Tag: Decadent

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!

A ‘Luscious’ Trip Down Memory ‘Lane’

A ‘Luscious’ Trip Down Memory ‘Lane’

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Twitter: @lane_luscious

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!

**SPECIAL LIMITED TIME OFFER** Buy one ticket, get the second at half price with promo code BOGO50 until 4/1! Totally tubular! BUY

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Party Like it’s 1979: The Harvey Wallbanger

Party Like it’s 1979: The Harvey Wallbanger

It’s the ’70s and sleek cocktail lounges of the ’50s and ’60s have given way to blonde-wooded, fern-bedecked singles bars. The hairy-chested, gold-chained, porn-stached lounge lizard three seats over wants to buy you a drink. What are you going to have?

A Harvey Wallbanger, of course! I mean, it’s got “bang” right in the name. (Why else did you come out tonight?)

Drink historians (yeah, I guess there are such a thing) consider the ’70s the “Death Valley of cocktail eras.” Mixed drinks were laden with heavy cream and sickly sweet liqueurs, “fine” wine included Riunite (“that’s nice!”) and the great national debate pitted “tastes great” against “less filling.” Comparatively, the Harvey Wallbanger is a bastion of sophistication. Plus, you can finally use that bottle of Galliano you inherited from  your grandma.

The Harvey Wallbanger

Ingredients
1 oz. vodka
4 oz. orange juice
1⁄2 oz. Galliano liqueur

Directions
Pour vodka and orange juice into an ice-filled collins glass. Stir. Float Galliano on top by pouring gently over the back of a spoon.

There’s a whole backstory behind the ‘Banger, involving a California surfer, but it turns out to be mostly bullshit and actually an invention of a copywriter who worked for the company that makes Galliano in the ’70s. Which might make that the most ’70s thing ever.

Anyway, we hope you liked this recipe. Now go get that lounge lizard- but make sure you take your rings off before you hit the sack. Don’t wanna get ’em caught in his chest hair.

And don’t forget to get your tickets to Decadent: 100 Years of Burlesque.

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Get your Groove On with Munroe Lilly

Get your Groove On with Munroe Lilly

Munroe Lilly is the ’70s’ ‘hair’ apparent!

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It’s the ’70s and that means it’s time to do a little dance, make a little love and, obviously, get down tonight. Munroe Lilly is here and wants to get down with you. Won’t you join him?

1. What is your favorite thing about the ’70s?

I love the ’70s for the clothes, hair and the overall vibe. It was about free love, peace, happiness, and fighting war through music and protest. Add in the psychedelic drugs and you have basically the perfect decade.

2. If you could have drinks/dinner with any person from that era, real or fictional, who would it be and why?

Honestly, I would love to have drinks with a lot of people from that decade. ’70s-era Diana Ross, Cher, and Tina turner. Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, Joni Mitchell, David Bowie. And on and on… they all encompass/ed a specific kind of strength that I identify with and that’s having the courage to do and be exactly who they want to be both on and off the stage. They all were/are so electric as performers and yet were/are complicated people. I see a lot of myself in all of them.

3. Is there anyone from today you think embodies the idea of the ’70s?

My very good friend Lillian! (who happens to be the ‘Lilly’ in Munroe Lilly.) She’s such a gentle spirit. I call her my bohemian goddess. She has a great deal of that specific kind of courage that I admire. She does what she wants and on her terms with an air of beauty, truth, and love.

Come see Munroe Lilly, the “Black diamond: Rare and Beautiful” at the Triad on 4/22. TICKETS! 

The ’60s: To Hellz and Back

The ’60s: To Hellz and Back

Hellz Kitten channels Betty Draper
Instagram: @hellzkittennyc
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 The ’60s were explosive, uprooting everything from music to art to fashion to politics and taking us from the staid ’50s to the “anything goes” ’70s. Hellz Kitten is obsessed with the ’60s, so who better to represent this debaucherous decade?

 1. What is your favorite thing about the ’60s?
I love everything about the ’60s, from the clothes to the music. I like how the decade started out buttoned up and conservative, but by the end, all bets were off and YOLO was the name of the game. I mean it probably wasn’t good for society, but it looks like a lot of fun.
 
