BRINGING BACK THE MEDICINE SHOW: THE NEW ORLEANS INAUGURAL SNAKEOIL FESTIVAL

This piece was originally published in Burlesque Beat on June 1, 2015. June 19, 20 & 21, 2015 The Howlin’ Wolf – New Orleans, LA I’ve always been fascinated by circuses and medicine shows of the 19th and early 20thcentury. As family-friendly, Cirque De Soleil-style shows rapidly replace the traveling circus of old, it’s crucial that we acknowledge and memorialize its past. As burlesque fans, … Continue reading BRINGING BACK THE MEDICINE SHOW: THE NEW ORLEANS INAUGURAL SNAKEOIL FESTIVAL

The 9th Annual Great Burlesque Exposition 2015 Part 3: The Original Newcomer’s Showcase

Originally published in Burlesque Beat on April 22, 2015. February 22, 2015 Hyatt Regency Hotel, Cambridge, MA It warmed up Sunday and I actually got the opportunity to escape the hotels recycled air to check out Cambridge. After a leisurally stroll through Harvard Square, I headed back to the Hyatt for the final night of The Great Burlesque Expo 9, revitalized and ready for more … Continue reading The 9th Annual Great Burlesque Exposition 2015 Part 3: The Original Newcomer’s Showcase

BOSTON ADVENTURES CONTINUED: GREAT BURLESQUE EXPO PART TWO

This post was originally published in Burlesque Beat on April 5, 2015. February 21, 2015 Cambridge Hyatt, Cambridge, MA Snow fell lightly on Cambridge as burlyQ fans gathered in the lobby of the Hyatt’s President’s Ballroom. The Main Event is The Great Burlesque Expo’s annual competition night so it was surprising that it was more inconsistent than Friday night’s Rhinestone Review with some noticeable lulls. … Continue reading BOSTON ADVENTURES CONTINUED: GREAT BURLESQUE EXPO PART TWO

ADVENTURES IN BOSTON: THE GREAT BURLESQUE EXPO OF 2015

Originally Published in Burlesque Beat on March 15th, 2015 Hyatt Regency Hotel, Cambridge, MA Six foot snowdrifts? Unyielding snowstorms? Brutal wind chills? Think that’s gonna stop the glitter tribe from attending The 9th Annual Great Burlesque Expo in Cambridge? Hell no. While attendance was lighter than last time I went in 2013, it was far from the sparse crowd I expected. The burlesque performers and … Continue reading ADVENTURES IN BOSTON: THE GREAT BURLESQUE EXPO OF 2015

“DECADENCE” — A LOVE LETTER TO SEATTLE’S BURLY LEGACY”

Originally Published in Burlesque Beat on January 10th, 2015 Re-Bar Seattle, Washington Tears? At a burlesque show? As my wife and I waited outside the Re-Bar, amongst the hundred or so performers and fans for “Decadence – A Raunchy Retrospective of Ten Years in Tease,” I didn’t expect that the show I was about to see would move me to tears. But it happened. Flirty … Continue reading “DECADENCE” — A LOVE LETTER TO SEATTLE’S BURLY LEGACY”