Catching up with Stripped Screw.

•02/09/2014 • 1 Comment
Stripped Screw (POC Photo ©2012)

Stripped Screw (POC Photo ©2012)

My, how we’ve missed chatting with Stripped Screw, Seattle’s irreverent girl gang known for it’s heart of darkness and razor sharp wit. 2013 was a busy year for the ladies; they’ve been hard at work on their stable of constantly evolving annual productions, scads of solo and other troupe endeavors, and an ever-expanding following. All this while cementing their place as one of Seattle’s most notable and successful troupes.

“Have you ever wondered what happens in the Magic Kingdom after the sun goes down?” asks the promo material for Disney After Dark, which returns next month for no less than six whopping shows at the Columbia City Theater (move over Angelina, Bella Bijoux made a stunning Maleficent before you did). But before that, the ladies get lascivious with Valentine’s show Hard Love, also at the Columbia City Theater- the oldest vaudeville theater in the state of Washington, and the troupe’s home base. We caught up with founding member Violet Tendencies this week to chat about the two upcoming productions and what lies ahead for Stripped Screw:

Burlesque Seattle Press: What are Stripped Screws’ plans for 2014? Hard Love is next up (Valentine’s evening at the Columbia City Theater), and a few new twists are in store for the show I see…

Violet Tendencies: Stripped Screw is very excited for 2014!! Our goals this year are to travel more, both as solo artists and as a troupe. We are kicking it off with a return to Olympia’s Capitol Theater with Disney After Dark on April 12th and are working on bringing other shows to other regional cities later in the year. As always, we aim to improve and tweak our annual shows (Disney After Dark, Undressed to Kill and The Best Burlesque Pageant Ever) with new acts and the occasional new guests. Finally, we are excited to expand on our Hard Love shows, which vary in style and give us the opportunity to bring in new guests and explore new act concepts that just don’t fit in with our other show themes.

BSP: Disney After Dark is just around the corner as well. This show has been super successful- can you tell us a little about the new characters and the evolution of DAD?

Violet Tendencies: 2014 is our 4th year with Disney After Dark and we are very excited to switch up the set list this year. The Disney mine of characters is deep and varied and we wanted to showcase even more of our fantastic local performers. Our audiences appreciate the new acts and we also like to keep things fresh! Troupe members are also debuting some new acts this year and we are set to have the best DAD yet. As far as the evolution of DAD, our original storyline of cross-dressing Prince(ss)es and the ultimate storybook ending have taken on a new political relevancy with gay marriage laws being signed into effect in many states as well as more and more countries around the world. While we love being able to tie acts and characters together and bring newer films into the show, our audiences really respond to the good old-fashioned characters like the classic Disney Princesses and Villains.

BSP: The troupe is nearly five years old now, correct? How has the troupe developed over time?

Violet Tendencies: Right! We formed in August of 2009 and our first show, Uncivilized, was on Friday the 13th of November. The troupe members and dynamic have changed over time, with one of the most exciting changes being Stella D’Letto moving from our original founding stage manager into a full performing and producing troupe member. We have always run the troupe as a democracy and it’s exciting right now to have performers with diverse skills and styles, as well as solid solo performer resumes, who work so smoothly together.

BSP: It’s tough to build an image and even tougher to get that magical combination of talent, creativity, dedication, and a solid foundation to create a long-running burlesque troupe, but you have done it with bells on. What lessons have you learned along the way? What’s your secret to making it work?

Violet Tendencies: The secret to making it work is WORK! That and patience, good communication skills and finding people that you gel with all topped off with the continued shared desire to be better and make more.

BSP: I read that Seraphina is off to Chicago for the Windy City Burlesque Festival this June…that’s great exposure for her, and for the Stripped Screw family. What are the other ladies up to? Any side projects or festivals coming up?

Violet Tendencies: Yes, we are so excited!! Between the five of us, we have applications in to a number of other festivals and our local Nerdlesque presence is going to be great this year. Here we go: Stella, Seraphina & Drew are Unnatural Redhead Productions, in association with Randi Rascal, presents: The Real Folk Blues: Burlesque inspired by the music of Cowboy Bebop.

Stella is in for all four nights and Seraphina is teaming up with Bella Bijoux for two nights at That’s Fucked Up. Stella has also been cast in Smooches and Science Presents/in collaboration with Sailor St Claire presents The Danger Zone: Burlesque Inspired by Archer, she is co-producing a Tori Amos inspired show with Jo Jo Stiletto in late spring, and Stell(R) Films (Stella and her husband Ryan Watson) are partnering with Sin’N Linen on a mini web-series & Stell(R) will be producing their first burlesque show in the fall.

Stella D'Letto (Meneldor Photography)

Stella D’Letto (Meneldor Photography)

Drew is in a show put on by the Sockit Wenches (her Roller Derby team) this Saturday, Pink Kryptonite presents Undresseded Development: a Burlesque Tribute to Arrested Development and is on the roster at the Pink Door.

