The great big blue is welcoming you into a world of colourful fishes, seaweed and old shipwrecks. Green, blue, yellow and purple! A well hidden coffin with golden coins is a red mark on the treasure map. Captain Nemo and his crew are heading to sea in the big submarine Nautilus. Mermaids, cods and sharks, come and help battling against the terrifying school of giant squids. And who knows you might be the lucky one, when the night comes the treasure might be yours!
Pretty straight forward, Gentlemen. Navy pants are clearly a must and it looks like a white turtle neck will get you pretty far this week! If you plan on getting dirty and don’t want to sully your top, a blue turtle neck with red piping and a matching cap will suffice. *smirk
Nothing says Nautical quite like a red & white striped shirt and navy pants. Am I right?!
I’ve already mentioned a white turtleneck, but extra points will be awarded to those wearing a ribbed one! And let’s not forget the beard. Seriously, Gentlemen, you either need to bring your chin (see image above) or grow a beard that says I Mean Business. Can’t wait to see what you guys draw on your face *smile*
Smoking jacket and organ anyone?
If everything else seems a bit trite, you can just bring your enormous octopus and your hull. Just sayin’….
Oh dear, oh dear, don´t be late for wonderland! Follow the white rabbit and you will find a world of wonders. The golden key might bring you through the rat-hole and into the most beautiful of gardens or maybe all the way into the Duchess smoky kitchen. Have a bowl of soup but be careful with the pepper! A baby is turning into a pig and the tyrant Queen of Hearts wants you to repaint her white roses into red. Mad tea parties and lawn croquet, my ears and whiskers, how good this party is going to be!
Whether the new one inspires you…
….or the classic one…
….there is a myriad of costumes that should inspire you.
The year is 1959 and Hawaii is becoming Americas 50th state. Tiki culture is at its peak and Hawaiian shirts, bamboo lounges and carved tiki´s are more popular than ever. Elvis is rattling his knees from one side to another in the army and “Mac the knife” is No.1 on the charts. Empty the brylcreem jar, pop your gum and come and get yourself a tropical fruit punch at the Herranga Tiki Bamboo Lounge. Aloha!
My favorite gal, Eleanor Powell, doing her thing in “Honolulu” (1939):
I planning on channeling my inner Eleanor; hopefully I’ll be able to do her justice. Here are some other images I’m going to draw from as well:
What’s your inspiration? What do you think you’re going to wear?
I got to hang out with Chris Härm this weekend and we went back and forth with our favorite videos. Here are some of the videos that made me go woo!
These guys are SICK. Really, you just need to watch 20 seconds of this and if you aren’t hooked by then, then don’t worry, clearly this video wasn’t meant for you 😀
Show “La Preuve Par 4” à l’Hotel de Ville de Paris au Préselection du Juste Debout 2010
Chregrapher: Marvin Gofin (R.A.F Crew)
Dancers: Marion Motin (Swaggers, Quality Street), Julie Moreau (Swaggers), Nicolas Medea (R.A.F Crew) et Marvin Gofin (R.A.F Crew)
Music by Raphaël Judrin aKa SoFly
I love what the girls are wearing and the beat. And that marcelled hair!!
Notice that clips from ‘Spirit Moves’ made it into this!
I was SOOO hoping to run into her while I was in Norway, but she’s not from Oslo, she’s from Trondheim. Maybe another lindy hopper can get a picture with her!
` ` `So I head to the Seattle Airport last night and right as I am checking in, a familiar face walks by me. “Oh my god, is that ….. Lady Rizo from the show on Saturday?” I think to myself? I do a super-mega-obvious double take and if I’m not mistaken, she does the same. Not that she would recognize me; the only time she would have seen me was while I was getting drinks with my parents before the show. Hahha, at the show I was in my wig, a white shirt, my new high-waisted jeans that I got in Korea, but at the airport I had my hair down, a blue beret, a pair of high heeled booties, and a nice jacket. (Hehehe, actually, I’ll say that’s probably the best dressed I’ve ever been at an airport. For goodness sake, I was in heels!!!)
` ` `So, this person who might be Lady Rizo walks off and I have to finish checking in. I then heads towards security and cross my fingers that I might pass her. Ta-da! There she was waiting in the security line. I asked her if she was Lady Rizo, she said yes, I told her I loved the show, and she thanked me. I then asked her if she wanted to jump to the front of the security line with me, she asked me how I was going to do that, I said I was a Gold Member (I’m a Gold Medallion Member….not one of Austin Power’s vixens) and she came with me. We chatted all the way through security and until she got on her plane. In fact, I was supposed to be on that plane, but last minute I had changed my flight so that I was going through Cincinnati instead of JFK (there was a storm coming).
` ` `Gaaah! That was so cool. It’s fun to be starstruck! It was also pretty awesome hearing another artist who has a successful story to tell. 😀
Oh yeah, and the dress she wore was a Marchesa. In the last video in this post, she’s wearing my dream dress. Freak-an-A, I can’t find a bloody photo of it though!
Ok, to the important stuff….her personality, voice, and performance! Here’s the song that changed it all for me:
She has lots of great songs that you can youtube. Here are some of my favorites:
Haha, pay attention to her backup singers. Clearly they know they’ve got their hands full. I adore her sense of humor. NOT work appropriate.
This one is a little racy and probably not work appropriate 😀
I am so unbelievably inspired by the show last night!!
The ACT Theatre was lovely. It has a very impressive light rig and ventilation system that hides a gorgeous ceiling, and is perfect for hanging trapeze and silks from. The performers did a great job performing to the audience on all sides instead of picking a “front” and then focusing there. Bonus points to the ladies who removed articles of clothing; as they set up their “reveal” for one part of the audience, the audience on the other side of the stage got a great preview of “the goods” ahead of time. Good on em’!
