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Monday, October 6, 2008

Tease-O-Rama 2008 in review

Here's what stands out in my memory of four days of Tease-O-Rama burlesque in San Francisco, in no particular order.
  • Jo "Boobs" Weldon dancing to Blue Oyster Cult's "Godzilla"... While wearing a Godzilla costume! Nothing like a stripteasing monster reptile to tickle the funny bone!
  • Legendary burlesquer Satan's Angel telling the audience that the club's management told her she couldn't perform with her fiery tassles. Then saying she told them she was going out into the street after the show and lighting them up...and then doing it!
  • Catherine D'Lish sensuously dancing with feather fans, then sliding into a giant champagne glass and spinning around. That was the first time I've seen her live, and it was a treat!
  • Legend Holiday O'Hara coming out complete with assistant and a walker in her final stage appearance. Then absolutely killing and getting one of the largest standing ovations of the night.
  • Michelle L'amour. Oh my, she was so glamorous and sexy. And I think she winked at me! ;-)
  • The gold splendor that was Kalani Kokonuts's costume. Gold, gold, and more flowing gold. An incredible visual spectacle.
  • Kitten De Ville coming out near the four hour mark and shaking her hips like there was no tomorrow. She definitely brought some energy to the room!
  • Miss Polly Wood. She performed a light-hearted tribute to Alfred Hitchcock's "Vertigo" in the City by the Bay complete with dizzying spins. Incredibly cute and fun. Now I know why it's said that everyone wants to be in Polly Wood! ;-)
  • Miss Indigo Blue encouraging the audiences applause and by moving so gracefully. Fantastic costuming, too. She absolutely transforms herself. I didn't recognize her at the Thursday Meet and Mingle Party.
  • Kitten on the Keys making it as host through 10 hours of burlesque with never-ending humor, grit, musicality, and grace. She made it look easy!
  • Kellita of the Hot Pink Feathers, Miss Indigo Blue, and Miss Delirium Tremens dancing below a screen showing images of Dean Martin at the Tease-O-Rama Movie Nite, presented by Thrillville at the Cerrito Speakeasy Theater.
  • Speaking of the Hot Pink Feathers, their performance with their All-Star band. I've heard numerous people say that they loved the Feathers. And I heard more than one person say that Kellita's solo performance was muy caliente! I agree!
And these were only the on-stage highlights! Heh. It was a very memorable first Tease-O-Rama for me. I particularly enjoyed seeing performers from elsewhere whom I've only read about. It was a real treat.

And I'm truly impressed by what Baby Doe and Alan Parowski were able to accomplish. It was a huge show, and it seems that they had only volunteers to help. Incredible.

If you're curious about what went on, you can watch a recording of one of the shows at Just fiddle with the buttons until you get the recorded show, which seems like Friday's.

I'm looking forward to next year!
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