“COME ON DOWN!”- this week’s picks of the glitter.
Showcase Showdown: A Burlesque Game Show to Benefit PAWS @ Re-Bar March 14-16 7:30 pm
Our top pick of the (g)litter this week is a special one. We love pussycats of all types, dogs too…and just about anything else worth petting, come to think of it. Showcase Showdown mixes burlesque glitz with game shows to help animals in need at PAWS.
Producers Sailor St. Claire and Ace Carter (of Aces & Anchors Productions aka the duo behind Tuesday Tease at LUCID Lounge) have put together a “Price Is Right” style benefit that includes interpretations of some classic games from the long-running television show with a fixation on grocery items. Will the yodeling mountain climber from Cliff Hangers make an appearance? You’ll just have to show up and see.
The show features performances by Miss Kitty Baby, Tamara the Trapeze Lady, Sailor St. Claire, Man Johnson, Violet DeVille, Penelope Rose, Al and Will Lykya, Czech Mate, Mitzy Sixx, Candy Apples, and Minni Bobbins. Miss Huney Bush and Bunny Von Bunsmore will assist host Ace Carter, who bravely steps into the smooth-talking, unflappable role of Bob Barker.
Incidentally, Bob Barker’s work in animal welfare didn’t end with his trademark show-closing reminder to “help control the pet population – have your pets spayed or neutered”. At 89 years old he continues to support many animal welfare causes, as recently as 2009 donating $1 million to Drury University to establish the Dorothy Jo Barker Professorship in Animal Rights. Interestingly, according to a Wikipedia entry on the game show:
Furs have not been offered as prizes since Barker’s tenure as host. Several Barker-imposed prohibitions have been lifted since his departure, such as offering products made of leather or leather seats in vehicles and showing simulated meat props on barbecues and in ovens.
Well that’s too bad.
However, the burlesque Showcase Showdown has some great pet-friendly/showgirl friendly raffle prizes on offer, including goodies from The Burlesque Boutique, gift certificates to All Seasons Pet Care, handmade wallets from King of Spades Clothing, gift certificates to I Heart Dogs shop on Phinney Ridge, rhinestoned bow ties from Haute Under the Collar, gift certificates to Nick’s Off Market, pasties designed by Seraphina Fiero, gift certificates to the Highway 99 Blues Club, and a grand prize gift basket from Atomic Cosmetics/Xerion Skin Science.
We think Bob Barker himself would approve- after all, in a little quasi showgirl trivia- don’t forget that Barker also hosted the Miss Universe pageant from 1967-1987. He’s always been a very busy guy.
Special guests joining the proceedings via slideshow will be:
NARAL’s 22nd Annual Chocolate for Choice @ Safeco’s First Base Terrace Club March 13 7pm-9pm
Miss Indigo Blue and Inga Ingénue are among the esteemed celebrity judges at this finger-licking good tasting event and auction benefitting NARAL Pro-Choice Washington. Nightlife entrepreneur Linda Derschang and Cienna Madrid and Lindy West of The Stranger share in the judging, as well as Trudi Inslee (First Lady of Washington State) and many other politically active and concerned citizens that also happen to love chocolate. The burlesque community has been one of the most steadfast supporters of organizations like NARAL, as Sasha Summer Cousineau explained:
“Seattle’s burlesque community has shown a long and enduring commitment to the issues of reproductive health, rights, and justice, and in particular has been very supportive of NARAL Pro-Choice Washington. Chocolate for Choice is one example (Lily Verlaine and Waxie Moon have been previous judges). But there’s much more. Paula [The Swedish Housewife] was a reader at our Liberty Ball auction in October. Wiggy Stardust, Randi Rascal, and Heidi Von Haught have produced reProduction [a benefit for NARAL Pro-choice] twice. And Evilyn Sin Claire and Sinner Saint Burlesque have captained ‘Run for Your Rights’ teams 3 times… So it seems that burlesque and choice make very natural bed fellows.”
All chocolate is graciously donated by over 40 local chocolatiers; cakes and other goodies will be available via auction or purchase. For tickets and more information, click HERE.
Stripped Screw in Disney After Dark @ Columbia City Theater March 15-16, March 22-23 @ 9pm
In other big show news this week, if you haven’t yet seen those renegade burlesquers over at Stripped Screw pay tribute to Disney in a way that might just desecrate your favorite storybook characters forever, you haven’t lived. Stripped Screw and friends revisit their most irreverent show over at the Columbia City Theater March 15-16 and again March 22-23. Get tickets HERE– this show is an absolute blast.
Heavenly Spies in Diamonds @ The Triple Door, March 14-16
Finally, I’ve already gushed about Heavenly Spies anniversary gala Diamonds once in a recent post…because they’re so very worth it. Scroll down, or you can click HERE to read all about it.