Thursday, December 31, 2009

And... we're BACK!

VIVA LAS VEGAS...

Well, I'm gonna try, anyways. Go big or go home, I say, and that will be my motto for 2010. I have had quite a 2009, and I'm ready for what's in store this year.

I already have so many amazing models for 2010's Dr. Sketchy's Denton - from local newbies like Jade Pearl and Bubbles von BonBon, to dominatrix diva Athena Fatale, fetish lovely Courtney Crave, bellydacner Michelle Manx, and my favorite LA girl, Red Snapper! So so much to come in the next few months... I can hardly stand it!

I wil also be a performer at the 2010 Dallas Burlesque Festival, as well as be featured in the Dallas Burlesque Fest Calendar! This will be my second year performing this festival, and believe me, you won't want to miss it!

I also already have quite a few travelling gigs underway, such as many shows in Austin and talk of shows in New York, Chicago and LA! EXCITING! I will also be debuting a new burlesque collective in DFW in January... stay tuned for that. ;)

So, while you ring in the new year, keep watch on the Viva Las Vegas website, and when jan 1st rolls around, be sure and vote for me to perform at this festival! It would be an honor to attend and perform, so help a lady out!

VIVA LAS VEGAS 2010


Til next time!

Cheers!

Vivienne

Friday, December 4, 2009

Bachelor Pad magazine features US!

I know you lovely readers know all about Bachelor Pad Magazine... what, you don't??? Check out www.javasbachelorpad.com for all the info about this magazine, because our very own Vinny Velour was featured on the inside front cover! I did a lovely photo shoot with her in Dr. Skotch's rad tiki apartment, and these photos caught the eye of our fave bachelor, Java! Get your copy at bachelorpadonline.net!

Cheers!

Vivienne

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Some WONDERFUL stuff coming up!

Ladies and gents - we are going to welcome the FABULOUS Scarlette Switches and Garrett Mobley of Mobley Steamline soon in the Interview section, as well as a brand spankin' new piece from famed town drunk Dr. Skotch! IN the meantime, keep an eye out for these FAB shows coming up near you -

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Vinny and I will be performing at this show, come say hi!

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I will be travelling to OKC for this show!

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The next session of Dr. Sketchy's will be CRAZAY!


Talk to you all very soon!

Cheers! Vivienne

Friday, November 20, 2009

Long Time No Tease!

Sorry I've been absent for some while folks, but burly-q has been busting at the seams lately! It seems like every day there's a new costume to make, routine to practice, panties to wrangle etc etc! So here's a small update, and promise of things to come (off)! 

 

As far as shows go, Vivienne and I have two coming up that are sure to delight! The first show, the second annual Texas Equal Access Fund Burlesque Benefit "Under the Bra Top" will be Saturday Nov. 21st (Tomorrow night), burlesque starts late, so get there at 10pm to secure a spot! It's only $5 for great performers, and a worthy cause!


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The next show is sure to be a real holiday treat! The Holiday edition of Bewitching Burlesque put on by the fabulous GlamAmour and Pixie O'Kneel has been a long time in the making, and you better get your tickets early because this is a sell-out show if ever I've seen one! Held on Dec. 5th doors at 8pm, at Cafe Excuses in Deep Ellum, "Gifts & Garters"will be an event to remember! I hear tell that there will also be some great vintage shopping opportunities as well as a chance to get Angela Ryan to sign her cover of PinCurl magazine!

 


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Pop Those Pasties Dolls!

xoxo

Vinny

Thursday, November 12, 2009

w00t! Viv's in the NEWSPAPERS!

The OKC Gazette

The link above speaks about the OKC chapter of Dr. Sketchy's, and the session that will feature me! It is James Bond themed, to reflect my awesome James Bond routine!

Vivienne

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Bewitching Burlesque...

Vinny Velour made it! Woo!! Not only will you get to see me dance at Gifts and Garters, you'll get to see her debut! This is AMAZING!! Leave her some love ya'll!

Vivienne

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Are ya still with me folks??

Well, good! Because we have a LOT coming your way... I'd hate for you to miss it!

New blogs from Vinny, myself, and a newcomer - Dr. Skotch, the legendary drunk phsyician from Denton, TX! He promised to sober up slightly long enough to write down his thoughts and ideas on classic burlesque and how to choose music - stay tuned for that!

ALSO - my production team would like to FORMALLY ANNOUNCE that we will be bringing boylesque to Dallas! Yes, sir! We've got not one, but TWO tassle twirling Hottie McHotties coming your way... just WAIT 'til you see where they put thier tassles. :) Keep Dec. 13th clear in your books...

Stay Tuned!

Vivienne

Monday, October 19, 2009

Burlesque Joke!

"What do you call merkins in a merkin store?"

"Merkin-dise!!!"


Sent in by: Lauren Hirsch, Studio Art major and Burlesque enthusiast in Denton, TX

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

It's been too long, hasn't it? Please welcome Lola van Ella!

My lovely readers, you know that back in September I went to the NOLA Burlesque Fest with my friend Cayla of Decadent Dame Designs, and we had a BLAST! We met so many wonderful people, and it gave me determination that I WILL perform there next year! One gal I didn't get to meet, because she was just so darn BUSY! She performed in the Queen of Burlesque competition, as well as the Late Night bash with her new troope, AND the Sunday night BustOut Show!

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Lola van Ella is an international burlesque singer, dancer, producer and instructor. In St. Louis she produces the St. Louis Burlesque Showcase and runs her troupe The Bon-Bons and their monthly retro, live band revue. She is also the instructor for her weekly, "Everything Burlesque" classes and has been teaching for nearly 3 years. Lola has performed for thousands of people, from coast to coast and has recently finished a tour of Europe and received 2nd runner up in the Queen of Burlesque competition in the New Orleans Burlesque Festival. All of this and more has garnered this saucy chanteuse a lot of attention and the tagline, "The Derriere Beyond Compare!"

1.) What got you into burlesque?

I usually say that I didn't get into burlesque, but that burlesque got into me! I have always performed as a singer, actress, dancer and voiceover artist. However, about 6 years ago I was asked by a local theater company to sing an original, saucy little song and choreograph a reverse strip to it. It was like I was doing burlesque without knowing it. I hear this a lot actually in the burlesque community. Then about a year later, I was performing in a jazz cabaret and a friend of mine told me about a new show that had started here in St. Louis called The Alley Cat Revue. I went to check it out, and saw a really rough show with no emcee, very few lights, basic costumes, but a lot of potential. I started the next week. Of course, the show got better and better, and became the only weekly burlesque revue in St. Louis for over 4 years.


2.) How long have you been performing? Been a producer?

Performing most of my life, but doing the burlesque, strip thing for about 5 years. I've been producing a little over 3.

