Freak out for a big break in the 2011 Freaks of Asheville calendar

From a Facebook invite from the folks at Craggie Brewing:

Craggie Brewing and Kitty Love present the Freaks of Asheville 2011 Calendar Competition and Freak Pageant!!!

Compete for inclusion in the 2011 Freaks of Asheville Calendar

Are you a crazed nut and/or terminally creative? Do new costume ideas keep waking you up at night? Have you performed/displayed your creative ideas for free more times than you can count?

Well, this is your chance to show your stuff and finally get recognized for all the weird inspirations made real that you live for. Compete in the first ever Freaks of Asheville Pageant for a spot in the 2011 Freaks of Asheville Calendar. The Freaks Pageant is much like a standard beauty pageant, but without the beauty, swimsuits and tiaras. You’ll perform your fabulous offbeat talents, show your best get up and go costume gear, and of course give the all-important interview. And, much like standard beauty pageants, you can bribe the judges (we suggest chocolate and feather boas!).

Audition dates are Saturday, Jan. 16, from 12 to 4 p.m.; Sunday, Jan. 24 ( same time); and Saturday, Jan. 30 (from 12-4 too) at Craggie Brewing (197 Hilliard Avenue, downtown Asheville), where you will perform a short piece of your choosing and show photos of your costume creations (or other fully clothed exploits). Please register immediately to receive audition guidelines. How do you register? Send an obsequious and flattering email of inquiry to: avlfreakscalendar@gmail.com. A registration fee of $25 will be required to secure an audition appointment.

The Freaks of Asheville pageant will take place at Grove House (11 Grove Street) on Saturday, Feb. 13, from 8-10 p.m. Contestants will perform a 3-minute talent segment, show a costume of their own creation runway style, and respond to 3 minutes worth of interview questions relevant to the kingdom of freaky behavior and thought. Contestants will compete for a single appearance in the 2011 Freaks of Asheville Calendar. Appearances in the calendar by pageant winners are limited to the top winners (number to be determined). First-, second- and third-place winners will also receive a trophy and gifts.

This pageant will be part of a huge all-night bash happening on three floors of Grove House, including Dark Love: a KriOvSeraphim Session (2 psytrance (Darkpsy, FullOn, and Neurotrance), DJs and one EBM band) in the Boiler Room, Purgatoria Day of the Dead party at 11 Grove, and Scandals in the Crystal Room. There may even be a slice of Heaven …

The Freaks of Asheville Pageant is produced by Kitty Love, Craggie Brewing Company, and the Freaks of Asheville (dur). The Freaks of Asheville calendar is a fundraiser for Arts 2 People, who receives 10 percent of calendar income and a big ol’ check from the pageant party.

Arts 2 People is a local non-profit that is devoted to promoting the role of the arts as an integral part of our culture by serving the entire community through arts outreach, bringing the arts to those in need of the healing power of art, supporting the careers of artists, and through community cultural development. Arts 2 People is the umbrella organization for the Lexington Ave. Arts and Fun Festival (LAAFF), the REACH Programming series, the Asheville Mural Project (AMP), Moving Women, the Pritchard Park Cultural Arts Program 08, Faces of Asheville, and hosts numerous events and workshops and events throughout the year. To find out more, visit www.arts2people.org.

Craggie Brewing Company credits art in its many forms (hand-crafted beer included) for Asheville’s sustainability, and we endeavor to support, and bring attention to, our local artists/arts community. For more about this sponsor, visit: www.craggiebrewingco.com.

— Brian Postelle, staff writer

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