Tuesday Tease: Portland’s All That Glitters Burlesque Academy

DSC_3544-e1384568325700Exciting news! Portland, Oregon’s getting a brand new burlesque school!

I recently got an e-mail from Holly Dai, who used to be with the Frim Fram Foxies, (who we did a feature on back in July of 2012) among other troupes, and she told me about her exciting new venture: the All That Glitters Burlesque Academy. Her partner in this new venture is Tana the Tattooed Lady, who is a veteran of the Seattle burlesque scene and a former member of one of the pioneering Northwest burlesque troupes, the Atomic Bombshells.

It’s always an exciting time when you see burlesque schools start to pop up in towns like Portland because it’s a sign that the scene is growing and certainly, will continue to grow as students leave to produce their own shows and form their own troupes. I’ve certainly seen the Portland burlesque community grow significantly over the last three years. While the scene still remains relatively small, I think in a couple years, Portland’s burlesque scene will rival that of Seattle or San Francisco. I also have a feeling that All That Glitters will be, in no small part, responsible for that growth.

Holly also teased (how appropriate!) some exciting news. Oregon may be getting its very first burlesque festival! They aren’t saying much at this point but we’ll be waiting with bated breath to hear more news on this exciting development.

We sure appreciate Holly and Tana taking time out of their busy lives to chat with us about All That Glitters, their influences, their history, the Portland scene and more. They even offer a little advice to those of you out there that’d like to start your own burlesque academy.

So, without further ado, I give you Holly Dai and Tana the Tatooed Lady!
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Tuesday Tease: Hollywood Burlesque Festival

Hollywood_Burlesque_Fest_banner2_9701This Friday, the inaugural Hollywood Burlesque Festival kicks off in Los Angeles and we are especially excited for this one as it’s produced by longtime Brown Paper Tickets supporter and producer/hostess of Monday Night Tease, LA’s longest running weekly burlesque show, Lili VonSchtupp. Lili is the perfect example of what is possible if you are passionate and devoted to your art form. To host a weekly show that packs ’em in week in and week out is no small feat and burlesque producers could learn a lot from Lili. She’s definitely got the skills to pay the bills!

Lili’s taking her incredible production skills to the next level this weekend as she hosts the first ever burlesque festival in Los Angeles. She’s got four days of shows, classes, tours, movies and parties planned and I’m especially excited because I get to go down there and be a part of all the fun. If you’ve ever wanted to meet me or know more about Brown Paper Tickets, you can look for us in vending where we’ll have a table set up all weekend or come to the Three Clubs on Sunday, December 8 from 6:30pm to 8pm, where we’ll be hosting a meet and greet with anyone that’s curious about us, what we do and how we can help you out with your burlesque show, festival or classes. If you’re going to be in LA this weekend, please find me and say hi.

I got a chance to catch up with Lili and pick her brain about the LA burlesque scene, her personal burlesque history and the festival. She even offers some valuable advice to producers out there that are thinking of starting up their own festival.

So, without further ado, I give you, the one and only Lili VonSchtupp!
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The Tuesday Tease: Horrible and Hot – Halloween Burlesque!

vintage-halloweenWe’ve been talking about it all month, but Halloween is almost here! As I mentioned before, this time of year, Halloween events flood our website and the burlesque events that roll through are always the most interesting.

I’ve been making an effort to feature as many as I can over the past month, so you probably saw my picks for the first half of October’s events already. Today, I will feature the other half of October’s shows so that you can hurry up and get tickets to these shows before they’re gone for good.

Check these out:

Austin, Texas

282130-250Friday, October 25 I 5th Annual T*ts-or-Treats Burlesque Show!   The Bat City Bombshells present their 5th Annual Halloween Burlesque show that will scare your pants off!  This is one of their FAVORITE shows of the year as we present all of their best spooky, creepy, and downright sexy routines that will leave you asking for more! The Bombshells are pleased to bring to our stage things that bump in the night, Molly Macabre, Chola Magnolia and Bethany Summersizzle! Stay after the show to enjoy drinks with the amazing band Palomino!

Chicago, Illinois

Friday, October 25 I HITCHCOCK – “A special edition of Naked GHOULS Reading”   For the fifth year in a row, Naked Girls Reading Chicago is hosting its annual Naked GHOULS Reading Halloween spectacular.  But this year will be even more special.  The bare lasses have decided to scare their pants off with a variety of readings from the master of suspense, Alfred Hitchcock. PLUS, there will be fun Hitchcockian themes for each segment (you will not want to miss this) AND a Hitchcock Costume Contest. So, don your best Psycho duds, grab a reservation and watch beautiful naked girls reading from some of literature’s most suspenseful moments.
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Artist Ticket Picks! The Inaugural Edition.

CafeRacer1*304Welcome to our newest weekly blog feature on the Brown Paper Tickets Blog: Artist Ticket Picks!

As many of you already know, a year ago, a tragedy struck the artistic community here in Seattle a little over a year ago. While there’s no need to go into the specifics (you can read more about the crime here), two of the victims were good friends and artistic peers to many of us here at the company and we felt compelled to activate a program that we’d been discussing for some time: the Artist Tickets.

The idea was to ask well-known graphic artists to donate a work of art that would adorn a special, limited-edition ticket. If a producer opted in to the program, then they would give their ticket buyers the options to receive a cool, collectable ticket by just paying a quarter extra on their, already low, ticket fee. We would then donate all proceeds from the sales of these tickets to a charity of our choosing.

When we began to get news on how the families of the victims of the Cafe Racer shootings were struggling, we decided to put the Artist Ticket program into place in an effort to raise money for those that lost so much. Two nationally known artists, Ellen Forney and Jim Woodring, just happened to be regulars at Cafe Racer and generously donated their artwork for the inaugural batch of tickets and, just like that, the Artist Ticket program was born.

We’ve now passed the year anniversary of that horrible day and are proud to say that we’ve raised over $7,000 for the families of the victims. This is still a long way off from our goal of $25,000 but we feel it’s a very admirable start.
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Tuesday Tease: This Week in Burlesque!

6646One thing that I love about the modern burlesque scene is that it’s constantly looking for things in popular culture to parody or pay tribute to. I mean, technically, this is what the original definition of burlesque was: “a literary, dramatic or musical work intended to cause laughter by caricaturing the manner or spirit of serious works, or by ludicrous treatment of their subjects.” This week, we have some great events that do just that. We got  a tribute to Saturday morning cartoons happening in Seattle, a Wizard of Oz-themed show set to the music of Pink Floyd in New York and a tribute to Joss Whedon in Baltimore.

Ironically, what we think of as “classic” burlesque, isn’t as much about parody as it is about sensuality and grace. We got tons of shows that feature burlesque of the early to mid 20th century variety as well. There are burlesque classes and festivals happening and even a 6th annversary party for Atlanta’s Syrens of the South! Also, Gotham Burlesque in New York is offering a special discount for this week’s show for our readers.

Basically, this week’s Tuesday Tease is just an opportunity for us to brag about the amazing producer that work with us and highlight some of the amazing burlesque events happening this weekend. I guarantee you’ll find something to get you off the couch and out supporting your local burlesque scene.

Looks like this is going to be one HOT August!
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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: 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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