3.) What do you find most difficult about wearing different "hats"? What's the most rewarding?

Remembering which hat I'm wearing! :) It can be really hard at times, because I have to wear the teacher hat, the producer hat, and the performer/peer hat, and often have to switch them frequently, some times in the course of an evening. I have to try to keep really solid lines drawn. When it's business time, I have to be in charge and direct and produce and lead, but shortly after that, hopefully, it's cocktail time and then we're all just gossipy and flirty and lovey with each other. Luckily, I work with some amazing people who really seem to understand those lines very well. I am also fortunate to work with and have a troupe that is full of lovely ladies I would call family. That is incredibly rewarding. Also, getting to see my students perform after months of hard work and perseverance is really inspiring and fantastic.

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4.) You were a featured performer at the first annual NOLA Burlesque fest this pst September! What was it like dancing in the Queen showcase?

Nerve wracking! I am usually not a nervous person (stressed, at times, yes, but not usually nervous), but the day of the show was so intense for me! I have never had nerves like that. On top of that, I woke up really early for a radio interview that day, then had to rehearse with the band, then taught a workshop, and then had to immediately get all gussied up for the show. I thought I would be sick! However, it was also one of the most amazing and rewarding experiences of my life. I also got to spend time with some of the most incredible and beautiful women I've ever met. It was such an honor to share the stage with every single one of them; that itself was reward enough. But then to place with Catherine D'Lish and my dear friend, Perle Noire! Wow! I cried like a bride :)


5.) How did you decide to open up the STL charter of r. Sketchy's?

Well, this is actually the 2nd incarnation of STL Sketchy's. It was originally started a couple years ago by some lovely people, and I was the first model and helped them get it off the ground. After about 6 months or so, the original people had to stop running it, and so Sketchy's St. Louis kind of died for a bit. About a year ago, my friend, and local artist Tom Huck of Evil Prints decided to bring it back. I can't really draw to save my life (unless of course they're crayon drawings of flowers and fairies and suns wearing sunglasses), but I also can't stand seeing something so cool just stagnate. I figured if no one else would start it, I would! We now have monthly sessions at Evil Prints, which is an amazing place to hold a drawing club, and we're having a ball!


5.) You are such a busy gal! How do you keep your head on straight? Tell us one of your secrets to sanity!

I am so lucky to have wonderful, real people around me that help keep me sane. I also take lots of walks in the park where I live. I definitely believe in the power of endorphins, and fresh air really does wonders. Teaching my weekly dance class really centers me too. It's always fun, and I always leave renewed in my resolve and passion to keep going.


6.)Do you believe in magic?

Why, yes! Sometimes, I believe that I am magic and that I have mystical seductive powers, and that throwing around glitter and rhinestones is like waving a magic wand. ;)

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Vinny's Q&A: Intimate Wear and How to Wear it!

Dear Ms. Velour, I’m fairly new to the world of burlesque and I’m unsure about what sort of foundation wear I should start buying, not just for the stage but also for under my new vintage evening wear. Could you please point me in the right direction of some good retailers, and what kind I should invest in? Thanks!

  Sincerely,

Panty-less but not penny-less

 

  Hello there Panty-less,

  First off great question! There are a lot of misguided foundation wear shoppers out there, who are under the impression that anything goes with everything! There are some basic rules that should always be followed when shopping for new undergarments, and you can quote me on this, but the most important investment pieces are your brassieres, knickers, controls, and stockings. 

So let’s start with brassieres, depending on your personal tastes you can choose a very vintage “bullet” or “torpedo” ultimately teardrop shaped bra to accompany your vintage duds or go for a very modern rounder, fuller “balloon” shaped cup. The choice is yours darling. I personally have a variety of both depending on the occasion and my outfit. It’s perfectly fine to switch it up, go with whatever makes you feel comfortable and sexy. Remember this is a personal decision, one that you should really dig on!

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Next we’ll discuss knickers, or panties. You should always maintain three varieties of panties: practical, pretty, and performance.  And yes I came up with that little ditty all on my own. Practical meaning comfortable, and probably cotton, this type is totally acceptable under those hot high-waisted clam diggers, or your favorite pair of Levis, just make sure you don’t have any visible lines, it completely destroys the illusion! The second type, pretty, are the ones you wear out on the town that make you feel all dolled up! These most likely have a ruffle or strategically placed bows, etc.  Pretty undies give you an air of “come hither” and empowerment, which no one can quite place their finger on (wink).  The third and final type is perhaps the most important when it comes to burlesquing, and stage performance.  Performance undies should always result from careful costume coordination. They should always reflect the style, tone, and functionality that your routine requires.  For example if you’re going the route of a faux-merkin you probably don’t want to glue that sucker on a boy short, shoot for a nude g-string.  While boy shorts, thongs, briefs, string-sided bikinis, and g-strings are all very much accepted and widely used; the employment of one of these styles should begin first with your comfort level. No one is going to blame you for going the route of comfort, especially not me.  If you personally don’t feel g-strings are your thing, nix ‘em all together and go with what you want, just make sure to make a routine to match.  Remember, choose what you feel sexiest in, and your confidence will show to the audience.

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Oh the dreaded controls, these would be your girdles, corsets, corselettes, garter belts, and waist cinchers. These things are entirely optional, I cannot stress that enough. There’s a reason we’re in the 21st century…i.e. we don’t have to subscribe to these methods anymore…okay there’s my public announcement, now onto advice should you choose to wear these. I personally go both ways (and yes in that way too). With some garments I feel it necessary to wear my (girdle bound) purple waist to thigh girdle, and with others a good belt goes a long way. I highly recommend fabric waist cinchers as an alternative to girdles if you are wearing control top pantyhose or if you want more mobility.  Corselettes are an all in one shaper. They are like a bra, waist cincher, and girdle garter belt rolled together, this way you only have one additional layer under your ensemble, and you don’t have to worry about it slipping or moving with your other layers. Garter belts are a must if you are wearing thigh highs, first off that peek-a-boo look is to die for, secondly just using garters actually ruins your legs by cutting off circulation and gives you varicose veins earlier. Corsets, the mother of all shape wear, where to begin…unless you’re waist training you probably will want something flashy to just wear around as outerwear or the center piece of your routine’s costume. I highly recommend shelling out the extra dough if you’ve got it to have one custom made for you, this only enhances the fit and overall look you’ll have with it, believe you me it shows.

