusputina, among others
http://www.youtube.com/user/unwoman/

* Markham The Miracle Man, Sword Swallower & Vaudevillian Extraordinaire, LA
http://www.laffpro.com/video.html

* Weasels Exist, Marauding Lunatic Cabaret Music, LA
http://www.youtube.com/user/weaselsexist

* Dr. Steel's Toy Soldiers, screening The Doctor's short propaganda films & recruiting for his World Domination Campaign
http://www.worlddominationtoys.com/drsteel/enter.html

* Vixen Magdelene - Steamy Burlesque to Dr. Steel's Theme Song- http://MySpace.com/vixen_magdalene

* Lavendar La Rue - Saucy Victorian Burlesque- http://MySpace.com/LillianLassen

* Tales Of The Extraordinary - Live In Studio Pulp Serial Dramatization- http://emptysea.net/tote/index.html

* Veronique Chevalier, AKA The "Weird Val" of Dark Cabaret, LA
http://www.youtube.com/user/VeroniqueChevalier

And, of course, moi! Oh and this will be my Official Natal Date Celebration, so there will be cake and bubbly (sparkling cider for non-imbibers and young folk) for all attendees!

Mar. 1st, 2010

Steampunk, Veronique Chevalier

The First Promo Video for The Steampunk World's Fair May 14th-16th, 2010

I am so excited to share with vous the first of six promotional videos for the upcoming Steampunk World's Fair, where Yours Truly & her collaborator Monsieur Seth, have been invited to perform on Saturday, May 15th & Sunday, May 16th, and this is what vous might expect to witness:

Imagine yourself transported to a mouldering basement boîte (club) in the heart Paris. Amidst the late-night, decaying splendor of tattered red velvet curtains, flickering limelights, and wisps of tobacco and opium smoke, one catches glimpses of Toulouse-Letrec intently sketching Amanda Palmer, as Tim Burton and Jules Verne quietly swap tales about sightings of the Green Faerie...The shadowy lull is suddenly lifted by the lively strains of Miss Gertrude The Accordion, as Veronique, swirling and swaying through the crowd, leads her merry musical accomplice Seth to the stage, where they proceed to regale all and sundry with ditties of engines, existentialism, etiquette, & (gag!) escargots.

And without further ado, here is the first of six promo videos for The Steampunk World's Fair:


Brian Viglione vs. Brian Viglione Chess Match

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Feb. 24th, 2010

Steampunk, Veronique Chevalier

* ALL NEW Evening of Steampunkery, Sunday, May 2nd, 2010



Greetings Fellow Steampunks & Southern California Manticoreans!

I am still finalizing the lineup of performers, but for now, please pencil in the date for one of my upcoming "Red Velvet Vaudeville Variety" presentations at Echo Curio.

Veronique Chevalier, GildedAgeRecords.com & Sepiachord.com Present:

A Red Velvet Evening of Steampunkery & Veronique's Natal Date Celebration
A Vaudeville Extravaganza in Two Acts

Who: All Ages!
Cover: $8 (or $5 if you can't swing more)
Date: Sunday, May 2nd
Time: 8 pm
Venue: Echo Curio
Address: 1519 Sunset Blvd, LA, CA 90029
URL: http://echocurio.com

A partial lineup thus far, for your edification and entertainment, I am proud to feature:

* Veronique Chevalier, AKA The "Weird Val" of Dark Cabaret, LA
http://www.youtube.com/user/VeroniqueChevalier

* Erica "Unwoman" Mulkey, Cellist, SF, who has toured with Votaire and Rusputina, among others
http://www.youtube.com/user/unwoman/

* Markum The Miracle Man, Sword Swallower & Vaudevillian Extraordinaire, LA
http://www.laffpro.com/video.html

* Seth Bedford, Accordionist/Composer/Chansonnier, NYC
http://www.myspace.com/sethbedford

* Dr. Steel's Toy Soldiers, screening The Doctor's short propaganda films & recruiting for his World Domination Campaign
http://www.worlddominationtoys.com/drsteel/enter.html

* Vixen Magdelene - Steamy Burlesque to Dr. Steel's Theme Song- http://MySpace.com/vixen_magdalene

* Lavendar La Rue - Saucy Victorian Burlesque- http://MySpace.com/LillianLassen

* More TBA!

And, of course, moi! Oh and this will be my Official Natal Date Celebration, so there will be cake and bubbly (sparkling cider for non-imbibers and young folk) for all attendees!

