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Awkward Holiday Party PHOTOS!

Awkward Holiday Party PHOTOS!

On Saturday, December 9, we threw an Awkward Holiday Party at The Triad. Our intrepid guests braved the 3-inch snowmageddon and were rewarded with a super fun evening that included naughty reindeer, naked elves, drag ballet and the placing of legos into some very intimate places. Here are some photos from act one.

Ready for act two? Click HERE. And thanks again to all the performers, our awesome audience and everyone who bought raffle tickets to support Pets for Vets. We raised over $300!

Until next time!
xoxo

Great ExPETations

As you may know, Pets for Vets is a national nonprofit that pairs shelter dogs with returning veterans to help them deal with PTSD, depression and other post-deployment issues. Here are some videos explaining more about their mission and introducing you to some of the vets and pups they’ve helped.

*sniff* Is it getting a little dusty in here? Just me? Okay, fine.

Anyway, we’d love for you come out to The Triad Saturday night for Awkward Holiday Party, where we will be raising money for the NYC-Long Island chapter of Pets for Vets. Tickets start at just $15! (LIMITED TIME OFFER! Use promo code JINGLEBALLS to save 15%!)

You can also donate to Pets for Vets NYC-LI directly via PAYPAL.

But we really hope to see you on Saturday!

Awkward Holiday Party, December 9 at The Triad Theater, 158 W. 72nd Street, NY, NY, 10023, 212-362-2590. Doors at 9; Tickets $15 in advance, $20 at door. 

xoxo,
LFF

Paws for a Cause

Paws for a Cause

Hi friends!

On December 9, We will be raising money for the NYC-LI chapter of Pets for Vets. Last year, between our Halloween show and another event, we raised more than $500 for this amazeballs organization that pairs shelter dogs with vets suffering from PTSD. We would love to raise even more this year, so please come out for a great night of burlesque and fun with an awkward holiday twist!

Awkward Holiday Party, December 9 at The Triad Theater, 158 W. 72nd Street, NY, NY, 10023, 212-362-2590. Doors at 9; Tickets $15 in advance, $20 at door. 

Making the ’90s Magically Delicious: Lucky Charming

Making the ’90s Magically Delicious: Lucky Charming

FB: Lucky Charming Boylesk
IG: mrluckycharming
Twitter: @MrLuckyCharming

Friends!

We are just four days away from the Boston incarnation of Decadent: 100 Years of Burlesque and we have one more new performer to introduce you to. Meet Lucky Charming, the boy-band aficionado who will rock your body right.

After finding his roots in New York City, Lucky Charming​ ​recently relocated to Boston, where he joined forces​ ​with the local all­-male troupe, Sirlesque. He is also a proud​ ​member of the White Elephant Burlesque Society, and a​ ​four­​-​time GLAM Award nominee for Best Burlesque among NYC’s gay nightlife.

1. What is your favorite thing about the 1990s?
Absolutely, positively the music. I heard recently on a (very non-scientific) podcast that the music you experience when you are 13 years old will always feel like the best era of music. To this day, I am still a sucker for ’90s boy-bands. And I didn’t appreciate them so much in their prime, but the alternative rock bands of that era also hold a very special place for me.

Honorable mention: Disney Afternoon.

Photo: Rex Lott

2. If you could have drinks/dinner with any person from that era, real or fictional, who would it be and why?
It would have to be one of the Backstreet Boys, although I’m not entirely sure which one. A.J. would undoubtedly have the most interesting stories to tell, but Howie has always been the quiet one and I’m certain he’s seen some shit.

3. Is there anyone from today you think embodies the idea of the 90s?
There are so many iconic artists and personalities from the ’90s that are still around and kickin’. Some are continuing to milk their popularity from 20 years ago (like the New Kids on the Block), some have managed to be genuinely successful this entire time (Britney Spears), and some have completely reinvented themselves and re-emerged from the ashes of their former career (former MTV VJ Dave Holmes). I applaud and bow to members of each one of these camps.

Come see Lucky and the rest of our magical lineup on October 7 at The Rockwell, 255 Elm Street, Somerville, MA, 02144. Doors open at 9:30. A portion of proceeds will benefit The Hispanic Federation to help with hurricane and earthquake relief.

Fifties Fashion and Glamour with Elsa Riot and Pearl Buttons

Fifties Fashion and Glamour with Elsa Riot and Pearl Buttons

You guys! It’s already Thursday and that means we are just over a week away from our Decadent debut in Boston. We thought you’d like to meet two more Boston-based performers, Elsa Riot and Pearl Buttons, the dynamic duo who will be putting the FAB in ’50s.

