A new burlesque show is coming out from local Seattle group Zenzi Burlesque and Rainy Night Productions October 9 - 10. Not a typical burlesque show, this performance includes vaudeville, music, film, and dance and the show takes you through a full theater experience.
As usual with Zenzi burlesque shows, tickets are selling out fast so I suggest you buy your ticket in advance. Tickets are $15 and you can buy your ticket here.
Location: Youngstown Cultural Arts Center, 4408 Delridge Way SW, Seattle
Date and Time: October 9 9pm and October 10 7pm, 9pm
Price: $15 (buy tickets in advance here)
Seattle Burlesque Performers Put On One Last Show Before They Head to Las Vegas for Miss Exotic World Pageant
The Miss Exotic World Pageant is a big deal in the burlesque scene, and the best burlesque performers from around the world all head to Las Vegas to participate and watch the pageant every year. So of course some of the very talented performers in Seattle are competing for the crown this year.
Before they head to the city of sin in June, there will be a send off show at the Rebar on Monday, June 1: Exotic World Send-Off – Vegas Or Bust! It will be a "fantastic evening of burlesque performances celebrating the acceptance of Miss Indigo Blue and The Shanghai Pearl into the Miss Exotic World Burlesque Competition in Las Vegas! Come help send-off the Seattle burlesque community to Las Vegas to support them!"
Exotic World Send-Off – Vegas Or Bust! will feature:
- Miss Indigo Blue & The Shanghai Pearl (performing their Miss Exotic World Competition acts!)
- Host, Ben De La Creme
- Inga Ingenue
- Ravenna Black
- Polly Wood
- Hottie McNaughty
- Auction: Get yourself a piece of Miss Indigo Blue and The Shanghai Pearl!
- Front row VIP seats available!
Date and Time: Monday June 1, Doors at 7:00pm, Show at 8:00 pm.
Location: Re-Bar (1114 Howell St., Seattle, WA 98122, 206-233-9873)
Price: $15 general, $25 VIP (front row) Tickets sold at the door only. 21+
How boring would life be if we didn't have boys and girls on this planet who can and will put on an outrageous outfit, throw on some impossibly long fake eyelashes, roll around in a tub of glitter, and then hop on stage and be funny, and talented and entertaining? I say thank goodness we have burlesque performers and drag performers! And thank goodness there are some in Seattle.
Cabaret Noir is a cabaret show of some of the best burlesque, cabaret, and drag performers in Seattle. I haven't even seen the show yet, but, um, wow, this ongoing event looks friggin' awesome.
There will be a rotating cast of performers at Cabaret Noir which will take place in downtown Seattle every Friday and Saturday at 10pm starting tonight through May 9. A taste of what to expect:
Some of the performers include:
- Ben De La Creme
- Fuschia Foxxx
- Paula the Swedish Housewife
- Sydni Deveraux
- Ernie Von Schmaltz
- Waxie Moon
- Indigo Blue
- Boi/y's Club
LGBTQ Friendly Event
18+ Bar 21/w ID
I recently received a couple of comments on an older post, Burlesque Class, so I am bringing up this topic again.
If you are toying around with the idea of getting into the Seattle burlesque scene, a good way to meet people in the burlesque community and get your start as a performer is by taking a burlesque class. If you're not interested in becoming a burlesque performer, you can simply take a class for fun and add a little spice to your life. Everybody will take away something from a burlesque class, whether it's finally feeling comfortable in your own skin, or learning how to do pin-up pretty hair and make-up.
I have mentioned Miss Indigo Blue's School of Burlesque in a recent post, I know people who have taken the class and have loved it, so there is one option for you.
It was recently brought to my attention that there is another school of burlesque in Seattle, Old School Pin-Ups Presents: Trixie Lane's Kindergarten of Burlesque. This is a 5 week course where Trixie Lane, a long time professional burlesque performer and entertainer, coaches students how to create an audience ready performance including hair, costuming, make-up, stage presence and all of that fun stuff, but also how to promote yourself as a performer. Trixie only allows 6 students to enroll at a time so she can give each student the attention they need. Here is the part that really excites me: they do professional pin-up photography! That is SO cool! A pin-up photograph of yourself could be a very romantic Valentine's Day gift. You can view samples of some of the pin-ups, and, wow, those are some great pictures.
If you want to get a glimpse of the result of Trixie Lane's Kindergarten of Burlesque, you can check out the next class recital on February 20 at the Rendezvous Jewel Box Theater at 7pm, tickets $10. Trixie informed me that she generally starts a new class every 2 months and the next will be sometime around the 24th of March. If you are interested in finding out more information, you can contact Trixie Lane.