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Last but certainly not least, stockings. Stockings are essential. Stockings are intrinsic. I cannot say enough positive things about these marvelously crafted little pieces of silk and nylon. However they can be sorely misused.  The most popular styles of stockings used in performance are nude fishnets, and black thigh-highs. There is a reason for this, they look stunning on stage. Nothing is neater than thinking a dancer has no stockings on her legs and then seeing her do a toe-pull with nude fishnets. It’s all about illusion. Never, and I repeat NEVER wear control top pantyhose on a stage, there is absolutely no cause for this. Those are strictly for use under garments, which is why they have unsightly different colored tops and stitching…because no one is meant to see them! Thigh highs or full pantyhose without the top banding are stage worthy. Always coordinate your stockings with your ensemble. Don’t forget sometimes multiple pairs of stockings are needed, although this move is just a preference thing. Some dancers prefer to wear a pair of nude dancing tights underneath their knickers and then the showy pair on top that is to be removed.  Also if you’re planning on wearing your knickers on top of your hose, make sure the tops of both of these garments match up, one should never be above the other!  Remember the illusion bit? If they don’t match your skin tone though, I wouldn’t go the route of multiple layers. Then depending on your skin tone, you should seek out a pair that matches you best, even experiment with hand dying your stockings (because we all know that department stores cater to one skin tone mostly, and sadly it doesn’t represent the rest of the female population). 

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I tried to be explicit as possible, and hopefully you will find this all helpful and useful. Below I will include some of my favorite sites to purchase intimate wear, and most of all good luck doll!

 

http://girdlebound.com/store/merchant.mvc?Screen=CTGY&Store_Code=GVG&Category_Code=AIOAC

 http://www.cameo-intimates.com/

http://www.dollhousebettie.com/

 And don’t forget Ebay.com and Etsy.com and your local vintage/antique stores!

 

xoxo

Vinny

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Halloween Show - THE WAKE in Deep Ellum!

So, yours truly absolutely LOVES Halloween - when else can you dress up crazy and become someone totally different, and be given CANDY for it??? Awesome! So, here's my Halloween candy treat for you -

The Wake, hosted by Nomad Arts, will be a night of infinite fun, fright, mayhem and adventure!

Live music from 6 of Dallas' hottest bands with 7 drop dead gorgeous burlesque performers!
DJs and video projections on 3 separate floors.

Massive 15,000 sq.ft. 3 story event complex.
Including lounge areas and rooftop patio facing downtown.

Costume contest with $1,000 in cash and prizes!

I'm even featured on the website, along with my fellow lovely friends performing that evening! Check us out!

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See you there??

Vivienne

Thursday, September 24, 2009

This is a Christmas show you won't forget!

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www.myspace.com/giftsandgarters

Now, I'm among the throngs of folks who HATE seeing Christmas stuff crammed down our throats before Halloween.... but... it's NEVER too early for burlesque, even a Christmas burlesque revue! Add the above page and keep watch for new and exciting news! I will be a featured performer at this show, debuting my biggest, most sparkliest (is that a word? Can I make it a word?) routine YET. Don't miss this! Also - add thier sister show -

www.myspace.com/hotrodsandheels

It was an AMAZING show last May, and it proves to be great again this next year!

Cheers!

Vivienne

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Hey all you hip cats and cool chicks, ready for some real interaction with yours truly?

...Sorry boys and girls, not that kind of interaction...

What I'm talking about is the brand spankin' new Q & A portion of this blog! That's right you will be able to submit all of your atomic age, pin up, burlesque lifestyle questions and you'll leave the answering to me! Have a question about vintage hair products? Or maybe what foundation wear is best worn under satin? Want some good literature on this swinging performance art? How about what drink to order that pretty thing at the end of the bar? Ask away, the topics are limitless! Please do keep topics as specific as possible though so I can help you out as best I can dolls! Questions should be answered within two weeks of submission!

Please submit all questions to vinnyvelour@gmail.com 

xoxo
Vinny

Monday, September 21, 2009

The Herstory of a Tempest

What’s 44DD-25-35, red all over and has a wicked sense of humor? Well if my title didn’t give it away, you’ve been living under that proverbial rock. Still need a hint?  She’s one of the most beloved Ecdysiasts of all time! Okay now everyone together say, “ Tempest Storm”…see dolls, you’re catching on.  Her name wasn’t always so provocative though, like many of our other well-known femme fatales of Burlesque, she too had a humble and obstacle-ridden beginning.

Tempest was actually born Annie Blanche Banks, in the very small town of Eastman, Georgia to sharecropping parents.  A place she fled as soon as she could. She led a very tumultuous life up until her mid 20s; surviving constant sexual abuse at the hand of her father as well as being raped by a local gang. An event that was not easily overcome for Annie. Despite the violence around her, Annie eventually married and divorced twice and ended up leaving that town, to put the past behind her and she moved on to start a new life. One she decidedly would not live in fear of.  Annie was a survivor.

In the 1950s she legally adopted her stage name, Tempest Storm. She landed gigs right away due to her winning personality; her sharp mind…and her “money makers” (as she affectionately referred to her own breasts). She got her start as a chorus girl before establishing herself in some memorable “c” films and on stage. She was most notable for the exquisite control she had over her body, and her natural flaming red hair. She called the Oakland Theatre home for a number of years. She also graced many stages in Las Vegas, and around the world for that matter performing her exceptional burlesque routines. She has adorned the covers of countless magazines for both women and men, and has become a cult icon due to her performances in films like Irving Klaw’s Teaserama (also featuring our beloved Bettie Page).  Tempest is said to have had the longest burlesque performance career, spanning over an astounding 40 years! Tempest made it her mission to break down social taboos, and continued to disrobe into her 60s, embracing her figure and flaunting it with pride (Muller/Faris, Grindhouse). Even though she officially retired at the age of 60, she continues to make special appearances and one-time-only performances.

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This dame knew what life was about, and chose to embrace it and live it to its fullest! She has inspired and empowered throngs of women ever since she began performing, and say what you will, she is still shakin’ it in her 80s! This is one icon of a woman, who did the unpopular thing by divorcing herself of not just her husbands but of her prescribed societal gender role too! Be sure to check out the many films featuring our lovely Tempest, and pick up her biography (Tempest Storm: The Lady Is a Vamp) while you’re at it!

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xoxo

Vinny

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Dr. Sketchy's Denton, featuring Kali Ann!

I am so happy to announce that we are bringing Dallas model Kali Ann to our Dr. Sketchy's session on Oct. 11th! It will be at Banter cafe, and it will be amazing! Halloween themed, so bring your spooky sketchpads and be prepared to sketch the AMAZING TATTOOED LADY, watch performances from Jade Pearl and Bridgette Noir, and see Zamra eat FIRE! DAMN!

