Tuesday Tease: Mardi Gras with a Side of Southern Fried Burlesque

20140131223844-1669879_283701681793257_1260797718_oIs it that time again? Can you believe that Fat Tuesday is just a week away? Things have been raging in New Orleans since the 15th but in the rest of the country, this is the week for Mardi Gras madness.

This week I thought I’d highlight some Mardi Gras events happening both north and south of the Mason Dixie line. I also wanted to feature some great burlesque events happening in the South itself, the American home of the Mardi Gras. We all know that Southerners know how to party and this week you can be sure they’ll be strutting their stuff.

If you’re in the North, party like you’re in the South. If you’re in the South, just do what you do and show that Southern pride.

Friday, February 28 to Wednesday, March 26 I The Mason Dixie Burlesque TourVarious Cities  The Mason Dixie Burlesque Tour brings you the hottest vixens from both sides of the Mason-Dixon! In the spring of 2014, these four award-winning ladies will be crossin’ state lines, eight pasties at a time!​ Starring: Deanna Danger (Richmond, Virginia), Üla Überbusen (New York City), Porcelain (Raleigh, North Carolina) and Hazel Honeysuckle (New York City)​. Co-producers Deanna Danger and Üla Überbusen bring you a show that’s got class, sass and a whole lotta ass!

Shows being ticketed by Brown Paper Tickets are Washington D.C.; Charleston, West Virginia; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; St. Louis, Missouri; Wichita, Kansas; Gainesville, Florida and Orlando, Florida.

Also, check out this great interview we did with Deanna Danger last year on the Tuesday Tease too! She offers some great advise for touring burlesque performers.


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Artist Ticket Picks: Tom Brosseau, The Peculiar Pretzelmen and more!

tomWelcome to this week’s Artist Ticket Picks! The Artist Ticket program gives our customers a way to donate to causes that we care about.

If you’re an event producer, you can allow your ticket buyers to purchase limited-edition tickets printed with original artwork in your event settings. The ticket buyer will pay a small, additional charge of $0.25 and receive a limited edition, collectible ticket imprinted with original artwork. The current charity of our choosing will receive 100% of the additional charge. Physical tickets must be enabled on the event.

If you’re a ticket buyer, you can check to see if the limited edition ticket is available to you at the beginning of the ticket checkout process or by visiting the Artist Ticket page. You receive a small piece of collectible art and support a valuable cause just by checking the box in the Artist Ticket widget when you’re purchasing your tickets!

See a full list of events carrying the tickets on the Artist Ticket page, as well as find out more about the beneficiary for the current run of Artist Tickets.

So, without further ado, here are this week’s Artist Ticket picks:

Wednesday, February 26 I TOM BROSSEAUSeattle, Washington

Tom Brosseau is an American musical storyteller and guitarist, born and raised in Grand Forks, North Dakota. Brosseau tours and performs in the US, UK, Europe, Japan and Taiwan. In the Los Angeles area, his home club is Largo. His song “How to Grow a Woman from the Ground” was covered by Chris Thile, who released a 2006 album of the same name. In 2010, the band Mice Parade covered his song “Mary Anne” on their album What It Means To Be Left-handed. Collaborations include American Folksingers, a folk duo with Gregory Page, and Les Shelleys, a folk duo with Angela Correa, with whom Brosseau released an album on Fat Cat Records in 2010. Beginning in 2012, Brosseau performed with John C. Reilly, Becky Stark and a cast of LA-area musicians in John Reilly & Friends.

Filmmaker and photographer Sarah Morton recently filmed Brosseau on location in Hollywood and Santa Clarita, California. The resulting series Three Autobiographical Vignettes About Tom Brosseau are glimpses into the world of Brosseau. In conjunction with the release of Tom Brosseau’s new album Grass Punks (Crossbill US/ Tin Angel UK), “I reside near Hawthorne Street”, “My grandmother taught me guitar” and “People ask me my writing process” will act as the album’s visual companions.


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Tuesday Tease: New Years’ Resolutions!

vintage-new-years-eve-312013 is coming to a close and 2014 is rapidly approaching. It’s time to start making your New Years’ Resolutions. And, if you’re going to make a resolution, you should make one that you are definitely going to keep. Odds are you aren’t going to finish writing that novel or learn to play the theremin. You may manage to be more organized, but where’s the fun in that?

If you want to make a resolution that you know you are not only going to keep but have fun keeping, resolve to go see more burlesque! To help you out, here are some wonderful shows that are coming up in the very near future.
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Tuesday Tease: The Burly Beat!

