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Wooden Box gets fast and furious

Published: Thursday, April 11, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

Wooden Box Theater will present an evening of theater, jewelry display, fashion, photography and live music with their take on the film “The Fast and the Furious” at 5 p.m. April 23 at The House Cafe, 263 E. Lincoln Highway, in DeKalb.

The event will display new musical artists in the DeKalb area and new themed fashions by several local models. The event will feature storylined scenes on the House Cafe stage and handmade jewelry by group member Ashley Ney. Candi Jackman of the Prairie Smoke Belly Dance team will perform a themed set as well.

The performance is hosted by local orchestral performer and singer Danielle Pivonka, who has appeared in the group’s events since 2008, and Chicago runway model Nicolette Mori.

Special guest stars include area fashion models Stephanie Phelan, Ashley Lucero, Sabrina Gabriele, Katie Braatz, Christina Vazquez, Gabriela Contreras, Mia Lynell and Nikki Fortin. Phelan, of Genoa, has been with Wooden Box Theater since its debut at The House Cafe in 2006.

The music lineup for the event includes electronica, acoustic, heavy metal and hip-hop.

“This event has the most diverse lineup that we’ve been able to bring together,” director and organizer Dan Sherrill said in a news release. “There’s music of almost every genre, and that’s the interesting dynamic of any of our theatrical events at The House Cafe. Bringing many genres of music together, local vendors and fashion modeling for a common theme.”

Musical performers include Smudged Portrait, Mad Toxic, The Braindead Gang, Stephanie Phelan, ThanksfortheFalcon, Jade Cook with Dan Sherrill, The Danielle Pivonka Band, Steve Barnes with Beth Barnes, D-Nick the Microphonemisfit, Mark with Mia Lynell, Demetra Dokos, David Jonsson, Brother Yellow Mustard, Daerielle Amber, The Sound Barrage, The Order of the Knights McDuff and Mitch Munns with Rachael Cozzola.

The event also will feature four separate fashion displays set to music and co-written by the models.

Cost is $5 at the door. The dress code is semi-formal.

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