Dear Constant Reader,
Last week was a whirlwind of activity!
Tuesday: After teaching the last session of “Hot Hips” at B.A.B.E., I ran to Gorelesque Idol and saw Devora and Scratch miss first place by *that* much (really — it was like 3 or 4 votes) with an act that was more Hitchcock than Saw. One of the judges said she would have liked to have seen some blood and got roundly booed by the audience. As Scratch says, we do what we do. And I’m delighted that so many members of the audience, who were clearly there for the gore, liked our creepy little Lost Girl and her puppeteer.
Wednesday: Rehearsal as usual and the last round of auditions for backup dancers for our New Year’s Eve Spectacular. We’re thrilled to be working with some B.A.B.E. alumnae and some brand-new dancers.
Thursday: Scratch & I headed down to NYC to perform at a HUGE party. I’m going to be coy about the client & location. I will write about it further, but for now I’ll just say it was beyond over-the-top and kind of a clusterfuck. However, it was fabulous to share a dressing room with Angie Pontani, Nina La Voix, Deanna Deadly, Vita Lightly, Nonye Brown-West, Bettina May, Di Lovely, and Legs Malone.
Friday: Scratch kindly drove me to Brooklyn and lugged this down a narrow flight of stairs.
It’s a wardrobe trunk with hangers on the left and drawers on the right (the bottom drawer is MIA). It’s heavy as heck, even empty. However, could you imagine loading it up with all your costumes and then having it placed in your dressing room? You could just open it up and be ready to go! And that’s how it was in the old days. And this particular trunk belonged to….
You can see it in person at The Great Burlesque Expo!
When we finally arrived back at Stately Babydoll Manor much later than anticipated, there was this adorable pumpkin pincushion awaiting me from my mother, who understands how important Halloween is to this household.
Saturday: First, Betty and I went to the annual Boston Mensa gathering to teach a burlesque class. The room was packed with enthusiastic participants! It was so much fun. We had promised a G-rated, co-ed class and I was delighted to see a number of guys. None of them were shy about grabbing a boa and bumping & grinding. The conference had a lot of fascinating sessions on a wide variety of topics, but I heard that we were the talk of the weekend. I do wonder if I’m smart enough to join…
In the evening, we played an awesome Halloween party at a fabulous apartment in the North End. (Amazing chalk drawing by our hostess). There was live music from our old friends The Waveriders and we danced a couple numbers in each set. Let’s see if I can remember…
Betty danced to “Pipeline” in an adorable bellhop costume
Evie, as a cat, danced to “Drums-A-Go-Go”
I dressed as a private eye and stripped to the “Peter Gunn Theme”
Brigitte tapped her heart out to “Sing, Sing, Sing” in a devil costume
I did a fan dance to “Sleepwalk”
Betty closed out the show by stripping out of a fantasy harem costume to “Miserlou”
I was so glad for that extra hour of sleep on Sunday!