Elsa Riot

Web: elsariot.com
FB: ElsaRiot
IG: elsa.riot

Elsa is producer, curator, and host of Somerville’s premier variety show Smoke & Shadows and the monthly midnight vaudeville pop-up Top Shelf Burlesque.

Pearl Buttons

Web: pearlbuttonsburlesque.com
FB: Pearl Buttons
IG: pearl_buttons

Pearl has been dancing classical ballet and American jazz since she was three, and melds her dance roots with a love for Old Hollywood and all things sparkly to achieve a truly spectacular stage presence.

Elsa and Pearl encapsulate the glamour of classic burlesque, adding a twist of their own earnest charm and signature doofy grins – perfect representatives for the 1950s’ simple luxury and cool-headed quirk!

Let’s learn more about them…

1. What is your favorite thing about the 1950s?
Elsa: The “Beat Generation” counterculture. The 1950s stand out as a stringent time in American history that wanted to see conformity and consumerism from citizens more than anything else. That pressure gave way to interesting and radical movements, styles, culture, and politics – these were the first echoes of sexual liberation, pacifism, anti-capitalism, the end of segregation, rock & roll, and so on. Our act for this show communicates a sexual transformation that mirrors the rejection of traditional 1950s homemaking in favor of freedom and sensuality.

Pearl: Movie musicals. The beginning Cold War meant that this decade was a terrifying time for a lot of Americans and I think the escapism that lighthearted films offered was really important and continues to be now.

Photo: Striker Posie

2. If you could have drinks/dinner with any person from that era, real or fictional, who would it be and why?
Elsa: Marlene Dietrich! She was a sharp and fearless woman in every sense. She was a brilliant variety performer and a sharp businesswoman. She exuded glamour with flawless makeup and the slinkiest dresses and would still put on a top hat and tails to sing songs written for men. She owned her sexuality and laughed in the face of criticism from American churches. She was politically outspoken and anti-war, and as a German during WWII condemned the Nazi party and mobilized with other American stars to help Jews and dissidents escape Europe. And her impeccable style is all over my Pinterest boards. I think she would be amazing to learn from and laugh with over drinks!

Pearl: Probably Charles James. He’s described as “America’s first couturier” and Christian Dior credited him with inspiring the New Look. His designs were so amazingly structured and impeccably tailored. The Met costume institute did a display of his work and showed the inner structure of some of his most famous gowns and it was so fascinating. James also created the “taxi dress,” which was designed to be so easy you could slip it on in the back of a taxi. I love when couture designers also create work that is practical and wearable. He designed right up until his death and that passion for your art is so important. I’m a total tailoring geek and I’d love to discuss technique with him over coffee

3. Is there anyone from today you think embodies the idea of the 1950s?
Elsa: Today’s politics certainly ring familiar to the McCarthyist vibes of the 1950s, but to look at the brighter and more forward-thinking side of the ’50s, I often think about Michelle Obama as the new Jackie O. At first glance she’s a paragon of what is expected of American women – a good mother, supportive wife, smart and attractive but not intimidatingly so – but is in fact strong, independent, glamorous, accomplished, and spirited all on her own. They both stand out as First Ladies who excelled in the public eye, shifted American culture, and left a legacy separate from their husbands.

Photo: Striker Posie

Pearl: I definitely agree with Elsa on Michelle Obama. I think her grace under pressure is remarkable. I admire her ability to balance the traditional role of a first lady while being an incredible political force in her own right. They also both know how to seriously rock a sheath dress.

Come see Elsa, Pearl and the rest of our magical lineup on October 7 at The Rockwell, 255 Elm Street, Somerville, MA, 02144. Doors open at 9:30. A portion of proceeds will benefit The Hispanic Federation to help with hurricane and earthquake relief.

READ MORE ABOUT THE 1950s HERE.

Jazzing up the 1920s: Harley Foxx

Jazzing up the 1920s: Harley Foxx

FB: Harley Foxx
IG: harleyfoxxburlesque

Hello friends,

As you know, we are taking Decadent: 100 Years of Burlesque to Boston next month, so we thought we’d take a moment to introduce you to the fabulous performers who will be joining us.

First up, meet Harley Foxx, who will rep the 1920s. This swing and jazz aficionado shares some of her favorite things about this glamorous decade, including her love for the iconic Josephine Baker.

1. What is your favorite thing about the 1920s?
My favorite thing about this era is defined by the music and the dancing. My mother used to play Duke Ellington and Count Basie records, and she sang Billie Holiday around our house. As I got older I started swing dancing and it became even more infused into my soul.

