NoHo’s #FBF: Elixir – old school era dinner show

Love Is For The Heart…But Elixir Is For The Soul.

So the NoHo Arts District is officially one square mile. But what happens in this mile is what happens in some major cities. The unique art and entertainment that’s created is phenomenal. We here at like to highlight our neighborhood’s unique offerings and talents.

On Friday, July 29, Knitting Factory Entertainment and The Federal Bar proudly present Elixir The Show. Elixir has been critically acclaimed as the “best variety show in Los Angeles” and is a nod to the bygone era of old-school class, style and true entertainment. This fun stage features a hot jazz band, rotating singers, burlesque, cabaret, dance troupes, magic, comedy, games and prizes and outrageous audience participation in a dinner theatre setting. Joining the Elixir team is the talented Kasmira Buchanan. She answered some questions about the show and what we can expect this month. Make sure to reserve your table, they go fast.

Why did you join the Elixir team?

I love a good adventure. I’ve hovered above patrons 8-feet tall on stilts, been cut in half in magic shows, eliminated on national television…twice, and frolicked through the Biltmore Hotel as a faerie at the Labyrinth Masquerade Ball. So when I first stumbled through the dark entranceway of the Elixir Show three years ago, it was the beginning of a beautiful friendship, and the eventual thread that would soon tie together all of my history.

From that very first show, I was captivated by the energy of not only the performances, but by the two producers Matthew Nash and David Schmidt. They made me feel as if I had just walked into their family home…with a bit more formal attire, and a lot more glitter. I soon became a dancer and choreographer for Elixir, and shortly after proposed the idea of joining the producing team. Matt and David agreed that the show could use a female touch.

That female touch is now producing her 20th show. I get to bask in the monthly inspiration of all the artists that grace our stage, and even pull in some of my history…stiltwalkers, magicians, and faeries alike!

What’s coming up at this month’s show?

This month’s Elixir Show will showcase 14 exciting variety acts! We have some of our favorite returning regulars such as comedian Scout Durwood, and multi-award winning drag queen Calypso Jeté. We also have some newbies showcasing at Elixir for the first time: A mime duo by Mitchel Evans and Sheena Leigh, an enthralling pole dance by Michelle LaBelle, and a high energy hip-hop group by Noe Najera. The Elixir Dancers and Funky Munky band will of course be making an appearance, opening the show with Janet Jackson’s “Rhythm Nation” like you’ve never seen before!

Elixir The Show at the Federal Bar NoHo Arts District
(From left to right) Sarah Galiatsatos, Kevin Kelley, Amy Garbett, Kirby LaBrea, Kasmira Buchanan, Janelle Cruz, Alli Miller.

Check out “Hey Mickey!” from our last Elixir Show:

Choreographed by Kasmira Buchanan
The Elixir Dancers: Kasmira Buchanan, Janelle Cruz, Sarah Galiatsatos, Amy Garbett, Kevin Kelley, Kirby LaBrea Lead Vocals: Alli Miller
Backup Vocals: Taylor C Baker, Kelly Stevenson
The Funky Munky Band


Join us July 29 at the Federal Bar, and add your own flavor to this Elixir!



Friday, July 29
Doors/Dinner 7:30PM
Showtime 8PM
DJ/Dancing Afterparty at 10:30PM

Free Admission, 21+ with ID, Stylish Dress a Must…

Table Reservations:


The Federal Bar
5303 Lankershim Blvd.
NoHo Arts District

Elixir The Show at the Federal Bar NoHo Arts District

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