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Friday, September 18, 2009

The Flaming Dames bite into the Windy City

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Chicago IL- On September 25th, The Flaming Dames, Chicago’s premier concept burlesque troupe, are back to drain audiences dry and leave them screaming for more in their highly anticipated annual Halloween offering, and this time it’s a sequel: Vamp II. The wickedly sexy Veruca Venom, Scarlett Night, Fiona Fang, Missy Massacre, and Stella Strange return to sink their teeth into the night and become vicious blood sucking vampires hell bent on teasing and titillating rabid fans through the witching hour. And back in the fold to help lighten the mood are the Masters of Ceremony Mr. Vampire and Ms. Zombie bringing their signature comedy ‘stylings’ incorporating some of the scariest things since Joan Rivers. Halloween season’s getting started in Chicago, and The Flaming Dames in Vamp II will remind those who come out, just why you should be afraid of the dark.

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The Flaming Dames in Vamp II marks the 13th production since 2003 for the venerable Chicago troupe and their fourth with a horror theme. In recent years the Dames have wowed audiences with the enormously successful Bump & Grindhouse, Hell’s Belles, and Vamp revues. "The concentration in Vamp II has definitely been on the choreography,” says Music Manager and contributing Choreographer Meagan Piccochi. “We’ve assembled some incredible talent that will be showcased.”

“Since the first Vamp in 2005, we’ve been taking it to the next level each year, pushing the envelope as far as possible,” explains Writer, Director, and Flaming Dames creator Leslie Kerrigan. Describing the attraction to horror-themed revues, Kerrigan adds, “there is something extremely compelling about the energy and chemistry generated by horror-themed burlesque that we’ve been able to harness.”

"I have a massive vampire obsession, so I am ecstatic to share that dark, sensual character with our fantastic audiences,” describes Ellen Domonkos, who plays a dual role as both choreographer and cast member.

The Flaming Dames in Vamp II is just one half of New Millennium Theatre Company's seasonal fun with the world premiere of Plans 1 Through 8 From Outer Space opening concurrently down the street at National Pastime Theater. NMTC have become the go-to ghouls for raising Halloween spirits on Chicago’s north side in recent years with the Flaming Dames’ continued success and stage productions including The Texas Chainsaw Musical, Manos: Rock Opera of Fate, Hack Slash: Stage Fright, and Evil Dead: The Musical.

The Flaming Dames in Vamp II runs Friday nights at 10:15 pm, September 25 through October 30 at The Spot, 4437 N. Broadway in Chicago. There will be no performance on Friday October 9. Special Halloween performances on Saturday, October 31st at 7:45 pm and 10:15 pm. Advance tickets are $15 and can be purchased at www.nmtchicago.org or reserved by calling 312-458-9083. Half price tickets available at www.goldstar.com while supplies last. Limited tickets are available at the door.

I had the opportunity to speak with this EXTREMELY talented bunch... and wow! I love thier passion, energy and drive to do what they do! Stay tuned for the follow up interview to come! If you are in the Chicago area, you NEED to stay up with this group and see this show!

Cheers!

Vivienne

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Michelle L'Amour

Michelle L'Amour, Miss Exotic World 2005, is an international burlesque sensation. She has performed for millions of people both in person and on TV, with her appearance on the 1st season of America's Got Talent. She resides in Chicago where she owes Studio L'amour, Chicago's only burlesque dance school. Michelle also runs the Chicago Starlets and produces shows with Franky Vivid. L'amour's newest project is Naked Girls Reading. It began in Chicago and has since opened in Denver and Dallas, and is soon coming to New York, New Orleans, and Key West.

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Photos by Pez, NakedLens.Org and Sopheava


1.) You have a degree in accounting, correct? How did you get into burlesque from there?

Yes, I have a degree in finance. Bleh. I suppose it's helping me now in my career because I own a production company and a dance school, but I much prefer the burlesque. I got into burlesque after college. I was approached by Franky Vivid to choreograph and dance in a burlesque show. I said, 'sure', not really knowing what it was all about. But, once I heard the music, I was hooked and knew exactly what to do. I have a background in classical dance, but they don't teach you this is those classes! I had been training for this my whole life before I even knew what it was.

2.) What performance/venue/location have/do you love to perform at? Why?

I love to perform at the Music Box Theater in Chicago. It's a gorgeous 750 seat, 80 yr. old movie house. It has a great red curtain and so much character. I love it!

3.) Tell us a little about a challenge you've faced this year, and about a great achievement!

I think one of my proudest moments was selling out the Music Box Theater this year. That audience was great and it felt awesome performing for them. The challenges I've had have been many. It's difficult to balance running a dance school, running a company, and traveling to pursue my own career. I think all is working out nicely now that I'm in a groove.

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4.) Where do you get the inspiration for the creative ideas and events you come up with (ie Naked Girls Reading) ?

Well, I was reading naked at home and Franky found me and he realized he always had a thing for that image. Then we started joking about an event called Naked Girls Reading and we bought a website. We thought we would just do this on the internet and we sat on it for about 2 years. Then when I opened the studio, I thought it might be cool to do it as a live event. So, here we are! We started it at the studio in March of 2009. We thought we couldn't just keep this event to ourselves so we opened it up to other cities.

5.) I have the pleasure of meeting both you and Frankie back in March, and he's a doll! Tell us a little about your onstage wedding at MEW this year!

I was super nervous! I performed right before the wedding and I don't even know what happened in the performance, because I knew what was about to happen. The piece I did was on a giant heart and it ends with me getting all oiled up. In order to get married, I had to wipe the oil off me before I put on the wedding address. I made it a spectacle and had the Chicago Starlets wipe off my oil and dress me for the wedding while I was on stage. Then, I went to Franky and Miss Astrid married us in an eye patch. I was very happy for the comic relief because I'm super sappy and didn't want to cry the entire time. I cried a lot anyway because I can't help myself.

6.) Any goals for this year?

I would like to open more Naked Girls Reading in other cities. I would like to take a honeymoon. I would like to take over the world. :-)

7.) Make up and answer your own question

Would the world be a better place if people just agreed with me?
Yes, yes it would.

I've had the pleasure of seeing Michelle perform many times and she just gets better every time! I saw the full "Most Naked Woman" routine in New Orleans at the Fest and MAN! The heart shaped bed is just the TOPPING on the cake! Word is that she may be coming a comeback to Dallas next spring... keep tuned to my blog and I will let you know ALL the details as they arise!

Cheers!

Vivienne

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Reclaiming the Burly-Q: Appropriating it as a Feminist Performance Art

In the activist world of reclamation, who decides what should be fought for and what gets left on the wayside? One thing that third wave feminists can agree on is that we don’t always agree. Whoa, that’s right you’ve seen that dirty word feminism twice now! Let’s define it shall we dears, just to clear up any misconceptions. When you read that go ahead and substitute it for the struggle for social, political and economic equality between men and women. There we go, moving on! Now, being a sex-positive feminist (go look it up baby doll it’s some good sexy reading) I feel very passionate about reclaiming specific creative outlets such as the performance art of Burlesque. I myself have participated in burlesque shows and am fully active in the burgeoning Pin Up culture in DFW, and cannot adequately describe the empowerment I feel when I get on stage or sell some pasties to another broad at a show! 

