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L.A.’s most colorful dinner series launches singing telegrams for charity

Disco Dining Club and Some Cult are joining forces for musical fundraising.

Written by
Stephanie Breijo

That isn’t your Postmates delivery at the door—it’s a towering rabbit with a mustache and a boombox and paisley ears, and it’s here to sing you a song. One person’s singing telegram is another’s nightmare fuel, or some combination thereof this weekend, because L.A.’s most over-the-top events company is bringing whimsical and wild-eyed masked, musical creatures to your home for a great cause.

Disco Dining Club is most known for its lavish dinner parties and passion for the likes of living statues, art installations and plenty of themed performances, so it’s no surprise that in the age of stay-at-home, the team found a way to bring a bit of its bizarre and otherworldly charm straight to you. Starting this Saturday, the group teams up with local, masked band Some Cult to launch weekend singing telegrams, which can come complete with a bottle of wine and always raise funds to fight food insecurity.

You can book a telegram for yourself or for a loved one or for a frenemy or for anyone else deserving of a bit of a laugh and the surprise of a costumed character showing up on the doorstep, and you’ll get to pick the musical genre of choice. And while you can’t designate which member of Some Cult will arrive, the band’s members—who remain anonymous—all come from theatrical and improv backgrounds and include their own unique set of talents, so you can expect more than a simple song. 

“Imagine Charlie Chaplin meets psychedelic circus,” Disco Dining Club founder Courtney Nichols says.

Disco Dining Club singing telegrams
Photograph: Courtesy Disco Dining Club

The singing telegrams run $75 per performance, with an add-on option for a bottle of rosé at $25, and can be booked online for Saturday afternoons (with locations currently limited to Central and West L.A.). Ten percent of every booking benefits Wholesome Wave, a national organization that connects low-income families to healthy, nutritious foods and SNAP-program doubling for fruits and vegetables. Additionally, every booking includes a copy of Disco Dining Club’s Indulgence Manifesto publication.

This isn’t the dinner series’ only foray into at-home indulgence in the time of coronavirus. Disco Dining Club also offers a Pride-month delivery package of some seriously beautiful floral arrangements and “artisanal poppers,” not to mention a partnership with the new delivery service Hits Kitchen, which offers themed meals from the likes of Cassell’s and frequent Disco Dining Club chef LQ Foodings.

Of course, if you’re looking for a visit from Some Cult’s "enchanted creatures and broken, misfit toys," you can only get it with a song.

Disco Dining Club and Some Cult’s Saturday-only singing telegrams are now available through online booking; reservations go live every Sunday for the following weekend. 

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