The Stage Door Johnnies: Post-BHoF Recap

Stage Door Johnnies: Post-BHoF Recap

After a phenomenal appearance at the Burlesque Hall of Fame Weekend 2013, the universally admired and adored Stage Door Johnnies - Bazuka Joe, Ray Gunn and Jett Adore - had a post-Weekend chat with me, explaining the hard work and planning behind each performance and...

Jo Weldon Interviews Dixie Evans

Jo Weldon Interviews Dixie Evans

I visited with Dixie Evans in June of this year. It was the first time I'd gotten to see her since her stroke. She was in a very comfortable recovery center, in a house rather than a facility. When I arrived she was asleep in...

Laurie Hagen (Part One.)

Interview: Laurie Hagen (Part One.)

Laurie Hagen is, hands down, one of the most multi-talented, endearing, dedicated and creative women I have ever met, with an inspiring story to tell. When I first saw Laurie Hagen perform, years ago now, I knew I had seen something very special, and I...

INTERVIEW: LouLou D'vil (Reigning Queen of Burlesque 2013)

INTERVIEW: LouLou D’vil

LouLou D'vil, a fabulous Finn who embodies the golden age of classic striptease, was crowned Miss Exotic World 2013, the Reigning Queen of Burlesque on Saturday, June 1st at the Burlesque Hall of Fame Weekend. I have enjoyed spending more time with LouLou recently,...

INTERVIEW: Melody Sweets

INTERVIEW: Melody Sweets

I am pleased to present an interview with the beautiful, charming and incredibly talented Melody Sweets.  I finally got the chance to see Melody perform live in 2011, when I was invited to see the smash hit show Absinthe with other Burlesque Hall of Fame...

Part Three: Race and Burlesque - The Interviews

Part Three: Race and Burlesque – The Interviews

Here is the final part of the Race and Burlesque: The Curious Case of the Performer of Colour interviews. Conducted by Chocolat the Extraordinaire. (Click on the performer names to visit their websites.) The Shanghai Pearl What drew you to burlesque? I was always drawn to old pornographic...

Part Two: Race and Burlesque - The Interviews

Part Two: Race and Burlesque – The Interviews

Here is Part Two of the full Race and Burlesque: The Curious Case of the Performer of Colour interviews. Conducted by Chocolat the Extraordinaire. (Click on the performer names to visit their websites.) Sydni Deveraux What drew you to burlesque? Why did you start performing? I found burlesque...

Part One: Race and Burlesque - The Interviews

Part One: Race and Burlesque – The Interviews

Your response to last week's special feature, Race and Burlesque: The Curious Case of the Performer of Colour, has been amazing, and you can now read the full interviews with the contributing performers. Conducted by Chocolat the Extraordinaire. (Click on the performer names to visit...

INTERVIEW: Miss Polly Rae

INTERVIEW: Miss Polly Rae

Over the past five years, my regard for Polly Rae has progressed from awareness, to interest, to hesitation, to respect, to a growing friendship and affection. I first saw Polly and the Hurly Burly Girlys in action at the Soho Revue Bar in 2007, but...