2. If you could have drinks/dinner with any person from that era, real or fictional, who would it be and why?
Well, Don Draper, obviously, since I’m obsessed with Mad Men and because despite all his faults, he’s a gentleman who knows how to treat a lady (at least in the moment).
Cheers
 But I’d also like to get into Jim Morrison’s leather pants.

Or maybe a young(ish) Marlon Brando (although he’d probably bore you death with his causes all night).

Meow

I’d love to see Janis Joplin live.

Badass

And maybe someone who could teach me how to do a cat-eye properly.

3. Is there anyone from today you think embodies the idea of the ’60s?
I’m hopeless about today’s pop culture, unless Wendy Williams is talking about on Hot Topics. But there are a lot of songs on my “Hipster Cocktail Party” Pandora station that sound kinda neo-groovy, so I’ll go with that.
Come get groovy with Hellz Kitten on April 22 at The Triad.
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Throwback Thursday: Burlesque of the 1960s

Throwback Thursday: Burlesque of the 1960s

Hello lovers,

Welcome back to our overview of burlesque history. Well, it’s the ’60s. Between the censorship of the ’50s, when a lot of clubs were closed, and the general loosening of society, burlesque as an art form was pretty much over. Around this time, club owners began asking dancers to mingle with the audience in a bid to increase alcohol sales, a front-runner to lap dance culture at the modern strip club. It was no longer about the tease, but about the hard sell to increase revenues. As one dancer put it, “anyone willing to get naked could get work.”

In 1960, the Playboy Club opened in Chicago. While it didn’t feature dancers, it employed beautiful women in bunny costumes to serve drinks.

Despite Playboy’s later reputation, the club was swank and classy rather than sleazy. Members were known as “keyholders” and you could even take your wife, although it’s unclear how many men actually did that. Eventually, clubs opened all over the world and featured some of the most famous musicians and comedians of the era. Being a keyholder was a major status symbol.

Another fad born of the ’60s is the go go dancer, which is said to have originated (appropriately enough) at L.A.’s Whisky A Go Go. Modeled on a Parisian bar of the same name, the Whisky opened on the Sunset Strip in 1964 and became one of the most famous (or notorious) clubs of the decade, hosting pretty much every famous act you would associate with the era, from The Doors to Jimi Hendrix to The Beatles. The club is still in business today and some of the most famous rockers of the last 50 years have played there. The club featured dancers in “cages,” who eventually became known as “go go dancers.”

Another famous dance club of the era was NYC’s Peppermint Lounge, which also claims to have invented go go dancing.

The Peppermint Lounge is said to have launched the Twist craze of the early sixties, and according to lore, the go go dancer evolved out of people dancing the twist on tables. Wherever it started, the go go dancer is one of the most iconic symbols of the ’60s.

In 1964, a dancer named Carol Doda made international headlines by becoming one of the first public topless dancers at San Francisco’s Condor Club.

(She was also known for having her breasts injected with silicone, taking her from a size 34 to a size 44, earning them the nickname “San Francisco’s New Twin Peaks.”) Her act showed her descending from the ceiling onto a baby grand piano, where she would perform a few numbers before being raised up again. She is credited with launching San Francisco’s topless craze (which I guess was a thing?).

Finally, meet Tammi True, who worked during the ’60s at Jack Ruby’s Dallas nightclub The Carousel Club (yep, THAT Jack Ruby!).

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Ruby and dancers

She actually had to testify in Washington during the investigation into Ruby’s murder of JFK shooter Lee Harvey Oswald.

Ruby shooting Oswald

So there you have it. While burlesque wasn’t big in the ’60s, you could still see your share of beautiful women shaking and shimmying. Come back next week to explore the ’70s with us!

Check out these sites for more info:

burlexe.com
loti.com
burlesquebabes.wordpress.com
retrospace.org

Did you miss a week?

1920s
1930s
1940s
1950s

AND! If you haven’t bought tickets for Decadent yet, you can get them HERE. See you at The Triad on April 22!

xoxo

Rock and roll with Shimmy LeCoeur

Rock and roll with Shimmy LeCoeur

Shimmy LeCoeur
Shimmy LeCoeur

Instagram: @shimmi13

The ’50s was a transformational decade, taking us from war and depression to a more fun, forward-looking youth culture that would dominate the second half of the 20th century. Nothing illustrates that more than the rise of rock and roll. And who better to shake, rattle and roll for you than Shimmy LeCoeur?

