Friday Tip

Dear Constant Reader,

Happy Friday! Here’s your tip:

Leave the drama on the stage.

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Published in: on 25 May 2018 at 2:26 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Friday Tip

Dear Constant Reader,

Happy Friday! Here’s your tip!

Sometimes the show does not go on.

Yes, this is a topical tip. We just learned that our venue for The Boston BeauTease Go Bananaz!, the wonderful Deacon Giles Speakeasy Lab, was informed by the city of Salem that their entertainment license didn’t cover “live theatrical” entertainment, that is, us.

They’re working on remedying the license situation, but in the mean time we absolutely can’t perform tomorrow. It’s incredibly disappointing for everyone — us, the venue, our audience. However, the show is not canceled, merely postponed until everything is in compliance. Brigitte has been waiting 6 years to put on this show — we won’t give up now!

So, usually one should do absolutely everything you can to make sure the show goes on (despite illness, weather, technical issues, &c.) but licences, local ordinances, and other legalities are not to be trifled with.

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Published in: on 18 May 2018 at 2:23 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Friday Tip

Dear Constant Reader,

Happy Friday! Here’s your tip!

Test out a new pastie adhesive well before a show.

You don’t want any nasty surprises!

First do a patch test to see if you have any negative reaction to it. Just dab or stick a little bit at the inside of your elbow and leave it on for a little while to see if your skin is okay with it.

If it passes that test, try it on your actual pasties. Do a serious stress test — shimmy, twirl, bounce, bend over, roll around, &c.

If there are any issues, toss it and start over with something new. If not, congratulations! You can go on stage feeling confident that your pasties will stay on and you’ll have no skin issues.

M2Like this tip? There are lots more in Miss Mina Murray’s Little Book of Better Burlesque.

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Published in: on 11 May 2018 at 3:02 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Friday Tip

Dear Constant Reader,

Happy Friday! Here’s your tip — a bit of wisdom from a long time ago:

Do. Or do not. There is no try.

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P.S. Here’s a related previous tip.

Published in: on 4 May 2018 at 3:23 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Friday Tip

Dear Constant Reader,

Happy Friday!

When removing your shoes on stage, set them down neatly instead of flinging them with wild abandon.

They won’t make a loud clatter when they hit the floor. They won’t take something (or someone) out if you misjudge the trajectory. And if you want put them back on later in the act, they’re right there ready for you.

The lovely photo of this shoe once owned by Dita Von Teese (and my leg) is by Charles Jones and my Patrons have access to the full and uncropped series that he shot. Just saying.

M2Like this tip? There are lots more in Miss Mina Murray’s Little Book of Better Burlesque.

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Published in: on 27 April 2018 at 11:00 am  Leave a Comment  
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Friday Tip

Dear Constant Reader,

Happy Friday! I’m starting to get very excited for my upcoming trip to Los Angeles. Not only am I going to Stripper’s Holiday, I’ve got some plans to visit with some wonderful ladies I rarely get to see. I can’t wait!

And you don’t have to wait any longer for your tip!

The center gore of a well-fitting bra should be snug against your chest.

The center gore is that middle bit that connects the cups. It should not be hovering in mid-air, like a suspension bridge between your boobs. That means your bra is the wrong size. Make sure it’s lying flat and completely touching you. You’ll be amazed at how comfortable the bra is!

M2Like this tip? There are lots more in Miss Mina Murray’s Little Book of Better Burlesque.

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Published in: on 20 April 2018 at 2:35 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Friday Tip

Dear Constant Reader,

Happy Friday! First, a reminder that The Boston BeauTease will be at Far from the Tree Craft Hard Cider in Salem on Sunday for two shows. It’s a fairly intimate space, so get your tickets in advance.

Here’s your tip!

Rehearse with a friend.

There are so many benefits! You’ll be splitting the cost of renting the space. You’ll keep each other accountable. You can give each other feedback. You can bounce ideas around. It’s just more fun.

M2Like this tip? There are lots more in Miss Mina Murray’s Little Book of Better Burlesque.

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Published in: on 13 April 2018 at 11:56 am  Leave a Comment  
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Friday Tip

Dear Constant Reader,

Happy Friday! As I write this it’s snowing here in Boston. I’m so ready for spring and for working in my garden. And that brings me to today’s tip!

Take a piece of fresh fruit to gigs and rehearsals.

It’s a sweet and healthy snack that can help stave off those unfortunate decisions you make when you’re hungry. Apples and bananas travel well and are very filling. I also like grapes because they’re easy to pop in your mouth without mussing your glitter lips.

And speaking of apples and bananas (what a segue!), The Boston BeauTease will be presenting both in Salem. On Sunday, April 15 we’ll be at Far from the Tree Craft Hard Cider (that would be the apple connection). And then on Saturday, May 19th well be at Deacon Giles Speakeasy Lab with The Boston BeauTease Go Bananaz!. Blame Brigitte — she came up with the theme! If you’ve been reading here for a while, you know I loathe bananas, so come see how I cope with a banana-filled extravaganza!

M2Like this tip? There are lots more in Miss Mina Murray’s Little Book of Better Burlesque.

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Published in: on 6 April 2018 at 3:36 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Friday Tip

Dear Constant Reader,

Happy Friday! I’m back from the New Orleans Burlesque Retreat and thoroughly inspired. I’m still thinking about all I learned, but you can probably expect to see some tidbits here eventually. But now, here’s your tip!

Sleeping in your hairstyle? Wrap it in a silk scarf.

Whether you’re setting your hair overnight or trying to get another day out of your elaborate do, use a silk scarf to swath your hair before bed. The slippery fabric won’t snag your tresses as you move in your sleep and will help protect your style all night.

M2Like this tip? There are lots more in Miss Mina Murray’s Little Book of Better Burlesque.

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Published in: on 30 March 2018 at 3:05 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Friday Tip

Dear Constant Reader,

Happy Friday! I’m in New Orleans for Bella Blue’s burlesque retreat, but I wouldn’t forget your tip!

Before flying, take everything out of your purse.

And by “purse” I mean purse, backpack, briefcase, laptop bag, or whatever you carry every day and are taking on the plane as your “personal item”. Sometimes we forget what’s in there. I carry a small lady-like pocket knife which will never fly.

Dump everything out of your bag and remove anything you won’t be able to take on the plane and everything you won’t be needing on your trip. This way you won’t get stuck at security with that bottle of hot sauce you always keep in your bag.

M2Like this tip? There are lots more in Miss Mina Murray’s Little Book of Better Burlesque.

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Published in: on 23 March 2018 at 11:31 am  Leave a Comment  
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