Stay tuned for updates!

Feb. 18th, 2010

Steampunk, Veronique Chevalier

Seth Bedford's Musical Triumph w/ The Chelsea Symphony, NYC

I had the honor of collaborating on a joint composition with Seth Bedford last year, and the result was a song entitled "Natal Date", which premiered in May 2009 @ The Triad Theatre, NYC, with moi on vocals accompanied by Seth on accordion, with his cabaret ensemble Huxley Vertical:



On February 13th & 14th, 2010 the Chelsea Symphony premiered our work as an instrumental, (entitled here "Waltz-Intermezzo") which Seth had inserted into a larger work he called "Three Songs for Chansonnier and Orchestra":



Here is an excerpt about his work in "Lucid Culture":

The Chelsea Symphony’s Valentine’s Day Concert 2010
February 16, 2010

"On the scale of holidays to avoid and stay home, Valentine’s Day ranks somewhere below New Year’s Eve but ahead of the Fourth of July. And the V-day concerts around town are a joke: which Holiday Inns in New Jersey do all these no-name performers retreat to after bringing their “Easy Listening for Lovers” shows to the West Village for a little extra pay? Happily, we have the Chelsea Symphony as an antidote to all that. Sunday’s program was a characteristically adventurous, stylistically puddle-jumping treat juxtaposing a world premiere with standards and a welcome rediscovery.

This particular show was front-loaded. Arrangers have been doing orchestral versions of cabaret songs for a century – on the other hand, the debut of Seth Bedford’s Three Songs for Chansonnier and Orchestra proved as notable for its shrewd, witty arrangement, making full use of the ensemble’s voices and textures, as for its tuneful lyricism. Part Brecht/Weill, part Al Jolson, the triptych sandwiched a playful overture between a somewhat noir tribute to dissolution and a ragtimish murder ballad sung from the point of view of the victim. In front of the orchestra, Brent Weldon Reno’s potent baritone resonated with wry, rakish defiance."

To that I add: I predict even greater musical triumphs for Seth in the future!

Lucid Culture: http://lucidculture.wordpress.com/2010/02/16/the-chelsea-symphonys-valentines-day-concert-2010/

Jan. 11th, 2010

Steampunk, Veronique Chevalier

* Veronique to Produce A New Steampunk-themed Recording in 2010!



A new year, a new recording project!

If vous have any Steampunk-related subject matter that you'd like meI to address, feel free to send suggestions now, while I'm still formulating. Once I go into the sonic laboratory with my brass headphones, I won't be able to hear you... ;-)

Nothing is too far-out or fanciful. What -IS- Steampunk if not fanciful?

Thus far we have fielded the following suggestions (via Facebook):

1) Lady Fleur Tracylynn Gomez: The Steam Queen of Corvania and Her Gear Driven Court.

2) Joe Kilmartin: I've found that Ragtime laments like Scott Joplin's "Solace" with a kind of Tom Waits feel to them have always seemed more Steampunk to me than a lot of what I've heard in the genre, Mam'selle. I want something with airships and clockwork powered lifesized lovedolls. Goggles and Tesla styled electrical displays always add some Steam to the pie. I don't ask for much.

3) Michael Pao: Concertinas!

4) Joe Kilmartin: What Micheal said, too! Brecht/Weil styled Moritats!

5) Michael Pao: Concertinas is because it's one of the instruments I'm trying to learn. Oh and if you can find someone get in some hurdy gurdy and cow bell.

6) Michael Pao: I also suggest an awesome music video! Let me know if you need a camera man or help!

7) Laura Toy: Remember that movie we saw this last summer? Underwater themes are never done anymore. Can you bridge the gap? Good luck on your project. If you need vocals, back-up or otherwise let me know! Love Love!

8) Michael Pao: Oooooo...that sounds kinda fun...kinda like a steampunk Beyond the Sea (love that song) type of thing.

9) Seth Bedford: Wind-up love doll = win.

Nov. 4th, 2009

Steampunk, Veronique Chevalier

Veronique Appearing @ 1st Annual Seattle Cabaret Festival Nov. 11th - 16th!



Can Can Presents: The First Annual Seattle Cabaret Festival

The First Annual Seattle Cabaret Festival, which at the kicks off on November 6th, with honored UK Dark Cabaret icons, The Tiger Lillies at the Moore.