Lady Drew Blood (Photo by Inti St. Clair)

Lady Drew Blood (Photo by Inti St. Clair)

Seraphina is off to the Nerdlesque Festival (NYC) and the Windy City Burlesque Festival (Chicago), and she is with the Naughty Show at WCBF… and she and Iva Handfull are gearing up for their two-woman show Relentless in July with special guest Ray Gunn.

Seraphina Fiero (Meneldor Photography)

Seraphina Fiero (Meneldor Photography)

Kutie is going back to her musical theater roots with a side project this spring playing 10 different roles in one production! Twelfth Night Productions A… My Name Is Alice April 4–13.

Kutie La Bootie as Adelaide from Guys and Dolls (Photo courtesy of Twelfth Night Productions)

Kutie La Bootie as Adelaide from Guys and Dolls (Photo courtesy of Twelfth Night Productions)

I am delighted to be on the Pink Door roster this year as well as being cast in the Tori Amos show. My personal goals are to travel for festivals and shows, and to get out and experience new scenes!

BSP: And now for a fun, non-news question…if you personally could work with or even perform a fantasy duo act with someone, anyone in burlesque- who would it be?

Violet Tendencies: Julie Atlas Muz!! I first saw her many years ago in the (sadly defunct) Sex Workers Art Show doing her “You Don’t Own Me” rope routine and have been inspired and quite madly obsessed with her ever since. I see her dance background as the ideal launching point for all the wild, political, magical and mad things that she does and I would sweep a million stages to do a duet with her!!

BSP: Can you tell us a little about your dance training? I know you recently mentioned that you worked with Bruce Wells of Pacific Northwest Ballet, who I interviewed a few months ago…

Violet Tendencies: I trained on scholarship at Pacific Northwest Ballet for 9 years (studying under Bruce Wells) then continued on with an apprenticeship at American Repertory Ballet on the East Coast and then a brief stint at Cornish College of the Arts before I decided to spare my body any more injuries! Over the course of my dance career my focus was Balanchine-style ballet and I also studied, flamenco, Fosse-style jazz, modern and choreography.

Violet Tendencies (POC Photo)

Violet Tendencies (POC Photo)

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Learn more about Violet Tendencies of Stripped Screw Burlesque & Valkyrie Productions HERE and HERE.

See Stripped Screw’s next two productions:

Hard Love: Valentine’s Day with Stripped Screw Burlesque, February 14 at Columbia City Theater, get tickets HERE.

Disney After Dark returns for 6 shows March 22/23/24 and 28/29/30 at Columbia City Theater. Get tickets HERE.

Give Dixie a final home: 3 days left.

•01/29/2014 • Leave a Comment
Do something for Dixie: give now.

Do something for Dixie: give now.

In case you’ve somehow missed it, this is important: 3 days remain in the drive to help Dixie Evans in a way that would have brought her to tears. Proceeds from this drive will not only complete the cost of some of Dixie’s outstanding medical bills, but will purchase Dixie’s plot in Westwood Cemetery, near Marilyn Monroe.  As most of you know, Dixie was once billed as “The Marilyn of Burlesque”, creating routines referencing the star and visiting Marilyn’s final resting place when Dixie was older.  It’s only fitting that Dixie should be laid to rest near the icon that she felt so akin to in her lifetime.  When Marilyn died under somewhat questionable circumstances in 1962, Dixie was distraught, and the novelty of her prototypical tribute acts crushed. As Dixie reported in 2002 to The San Francisco Chronicle, “When she died, I died.”

Many famous stars are buried in Westwood Village Memorial Park, including Marilyn’s childhood caregiver and friends Grace and Bebe Goddard, not to mention Bettie Page, Dean Martin, Natalie Wood, and Farrah Fawcett. Three days left…the goal is almost met.  Please read up and make a donation over HERE.

A shot of one of Dixie's tribute acts, referencing the Marilyn film "The Prince and the Showgirl"

A shot of one of Dixie’s tribute acts, referencing the Marilyn film “The Prince and the Showgirl”

Marilyn and Laurence Olivier in the 1957 film "The Prince and the Showgirl"

Marilyn and Laurence Olivier in the 1957 film “The Prince and the Showgirl”

Pin-ups with instruments: Picks of the Glitter.

•01/18/2014 • Leave a Comment

This week’s picks for the best in local burlesque go to an
individual series and two amazing photographic collaborations, both of which involve one of our favorite Seattle performers currently making a name for herself at festivals throughout the country: Sailor St. Claire.

