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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.

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!

Party Like It’s 1989: The Alabama Slammer

Party Like It’s 1989: The Alabama Slammer

The ’80s was the decade of excess and neon and this did not stop with its cocktails. Why make a drink with one type of liquor when you could make one with ALL the liquors? (Long Island Iced Tea, I’m looking at you.) And who wants boring old vodka or gin when you could have Blue Curaçao or Midori?

Some of us were in high school in the ’80s and we would drink whatever we could get our hands on. Wine coolers. Root beer Schnapps. Seagram’s 7 from our parents’ liquor cabinet smuggled out of the house a saline solution bottle… how else are you going to make it through a football game when your team is 0-7?

Once we got to college, Friday night found us pre-gaming in our dorm with a case of Old Milwaukee before the SAE party, where we’d swallow shot after shot of Malibu, or god help us, Southern Comfort. One of us, to this day, still cannot be in the same room as Southern Comfort. So in honor of our misspent youth, let’s make an Alabama Slammer.

Invented, so the story goes, at the University of Alabama in the mid-’70s, the Slammer is (allegedly?) the signature drink of the Crimson Tide Football team. Roll tide!

Alabama Slammer

Photo: Liquor.com

Ingredients

1 oz Southern Comfort
1 oz Sloe gin
1 oz Amaretto
2 oz Orange juice

Directions

Add all the ingredients to a shaker and fill with ice. Shake, and strain into a highball glass filled with fresh ice. Garnish with an orange wheel and a cherry. Or, you know, make a pitcher and drink the whole thing and repeat until you vomit and remain haunted by the smell of SoCo 30 years later.

 

 

Fashion Flashback Friday: The 1980s

Fashion Flashback Friday: The 1980s

When you think of ’80s fashion, you probably think big, bright and bold. There was no one-size-fits-all when it came to style, although most of the clothing seems to have been one size: large. You could be preppy, yuppie, punk, hip-hop – possibly all within one outfit.

Let’s explore some of the trends that made the ’80s the ’80s.

Power Suits

Although the phrase “power suit” conjures images of douche-bros with slicked back hair (oh who are we kidding, we totally have a crush on Gordon Gekko), the power suit was also the uniform of the ’80s working woman, from Diane Keaton to Melanie Griffith (and of course actual non-fictional people).

Get me the head of Darryl Hannah

Made popular by designer Giorgio Armani, the power suit – for both men and women – featured broad shoulders and wide lapels. For men, a crisp shirt with banker stripes, suspenders and a classic silk tie completed the look. Think Gekko of course, but also Judd Nelson in St. Elmo’s Fire or Richard Gere in American Gigolo.

Judd Nelson in St. Elmo’s Fire
Richard Gere: just an American Gigolo

Women’s power suits were apparently aimed making women as sexless as possible, with giant shoulder pads and below-the-knee skirts. Add a high-necked blouse and “pussy bow” and you’re totally ready to pass yourself off as an executive and steal Harrison Ford.

Babies also make great accessories. (Diane Keaton in Baby Boom)
Working Girl Melanie Griffith before the tragic plastic surgery

Athletic Wear

“Athleisure” was a buzzword in 2016, but this trend began in the early ’80s. Track suits, made from polyester and rayon as well as velour made their way off the fields and into the mainstream.

They were also popular among swingers.

The aerobics craze, coupled with the popularity of movies like Fame and Flashdance,  made legwarmers a thing, and these colorful tubes – ideally the same color as your Forenza sweater – could be found on young women from Boston to the Bay Area.

Thanks Jane Fonda

Preppy 

Lisa Birnbach’s 1980 book The Preppy Handbook was intended to skewer the upper middle class, but instead ended up inspiring a trend.

Preppy fashion took its cues from New England prep-schools – think khakis, oxford shirts and sport coats (or blazers for women). Leisure wear included brightly colored pants with little designs and polo shirts. A popped collar was de rigueur.

