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November 8, 2005 > Carnival of Stars!

Carnival of Stars!

A unique event comes to Hayward

by Jeremy Inman

On Nov. 13, the Carnival of Stars is coming to Centennial Hall in Hayward. Presented by, a website about an Egyptian Folkloric form of Belly Dancing, the Carnival of Stars is a self-described holiday dance and gift festival with live performances, food, and guests cartoonists from a number of popular underground comics. Also featured on are links to cartoons by belly dancer and instructor Alexandria, head of the Near Eastern Dance Company and an expert costume maker.

Opened from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. with an entrance fee of $12 for adults and $5 for children, the event promises to be entertaining for the entire family. Aside from the vendor booths, which offer a chance to get a little of your Christmas shopping done early, there will be guest panelists featuring cartoonists and performers who will be discussing such topics as professionalism in the field of belly dancing, as well as a costume/performance contest for the public to enter for a chance to win prizes and a trophy. The market of independent vendors will include arts and crafts, belly dance costumes, jewelry, and comic books - about belly dancing.

Whether you're a belly dancer, a fan of belly dancing (as well as costumes for and comics about belly dancing), or if you're just plain curious, head down to Centennial Hall and check out The Carnival of Stars or read more about it online at, it's certainly going to be a unique event.

Carnival of Stars
Sunday, November 13
10 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Centennial Hall, Hayward
22292 Foothill Blvd., Hayward
(510) 548 - 4260

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