Wednesday, June 27, 2007
Captain and Tuna-nille
Or Captain and Neptunille, we never completely settled on it. The Mermaid Parade was a lot of fun; the weather was perfect, amazing costumes, we were surrounded by friends. It was insanely crowded, and the ratio of photographers to just spectators was about 1:1. The whole route was basically one long photoshoot; when we got home that evening Jen got on Flickr just to check it out and nearly 6,000 pictures had already been uploaded, with the parade only a few hours over. It's ridiculous.
But, after years of wanting to do it and always having a conflict or reason come up, being in the 25th Anniversary Mermaid Parade was totally worth the effort. Our group made the wise decision of bailing out of the parade when it jammed up in front of the judging booth-we were not there to compete! The two of us ended up hanging out in front of the Sideshow bar, drinking beer, eating fried seafood, meetin' and greetin' the friends and associates who made their way there. Pretty awesome, actually. Next year, who knows what the whole thing will be? Anyway, more pix here if interested. Or just do a Flickr search and see how many thousands more are posted now!
Friday, June 22, 2007
Why is this funniest thing ever on the internet?
Love will keep us together...also alcohol.
Monday, June 18, 2007
The twilight of Williamsburg
This really represents a sad state of affairs for Williamsburg; Galapagos, while not entirely free of annoying issues for performers and producers, has been a vital anchor to the Burg's arts and cultural scene since artists first started moving into the neighborhood. It's depressing that its making the financially necessary move to DUMBO, a neighborhood that, while grittily appealing in appearance, never developed into anything like the arts district it was leaning towards 6-7 years ago, and has instead pretty much devolved into a condo hellzone. And it's funny, on Saturday Jen and I had a real "fall back in love with New York after returning from our affair with Vegas" time in Williamsburg; a rainy walk through the Renegade Craft Fair at McCarren Pool, and sunset rum drinks and fried seafood at Surf Bar...but after tonight a big reason we ever come to the neighborhood will be gone.
Thursday, June 14, 2007
Back from Vegas.
Sunday, June 03, 2007
AND this proves we were meant for Vegas!
Today we made the official announcement that the Exotic World Burlesque Museum will now be known as simply, The Burlesque Hall of Fame. It's a good decision; for an institution looking to build a stable, high visibility new home in a new city, with a rapidly growing international audience, a clear, straightforward name is vital. "Exotic World" just confuses people-not only because of the broad use of exotic to connote all adult entertainment, but in surprising ways: Vegas-based Board member Luke Littel has told me about the calls he gets from people looking to rent snakes and tropical birds! The place has had a lot of names over the years, but the fact is, from its very origins, when Jennie Lee founded it this place has first and foremost been THE Hall of Fame for this unique, specific form of art and entertainment. So, it makes sense; the name Exotic World means a lot to a lot of people and it will live on in the annual Exotic World Weekend and the Miss Exotic World Pageant title. But as Liberace here shows, the new name is really just coming full circle!
(photo from the collection of the Burlesque Hall of Fame)
Friday, June 01, 2007
This time next week...
There are so many things to be excited about...the one and only Clams Casino will literally be the first performer of the entire Weekend when she takes the stage at the kick-off party Thursday night, on the stage at the Beauty Bar. Jonny Porkpie is running the official Texas Hold-Em Tournament (he's dubbed it the "Twirled Series of Poker"), starting at 1:30 AM at Binion's, after the show on Friday--in the Poker lounge next to the bar with the mechanical bull. Oh, and then there are the shows! And seeing people I haven't seen since this craziness last year! And all the sleepless (and gambling-less, eatless, drinkless) insane hard work to pull it off!
We've all been working so hard the past two months to make it all come together, and when it does it will still feel like a miracle. But I wouldn't miss it for anything. I'd love to say that I'd try and blog about it while I'm in Sin City this year, but that's just completely fucking impossible.
Meanwhile, venues are coming calling about Bump 'n' Grindhouse: the tour....
Oh yeah, and I have a day job!