I really love listening to “hot jazz” music, and those old syncopated rhythms. I have gradually been building this collection of swing music and I am totally amazed and humbled by the never-ending wealth of great music just waiting to be heard.

But aside from that, as a DJ I like to play whatever I think will keep people dancing – whether it’s chunky, up-tempo, or even contemporary swing. Some of my favorite artists include the Original Dixieland Jazz Band, Chick Webb, Django Reinhardt, Mildred Bailey, Ella Fitzgerald, Count Basie, Fats Waller (of course), Bob Crosby, as well as Wingy Manone. My love for both the music and dance are something that I try to share with everyone in my life.

Photo: Veronica Tays

2. If you could have drinks/dinner with any person from that era, real or fictional, who would it be?
I would love to sit down with the great Josephine Baker.

She had an independent spirit and had to learn to provide for herself and make her own way. This free and bold behavior led her to perform across the country and eventually she was able to sashay away to the Paris stage during the 1920s.

She was confident in her abilities and performed with a comic, yet sensual appeal that took Europe by storm. She had a perfect blend and I try to embody her character and flair in some of my pieces. Baker went on to perform and choreograph for 50 years in Europe.

Although racism in the States often restricted her from gaining the same fame at home as she did abroad, Baker fought segregation through organizations like NAACP. I would love to chat with her about where we are now in entertainment, burlesque and politics. Things are different from the 1920’s but I definitely feel like she would be a great mentor and be able to offer some insight and guidance.

Photo: Mandi Martini

3. Is there anyone from today you think embodies the idea of the 1920s?
Beyoncé is a great pop superstar who isn’t afraid of celebrating black brilliance and has often given nods to the black women performers who’ve inspired her. Beyoncé has paid tribute to Tina Turner and in 2006, she celebrated Jospehine Baker.

Beyoncé’s affinity for Baker comes as no surprise. Baker’s control of her art and her image were unprecedented for her time. Baker, a black woman beloved by white audiences, built her name by working within the status quo to transgress social boundaries. In her later life she became a civil rights activist.

Beyoncé does the same. Beyonce has also been able to navigate a space that tended to exclude (or at the very least limit) black women for a long time. Mainstream music and pop music specifically. Her album Formation made a lot of people realize how political and “woke” Beyoncé is. But she has always given nods in her music and videos on where she stands, her support to the artists who came before her, and her black culture.

Josephine baker and Beyoncé are two artists I love and admire and the fact it’s their blackness that makes them unique. I have found I don’t have to separate the blackness from the art. If you want to participate, indulge, be entertained, you must acknowledge black lives and black issues in the process. That is what they do and what I hope to do too.

Come see Harley and the rest of our magical lineup on October 7 at The Rockwell, 255 Elm Street, Somerville, MA, 02144. Doors open at 9:30. A portion of proceeds will benefit The Hispanic Federation to help with hurricane and earthquake relief.

READ MORE ABOUT THE 1920s HERE.

 

Decadent Photos!

Decadent Photos!

Finally! Here are some photos from Decadent: 100 Years of Burlesque. From Dandy Dillinger’s 1920s showgirl fabulosity to Candy Applebottom’s 2010s tribute to staying connected, we traveled through time on Saturday, April 22 and never looked back. Thanks to everyone who came out to The Triad and made the voyage so fantastic.

1920s

Dandy Dillinger kicks us off with an ethereal number reminiscent of a butterfly emerging from its chrysalis.

1930s

Ruby Mechant gives us some 1930s glamour with just a touch of Italian sass.

1940s

Spicy L’amour blows her bugle for the boys “over there.”

1950s

Shimmy LeCoeur shows us the devil in disguise with her tribute to the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll.

1960s

Hellz Kitten asks the age-old question, “will you still love me tomorrow?” with a shocking twist at the end.

1970s

Munroe Lilly loves to love us and takes another little piece of our hearts.

1980s

Luscious Lane revisits the Cold War with a “pop” of color.

1990s

Tutu Toussaint gives us montage of the best ’90s hip-hop.

2000s

Twinky Boots takes the red pill with his tribute to the Matrix.

2010s

And finally, Candy Applebottom lights up our world with her sassy futuristic moves.

