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Aurelio Voltaire gives gothic cabaret the jolt of over-the-top silliness we all knew it needed

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To hell with the monstrous charlatan currently mucking up the White Houseā€”if you want a one-man lifestyle brand to meet all your needs, consider Aurelio Voltaire. The musician, artist, writer, actor, director, animator, fashionista, and all-around Renaissance man has been going strong since launching his career as an animator and designer for MTV in the late 80s. (Initially going by simply Voltaire, his legal middle name, the performer later added his first name to the mix, feeling there were too many other Voltaires out there trying and failing to compete with him.) His achievements are far too many to list here, but recent highlights include his alien-sex comic Fifty Shades of Greys for a recent Dragon*Con, his ongoing Gothic Homemaking tutorial videos, and, of course, his music. For this tour, celebrating 16 years of friendship with Virginia gothic-rock band Bella Morte, Voltaire will pull out all the gothic-cabaret stops, drawing on his latest albums, Raised by Bats (goth rock), BiTrektual (SF fan-fictional silliness), and the arguable culmination of his cabaret style, Riding a Black Unicorn Down the Side of an Erupting Volcano While Drinking From a Chalice Filled With the Laughter of Small Children.   v

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