steamy hot July, the Rumpus Revue brings you a special gun-totin',
whore-hoppin', singin' and dancin' and steer-ropin' hour of vaudeville,
variety and half naked women.
The Wild and Wily West Welcomes Won and Wwww… ALL to… The Mr. Snapper and Mr. Buddy Rumpus Revue in Ten-Gallon Giggles
Snapper, a ukulele playing songster, and his silent foil, Buddy, are
your hosts, making a barely capable attempt at maintaining order as the
libidinous passions of a group of ragtag performers rage wildly out of
With.....................Jacob Smith as Pistachio the Mime
Burlesque...............by Red Snapper and Scarlet O'Keljus
The King of Fling......Jack Dagger
Magic....................by Phil Van Tee
Music....................by Jim Martyka
Special Appearance...by Jeremy Gayhorse
And the Craigslist WIldcard!
Wed. July 25th. Doors open at 8:00. Show begins at 8:30. About an hour long.
Theatre Asylum 6320 Santa Monica Blvd, Hollywood, CA A block West of Santa Monica and Vine
$10 AT THE DOOR. $10 ON LINE. tickets.snapperbuddy.com BYOB!!!!
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I just finished my first corset today. It took a little longer than I expected because there was a chunk of hand sewing involved. Here's a photo of the back (modeled over my lime green track pants).
I made a mock-up from a commercial pattern and followed the instructions closely. I'll make adjustments to the next one I make for myself, making the front and rear a little longer. I'm creating a skirt to wear just beneath the edge of this corset, so I don't mind where it rides.
In the rear view, you can see the modesty panel I made. It's attached to both sides so I don't have to worry about wriggling a modesty panel into place to cover exposed skin, and I don't have to worry about eating one too many cheeseburgers. (I didn't adjust it in a mirror before taking the photo, and Andrew didn't know that it needed adjusting when I handed him my camera.) The grommets (size 0) are a tiny bit bigger than the ones on my corset by Anastasia von Teaserhausen, and the cord is a bit silkier than the cord on my other corset. This means it's easier to unlace and wriggle out of the corset, but it also means that it loosened between the time I put it on and we snapped the photo. I may replace the cord with something more like my other corset, but this color was just too awesome. I have a few months before I intend to use the corset in a number, giving me time to get awesome cord that matches and holds.
From the front, you can see the fancy binding I used on the edges, a wonderful showgirl leftover I got from a fellow dancer backstage a couple years ago. The fabric on the outside of the corset was an absolute bitch to work with because it shifted so much when I was sewing. I knew it would shift since I used the same fabric on a dress. (This is the taffeta I ordered from Shanghai via eBay. Pretty but awful to work with and pretty damn sheer.) The corset isn't as cinched as it could be, if only I had better cord. Also in the photo: a discontinued bra by What Katie Did, my green track pants, and Buster's butt and ear.
I learned a lot from this experience. For my next corset on my self-imposed internship, I'm making one for a man. I'm also tackling a couple more underbust corsets (including another one or two for myself) before moving onto overbust corsets.
I've blogged about laser hair removal a couple times, but I've answered questions about it a few times in the past couple weeks. Here's some nitty gritty on what it's really like in the chair.
I had my underarms done with a LightSheer Duet laser. There are no lotions or creams used to make the area more conductive. The hand piece seems to suction up a chunk of flesh and heats it (equivalent to a sunburn but each area takes seconds). I could smell the hair burning. It takes maybe five minutes from walking into the treatment room to walking out after treatment. It's very fast and efficient.
I had my, ahem, good time done with a Palomar Starlux laser. They use aloe gel for conductivity. (I suggest you wear loose clothing and plan for a restroom stop after the procedure because they can get excessive with the gel, and they don't always give you enough paper towels to mop it all up before you dress.) This laser feels like being popped with tiny rubber bands one at a time. I counted 127 pulses for my entire area on one visit. I couldn't smell the hair burning but I will have to go back for more visits than I purchased in my discount deal. It takes about ten minutes for the entire procedure, then another five to mop off half a bottle of aloe gel. I think this is the method I'll have done for my legs because I can't stand the smell of burning hair.
Unlike waxing, you don't have to let the hair grow out before getting laser hair removal. I always shave before my laser treatment. I do let some hair grow in after the treatment if I can, and remove the dead hair that's passing through the shafts with double-sided tape. Exfoliating helps loosen dead hair shafts so the hair comes out easier.
