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Friday, April 8, 2016

Hula-Hoop Performer Revolva (And Others) Put Ageism and Sexism on Notice in BroadMinded

Posted By on Fri, Apr 8, 2016 at 8:30 AM

Revolva - LEELA
  • Leela
  • Revolva
Monica Bellucci in Spectre notwithstanding, ageism is rampant in Hollywood. And unlike the equally discriminatory Silicon Valley, in film, it's directed almost exclusively toward women. (Witness the 37-year-old Maggie Gyllenhaal being told she was too old to play the romantic interest of a 55-year-old male lead last year.) It makes a gymnast's career arc look rosy by comparison.

So to hear about a show at Beatbox that features the talent of women over 40 — even up to their early 70s — should encourage anyone who suspected they were approaching their expiration date no matter how vital they looked and felt. Hula hooper, performer, and activist Revolva will exit her 30s on the night of April 22, and to own her mathematical age the same way she's owned her body's skills, she's put together a variety show as part of the weekly Red Hots Burlesque that's filled with badass women — including a 58-year-old belly dancer and a 72-year-old showgirl — called BroadMinded.

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Friday, October 9, 2015

Oddville, An Art Show Celebrating All Things Bizarre, Is Accepting Submissions

Posted By on Fri, Oct 9, 2015 at 11:30 AM

EZRA CROFT
  • Ezra Croft
Ezra Croft aims to challenge your conception of art shows.

For many people, the words “art show” conjure up an image a bunch of people in formalwear walking around drinking white wine and making snooty comments about $800 paintings.

Brought to you by the same guy who put on the Christopher Walken-inspired art show last year and the Nicolas Cage-themed art show in February 2014, “Oddville: A Celebration of the Awesomely Strange” is an art show designed to show you “stuff that’s really weird, but in a fun way.”

“We’re trying to turn art shows on their head,” Croft said. “I just want it to be bizarre.”

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Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Fishnet Follies' Wild Women Make Our Tassels Spin

Posted By on Wed, Oct 17, 2012 at 9:30 AM

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Call us throwbacks, but we like our burlesque traditional. It's not that we necessarily mind a striptease to Florence and the Machine's "Girl with One Eye" performed by a gal wearing a demon mask and blood-stained nightie, or that we aren't titillated by a political yet sultry reenactment of the BP oil spill in the Gulf (both acts we've seen in S.F. this year), but nothing floats our boat quite like a lady who can captivate an audience for two solid minutes simply by removing her silk glove.

See also:

Video of the Day: Dance Choreographed to Erotica

Sheila Addison, Burlesque Professor: Striptease 'Impacts Her Teaching,' University Says

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Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Bands, Burlesque, and Skee-Ball, Oh My!

Posted By on Wed, Oct 10, 2012 at 9:30 AM

HANNA QUEVEDO
  • Hanna Quevedo

The great thing about living in San Francisco is you never run out of things to do. I'm not just talking about Fleet Week and America's Cup type things -- what really makes a city interesting are the nooks and crannies. It's those little morsels of culture that you couldn't find anywhere else, and we've got one coming up soon with the Rock 'N' Roll Carnival, presented by Broke-Ass Stuart, Tricycle Records, and Public Works.

See also:

San Francisco Best New Venue: Public Works

Loving the Nighlife in San Francisco

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Friday, August 3, 2012

Photo of the Day: Save a Horse ...

Posted By on Fri, Aug 3, 2012 at 8:30 AM

HANNA QUEVEDO
  • Hanna Quevedo

Ride a...something.

Last Friday the Red Hots Burlesque group put on a spectacular performance at El Rio Nightclub in the Mission. Red Hots Burlesque offers a different show every Wednesday and Friday at this venue.

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Friday, June 29, 2012

Queer Rebels of the Harlem Renaissance: The Dream Will Not Be Deferred

Posted By on Fri, Jun 29, 2012 at 3:30 AM

Kirya Traber
  • Kirya Traber

Maybe when you think of the '20s all you see are long cigarettes, fringe, and flappers, but it was a time fraught with rampant racism and severe economic depression. Despite (and perhaps because of) the conditions, the Harlem Renaissance emerged -- a period of cultural and intellectual flourishing in which the Black experience in America was brought forward, and the emergent literary, artistic, and social responses laid the groundwork for the Civil Rights Era.