This isn’t just striptease…far from it. This is about expression and entertainment, about gorgeous rockabilly/pyschobilly/goth/rock/glam/ what-have-you ladies of all shapes, sizes, and ethnicities getting on stage and knockin’ everyone dead by how in control they are. It’s mesmerizing when done right, and boy do those women know how to do it right! This is a harkening back to a classier standard of performance, one in which pride can be taken. This is about women deciding when, where, and how they will shake it! When these ladies demonstrate the love of their bodies and the satisfaction they feel from a cheering audience, it is always sexy. I’ve had the sincere pleasure of working and interacting with quite a few of the up and comings in the North Texas and DFW burly-q circuit…and frankly I’m hooked! It never fails that in every troupe there are beautiful, unconventional, empowered, and bold women who are just plain obsessed with Pin up culture and they have their bright eyes set on takin’ back the golden era of burlesque! 

See, women got shafted in the 1940s and 1950s…and well, this unfortunately carries on presently. But no more, we want this time back, and in full glory! Burlesque that is for women by women, and pro-woman is thankfully not at all hard to find anymore. There is a new breed of burlesque taking over; one where tattoos and body modifications are welcomed, and where the "any figured" woman can feel at home on stage! With each performance these classy dames are re-writing the standard of beauty, which has been bias and unnatural for far too long. So the next time you feel like participating in a little activism, go to a burly-q and support your local Pin ups and Burly-q Queens and prepare to be seduced and shimmied into satisfaction! 

xoxo

Vinny

Lady Divina

Unless you have been living under a rock, chances are you know about the fabulous woman who I will be interviewing this week. She personifies elegance, grace, and timeless beauty (you'd swear she was born in the wrong time period.) She is Lady Divina, the raven haired entertainer who has been a beacon in the DFW burlesque scene. She, along with Diamond Jim, have brought many famous burlesque entertainers to DFW, including Michelle L'Amour, Kitten DeVille, and soon Kalani Kokonuts and Rene L'Roux! Her penchant for classic burlesque keeps her legion of fans begging for more, and her attention to detail (right down to the rhinestoned stilettos) make women everywhere drool (including me, she got me hooked on Swarovski's!) Read on to discover more about your beloved Divina!


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1.) How did you get into burlesque?

I have always been in love with the 30’s and 40’s era. I’ve seen Dita von Teese three times in Dallas and I fell in love with the art of the tease. I’ve always talked about dabbling in burlesque and pin-up modeling. I finally got into pin-up modeling a few years ago and Jill Rasco, one of my favorite photographers asked me to do a burlesque number in her website launch party at the Church. Well, the rest is history!


2.) Who are your main influences?

I would have to say, even though I have the upmost respect for Dita von Teese, it is her contemporary, Catherine D’Lish who has inspired me the most. She is the reason I wanted to give burlesque a try. I am also influenced by the sirens and femme fatales of the silver screen, Mae West (we are born on the same day), Ava Gardener, Heddy Lamarr, and Elizabeth Taylor.


3.) You are known for your beautiful routines decked out in Swarovski crystals... how long does it take you to finish a costume generally?

Some of my costumes can take a few weeks, but most of them take a few months. Hand-placing Swarovskis on costumes can take anywhere from a few days to a few weeks. Most of my corsets are custom made from a corset maker from California. I currently have a costume that is being custom made by my costume consultant friend, which may take over a month for the gown alone, not including the thousands of Swarovskis rhinestones that will be hand placed on the lace.






4.) What has been a challenge for you this year, and what has been your biggest accomplishment?

My biggest challenge is this year is keeping up with the high standards, as the Dallas burlesque community keeps raising the bar with each and every performance. There are some fabulous and creative talent that is wowing the audiences with over the top numbers and routines. I’m trying my very best to keep up with dazzling costumes and bigger routine ideas.
My biggest accomplishment is that our show is constantly booking national talent & the brightest local performers. WE have one of the best stages in town to call home to our productions (see Lakewood Theater).


5.) Having accomplished so much this year, and so many more things in the works, how do you blow off steam and keep sane?

I do a lot of bicycling, it’s great exercise and very therapeutic. Pasty making is also therapeutic for me; there is a method and process to it, which I enjoy.


6.) What is in store for La Divina and La Divina Productions in the future?

I got some great shows coming up in the very near future. We just finished our Dallas debut of Naked Girls Reading, created by our favourite Chicago performer, Michelle L’amour. The show was a huge hit and we are currently working on the next show for mid November. This month we have the Nouvelle Burlesque at the Lakewood Theater, which the winner of the burlesque competition will get a spot in our Burlesque Nocturne Revue in October. The Burlesque Nocturne will arguable be our most extravagant show, featuring the current Reigning Queen of Burlesque, Kalani Kokonuts. Visit www.ladivinaburlesque.com for more details.
And by no means are we slowing down from there! We have two shows that are in the works, including one with a huge burlesque celebrity, Catherine D'Lish! So, keep tuned to the Dallas website, www.dallasburlesque.com.

If Divina says it is exciting, then you better believe I'll be on board! I went to the Naked Girls reading with my friend Cayla of Decadent Dame Designs, and let me tell you, do not miss the next one! It is a fun event that you will never forget!

Keep on the lookout in the next week, I have brought on Ms. Vinny Velour, a newcomer to the burlesque scene, to be a guest writer for the Daily Shot! Give her a shoout out when she makes her debut post, let her know how much you love her!

Cheers!

Vivienne

Monday, August 31, 2009

Nouvelle Burlesque at the Lakewood Theater!

Hello, my lovelies! Are you ready for the plentiful burlesque yummies that DFW will be offering in the comingg months? I hope you are!

One of the first up is the highly anticipated Nouvelle Burlesque Revue, Sept. 19th at the Lakewood Theater. This is going to be a burlesque competition, in which the gals will be vying for a spot in the highly coveted Burlesque Nocturne on Oct. 23rd, featuring Kalani Kokonuts and Rene L'Roux! One or two lucky ladies will get to perform on the stage with them and the rest of the Nocturne cast!

Now, where you come in - Come out to Nouvelle, and show your love in loudness for your favorite burlesque performer! Be sure to tell Lady Divina or Diamond Jim whom you would love to see at the Nocturne! There will be many area performers, including myself, so come out and scream for your fave! Visit www.dallasburlesque.com or www.ladivinaburlesque.com for info, and buy your tickets at the Lakewood Box Office! See you there!

Thursday, August 20, 2009

What's on Your Bookshelf?

