bevgodsgirls:

This is really, really important. Please take note.

bevgodsgirls:

This is really, really important. Please take note.

I'm a baby bird! I'm not old enough to come to a show! I want to see dancing and singing! Can I join the cast? Or can you just come back to Austin Texas so my Lady can clap for you again?

I love Austin! If it wasn’t so dang hot, I could see myself living there. I get no control over where our tours take us, but if I did have a say, we’d absolutely go there. All I can say now is it’s highly likely that it’ll happen.

I don’t think we have any openings for birds, but maybe if you stage kittened first. (Oooh should I not bring up cats?)

Could not find underwear for an upcoming act I’m working on. My only criteria: red. I couldn’t find red underwear in my size. So now I’m making underwear from scratch again, thankful that I at least know how to make it but wishing I could just get to decorating already.

Random question, who did the artwork for the latest flier? So very very cool.

Anthony Carpenter makes all our official posters for our tours! I’m a big fan of his. I love the way he draws people. This latest poster is my favorite. It perfectly captures our “trapped in the desert” adventure.

Preparations for our tour are kicking into even higher gear. Brand new acts, brand new music, brand new cities, brand new girls! Well, new to us. They were well-seasoned before we met them. Here’s where we’ll be in May:
May 1, Vaudeville Mews, Des Moines May 2, The Red Eye Bar & Casino, Sioux Falls May 3, House of Rock, Eau Claire May 4, Bryant Lake Bowl & Theater, Minneapolis May 5, The Chesterfield, Sioux City May 7, The Waiting Room Lounge, Omaha May 8, RecordBar, Kansas City May 9, Pitters Cafe and Lounge, Cape Girardeau May 10, Newbys, Memphis May 16, The Pyramid Scheme, Grand Rapids May 17, Eronel, Dubuque May 23, Bell’s Eccentric Cafe, Kalamazoo May 24, The White Rabbit Cabaret, Indianapolis May 30, The Avenue Cafe, Lansing May 31, Park Theater, Holland
It’s coming up fast. Some of these places we’ve been to before and I know they always sell out, so get tickets while you can. Don’t miss our amazing musical sex comedy.

Preparations for our tour are kicking into even higher gear. Brand new acts, brand new music, brand new cities, brand new girls! Well, new to us. They were well-seasoned before we met them. Here’s where we’ll be in May:

May 1, Vaudeville Mews, Des Moines 
May 2, The Red Eye Bar & Casino, Sioux Falls 
May 3, House of Rock, Eau Claire 
May 4, Bryant Lake Bowl & Theater, Minneapolis 
May 5, The Chesterfield, Sioux City 
May 7, The Waiting Room Lounge, Omaha 
May 8, RecordBar, Kansas City 
May 9, Pitters Cafe and Lounge, Cape Girardeau 
May 10, Newbys, Memphis 
May 16, The Pyramid Scheme, Grand Rapids 
May 17, Eronel, Dubuque 
May 23, Bell’s Eccentric Cafe, Kalamazoo 
May 24, The White Rabbit Cabaret, Indianapolis 
May 30, The Avenue Cafe, Lansing 
May 31, Park Theater, Holland

It’s coming up fast. Some of these places we’ve been to before and I know they always sell out, so get tickets while you can. Don’t miss our amazing musical sex comedy.

superhappyfuntimeburlesque:

Our newest music video!  This comes from our ‘Buy a Song’ series, where you, the fan, can purchase an original song written and recorded about you.  In this case its a song about Nick Farr, who always wears a tie.  The song was so fun to make I had to shoot a video for it.  It also marks the second appearance of the SHFB cardboard jalopy, of which there is a second music video of, which was made as a test to get ready for this one. 

I love this song too much.

Interview with Nerdlesque Headliner and Performer, Nasty Canasta

schoolofburlesque:

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(Above: Nerdlesque Festival headliner and costumer extraordinaire, Nasty Canasta.Photo by Alex Colby)

NYSB: You’ll be teaching a class in tandem with the first ever Nerdlesque festival called "Performance Theory". Can you give us an idea on what the class is about and how it relates to the Nerdlesque festival?
Nasty Canasta: Performance Theory is a look at how we put together striptease acts from a more ‘theatrical’ point of view: we all know the mechanics of burlesque - how to take off a glove, how to bump & grind (or you can learn it from far more graceful & coordinated people than me!) - so what we work on in this class is how to combine those elements in the most effective way to tell our particular story. We’ll focus on  finding beats and moments within an act to create an arc, rather than just starting-out-dressed-and-ending-up-naked. It’s important in any burlesque act, from the most classic to the most neo -especially in Nerdlesque, where it’s important to not just rely on an audience’s familiarity with a character, but to use that familiarity to create something unique and surprising of your own.
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(Above: Nasty unwraps her sandwich. Photo by King Morgan)