Tuesday Tease: Winter Series 2014. Photo by POC, Poster design by Marcus Gorman

Tuesday Tease: Winter Series 2014. Photo by POC, Poster design by Marcus Gorman

A retro image of a beautiful lady against a bold background with not a stitch on but an instrument? Such things never go out of style. POC told me about the shoot for Tuesday Tease:
“Sailor contacted me in the beginning of December to shoot a series of four photos to be used for posters for the Tuesday
Tease
shows. It was pretty much her vision – she borrowed some instruments from Pervana, the band that plays at the Tuesday Tease shows. As far as the shoot, we just matched her outfits with the best background color. For the first installment here, since Sailor clearly had no clothes to match, we thought the guitar would match best with the green.”

“I wanted to re-brand the show in 2014 so we could make the marketing have a distinctive look,” Sailor explained. “Our original posters were really awesome, but that band member had long since departed and we could never quite recapture the look of the Tyson Lynn posters (which were amazing). I was tired of stealing art from the internet and putting text around it. So I wanted to make sure that Tuesday Tease had its own look that communicated it was a burlesque show with live music – and that look was going to be mid-century album covers, aka pinups with instruments. I borrowed instruments from my band members, and met up with Paul to shoot the series one afternoon. I’m super pleased with the results, and you’ll see different posters featuring different instruments throughout the year.”

The next collaboration between photographer and muse we’re currently obsessing on is this:

Sailor St. Claire: large print edition. (Meneldor Photography)

Sailor St. Claire: large print edition. (Meneldor Photography)

The ‘Book’ series was actually Rick’s idea!” Sailor says of this bookended, double-Sailor image. [Rick of Meneldor Photography, who we recently featured in collection of photos HERE]. “I had set up a shoot with him and The Seraphina that I wanted to have a vintage boudoir feel (hence the photos in my grandmother’s furs). Rick emailed me one day and told me about the books in front of the Everett Library and suggested we shoot there. The minute I saw them I wanted to shoot with them. Rick’s eye for location helped me land on my new branding image – the best kind of happy accident.”

Catch Sailor at the next Tuesday Tease January 21.
Tuesday Tease is Seattle’s only monthly burlesque revue with live musical accompaniment. For more information, click HERE.

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Redheads for the win.

•01/14/2014 • Leave a Comment

A pair of glorious redheads top our burlesque news feed today…first off, our favorite fiery Legend – the one and only Tempest Storm – was featured today in this amusingly titled article in the UK’s Daily Mail Online. There’s some great photos, and Tempest shares memories of the people she’s met through her long and winding career as a showgirl. We can barely contain ourselves while waiting for that autobiography…

Another of our favorite redheaded showgirls just so happens to be coming to Seattle and Portland this week. New York School of Burlesque Headmistress/member of BurlyCon’s Board of Directors/author of The Burlesque Handbook/all-around champion for burlesque and for sex workers’ rights Jo “Boobs” Weldon will not only appear in Glitter and Mishief this weekend at West Hall, she’ll also be teaching two four-week courses at the Academy of Burlesque. (Not to mention she’ll be at Dr. Sketchy’s January 19, appearing with the Belltown Burlesque Revue February 8, and she’ll teach in Portland at The Analog on January 18. Jo’s a very busy lady).

Here’s the skinny from the Academy:

Glitter & Mischief: An Alumni Invitational starring Jo “Boobs” Weldon!!

On Saturday January 18th, the Academy is so freaking excited to be hosting the amazing and magical Jo “Boob” Weldon on our stage in West Hall! This show will kick off our year of programming for 2014, and is not to be missed.

Hosted by the glitteriest and most mischievous Elsa Von Schmaltz, the lineup also features:
- Iva Handfull “2013 Queen of Kansas City Burlesque Festival”
- Bella Bijoux, Academy Teacher in Training
- Eddie Van Glam
- Olatsa Assassin
- Foxxxy Bronze
- Florence Wetmore

And rumor has it that the Mayor of Seattle Burlesque, Lord Richard Longfellow, will be making a special appearance!

One show at 7:30, doors at 7
Get tickets HERE.

Saturday January 18!

Saturday January 18!

Hot for teacher doesn’t begin to cover it…Seattle area students will have the opportunity to learn directly from Jo as she launches two sets of classes at the Academy beginning Sunday, January 19. If you’ve ever had the pleasure of hearing Jo speak or watching her conduct a class at BurlyCon, you’ll understand why this opportunity should not be missed. When it comes to owning your moves, commanding an audience, and directing attention exactly where she wants it…Jo is the best.

From the desk of the Academy:

The legendary Jo Boobs of The New York School of Burlesque brings her special brand of burlesque to Seattle for a 4 week residency! She will offer 2 series classes: “Essential Burlesque” and “Making a Burlesque Act”. Both classes will use her book The Burlesque Handbook. (If you don’t have the book, you will be able to buy it for the discounted rate of $10!)

ESSENTIAL BURLESQUE
This course is comprised of 4 segments:
- Classic Moves
- Peeling and Chair Dance
- Isolations and Fan Dancing
- Striptease Expertise

This is a FABULOUS way to learn burlesque movement vocabulary and style without the pressure of creating a routine or performing!

