If you know and love Burlesque, chances are you know and love Don Spiro and his beautiful images. In an interview with Tink, Don recounts the beginnings of his career, how he shoots different events and performers and gives his take on the new generation of performers hitting the stage. If you’re a member of flickr you can log in, type his name and view his images – or you can check out his personal site.
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Lola Frost and Cherry OnTop, dish on their show-stopping “Mummy and Cleopatra” performance at the 2012 Burlesque Hall of Fame weekend in Vegas, and working with both Sweet Soul Burlesque and the Vancouver Burlesque Centre in that fab city.
Jac Bowie, Sydney-based Producer extraordinaire, chats with us about her exciting new projects, the Burlesque scene in Australia and her wonderful friend Imogen Kelly, who has just been crowned “Queen of Burlesque” at BHoF 2012.
Now share this with friends that will find an interest in what Jac is doing – let’s support Burlesque in Australia!
Minne Tonka, the wonderfully wild woman from New York chats with us about how she met the equally wonderful and wild Darlinda Just Darlinda, and how they became the infamous Schlep Sisters. She also gives us some prescient advice for lovers of Burlesque. Watch the video and let us know what you think…
I’m writing this from beautiful Vancouver, which I like to call “VanGroovy” – and which certainly was that this past weekend with the 7th annual Vancouver International Burlesque Festival hitting town.
This festival is quite meaningful to us as when we launched StripCHEEZ two years ago, it was during the same event. We received such gracious and enthusiastic support from everyone at the festival – Producers, Performers, Photographers and the audience that it gave us great momentum to continue on to Toronto, New Orleans, New York and BurlyCon later that year.
While participating in those events, we asked a lot of questions on how we could improve our service to the community. Your answers came in droves and were smart, funny and really constructive.
Cut to present day and we’ve evolved into BurlesqueStars.net, a whole new site that implements these changes and gives you a beautiful new venue within which to enjoy and use them.
Please take a tour and let us know what you think. If you’re active as a performer, producer, photographer, videographer or school, you’ll want to check out our “PRO” membership. It gives you a ton of promotional and organizational tools that will help manage and boost your career – and you can try it out for free!
You can visually customize your profile page to reflect your fabulousness – and integrate it to your facebook and twitter accounts so everyone can see what you’re up to. You can create events that are immediately posted on facebook, but also super easy to search and find on B-Stars with the keyword tags we provide for you to use. Upload photo albums (never flagged , show your activities in the calendar on your profile page, lock and unlock videos, list yourself or search for people you need in the “Availability Listings”, and sooo much more.
I think you’ll find it quite useful and enjoyable, so please check it out and let your friends in on it as well. We’re here to serve you and help your Burlesque Career be as fun and productive as possible.
And thanks again to all the incredible people who made the 7th Annual Vancouver International Burlesque Festival such a great success. We’re honoured and proud to be a part of this great, fun and innovative community. We’ll be posting videos from the festival in the next couple weeks, so keep your beautiful self tuned to BurlesqueStars and also make a point to say Hi if you see me at a festival – we’ll be at as many as we can this year.
The bar keeps rising. Last night, myself and a few hundred hipsterishly cool folks packed ourselves into the Revival Club for the “Glamour Gala” – and what an awesomely glamourous gala it was. Hosts La Minouche and Sexy Mark Brown were huge fun, snappy and smart – not to mention damn sexy. La Minouche is the cutest/sexiest woman and that Sexy Mark Brown brought it on as well when he accompanied Tanya Cheeks in her hilariously romantic Sea Monkey routine – I felt especially close to this, as I too had those disappointing little creatures when I was a kid – still remembering the day my Mom killed the last remaining one, apparently by “accident”…
Performers were mainly from these eastern parts, with a few westerners thrown in to remind Toronto that there is indeed a left coast. All were fantastic, but I’ve gotta shout out to a few standouts: Foxy Tann and her reflection on selling a “chair”, Roxy Dlite and her 2010 Burlesque Hall of Fame winning performance, the amazing hula-hoopness of Lula Houp-Garou, Julie Atlas Muz and Tigger’s operetta, Michelle L’amour’s incredibly sexy Snow White, Dew Lily’s phenomenal Tin Man and of course the standing-ovation-causing, boob-a-flaming finale number from none other than Satan’s Angel – I tell ya, every single one of us were (and still are) completely in love with her!
