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
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”
My first mixtape for Pickpocket Times. This one following a sort of American path,without any of my usual side trips to Eastern Europe or Jamaica. Somehow, this kind of music feels as if it’s part of my skin. Country music was some of the first that I heard that moved me and try as I might, I just can’t seem to shake rural America’s influence on all … Continue reading Mixtape – Boogie in the Dark
I’ve always been a little jealous of women. When two women connect, they form a connection that’s so deep and intricate it borders on the romantically intimate. Being a man with an admitted “feminine” side, I’ve always connected more with women as friends because women don’t hesitate to get real. Men, meanwhile, keep everything very superficial. Not all men of course, but the overwhelming majority … Continue reading Film: Glorious Imperfection – In A World… (2013) & Francis Ha (2012)
I know I’m late to the game on these re-issues, which came out in 2011, but in establishing my tastes upon this blog, I think it’s important to include Crass a band that, while I don’t listen to their music as much these days, had a profound impact on my life and way of thinking. I recently picked these up at my favorite record store … Continue reading Crass – The Crassical Collection: Penis Envy  and Christ – The Album 
Now, sometimes, I find myself in thee company of the occasional English rock star. And, apparently, they all seem to be from Leeds, or thereabouts. Well, all two of them. A few years back, I struck up a friendship with Chumbawamba co-founder Danbert Nobacon. Chumbawamba were a Leeds-based band. Then, through our mutual friend Miwa Gemini in New York City, I met Jonny Cragg, another … Continue reading From Leeds To Seattle
Yeah, those leaves on the ground always seem to signal big changes for the ‘ol Pickpocket and this year was no exception. After much thought and consideration, I decided to walk away from my band of the last 12 years for an indeterminate amount of time. Probably one of the bigger decisions I’ve made recently but somehow it felt like exactly the right thing to … Continue reading To Remember and Then Say Goodbye….