Sundays Jan. 19th – Feb. 9th from 12:30 – 2
$175 for the 4 week workshop (PLUS keep the boa, gloves, and hand fans you use in the workshop!)
West Hall of the Oddfellows Bldg, 2nd Floor, 915 E Pine St.

REGISTER HERE!

MAKING A BURLESQUE ACT
This course has 4 segments, in which you will create a burlesque routine using her book The Burlesque Handbook. The course will include:
- Ideation: coming up with your music, act concept, etc.
- Music and Musicality
- Costuming for removal
- Workshopping your routine, and giving and receiving feedback with your classmates

Build your burlesque routine! Bring your persona to life!
Please note, this course does not include a performance.

Sundays Jan. 19th – Feb. 9th from 2:15 – 3:45
$195 for the 4 week workshop
West Hall of the Oddfellows Bldg, 2nd Floor, 915 E Pine St.

REGISTER HERE!

Jo Weldon (Photo by Scott Schuster)

Jo Weldon (Photo by Scott Schuster)

And for just a little more on Jo, check out this mini-feature from BSP from a few years back

New year: new call for proposals, and this week’s Picks of the Glitter.

•01/05/2014 • Leave a Comment

2014 is off to a roaring start…

First off, Seattle’s beloved multi-disciplinary boylesque collective Mod Carousel are off to Sydney, Australia. Paris Original, Trojan Original, and the’Luminous Pariah will be joined by Raven (“Mr. Boylesque Australia 2012″) in Gentlemen of a Particular Persuasion. The show is January 11, and though it’s unlikely most of us can make the trip, we’re incredibly proud of them and can’t wait to hear about their adventures.

This is in Australia, just so you know.

This is in Australia, just so you know.

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Seattle’s Kitten LaRue and Lou Henry Hoover, Iva Handfull, Mod Carousel, Sydni Deveraux, Catherine D’Lish, and Miss Indigo Blue have all placed on the annual “Burlesque Top 50″ list with our good friends over at 21st Century Burlesque. Read the full listing (so far) over HERE.

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Calendar Girls hits one of the best burlesque venues in town, the Jewelbox Theater at the Rendezvous January 10 & 11. With a different burlesquer for each month, our only not-so-secret wish is that someone – anyone – will do an act to “Girl For All Seasons”…

Get tix HERE.

Featuring:

Miss January – Whisper De Corvo
Miss February – Maggie McMuffin
Miss March – Olatsa Assassin
Ms. and Mr. April – Scarlett O’Hairdye & Bolt Action
Miss May – The Shanghai Pearl
Miss June – Dizzy Von Damn
Miss July – Polly Wood
Miss August – Lady Drew Blood
Miss September – Crystal Tassels
Miss October – Scandal From Bohemia
Miss November – Seraphina Fiero
Miss December – Persephone Illyri

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This was bound to happen…Monty Python finally meets burlesque. The mysterious Cock & Crow Present: Every Sequin is Sacred: A Burlesque Inspired by Monty Python January 10 & 11 at the Theatre Off Jackson. Here’s the details:

“This show is inspired by the wit and crassness of the good chaps of Monty Python, with more than tongue in cheek…like a little T & A, and maybe a knob. Join us as we salute the many sketches, and move you with the movies. Burlesque is used to extravagance, but in keeping with the style of Monty Python we have encouraged each performer to keep every “Sequin Sacred” and will be judged on their $75 or under costume and props by the audience.”

Featuring:
Whisper De Corvo
Tootsie Spangles
Vanadium Silver
Queenie O’Hart
Sabina Soubrette
Vixen Valentine
Bunny Von Bunsmore
Mae Kim Beg
Nani Poonani
Cacia Vice
Lexi Luthor & Seymoure Skin

Hosted by Rebecca Mmm Davis
Theatre Off Jackson
409 7th Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104
January 10-11 at 7pm, get tix HERE.

January 10-11

January 10-11

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Finally…this has been posted on Facebook and we felt it was well worth sharing. Producers Heidi Von Haught and Randi Rascal of Clown Stripper Productions have issued an open letter calling for proposals for their brilliant series’ latest installment, That’s F*cked Up! 5. Read on (or refer to the original posting HERE):

Dearest Friends and Family-

For the past half-decade, That’s Fucked Up! has brought you not just the shocking and provocative, but the thought-provoking and transformative. The concept of “fucked up” is broad; we’ve been honored to host a vast celebration of challenging social commentary over the years, but the time has come to lay this particular iteration to rest. This will be the final TFU for the foreseeable future.

Know that the concept that made TFU great is not going away. “Fucked up” is not exhausted. Heidi and Randi, under the banner of Clown Stripper Productions, will continue to produce great boundary-pushing art, building upon the ground that TFU broke. The essence of TFU will continue–and maybe even grow–in our upcoming work.

