Los Angeles and Beyond

I’ve got a big week coming up and I hope you’ll join me, in the flesh or virtually!

First, I’ll be premiering my show, Pretty Funny, at Three Clubs in Hollywood on August 15th. It has top talent stand up comedians, burlesque and bellydance! It is going to be fun and funny! Get your tickets now!

Then, I will be celebrating 2 years with my fan club on Patreon. Over the past 2 years, I have been able to share photos and videos that I am not allowed to share on any other social media platforms. It has really allowed me to experiment with different ideas that aren’t all necessarily burlesque, but are all sensual/erotic or even completely ridiculous and funny. It has been an awesome creative outlet and I’m so happy to share it with my fans, who are THE BEST, by the way. I’m grateful to Patreon for allowing me to truly be ‘The Most Naked Woman’! Join the club now and get access to the archives and see all new photos and videos every month!

In teaching news, I am 5 students away from my goal on Studio L’amour online. Here you can learn burlesque from anywhere in the world. I upload new videos every month that cover technique (burlesque and ballet based), fitness, choreography and my real talks, where you ask that questions. Once I reach 50 students, I will reward my online students with a special interview with burlesque legend, Kitten Natividad! Register now and get access to a year’s worth of videos and all new material this month!

And finally, if you are in the LA area, I am now teaching regular weekly classes at Fit and Bendy Studios. You can join me on Tuesdays for Tease ‘n’ Tone and Burlesque Basics.

See you around town or online!

Truly Naked

Since my Big Reveal in January, I have been through a LOT of transition. I won’t get into the nitty gritty details, but it all culminates with me moving to Los Angeles. I have wanted to be out here for a long time, since high school actually. From not getting the encouragement that I needed at the time, to building up quite a business in Chicago, it didn’t make sense for me to leave, but there was always that pull. Things are still great in Chicago and I still work and produce there but I came out west to keep pushing myself. I’ve never done a move so big before, so there is a lot to get used to, but so far, I am loving it.

In addition to transitioning to a new city, I’m also transitioning to a new performance life. I have a new perspective on things and I’ve been performing more and more without my wig. I feel my best when I am able to be myself. I know wigs are just an accessory and you can still be yourself with them, but for me, they carry something different. They make me feel inauthentic. I know this feeling is due to my bad experience with them as a child (hair falling off during a rousing game of duck-duck-goose) but I can’t shake it, and I’m not sure I want to.

I’m enjoying this new freedom but it’s also hard to navigate in a city that is so image conscious. Sure, walking around as I am, people seem to dig the look, but then it’s time to perform. Things run through my head like, ‘will they accept me like this?’ ‘do I need to meet their expectations?’ ‘what about my expectations?’ ‘what about the producer’s expectations?’ and so on. It’s kind of a spiral of indecision and self doubt that starts to well up right before a show.

The thing is that I know I can sell the shit out of this look if I’m doing a hard edged act. It make sense. Where I start to panic, is in the selling of ‘glamour’. Can I wear feathers and sparkles and still be ‘burlesque’? What does it all mean?! (I have much more to say on these topics but I’ll get to those in another post.)

I want to share with you the first time I performed without a wig. This was at Lucha Va Voom in Los Angeles. It was also the premiere of a brand new act, so, ya know, no pressure!

Please enjoy ‘Leatherette’.

Well, that made me feel GOOD! That was back in February and now it’s August.  I just recently performed with Lucha again and this great article came out on Blurred Culture.

I think that you are ready to accept me. And Los Angeles seems ready to accept me. The only question is if I am ready to accept me. The answer is yes. I’m ready.

Pretty Funny Los Angeles

Pretty Funny makes its Hollywood premiere on August 15th at Three Clubs! I’m so excited to bring this show to the west coast. I love comedy and I love burlesque, so why not do both! Pretty Funny will feature fabulous burlesque and variety acts as well as cutting edge comedy. This first one stars Julie Goldman, and if you haven’t seen her, get to it! She will change your life!

Get your tickets now!

June Chicago Dates

I’m currently half way through my European tour and I just found out that I was named one of ‘The Most Influential Burlesque Figures of the Decade’ by 21st Century Burlesque Magazine. I am so honored by this. It’s nice to be acknowledged for my work in this field. It was a really nice surprise today!

Right now, I am in Rome for some play time and then I will head to Bordeaux to teach and perform, then on to Paris for more play time, and my final stop will be Vienna for some shows. Then, I’m off to Vegas to perform at the Orleans in the Burlesque Hall of Fame weekender on June 3rd. Talk about culture shock! Vienna to Vegas! But, there is no rest for the wicked. I will be back in Chicago on June 7th. Here’s where you can find me:

June 7th – Untitled at 9pm
June 8th – Naked Girls Reading: Lunatics – Readings all about the love of the moon at Skylark Chess Society – 8pm
June 9th – Untitled at 9 and 10pm and Big Sexy Show at 11pm at the Comedy Bar
June 10th – Burlesque Workshop at Dovetail Studios – Boa Love at 2:15pm

Hope to see you in Chicago!