I've decided to branch out a bit, my delicious readers - let's talk about words. Naughty words, nice words, and all of them in between. Words being strung together to make sentences, then paragraphs - meshing together rapidly to form paragraphs, until it all comes together in a heaping pile of pages and forms a book or magazine. I'll hunt down some of the sexiest, smartest, and most amazing literature I can find... and let you in on the little treasures I happen upon. ;)

If you made it out to the Atomic Frolic in July, then you not only saw some AMAZING burlesque, but you probably saw this guy hanging on on stage and in the front of the theater - he's none other than Java, of Bachelor Pad Magazine!

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On the left, of course! That's me on the right!


BPM brings the absolute finest in pinup gals, atomic age culture, witty commentary, and much more! The new issue will be featuring one of my friends, Ruby Joule from Austin, in its pages, as well as Kim Falcon on its cover!
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You can also see such beauties as Bernie Dexter, Jamie Deadly, and our own Lady Divina in past issues, so hurry and subscribe, I think Java may let you buy some back issues, if there are any left! This is one 'zine you can't miss out on!

For my book selection, I'm also going to head to Java's list of books - I'm liking the idea of this one - "The History of Men's Magazines Vol. 1", by Dian Hanson
Taschen, 2004.
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"There have been studies of the history of men's magazines before, but never like this. Dian Hanson undertook the epic task of tracing the history from the early art and film magazines to the modern day porno mags. This history is collected in six massive volumes. Each book is a hefty collection filled with the best art and photography ever featured in men's magazines. Volume One, which we profile here, deals with the birth of men's magazines and takes us through just after World War Two." (from http://www.javasbachelorpad.com/mensmagazines.html).

Enjoy, and as always, cheers!

Vivienne

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Let me catch my breath...

So much has gone on since I myself have updated! So, back on the 8th of August, I headed over to the Plaza Arts Center to be a voyeur and costume participant for Glam'Amour's Bewitching Burlesque Midsummer Masquerade. (Say that 5 times fast!) The show was AMAZING! The debuts were astounding (gotta say, Jade Pearl and Miss Bubbles von BonBon were among my faves!) and the still fresh Aviva Voila put on quite a show, despite a costume malfunction, and recieved the only standing ovation that night. That to me means that you are meant to be a TRUE performer! The veterans put on thier game faces and wowed the crowd as usual, with Ginger Valentine, Black Mariah and Ruby Joule headlining the show!

Now, onto the costume portion - my main squeeze Erin Go Braughless from ATX freaking KILLED in a handmade mucha libre costume, and hammed it up to take the Crowd Favorite! A most handsomely dressed man decked out in Edwardian fare took Most Debonair, and Alice from Dallas took Most Glamorous. Now, I'll be honest, I really was rooting for two different gals standing next to me for most Bewitching - one was completely decked out in 1920's garb, and the other in a fetching top hat, corset and gown that looked KILLER - but when they called my name, I just grinned like an idiot and tried not to cry tears of joy. I spent a good 8 or 9 days of 4-8 hours a day on my costume, all the way down to the pantyhose were all mapped out. I looked out on the crowd cheering so hard for me, and I wanted nothing more than to hug everyone! It was truly an amazing evening, and I look forward to sitting on the panel of judges next year.

I will post photos very very soon! Or, go to my MySpace, or my friends Halo or NakedLens!

Cheers!

V

Sunday, August 16, 2009

MIss Coco Lectric!

You all know I love my Austin gals - there are so many talented ladies in ATX! Among them are the lovely Jigglewatts, and I have had the priviledge of performing with the dynamite duo of Ruby Joule and Coco Lectric on various stages... and since I have already had Ruby on my blog, it's Coco's turn to give you her take on traveling, troupe life, and why she loves to dance!

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Miss Coco Lectric has been gracing stages all over Texas and the southwest with the Jigglewatts Burlesque for three years. She utilizes her classic dance training, love for the exotic, and her cutting wit to astound audiences across the globe. She has performed in Austin at La Zona Rosa, Antone's, Stubb's, and Continental Club, and the historic Texas Theatre in Dallas, among many others. Honors include: Texas Bikini Team Best Dance Performance Award, and the Audience Choice Award at the Texas Burlesque Festival 2009, and just finished a national tour performing burlesque and go-go with psychobilly band Johnny Hootrock.

1.) What got you into burlesque?

I had been interested in striptease for the ten years I had been a professional choreographer and dancer and had incorporated it into some of my jazz and go-go choreography. However, it wasn’t until a moment on the set of an independent zombie movie musical that Miss Ruby Joule and Miss Cherry Zapp and I decided to form a group with the sole purpose of creating burlesque. I got into burlesque, personally, because I love putting sensuality and fun back into being sexy.

2.) You have some of the most amazingly unique routines! How do you come up with the inspiration for them?

They just happen. My brain is tuned into burlesque most of the time. It’s what I think of when I wake up in the morning and, consequently, I am inspired by the things I see and hear throughout the day. Sometimes I’ll hear a song and all of the sudden I have the whole number played out for me in my head, and I think, “Yeah, this has to happen.” At other times I decide that I want to be a character like the Queen of Hearts, or a carousel pony, or even a tangerine, and I make that happen. There are even times that friends and lovers inspire an act; routines are very personal to me and I give each number my all.

3.) You have been part of the Jigglewatts for some time now, how would you describe your troupe?

Our troupe is fabulous! We had quite a theatrical beginning. Our first shows were theme oriented and we incorporated a lot of ensembles. As time went on we began to notice that solos were much easier to put together because getting four to five girls together on a regular basis can be difficult. When we decided to focus on solos our group really started to flourish; our individual styles became more apparent and beautiful. We are a very supportive troupe and we have similar goals—to create amazing routines and support women who are working toward the same goal. Currently, our troupe consists of Miss Ruby Joule, Cherry Zapp, Goldie Candela, Pearl Lux, Champagne Shock, and me.

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4.) What has been a challenge for you this year? Your biggest achievement?

Oddly enough, the challenge for me this year has been coordinating all of the shows that we’re performing in and the ones that we’re creating. It’s more of a matter of time and money that makes burlesque so complicated; it takes a great deal of both to be successful.
Miss Ruby and I have gone to great lengths this year to hone our craft; this has required a great deal of travel. We learned so much from our trip to Las Vegas for the Burlesque Hall of Fame/Miss Exotic World weekend. The business aspect of burlesque can be just as important at the artistic side—no one will ever see what we’ve created if we don’t find a way to get it out there.
My biggest achievement this year has been the opportunity to show large audiences what we can do and make friends with other burlesque groups from around the world. This year I won the Audience Choice Award at the Texas Burlesque Festival, which was a great and surprising moment for me; we made some great new friends at the event, too. The next day Miss Ruby and I performed at Hot Rods & Heels in Dallas where we made a grand impression on the audience there, and of course, more new friends. Miss Ruby and I were able to show the nation a thing or two while on tour with psychobilly band, Johnny Hootrock. It was an honor to be able to bring classic burlesque to stages all over the southwest. We were particularly elated to perform at the Viper Room in Los Angeles.