So this is the time to pull out all the stops–if you’ve been incubating a gloriously horrifying act idea, now is the time to pitch it!

The venue will again by ReBar and the dates are Feb 21st, 22nd, 28th and March 1st.

As an art form, we believe burlesque is at its most powerful when performances evoke strong emotions and encourage audiences to question their cultural beliefs. We endeavor to bring together a cast of performers who are passionately dedicated to their art and willing to create performances that are challenging in both their content and delivery. We believe that discomfort leads to growth. Therefore, we are working to create a show that is entertaining and difficult, compelling and provocative.

Due to the large amount of interest and limited space for That’s Fucked Up, we will again be doing a dual process of written proposals and live auditions. If you are interested in performing in this show, please begin by writing us an email detailing your concept and how you will convey it. Please describe the arc and plot of the number in as much detail as possible, and include information about music and costuming. You do not need to write a novel, but do give us a clear description of what your act is about and how you will pull it off. Send this email to randirascal@gmail.com no later than January 12th, 2014.

We will review all act proposals and select a small number for audition, to be held January 19th from 12-4 p.m. Since we are not total d-bags, this audition does not require that your costuming or even choreography be complete; we only want to get a solid idea about your act concept and ability to execute it.

We know that auditioning can be a vulnerable process and that TFU invites people to put deeply personal and difficult material on stage. We will strive to create an act selection process that is gentle and loving. No ideas are out of bounds and all applications will be considered. We love you all even if we do not choose your number.

Love,

Randi and Heidi

Mother of gawd.

Mother of gawd.

2013: A Year In Photos.

•12/27/2013 • 1 Comment

~ Written by / compiled by Paul O’Connell (POC Photo)

Two years ago I posted an article here titled “2011: A Year In Photos”. I had intended to do the same thing for 2012 but totally dropped the ball. Most likely I got distracted by this:

The cast of Land of The Sweets from 2012

The cast of Land of The Sweets from 2012

I vowed this year I would not lame out or get distracted, and that I would meticulously go through all my burlesque photos from the previous twelve months and pick the best of the best, which is not an easy task, let me tell you. This year there were so many burlesque shows in the Seattle area, probably more than any other year thus far.  To accomplish this huge undertaking, I thought why not ask some awesome photographers in the Seattle area for their favorite burlesque photos of 2013: Jessica Drake, Mandy McGee, Rick Priest, Scott Foster, John Cornicello, Greg Holloway, Jackie Kingsbury, Magpie and myself, POC Photo, now proudly present our favorite burlesque photos from the year that was 2013, in no particular order. Enjoy!

Olatsa Assassin at Tuesday Tease-Feb(by Mandy McGee Photography)

Olatsa Assassin in Tuesday Tease-February (by Magpie Creative Photography)

Sydni Deveraux at Blue Velvet Revue-May(by POC Photo)

Sydni Deveraux in Blue Velvet Revue-May (by POC Photo)

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the Luminous Pariah in An Evening At Merlottes-January (by Jackie Kingsbury)

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Polly Wood in Sinner Saint Burlesque’s A Long Kiss Goodnight-February
(by Greg Holloway)

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Persephone Illyri at Moisture Festival-April (by Cornicello Photography)

Burgundy Brixx (Photo by Scott Foster)

Burgundy Brixx in Burlesque Royale-September (Photo by Scott Foster)

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Seraphina Fiero in Sanctuary-June (by Meneldor Photography)

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Waxie Moon in Nightcap at The Triple Door-June (by POC Photo)

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Miss Indigo Blue at Moisture Festival-April (by Cornicello Photography)

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Maggie McMuffin in Accio Burlesque! A Burlesque Tribute to Harry Potter-June
(by JLD Imagery)

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Stella D’Letto in The Best Burlesque Pageant Ever-December (by POC Photo)

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Miz Melancholy in La Petite Mort’s Dark Cabaret-February (by Greg Holloway)

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Lady Drew Blood in JOYstick! Level 2-September (by Jackie Kingsbury)

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Seraphina Fiero and Olatsa Assassin in Keep It Up-October (by Meneldor Photography)

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Lady Jack in Relentless-August (by POC Photo)

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Lily Verlaine at Moisture Festival-April (by Cornicello Photography)

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Ernie Von Schmaltz & Iva Handfull in Nerdiversary-June (by POC Photo)

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Morgan LaMay-September (by Mandy McGee Photography)

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Candy Apples in Starving Artists-July (by Scott Foster)

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Ruby Mimosa in The Atomic Bombshells J’ADORE-March (by Greg Holloway)

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Evilyn Sin Claire at Moisture Festival-April (by Cornicello Photography)

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Randi Rascal in The Last Burlesque Show You’ll Ever See-January
(by POC Photo)

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Tootsie Spangles in JOYstick! Level 2-September (by Jackie Kingsbury)

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Tory Tiara & Jonny Boy in Bastille Day-July (by Scott Foster)