Hosted by Tamara the Trapeze Lady, this weekly review is different every show. The show I saw included death defying stunts with swords and rebar by Pure Cirkus, fun striptease and burlesque by both Tamara the Trapeze Lady and Miss Indigo Blue. There was comedy, daredevil stunts, fire dancing, and a great performance by the girl pictured on the left who was one of my favorite acts of the evening.
This is a weekly show that happens every Friday at the Columbia City Theater at 8pm. Most of the performers are local performers, and it's great show to see for $20 ($25 at the door) in a beautiful old theater. I suggest buying your tickets in advance. Every seat in the house is a good seat, but I got a great table when I bought my tickets in advance last week.
Location: Columbia City Theater (map)
Time: Fridays at 8pm
Some of the best burlesque performers in Seattle are appearing in Ballard at the Tractor Tavern this Saturday, Jan 11. I have seen a lot of these performers before, and my cynical seen-it-all-before eyes have always been shockingly pleased with their elaborate costumes and entertaining performances. And they are totally hot, too.
Performer Miss Indigo Blue is THE Miss Indigo Blue of Miss Indigo Blue's Academy of Burlesque. Ravenna Black is THE Ravenna Black who made headlines last spring. I'm guessing this show will surely sell-out, so get there early to get a good spot.
A few performer websites:
"Hey, wanna go to Bumbershoot?" chirped my San Franciscan visitor through the phone.
Duh. Of course I do.
Bumbershoot is an annual music festival held for the three days of Labor Day weekend at the Seattle Center in Downtown Seattle, where you will find famous Seattle landmarks including the Space Needle and EMP. Although there are usually some big names at the festival, including Wu Tang Clan and comedian Janeane Garafalo this year, most of the artists who perform at Bumbershoot are college radio darlings, rarely touched by mainstream media regardless of how awesome they are. My favorite this year was Lyrics Born, a band whom I had previously only heard one song.
The performers of The Can Can did an abbreviated version of their show on an outside stage late in the afternoon by the big fountain in Seattle Center where kids frolic in the water. Moms and dads, don't worry, the show was as G-rated as a Disney cartoon. The Can Can band was really amazing, and I was in awe of the flexible female dancer's... flexibility. There were also male performers, which is generally not typical for modern burlesque performances unless the man is an emcee. Very cool.
The one performer who seemed to be lacking any skills to keep my attention was a woman who simply shimmied up and down the stage. I am guessing her performance was limited to the fact that she couldn't do a striptease in a G-rated atmosphere, but burlesque has evolved into more than just stripping. Burlesque involves a talent of, if nothing else, dance and movement, and the only thing this girl could do was wiggle her hips as if she learned everything she knew about dance from taking one belly dance class.
Overall, I was impressed with The Can Can's performance and I recommend checking out one of their shows located in Pike Place Market in Seattle, WA.
Left on her own to perform, Rose struggled to live up to her sister's singing and dancing skills. Rose's mother pushed her to continue to perform to earn money for the two of them, although vaudeville was on its way out. Then Rose discovered her incredible talent for burlesque. She had a different, smoother style than the other burlesque performers and she included humor in her act and she talked to the audience, which was not done before. Her talent quickly made her the star of Minksky's Burlesque, where she performed for four years.
Gypsy tried her hand at screen acting and she even co-authored a book called The G-String Murders. She bounced from Hollywood to New York, also going through a series of love affairs and husbands, and gave birth to a son.
When her mother died, Gypsy wrote her memories in an autobiography, titled Gypsy, where she exposed her mother's lifelong tyranny over her and her sister. Her autobiography became a best seller in 1957 and later became a smash hit Broadway show starring Ethel Merman which made Gypsy a living legend.
In 1965, over a decade after she quit stripping, Gypsy got her own television show based in San Francisco, CA, The Gypsy Rose Lee Show. In 1966 she was one of the performers on the Pruitts of Southampton starring Phyllis Diller and in 1967 she appeared on Batman.
Gypsy was diagnosed with lung cancer (due to smoking) in 1969 and she died in Los Angeles at age 54.
Here are a few classes you can take in various cities in the US. I know I missed many cities and many classes, so feel free to comment and add a burlesque class.
Try a class! Tell me what it's like!
