“I have crazy ideas all the time for these things,” says Khyentse James, the mastermind behind the popular, nostalgia-laden 1940s WWII Era Ball, the Voodoo Island 1950s Tiki Ball and the 1940s White Christmas Ball. “But only a few of them are actually doable.”
What made the cut for tonight’s 1940s ball? “We have a home-front reenactment station, so it’s all about what women were doing on the home front,” James says. Historical reenactors will give demonstrations; a tribute to the Ed Sullivan Show will feature live interviews that will also be broadcast on a big screen. You might run into Bob Hope, Frank Sinatra or a (’40s-era) Marilyn Monroe — and one of the premier swing-era entertainers from the U.K., Ricky Hunter.
And attendees will also see some old favorites, such as Rick’s Cafe Americain, with Rick and Ilsa and a roulette table you can play on. Also returning will be costumes, big-band dancing, numerous planes and gear, and a lot of fun.
“It really feels like you’re going to a party in the 1940s,” James notes. “Everybody gets dressed up — it’s just a magical night where people feel like they can step out of time, and you can’t do that every day.”
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The ball lands at the Boulder Airport, 3393 Airport Road in Boulder, at 5 p.m., and keeps rocking till 1 a.m.; tickets are $35 in advance and $40 at the door. Visit 1940sball.org for details.
June 15, 2013