Upcoming Appearances

Dear Constant Reader,

My dance card is getting pretty darn full.

Up first, B.A.B.E. is presenting a Student Showcase on Tuesday, September 23rd! You’ll see students from the recent Burlesque Your Way class present their creations, plus some alumnae, including Delilah Spring, a founder of the Tasty Pasties, and Beau Blush & Frankie Merlot, founders of The Wortown Bombshells. We’ll have door prizes! Delicious cocktails at the bar! Tickets are only $10!

In just one week, I’ll be performing at The New York Burlesque Festival on Thursday, September 25th at The Bell House. I’m so excited to be back at NYBF and can’t wait to see some old friends. And go shopping. Because as much as there are many things about Boston that I love, it can’t hold a candle to NYC when it comes to fabric shopping.

And then it’s Teaseday again! I’ll be performing at The Teaseday Club on Tuesday, October 7th. I’ll be defending my cookie and bringing out some Halloween striptease for you. Tickets are only $10 until September 30 — you know who to buy yours for!

Then I’m heading all the way across the country for BurlyCon. It was kind of a last minute thing, but the stars aligned properly so I could go. And Scratch was willing to give me his membership. This year I *might* actually leave the hotel and see people that I never get to see.

OfB-mediumThat same weekend, on October 10 & 11, many of the remaining Boston Babydolls with be presenting Out for Blood at the Shea Theatre in Turner’s Falls, MA.
The next weekend it’s my turn to appear in Out for Blood. We’ll be at The Hooker-Dunham Theatre in Brattleboro, VT on October 17 & 18.

See you soon!

M2

Published in: on 18 September 2014 at 2:51 pm  Leave a Comment  
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New Logo

Dear Constant Reader,

Back when we started B.A.B.E. we needed a logo quickly. Scratch threw together this image:

I like the laurel wreath (some of you know why) and that there was a Latin motto, as there should be, but I wasn’t crazy for the motto itself. It translated to “Life is too short to dance with ugly men”. Cute, funny and true, but not really the philosophy B.A.B.E. espouses. Still, done is good, as the sage said, and we used that image for a long time.

Recently, I decided it was time and put my Classicist training to work and created a new motto. Armed with that, Scratch created us a new logo:

I’m quite pleased with it.

M2

Published in: on 15 September 2014 at 3:18 pm  Leave a Comment  

Friday Tip!

Dear Constant Reader,

It’s National Sewing Month! (or at least so Red Snapper tells me…)

Here’s a Sewing Friday Tip!

Use a Post-It as a sewing guide for large seams

Most sewing machines have stitch guides on the throat plate at 1/8″ increments, but they are only the width of the plate. My machine only has marks up to 6/8″, but I sometimes need to sew wider seams that that.

Measure out from the needle and put a Post-It down at the desired distance. I set it so the near edge of the paper (where the sticky stuff is) is the guide. Make sure it’s straight!

Here’s my machine set up for an inch and a half seam.

Of course, you can also use other low-tack sticky items, like masking tape or painters tape to create your temporary guide. I always have Post-Its on my desk (in a very attractive holder, I might add) in my sewing room, so that’s what I grab.

Happy sewing!

M2

Published in: on 12 September 2014 at 11:15 am  Leave a Comment  
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Carrie Nation Anniversary Party 9/8

Dear Constant Reader,

Last night Betty, Devora, Stella, Scratch, and I put in an appearance at the 1st anniversary party at Carrie Nation. Last year we were hired for their opening gala just to walk around and add color. We ended up doing some impromptu dancing and singing with the band.

This year we planned on a little performing and asked the band in advance to add a few of our standards into their playlist. It was still mostly improvisational, as we didn’t rehearse with the band, their arrangements were not always the same as we use, and we weren’t stripping.

Betty danced to “Midnight in Moscow” and “Night Train”. Devora took a turn with “Blue Prelude”. Stella serenaded us with “Ain’t Misbehavin'” and “Paper Moon”. I strutted to “Minnie the Moocher” and “Harlem Nocturne”. Scratch asked us to close out the night to “Little Brown Jug”. That’s the first half of Factory Girls — so Betty, D.D. and I did the choreography as best we could, sans gloves, overalls, and pink boxes. It was fun, but a little crazy trying to read each other’s minds as to how we should modify things on the fly.

The “Harlem Nocturne” act was a tad logistically complicated for me. Our dressing room was across the street in a secured building, but we found a safe place in the restaurant to stash my fans (and costume change) for most of the night — under a banquette by the musicians. It may be awkward to tote around a hard plastic box full of fans, but at least there’s peace of mind that they’re not going to be accidentally stepped on. The real challenge was fighting my way through the crowds (the joint was packed!) to get to the ladies’s room and back to change.

The food looked fantastic, like last year, and once again I promised myself that I have to come back when we’re not working. There were some really impressive folks burning up the dance floor with vintage dances. I lost track of how many picture we posed for. It looked like everyone was having a great time!

Happy anniversary, Carrie Nation! And many more…

All photos from last year’s event, courtesy of Carrie Nation Cocktail Club.

M2

Published in: on 9 September 2014 at 12:11 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Friday Tip!