1. What is your favorite thing about the ’50s? 

My favorite thing is how the music changed and transformed a generation to rock’n’roll lovers. It was an awakening of the senses and showed just how music could change the world.

2. If you could have drinks/dinner with any person from that era, real or fictional, who would it be and why?

I’d love to have dinner with Elvis Presley and have him sing for me. Wouldn’t it be amazing g to really see how he feels about changing music and becoming the real king of rock’n’roll?

It would indeed!

Come see Shimmy up close and personal on April 22 for Decadent: 100 Years of Burlesque. Tickets are ON SALE for this fantastic journey to the ’50s and beyond, so buy yours today!

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Throwback Thursday: Burlesque of the ’40s

Throwback Thursday: Burlesque of the ’40s

As we learned last week, NYC Mayor Fiorello Laguardia closed most of the city’s burlesque houses in 1937, bringing to an end what at the time was known as the golden age of burlesque. By this time, striptease was the name of the game, comics and variety having been dropped completely.

Last week, we also met burlesque legend Sally Rand who is one of the performers who introduced the fan dance. By the ’40s, she was an established dancer and went on to fight against censorship, which as we’ll see, seems to be the key theme of the ’40s. In 1946, Rand was arrested twice in San Francisco for lewdness, but after viewing her performance, a judge declined to convict her.

Sally Rand

Gypsy Rose Lee, whom we also met last week, tried to make it Hollywood in the ’40s but it didn’t quite work out. In 1941, Lee wrote The G-String Murders, a detective story set in the backstage world of burlesque. The novel was made into a 1943 movie musical called The Lady of Burlesque, starring Barbara Stanwyck. However, it was considered too racy for the strict moral code of the time and censored heavily.

Gypsy Rose Lee in a 1949 show
Gypsy Rose Lee in a 1949 show

Ann Corio was also an established dancer of the time, and by the ’40s, she too went to Hollywood looking for a movie career. She appeared in some B-movies in scanty costumes, the most well-known of which is probably 1942’s Jungle Siren. She also volunteered to be a pinup girl for YANK, a weekly magazine for the military.

Poster for Jungle Siren with Ann Corio

Finally, meet Lili St. Cyr, who began her career as a ballet dancer and chorus girl. She was renowned for her beauty and had several acts, including Cinderella, a matador, a bride and Cleopatra.

Lili was dubbed the most famous woman in Montreal in the late ’40s and ’50s, but unfortunately she caught the attention of the city’s top clergy, who condemned her act as filthy and immoral. This led to her arrest for “indecent, immoral and obscene” behavior. She was eventually acquitted, but the theater where she performed was shut down.

St. Cyr also performed in Hollywood (where she was billed as the “Anatomic Bomb”) and where she was ALSO taken to court by someone who considered her act lewd and lascivious. Again, she was acquitted.

Lili St. Cyr
Lili St. Cyr

By the end of the ’40s, the decline of burlesque was in full swing, but it wasn’t dead entirely and the ’50s will give us some icons of its own. But you’ll just have to wait until next week for that!

Please check out these resources to learn more about burlesque history:

burlexe.com
itssimplyburlesque.com
And pincurlmag.com has whole series on burlesque arrests!

As always always always, thanks for reading and we will catch up with you in the ’50s!

xoxo

Blood, Toil, Tears and Sweat: The ’40s

Blood, Toil, Tears and Sweat: The ’40s

Hello historians! Welcome back to our sojourn through the last 100 years. (Just joining us? You can catch up with the 1920s here and the 1930s here.)

It’s the 1940s! We made it through Great Depression, but happy days are decidedly not here again. Japan is rampaging through the Far East, Italy and Spain are being run by murderous dictators, and the Soviet Union – no slouch itself on the dictator front – is flexing its muscles in Finland, the Baltics and Poland. Speaking of Poland, our old pal Hitler dropped in for some pierogies back in ’39 and decided to hang around for awhile.

Here’s a quick recap.

1940

April 9-May 12: Hitler continues his goodwill tour through Europe by invading Norway, Denmark, the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg and France.

What?