The Festival then picks up again on November 11th - 15th and features numerous other acclaimed cabaret, drag and physical performance artists and ensembles over the course of its five-day run. Participating venues include The Moore Theatre, ACT Theatre, The Triple Door, The Can Can and Pensione Nichols.

Appearances by:

* Agness Twin * AKAK * An Magi Tarot of the Pomegranate * Armitage Shanks * Arnaldo * Baby Gramps * The Bad Things * The Castaways * Christy Kane * Circus Contraption Band * Crystal Fosnaugh * Danbert Nobacon * Dame Darcy * Darek Mazzone * Diva Le Deviant * DJ Global Ruckus * Dr. Calamari and Acrophelia * Emerald City Soul Club * Funi Daniels * God's Favorite Beefcake * Gypsy Sound System * The Heavenly Spies * Huxley Vertical * I (heart) Shiva * Iva Handfull * Jennybird * jONNI R Synic * Javier Ortega * Lonesome Shack * Luna Nocturna * Maureen O'Donnell * Michele Frances * Miss Oblivious * Miss Mamie Lavona * Orkestar Zirkonium * The Peculiar Pretzelmen * Queen Shmooquan * Robert Rial's Bakelite 78 * Ronald McFondle * Scarlet Foundry * Scarlet Room * Shmootzie the Clod * Seth Bedford * Spirit Board (Gargoyles) * Stella Rose * The Tiger Lillies * Throbosho * Toybox Trio * Vagabond Opera * Veronique Chevalier * Victor Janusz * Vinsantos * Waxie Moon * Zoe Boekbinder

Official Website for dates, times, venues and ticket information: http://cabaretfestival.com



* What: Poe's Peculiar Parlour
* Dates: Wed., Nov. 11th - Sun., Nov. 15th
* Start time: 7pm
* Location- Pensione Nichols
* Street- 1923 First Avenue
* City/Town- Seattle, WA 98101
* Phone: 206.441.7125
* Event Type: all ages, public entertainment, film, literature, music
* Website(s)- http://www.pensionenichols.com & http://www.thecancan.com/cabaretfestival/


Festival within the Festival:

Join Seattle Art Maven Miss Oblivious who has curated a Series of Fortunate Events at the elegant & cozy landmark Pensione Nichols Bed & Breakfast for five consecutive evenings, each commencing with Tarot and tea- followed by film, literature and live musical performances! Victorian Parlour style... dress-up recommended but not necessary.

Programmes are as follows:

* Wednesday Nov 11th - Hosted by Miss Oblivious

- Huxley Verical Kabarett Nouveau (NYC)
- Schmootzi The Clod (music + murder ballads)
- Plus short films by Miss Oblivious

* Thursday Nov 12th - Hosted by Miss Oblivious

- Veronique Chevalier (Paris + LA) & Seth Bedford (NYC)
- Agness Twin (LA + SF)
- Jonni R Synic
- Short animated film of Huxley Verical Kabarett Nouveau
- Meet the visual artists with work on display in The Parlour:
Sara Devout,AKAK,Javier Ortega,Crystal Fosnaugh

* Friday Nov 13th - Armitage Shanks hosts Kurt Weill Night

- Doppleganger
- Stella Rose Saint Clair (Helen Kanesque)
- Book reading and films by Christy Kane (New Orleans)

* Saturday Nov 14th - Hosted by: Diva Le Deviant

- 7 pm Palm Readings by Dame Darcy
- Vinsantos (SF)
- Dame Darcy Films & Book Signing
- Funi Book reading
- Short film by Miss Oblivious

* Sunday Nov 15th - Hosted by Miss Oblivious

- Lonesome Shack (Seattle)
- Death BY Doll (LA + NY)
- Maureen O'Donnell (Author of "Scar Flowers")
- Short surprise film screenings

Just Added: Veronique Chevalier & Seth Bedford will also be performing at The Can Can on Sunday, November 15th, as part of the concluding festivities of the Cabaret Festival!




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Aug. 27th, 2009

Steampunk, Veronique Chevalier

Happy Natal Date Tim!

Huzzah! My 'fiend' and fellow Mad Music Maker has a Birfday coming up on the August 30th.

http://archiver-tim.livejournal.com/

So in your honor, here is a video of the world premiere of my original, adult-themed song entitle "Natal Date". Many Happy returns Tim!

