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Dueling Dysney Act One Photos!

Hi friends! It’s been a while, but we’re BACK and better than ever! On Saturday, March 9, we had our first show of 2019 at Drom. Dueling Dysney was an interactive show a la Bananas vs. Cherries that pitted GOOD Disney characters against EVIL ones, and it was a blast!

Below are some snaps from Act One, which featured Luscious Lane as Tick Tock Crocodile vs. Twinky Boots as Twinker Bell (Peter Pan); Fifi Dubois as Ariel against Bombshell Betsy’s Ursula (Little Mermaid); and Hellz Kitten’s Dalmation vs. Munroe Lilly’s Cruella De Vil (101 Dalmatians).

Enjoy! (And click here for Act Two pics.)

Photos: Veronica Toone

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

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

 

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!

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

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The ’60s: To Hellz and Back

The ’60s: To Hellz and Back

Hellz Kitten channels Betty Draper

Instagram: @hellzkittennyc
Websitehellzkitten.com

 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.
Click HERE to buy tickets for Decadent: 100 Years of Burlesque
Performers to the Rescue: Hellz Kitten

Performers to the Rescue: Hellz Kitten

Hellz Kitten

Web: hellzkitten.com
Instagram: hellzkittennyc

With a name like Hellz Kitten, is there any doubt this LFF co-founder and producer is an animal lover?

Hellz is owned by Snoop, a 14-year-old black cat with a well-developed diva muscle. Hellz took Snoop in when the feisty feline’s first family couldn’t keep her, all the way back in 2002, and the two have been happily sharing glitter ever since.

Yaaassss Queen

Snoop spends her days sleeping in the sunshine, stalking birds on the fire escape and posting pics to her Instagram account, hamilsnoop. Snoop is tolerant of the fact her mom is producing a show to benefit rescue dogs, but just barely. Then again, Snoop is kind of a bitch, so who cares what she thinks.

Come to Unleashed: Pilots, Puppies and Pasties at the Met Room on February 18 and see for yourself what a fantastic night it’s going to be – all to benefit Pilots to the Rescue. Burlesque, boylesque, magic, sideshow and singing – it’ll be a night even cat-lovers can get behind.

TICKETS

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Unleashed: Pilots, Puppies and Pasties: $25; Performance is at The Metropolitan Room (34 West 22nd Street, NY, NY 10010, Between 5th & 6th Aves). Call 212.206.0440 or visit MetropolitanRoom.com for more information. Nearest Subways: 23rd Street Station on 1, 2, N, Q, R, F, M, PATH.

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Sweet Nutcracker! promo video

Sweet Nutcracker! promo video

Hi lovers!

In case you missed it, here’s the promo video for our December 10 show at the Triad. This show will raise money for God’s Littlest Angels, a nonprofit that supports orphans in Haiti, and feature performances by Karina Libido, Beelzababe, Ravenessa and Munroe Lilly, as well as some old LFF favorites you know and love.

 

And now that you’re sufficiently seduced, you can buy tickets HERE.

See you at Sweet Nutcracker! next weekend!

xoxo,
HK

Love Me If You Dare Photos

Love Me If You Dare Photos

Hello!

For your viewing pleasure: some pics from our Valentine’s show Love Me If You Dare. All photos courtesy of Dance to Eternity. Head on over to their page to see ALL the photos.

We hope you like what you see. And do stay tuned for details about the next show, Luscious Lane’s Cakeball Masquerade coming to The Triad on April 16. See you there!

xoxo,
HK

A Little Sketchy

A Little Sketchy

Saturday, February 13 was a cold night in New York City, but these lovelies left the Triad audience sizzling. We had a great turnout for our second show, Love Me If You Dare, including a special guest: Artist Eric Ortiz*, who was kind enough to take brush to paper and whip up a few sketches of our sassy performers.

If you’re interested in purchasing any artwork (you are interested, aren’t you??), contact Ruby Mechant at rubymechant@gmail.com or  Eric at ericortiz@studiocygnatura.com. You can also tweet Eric at @studiocygnatura.

If you missed the show (shame on you!), you can see videos here. Be sure to follow us on YouTube so you’ll never miss a moment.

And stay tuned for news of upcoming shows on April 16 and June 18. Exciting times ahead! 

Have a great weekend and we hope to see you soon!

xoxo,
HK