Videos of all the TBF performances will be on StripCHEEZ starting next Tuesday, July 27
Tonight was actually the “official” opening night for the festival and what a packed night. All the action was still at the Gladstone Hotel. Upstairs there was the retrospective of Dr. Sketchy artwork - if you don’t know this series, check it out – Life Drawing sessions made sexy! In one of the main bars, everyone got together to meet each other, have a few drinks and start the eve – and, wow, what an eve…
We started with a press conference, discussing the future of Burlesque. I was on the panel that included Dirty Martini, Roxi Dlite, Michelle L’amour, Jo “Boobs” Weldon, Satan’s Angel, Tigger!, Julie Atlas Muz, Sauci Calla Hora and Tanya Cheex. A few good questions were asked and I was able to make my point that new media offers many exciting new possibilities for Burlesque, in both how it’s conceived, presented and distributed.
After that, the shows began – In one bar were Teaser Performances by some up and coming talent, and in the ballroom there was the Rising Star Showcase. The wonderfully entertaining Keith Cole (who is a front-runner in the 2010 Toronto mayoral candidate race) hosted the first half and the very cool Indigo Blue of Seattle hosted the second. I really dug the overall quality of these new performers and have to give special mention to Mahogony Storm and Johnny aka Claire Ness.
There was also an art-bra auction, with proceeds going to Breast Cancer Research. Different artists and designers created these and a couple were outstanding – so much so that the final piece, a double CN Tower tipped metal representation of Toronto incited a bidding frenzy between yours truly and Sauci Calla Hora. I was secretly bidding to gift t to her and she was bidding to gift it to Burlesque legend Satan’s Angel (whom I heart greatly). In the end, Sauci won out at $245, which we both shared and the bra went to Angel – Can’t wait to see it on her
I arrived in a muggy Toronto and headed straight to the Gladstone Hotel, TBF Central and host to events tonight and tomorrow night.
The Festival kicked off with Naked Girls Reading, the salon-esque session created by Chicago’s Michelle L’amour that both celebrates the beauty and poise of the female form and also the intimacy of hearing their spoken word from personally chosen selections.
The theme of this years festival is “Metopolis, the Future of Burlesque”, so they all read sci-fi. I arrived a bit late, so missed the first few readings, but of the ones I did see and hear, I have to say this was pretty cool and beautiful to watch. And funny too as they all joined to read as different characters in a new comic book for the final piece. Kudos Ladies!
Next it was the screening of Gary Beebers documentary “Dirty Martini and the New Burlesque” I was especially excited to see this as StripCHEEZ sponsored the screening and the stars were in attendance. It studies Dirty Martini, her work, life and community as one of the pioneers in New York’s neo-Burlesque scene. When she and her friends/co-stars started to perform as Burlesque dancers, there weren’t any current performers or even a dedicated scene to learn from. They came from a variety of backgrounds – and still do – studied the original pioneers of the art form and essentially created the new world of Burlesque that is becoming so prevalent now. They do what they do because they love it and they’re damn good at it – consistently entertaining and thought provoking. The documentary was crisp and giving credit to everyone interviewed on screen, very entertaining. Wonderful work Gary and I now have a crush on Dirty J
After the screening, the one, the only (seriously) Tigger! Took to the stage in a performance about marriage and then as host of the evening, introducing each of the documentary’s stars as they came onstage to give us a performance: Jo
Boobs” Weldon, Peekaboo Pointe, Julie Atlas Muz and the lady herself, Dirty Martini. Edgy and strong performances, mixed with great beauty and skill.
Gotta say that on behalf of StripCHEEZ, we’re hugely proud to have had the opportunity to bring the film to Toronto and personally, I’m hugely honored to get to know these interesting, thought-provoking and pretty damn cool artists.
Hear Ye, Hear Ye – we the CHEEZY Gang of this wunnerful lil’ site have got some BIG NEWS!
Yep, we do. Next month, July 21st to 25th to be exact, we’ll be playin’ and partyin’ and ooglin’ with the best of them at the fabulous 2010 Toronto Burlesque Festival - and we’ll be doing it in a big way – we’re sponsoring the Toronto premiere of “Dirty Martini and the New Burlesque”, the uber cool new documentary by Gary Beeber. Both he and Dirty Martini will be at the premiere along with some of the other stars of the film – we can’t wait!
We’ll also be on hand to bring you as many of the performances as possible, so you’ll always be able to see your favorite acts. We’ll keep ya updated on all this as it develops and hope to oogle you there in person or here on StripCHEEZ!