I received a link to a story about rubber duckies that spilled out of a container ship 15 years ago and the story of their journey around the world, when a link to another unrelated story on the web page caught my eye: Kapow! These are some crazy get-ups!
Without actually reading the article and knowing anything about where the dresses came from or why they exist or why the women wearing them seem like they just got into a fight with their significant other, I am fascinated with those dresses. I think any one of them would make a fantastic burlesque costume. The make-up on the models is just as garish and extravagant as the dresses, and I think the make-up makes the outfits. I am not big on wearing make-up in my day to day life, but it is really important to have good make-up for a burlesque performance. Good make-up is just as important as having a good costume.
Another thing to note about good burlesque costumes is if a costume seems like it is too flamboyant or flashy and too much, then it's not enough. Burlesque is camp and fun, and the more over the top, the better. Of course I think those couture dresses are ridiculous, but that is why they would be great burlesque costumes.
Covering up a disfiguring facial feature has never been HOTTER! Eye patches are all the rage these days, especially in the world of burlesque.
Julie Atlas-Muz, Miss Exotic World 2006, sports a glamorous eye patch which looks like it poked her eye out and is the reason she is now wearing an eye patch.
Miss Astrid can be found in San Francisco at the Va Va Va Voom Room tantalizing and disciplining with limited vision! She'll keep her eye socket nice and warm with this fur eye patch.
The eye patch craze has made its way to Hollywood and Elle Driver, a sexy character in Kill Bill, sports an eye patch.
Are you ready to get your eye patch? Now you can buy an eye patch at the same website where you order your pasties, at Goth Fox Designs. I also found some quite fashionable eye patches on a recent trip to San Francisco at 826 Valencia St. It is a store in the Mission District that specializes in pirate accessories and youth writing programs.
This weekend is my first weekend off from burlesque since the beginning of January. I am heading out camping this weekend, but first I will be stopping in the merry ol' towne of Leavenworth, WA. Amazingly enough, I used to live in that town. Why is this town the way it is, with the whole Bavarian Village schtick? Big tourism dollars, that's why.
And, this leads to me think about how cool it would be to have a Bavarian theme burlesque act, complete with St. Paulie girl regalia, and bestowing pitchers of delicious beer to all. The music would have to be by Lederhosen Lucil, who is not actually from Bavaria. But Leavenworth, WA, is not actually from Bavaria, either.
According to the London Burlesque Festival website,
UK darlings The Teasemaids (pictured here) are one of many troupes performing at the festival this weekend. A few others include:The London Burlesque Festival will expose Londoners as well as Burlesque connoisseurs across the Globe to over 75 of the world's best Ecdysiasts who have been selected from over 300 applicants hailing from North America, Europe, Australia, the Netherlands and the UK. The festival will feature a variety of acts ranging from the nostalgic traditional style of Burlesque's early years to 50's 'Bump and Grind' as well as more modern avant-garde interpretations that are growing in popularity with Neo Burlesque's younger set.
- Mademoiselle Katarina
- The Germaniaxx
- Kisses Cause Trouble
- Hell Sindustries
- Louise de Ville
- Miss Sapphira
I agree with her, to an extent. Burlesque is an art, but burlesque performers are strippers. Trying to make burlesque seem more posh by wrapping it up in feathers and fans is silly. The feathers and fans add an element of fun and add a very different atmosphere than a stripclub. The intent of burlesque is entertainment and not just sexual gratification. But let's not try to dress it up and make it seem like burlesque performers are better than strippers. It's like journalists looking down their noses at bloggers. There is a definite difference between the two styles of burlesque and stripping at a "gentlemen's club," but they both involve stripping.The uninitiated assume that burlesque involves bawdy women swinging their sparkly tits to the beat of some trashy-sounding vamp. Strippers, right? They’re strippers? Wrong. Burlesque artists combine dance, comedy, music, kitsch, innuendo, feathers, fans, and, okay, sex appeal, to tantalizing effect. It’s about the art of the tease, not the sleaze of the strip.
The premier of Girl Trouble Burlesque's new show Undercover is this Saturday, April 14. More than a traditional burlesque performance, this full theater experience tells the story of how these sexy vixens are actually secret agents who must fight crime and their archnemisis Barnyard Betty, with their special powers and talents, which include burglary, cryptography, telekinesis, and looking totally hot. Audiences can expect to see a range of media arts including film, theater, dance, comedy, and pasties.
