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Friday, February 4, 2011

Burlesque n' Brass this Saturday, Hot Pink Feathers documentary planned

Besides having their monthly show at Cafe Van Kleef in Oakland (1621 Telegraph Avenue , map) for the first time in a few months this Saturday, February 5, the Hot Pink Feathers have exciting news! They are collaborating with a local filmmaker, Charlie Colon, on a documentary, "Light as a Feather."

They're having a fundraiser to help to complete the project. You can find out the film, the levels of giving, and you may become a prject backer at I'm sure the Feathers will mention it at their show on Saturday.

They're also looking for volunteers at their shows, and for a graphic artist. All of the information is located below in an excerpt from their newsletter.

If you'd like your very own subscription to this free HPF newsletter, you may sign up at their calendar page at!

1. Light as a Feather

We are proud to share news with you about “Light as a Feather,” a new collaborative documentary film project between local filmmaker Charlie Colon and Hot Pink Feathers. Light as a Feather tells the behind the scenes story of Hot Pink Feathers preparing for Carnaval, and chronicles the lives of several women as they prepare to unleash their inner showgirls in public – many for the first time. Along the way, the viewer witnesses the humor, glee, uncertainties, poignancy, verve and transcendence that the journey to the big day evokes. We aim to capture the intimate stories of these women as they engage with themselves, the different facets of their lives, and their peers, on this potentially life-changing experience.

We have kicked off a fundraising campaign to help with production costs associated with Light as a Feather. A portion of the funds gathered will go towards clothing cast members (ie costumes! Yay!).

Click here to get a sneak peek at our project and learn more about how to support our work.

We have 2 weeks to meet our fundraising goal! So please act now, and help us meet our goal. We can’t stress enough how every little bit helps. Please give whatever you can! And please feel free to forward to your communities and friends.

2. Burlesque N Brass: The Groundhog Day Edition! Saturday, 2/5

Hot Pink Feathers & Blue Bone Express present


The Groundhog Day Edition!

CAFE VAN KLEEF; 1621 Telegraph Ave (1/2 blk from 19th St. BART; 17th St exit)
Saturday 2/5 doors at 8:30pm, show at 9:30 sharp;

$10, 21+

The days are growing longer, the sun is getting warmer, and we can’t wait to greet the spring! We also can’t wait to greet our beloved Van Kleef’s, as it’s been a whole 2 months since we last shimmied down the aisles of the original home of Burlesque N Brass!

Come join the Feathers SATURDAY NIGHT 2/5, and our musical cohorts Blue Bone Express at Cafe Van Kleef for sets and sets of not only live, but exceedingly lively music and dance!

Music starts at 9:30 sharp; first dancing set at 9:45; get there early for a seat!

**3 full sets of booty-shakin' music and 3 sets of booty-shakin' dance!

**Intimate venue! Gorgeous girls! Amazing grapefruit cocktails!

**Still only $10! Tips warmly encouraged; 21+

Dubbed "the coolest jazz brass band in Northern California" by the San Francisco Chronicle, Oakland-based Blue Bone Express exposes the Bay Area to a type of jazz rarely heard beyond the Mississippi Delta. Combined with award-winning Hot Pink Feathers’ World Carnaval Cabaret dance, this explosive cabaret performance fuses music and dance traditions spanning the early-1900's New Orleans parades to the showgirl plumage of 1950's Rio de Janeiro Carnaval, the culture-clash hilarity of the '70s and '80s, and pushing through the present-day post-modern meltdown that is downtown Oakland.

“If you've never had the pleasure of seeing burlesque dancing performed to live jazz, then this is the place to start. It's like slugging down a pint of Uncle Peppy's moonshine after ten years of Nestea. It's sexy, spunky, sassy retro fun with all the heart and soul of Rio de Janeiro and the French Quarter, right there in downtown Oaktown. If you're looking for the perfect date, the perfect diversion, or just a chance to see an eminently sexy group of gifted hoofers grinding to hot jazz played by true enthusiasts, order a whiskey sour and settle into your seat for one of the best evenings the Bay Area has to offer.” --Thomas Roche

INTERESTED IN VOLUNTEERING AT BURLESQUE N BRASS? You get comped admission in exchange for vending, and email list wrangling.

Email for details.


See you there!

3. Hot Pink Feathers Sweetly Seeking Graphic Design Help!

Have graphic design skills? Want to help your favorite troupe of San Francisco showgirls out in exchange for free shows, or classes?

Hot Pink Feathers is sweetly seeking a graphic designer to help us out with a few projects.

Email us for details!

4. LIVE YOUR FANTASY with Hot Pink Feathers in San Francisco Carnaval 2011!

And last but not least, we are so excited to let you know that we will be sending out details on how to join the Hot Pink Feathers in the 33rd Annual SF Carnaval Grand Parade in the coming week. This year’s theme? Live Your Fantasy! What would the world be without fantasy? Fantasy is the birthplace of our wildest dreamings, our most marvelous creations, boundless imagination, and joy.

Just wait to you see what we have planned for this year’s parade!

And with that teaser, we bid you adieu for now!

Love and Shimmies,
Ms. Cherry Galette and The Whole Feathers Tribe

Hot Pink Feathers Dance Company
Hot Pink Feathers Showgirl Academy

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