Monthly Archives: June 2008

R.I.P. Cyd Charisse

It’s a sad day in the dance community, with news of the death of “beautiful dynamite” Cyd Charisse.

From the International Herald Tribune:
Cyd Charisse, the leggy beauty whose balletic grace made her a memorable partner for Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly in classic MGM musicals like … Read More

History: Betsy Holland on 1940’s Vaudeville

The following is a wonderful story by Betsy Holland Gehman, vaudevillian and Broadway chorus girl (and Princess Farhana’s mom). It’s a glimpse of her experience working in the waning vaudeville circuit in the 1940’s.
My many thanks to Princess Farhana and Augusta for allowing me … Read More

MEW 2008 Pageant Reports (LV Weekly and Daily Fiasco)

The word of the weekend was “underboob”.
Somehow in Vegas, city of sin and beacon of debauchery, excess and immodesty, a burlesque show of all things was censored this weekend. Never mind that there are strip clubs every five hundred feet, including all nude joints where … Read More

New York Burlesque Festival

The 6th annual NYBF is coming up fast! September 18-21, 2008.

Application deadline for performers: July 1st! See the site for more details, including photos and other info from previous years.

Video: Little Brooklyn “Lotion”

Oh yeah!
(Thanks to Roxy Shocks for the tip.)

Photos from MEW 2008

Here are some fan boy/girl moments from my account (photos mostly taken by Indiana Jake/Mister d’Meanor...

News Roundup

1) Canada’s SexTV channel will be premiering an original documentary on the Miss Exotic World Pageant, entitled: “Bump and Grind: The Making of a Burlesque Diva”. It features five (unnamed) performers from their hometowns, making their way to Vegas for the competition, as well as … Read More

Musings on MEW

It has been a whirlwind weekend! So much so that after two after party nights/mornings in a row, we couldn’t even make it to any of the Sunday day events before driving home. (On the plus side, we got to visit an old friend of … Read More

Fishnet Follies Photos!

Initial photos now uploaded to my Flickr account.
Start here:

MEW 2008 Winners

I am so very happy to have witnessed such a wonderfully varied show! Big kudos to all the hardworking and seriously entertaining competitors– especially despite the delays, crazy bursts of wind and last-minute limitations on what could and could not be shown of the female … Read More