June 3, 2011
Reporting from Philadelphia for this post. It’s true the “Kitsch Bitch of Brooklyn” has been out of the city for awhile now on a little mini vacation. But first, let’s talk about the Pink Room.
I had been attending The Pink Room – David Lynch Burlesque since it’s first show. Franny Fluffer, the mastermind behind it all, has done shows Twin Peaks and Blue Velvet. I was invited to perform in the Wild at Heart show as well as her pre-show, FRANNY’S FLICKS, which is a movie themed show.
I love themed show, one of the reasons I now run my monthly themed D20 Burlesque shows, so this was right up my alley. I have been a fan of Lynch, but was unfamiliar with Wild at Heart. Luckily for me, it was on netflix watch instantly, so after one viewing, I knew the act I wanted to do….but was scared of the cost and vegan-ness of it.
In the movie, Marietta Fortune, the mother of Lula, goes through a little bit of a freakout and slathers herself in red lipstick. Quirky, bizarre, strange – all the makings of the ideas I go for in an act! But how was I to find a vegan lipstick that I could buy several of to make sure I covered my face without breaking the bank? The kind I currently use, Urban Decay in Revolution red is great, but kind of costly to use a whole tube on my hand and face. Come to the rescue the veganpeople forums over on LiveJournal! For those of you who may not know of Livejournal, it was a sort of online journal/blog site that came out in 1999 and I used to use it throughout college to post photos before facebook was a thing most colleges could even get. But anyway, although a lot of the site has been taken over by russians, the vegan forums are still pretty active and a great sounding board for questions on all kinds of stuff. I ask for an inexpensive red vegan lipstick, and find out Wet n’ Wild is vegan, at least according to PETA, so I trusted it. Awesome, act inspiration identified, supplies secured, and off to perform!
So after that night (which was last Wednesday, May 25th) and the ridiculous sell out show of D20 Burlesque’s Lovecraft show (which will be another post), plus finishing the burlesque play I was in, it was time for a little vacation. My partner and I packed our bags and headed down to Sea Isle City, NJ for a few days. After living in NYC for so long, it felt strange to go to restaurants where there are no vegetarian, let alone vegan, menu items. It is a beach town, so everything was seafood packed, but I was lucky enough to talk to chefs and get things made and we even found an ice cream place that had a non-dairy rasberry sorbet which I devoured while my mild sunburn heals. It was great to spend time tanning, playing games and just walking along the beach at night.
Now we are in Philadelphia for a few days, and I am just waiting until the next meal. Last night we dined at Horizons, one of my favorite places in Philly, because soon they will be changing locations and getting rid of some of our favorite menu items. Today we visit Satellite cafe for some vegan bagel options, probably Kingdom of Vegetarians/New Harmony for lunch (omg, vegan dim sum!) and the blackbird pizzeria for dinner, my favorite vegan pizza and cheeze steak place! That plus lots of board games and kitten cuddles at the house we are staying at, I am feeling totally recharged!
May 3, 2011
Last week I made the trek down my street to attend a burlesque show. That’s right, a burlesque show in the Prospect Heights area of Brooklyn! The recent addition of The Way Station, a steampunk themed bar, has become the home of “Wasabassco at the Way Station,” monthly show that takes place in the venue side of this wonderful nerd bar in my neighborhood! Doc Wasabassco, who is also one of the people running this bar, hosts as emcee for the evening, which has been showcasing 4 performers an evening, each doing two acts, giving the audience a chance to see the performer’s breadth of talent.
This bar, which is a great haven for those who want to have a charming place to imbibe without having to endure the stereotypical bar douche dude, is split in to two areas, the bar side and then a venue side which has booths and a small stage. This section can also
be curtained off to create privacy, something that is helpful when hosting a burlesque show. I’ve been to two of these burlesque evenings, and I have to say that the crowds have been welcoming and the performers are fantastic. It is quaint and gives the performer a chance to really connect with the audience.
Another reason I love going to these shows is I get to stop by Natural Blend, a vegetarian (possibly all vegan?) Caribbean food place and juice bar located nearby. Not only does Natural Blend offer great patties filled with your choice of veggies, soya or fake meat, they also have all kinds of vegan baked goods as well as vegan meals. But what I am really jazzed about? Non-dairy hard scoop ice cream!!! It is this that allows me to walk, a short distance, to a burlesque show, and pick up a vegan ice cream on the way. HEAVEN!
If you are in the area, you should definitely check out The Way Station and Natural Blend. Here is a link to Natural Blend’s menu so you can check out their food options so you aren’t overwhelmed by all the tastiness upon entrance.