Michael Bowen and Deborah Foreman show off their Valley Girl Prep

Add some pearl earrings and a little alligator (or polo player) on your breast and you’re all ready to party at Dorrian’s Red Hand.

Clothing was conservatively tailored, but came in bright colors, like pink and Kelly green. Tying a sweater around your neck was not unheard of, and if you happened to be wearing a sweater around your neck while appearing in a high school movie of the period, chances are, you’re the bad guy.

Classic ’80s villains

Punk

Punk traces its beginnings to England in the ’70s, where it was seen as “an intentional rebuttal of the perceived excess and pretension found in mainstream music.” Shorter, unkempt hair and dirty, torn t-shirts paired with jeans and a leather jacket replaced the slick, flashy styles of the disco era.

By the ’80s, Punk music had evolved in both the U.S. and UK and so did its fashion. T-shirts with political slogans and customized leather jackets or denim vests became popular.

Anarchy!

Hair was spiked, sculpted into a mohawk or cut really short.

London Punks
This dude is not fucking around

Body piercings and tattoos were in and the Doc Marten or combat boot adorned most punk feet.

Docs

Designers like Vivienne Westwood, Anna Sui and Jean-Paul Gaultier began to introduce punk elements into their lines, which brought many of the styles into the mainstream.

Vivienne Westwood (far right) and her punk-inspired designs

Hip-Hop

Hip-hop originated among African-American and Latin youth in NYC, L.A., Chicago and other inner cities, each of which contributed its own elements.

In the late ’70s, sportswear brands such as Le Coq Sportif, Kangol, Adidas and Pro-Keds attached themselves to the emerging hip hop scene. Its adherents wore brightly colored track suits, leather bomber jackets and brand name sneakers, such as Pro-Keds, Puma, Converse’s Chuck Taylor All-stars, and Adidas Superstars.

Heavy gold jewelry – chains for men and big earrings for women – became hallmarks of hip-hop fashion. Other popular accessories included bucket hats, nameplates and multiple rings. Luxury brand names like Louis Vuitton, Fendi, Gucci and logos adorned custom-designed tracksuits, jackets and mink coats, made popular in the early ’80s by Dapper Dan, a Harlem-based designer.

Run DMC
Grandmaster Flash
Salt’n’Pepa

Toward the end of the decade, styles began to incorporate traditional African influences, such as the fez, Kente cloth (a textile) hats and kufis (another type of hat). Blousey pants were famously worn by artists like MC Hammer.

Please Hammer, don’t hurt me with your enormous pants

And that wraps up our partial overview of the ’80s fashion scene. We hope you enjoyed it. If you want to learn more, check out the sites below.

retrowaste.com
liketotally80s.com
Wikipedia
complex.com
80sfashion.org

And just for fun, here are some pics of Les Femmes in all their gnarly ’80s glory.

Luscious Lane chilling circa 1986. Oversized Oxford, double socks.
Luscious Lane 1987
Luscious Lane prom pic, 1988
Hellz Kitten looking thrilled for the first day of 8th grade, 1983
Hellz Kitten made it through the year. 8th Grade grad, 1984. Sweet mullet!
Hellz Kitten prom, 1987. Her enthusiasm is overwhelming.
Ruby Mechant (right) and sister, 1986
Ruby looking adorbs in her Popeye shirt, 1983
Ruby Mechant in 1982 – already naked!

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Throwback Thursday: Burlesque (not really) of the 1980s

Throwback Thursday: Burlesque (not really) of the 1980s

Burlesque of the ’80s? There was no burlesque in the ’80s. There were strip clubs and Porky’s, but no burlesque. But that doesn’t mean there weren’t beautiful, iconic women who would inspire our modern generation of burlesque performers.

Here are some of them.

Click on any pic for more info.