Music and burlesque are natural bedfellows. I mean, it’s pretty hard to shimmy without some sort of a backbeat right? The neo-burlesque scene has made a concerted effort to take burlesque sounds away from the bump & grind/jazz/r&b/rockabilly soundtrack we tend to associate with classic burlesque, incorporating almost every genre of music imaginable. Now you can see a burlesque show that incorporates hip hop, classic rock, electronica, hell, I’ve even seen burlesque dancers perform to classical music! The sky’s the limit when it comes to a performers chosen soundtrack.

While music is omnipresent at burlesque shows, it’s not always the focus. So, this week, I’ve decided to feature burlesque events where the music is the star. It could be a tribute to a well-known artist or a show built around an original soundtrack, we got it all and these events span many musical genres: classic burlesque striptease tunes, the music of Meat Loaf, the cartoon music of the Animaniacs, hip hop and Celtic punk among others.

Doesn’t matter if you’re on the West Coast, East Coast, the sultry South or the UK, the burly beat goes on. Enjoy!

Thursday, August 15

Hot Patooties: A Burlesque Tribute to Meat Loaf!Brooklyn, New York   Whatever happened to Saturday night? In 1975, with these immortal words, Meat Loaf (née Marvin Lee Aday) made like a bat out of Hell, bursting out of Dr. Frank-N-Furter’s freezer and into the American consciousness. In the almost 4 decades since he has not only sold more than 80 million albums worldwide – he has also collaborated with Cher, been called Robert Paulson, had Michael Bay direct 3 of his music videos, and, in the ultimate sign of a life of sex, drugs and rock & roll, been the subject of both a Behind the Music AND a VH1 biopic. In honor of this, some of New York’s finest burlesque and variety performers have come together to celebrate the man whose voice is synonymous with both losing your virginity and losing the person you lost your virginity to. Victoria Privates and Creamed Stu are thrilled to present Hot Patooties: A Burlesque Tribute to Meat Loaf! Starring Jo Boobs, Darlinda Just Darlinda, Evelyn Vinyl, Apathy Angel, Victoria Privates, Creamed Stu, Scary Ben, Loose Wayne, and Dick Jones. MC’d by the golden throat of burlesque, Broadway Brassy! Stage kitten and go-go by Gemini Blitz.


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Tuesday Tease: Mother’s Day Burlesque?

webnonippleI met Seattle-based burlesque producer/performer Whisper De Corvo at the Brown Paper Tickets class at The Great Burlesque Exposition in Boston a few weeks back. She told me about a Mother’s Day burlesque show she was putting on and, I have to admit that initially, I didn’t really associate Mother’s Day with burlesque. But as I talked to her more, and discovered that she was a mom herself, it started to make sense to me.

Ultimately, burlesque is a celebration of femininity and so it makes sense that daughters would want to celebrate their femininity and to pay tribute to their ultimate feminine role model, their mother. Also, as Whisper says in her interview below, it gives mother’s a chance to enjoy a night out that doesn’t revolve around child-rearing. It’s a chance to celebrate other aspects of her femininity: her beauty, her sensuality and her lust for life. And, with the burlesque revival now in its second decade, many of today’s mom’s are burlesque dancers themselves. If you want to get tickets to this one-of-a-kind show, pick them up here before they’re gone!

I tracked down Whisper last week so I could find out more about her show. Whisper also produces a number of shows around Seattle and I predict she will be a burlesque producer to watch. She certainly has original ideas and is passionate about the art of burlesque.

So, without further ado, I give you Miss Whisper De Corvo:
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Tuesday Tease: Spring Has Sprung!

spring-pin-upYes, spring has finally sprung. The flowers are starting to bloom and the sun is finally starting to peek its head out of the clouds, promising warmer days to come…at least for those of us up here in the northern part of the country. But, no matter where you’re at, spring is the time when the birds and the bees are frolicking and folks start wearing a little less clothing. Which means it’s a perfect time for burlesque!

We have some great upcoming shows that play up the spring theme featuring faeries, songbirds, flowers and Rosé wine. There’s even a yard sale in Allston hosted by the Boston Babydolls! The majority of these events are taking place in Washington state because after months of rain and clouds, we get pretty excited when we start to see the sunshine and can look forward to a gorgeous Pacific Northwest summer!

Really though, it doesn’t matter where you’re at, spring is one sexy time of year. Enjoy!

Boulder, Colorado

Saturday, April 27 I Spring Gets Sprung! ~ A Burlesque Peep Show  Camp Wardrobe MalFUNKtion Presents: Spring gets Sprung! A burlesque peep show! Druids, faeries, Dianics, Wiccans, Asatru and ceremonial magicians, come together for an evening of pagan fantasy and debauchery in the annual Rites of Spring Burlesque show. Let’s usher out winter, and get sprung for spring! DJ’s Just Ben and Ishe from the Whomp Truck will be throwing down for an off-the-hook dance party! It’s a benefit for Camp Wardrobe MalFUNKtion, so you best dress up in your finest spring-themed costuming! Bring a costume donation for a free raffle ticke and a chance to win great prizes! Costumes and/or decadent, seductive attire are required. Dress in your sexiest spring best and party after the show, when your hosts invite YOU to express your own wild, creative, sexy self on the stage and dance floor.

