March 27, 2011


That’s right, that is me in that large D20 (well, D18 because I needed to remove two sides to get in and out of it)!

The show was a smashing success, we had a standing room only crowd, might have sold out the space, got rave reviews, and were able to book a May show!  Woo-hoo.  Besides the amazing-ness that was the performers, the audience was fantastic! That crowd was supportive, cheered in all the right places! This fantastic audience consisted of many different facets of people – typical burlesque people, a handful of people from the Nerd NYC group, people who just wondered in because they saw it advertised on various media and then there were the celebrities.








Celebrities you say? Yes, in fact I did say that! In that ever so wonderful audience was: Luke Crane, one of the creators of the Burning Wheel RPG and Terry Hope Romero. Yes, the Terry Hope Romero as in co-author of Veganomican, Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World and Viva Vegan. OMG, one of the co-hosts of Post Punk Kitchen came to my show! How she found out about it, I don’t know, but finding this out made my vegan heart leap with joy! You should definitely check out her site Vegan Latina for all kinds of vegan goodies, hints and tips!



Dolores sips her tea

I recently got invited to perform with the NYC Pinup Club in their Harry Potter Tribute show: Hufflebuff.  For the show I did two different acts, a Snape act and a Dolores Umbridge act.  It was really fun to plan two acts in such a short amount of time and I really only had one day to buy all the supplies due to a hectic work week and another show I was in. (Pictures of the show will also come soon).

Though during the acts there were a lot of mishaps (note – it’s never a good idea to forget your contacts!). I still had a very fun time in the end and it seems the audience liked them and the photographers got some good shots. Here are some fun ones from the Dolores act! All photos here used with the permission of the photographer,

taking off the gloves!

the reveal!

My previous post featured a poster for a book release party I was performing at, which occurred this past Friday.  Now anybody out there who has ever done any kind of performance has probably heard their teacher(s) warn you about ‘that show where something is going to go wrong’ and that you should always learn to be prepared for it.  Well, this book signing performance  was my first show where I really had things go wrong on a massive scale.  And by massive, here is the list of things that went wrong:

Smiling through the tough times with Kat Mandu

  • forgot my wallet
  • forgot eye lash glue
  • bottle of ‘dayquil’ spilled all over my suitcase and performance costumes
  • forgot fabric tape to adhere pasties
  • forgot pasties for my second act (remedied with electrical tape X’s)
  • forgot my wolf snout – a crucial part of my first costume
  • Name was mispronounced  during my introduction
  • music was mixed up and had to be switched
  • stage was too short to center a chair on the stage so I had to do my 1st act sort of sideways
  • couldn’t get my second glove on in time
  • ears fell off at the end of my 1st act
  • foot slipped out of my heel during the second act and I had to wobble through to the end
  • couldn’t get my sequin skirt untied (had to slide it off)

Luckily I had the ever so wonderful Kat Mandu as the other performer who helped cheer me on and let me borrow her eyelash glue to adhere both my lashes and pasties for my first act.  I was also lucky to have my partner who ran out and bought me some tape so I wouldn’t have to improvise a reveal in my second act.

The whole show experience was strange purely for the fact that it wasn’t a typical burlesque crowd.  They didn’t know when to hoot n’ holler, which was actually an interesting experience because it made me realize spots in my act that need improvement.  The place also had a place for Kat and I to change, which was a dressing room for the vintage store.  This meant it was really small. Small for the average person – not two performers and their suitcases! We made it work though, and I had a great time despite all the mishaps.

stepping out on saturday

April 12, 2010

This past Saturday night I attended my first burlesque show in NY.   NY actually has a pretty active neo burlesque scene with different shows running nightly all over the NYC area.  Through the wonderful Sizzle Dizzle I was tipped off about one happening in Park Slope at

All dolled up to see a burlesque show!


Union Hall (which she happened to be performing at).  I made sure to take it easy on Saturday, did some striptease aerobics, downloaded   some music to possibly start choreographing to, and then started the beautification process.  I did some new fancy makeup styling (which will be featured in another post), tried out a new retro hairstyle, pulled out a dress, heels, gloves, grabbed my coat and I was ready to paint the town red!

I headed over to Park Slope, first grabbing a quick bite to eat at S’nice, a wonderful little vegetarian sandwich place nearby in Brooklyn (as well as Manhattan) that I highly recommend. I then headed to Union Hall and anxiously waited down in the basement for the show to begin.  

This show was organized and hosted by Doc Wasabassco and featured several ladies, and one gentleman, who performed an amazing show.  Two of the women were even doing their burlesque premieres that night, which was an inspiration to me.  The show was amazingly creative and involved such varied exciting aspects as  a walrus, Ms. PacMan, a fake sausage boa, and Carmen Sandiego (plus more).  I sat in the audience and jotted down notes between sets in a little notebook like the good little burlesque student I am.  Since Wasabassco is a Brooklyn based show, I plan to try and get more details about performing with them.  Being located so close it could be a great place for my first performance, whenever that might be. Overall it was a great experience, a great inspiration, I was rocking a pretty amazing hairstyle and I can’t wait for the next show already!