Starting tonight, Spiegelworld, the glitzy, pre-fab performance venue, sets up shop for another season on Pier 17, sousing the smelly seaport with Weimarian glamour in two vintage Belgian tents. The new acrobatic show running in repertory with the return of the flashy Absinthe is Desir, a backstage circus providing a flexed-out glimpse into an early-20th-century Parisian nightclub. In between the body-bending resident shows, Spiegelworld also plays host to a number of live musical acts and DJs. This season’s lineup is both dark and whimsical, including turns by Amanda Palmer of the Dresden Dolls, a sultry cabaret with Meow Meow & Justin Bond, a musical tribute to Abbie Hoffman, Martha Wainwright singing Edith Piaf, and the premiere of New Orleans Bingo! Show, which is described as a “Brechtian cabaret funneled through New Orleans’ Ninth Ward via the noir surrealism of Twin Peaks.”

Aug. 6-Nov. 2, 2008