Everett, Washington

Sunday, April 28 I Spring Fling Carnivale Burlesque  Siren of “Siren and the Treasured Chests” is thrilled to be bringing burlesque entertainment back to the city of Everett! Their first event will showcase the talents of Seraphina Fiero, Everett’s very own performer! They will also indulge you with the many talents of Seattle-based burlesque performers such as Sailor St. Claire and Randi Rascal. The evening’s incredible belly dancer is Ava Raqs and there will also be a very special songbird coming your way! This beauty not only sings, but plays the trumpet as well. These shows includes a free raffle ticket given at door for drawings with the opportunity to purchase additional raffle tickets at the event. There will be a boutique for items under the heading “The Other Pink” and you can only guess what that might mean? The venue boasts free parking, a full dinner menu and bar service. The show is timed just right on Sunday night that you can get home to pay the sitter, tuck the wee ones in bed and be up early to start the Monday grind….or NOT…you are welcome to stay and enjoy the full service bar after the show. Siren and the Treasured Chests guarantee that you will remember the grind of this show come Monday morn! What ever your flavor, just know that Siren is bringing “sexy” back to Everett and this is where the fantasy begins.
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Tuesday Tease: This Week in Burlesque!

211011-250We usually try to find a fun theme for the Tuesday Tease, whether it be a burlesque legend’s birthday, an interview with an up-and-coming troupe, a burlesque sub-genre, whatever. This week however, while looking over our list of upcoming events, I was impressed by the sheer quality of events happening this week.

So, I decided to throw the theme out the window and just highlight some amazing upcoming shows. There are so many good ones, all with their unique, regional flair. If one of these are in your neighborhood, put on your best threads and enjoy the best burlesque has to offer courtesy of your friends at Brown Paper Tickets.

Anchorage, Alaska

Friday, April 19 and Saturday, April 20 I VivaVoom Brr-Lesque Presents: Crazy 8s!  Join VivaVoom Brr-Lesque for the celebration of their EIGHTH YEAR in entertainment! 8 years of burlesque in Alaska! 8 years of comedy, circus acts, live music, prizes and striptease! You’ll see all of your favorites: Lola, Maus, Stems, Coral, Crush, Stella, Lily, Eileen, Rodney and Stoney, PantyRob, and Bunni! Plus hobnob with the lovely hostesses and amazing crew! You’ll recognize acts from earlier this season, and there will be lots of prizes from their sponsors! This is VivaVoom’s last show of the season, so do NOT miss it!

Seattle, Washington

TONIGHT! Tuesday, April 16 I Tuesday Tease Spring  Sailor St. Claire’s Tuesday Tease is Seattle’s only monthly burlesque revue with live musical accompaniment! The show brings together the musical stylings of the Lurid Spectacles and a rotating cast of Seattle burlesque artists to create an evening of eye-popping and toe-tapping entertainment. Tuesday Tease takes place at LUCID in the U District on the 3rd Tuesday of every month. They feature a new cast of performers every three months, and this Spring brings the delicate blossoms known as Jacqueline Hyde, Whisper De Corvo, and Kylie Koyote who will shimmy and shake the winter blues away in April, May and June.

Thursday, April 18 I House of Gorejess presents: The Seattle Show a burlesque tribute to the Emerald City!  House of Gorejess presents: The Seattle Show a burlesque tribute to the Emerald City! Hosted by Gorejess at Julia’s on Broadway. Starring The Shanghai Pearl and featuring: Polly Wood, Jesse Belle Jones, Cherry “Killer” Tomatoes, Mafia Minx, Kylie Koyote, Alexa Perplexa, Sailor St. Claire & Candy Apples. Special guests: Karmen Sutra, Czech Mate, Sabina Sobrette & Jimmy Buttons.
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Tuesday Tease: 3 Hidden Gems for Producers and Ticket Buyers

graphicI’d like to take a few moments to pull back the curtain and expose some of the inner workings of Brown Paper Tickets in order to help ticket buyers and event producers meet up more easily. I spend a lot of time reviewing burlesque shows and there are a ton of great overlooked tools on the site that producers and ticket buyers can use to find shows and sell tickets.

After consulting with several producers about what features of Brown Paper Tickets they use most, I have compiled a list of the top 3 “hidden gems” on Brown Paper Tickets’ site that producer’s and customers can use to sell tickets and find shows. This being Tuesday Tease, I am going to be highlighting features used by burlesque producers but everything listed here will apply to almost every kind of event.
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