NYSB: How did you get into Nerdlesque? Some might be quick to just call you a burlesque performer, but there is a difference ! Where is the line for you?
Nasty Canasta: Actually, I think more people would be inclined to call me “just” a Nerdlesque performer. As far as I know, I was one of the first folks working heavily with characters and elements from existing (mostly sci-fi) works - which initially caused a lot of blank stares! - and that’s stuck, even though I really do work with a mix of styles and ideas. I don’t really love the term “nerdlesque” - or any -lesque - because I feel like it can be used a bit dismissively (“I guess it’s good, for a Nerdlesque act”). I try very hard to make even my most reference-specific numbers accessible to and enjoyable by any audience member at any show, which ultimately should be the goal of any striptease act. Is it an enjoyable, engaging, original piece of performance? Then it doesn’t matter if it’s burlesque, nerdlesque, boylesque, gorelesque, or stripping-out-of-water-wings-and-wearing-a-shoebox-as-a-hat-lesque.
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(Above: Dr. Nasty and her Tardis. Photo by Don Spiro)

NYSB: As far as performance theory behind an act goes, what is it that you want to stress people to think about, other than say just awesome costumes and taking off those awesome costumes?
Nasty Canasta: I really want performers to think about why they’re doing the things they’re doing onstage, and to make deliberate choices about what they’re putting into (and leaving out of) a number. So much of what we add to acts seems to be “because you’re supposed to” (wear a corset, have glitter lipstick, take off the mask at the end of the act, etc etc etc); but if it’s not right for a particular act, it can actually take a lot away from the overall performance rather than adding to it as a whole.
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(Above: Nasty back bending at Divers-i-tease. Photo by John Lombardi)
NYSB: What are you looking forward to the most with the first ever Nerdlesque festival? What can we look forward to from you?

Nasty Canasta: As always with festivals, I’m excited to get the chance to see visiting performers - I’m always thrilled and energized by what’s going on outside of our own local scene. I’ll be over there, nerding out in the corner!
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About Nasty Canasta
Internationally-renowned artstar (and reigning Cheese Queen of Coney Island) Nasty Canasta is frequently hailed as a genius of the neo-burlesque scene. A “burlesque queen” (The NY Times), 2nd Runner Up at the 2010 Miss Exotic World Pageant, and “Brooklyn’s greatest burlesque star” (The Brooklyn Paper), Nasty is host and producer of Naked Girls Reading NYC and was an original co-creator of Pinchbottom Burlesque. A full-time burlesque performer, producer and costumer since 2004, Nasty draws on her years of experience in the theatre to create acts and shows that combine tease and titillation, humor, spectacle and theatricality. She is a regular performer with Wasabassco Burlesque, and teaches private and group burlesque classes. In addition to her burlesque performances, she spent the summer of 2010 as a snake charmer and contortionist with the world-famous Coney Island Circus Sideshow in Brooklyn, NY. Nasty is best known for her ‘burlesques on burlesque:’ subtle and surprising twists on classic striptease such as her car-alarm fan dance, her “Unknown Stripper” act, and her award-winning ecdysiastical tribute to Dorian Gray, “The Portrait.” Equally at home with classic tease and contemporary pop culture, her numbers range from the sublime to the silly, and have been a favorite with audiences around the world.

You can find more out on Nasty Canasta at her website, The Girl With the 44DB Brain

To find out more about the first annual Nerdlesque Festival, visit Nerdlesquefest.com

To see what Nasty Canasta and other Nerdlesque Fest favorites are teaching at The New York School of Burlesque, please visit  Nerdlesque Festival Classes

Interview by Coco te Amo for the New York School of Burlesque

That sandwich is brilliant!!!

alexicography:

florenceofalabia:

I’m mostly posting these because I need to link to a photo of me on another site, but also here are 3 pictures of me to look at because I am pretty.

You look like… someone’s cool grandma, but forty years younger, y’know? Like one day when you’re old you’re going to be that awesome old lady at the grocery store that people talk about as a selling point of the town.

This isn’t working out well. I mean this as a compliment, really I do!

That is a great compliment! That’s kinda what I’m aiming for.

I’m mostly posting these because I need to link to a photo of me on another site, but also here are 3 pictures of me to look at because I am pretty.

zizivalenti:

Hey, that’s me! ZiZi Valenti does The Swedish Chef in Fiona Flame’s “The Muppet Show… Show” at Plush, St. Louis. And some of those arms are not my arms. And my pasties have real, tiny forks on them.

This is amazing.