A good bit of the show was done to live music and the band was freaking hot! The Zebra Kings are an eight piece big band featuring John Olafs on guitar, Damien Aitken on Sax, Jim Knodle on trumpet, and Tige DeCoster on bass. * They played Jazz/R&B during the breaks, and everything from Offenbach to bump-and-grind for the performers. Unfortunately I can’t find much more information on them other than what I’ve put up, so if you know something, leave a comment!! 😀
Kevin Joyce and Blanche DeBris (clever name if I do say so myself) were the hosts of the show and they awkward, engaging, charming, and brazen. Throughout the show, Kevin and Blanche take time to “discover” their true selves and we get to see them blossom as performers throughout the show. I thought they were fantastic. Kevin used a Spain-Spanish accent throughout the show that was charming and lovable. Blanche had a darling, Betty-Boop-of-a-voice that she used throughout the show and a naive, sexy charm about her. I thought she killed the last number with her rendition of Rubber Ducky! Damn, Ernie will never look at his Ducky the same way again.
My favorite burlesque performers of the evening were Miss Indigo Blue, Shanghai Pearl, and Trixie Little & the Evil Hate Monkey.
“Sexy, funny, irreverent and ingeniously clever, Miss Indigo Blue flirts with the edgy, exotic and erotic fringes of burlesque. More than just a great practitioner of the ol’ bump and grind, she enlivens her performances with a heady blend of brainy and bawdy that makes audience’s mouths water, as their minds whirl. Miss Indigo has performed across the globe and is a three-time award-winner at the annual Miss Exotic World competition, and also currently holds the First Runner Up title from the Jenny Lee Tassel Twirling. Miss Indigo founded BurlyQ Queer Cabaret in 2002, which now has outcroppings in New York and London and is the founder and Headmistress of the Academy of Burlesque in Seattle which was featured in the documentary film, A Wink and a Smile (directed by Deirdre Timmons, Golden Echo Films). We look forward to what she has in store for the festival! For more about Miss Indigo check out her website.”
“The Shanghai Pearl is The Tantalizing Temptress from Taipei and Princess of Pulchritude! She infuses traditional bump and grind with her signature Shanghai sweetness. Her range is broad; spanning the burlesque gamut from tantalizing tongue in cheek tease to irreverent vaudevillian vignettes. Always entertaining and full of sizzling striptease, her moxie and bravado is not to be missed! Catch her on the Libertease stage and allow her to Shanghai your heart! Website.”
Miss Indigo did a GOR-geous feather fan number and I have to say, it one of the most musical burlesque numbers I’ve seen! Thank you for restoring my faith in quality of musical movement within the Burlesque scene!!!! Shanghai had on a jaw-droppingly beautiful, hot pink, feather boa, and if I find a picture of it, I’ll post it! She has a raw, classy sex appeal about her that admire; if I were in the burlesque scene more, I think this is a persona that I’d like to take on. Speaking of which – what would be your burlesque persona?
All of the acrobatic numbers in the show were great. My favorite was Nich Galzin on his German Wheel. Here’s a video of his number. Not only was it a beautiful number, but it was perfectly spaced in the show. Extra points for doing the number on a much smaller stage than the one in that video! Ladies, it’s totally worth a look, he’s a hottie with a body. * grin
Most of the numbers in the show were really well done, but the one that made my heart smile and freakin’ touched my Performance Soul was a number by Lady Rizo. What can I say; I think she’s the bee’s knees. Frack, it was soooooo awesome. Ok ok ok….first and foremost, she had the most RI-DIC-ulous dress on. It was a black, tiered dress with fading sparkles on the tiers. Buggar, I know I’m doing a crappy job explaining what this stunning dress looked like, so mark my words when I say I’ll find it and post a picture on it. I love it so much that I am going to save up and buy one for myself and wear it to Lindy Focus for New Years. OMG, I’m sure it’s going to cost me an arm and a leg; hahah, I’ll probably choke once I figure out how expensive it was. Gaaahhhh…
Ok, so STUNNING dress and an equally marvelous voice. But it wasn’t just her voice that impressed me, it was her attitude behind it. Man, she’s sassy, and frankly, I’d love to sass people up and down the way she did! On top of that, I felt like she connected with the audience and lured us in. Her number brought the house down. It was….one of the all time great singing performances I’ve seen. In fact, I now want to learn to sing after seeing this number. GAD, it was so goood (no, that’s not a typo).
I know! Right?
Ok, last video. Here are highlights from Week 2 of the Moisture Festival:
My parents saw the guy doing the shaving cream act and thought it was hilarious!
Hike up your skirts and let’s see those high kicks! The Can Can is a high-energy and physically demanding music hall dance, traditionally performed by a chorus line of female dancers who wear costumes with long skirts, petticoats, and black stockings. The main features of the dance are the lifting up and manipulation of the skirts, with high kicking and suggestive, provocative body movements. For more history about the dance, go here!
If you are planning on attending this class, please bring a skirt or a dress you can easily lift up with you (hahah, and bring appropriate underwear too!). Preferably you’ll want a long, full circle skirt, but a short circle skirt will do. If you don’t own any skirts, now is a great time to buy one OR you can borrow a t-shirt from your largest guy friend and wear that! Even if you don’t have a skirt, dress, or big t-shirt to lift up, you can still come and learn the most important thing: how to Can Can!
This French CanCan comes from a compilation film of Music Hall acts made in the UK in 1943. It has never been sold on DVD or VHS as far as I know and has only been shown on TV once in the last 20 years.