I love Bibi and Fifi Poubelle. They first appeared in 2000 performing as murderous French Maids with the Velvet Hammer Burlesque Revue. But, of course, that was not enough for Bib and Fifi. Oh no, they had to take it a step further and become La Luchadoras wrestling twins! Hot ladies who kick ass = genius. Weird America featured the twins in a video and their description reads:
What are these lovely (and dangerous) ladies up to now? Still wrestling to sold-out audiences in LA, and keeping busy with another exciting project. Find out all about it on their blog.Somewhere overseas from Paris live The Poubelle Twins. Filmmakers, performance artists and professional wrestlers, these versatile former Siamese twins beat down the competition with sheer French Maid girth, weight and sex. They also do private performances and never perspire.
The debate over whether burlesque sets us back a few decades in the plight of the feminist movement continues with my long time friend. My friend and I have been emailing each other for the past two days discussing this issue.
So, to continue with the debate in this public forum, I will add my dear friend's quotes in my post.
I certainly do not have my boobs hanging out at work, where it is important for me to be heard, because I have smaller boobs which can easily be hidden behind a layer or two of clothing. But, what about those women who have larger breasts and cannot hide them easily? Are we to assume that they must suffer a lifetime of not being heard simply because they have eye-catching boobs? Men and women are physically different, and trying to ignore that is like having that elephant in the room. Besides, I conduct myself in a professional manner at work, and I am more relaxed when I am in a social setting. My burlesque performances fall in the social setting category.everyone is free to choose their own means of surviving sexism. like you said, no matter what a woman does, she is sexualized. i choose to minimize this reaction to women in my own social encounters as much as possible, so as to attempt to eliminate the enormous ever-present gender divide and hopefully glean some mutual respect NOT based on physical appearance from whomever i'm dealing with. if your boobs are hanging out, you can bet they're not listening to your words.
The Male Gaze. She mentions this a few times in several emails. I can certainly see how the male gaze dictated the burlesque shows of yore, but in this modern day, there are so many different types of burlesque out there, I don't see how all of burlesque can be pigeonholed into one category: stripping for the pleasure of men. Burlesque is not a strip club for men, it's camp and silly and lighthearted and the audience is made up equally of men and women. Burlesque is entertainment in the vein of theater rather than just a strip tease aimed to stimulate arousal in men. Besides, I have not been to a burlesque show that stimulates arousal any more than an R rated movie. And as for the hole in the wall comment, I have no retort to that, I just think it's really funny.you just have to pay attention and not let the false notion of 'empowerment' via playing to the male gaze fool you into thinking you've actually got some power. there is NO POWER in the male gaze. so they think you're fuckable, so what? men will fuck a hole in the wall.
By the way, I really appreciate her input. This friend of mine and I have known each other for a long time, and I'm glad she is around to keep me grounded. She can tell me when I am doing something totally off the wall that she does not agree with, and it makes me think about what I'm doing. Most of the time, I am quick to try new things, and sometimes it works out, and sometimes it doesn't. I need her to voice her opinion because it makes me wonder if I'm going beyond just being open-minded and venturing into something that is ultimately not good for me based on my personal values. This time, she has not convinced me that burlesque is a step away from men and women becoming equals in every aspect of our society.
There is a lot of sharing of ideas in burlesque, and I am deeply into sharing ideas as opposed to stealing ideas. I recently viewed the burlesque acts at the Moisture Festival, hoping to get some inspiration for make-up and costumes. Oh, man, there were some GREAT made-up mugs and terrific costumes at the show. My favorite act was a dance troupe called Nanda, which consists of four delectably fit men. They are awesome. Words cannot begin to describe their awesomeness. They fought and did flips and then fought in slow motion while tearing off clothes and then they synchronize danced their way into my heart.
Another act I loved was The Aerialistas. These girls are totally hot and can defy gravity, which makes them even more hot. The guy sitting behind me remarked gleefully after every trick, "Oh no they didn't! They did!" Oh, they most certainly did, gracefully swinging from hoops and silks suspended 15 feet above ground while swimming through the air in perfect synchronicity. The whole experience of watching The Aerialistas perform made me want to go to circus school.
By calling this fashion collection Burlesque, Dina Bar-El has defined a definite image of burlesque. Bright red and black, gloves and lace define the style, matched with my personal favorite, bright red lipstick. I would like to see if these clothes are tear away clothes, held together with snaptape and luck.
Is the burlesque revival influencing today's fashion? Will we see more elbow length gloves and fewer jeans in malls across America? Fashion is a wild animal that cannot be tamed, and who knows what the future of fashion will bring. I, personally, would love to see more small hats and feather boas on the heads and necks of cool gals of the future.
