Barbary Coast-themed circus returns to the East Bay

Vau de Vire Society’s inaugural event in Alameda will be “The Soiled Dove,” to be performed on July 15-16. “The Soiled Dove” is a boisterous and bawdy show set in San Francisco’s notorious Barbary Coast red light district circa 1890, according to Vau de Vire Society.

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.

mercurynews.com

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