Help keep Milwaukee weird by funding the 2013 season of Dead Man’s Carnival
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Times are tough. The economy continues to sputter, job growth remains anemic at best, and the career of Mario Lopez rolls along unabated. Things are so bad, in fact, that even local D.I.Y. circus-vaudeville-burlesque shows can’t make a go of it without turning to the Internet for some much-needed dough. That’s certainly the case with Milwaukee’s Dead Man’s Carnival, a long-running underground punk circus full of “traditional circus arts,” “glamorous burlesque,” “human oddities,” and “vaudevillian novelties.” Over the past year or so, the Carnival has set up shop at the Miramar Theatre for its monthly shows, though future shows may be in doubt: Organizers have turned to popular Kickstarter alternative Indiegogo in hopes of funding their 2013 season.
As with all crowd-sourcing fundraisers, a host of goodies are being offered to would-be contributors. $15 will net you items like hand-screened posters, T-shirts, and calendars, while $100 will entitle you to a 2013 season pass. For burlesque aficionados with deep pockets, a donation of $2,500 buys a private, full-cast show.
Unlike Kickstarter, all money pledged through Indiegogo goes directly to the artist whether the campaign goal is met or not. In the case of Dead Man’s Carnival, that goal is $5,000 by the end of Friday, Jan. 11. So if fire-eating, freaks of nature, and half-naked ladies are your bag, chip in a few bucks and help keep Milwaukee weird.