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New York City, pop culture, art and nightlife. Because nobody else is blogging about those things.

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Halloween party, problem solved

Noah: how's things
got your costume all ready
me: Shit you know what? I haven't thought about my costume at all.
I've had my free time buried in other stuff and haven't even thought about it.
I'll end up half-assing something...
Noah: just draw something on a t-shirt with a sharpie
me: heh heh
Noah: or just go as Sarah Palin
me: Oh man, there are gonna be soooo many Palins! She's the "Roy mauled by white tiger" of 2008.
me: I should kick it really political obscure and go as Ted Stevens.
Noah: bwahahah
whos that
me: Exactly!
Noah: going to be lots of sarah palins and jokers this year
me: Oooo!
Maybe I should be Sarah Palin AS the Joker!
Noah: nice


Monday, October 27, 2008


I was digging through Youtube looking for something else and totally by accident happened upon this. I have never heard of this, ever, and I pride myself on that kind of shit. I almost can't believe this is real, but it is the awesome. "That's the fastest white boy I've ever seen!" God, what did we do before the internet...relied on our memories, I guess. Hm.

Oh, and here's one I did remember, but I forgot how damn groovy the theme song is!

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In the midnight hour, I can feel your power

Ok, so Friday is Halloween and you have crazy party plans, but you have all day Saturday to catch up on your rest, because Saturday at midnight you need to be at the Zipper Factory Theater for Borderline Burlesque! And here's why you really have no excuse! This weekend is Daylight Savings time! Fall back into fall, baby! That's an extra hour of sleep! Ok, we'll see you at the show.

(pic by Ted D'Ottavio)

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Thursday, October 23, 2008

Sweet, Nightmare on Elm Street 3: The Dream Warriors just came on IFC

I love October. Man, I loved this movie. Whatever happened to Heather Langenkamp? This is what IMDB is for...Just the 10 Of Us...that Nancy Kerrigan TV movie, that was really good casting....oh yeah, Wes Craven's ahead-of-its-time metaflick, New Nightmare, where she played herself as the actress who played the Nancy character in the Nightmare on Elm Street movies, and Freddy is real...and then a smattering of TV credits. Hmm. Some indie director needs to rediscover her, I think.


Can someone explain to me

How the New York City Council is allowed to overturn two voter referendums and do away with term limits today--including their own? There are a lot of things to admire about Mike Bloomberg, but are four more years of his "Never met a condo I didn't like" administration really what the city needs right now? No, it is not.

I'm getting a warm feeling inside

...that our show Borderline Burlesque: Midnight Madonna Madness is going to be a truly amazing night. Anita Cookie singing Like A Prayer. Clams Casino is embodying Ray of Light. Creamy Stevens in a special pre-election, one-time-only number to Papa Don't Preach. Delirium Tremens does Material Girl. Dirty Martini is Like a Virgin. Little Brooklyn is Crazy For You. Ruby Valentine is singing Sooner of Later. And Trixie Little and the Evil Hate Monkey in an S&M-tinged trapeze homage to Justify My Love. Plus, Kipps Ahoy and La Maia will be the most adorable go-go team ever. Anita and Clams take on Madonna's evolution in the opening duet, and the closing number will blow your mind. How can you miss this show? (readers outside the tri-state area exempt from guilt.)

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Wednesday, October 22, 2008


I'm keeping up with a lot of political blogs right now, but electoral-vote.com is the one I make sure to check every day, it will keep you totally up to date.

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Then watch the Head Over Heels one.

Friday, October 17, 2008

Speaking of which...

The first week in November has a lot to recommend it: so of course, Borderline Burlesque is on November 1st at the Zipper Factory, then back to the Slipper Room for the next Gameshow Speakeasy on November 6th, and then on Saturday the 8th, we return, with our partners in crime, Pinchbottom Burlesque, to fabulous Asbury Lanes to present: the 25th Annual Miss Asbury Lanes 1983 Pageant. It is worth reserving a Zipcar right now for that show, seriously. Big week. There's something else going on that week too, but I don't remember...something important, I think.

