Wednesday Miscellany

Dear Constant Reader,

The Wednesday book review should return soon. I broke down and bought some new (well, actually used) books. Perhaps as early as next week, I’ll have a new review for you. If there are any books you’re dying for me to review, please let me know.

21st Century Burlesque Magazine has an annual list of the Top 50 Burlesque Industry Figures and voting is now open. You can nominate up to 10 people that you think have made an impact on the burlesque world in 2012. These don’t have to be dancers. You can nominate producers, costumers, MCs, stage kittens, photographers, musicians, &c. Personally, I’ve nominated Scratch, among others.

These are the fabulous judges (and myself) for the Main Event at The Great Burlesque Exposition of 2012. Why are they here? To announce that applications to perform at The Great Burlesque Exposition of 2013 are now open! Hope to see you there!

The Boston Babydolls are in rehearsal for our new show The Bod of Avon. Expect to hear more about it here (and maybe there will even be pictures).


Published in: on 5 December 2012 at 2:16 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Last Chance!

Dear Constant Reader,

Today is your last change to vote for me for The MacGyver Award Golden Pastie! No silly promises today, just that I’m thrilled and delighted to be nominated. Almost as thrilled and delighted as I am to perform my Tribute to April March, The First Lady of Burlesque Thursday night at the 10th New York Burlesque Festival!

Published in: on 24 September 2012 at 11:48 am  Leave a Comment  
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Friday Tip!

Dear Constant Reader,

Today’s tip comes from my good friend, master costumer Rae Bradbury-Enslin, the one who taught me most of my costume MacGyver tricks.

If someone is close enough to see a mistake in your costume and comment on it, they’re close enough to punch in the nose.

P.S. And don’t forget to vote for me for The MacGyver Award !

Published in: on 21 September 2012 at 10:00 am  Comments (1)  
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More Campaigning

Dear Constant Reader,

Remember that I fought tirelessly for the Personal Pastie Protection Amendment and will always support your right to wear pasties.

Vote for me for The MacGyver Award!

Published in: on 20 September 2012 at 9:43 am  Leave a Comment  
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Yet Another Promise

Dear Constant Reader,

I suppose I should make at least one Golden Pastie campaign promise related to the award itself:

If I win, I will petition venues to keep multiple colors of duct tape in the dressing room, including leopard-print.

Vote for me for The MacGyver Award!

Published in: on 19 September 2012 at 9:56 am  Leave a Comment  
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More Promises

Dear Constant Reader,

Here’s another Golden Pastie campaign promise:

I am a proud one-percenter. When I finish an act, only 1% of my body will be covered by a costume.

Vote for me for The MacGyver Award!

Published in: on 18 September 2012 at 9:00 am  Leave a Comment  
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Promises, Promises

Dear Constant Reader,

I promised that if I was nominated for a Golden Pastie Award, I would make campaign promises. And I always keep my promises. Here’s the first one:

If I win, I will leak to the media racy photographs of myself in compromising positions.

Vote for me for The MacGyver Award!

Published in: on 17 September 2012 at 8:52 am  Leave a Comment  
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Friday Tip!

Dear Constant Reader,

We’re getting closer to The Wrathskellar and, among other things, are putting the finishing touches on costumes, which leads me to this tip:

If you have limited time, money and/or materials, invest them in the bottom layer of your costume. It’s the last thing the audience is going to see and you want to leave them with a dazzling impression.

P.S. I’ve been nominated for a Golden Pastie Award! Please vote for me for The MacGyver Award (For the performer who can fix any costume malfunction anytime, anywhere, and with anything).

Published in: on 14 September 2012 at 11:01 am  Leave a Comment  
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Almost Golden

Dear Constant Reader,

Thanks to you, I have been nominated for a Golden Pastie Award! Let me tell you, it’s an honor just to be nominated, especially since this is my first New York Burlesque Festival.

If you would, now please vote for me for The MacGyver Award (For the performer who can fix any costume malfunction anytime, anywhere, and with anything). I’ve got some really stiff competition — there are some talented and clever ladies on the list! You only need to vote once.

With your help, I can bring home that coveted Pastie!

Published in: on 11 September 2012 at 10:18 am  Comments (1)  
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Saluting Bettie Page

Dear Constant Reader,

Saturday was a flurry of activity in Babydoll Land. We were hosting a very generous Kickstarter backer for dinner and performing in the 3rd Annual Salute to Bettie Page. Simultaneously! Babydolls can be in two places at once (since there are 7 of us…)

Scratch already wrote about the fabulous feast. Go read it and come back here to read about the show.

Just as the kitchen at Babydoll Manor was in full swing, Brigitte arrived in her adorable yellow sports car to whisk us away to Providence. I had the pleasure of modeling in the first Salute, but had to miss last year because of our tour schedule. It was Brigitte’s first time. And we were performing burlesque as well.

On our arrival we found BettySioux Tailor, as usual, humming around doing a thousand things. She pulled a couple of outfits for us to try on and made the pick. Brigitte got a red bustier and slinky pencil skirt for her first look and a blue leopard bra and retro-style garterbelt for the second. Quite hot, I must say.

I had a cute pink and orange sundress for my first look and the world’s most uncomfortable clear plastic heels. They looked good, especially with the pink bows on the toes but I was so glad to get them off. For my lingerie look, I really loved a sheer black bra & tap pant set with attached purple rhinestone pasties, but the bottoms weren’t cut right for me. Instead I wore an adorable sailor bikini with an anchor appliqued on the butt. Yachting cap included.

We all wore Bettie Page wigs for the fashion show. Brigitte had never worn one before, but BettySioux took a few moments out of her busy evening to make sure it was on just right. We also had the luxury of having stylists do our makeup. Such a treat!

I do hope someone got pictures — I had left my camera with Scratch.

There were some fine performances. BettySioux led off the night with a classic-style bump & grind with fantastic facial expressions. Corrine Southern performed a tribute to Bettie Page’s iconic Playboy photo, complete with Christmas tree. Acacia Spinstress amazed me with her skillful hooping (3 hoops!).

And then it was our turn. We performed “Mistress & Maid” from The Wrathskellar which was partially inspired from Bettie Page and Tempest Storm in Teaserama. Brigitte wore her Bettie wig, which just added to the fun. It went over very well. Girl/girl spanking always does.

Part of the Glamourous Life is making sure you leave with all the costume that you arrive with. I realized my bra was not in my heap of clothes. I knew what had happened: I drape it over the screen that I change behind during the act and it was probably still there. You can see it in the above picture.

Except the screen was now gone from the stage. After frantic hunting all over the club, we found it neatly folded up on the other side of the stage, with my red satin bullet bra neatly folded up inside it.

After saying goodbye and receiving some lovely goodie bags (that BettySioux is such a doll!), we headed north. Babydoll Manor was quiet and restored to pre-feast order. They’d even saved me a piece of Charlotte Russe.

It was a great night, tons of fun, and the audience appeared to have a blast. We’re already looking forward to next year!

P.S. Please nominate me for The MacGyver Award (for the performer who can fix any costume malfunction anytime, anywhere, and with anything) at the Golden Pastie Awards! Nominations close September 3rd.

Published in: on 28 August 2012 at 11:14 am  Leave a Comment  
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