Monday, May 24, 2010

All the News That's Fit to Strip

It is not uncommon for celebrities to start other businesses such as clothing lines, fragrances and restaurants. The latest celebrity to diversify maybe Rhianna. Sources indicate that together, with Jay Z, the young singer maybe the face of a new chain of burlesque clubs:

"Jay thinks she has the perfect image to get into the club scene. All the top bods reckon she’s smoking hot. They’re desperate to make her the face and body of a new burlesque chain. Jay sees it as a great business opportunity."

In other news...

French Actor Mathieu Amalric's new film Tournee tells the tale of a business man returning to Paris from America with a troupe of burlesque dancers from New York City. Featuring real burly-queens such as Julie Atlas Muz and Dirty Martini, the film was recently screened at the Cannes Film Festival.

It's the most wonderful time of the year; time for the Burlesque Hall of Fame Weekend. Announcements revealing the finalists for the Saturday competition were released last week. See if your favorites made the cut.

Lesley Zemekis' Behind the Burly Q explores the history of burlesque during its golden age. Kevin Thomas for the LA Times reviews it here.

A reporter in Ireland transforms into a burlesque starlet and explores Dublin's growing scene.

Black Box Burlesque in Denver has a brand new show and a brand new moniker: BurlyCute: A Naughty Vaudeville, opens at the Denver Crossroads Theater. Featuring Cora Vette and Vivienne Vavoom, the variety show also includes torch singers and comedy.

"Queen of Fire Tassels," Satan's Angel is still twirling after 40 years. Locals in Hollywood were able to see her fiery act last week at Monday Night Tease.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Video of the Week

Christina Aguilera's newest burlesque-inspired video.

Monday, May 10, 2010

All the News That's Fit to Strip

She's written books, created her own line of stockings and so much more, so now is Dita Von Teese thinking of having her own clothing line? There is a possibility, but don't expect the line to duplicates of the clothes already in her closet. She said:

"I might like to, but I would be very careful about how I went about it. Because I feel like I wouldn't want to just go into my closet and knock off my favorite designers. feel like a lot of celebrities do that. They're, like, 'I'm going to have a clothing line, and meanwhile it's, like, 'Oh, you really loved that Dior suit you borrowed! You loved it so much you knocked it off.'"

In other news...

Rumor has it Rihanna might launch a series of burlesque-themed nightclubs.

Christina Aguilera's Not Myself Tonight video inspired by burlesque.

New burlesque movie, Behind the Burly Q explores the art form beyond the stripteasers to include musicians, crew and variety acts. And the reviews keep rolling in.

The Seattle Erotic Arts Festival celebrated its eight year with three days of performances, workshops and parties including performances by Indigo Blue, Waxie Moon, Dirty Martini and others.