Monday, May 28, 2007
Ok, so where can we sit outside and still get breakfast...
Saturday, May 26, 2007
Triumph on the seashore!
I'm happy to say that the kind of last-minute changes and potential problems that happen before every show were handled on the fly really well by our producing team. I knew that fortune was smiling on us when one of our performers discovered she'd forgotten her CD 15 minutes before we opened the house, and Clams found it on her Ipod (seriously, you have that Esquival song?!), and the house photographer Norman Blake had a cable connecter in his bag, and the DJ Donny V. dug the right adaptor plug out of the back of the Sideshow's antique soundboard, and bang, we had the music. All proof of how important having a cohesive team that can work together well. And we'll definitely be doing it again!
There's really nothing better then finishing the night off drinking with your friends at Cha-Cha's on the Boardwalk, in the breeze off the water, basking in the glow of a successful show. Absolutely made the hard work, and the previous nearly sleepless night working to just about the limit of capacity, all worth it. I love my friends and I love doing what we do.
Wednesday, May 23, 2007
My kind of venue.
"Performers are asked to remember that the snake cage is not a table."
Sunday, May 20, 2007
Saturday, May 19, 2007
It looks like when I was still in the channel's demographic
Thursday, May 17, 2007
I'm getting very excited about this.
The final Bump 'n' Grindhouse lineup:
Clams Casino in...Attack of the 40 Foot Homewrecker!
The White Boom Boom in...Hepcat Howler!
Lola Pearl in...Zombie Space Girls from Beyond!
Legs Malone in...INFESTED!
Kit Cat in...Hellkitties-a-Go-Go!
Pinkie Special in...The Despicable Doctor Pink and the Chest Bomb!
Creamy Stevens in...From Hell Came a Hitchhiker!
Precious Little in...Disco Zombie!
Nasty Canasta in...I Spit on Your Lap!
Plus: your emcee Lady Aye, Bastard Keith as the Voice of Doom, and Vlad and Creighton from Ghoul-a-Go-Go, takin' you in and out of the intermission. We'll have a nurse standing by in the lobby, William Castle style! I'll be picking up clothes off the stage! It's going to be awesome. Seriously, May 25.
Tuesday, May 15, 2007
I stay the same, but sometimes I have a different lovely assistant.
This month's show is going to be a lot of fun, so everybody should brave the possible spring drizzle and come down for the Parkside Wednesday night. C'mon, 8:00, it's early!
Friday, May 11, 2007
The real thing.
Here I am in the middle of the whole crew at the end of an exhausting, triumphant night last night: the Starshine Burlesque Exotic World Benefit show! Complete success, made tons of money, amazing show. (Left to right back: World Famous BOB, Jo Boobs, Scarlet Sinclair, Peekaboo Pointe, a portion of Creamy Stevens, Little Brooklyn, Rose Wood; front left to right: Pop Pistol, Amber Ray, Tigger, me, Clams, Darlinda Just Darlinda and Misty Rivers)
Just an entire night of love for the history of this thing that brings us all together. Which makes this story in the Observer even more depressing; a long time coming, and it's finally here. We're all going to have to work even harder to preserve the real thing in NYC.
Monday, May 07, 2007
This month, watch lots of women take their clothes off for a good cause
This Thursday, the weekly Starshine Burlesque is making itself over as an Exotic World benefit show, with one of the best lineups of performers you'll ever see on one stage-most of them past Miss Exotic World (and in one case, MR. Exotic World) winners. Clams will be part of the jam-packed-with-talent go-go team in Rififi's window before the show, and I'll be representin', helping out with the silent auction and raffle items. Last year their benefit show was packed to the rafters and a hell of a lot of fun. Just 10 bucks for a good cause!
Then, on Sunday May 20, the one and only Miss Astrid (my favorite Teutonic, leather-clad, eyepatch wearing, bitter chanteuse emcee) brings her classic burlesque-variety show, the Va-Va-Voom Room, to the stage at the Zipper Theater, for one night only as an Exotic World benefit! The Va-Va-Voom Room is legendary on both coasts and even if it wasn't 20 bucks for good cause, you should not miss it!
And finally, on Wednesday, May 23 (just two days before our show at Coney Island, ahem), Amber Ray presents Vegas or Bust! An all Vegas themed benefit show at Galapagos. It starts at 9:00, just 15 bucks for the good cause, and it's going to be another outstanding lineup--Clams will be debuting a new number appropriate to her last name, and I think that Neil O'Fortune will be making some kind of appearance, the details of which are yet to be worked out.
That's a lot of good show and generosity combined!
Sunday, May 06, 2007
You see, out of context, "Is it bigger then a breadbox" sounds kind of dirty...
Friday, May 04, 2007
It will thrill you, it will terrify you
Everything continues to come together for Bump 'n' Grindhouse--including the amazing work of photographer Ted D'Ottavio! Ted shoots portraits and publicity photos for many burlesquers (he's shot Clams a couple of times), I'm happy to plug his work because he's immensely talented, professional and a total pleasure to work with. We three producers spent last Sunday at Ted's studio (and in Ted's basement...and on Ted's roof, with the neighborhood kids hollering up at us) shooting publicity shots, which came out really wonderfully and I hope we get some press interest in them! He also put together a great flyer design for us, pictured here-click for the larger version. We've been very lucky to have access to so much talent.