Tag: NYC Burlesque

My First Time: Jackie Nova

Hello and happy Wednesday! This week’s first-timer is none other than The Clown of the Cosmos, Jackie Nova!

Jackie Nova, Balloon Act, Bananas vs. Cherries
Jackie Nova competes for the BEST BLOW JOB award at Drom NYC on Saturday, March 10, 2018.

LFF: Tells us about your first time performing burlesque on stage. What led you to that point? Were you nervous? How did you feel after? Do you have advice for anyone just starting out?

Jackie Nova: It was back in 2014 that I first started daydreaming a lot about burlesque. While traveling on the train to and from my day job, my mind would wander while I listened to music, and the images were always of me doing some kind of fabulous dance in a spotlight, sexy and funny and full of energy. It was a time when I wasn’t performing as much as I wanted to be, and I was also going through a breakup. I did a little research, saw a listing for an Intro to BQ class at the New York School of Burlesque, and enrolled.

After that class, I put together my first true ‘act’ and tried it at a friend’s open-mic night. I recorded it, showed it to a few friends, and a few weeks later one of those friends contacted me with info he’d seen about a new all-male boylesque troupe that was forming. I tried out for Bad Apple Boylesque and became one of their inaugural members, and what followed was a year of lighting creative fires under my own ass, with great feedback and joy and artistic community-building as fruits of the labor and love.

Those first times performing– in the Intro to BQ class, at my friend’s open mic, and then at the Stonewall Inn at Bad Apple’s first show– were magical, because they were the seeds of something new. At Stonewall in particular, it was like something in me was slowly and boldly opening, and I was tapping into everything that I new to bring this “sexual comedy” to the stage.

I was nervous because I wanted it all to go perfectly, and the great thing about doing burlesque is that (for me at least) it has NEVER gone perfectly, and I have to be at peace with that, grateful for whatever is happening, excelling, or getting comically screwed up in the live performance. It may sound cliche, but it is true that after stripping down in front of people, I did feel like I could do almost anything else in front of an audience thereafter. I’m less apologetic about my body, and public nudity feels strangely comforting.

My advice to anyone starting out is to daydream a bit to music that you love, and ideas for numbers may start to evolve. Also, having a team of people who love and support you are unbeatable tools to making it all happen (I’d be nothing without my exceptional costume designer, a skill I myself neither have nor have any desire to master, lol).

And maybe also I’d say to try and put into words WHY you want to do burlesque. It can be super selfish (I think that’s a thing we all should be from time to time) and about feeling every inch of your own skin; it can be an act of communal love and worship akin to church; it can be revolutionary and flipping the bird to the puritanical roots of our societal norms; it can be just to make people laugh; it can be all of those things in a single act. Whatever it is, if you’re honest about it, it’s gonna be a frickin’ great show.

LFF: Wow, that’s great! Thank you so much. And do you have any upcoming gigs?

Jackie: June 14 at the Laurie Beechman Theater, for Members Only Boylesque.

That’s THIS FRIDAY peeps! Go see him! Buy Tickets.

And be sure to come back next week when we talk to the newest member of OUR team: Soleil!

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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

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

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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See the ’30s through Ruby-Colored Glasses

See the ’30s through Ruby-Colored Glasses

Ruby embodies ’30s glamour

Instagram: @ruby_mechant

The ever-glamorous Ruby Mechant will be on hand to rep the ’30s for Decadent: 100 Years of Burlesque on April 22.

We spoke with her to learn a little about how she connects with her decade.

1. What is your favorite thing about the 1930s? 
For sure the fashion. I mean…have you seen the beautiful dresses, hats and gloves? Super classy.

Some classy ’30s fashion. (To read more about ’30s fashion, click here.)

Another thing that fascinates me about that era is the phenomenon where bank robbers were considered celebrities.

2. If you could have drinks/dinner with any person from that era, real or fictional, who would it be and why?
I’m torn between Al Capone, Bonnie and Clyde and Amelia Earhart – I mean Bonnie and Amelia are pretty badass.

3. Is there anyone from today you think embodies the idea of the 30’s ?
I did a little bit of research, but there is no way you can find beauties like Greta Garbo, Rita Hayworth and Bette Davis.

Ruby is just one of the 21st century beauties you will see at The Triad on April 22, so be sure to check back often – ticket info is coming soon!

 

Unleashed Photos!

Unleashed Photos!

Thanks to everyone who came out Saturday, February 18 for Unleashed: Pilots, Puppies and Pasties! We had a great debut at the Metropolitan Room and raised over $300 for Pilots to the Rescue! (Exact amount to be posted soon.) In case you missed it, here are some photos.

A ‘Dandy’ Trip Through Time

A ‘Dandy’ Trip Through Time

Dandy Dillinger, Vintage Beauty

FB: dandy.dillinger
IG: @dandydillinger

We are beyond excited for Decadent, our voyage through 100 years of burlesque, on April 22, and we are even more excited to welcome back Dandy Dillinger, who performed with us in our very first show (in 2015!).

Dandy, “burlesque’s ‘man’ about town,” is the perfect choice to represent the 1920s because of her classic, vintage look. She even has the awards to back up her cred, having been voted Miss Art Deco by the Art Deco Society of NY last year.

She is just one of the fabulous performers who will be on hand to send you back in time at the Triad on April 22. Tickets will be on sale soon, so be sure to check back often.

 

Ravenessa Revealed

Ravenessa Revealed

Ravenessa (photo: Will Vaultz)

Instagram: @Ravenessa100
FB: Ravenessa Ravenessa

Introducing the ravishing Ravenessa!

The “Witty Titty from New York City” joins us Saturday at the Met Room for Unleashed: Pilots, Puppies and Pasties, a vaudeville-esque variety show to benefit Pilots to the Rescue.

According to her bio, “Ravenessa is a Texas girl gone Brooklyn. She studied dance and comedy at The Ailey School and the Upright Citizens Brigade. Ravenessa loves creating comedic burlesque pieces and is thrilled to be making her Unleashed debut!”

We are thrilled to have her too!

Ravenessa is just ONE of the badass performers guaranteed to thrill and delight you on Sat, so hurry up and buy those tickets before they sell out!

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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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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Twisted Sister: Apathy Angel

Twisted Sister: Apathy Angel

Apathy Angel
Apathy Angel

Web: apathyangelnyc.com
Instagram: apathyangel
Twitter: @apathyangel

We are thrilled to welcome international burlesque sensation Apathy Angel to the Met Room on February 18! This “dark delight of burlesque” has wowed audiences across the U.S., Europe, Canada and New Zealand with her sinuous moves and lithe sensuality.

She joins an incredible lineup of dancers, singers and entertainers for Unleashed: Pilots, Puppies and Pasties, a red-hot vaudeville-inspired variety show to benefit Pilots to the Rescue. This incredible organization flies around the country to save animals from euthanasia. OMG amazing, right?! We hope you can join us next Saturday to support them.

TICKETS

Unleashed Promo Poster-page-001
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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