5.) What's a personal goal you'd like to see accomplished in the coming months?

My personal goal for the coming months is to perform for a larger and broader audience. I look forward to knocking some socks off in New Orleans at the New Orleans Burlesque Festival Burlesque Bash with Catherine D’Lish on September 12th, in Dallas in Burlesque Nocturne featuring Kalani Kokonuts on October 23rd, and I am honored to be headlining with Miss Ruby Joule in the Gifts & Garters holiday event in Dallas on December 5th.

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6.) Burlesque can be a time consuming and expensive venture, why is it so important for you to continue to perform?

For me, the art of burlesque is not only enjoyable, but also rewarding. The art of burlesque incorporates many aspects of the artist’s sensuality, social climate, and their own traits and desires. Being burlesque performer is empowering and inspiring. As a performer with a diverse cultural background and a fuller figure, I find that I am able to encourage many other women to test the limits of their sensuality by example. When I’m on stage I am having the time of my life; I feel honored to be able to be so available to the audience. I’m there to feel special and make others feel special, too. It’s the greatest compliment when women approach me after the show to tell me how much they want to do what I’m doing and that they’d love to learn.

Thank you so much Coco for letting me interview you! I'm excited to be able to perform with you and Ruby again at Gifts and Garters in December!

Cheers!

Vivienne

Photo Credits - Allie Smith Photography, Chris Gomez Photography, Miss Missy Photography

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

All the way from Las Vegas - DUSTY SUMMERS!!!!

For all of you that have gotten to know me, you know that I am a total burlesque nerd - I love to read about the history of burlesque, I read constantly about shows and stars all over the globe, shoot, I even follow a bunch of burlyq folks and businesses on my Twitter. I get so excited and nervous when I meet one of my idols - when I met Michelle L'Amour back in March I almost cried, and I'm surprised that I could talk to her without stammering! Well, here is another one of those moments - I have the distinct pleasure and honor of interviewing none other than the Nude Magician herself, Dusty Summers! I can't express how lucky I feel to have such an honor! Read on to hear about the way burlesque was, her career, and some GREAT tips for anyone who wants to learn the biz.

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1.) Tell us a little about your burlesque career as the Nude Magician!

I started as a bikini go go girl in about 1966 in Phoenix, AZ. Less than a year later, I was doing my first strip in a theatre in downtown Phoenix that was trying to revive burlesque! Chris Starr, a burlesque queen from the 50’s, was the choreographer and gave me the name Dusty. In the next few years I worked mostly as a topless go go dancer who also did a strip tease which made me unique at the time.

Eventually, I got an agent and became a full time exotic. When I was booked into Surfside Seven in Ft. Walton Beach, Florida, I met and later married the comic/magician Professor Turban. He taught me magic.

In about 1975 I was booked in the Royal Las Vegas in Las Vegas in a show called “Olde Tyme Burlesque.” In the years following I worked in several showrooms in Las Vegas when I wasn’t touring the rest of the country and Canada.

In 1983 I opened my own burlesque club Dusty’s West in San Angelo, Texas. In 1992 I left the entertainment world and went to work at Circus Circus in Las Vegas, first as a dealer, then as a pit boss.

I also wrote and published two books; The Lady is a Stripper/ Memoirs of Las Vegas’ Only Nude Magician, and The Golden G-String and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration.

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2.) How has burlesque changed, from your point of view?

Shows are MUCH shorter and the girls are performing much less frequently. Very few are earning a living in burlesque.

3.) The burlesque scene has soared in popularity in recent years, with movies, books and celebrities like Dita von Teese representing our culture. Do you feel that the standards have had to change for performers, to meet the popularity?

I think audiences nowadays expect immediate gratification. They don’t have the patience for the slow tease of the old days. Most young people don’t know the difference between burlesque and lap dancing but I think that as they are exposed to the glamour, tease, fun and entertainment of today’s enthusiastic, talented burlesque performers they will want more.

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4.) Describe one of the best moments in your burlesque career, and one of your most challenging.

There have been many great moments during my burlesque career including starring in my own show on the Strip in Las Vegas, touring this country, performing in Canada (where the audiences are fantastic) and performing at my first Exotic World event in 2006. It is fun reconnecting with the women I worked with long ago. I love meeting the new stars of today’s burlesque scene and seeing them perform.
It is challenging to try to put on a show today that justifies the admiration of the neo burlesque crowd. I could never have imagined years ago that I would be performing again in burlesque at my age!

5.) What is your involvement currently in burlesque?

So far it has been limited to appearances at Exotic World in Las Vegas and the Boston Burlesque Expo in Boston but I am planning on performing in Los Angeles with Lili VonSchtupp sometime this fall and most likely in various Texas venues. I would like to perform in more of the burlesque festivals around the country if I can afford it. I really enjoy sharing my experiences with today’s performers and helping them when I can.

6.) What advice would you give to today’s burlesque performers?

Enjoy yourself onstage. When or if it isn’t fun anymore, QUIT! Keep it classy and keep smiling.

Thank you so much Dusty for sharing your story with us!

Cheers!

Vivienne

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Guaranteed to make your weiners BOIL!

OK, my fellow burlesque lovers - I'm going to start branching outside of the South for my interviews. Now, don't fret - I still have PLENTY of lovelies that I want you to get to know... but I have begun to realize the amazing bevy of talent that lies above the Mason - Dixon line.

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Red Hot Annie from Chicago began as – and remains – a pinup model since 2003. With an extensive performance background to draw on, she turned her attentions to burlesque in early 2008. In short order, she has become one of the most recognizable and visible faces in Chicago burlesque, blending comedy, sexiness, and storytelling into a crowd-pleasing style. She has performed with – among others – Beast Women Cabaret, Varietease Cabaret, and Belmont Burlesque Revue. In July 2008, Red Hot Annie paired up with Dick Dijon to create Vaudezilla Productions, which has become a major force in Chicago by redefining the burlesque bar show and setting a new standard for burlesque variety shows. In 2009, she began expanding her presence beyond Chicago , making appearances at the Vancouver International Burlesque Festival, the Texas Burlesque Festival, and with the Brew City Bombshells in Milwaukee. I found this hot rod of a lady through Rose Darling, who will be travelling north soon to be in a Vaudezilla production! I tracked her down, and after oohing and aahing over her pictures and finally getting the courage up to ask her for an interview, I got what I wanted. She is a sweet, sweet gal, with a lot on her plate - read on for her views on burlesque, girls' nights out, and her love for the Big Lebowski.

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1.) How did you get into burlesque?

