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November 6, 2012

photos by Brian Russ

Hurricane Sandy
Hurricane Sandy

As Lola Star, who designed that "Coney Island Forever" graphic you see above points out, volunteers are still needed in Sandy-devastated Coney Island (maybe you're there today?). If you're working this week, you can head there this weekend:

Help Coney Island -- VOLUNTEER
SAT NOV 10TH & SUNDAY NOV 11TH 9AM - 5PM

Meet on the Boardwalk & STILLWELL AVE
at TOMS RESTAURANT [which is back open]

Wear warm clothes! Wear sturdy footwear or boots, and bring work gloves!
Bring your own flashlight (with extra batteries), a backpack, and snacks/water for yourself for the day.

Donation requests to help with Saturday's work:
-- Power strips
-- Extra flashlights
-- Outdoor brooms

Please note that bathroom access on site will be very limited.
No RSVP required
You can refer to MTA.info for latest transit updates. Carpooling and biking are encouraged.
Please forward this to all of your networks.
Organized by the New York City Economic Development Corporation, Brooklyn Community Board 13, Astella Development Corporation, and the Coney Island Development Corporation, & The Coney Island Dancers.

Alteratively, you can sign up now to help clean up Coney Island on Saturday.

Meanwhile bring your donations of nonperishable goods, individually wrapped sandwiches, toilet paper, baby formula, diapers, blankets, outerwear and baby clothes to Coney Island's FEMA station which is now located at The Shrine Church of Our Lady Of Solace at 2866 West 17th Street, Brooklyn, New York 11224.

And donate to help the aquarium get back on its feet. As discussed, the aquarium was flooded very badly.

If you're a Coney Island resident wondering where to vote today, check HERE (you might need to take a shuttle bus).

We previously posted a set of pictures taken in Coney Island right after the hurricane. Here's another set of pics by Brian Russ (who is in Brooklyn band backwords who are streaming their most recent album and playing Glasslands 1/18 with Gringo Star and Radical Dads). More below...

Continue reading "more Hurricane Sandy pictures from Coney Island (where they still need our help -- donations & volunteers accepted)"

October 29, 2012

Dita Von Teese

Dita Von Teese is scheduled to play four Halloween-time burlesque shows at NYC's Gramercy Theater on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday...

Latest Strip Strip Hooray NYC update: if you have tickets for the Oct 30th show, that may be moved to Thursday, November 1st to a late night 2nd show. More updates coming, but this looks like our best solution due to the storm and transportation issues for ticket holders. I will confirm this sometime tomorrow.
xx
Tomorrow is today. We're standing by. Meanwhile, check ticketmaster for tickets.

UPDATE: Tuesday's show is cancelled, and a 2nd show on Thursday has been added. Dita says:

Like other NYC shows, tomorrow's StripStripHooray! show is cancelled. Tix will be refunded & we are adding a 2nd show on Thursday night, so I will be posting that link soon. Unfortunately, you must buy new tickets for that show. More info to come, stay tuned & stay safe! VIP Meet & Greet ticketholders will be contacted individually by phone.
And then she said:
Http://Teese.us/4x to buy tickets for Thursday's makeup show.
I know that many of you will find reasons to be angry about the cancellation, but all the shows are closing, plus we have no choice because there is no power and no transportation for people trying to make it to the shows. (Not to mention no tech rehearsals!) The good news is that right now, you can get good tickets for the Tuesday show if you act fast...plus it's our last show, so it will be the wildest one! We promise!
Thank you for understanding.
Meanwhile, I am here playing UNO by candlelight at my hotel with friends.
Looking forward to basking in the pink spotlight!
Xx
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Continue reading "Dita Von Teese may do some rescheduling (UPDATE: one show cancelled, one show addeded) "

September 27, 2012

Dita Von Teese

Most people get dressed up for Halloween but burlesque superstar Dita Von Teese will be taking it off for a three night stand at Gramercy Theatre on Oct. 30 - Nov. 1. The show, titled "Burlesque: Strip Strip Hooray" is being MC'd by Murray Hill and also features Dirty Martini, Catherine D'Lish, Selene Luna, Perle Noire and Monsieur Romeo. Tickets are on sale now.

If you're a Top Chef fan, you may have seen Dita (who turns 40 on Friday [9/28]) recently on Top Chef Masters where she turned host Curtis Stone into a giggling schoolboy and displayed serious food knowledge as well. You can watch that clip below.

Meanwhile, for all your burlesque needs, head to the Bell House for the 10th Annual New York Burlesque Festival starting tonight (9/27).

Continue reading "Dita Von Teese's "Burlesque: Strip Strip Hooray" coming to NYC during Halloween; Burlesque Fest @ Bell House meanwhile starts tonight"

June 25, 2012

photos by Sachyn Mital

Mermaid Parade 2012

The 2012 Mermaid Parade saw another set of folks in various degrees of nakedness make their way down Surf Ave and the boardwalk this Saturday (6/23). Here are some pictures from the day's festivities. More below....

Continue reading "pics from the 2012 Mermaid Parade in Coney Island"

June 22, 2012

Mermaid Parade 2010 (more by Chris La Putt)
Mermaid Parade

No need to wait for Sunday's Gay Pride Parade to experience colorfully and barely dressed people marching down a NYC street in front of thousands of spectators. Saturday (6/23) is the annual Mermaid Parade in Coney Island. The parade starts at 2 PM on West 22nd St. between Surf Ave. and the Boardwalk, but get there earlier for a good spot (and don't forget to leave time for the long subway ride).

This year's king and queen are comedian Jackie "The Joke Man" Martling (Howard Stern Show) and actress Annabella Sciorra (Jungle Fever, True Love).

