Tuesday, January 31, 2012

A Burlesque Double Feature!

Dear Friends and Readers,

February is going to be jam packed with awesome shows to see.  It seems that folks are feeling particularly frisky and amorous what with Valentine’s Day coming up.  That being said there are two shows that I would particularly like to recommend to you, and if you are looking for a night out the best thing about them is that they are Two-Shows-In-One, a bona fide Burlesque Double Feature!

The first is Pinups & Pasties, A Cabaret For Our Troops! The Pinup Angels are partnering up with Bachelor Pad Magazine to bring you a bevy of classic babes and burlesque!  The line-up will include Miss Kitty Baby, Pidgeon Von Tramp, Inga IngĂ©nue, Lydia McLane and more and will be hosted by Bachelor Pad’s own Java!

Vital Statistics: February 18th at The Re-Bar; Doors 7:30pm/Show 8:00pm; Tickets: pinupsandpasties2012.eventbrite.com; $12 Advance or $15 at The Door. (Proceeds of the show benefit The Pinup Angel’s care package efforts and USA troops near and far!)

The second follows right on the tassels of Pinups & Pasties! Fosse’s Follies ~ Boys! Bois! Boyz! This Boylesque Revue is brought to you by Jack & Wood Productions and Sir Eddie Van Glam.  This celebration of ‘boydom’ will explore many of the myriad aspects of boylesque, from both the male and female points of view!  The performers with include: Sir Eddie Van Glam, EmpeROAR Fabulous, Mitzy Sixx, Man Johnson, Dominick, Bolt Action, and me, Fosse Jack; and to wrangle all these rowdy boyz, we have Daddy le Deviant!   

Vital Statistics: February 18th at The Re-Bar; Doors 10:00pm/Show 10:30pm; Tickets: boysboisboyz.eventbrite.com; $12 Advance or $15 at The Door. (%15 of tickets sales of Fosse’s Follies will be donated to Fosse’s charity of choice: Lambert House.)

Now what is this Burlesque Double Feature you mentioned Fosse? Well its quite simple, it’s Two Shows For $20!  What more it’s the perfect burlesque night for boy & girl couples! Ladies take your Boys to see the Pinups, and Gentlemen take your Girls to see the Boyz!

We would love to see you there, it is bound to be a highly entertaining evening!

~ Fosse Jack

Friday, January 13, 2012

The Velvet Stage

Velvet is a private club in the Sodo-District that offers an aesthetically unique and genuinely Seattle experience that is perfect for private and corporate events. 

Reclaimed from a once abandoned warehouse space, two blocks South of Safeco Field, Velvet combines the rustic qualities of Pacific North West hardwoods, gritty, Old Seattle locale with the softer Old World charms of rich velvets, candlelight ambience and elegant artwork.

It is like stepping into a New Orleans bordello or the boudoir of one of Old Seattle’s Seamstresses.”

As a private club, Velvet is capable of catering to your individual needs.  Whether you simply seek a sultry Seattle locale to host your party, or are interested in putting together a raucous affair with full service bar and food catering, Velvet can help make your vision come true.

Furthermore, Velvet is uniquely positioned to provide a wide variety of entertainment, both tame and exotic to those who would like to spice up their events!  With extensive connections throughout Seattle’s rich and vibrant artistic community, Velvet can help you line up entertainment from circus arts and aerialists, DJs and dancers, vocalists and musicians, to some of Seattle’s finest burlesque artists.

Entertain your guests with a choice artist or two, or simply have one of Velvet’s fine DJ connections provide ambiance and dance music to help facilitate social interactions and liven up your event. 

Looking to entertain your guests with a full blown show?  Talk to us.  Our artistic team would be happy to work with you to design a full program that will keep your guests talking long after the event is past!

Velvet is located at 1701 1st Avenue South, Seattle WA; Second Floor (stair access only).  Parking is available (and free) at the back of the building. 

Looking for more information?  Want to see the space for yourself?

Call: 206-380-9576

Personal Note:

The first time I walked into Velvet, I nearly started crying.  It was like stepping into a dream, and I am convinced that I am not the only person to feel this way, indeed I am sure that you will too once you experience it for yourself.

It is all class, and charm, grit and rusticity all at the same time.  It is the perfect Seattle venue; smart, sexy, independent and determined to be its own thing.  Don’t believe me, see for yourself!

Fosse Jack

MOD CAROUSEL in Sinner Saint Burlesque's Winter Guests Extravaganza

Okay, so there are times when writing a review of a show is difficult.  One is when you are friends with the performers and the show is not very good (not applicable).  Two is when you are a bit intoxicated (admittedly applicable).  Three is when the you are friends with the performers and they are so good that they blow your minds (very applicable!).  If any or all of these are true is it almost impossible to be objective, there for, I'm not going to try.

MOD CAROUSEL's performance at The NocNoc tonight was f*ing awesome!  A show about three super sexy super heroes fighting a 'trio' of pop-diva vixens that would turn half of Seattle's Drag Queens green with envy?  How could this not be amazing?  Well it couldn't, because it is amazing!