Behind the scenes:

Photos: Veronica Toone

 

Relive the Naughty Aughties with Twinky Boots

Relive the Naughty Aughties with Twinky Boots

Twinky Boots at 'Unleashed' in February
Twinky Boots at ‘Unleashed’ in February

Twitter: @twinkyboots
Instagram:
@twinkyboots

The last eighty years have flown by in a blur, have they not? It’s hard to believe we are already in the ’00s. (Did anyone ever come up with a good name for this decade? The aughties? The double goose eggs? Anyone? Bueller?)

In any case, we are super excited to welcome back one of our favorite performers, Bad Apple Boylesque’s Twinky Boots, who will represent the ’00s in Decadent: 100 Years of Burlesque. This voyeuristic voyage from the 1920s to the 2010s will be happening in LESS THAN TWO WEEKS (OMG!).

We’ve spoken to Twinky on a number of occasions, which you can read about here, here and here.

Twinky first dipped his toe into burlesque as a performer with Broadway Bares, an annual charity event to benefit Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, and we are very proud to share the stage with him again. Come see him take on the 2000s on April 22.

AND! For a limited time, you can buy one ticket and get the second half-off with promo BOGO50. No limit (as long as you buy in twos), so get one for everyone you know!

Party Like It’s 1999: The Cosmopolitan

Party Like It’s 1999: The Cosmopolitan

I was dreaming when I wrote this, forgive me if it goes astray… Yep, we’re finally partying in the decade that Prince intended. Unfortunately, Prince wasn’t very specific about the menu, so we have to figure out what we’re in the mood for.

We could go The Big Lebowski route and make a White Russian. But yuck, that’s super heavy, and who even does dairy these days.

We could be all growns up like Mike and Trent in Swingers and pour ourselves a scotch on the rocks. (As long as it’s not a blend of course. Any Glen will do). But that doesn’t count as a cocktail.

We could really go down the ’90s rabbit hole and have a Zima, because according to this article, Zima is coming back and wouldn’t it be fun to relive those sweaty Friday nights bopping to the Spin Doctors at the Plaza Grill in Albany, New York? (Short answer: no.) Besides, Zima is – again – not a cocktail and b) we left upstate NY for a reason.

So with that in mind, we nominate the Cosmopolitan to rep the ’90s. Made famous in the latter part of the decade by a certain group of fictional New York City ladies, the Cosmo brings us back to a simpler time, when we didn’t have wait twenty minutes for the bartender to muddle fifteen separate artisanal ingredients to make one drink, but we could still look fancy with our cute pink martini.

Here’s an article detailing the possible origins of the Cosmo, but if you’re in a hurry to get your drink on, see the recipe below.

The Cosmopolitan

Ingredients

1 cup vodka*
1/2 cup triple sec**
1/2 cup cranberry juice
1/4 cup freshly squeezed lime juice

*You can also use citrus-flavored vodka.
**You can also use Cointreau

Directions

Pour all the ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake well and pour through a strainer into four martini glasses. (Or if you’re having a particularly bad day, just drink it directly out of the shaker.)

Et voila! You’re ready to kick back your Manolos with your besties and contemplate life and love in the city that never sleeps.

(And since you’re hanging out with your girls anyway, why not spend your evening at The Triad with us on 4/22? Relive your glory days, whether they took place in ’80s, ’90s, ’00s or today; see a fabulous show and help raise money for a fantastic organization.)

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Tutu Sexy for the ’90s

Tutu Sexy for the ’90s


Bio: Tutu Toussaint
Web: Brown Cocaine Burlesque
Twitter: @BrownCocaineCo
Instagram: tututoussaint

Ladies and gentleman, we have made it to the shiny ’90s! Bill Clinton is in the White House, the Spice Girls are on the airwaves and Ross and Rachel are on a break. Representing this golden era is the “Royal Rebel” with a cause, Tutu Toussaint.

More about Tutu:

From the shores of West Afrika via New York City, Tutu is a warrior of seduction, and royal descendant of King Tutu himself. She was inducted into the burlesque tradition through the auspices of Brown Girls Burlesque in 2013, and is quickly making her mark in the Burly-Q community.

She is a resident and founding member of Perle Noire’s “House of Noire” who is recognized for her southern jazz, sass and explosive style.

Tutu is the proprietress of Brown Cocaine Burlesque, a burlesque instruction company and southern burlesque revue and the racial/ social equality and wellness initiative “Burlesque Cares”.

Won’t you join us on April 22 to meet The Brown Cocaine of Burlesque? Time is running out, but tickets are still on sale! You can buy them HERE.

AND! For a limited time, you can buy one and get the second half-off with promo BOGO50. No limit (as long as you buy in twos), so buy one for all your ’90s-lovin’ friends. See you on the 22nd!