As always, the parade will be followed by the Mermaid Ball, which starts at 7 PM at the New York Aquarium. This year's ball features a Moby DJ set and live sets by The A Bones, Labretta Suede and the Motel 6 and The Moto-Wrays, in addition to this year's king Jackie Martling performing in the Aquatheater, burlesque dancers, go go dancers, "real live mermaids," a laser light show tent and more. Tickets for the ball are available.

Meanwhile, Friday Night Fireworks on Coney Island have begun and will continue every Friday (including tonight) through August 31. "For the best seating, locate yourself on the boardwalk or beach between West 10th Street and West 15th Street." The flier for this is below.

More Mermaid Parade details below...

Continue reading "Mermaid Parade and afterparty in Coney Island this Saturday, fireworks on the boardalk every Friday"

December 22, 2009

Yule A Go Go

Finally the Ol' Yule Log has something to get hot about: Imagine your 48 inch flat screen filled with the Yule Log's flickering flames and thirteen beautiful women dancing burlesque to twelve newly recorded Go-Go-tastic versions of your favorite holiday classics: It's the instant holiday party maker. Yule A Go-Go is, without a doubt, an original holiday release. The two disc set: DVD and music only CD are packaged in a double embossed designer box featuring red, silver and green foil - it's a holiday gift, wrapped to go. It's the perfect stocking stuffer! Yule A Go-Go is a classy, tasteful production from start to finish. It is classic burlesque: As we like to say "PG-13 for Pasties and G-strings and 13 hot ladies" appropriate for any adult party. All our beautifully costumed dancers are professional burlesque dancers with many of them being multiple award winners. Our original music arrangements are by Brian "The Fisherman" Lease; a staple in the Burlesque / Lounge and Tiki worlds. Like a well-seasoned Maple, Yule A Go-Go will supply the heat for any holiday party. With a mix of the classic Yule log, classic burlesque and classic holiday songs, Yule A Go Go is destined to become a holiday classic. Includes: -Continuous party loop! -Fireplace only option (for when the parents swing by) -Special Effects! -Behind the Scenes! -Performer photos & bios -13 saucy ladies -12 song cd -collectors box
I guarantee this DVD will be the hit of your (non-prudish) holiday party and if you've ever seen any burlesque in NYC you're bound to recognize some of the many local ladies' names. Check out a video preview with full tracklist (and performer list) below...

Continue reading "the yule log + burlesque = Yule a Go Go (get it on DVD) "

September 27, 2009

photos by Tim Griffin

Lucha VaVOOM

Between matches we were treated to a bit of burlesque, all of it wonderful, but I am proud to say that at the end of the day the girls from New York outshone their Los Angeles counterparts with audacity and grit.

During the intermission, L.A.-based Lux LaCroix--who had earlier in the evening made her star turn doing a reversedrag striptease as a Purple Rain-era Prince -- told me, "New York burlesque is more performance art, L.A. is more rockabilly."

This made little sense coming from a girl sporting a Zorro moustache. Fortunately, in this case, the "performance art" was local gogo heroes the Wau Wau Sisters, whose trapeze act set to a Guns 'N Roses song featured not only death-defying stunts but also a giant baggie filled with drugs. Never let it be said that I am not an appreciator of fine art.

By the end of the night there had been enough high-flying grappling, giant Day-Glo insects, booby-shaking and gender-bending to satisfy even purists like myself, and certainly the curiosity seekers had something to text each other about on their way back to the L train. [NY Press]

LA's Lucha VaVOOM visited Webster Hall last Sunday (9/20). More pictures from the show, below...

Continue reading "Lucha VaVOOM (wrestling, comedy & burlesque) came to Webster Hall in NYC - pics (NSFW)"

September 19, 2009

Lucha VaVOOM

Mexican Masked Wrestling + Burlesque + Comedy

Lucha VaVOOM is a non-stop, action-packed scream-a-thon, where Mexican Masked wrestlers flip and fly, performing breathtaking acrobatic feats. It's good vs. evil played out in a one fall, Lucha Libre exhibition-style match for maximum enjoyment.

In between matches, the finest, handpicked burlesque acts from around the world astound us; at Lucha VaVOOM, we like a little sexo with our violencia. Raucous aerial acts, Pogo-stick peelers, hula-hoop hotties; we've got it all.

But wait there's more! Our color commentary is handled by comedians Tom Kenny, Dana Gould and Blaine Capatch. Other guest commentators include Fred Armisen, Brian Poussein, Patton Oswalt, Jeffrey Ross, Chris Hardwick and Bobcat Goldthwait. Even Jack Black sat in, proclaiming "Lucha VaVOOM is the sh*t!

Lucha VaVOOM sounds like a good time, and Lucha VaVOOM visits NYC Sunday night (9/20). The show is at Webster Hall and tickets are still available, and I have two pairs of them to giveaway. The flyer with more details and the exact lineup, and a promo video, are below...

Continue reading "Lucha VaVOOM is Mexican Masked Wrestling + Burlesque + Comedy. Sunday night it's @ Webster Hall (win tix) "

June 29, 2009

New York Burlesque Festival

The 7th Annual New York Burlesque Festival will be taking place Thursday, October 1st to Sunday October 4th. Festival venues include the Bell House, BB King's and Le Poisson Rouge.

The fest is being organized by NYC burlesque aces the Pontani Sisters (who performed June 25th at Santos) and Thirsty Girl Productions' Jen Gapay. Applications are currently being accepted for performers.

Three day VIP passes are on sale now. More info, with a video trailer of the 2008 fest, below...

Continue reading "NY Burlesque Festival (Oct 1-4, 2009)"

June 5, 2009

Cirque yes

More info on the Brooklyn show @ the websites of Lady Circus & Fuct.

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