Bitsy Rini in La Petite Mort's Dark Cabaret-February  (by Greg Holloway)

Bitsy Rini in La Petite Mort’s Dark Cabaret-February
(by Greg Holloway)

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Shanghai Pearl in Blue Velvet Revue-May (by POC Photo)

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Paris Original at Moisture Festival-April (by Cornicello Photography)

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Cherry Manhattan in Sinner Saint Burlesque’s A Long Kiss Goodnight-February
(by POC Photo)

Kitten LaRue, Lou Henry Hoover & Inga Ingenue in The Atomic Bombshells J'ADORE-March

Kitten LaRue, Lou Henry Hoover & Inga Ingenue in The Atomic Bombshells J’ADORE-March
(by Greg Holloway)

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Lotti Glitterati in The Beatitudes’ Under The Influence-June (by Scott Foster)

Al Lykya in Bechdel Test Burlesque-October (by POC Photo)

Al Lykya in Bechdel Test Burlesque-October (by POC Photo)

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Scarlett O’Hairdye, Bolt Action & Whisper DeCorvo in Accio Burlesque! A Burlesque Tribute to Harry Potter-June (by JLD Imagery)

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Jesse Belle-Jones in Tuesday Tease-October (by JLD Imagery)

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Iva Handfull in Relentless-August (by POC Photo)

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Lana Milk N Honey in Lady Lux Burlesque-May (by Mandy McGee Photography)

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Lola LeSoleil in Bechdel Test Burlesque-October (by POC Photo)

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The Norse Goddess in Accio Burlesque! A Burlesque Tribute to Harry Potter
June (by Meneldor Photography)

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Doña Dei Cuori in Sinner Saint Burlesque’s A Long Kiss Goodnight-February
(by Greg Holloway)

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Armitage Shanks at Moisture Festival-April (by Cornicello Photography)

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Queenie O’Hart in Tuesday Tease-October (by JLD Imagery)

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Maxie Milieu in Bechdel Test Burlesque-October (by POC Photo)

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Caela Bailey in Heavenly Spies 10th Year Anniversary-March (by Scott Foster)

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the Luminous Pariah at Moisture Festival-April (by Cornicello Photography)

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Jonny Boy & Rainbow in Relentless-August (by POC Photo)

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Morgue Anne in Vortex Variety Show-February (by Scott Foster)

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The Evil Hate Monkey at Moisture Festival-April (by Cornicello Photography

Lady Tata's in Sinner Saint Burlesque's Noc Out-August (by POC Photo)

Lady Tatas in Sinner Saint Burlesque’s Noc Out-August (by POC Photo)

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Fuchsia Foxxx in Jamfest-July (by Scott Foster)

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Jesus La Pinga in Burl-X-Files-August (by POC Photo)

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Beatrice Belladonna in Carnivale-February (by Magpie Creative Photography)

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Bella Bijoux in Disney After Dark-March (by POC Photo)

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Olatsa Assasin in Monsters, Merkins & Mayhem-March
(by Mandy McGee Photography)

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Inga Ingenue at Moisture Festival-April (by Cornicello Photography)

Lady Drew Blood in Midnight in the Garden of Glitter and Heels-July (by POC Photo)

Lady Drew Blood in Midnight in the Garden of Glitter and Heels-July
(by POC Photo)

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Boom Boom L’Roux in Belltown Burlesque Revue-April
(by Magpie Creative Photography)

B_Dizzy Von Damn Burlesque Games October

Dizzy Von Damn in Burlesque Games-October (by Scott Foster)

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Lady Jack in Relentless-August ((by JLD Imagery)

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Sabina Soubrette in Tempting Tarts Burlesque-July (by POC Photo)

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Tony Tapatio-September (by Mandy McGee Photography)

Boom Boom L’Roux’s Late Night Revue 2-84

Boom Boom L’Roux’s Late Night Revue-February (by POC Photo)

C_Eddie Van Glam Siren and the Treasured Chests Afterglow July

Sir Eddie Van Glam in Siren and the Treasured Chests-July
(by Meneldor Photography)

A_Lada Redstar

Lada Redstar in Nightcap at The Triple Door-June (by POC Photo)

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Bolt Action in JOYStick! Level 2-September (by Jackie Kingsbury)

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Scarlett O’Hairdye in A Very Rosy Birthday-April
(by Magpie Creative Photography)

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Lucky Penny at Moisture Festival-April (by Cornicello Photography)

D_Ace Carter Rockabilly Daze Burlesque May

Ace Carter in Rockabilly Daze Burlesque-May (by Meneldor Photography)

Ben DeLaCreme in The Atomic Bombshells J'ADORE-March (by Greg Holloway)

Ben DeLaCreme in The Atomic Bombshells J’ADORE-March
(by Greg Holloway)

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Evilyn Sin Claire in Sinner Saint Burlesque’s A Long Kiss Goodnight-February
(by POC Photo)