Love is a battlefield, and Pat Benatar was its fiercest warrior.
What says “’80s excess” more than Joan Collins as Dynasty’s Alexis Colby? One look from her and you want throw a drink on yourself.
Oh, poor tragic Whitney Houston. Didn’t we almost have it all?
This controversial 1981 Calvin Klein ad featured a 15-year-old Brooke Shields, who declared that “nothing” came between her and her Calvins.
Gypsies, tramps and thieves…might be hiding in that hair. The ever -fabulous Cher gives us some late ’80s realness. If only we could turn back time.

And then there’s Madonna. Maybe the most iconic star of the decade (the millennium?). You can make fun of her acting, her fake British accent or her penchant for collecting African children, but the fact remains, Madonna IS the 1980s. Here are some of her signature ’80s looks.

The look that started it all – the Lucky Star/Desperately Seeking days.
An homage to Marilyn: Material Girl
Papa, don’t preach – I’m going to be a huge star and we can get the F outta Staten Island.

Want more ’80s? Come see Decadent: 100 Years of Burlesque at The Triad on April 22.  TICKETS

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A ‘Luscious’ Trip Down Memory ‘Lane’

A ‘Luscious’ Trip Down Memory ‘Lane’

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Ohmigod, it’s like, totally the ’80s already! Brush off your shoulder pads and Rubik’s Cube, crank up your boombox and let’s get to know our ’80s lady: Luscious Lane.

1. What is your favorite thing about the 1980s? 
I’m a child of the ’80s and some habits are hard to break! Everything had to match: your shoes, top, socks, scrunchie… I still catch myself doing this today, well, minus the scrunchies! I still love the music and I can count on ’80s music to turn my mood around if I need it.

2. If you could have drinks/dinner with any person from that era, real or fictional, who would it be and why?
Easy, Jake Ryan from Sixteen Candles. But only if he picks me up in his red Porsche.

Michael Schoeffling as Jake Ryan in Sixteen Candles. Call us, Jake!

3. Is there anyone from today you think embodies the idea of the 1980s?
I still think Madonna embodies the ’80s. She helped shape the decade and so many teenage girls like myself, who wore fishnet tops, black rubber bracelets up their arm and wanted to roll around on gondolas in Venice.

Still got it: ’80s It Girl Madonna

Come experience (or relive) the ’80s with Luscious Lane on April 22 at The Triad. Need tickets? Click here!

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Music/Movie Monday: Let’s Do The Time Warp Again – the ’70s

Music/Movie Monday: Let’s Do The Time Warp Again – the ’70s

Say what you will about the malaise of ’70s, but the decade had some damn good music. Whether you like funk, rock or disco, there was always something awesome to dance to (or crank up while cruising in your ’72 Charger). What’s your favorite?

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“I got you babe” Sonny and Cher
It’s as easy as ABC, 123 – The Jackson 5
Mad Man from across the pond – Elton John
How about a little Kiss?
Hop on the Souuuuuuullllllllllll Train
How deep is your love for the Bee Gees?
Mamma Mia! It’s ABBA
You can find these guys In the Navy or down at the YMCA – The Village People
This gal will cut you with her Heart of Glass – Blondie

And then there were the movies. Remember these?

Diane Keaton is Annie Hall (1975)
The one that started it all – Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford in Star Wars (1977)
Sandy gives Danny a hand job, er Hand Jive – Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta in Grease (1978)
We loooooooove to watch you dance, Tony – John Travolta in Saturday Night Fever (1977)
You talkin’ to Robert DeNiro? Taxi Driver (1976)
Here’s an offer you can’t refuse: Marlon Brando as The Godfather. (1972)
Here’s to swimmin’ with bow-legged women. Jaws (1975)
Yo! It’s Sly Stallone as Rocky Balboa in Rocky (1976)
Heyy, Warp this – Patricia Quinn, Tim Curry and Nell Campbell in The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975)

Wanna get your groove on? The ’70s live again on April 22 at The Triad. Need tickets? Click here!

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