Spiral Out Blog

Heart Hoop

Hello everyone! It’s my first blog entry! It was actually supposed to read February 26, 2013 for the date but I edited an old post so it’s still listed as April 14, 2012 ::scratches head:: as you can see, I’ve been sitting on this blog and doing nothing with itfor a while but with offers again after being off the international stage for a while so I think it’s an exciting time to start blogging about my work.

Last night was the Mavens of Mischief monthly vintage burlesque show at Meat Bar. The Mavens are a really special group of ladies because they don’t bring the drama or try to upstage each other.We are dedicated to vintage burlesque, which means that we only use any music or costumes from the 1950s or earlier. I’ve found my nitch in 1930s music. I love dirty thirties jazz and big band like Cab Calloway. It’s been an interesting journey learning about vintage burlesque because when I first joined the troupe, I had no clue about the music or costumes but thanks to the mentoring of our troupe leader, Marvis Lee Mae and all the other girls, I got the hang of it and learned a little about music, costume and burlesque history along the way.

We’re a sisterhood dedicated to being sexy but classy and Meat Bar is the right venue for that. It’s listed as #39 on the Top 50 Bars in the world list. The bar has a speakeasy feel to it with a red light being the only marker that the bar is there. When you’re inside, you’re taken back to the 1920s with the dim lights, wooden floors and brick walls. The bar also has a Slaughterhouse motif, as weird as that sound,s because it’s located in Butchertown and there’s a slaughterhouse right down the street from where Meat is located. There’s hooks and chains hanging from the ceiling of the bar which creeps me out sometimes but I love the bar as a whole because it’s a place where you can put on a classy burlesque act and have it appreciated by the patrons of the bar. It’s difficult to find venues that are open to what we do that are classy in Louisville, KY because when it comes down to it, Louisville is a very conservative town.

I’m excited because one of our fans, Nolan of Flow Photography, taped our show for us so I’m excited to see how the videos turned out. I did 2 numbers– one was a cupid number to the song “Everybody Loves my Baby” by the Boswell Sisters (1934). I recently got a heart hoop from my favorite hoop maker and promo photographer, Sarah Beth of Bellawillow Hoops and Photography, and I spent all day Saturday throwing it around and trying to learn how to use it. In this act I played a cute little cupid. I wasn’t sure how the heart hoop would go over but my boyfriend, who is my ears in the crowd and gives me feedback on what he hears people say about my acts, told me that people loved it. I even had a couple of audience members come up to me and tell me that they loved the act and that they heart hoop was so cute and looked like fun to play with. That made me feel good.

The next act I did was a Betty Boop/Cab Calloway tribute. In the process of researching thrities music, I learned that Cab Calloway (he’s my favorite vintage musician right now, btw. I adore his work) did a lot of work with the Betty Boop team musically and he even did the voices for numerous Betty Boop characters, usually the crazy bad guys that molested poor Betty. lol. I decided to do the song “Minnie the Moocher” and use the Betty Boop cartoon as a projection in the background. I’ve always wanted to play with a projector for a performance and our DJ, Matt Anthony, a local record shop owner and public raido DJ, helped me out with the projector.

The owner of meat liked the projector idea because Matt was playing Betty Paige movies on the wall before the show. I hope he keeps bringing the projector to the shows because I liked that too. Anyway, I spent a long time editing the cartoon for my performance and I also had a costume that looked like Betty Boop so I was really happy becasue when I was a little girl, I thought loved Betty Boop so this was a secret cosplay opportunity for me. lol. I was disappointed that the audio from the cartoon wouldn’t play (guess I didn’t realize that you can’t play sound out of a projector hooked up to a CD player. Duur) but Marvis had backup audio and although the version was different, it still went over well. Marvis told me she heard some people in the audience say, “Wow, that cartoon is really creepy but what she’s doing was so cool!”

As far as the other ladies’ acts went, everyone did a fantastic job as always. The acts that I got to see (I was in the dressing room for a good part of the show) were quality and entertaining as always. We’re a strong group of performers because we support each other and everyone has their own style and mood they bring to the show. It’s always a good time.

So if you live in Louisville, KY or you happen to find yourself in Louisville on the 3rd Wednesday of the month, come on down to meet and see us! ^-^