‘Gypsy Centennial’ featured in Seattle Times, Miss Astrid on the way
Burlesque history is rich with women whose lives were roller-coaster rides of glamour, glitz, and a whole lot of guts. The Burlesque Hall of Fame honors these performers for the matriarchal legends that they were, and one of the best known- Gypsy Rose Lee- was born here in Seattle. Perhaps it’s our city’s birthright to blaze a trail of its own. This weekend’s Gypsy Centennial fundraiser is a way to give back a little bit and help preserve burlesque history at the Burlesque Hall of Fame. In case you missed it, The Seattle Times ran a fabulous preview on the show today- check it out HERE.
In other news… not only is modern-day legend Miss Astrid hosting the fundraiser, she’ll be teaching in Seattle January 11-12 and performing at Teatro Zinzanni’s Mezzo Lunatico January 15. More information on Mezzo is forthcoming, as I have a chat lined up with her this weekend. Here’s information from the class description (please note the 11th class is a private lesson format, the 12th is on the art of emceeing):
Kate Valentine aka Miss Astrid has been there and done that! Miss Astrid has been called “the true weimar fraulein” by Mel Gordon, author of Voluptuous Panic, with “enough attitude to sink the Bismark”, according to the San Jose Mercury News. Arguably the best emcee in the US, she is known for her deadpan delivery, impeccable timing and razor sharp wit. The creator of The Va Va Voom Room 1997-present performer with the very first neo-burlesque troupe, The Velvet Hammer Burlesque, 1996-present. You have read and heard about her via NPR, BBC, Time Magazine, and the New York Times. Besides having the first bi-coastal burlesque show ever in NYC and San Francisco, Miss Astrid and The Va Va Voom Room have performed all over the US including the New York Burlesque Festival and Miss Exotic World Pageant in Las Vegas. In addition to her work in the burlesque world Kate Valentine is an actress, director & comedy writer.