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Thursday, April 19, 2012

Tassles, Breasts, Slapstick, and Hangover Cures: Tease-o-Rama Invades S.F. This Weekend

Posted By on Thu, Apr 19, 2012 at 12:00 PM

Catherine D'Lish redefines mixology. - JO WELDON
  • Jo Weldon
  • Catherine D'Lish redefines mixology.

Tease-O-Rama hasn't quite yet reached Santacon-like ubiquity in San Francisco, where one might stumble upon a confused and drunk burlesque performer even in the outer neighborhoods on the right day, but it's making a more than valiant effort to get there. For now, let's just say there is an ample amount of ample loveliness roaming the North Beach and Fisherman's Wharf areas over the next four days as more than 200 performers prepare to set off this annual festival and convention dedicated to this artform's cheek and wit.

Tonight (April 19), an opening party at DNA Lounge rolls to the beat of Los Shimmy Shakers and go-go dancing flair of the Hubba Hubba Revue and is intended to be a mingling affair, though plenty of performers from around the country, such as Hawaii's Violetta Beretta and Chicago's Lady Ginger, have a little something planned to start the teasing.

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Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Lori Shantzis Exposes the Ugly Truth in Her Life Beautifully in Loved By You

Posted By on Tue, Mar 27, 2012 at 8:30 AM

Lori Shantzis bears more than a little resemblance to Marilyn Monroe.
  • Lori Shantzis bears more than a little resemblance to Marilyn Monroe.

Lori Shantzis' ex might not recognize the bombshell cooing "My Heart Belongs to Daddy" beneath the platinum blonde wig, but transformation is the keystone of Shantzis' one-woman burlesque show.

Loved by You tells the tale of a young girl who grew up with a first-generation Russian father, a father who had problems with drinking and bloodlust. Pets were killed. Guns were waved. Trips to Denny's were ruined. When Shantzis' mother finally left, she gave her daughter seconds to decide -- and a lifetime to sort out her abandonment. The dramatic and and engaging Loved By You plays Wednesday and Thursday Brava Theater Center.

Somehow, just as comedienne Marilyn Pittman was able to broach the topic of her mother's uxoricide through humor in All the Rage, Shantzis finds redemption, compassion, and freedom in a nudge, a shimmy, and a wink. Marilyn Monroe, the patron saint of lost little girls trapped inside buxom beauties, is never far out of reach.

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Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Hold Me Closer, Tiny Dionysus Offers Welcome Embrace But Doesn't Let Go Soon Enough

Posted By on Tue, Feb 21, 2012 at 8:30 AM

Trixxie Carr upholds the dignity characteristic of the original bacchanalian. - STANLEY FRANK
  • Stanley Frank
  • Trixxie Carr upholds the dignity characteristic of the original bacchanalian.

Sometimes, the usual career gurus just don't cut it. When you're really down and out, when the recession threatens to quash once and for all your dreams of a career in the arts, you have to look beyond Craigslist and advice columns, past the usual contacts and mentors ... and maybe dispense with mortals entirely.

Well, not entirely. Dionysus is only a half-god. She is played by Trixxie Carr, and channeled by four down-and-out artists (Travis Santell Rowland, Angelica Roque, Norm Munoz, and Jarrad Webster), in Hold Me Closer, Tiny Dionysus, a "Greek comedy rock epic" at CounterPULSE. She may or may not have been kicked off Mount Olympus, and it's uncertain whether she has any real powers to aid in the arts, despite being the god(dess) of theater.

But she has had a lot of jobs, and she's all too happy to share the wisdom of her experience with the hapless mortals, provided they play the part of reverential audience to her self-aggrandizement, and she is afforded all the theatrical devices her heart desires.

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Thursday, February 9, 2012

Queer Performance Art Series The News Starts Strong at SOMArts

Posted By on Thu, Feb 9, 2012 at 12:30 PM

DIAmanda Kallas I Dia Dear - JOSUE RIVERA
  • Josue Rivera
  • DIAmanda Kallas I Dia Dear

Queer performance art series The News made a powerful debut Tuesday night at SOMArts. The evening offered an array of queer narratives, made even more timely and poignant by the federal appeals court ruling on Proposition 8 handed down that morning. Giving intense performances and showing works-in-progress were DIAmanda Kallas | Dia Dear, La Chica Boom, Peter Max Lawrence, Rotimi Agbabiaka, and Shaunna Vella. We also saw the Brontez Purnell Dance Company and Magic Meals.

Host Kolmel WithLove, a filmmaker and performer who curates The News, started things with her own performance in the gallery space of SOMArts. DIAmanda Kallas and La Chica Boom gave show-stopping performances that truly blew us away.

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