My apartment looks like shit right now.
It looks like a glitter-crusted monster came stomping through it with the sole intention of throwing clothing and shoes everywhere in a state of iced coffee-induced ecstasy and once exhausted from the havoc wreaking, barfed up sewing supplies, laundry, and dust bunnies across three rooms.
My mother would be tsk-tsking and shaking her head at the state of my home is what I’m saying. It’s gross. My house is so covered in fabric remnants and bits of burlesque shit that my poor lupus-afflicted, roided-out geriatric cat, Moki, had this situation happening last night:
I swear, SWEAR, that we didn’t put that bit of feather there. It got stuck under her nose and then she ate it right after this picture was taken.
But who has time to not be a secret slob? Not me. Not me. (And go ahead and judge me, by the way. The fact that I’m sitting here writing this and not dealing with the pile of unfolded laundry that’s been sitting on my couch for three days is not lost on me. I don’t wanna. I just don’t wanna. So fuck that laundry. We’ll wear through the pile eventually.) Normally, when my life gets this hectic it’s due to a barrage of costume work that has me taking anger breaks to morosely stare at evidence of other people’s fun on Facebook before I go back to hunching over my sewing machine and cursing. (I love what I do, but there’s a certain amount of pissed-offedness that’s essential to the work. Ask any designer, seamstress, draper, pattern maker. They’re a grumpy bunch. And a vindictive bunch. Be nice to the people who make you look good, people. Years in the theatre have provided me with stories that will make you clench your ass cheeks in discomfort.) There’s been a fair share of that lately — but hey! life improvement!– I’ve actually been doing some fun stuff, too.
Like taking a road trip to St. Louis with my gal pal, May Oui, to perform at the Show-Me Burlesque Festival. We were only there for one night because May has a real job, but it was super duper fun. Especially the part where we got 4 hours of sleep before getting up at 5:30 AM to drive back to Chicago in time for May to get to work. But really, we had so much fun we hardly noticed. The five hour drive there went by in a flash (funny, how that can work out when you’re in a car with people you really like.) The bulk of the time was spent in swerve-inducing giggle fits thanks to this internet meme. (My husband does the the Derp voice the best. He had practice, though. Apparently drinking and looking at shit on the internet was all he did at Playboy. God rest it’s Chicago-based soul.) A reference, out of nowhere, to Kenny Rodgers prompted the creation of this variation when we got back home. (We’re dorks, ok? Not even nerds. Dorks. It’s best you realize that now.)
And you know you have a real friend when they’re willing to feed you cheetoes while you drive. We made it there with just enough time to throw our shit into the hotel room, sigh over the pool we didn’t have time to swim in, throw some gyros into our faces, and get to the venue to find a corner to get ready in. This great shot was the result, though:
Taken by Virginia Harold at The Coliseum
Everyone in the St. Louis burlesque scene was SO friendly and awesome. I wanted to just lay them all out on my bed and make a big comfort, love, cuddle, awesome, sexy blanket out of them to sleep in. (What? Is that weird, or something?) Here’s a few of them awesome folks: Nadine Du Bois. Damn, that lady is fab. Mister Junior. Check this guy out, please. His number was so killer that May was compelled to actually run back stage immediately after he finished to high five him. Whiskey Kiss. Awesome number. Fantastic, friendly lady. Dewey De Cimalle had me slapping May on the arm in delight. Kind of hard. Queenie Von Curves, Victoria Deville … oh, there’s too many. Too many. See?
That’s a fuck ton of sexy, right there.
It was a great array of talent with inspiring approaches to the art form. I loved it. Lola van Ella and Sammich the Tramp, producers of the festival, were warm and welcoming, and super fun and sexy on stage. I can’t wait to get back to see more of them. And they ran a brilliant show with a Johnny-on-the-spot stage crew. I can not say enough good things about Blue Barber, the stage manager. Solid. That’s just a smidgy little bit. We only saw one night. I can only imagine how fantastic the rest of the festival was.
And our performance was pretty good, too.
Oh! And Clownvis. Clownvis!! CLOWNVIS!!!!!! Holy fuck balls. I love him. I want to have his sneering clown babies.
And, apparently, so does May.