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Jovie DeVoe in The Bordeaux Project-February (by Scott Foster)

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Mae Kim Beg in Grab Bag 2 Electric Boobaloo-February (by JDL Imagery)

D_Sailor Return to Winterwood January

Sailor St. Claire in Return to Winterwood-January (by Scott Foster)

Inga Ingenue in The Atomic Bombshells J'ADORE-March (by Greg Holloway)

Inga Ingenue in The Atomic Bombshells J’ADORE-March
(by Greg Holloway)

Czech Mate, performing at A Very Rosy Birthday burlesque show

Czech Mate in A Very Rosy Birthday-April (by Magpie Creative Photography)

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Madison Avenue in Cinemagician April-(by Mandy McGee Photography)

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Donna Denise in Burlesque Royale-September (by POC Photo)

F_Holly Bordeaux Siren and the Treasured Chests Tropic Tease May

Holly Bordeaux in Siren and the Treasured Chests-May
(by Meneldor Photography)

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Tootsie Spangles in Inferno-March (by Magpie Creative Photography)

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Violet Tendencies in Evening At Merlotte’s-January (by Jackie Kingsbury)

G_EmpeROAR Fabulous Return to Winterwood January

EmpeROAR Fabulous in Return to Winterwood-January (by Scott Foster)

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Ivy Tam-Burlesque Royale-September (by POC Photo)

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The Heavenly Spies at Moisture Festival-April (by Cornicello Photography)

R_Bolt Action Burl-X-Files August

Bolt Action in Burl-X-Files-August (by Meneldor Photography)

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Vanadium Silver in AN Evening At Merlotte’s-January (by Jackie Kingsbury)

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Nikola Tease-la in The Last Burlesque Show You’ll Ever See-January
(by POC Photo)

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Vixen Valentine in ECCC Geeky Burlesque-March
(by Mandy McGee Photography)

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Eva Fairwood in Rumpus-August (by POC Photo)

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Maria Margiyeva at Moisture Festival-April (by Cornicello Photography)

I_Tootsie Spangles Hattie Hellcat A Burlesque Tribute to Harry Potter June

Tootsie Spangles & Hattie Hellcat in Accio Burlesque! A Burlesque Tribute to Harry Potter-June (by Meneldor Photography)

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Miss Elaine Yes in JOYStick! Level 2-September (by Jackie Kingsbury)

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Fosse Jack in Cinemagicain-April (by Mandy McGee Photography)

S_Sydni Deveraux Keep It Up October

Sydni Deveraux in Keep It Up-October (by Meneldor Photography)

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Diva le Déviant in Sinner Saint Burlesque’s Noc Out-August (by POC Photo)

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Scarlett O’Hairdye in Accio Burlesque! A Burlesque Tribute to Harry Potter-June
(by JLD Imagery)

T_Shanghai Pearl Bastille Day July

Shanghai Pearl in Bastille Day-July (by Scott Foster)

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Kutie La Bootie in Midnight in the Garden of Glitter and Heels-July
(by POC Photo)

Jesss Belle Jones in Sinner Saint Burlesque's A Long Kiss Goodnight-February (by Greg Holloway)

Jesss Belle-Jones in Sinner Saint Burlesque’s A Long Kiss Goodnight-February
(by Greg Holloway)

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Maxie Milieu in Accio Burlesque! A Burlesque Tribute to Harry Potter-June
(by JLD Imagery)

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Trojan Original in Bechdel Test Burlesque-October (by POC Photo)

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Tribellas in Bastille Day-July (by Scott Foster)

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Sophie Maltease in JOYStick! Level 2-September (by Jackie Kingsbury)

Sara Dippity in Bechdel Test Burlesque-October (by POC Photo)

Sara Dipity in Bechdel Test Burlesque-October
(by POC Photo)

X_LoLo Ramone A Very Wes Anderson Cabaret October

LoLo Ramone in A Very Wes Anderson Cabaret-October (by Scott Foster)

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Pepper Patootie in Tempting Tarts Burlesque-July (by POC Photo)

M_Paco Fish Harry Potter a Burlesque Tribute June

Paco Fish in Accio Burlesque! A Burlesque Tribute to Harry Potter-June
(by Meneldor Photography)

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Bella Bambina in Lady Lux Burlesque-May (by Mandy McGee Photography)

X_La Chica Boom

La Chica Boom in Burlesque Royale-September (by POC Photo)

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Sydni Deveraux at Moisture Festival-April (by Cornicello Photography)

W_Pinky Shines Siren and The Treasured Chests Halloween Extravaganza October

Pinky Shines in Siren and The Treasured Chests-October
(by Meneldor Photography)

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Flirty Sanchez and Bella Bijoux in Undressed to Kill-May (by POC Photo)

(Photo by John Cornicello)

Waxie Moon at Moisture Festival-April (by Cornicello Photography)