Dear Constant Reader,

I’m sorry I have not been a faithful correspondent recently, but things have been busy. A quick rundown:

Despite your valiant efforts, I was not a finalist for a Golden Pastie award, so you won’t have to see me beg for votes in the weeks leading up to The New York Burlesque Festival.

However, I *was* the winner of The Great Teaseday Cookie, so you will be able to see me at The Teaseday Club on October 7th.

The Burlesque Your Way students had their final class last night and I can say for certain that the Student Showcase on September 23rd is going to be a treat! Get your tickets so you can say “I saw them when…”

OfB-mediumAnd finally, The Boston Babydolls are taking their show on the road in October. Because Boston and the environs are terrible when it comes to venues (and getting worse all the time), we could not find a space that was appropriate to bring you The Wrathskellar this year. Instead, we’ll be presenting Out for Blood, our spooky & sexy Halloween revue, as we travel around New England! So far we have dates in Western MA, VT, and RI.

But I know what you’re really here for… your Friday Tip!

Kill your darlings.

It’s been attributed to Mark Twain, William Faulkner, and several other famous authors. Who cares who said it; it’s good advice. They were talking about editing out some of your favorite verbiage, but we can apply the same philosophy to burlesque.

Sometimes you’ve got that one wonderful thing in an act. Maybe it was the concept that the entire number was built around. But things aren’t going so well. As painful as it may be, jettison your wonderful thing and see what happens. You might go in a whole new and better direction!

I speak from experience — the whole reason for “The Faerie Queen” was so I could perform a particular magic trick. Although I worked very hard to master the trick, I couldn’t do it consistently well, which was making me crazy — this was the raison d’être of the act! And then I realized that even if I could do it perfectly, there was absolutely no way to transition smoothly into and out of the trick. Reluctantly, I cut it out entirely. And the act is the better for its sacrifice.

M2

Published in: on 5 September 2014 at 2:22 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Friday Tip!

Dear Constant Reader,

Today is your last chance to nominate me for the “I Woke Up Like This” Golden Pastie award! Thank you!


Happy Friday! Here’s your tip!

Rehearse with your costume as soon as possible.

Burlesque is very costume-driven. Your costume can shape your choreography and vice versa. Phantom clothing comes off so much faster and easier than the real thing. So, rehearse in your costume elements, or reasonable facsimiles, as early in the process as possible and you’ll discover all the problems and treasures all that much sooner.

M2

Published in: on 29 August 2014 at 3:47 pm  Leave a Comment  
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In September

Dear Constant Reader,

You will have THREE (so far) chances to see me perform in September.

First up is The Teaseday Club on Tuesday, September 2nd. I’ll be performing my newest act, The Faerie Queen, and an act to be chosen by you, my Constant Reader. Get your pick in by midnight tonight! And buy your tickets before midnight and save $5.

Betty Blaize, Scratch, and I will be appearing at The House of Mood in Pawtucket, RI on September 13th. I don’t have the details yet, but I’ll certainly let you know.

Here’s a special bonus: on Tuesday, September 23rd, B.A.B.E. is presenting a Student Showcase! You’ll see students from the current Burlesque Your Way class present their creations, plus some alumnae coming back to strut their stuff.

And of course, I’ll be performing at The New York Burlesque Festival on Thursday, September 25th at The Bell House. Don’t forget to nominate me for the “I Woke Up Like This” Golden Pastie award!

M2

Published in: on 26 August 2014 at 2:15 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Friday Tip!

Dear Constant Reader,

Please nominate me for the New York Burlesque Festival’s “I Woke Up Like This” Golden Pastie award! Nominations are open until August 29th!


Happy Friday! Here’s your tip!

Do something nice for yourself today.

M2

Published in: on 22 August 2014 at 10:41 am  Leave a Comment  
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Teasing Teaseday

Dear Constant Reader,

First things first: please nominate me for the New York Burlesque Festival’s “I Woke Up Like This” Golden Pastie award! Nominations are open until August 29th and you can vote once per device.


I will be performing at The Teaseday Club on Tuesday, September 2nd. And I am going to give YOU, my constant reader, the ability to choose one of my acts! Some of my most popular acts are listed here on my website. Just comment on this post with the one you want to see and I’ll go with the majority vote*! I’ll give you until Tuesday the 26th to express your preference.

And don’t forget to buy your tickets in my name. They’re only $10 if you buy them by August 26th (that’s next Tuesday).

M2
* Subject to reality, approval by the producer, &c.

Published in: on 21 August 2014 at 11:10 am  Comments (2)  
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Shameless Promotion

Dear Constant Reader,

If you will permit me a moment of self-promotion…


Tonight at the Cambridge YMCA Theatre The Boston Babydolls are presenting a special preview/open dress rehearsal of Madame Burlesque. All tickets are only $10! The show will run Thursday through Saturday at the regular prices. We’ve been wowing them on the road all summer with versions of this show and we’re happy to be bring it to the home audience.


I will be performing at The Teaseday Club on Tuesday, September 2nd. Please buy your tickets in my name.


Please nominate me for the New York Burlesque Festival’s “I Woke Up Like This” Golden Pastie award! Nominations are open until August 29th and you can vote once per device.

Thank you everyone!

M2

Published in: on 20 August 2014 at 12:43 pm  Leave a Comment  
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