Friday Tip!

Dear Constant Reader,

As I send this missive I’m winging my way to sunny California. A much needed change from frigid Boston.

Here’s your tip!

For visibility from stage, obey the heraldic rules of tincture.

What the heck does that mean? Back in the Middle Ages, when folks identified themselves with coats of arms, one wanted to make sure the images were clear & visible from a distance. You wouldn’t want to be attacked by your own army!

The rule of tinture is metal should not be put on metal, nor colour on colour. Metals are gold/yellow and silver/white. Colors are blue, red, green, purple, black.

If you have a design, image, or text you want to be really clear from stage, make sure it a color on a metal or vice versa. Black on yellow is really visible (think traffic signs); green on black, not so much.

M2

Published in: on 21 November 2014 at 11:00 am  Leave a Comment  

A Little More from the New York Burlesque Festival

Dear Constant Reader,

I was delighted yesterday to see that Burlesque Beat had posted some more photographs from the Thursday Night Teaser Party, taken by Olena “Photolena” Sullivan. I was particularly delighted that I was the cover girl.

All the photos are terrific and she summed up each act in about 30 words. You really should go look at them all. However, I know, Constant Reader, that you read these letters just to hear all about ME, so here you go:


V is for Vixen
A beautiful woman stands in her luxurious dressing gown, teasing with peeks of skin here and there. With a change behind a dressing wall, Miss Mina Murray emerges for a stunning feather fan dance to charm even the coldest heart.
*

In my original missive about Thursday night at NYBF, I mentioned the Scan-A-Rama, but I failed to note that Scratch availed himself of their services. And a few weeks later a package arrived and…

Li’l Scratch!

M2
*Amusing note: the original version of this act first appeared at the Boston Babydolls’ show V for Vixen, so Olena’s choice of a title is ridiculously appropriate.

Published in: on 19 November 2014 at 12:08 pm  Leave a Comment  
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West Coast Bound

Dear Constant Reader,

It’s a miserable, cold rainy day here in Boston, but I’m packing for a trip to sunny CA — Los Angeles to be specific. And you have 3 chances to see me in the flesh!

Friday night Scratch & I will be appearing in Peepshow Menagerie’s Spacetease: Dimensions of Time & Tease.

Sunday you can catch us performing at Camille Solari & Adam Barnhardt’s Whores On Sunday at The Comedy Store.

Monday you can see us in the audience at Monday Night Tease*.
 
 

M2
*Somehow, of all the Mondays we could be visiting we pick the one with a theme that’s absolutely incompatible with my repertoire…

Published in: on 17 November 2014 at 2:03 pm  Leave a Comment  

Friday Tip!

Dear Constant Reader,

Today’s tip is a bit of wisdom I picked up from Bic Carrol at BurlyCon.

To make sure your makeup reads from stage, spray your mirror with Aqua Net. Then check your face.

M2

Published in: on 14 November 2014 at 10:45 am  Leave a Comment  
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Thank You

Dear Constant Reader,

Today we honor those who served our country. I was thinking about those I knew that had done so — friends, family members, acquaintances, &c — and the list kept getting longer, so I won’t try to name everyone here for fear of forgetting someone.

To all those who have worn the uniform, thank you.

And to those loved ones who remained at home to support, care, and fear, your contribution was no less. Thank you.

M2

Published in: on 11 November 2014 at 1:11 pm  Leave a Comment  

Friday Tip!

Dear Constant Reader,

Happy Friday! Today’s tip is a little something I picked up from The Queen of the Quake, Kitten DeVille!

To instantly make your arms look toned, turn your palms to the back wall.

And here’s Miss Exotic World 2002 herself, demonstrating:
(Photo by Don Spiro)

M2

Published in: on 7 November 2014 at 2:16 pm  Leave a Comment  
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New Year’s Eve Spectacular

Dear Constant Reader,

So, the Boston Babydolls are having this little show on New Year’s Eve…

I lied. It’s not a *little* show at all. Inside snowstorm! The woman in the moon! Aerials! Rose petals! The return of The Oyster Girl! And so much more!

We’ve got 6 burlesque performers, 5 backup dancers, 2 singers, an aerialist, and, of course, Scratch. It’s going to be simply amazing. And we’re doing 2 shows (early and late), plus a VIP after-party, to suit everyone’s NYE schedule.

Get your tickets now for a good seat!