The premise of the show is 34-year-old Sharon has four weeks to turn herself from a shy Welsh cleaning lady into a confident London Burlesque dancer. With the help of Britain's top Burlesque performer, Immodesty Blaize, and ballet legend Wayne Sleep, Sharon must convince a panel of judges that she is a professional burlesque performer.
It is a myth that women need special powers or talent to be a burlesque performer. A friend of mine says, "There are no ugly people, just lazy people." As superficial as that sounds, it actually rings true. Everyone has the potential to be attractive and desirable. It seems to be that we try to pigeon hole beauty into one small category.
The show premiers on UK TV station E4 on Tuesday, March 13. Silly ol' me, I live sans TV, so I will not be able to view the show. I would love to hear reviews, though. I might try to get my hands on a copy of the show.
Stop me if I'm wrong, but aren't there laws against discrimination? Besides, it is not like burlesque is illegal or... I just think that people don't really know what burlesque is all about.
I'm curious to see what kind of burlesque show gets a girl fired from her day job in this day and age.
So, what does snowboarding have to do with burlesque? Nothing. Except I have been tossing an idea around in my head of doing a burlesque piece that involves snowboarding. I have noticed that there is something about women who snowboard that is strangely appealing to both men and women. Is it the danger? The adventure? It could not be the gear or clothes, because, although women's snowboarding gear has come a long way, it is still a long way away from being ergonomically designed to actually FIT women. I'm guessing it's the danger.
Tonight, in honor of Japan launching its fourth spy satellite today, I am attending a party in Seattle called Spy which includes a performance by Burning Hearts Burlesque.
Vancouver has long been famous for breathtaking mountain views, gorgeous beaches, yoga mats and fat-free vanilla lattes, but you may be surprised as to the nature of the city’s more recent claim to fame. Over the last decade, a hugely diverse cross-section of Vancouver’s subculture - from punk clubs to rockabilly shows to electronica parties to queer clubs to political demonstrations - have been organizing their own DIY cabarets far beneath the bicycles and SUVS. Burlesque is fun, sexy, fresh, accessible and BACK for good… especially in Vancouver.
Yoga mats and fat-free vanilla lattes don't come to mind when I think of Vancouver, but maybe I have just had different experiences on visits to that fair city. Anyway, any excuse to go to Vancouver is good enough for me, and this sounds fun.
Well, she has a point. But here is my point: In a culture that places so much value on appearance and makes women hate ourselves because of how we look no matter what we look like, isn't it wonderful that there is an outlet for women to love our bodies? Besides, why do women have to hide our sexuality in order to be feminists? Women are sexual, so why is it is horrible to be sexually desirable? Pretending that we as women are not sexual beings simply to prove that we are equal to men is silly. That is like burning bras. Why did women burn bras? I never understood that. Burning a bra is pretending you don't need something when you need it.
And let's not skip over the fact that women are constantly being objectifed and sexualized no matter what. You don't think so? Ladies, put on your grungiest pair of sweats and walk past a construction site. Are sweats and construction sites perpetuating the objectification of women, too? I spent the majority of my teen years making myself look ugly to mainstream society by dressing in an extreme punk/goth style. I felt like I was taking a stand against being objectified. However, it didn't make any difference. Take a look at Suicide Girls. I bet if I stopped brushing my hair and taking showers, there would still be some jerk who would objectify me. And then there would be a website called nappyheadedsmellychicks.com.
I am not blind the the sexism of today's society and I would like it to change, but I also don't let it control my life. If ever I get to a point in burlesque where I feel it limits me in other aspects of my life or if I feel like I am not being respected, I will quit. So far, it's been fine.
In burlesque, performers, usually female, often create elaborate sets with lush, colorful costumes, mood-appropriate music, and dramatic lighting, and may even include novelty acts, such as fire-breathing or demonstrations of unusual flexibility, to enhance the impact of their performance.
Burlesque is theater performed mostly by women, for adult men and women. Burlesque performers are women of all shapes, sizes, and ages. In today's society, so much value is placed on a woman's appearance. Burlesque shows that attractiveness comes from a woman's personality, and not not her age or shape.
Does this mean you have to be a costume designer to be a burlesque performer? It doesn't hurt to know how to sew. My troupe and I work together on creating costumes. Some of us are good at sewing, some of us are good at glue gunning. Some of us are good at bringing the wine and food to our sewing parties. I'm good at eating pizza. We all use our talents in a collaboration and that works out great for us.