Aug. 22nd, 2009

Steampunk, Veronique Chevalier

HELLga The Devil's Beermaid at Vamp Con- Fangoria Magazine Article!

THE VAMPIRE CONVENTION!
Friday, August 21, 2009 09:46 AM
by Pat Jankiewicz Fearful Features/Fangoria Magazine

Hey, if plumbers and dentists can have conventions, why not vampires?



On Sunday, Augist 16th, Hollywood appeared to be invaded by the combined residents of Sunnydale, Santa Cruz and 'Salem's Lot, as bloodsuckers gathered at the Music Box Theater for the first ever Vampire Convention and came back that night for Vampirella's Ball.

It was an appropriate date, as it marked the 53rd anniversary of the death of Dracula himself, Bela Lugosi--the inspiration for Bauhaus' biggest hit. Because of the Hollywood setting, attendees could literally walk down the Boulevard and pay respect at Bela Lugosi's star (Many did.).

There was a celebration of the 40th anniversary of Vampirella, as well as round-table discussions on 'Vampires And Sexuality', and 'Why we love vampires.'

Well-dressed theatergoers on intermission from the "Legally Blonde" at The Pantages Theater did double takes as hordes of fanged, pale Goths slouched silently past them, craving sustenance at the closest things they could find to Merlotte's on Hollywood Boulevard: Subway and Tommy Burger!



Hip Vampire Queen Leah Cevoli (www.leahcevoli.com) served as MC, with the accordion touting Count Smokula. "I adore vampires," said the fun actress, who was a self-described "whore on DEADWOOD". Her impressive voice can be heard frequently on ROBOT CHICKEN.



"I have to love vampires," Cevoli admitted. "My neighbor is Steve Niles (Comic book creator of 30 DAYS OF NIGHT). Every time I see Steve, I immediately remind him how perfect I would be as a vampire in 30 DAYS OF NIGHT 2!"

A couple selling black horror movie tee-shirts passed out flyers with the declaration "STOP HORROR REMAKES! (All of them)" "We are very serious about this--it's already too late to stop the new HALLOWEEN II," the man grimly cautioned.

Frequent BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER/ANGEL vampire and demon Camden Toy (www.camdentoy.com) wandered through, meeting and greeting. "Thank God we're having one of these--it's great to see a resurgence in vampires. They're interesting characters," Toy mused.



Convention guests included author David Skal, performers Amanda Weier(ALIEN ABDUCTION, SCARE TACTICS), Cristofer Sanders, filmmaker Don Glut, Del Howison of Dark Delicacies and a surprise appearance by lithe, masked actress Rena Riffel (renariffel.com). "I play a vampire hunter in my film TRASHARELLA, so I had to come down and show my support," Riffel said.



"Everybody enjoys vampires. I love their Gothic style and how the act of biting you looks as pleasurable as a foot massage," added Riffel, before she was swarmed by SHOWGIRLS fans.



Link to original article on Fangoria Magazine Website:
http://www.fangoria.com/features/21-fearful-features/3653-the-vampire-convention-.html

Aug. 19th, 2009

Steampunk, Veronique Chevalier

Veronique @ Chrononaut, Friday, September 18th, San Diego, CA

* Time: September 18, 2009 from 7pm to 11pm
* Location: Queen Bee's (formerly the 8teen Center)
* Street: 3925 Ohio Street
* City/Town: San Diego, CA 92104
* Website: http://chrononautclub.com
* Event Type: all ages, public entertainment & music
* Organized By: Professor J. S. Greyshade



Ladies, Gentlemen, Harlots, and Scoundrels,

The Machina Fatalis Steampunk Social Club presents an evening’s entertainment unlike any the fair city of San Diego has seen. Chrononaut: a night for temporal adventurers of all ages.

Your host, Prof. J. S. Greyshade, selects sounds from eclectic destinations throughout the space-time continuum such as steampunk, alternative folk, gypsy punk, dark cabaret, gothic, middle eastern, circus punk, and extremely mutated hip-hop.

There shall also be visions of monochromatic beauty from the amazing cinematagraph and a variety of special guests and entertainments.

Steampunk, neo-Victorian, dark cabaret and anachronistic dress is most warmly welcomed.

Friday, September 18th, 2double-ought9:

* Veronique Chevalier & Seth Bedford
* Eli August


Doors open at 7:00. Club closes at 11:00

(one block east of 30th Street and 1/2 block north of University Avenue)

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