You can get two early doses of Clams at the Zipper Factory, incidentally, starting tomorrow night when she's part of a great show, hosted by the World Famous BOB, as part of the Hysterical Festival. The Festival is all dedicated to funny female performers, and I think it's terrific and meaningful that burlesque is part of the mix, as it is a unique and important venue for female-driven humor. Then, on October 24th, she'll join an amazing lineup for Shelly Watson's Inter Arts Variety Show, a mix of artists ranging from singers to...an Iron Maiden tribute string quartet.

Some reflections on two years as an independent producer

Earlier this month we presented the two-year anniversary show of the Gameshow Speakeasy, doubly exciting because we were debuting on our new night, the first Thursday of every month, at our new home: the Slipper Room. (We also had the unfortunate timing to have that show happening the same night as the most-watched Vice-Presidential debate in television history, but that's a different story. Hey, we Tivo'ed it.) Now, we were celebrating our two-year anniversary of the show two months late; it would have been in August. But, we put the show on a two-month summer hiatus during which we endeavored to move it from Lucky Cheng's, our venue since the spring, to a new place. The red-curtained Slipper Room, a venue we know and love, and which knows and loves us, is really the perfect home for the show (as we discovered, ironically enough, at our FIRST anniversary show, which we moved to the Slipper Room at the last minute when the air-conditioning broke down at our original home, the Parkside Lounge). We moved the show to Lucky Cheng's with the promise of substantial support from the venue, help with promotion and excitement of having us there, as part of a family of new shows moving in. It turned out to be, frankly, mostly a disaster. We weren't alone in struggling with the realities of moving a show to Cheng's: last Thursday, Starshine Burlesque, one of New York's longest running and most respected and beloved weekly burlesque shows, which had been run by Little Brooklyn and Creamy Stevens for six years without hardly a missed Thursday night, had its last weekly show. After moving to Cheng's ahead of the closing of its long-time venue Rififi, Starshine had struggled with the same, many technical, administrative and priority issues that made doing a show at Lucky Cheng's almost no fun at all. It certainly was the contributing factor in the two of them calling it quits, which is a real loss to New York's burlesque community, and nightlife in general.

And that's why we had to move; the Gameshow Speakeasy is a show we love to do, it's where we started producing, and it's survived a cease-and-desist order from one of the World's largest media conglomerates over the use of its original name, so dammit, it can survive a move two blocks south to a much better venue! And, it was appropriate to launch at our new home on our anniversary show, as this has all been a tremendous learning experience in the realities of being an independent show producer in New York. Any venue is a risk; even a perfect venue is subject to the growing pressures of NYC real estate: the Slipper Room is under the annually-building pressure of the rising costs of the Lower East Side, and by competition like the douchebag den called the Box, with velvet rope and bottle service. Of course, columnists are writing about how the economic downturn could be what saves New York nightlife from thousand-dollar booths; it could get cheaper, cooler, more audience and performer friendly again, more interesting. I hope that's true. Meanwhile we'll keep doing what we're doing for the love of putting it in front of the audience and paying our amazing performers as much as possible. We have so much coming up that I'm very excited about. Let's get back to that!

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Madonna, please come to our show!

Friday, October 10, 2008

Better late than never.

There's a lot going on that I haven't had the chance to write about...but in the meantime, here's a look at the sixth annual New York Burlesque Festival in some words and pictures. Sadly, I couldn't get any good shots of the stage at the Golden Pastie Awards Ceremony, including the sight of Clams and her fellow nominees in that silly Survivor category having their torches snuffed out by the host, Miss Astrid, or the big naked dance party at the end of Darlinda Just Darlinda's closing number....


Wednesday, October 01, 2008

Google yourself in 2001!