May 10: A very grumpy-looking Winston Churchill is elected Prime Minister.

You’d be pissed off too if you had to deal with this Hitler jackass.

July 27: The first modern version of Bugs Bunny appears in Tex Avery’s Oscar-nominated(!) The Wild Hare.

Totes agree about Hitler

Nov 5: FDR is elected to an un’president’ed third term. (I’ll be here all week, folks!)

Don’t make me put you in an internment camp

1941

Oct 9: FDR approves the Manhattan Project, allowing work to begin on the atomic bomb. The Manhattan Project is not to be confused with a cappella jazz fusion group the Manhattan Transfer, although both cause immeasurable carnage and suffering.

Oct 31: Crews complete work on Mount Rushmore, giving South Dakota tourists something to do besides count buffalo.

Thank you for being a friend

Dec 7: A “date that will live in infamy.” Japan bombs the U.S. Naval Base at Pearl Harbor, drawing America into the war and setting the stage for a much cuter invasion 35 years later.

Submit or die

1942

June 4-7: Japan suffers its first substantial defeat at U.S. hands in the Battle of Midway, in what’s widely considered the turning point of the Pacific war. Meanwhile, Japan invades two remote U.S. islands off Alaska in a possible bid to distract American forces from the South Pacific. However, it turns out they were just looking for Uniqlo.

1943

Jan 15: Work is completed on the Pentagon and its sister buildings, the Rhombus (Treasury Dept.), and Octagon (Education Dept.).

July 25: After fucking up campaigns in Greece and North Africa, Italian Dictator Benito Mussolini is deposed by his own government.

#youhadonejob

He’s eventually executed in 1945 after being caught trying to sneak over the Swiss border dressed as Hitler.

1944

June 6: Allied troops storm the beaches of Normandy only to find them littered with trash and hypodermic needles.

Nov 7: FDR elected to a FOURTH term.

1945

April 12: FDR dies suddenly of a brain hemorrhage, but goes on to win re-election in 1948, 1952 and 1956.

April 30: With Allied forces closing in on Berlin, Hitler commits suicide in his bunker after claiming he just needs to “rest his eyes” for a few minutes.

#SoTired

May 7: Germany surrenders, but immediately regroups and begins plotting to invade Czechoslovakia.

Aug 6 & Aug 9: U.S. drops A-Bombs on Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

Six days later, this happens:

1946

March 5: Churchill give his “Iron Curtain” speech, kicking off the Cold War in style.

San Dimas High School football rules!

July 5: The modern bikini debuts in Paris. The swimsuit is named after recent atomic tests on Bikini Atoll, because nothing says “sassy fun on the beach” like “nuclear war.”

1947

April 15: Jackie Robinson debuts with the Brooklyn Dodgers, becoming the first black player in the major leagues since the 1880s.

Dodger!?

First week in July: A “weather balloon” crashes near Roswell, NM.

Six days later, this happens:

Oct 14: American pilot Chuck Yeager breaks the sound barrier, becoming the “fastest man alive.” Wife Glennis is not amused.

Dec 27: Howdy Doody debuts on NBC…

Then goes on a three-state killing spree

1948

June 20: Ed Sullivan Show premieres. First guests include Elvis, The Beatles, and Sonny & Cher.

sonnycher

Aug 16: Babe Ruth dies and is buried under Fenway Park in a Big Papi jersey.

Nov 2: Dewey does NOT defeat Truman

Again with the #fakenews

1949

April 4: The North Atlantic Treaty is signed in Washington, DC, creating the NATO defense alliance to counter Soviet aggression. In 2013, the alliance is rebranded as SharkNATO to counter Ian Ziering.

June 8: Publication of 1984George Orwell’s dystopian novel about reality show contestants who live in a house together and vie for a job with a shadowy industrialist known only as “Big Brother.” The book goes on to win the Nobel Prize for literature and spawns several spin-offs, including Celebrity 1984 and 1985: Still Watching.

And that, my friends, wraps up the ’40s, which as you can see, was pretty intense. But fear not, because up next, we get pompadours, poodle skirts and prosperity! Stay tuned for…the ’50s!

And we are thisclose to having ticket info available for our April 22 show, Decadent: 100 Years of Burlesque, so be sure to check back often!

See you next time!

xoxo