M2

Published in: on 6 November 2014 at 2:09 pm  Leave a Comment  

Busy Babydoll

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!

    M2

    Published in: on 5 November 2014 at 1:59 pm  Leave a Comment  
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    Friday Tip!

    Dear Constant Reader,

    Happy Halloween!

    A couple of seasonal tips for you.

    Classic edible stage blood is light corn syrup and food coloring.
    Use both red & blue coloring to get a realistic color; red alone is too pink. Personally I think it tastes disgusting and is godawful sticky. I prefer to use chocolate syrup tinted with red food coloring. I’m told you can also use red Kool-Aid powder for coloring, but I haven’t tried it yet. There are also all sorts of fun things you can use to thicken your blood, like peanut butter and cocoa powder. Make sure you like how it tastes!

    For washable stage blood, mix liquid dish soap and poster paint.
    If you’re going to get blood on your costume, this is the stuff to use. One caveat, it will lather if rubbed, so be careful on stage, unless you want a laugh. When you’re done performing, rinse your bloody garments in cold water as soon as possible and then launder.

    And always, if you’re using blood on stage, please be respectful of your fellow performers. Make arrangements to protect the stage during your act and clean up well afterwards.

    Enjoy the holiday!

    M2

    Published in: on 31 October 2014 at 10:30 am  Leave a Comment  
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    BurlyCon: Shopping

    Dear Constant Reader,

    My last BurlyCon missive is all about the shopping! This year vending started on Thursday and ended on Saturday (that being a one day shift from previous years). So, I had to adjust my strategy slightly, but still making sure to snap up what I couldn’t live without right away and then troll for bargains near the end.

    And here’s my haul:


    Roughly counterclockwise:

  • A photo of Bic Carrol
  • Rhinestone pasties from Delilah: She has such a beautiful eye for color. This pair of pasties had been jumping out at me all weekend. You can’t tell from the photo how *little* the stones are. The photo above is of her gorgeous table.
  • Quite a bit from Atomic Cosmetics: eye cream & eye makeup remover because I had run out. Lemongrass sugar scrub as a gift for Scratch. BB Cream because Dr. Jen sold me on it. This is my annual chance to try out colors in person, so I got the Atomic Fireball eye shadow pallette, and Sex Kitten lipstick. I wanted to match my on-stage lip shade and this was the closest one. Now I’ll think of Kitten DeVille when I’m getting ready to perform and that’s a good thing.
  • A bow tie from Haute Under the Collar: Scratch has a lot of ties from Iva & co. and he doesn’t usually wear bow ties, well, *tied* ones. He’s frequently seen wearing one untied, like a Rat Packer. This Tiffany blue one caught my eye and refused to let go all weekend. I’m not sure if Scratch ends up wearing it or I do.
  • A necklace & earring set from C.O.C.A: I have a lack of red jewelry and a lot of red costumes. If you look closely, it’s a firebird. It’s also quite hefty.
  • Grip Strips from Beauty Butler: This is the new accessory — strips to wrap around brushes, pencils, and other round things, rather than sticking on a patch of velcro. I made some elastic holders for all my pencils, but I’ll be using these on my lipsticks.
  • A bunch of hair flowers from Gothfox: these were gifts for the Babydolls. I also got to thank the owner for her beautiful work (and quick shipping) on the demonic pasties the Babydolls were wearing that very weekend.
  • Foam latex pasties from BodyFX: how cool and unusual are these seashells? I plan on wearing them with my mermaid tail in at the pool party at The Expo.
  • A g-string from Juliet: Most of the time when you see me on stage, I’m wearing one of her g-strings under everything else (and if all goes well, you’ll never see it). They make a perfect Thong of Last Resort.
  • A hair flower from Amber Ray: This time I got a *big* one. Most of my hair ornaments are small and dainty (like me), but sometimes you don’t want to be subtle and this flower is not subtle. It also has a big-ass clip which I hope means it will stay in my fine hair.
  • I had the idea of taking a silly picture of me wearing all of this stuff, but it didn’t come out so well. Just use your imagination.

    This year BurlyCon also had a library of books, papers, posters, and other ephemera. I have to give a lot of credit to Indigo Blue and Jo Weldon for sharing books from their collections to the public (well, the con-goers, anyway). I’m not sure I could be so generous with the contents of my library!

    And now I save my pennies to shop at The Expo in just a couple of months!

    M2

    Published in: on 28 October 2014 at 12:20 pm  Leave a Comment  
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