The procedure was done by nurses in both offices, and my willingness to have a male nurse at one of the businesses gave me more scheduling possibilities.
I cannot recommend this procedure enough for those who hate shaving, who travel and find shaving inconvenient, and for those who just want to get rid of dark hair in a few places.
This is a team building year for the Snappers. We're finally acting like adults in our personal lives, taking care of some debt we accrued in college and for our first few years in Los Angeles. This means we're working smarter and wasting less time and effort than we did during my first two years in burlesque. Less one-off numbers, less buying costume supplies without a shopping list and winding up with too much, less last-minute ideas for theme shows. Being fiscally responsible also means less travel, less festivals, less touring.
I've been working on acts in my self-imposed time in my city. I have a project list on my wall so I can focus on things. I've been learning new sewing and hairstyling techniques. I'm using up leftover fabric and staying busy by making garments here and there. I'm researching and planning for future acts. I have to stay busy so I don't lose my mind and so I become a better performer.
My mind rarely shuts off. I'm constantly thinking about how to be more innovative, how to improve some aspect of performance, how to entertain the audience even more. I read when I can't sew. Right now I'm reading Do More Great Work, a book that has "maps" (worksheets) to figure out different aspects of how to do great work. In the swirling thoughts of my mind, I was trying to figure out how to know more, do more, be more as an entertainer. (Sometimes I get stuck thinking instead of actually working on things. It's one of my weaknesses. This is how I go through an existential crisis.) The maps are helping. They help me organize my thinking into something useful, making it so I can put those thoughts into action. I find things to do so I can work at the top of my game, so I can do great work.
I know some of my readers have to deal with their own existential crises as performers and as people. That's all part of growing up. It's important not to get too stuck in the crisis. You have to keep moving. Get busy. Organize your thoughts. Try to work at your best as much as possible, and fake it when you're just not feeling it. Take the team building time that's been handed to you and use it to yield the greatest output.
I've been performing for just over thirty years. I've written, directed, acted, produced, designed, cast, sang and danced for audiences. I've also worked as a vocal coach, won an award for theatre critiques, and I've been teaching dance since 2007. I have a good understanding of what entertains an audience, and what helps an audience follow an abbreviated story told on stage. In burlesque, we often have less than five minutes to take them on a journey of discovery, exploration, realization and celebration. The time limit necessitates shortcuts, and sometimes important story bits get slashed out of the tale.
I work with students privately in Los Angeles on telling the abbreviated story in their striptease without sacrificing the audience's understanding and enjoyment of the acts. It usually takes three to five sessions to shape the act and get it stage ready (concept to execution), and there's always feedback to implement and homework to do between sessions. This has made it impossible for me to offer act review on the road; there just isn't the time available to fit in all the needed sessions and the homework for my students to get the best value for their money. (Doing the homework between sessions gives you the most bang for your buck.) I couldn't do act review of anyone outside of LA because of these restrictions.
Here's how it works:
Fill out this questionnaire about yourself and your act. Include a private YouTube link to current video footage of the act that needs tweaking. Once your evaluation fee of $20 is received, your act will be reviewed.
Based on your questionnaire and the video footage you sent, you will receive a written evaluation of your act. You will get feedback on what works really well, what needs improvement, and suggestions of how to make those improvements so your act tells the story you want your audience to see.
After working on the act, fill out this progress questionnaire. Include a private YouTube link to latest video footage of the act. Once your progress evaluation fee of $15 is received, your act will be reviewed.
Based on your progress questionnaire and video footage, you will receive a fresh evaluation of your act. You can repeat steps 3 and 4 until the act is ready.
Send a final video of the performance for my personal viewing and gratification. No evaluation fee necessary.
A few words about your act:
The act can be in any state. It can be an act you've been doing for years. It can be a brand-new act that's seen the stage once. It can be an act concept and a few moves you think will work. The important thing about the act is that you are open to feedback on the act.
The video footage can be from a stage performance or from your living room. As long as I can see everything you're trying to do on the screen (so don't walk out of frame for the most important part), that's fine. The reason I ask for private YouTube links is so that your work in progress isn't available publicly until you are ready for a public viewing.
To get the ball rolling, I'm taking FIVE remote act review students AT NO CHARGE for the month of July. (The purchase option won't be available in my class options until the five students have been selected OR August 1, 2012.) If you'd like to participate, go fill out the first form now.