I started performing in the theatre when I was 16. I’ve been in probably 40-50 plays and musicals in Chicago and the suburbs. Some of my girlfriends perform burlesque, and 5more than 5 years ago, I started watching burlesque. I’d just sit in Belmont Burlesque’s audience and enjoy the show. With some later encouragement from friends, I decided to take the plunge. My first solo was in January 2008.


2.) I see that you are doing a tribute show to the The Big Lewbowski - where do you come up with concepts and routines for events like these?

I am lucky to be able to make my living as an artist, annd one of the major advantages of that is that I am always surrounded by creative people who inspire me. My partner, Dick Dijon, and I came up with the idea of Big Lebowski burlesque one night while we were watching the movie. I’m sure it started out as a joke, but we realized the potential very early on – this all happened in the early part of this year. And as all good ideas tend to do, it hung around, kept coming up every now and then, and finally worked its way onto our schedule.


3.) Do you consider yourself a traditional classic stripteaser, or do you dabble more into the vaudevillian side?

I’m pretty flexible about what I’d consider myself. A lot of my current work falls safely into classic strip tease, but I have been known to dip into neo-burlesque and vaudevillian, especially since the theatre shows I produce include talking roles for the burlesque performers. The main goal is to do something that I enjoy and that will entertain a lot of people. So, whatever gets those two jobs done is okay with me.

4.) Describe the burlesque scene in Chicago, what's it like to take if off in the Windy City?

The burlesque scene in Chicago is booming! When my company, Vaudezilla, stormed onto the scene about a little more than a year ago, there were only a couple shows every month. Now, Vaudezilla alone produces 2-3 shows/week! Some of the other Chicago troupes I love are Varietease Cabaret, Belmont Burlesque Revue, High Voltage, and Hot-n-Heavy. One of the reasons I love these particular productions so much is because they contribute a sense of camaraderie to the scene. I also love them because each one contributes something unique to the community overall, and that positions Chicago as a location where there is something to suit a wide range of tastes. Plus, we all provide each other with opportunities to work in each other’s shows, we cross-promote our shows, and there is almost no drama!



5.) Tell us about one of the most amazing experiences you've had in the past year, and one of of your most challenging times.

The most amazing experience I’ve had in the past year was when I traveled to Vancouver to perform in the Vancouver International Burlesque Fest. I got to perform 4 different acts over the course of 2 nights, and we had huge, enthusiastic crowds. Diamond Minx puts on an amazing show, and I got to meet some amazing performers, including Rosie Bitts, Scarlett James, and host Vincent Drambuie. Everyone was very welcoming, and it was an ideal first festival experience.

The most challenging part of doing burlesque has been it’s affect on my personal time. Once upon a time, I used to sit barefoot on my porch and drink red wine with my girlfriends. Now, I can’t remember the last Girls Night I’ve had. Burlesque has taken over my life! I love it, but I do miss having more time to spend with my non-burlesque friends.




6.) What are some goals for Red Hot Annie this year?

I would love to travel more this year and appear in more festivals. They’re terrific performance experiences, and as a producer, it’s always informative to get out of your own backyard every now and then to see how other areas put shows together. I’ve also got my eye on opening a theatre/performance space. I’m not sure if a girl can realistically do both, but I love a good challenge, so I’d love to try!


6.) Since you’re also a producer, what are some goals for you company, Vaudezilla?

One of the main goals we’re focusing on right now is raising the bar for the Chicago burlesque scene in general. I think that most people within the community would say that Vaudezilla has already had a serious impact over the last year in terms of performance opportunities alone. But we also have an eye towards making Chicago a hot spot for performers who are interested in traveling. We’ve already had an out-of-state performers Kai de Vicious (Milwaukee) and Miss Kitchy Coo (San Francisco). And we’ve got more guests lined up for August, including Rose Darling (Dallas)! Penny Starr Jr. (Hollywood) is coming to perform and to conduct an afternoon’s worth of burlesque workshops on Saturday, August 29. In September, we’ll be hosting Minne Tonka (New York) and Super Happy Funtime (Grand Rapids). We really hope to make Chicago a prime burlesque destination, and we are always excited to bring in traveling performers!

Monday, July 27, 2009

Kim of Poisoned Creations!

OK - so I know you alllll went to Atomic Frolic, yes? Well, I hope you did, because it was one of the most AMAZING experiences ever! The cast was amazing, the crew rocked, and La Divina and Diamond Jim pulled out all the stops! Well, this night was special for me as well, because I got to be a mannequin for some amazing local companies that night... the fabu Kim of Poisoned Creations came to my rescue when I desperately needed to complete my 50's housewife attire, and made me a special apron to wear! I think I looked pretty spot on... :)

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1.) How did you get into creating your own unique products?

I started out making baby items like bibs and blankets for my brother’s twins and then dresses and skirts for my daughter and me. I really liked that I could pick and design what I wanted rather then store buying. From there it grew to family and friends wanting those items too.

2.) How do you feel when you see someone wearing or carrying something from your line?

It’s awesome! I love that my designs are getting out there and liked. It’s also awesome to be told how much torture an item has been through and yet it’s still as perfect like the day they bought it.

3.) What's been one of your biggest challenges you've faced with your business, and what's been your biggest accomplishment?

One of my biggest challenges is getting my name out there beyond Texas. Just like any designer I want to be out there in the bright lights. My biggest accomplishment would probably have to be at Hot Rods and Heels during the fashion show portion. I have never done a fashion show and it was fabulous. I was given awesome models to work with and that is always great!

4.) What's new in store for Poisoned Creations?

I’m extending my line to include men’s clothing and women’s fascinator hats. I’m sure men want something rockin’ you can’t find in stores too. The fascinator hats have opened up a whole other outlet of creating for me that I love!

5.) Speaking of creative, how did you come up with that name?

I wish I had a good story but sadly I don’t. I just wrote down all kinds of words I could use in a name on a pad of paper and came up with Poisoned Creations. It fits, I love using skulls in my designs. Maybe now I should think of a fabulous story that could only be made up ha!

6.) Who would you like to see in your creations?

I would love to see Dita Von Teese in my designs. She is so gorgeous and I love her style. I would also love to see Gwen Stefani in my designs. She has such a unique style and her personality really shows in what she wears. As for men’s clothing I would love to see Jesse James or maybe Mike Ness in my shirts. Both scream bad ass to me. Also since I have been reminiscing of my childhood lately I would say Donnie Wahlberg. He was gangsta to me back then ;)

Her designs are original, and she truly puts hard work and love into everything she makes. Please check her line out at http://PoisonedCreations.etsy.com and her MySpace! Check back later this week for your Daily Shot of Miss Coco Lectric, and interviews coming up with Red Hot Annie and Dusty Summers!

Cheers!

V