Wednesday, February 25, 2009

New Burlesque Theater in Denver!

Above: Michelle Baldwin at the New York Burlesque Festival. Photo by me.

"For the first time since the 1930's a theatre is being built specifically to house burlesque, headed up by Reyna Von Vett of last fall's acclaimed Leadville or Bust-- a playful romp through 1880's burlesque (Reyna played Tanya for 2 years in the Las Vegas company of Mamma Mia!) and Michelle Baldwin, a.k.a. Vivienne VaVoom, the Mother of Neo-Burlesque in Denver and creator of one of the first neo-burlesque troupes in the U.S., Burlesque As It Was. Converting the space recently known as the Black Box Cabaret in the Denver Civic Theatre ( 721 Santa Fe Dr. , Denver ), Von Vett and Baldwin aim to bring burlesque back while playing homage to the great tradition of burlesque that began in the late 1800's and all but disappeared in the 1960's."
Burlesque Theatre Opens 3/13 At The Denver Civic Theater

Michelle Baldwin is the author of Burlesque and the New Bump N Grind," which is the perfect companion to my upcoming book.

I'm FROM Denver and I've never done burlesque there. You hear me, Michelle? I'm coming!!

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Shameless Self-Promotion!!

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I love love the company I worked with, World Dance New York. I also love that they are primarily a bellydance company, because there's some historical synchronicity: the company that released Ann Corio's "How to Strip for Your Husband" was also produced bellydance music, and at one point released Ann's album as part of a set with a bellydance how-to album. The music on "How to Strip..." was mostly by Sonny Lester and is a large portion of the music on the ubiquitous "Striptease Classics."

The music on my DVD is by Ronnie Magri. I'll be posting my interview with him shortly. Ronnie is AMAZING!

Monday, February 9, 2009

Lili's Burlesque on "Bizarre Foods"

Check out Lili’s Burlesque Revue (one of my fave faves) on the Travel Channel's "Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern." We can’t be sure how many of our little vignettes made it into the show, but we hope you’ll get to see Nadine Dubois, Sweetpea, Ophelia Flame, and Gina Louise. We had a great time shooting it, and the show itself is always… well, bizarre!

Episode: "SEXY FOOD"
Tuesday, Feb 10 & Saturday, Feb 14
9pm Central
Travel Channel

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Lux Interior Passes

Lux Interior, frontman of the Cramps, passed away yesterday.

The Cramps, with their visual mashup of pinup, fetish, and horror, their dirty and incredibly danceable retro/neo/psychobilly music, their unapologetic admiration of perversion and outsiders, and the outrageous stage presences of Lux and his wife, band guitarist Poison Ivy, represent everything that makes burlesque so loveable when it is more than merely glamourous.

They have been a significant influence on and fans of burlesque from way back, and Poison Ivy has always represented the pinup as an active and dangerous force of nature in a way that many burlesque performers have emulated, some without even realizing it.

I actually feel totally inadequate to describe the Cramps and what they have meant to me over the years, but I'd love comments from Cramps fans and friends. I'd especially love to hear from burlesque performers about numbers they do to Cramps music. You tell me yours, I'll tell you mine--I'm not even sure how many times I've used Cramps music for numbers.

My former boyfriend's band, the Toilet Boys, once opened for the Cramps on Halloween, about eight years ago. He and I were backstage just trying not to stare--I've been around famous people all my life, but I was starstruck practically blind. I was wearing a silver latex dress and long silver horns, and Lux came up to me with his 3D camera and asked if he could photograph. I was totally willing to let him steal my soul. I'm sure I wasn't remotely cool. Rocket and I bragged about it all night long.

I've seen the cramps live more times than I can count over the past three decades. When I saw the Cramps live two years ago, they were as fierce as ever.

Goodbye Lux! Sweet madman!

Horrible Prettiness:

The Velvet Hammer Performs with the Cramps in 1994:

And one ofmy alltime favorite performances, The Cramps play at Napa Mental Hospital:

Tuesday, February 3, 2009


The extremely charming Larry Hoff hosted his morning show at the Slipper Room this morning, and Gal Friday and I were in there in full drag at 7 am.

Filming for WPIX

See the video here:
WPIX News Blog