One of the new things I am going to be focusing on in 2012 is my dream show! I've finally created enough traction to gather the talent I have been wanting to work with and I have finally found the perfect home for this show. It will launch on Chinese New Year on Wednesday, January 25. Details of the show and location will be announced soon.
Now to recap. I went home to Texas for Thanksgiving and my brother Michael took my Michael to the gun range and they did boy things like shoot guns. I didn't go this time, because I went shopping with my mom and my aunt! My bro also took us for a little tour of a little town called Decatur where we stepped in the Wise County Heritage Museum to have a gander. I saw some cool Victorian things like an authentic hearse, a box containing a set of real unidentified human skeleton, and a much of old newspaper clippings in the upstairs Lost Battalion Room - a room dedicated "to those who lost their lives and those who survived as Japan's prisoners of war in World War II."
|Victorian hearse donated by one of the local families|
|A clipping of Ann Miller|
|An ol' timey pictorial depicting Japanese torturing American G.I.s|
I really liked the "downtown" of Decatur which was probably the size of two NYC blocks. But it was really quaint and had some old murals from a few decades ago.
|I'm jumpin for joy at sun down!|
We also went to the Forth Worth Stockyards where I found a fantastic bobcat pelt that I'm going to turn into a stole. I also saw some fucked up racist, anti-Obama shit at one store. Like these!
|The sign says, "OBAMA: Fiddlin' around while thousands of small businesses are goin' down"|
|"Obama: Fishin' for answers and catchin' nothing!"|
Oh, Texas.... I don't even know what to say.
|Fort Worth Stockyards|
I also performed in another one of Vivienne Vermouth's shows in Deep Ellum this time too. This show was called "Rockband Burlesque" where attendees signed up to play Rock Band while a performer danced to it. Again my brother rounded up his colleagues who rounded up their friends and there was a huge table of his friends and acquaintances at the show. Like last time, I made him leave when I performed. Ha!
|In Deep Ellum|
After Texas I went straight to Charlotte, NC for the 2nd Annual Southern Exposure Festival burlesque pageant. I wrote about my first time in Charlotte and the "pageant" experience in more depth here. Needless to say, it was interesting. Here are a bunch of photos to give you an idea!
|My friend Maggie filming a documentary about burlesque in which I am one of the featured performers and I stayed at an Econo Lodge off the side of a highway. This is the first room before we asked to change rooms.|
|See? That's the highway to the left! Outside of Upscale Bar & Grill|
|Damn good curry chicken and rice at Upscale|
|The Bishop of Burlesque David Bishop & I|
|Sneaking in a mini pecan pie from Amelie's at sound/tech check at the Visulite Theater|
|Selia Carmichael performing|
|Blaze the Red Rose of Texas won Queen!|
|The madness backstage right before curtain call and title announcement|
|Last year's King of Southern Exposure, Fonda Lingue from Atlanta. I love her!|