New York City, pop culture, art and nightlife. Because nobody else is blogging about those things.
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Both G4 and the Sundance channel are using bumpers modeled after the old network Sunday night at the movies intros for their late-night movie programming...it doesn bring back memories, to when it was, you know, a big deal when a movie would finally end up on network TV--edited all to hell!
There are tons of these on youtube, you might be surprised how nostalgic it will make you.
Well, Clams is on her way up north this weekend for the Toronto Burlesque Festival, and I'm not. But that means I have plenty of time to start getting you excited for our next show at Joe's Pub! KISS THIS: Burlesque Rock City. You can probably guess who this show is dedicated to. We're going to rock and roll all night...and party every day.
40 years ago tomorrow night, man first walked on the moon...or did he? No, no he totally did! But our show at Public Assembly tomorrow night will still be a celebration of the crackpot moon landing hoax conspiracies that have sprung up over the last four decades since! This is the vibe I'll be going for as co-host:
You know if I owned a turtleneck I'd be rockin' that look.
Here's the thing, though; I love a good conspiracy theory and we're going to have a lot of fun with it, but I've been immersing myself in all the wack-job websites and youtube clips by all of the hoax theorists. Every single one of their doubts about the veracity of the moon landings is built on a shaky list of photographic and video "evidence" and personal accounts, and it's all incredibly easily refuted by the simplest explanations of reality! People have hung their whole lives on something so ridiculous and simply discountable, to what end, to feel important or that they're in on something. But I've also been immersing myself in this superb website, wechoosethemoon.org, which is a real time recreation of the Apollo 11 mission, complete with realtime streaming of the original NASA audio, video, etc. It's simply beautiful and enthralling, get on it right now, they land tomorrow!
The sad thing is that all the tinfoil hat guys are a part of this massive achievement of humanity along with the rest of us! The reason they can't accept that we could have possibly actually gone to the moon is that they can't comprehend of the combination of human hubris, genius and bravery that sent three men in a tin box shooting through space, landing them on the moon and bringing them back safely. It was simply insane, the risk! The chances of it working, how slim were they, really? But we just did it! It was the sixties, and the Cold War, and the astronauts were combat pilots. They just did it! Would never be possible in our contemporary risk-adverse world.
Anyway, the show tomorrow night is going to be fabulous. What better way to celebrate shared human achievement than with genius strippers and a bluesy chanteuse?
In the midst of our many July shows, I'm happy to say that Clams Casino makes her debut at P.S. 122 tonight! As part of Pinchbottom Burlesque's first-ever five night run, of their fabulous show Pretencion. Here's a taste:
We're bringing back our most requested show to Coney Island the week before (see previous post!), and then we're bringing something all new to Williamsburg, Monday the 20th--for the 40th anniversary of the first Apollo moon landing! And you know, it's funny how these things develop, the idea started as very kitschy, campy, silly...and then we assembled this amazing cast and knowing what they're all going to be doing, it's going to be most beautiful show we've ever produced! Something for everyone this month!
Non-profit fundraiser in the arts by day, nightlife impresario and "culture maker" (according to Time Out New York) by night. I produce and host a live monthly game show and pop-culture themed burlesque shows in NYC and around the country. I've curated contemporary art exhibitions, shot some photos, and I'm working on other things too...I don't sleep much.