Picture San Francisco in the late 1800s, when the city’s Barbary Coast was home to gamblers, gold diggers, degenerates and “soiled doves,” a then-popular term for ladies of the night.
The appropriately named circus, “The Soiled Dove,” will help you revisit those tawdry times in their over-the-top, under-the-big-top show running Fridays and Saturdays through Nov. 17 in downtown Oakland.
It’s a dinner-theater event — with a four-course meal by Work of Art and music by the Bay Area 10-piece band Jazz Mafia — presented by the Vau de Vire Society, the folks who annually put on the Edwardian Ball.
Vintage attire — tap your inner gambler or dance-hall girl or 49er miner — is encouraged but not required.
Details: 1911 Telegraph Ave., Oakland ( BART); $137 for dinner-theater package (arrive at 7 p.m. for 7:30 p.m. start), $59 for the show only (9 p.m. start); www.thesoileddove.com.