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Karmen Sutra in Tempting Tarts Burlesque-July (by POC Photo)

W_Violet Tendencies Undressed to Kill May

Violet Tendencies in Undressed to Kill-May (by Meneldor Photography)

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Fuchsia Foxxx in Blue Velvet Revue-May (by POC Photo)

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Whisper DeCorvo in ECCC Geeky Burlesque-March
(by Mandy McGee Photography)

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Tootsie Spangles, Scarlett O’Hairdye & Sailor St. Claire in Burl-X-Files-August (by POC Photo)

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La Petite Mort in Dark Cabaret-February (by Greg Holloway)

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Duo Rose at Moisture Festival-April (by Cornicello Photography)

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Dickie Gazoonie in Tempting Tarts Burlesque-July (by POC Photo)

Bella Bijoux in Quick Change-July (by Meneldor Photography)

Bella Bijoux in Quick Change-July (by Meneldor Photography)

Jovie DeVoe in Burlesque Royale-August (by POC Photo)

Jovie DeVoe in Burlesque Royale-August (by POC Photo)

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Al Lykya in Accio Burlesque! A Burlesque Tribute to Harry Potter-June
(by JLD Imagery)

Shanghai Pearl in Burl-X-Files-August (by POC Photo)

Shanghai Pearl in Burl-X-Files-August (by POC Photo)

Lily Verlaine at Moisture Festival-April (by Cornicello Photography)

Lily Verlaine at Moisture Festival-April (by Cornicello Photography)

Sinner Saint Burlesque performed for the last time at Noc Noc on August 22. (POC Photo)

Sinner Saint Burlesque performing for the last time at The Noc Noc-August (POC Photo)

Gift it, baby: Picks of the Glitter.

•12/21/2013 • 1 Comment
Epic. Lily Verlaine and just some of the cast of House of Thee Unholy (POC Photo)

Epic. Lily Verlaine and just some of the cast of House of Thee Unholy (POC Photo)

Waxie Moon and Paris Original. (POC Photo)

Waxie Moon and Paris Original. (POC Photo)

There are few shows that so brilliantly fuse the worlds of rock and roll, dance, and burlesque the way that House of Thee Unholy does. In a miraculous surprise not unlike a virgin birth itself, The Swedish Housewife Presents has announced this week that House of Thee Unholy #5 will return from its achingly long two and a half year hiatus for ten shows in March. The rocklesque extravaganza is truly a thing of wonder: an incredibly accomplished cast of thirteen dancers, three singers, and five musicians explode in a 70s dream of hallucinatory sex, drugs, and rock and roll. Don’t miss it: this is your early warning and the very best seats at the gorgeous Triple Door are on sale RIGHT NOW.

Check out the teaser:

House of Thee UnHoly #4 from paulanow on Vimeo.

*****

Screw NYE- this is where the party's at

Screw NYE- this is where the party’s at

Our second offering to be filed under “DO NOT MISS” (not to mention a potential holiday surprise for that rabid burlesque fan in your life) is coming up a lot faster. Tickets are selling fast and furious to The Burlesque Marathon, an absolutely fab double feature at the Columbia City Theater on Sunday, December 29. The idea? A special single or double ticket deal at an extremely reasonable price featuring a jaw-dropping cast of Seattle’s latest and greatest movers and shakers, designed for the performers to film their acts before a live audience. There’s no theme, no story to follow- just a whole lot of burlesquers bringing their best. True to the show’s name, we dare you to do it “marathon” style, and stay for both the early and late shows. And oh yeah…get LOUD.

Here’s the scoop:

5-7 pm:
The Burlesque Marathon: The Early Bird Gets the Worm

8-10 pm:
The Burlesque Marathon: Good Things Come to Those Who Wait

With host Vanadium Silver, pantie wranglers Carlotta Shakin and Magnolia Monroe!

Tix available HERE.

5 – 7PM SHOW
Iva Handfull
Scandal from Bohemia & Hoi Polloi
Solange Corbeau
Seraphina Fiero
Stella D’Letto
Karmen Sutra
Jesus La Pinga
Lady Drew Blood
The Luminous Pariah
The Shanghai Pearl
Ava Raqs
Lexi Luthor
Inara Echo
Olatsa Assassin
Pepper La’Rouge
Violet Tendencies
Sydni Deveraux

8 – 10PM SHOW
Iva Handfull
Boom Boom L’Roux
Jovie DeVoe
The Shanghai Pearl
Scarlett O’Hairdye
Sara Dipity – Super Suit
Suzanna Davis
Violet Tendencies
Sydni Deveraux
Flirty Sanchez
Seraphina Fiero
Whisper De Corvo
Violet DeVille
EmpeRoar Fabulous
Bella Bijoux
Tootsie Spangles & Hattie Hellcat
Waxie Moon

ALSO epic!

ALSO epic!

 
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