Okay, forewarning, my Boy calls me "Puddles" for good reason... this puddle is just for Mod Carousel.  ;-)

The Luminous Pariah has been among my top favorite male performers ever since I saw him perform at Magnum, four years ago (ish).  His comedic timing, showmanship and daring would be enough make him amazing.  Add that on top of a smoking hot body?  Okay... a reviewer should maintain objectivity... not objectify.  Two different things.  But it's true.  Luminous takes the Drag art-form and makes it his own.  He lip syncs, and struts about in outrageous costumes, but he is really smart about.  I already think David Attenborough adorable, but thanks to Luminous... well I might need my Sweetie on hand next time I watch The Life of Birds.

The Paris Original made me cry the first time I saw him perform.  Few women, let alone men, have such mastery of the emotional element of ballet as Paris does, and his skill en pointe is breath taking.  What more he blends prima ballerina poise with go-go boy's abandon and that is something even fewer people can do!  So whether he is selling a soul wrenching piece of choreo or making me laugh myself silly with a sly look and boyish grin I adore this performer, and am constantly in awe of his skills.

Trojan Original, the "Strong Man" of this super trio is a bon-a-fide stud muffin.  With the bravado a premier danseur and the talent to back it up, Trojan is a delight to watch.  He is what would happen if a cartoonist captured the disciplined essence of Baryshnikov and the campy styles of a self-aware Schwarzenegger.  On a side note, few hetero-guys can do what Trojan does with impunity.  I'm serious, a lot of straight guys in burlesque, make straight guys in the audience uncomfortable.  Trojan knows how to play his audience.  He tugs at the... um, heart strings, of straight women and gay men, and makes straight boys laugh their asses off, cause he's just that good.

Okay so anyone who has heard me gush over one or all of these boys knows that I have a huge crush on each of them, but let me tell you that after tonight that crush extends to their female member as well.  Leeni, the hostess and chanteuse of the evening was amazing, and played the roles of three different drag queens with the flare of a true musical theatre maven.  I haven't felt this way about a girl since I watched Megan Mullaly perform in Young Frankenstein.  Great stage presence, great voice and excellent versatility.  Brava diva!

And no I didn't forget you Dona, sweetie! Dona De Cuori, the lovely lass whose task it is to hold down her the fort while her Sisters are off in London rocked it tonight.  Dona's blend of dancer and comedienne is solid, and highly enjoyable, and her acts fit beautifully into the story line.  Win!

Okay, gushing done, artistically this was a very good show.  The individual choreo was superb and even though the physicality of the three male performers did not sync up perfectly in the group numbers, their dedication and joy in the art forms did.  As for the show as a whole, it is one of the better examples of a theme show, woven through story, that I have seen in a long time.  The individual acts, pulled from existing repertoire were easy to see in the new light of Leeni's comic book plot line.

Ladies and gentlemen, let me seriously recommend this show.  Well as seriously as I can knowing that their is only one more chance to see it and I want to go again.  :-)  Next Thursday at The Noc Noc.

Fosse Jack

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Upcoming Shows to Start the New Year!

Happy New Year Dear Ones!

So after a tumultuous end to 2011, I am back and am excited to make my first post of 2012. What better way to start off the New Year with a sneak peak at an upcoming show? Well a sneak peak at several upcoming shows, of courses!

The first coming up is the closing night of DARK MATTER, Sinner Saint Burlesque’s latest burlesque revue. Thursday night will be the last performance of this run, and the last time you will get to see the Ladies of SSB before they jet-set to London for a 2 month run at The Brickhouse! Join host Delilah, and performers Evilyn Sin Claire, Lady Tatas, Jesse Belle-Jones, and Polly Wood as they explore the darker side of the universe, world, and femininity.


I know you are asking yourselves: What?! The luscious ladies of Sinner Saint Burlesque are going to be gone for TWO MONTHS? What will we do on our Thursday’s nights? Well the answer is simple, you are going to keep going to SSB’s weekly revue and see some pretty awesome guest artists

! To start this extravaganza of Sinner Saint’s Friends and Family will be another of Seattle’s hottest troupes: MOD CAROUSEL!

Join the Luminous Pariah, the Paris Original, the Trojan Original, and the lovely Leeni, with SSB’s Dona de Cuori rounding out the line up with those luscious hips and shapely legs! With so much sexiness on stage, this is a show you don’t want to miss!


Finally, one more show to put on your calendar will be your first chance to see me performer this year! Resolutions: A Burlesque and Drag Review Show is the lasted production by Vixen Valentine and Beatrice Belladona. This one is going to be a performer’s choice show, so anything could happen. The lineup includes: Vixen Valentine, Beatrice Belladona, Ursula Major, Sara Dippidty, Chesty LaRue and more. And hosting this grab bag of burlesque will be The Glamorous Gal With The Golden Gullet, Gams Galore!

Resolutions: A Burlesque and Drag Review Show

A lot can and will happen this year so make sure you get out and make the best of it! Hope to see you at one or all of these shows!


~ Fosse Jack