Farmers Public Market hosts night of near-indecency 

Ladies and gentlemen, step right up and feast your gaze on dancers, mermaids, stilt walkers and an "orange guy."

"Cirque Berserk," the freak show-themed version of this year's Carnality Ball, starts 7 p.m. Friday at the Farmers Public Market, and brings with it fire-eaters, a sword-swallower, visual artists of all ilk and a whole host of live music. 

VETERAN OF THE BALL
BODIES OF ATTENDEES

More than 800 visitors attended last year's ball, and organizers expect several thousand to attend Friday's event.

All proceeds from the annual fund-raising event go to Rampage Artist Inc., an organization that supports creativity in Oklahoma. Local artist and ceramic corset seamstress Nicole Moan founded the event in 2007.

"It helps us put on other events and helps the artists," she said. "We want to help out the arts in any way we can."

VETERAN OF THE BALL
At Friday's Carnality Ball, art comes in all different forms. Lynn Simon of Oklahoma City's Teaze Dance & Fitness is a veteran of the ball and has performed at the event since its inception.

"The thing about Carnality Ball that I've noticed is that it focuses just as much on the performances as the artwork," Simon said. "There are so many people who want to do something different and don't have that outlet."

This year, Simon will perform on the sideshow stage as a tap-skating clown.

The strange and unique talents of Oklahomans performing at Carnality Ball range from Boobzilla "? the toughest boobs on Earth! "? to intricate acrobatic routines by Perpetual Motion dancers.

Magician and street performer Troy Scott performs on Friday, but only offers hints of his planned act.

"I hate to say too much," he said. "You just have to be there and see it. There will be a big stage illusion you can't see anywhere in town."

This year's featured artist is Bryan Crump, a body painter and hyperrealist photographer. Born and raised in Oklahoma, Crump has worked as an artist in Las Vegas, Colorado and Oklahoma for almost a decade. He started with body painting and recently began experimenting with photography, creating images he uses as canvases for paintings.

"It's taken a long time to build pride and confidence in my work," he said. "I'm always transitioning and trying to evolve my work."

BODIES OF ATTENDEES
Crump will have a booth set up at the event with his artwork and will paint the bodies of attendees. He said one of the Carnality Ball's best components is its community.

"It's an excuse for people to enjoy the artwork and network," he said. "It's like an arts festival, but a party at the same time with a theme."

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