Bare Books

Join me in Chicago on September 6th for the 10th annual, ‘So You Wanna be a Naked Girl‘! This event features women who are reading naked in front of an audience for the very first time. I absolutely adore them for stepping into their vulnerability and coming together in a safe and supportive space. Now, the show is set up as a faux reality show (like So You Think You Can Dance). The readers choose their passage from any genre and the selections are required to be under 8 minutes.  When all the readers have finished, the audience gets to vote for Naked Reader 2019! This is not a serious competition and there is not a massive prize package, but it is FUN!

Come and support these brave, beautiful women! Please keep in mind that we are at a new location: 3100 N California. Get your Tickets now!

Chicago/LA events

Ok people. There is a lot going on so try to keep up with this one! I’m headed to Chicago for a few days and would love to see you there, but don’t worry LA! I’ve got things planned for you too!

May 16 – Opening of Unbridled ROCKS at Untitled in Chicago 9pm 

May 18– Workshop – Pussy Confidence at the Chicago Academy of Burlesque
2-3:30 – REGISTER

May 18 – Naked Girls Reading Chicago: Girls Gone Oscar Wilde 8pm  – TIX

May 18 (yes, this is a big day) – I’ll be doing Butthoven at Comedy Cabaret at the Comedy Bar at 11pm! TIX

Then, I return to LA in the early morning of the 19th and I’m back at the studio with a fan dance workshop where you will learn how to remove gloves and bras while also fan dancing. Fans will be available to borrow but if you have your own, please bring those.

May 19 – FANtasy Workshop 2:30-4pm at Fit and Bendy Studios –  REGISTER

I will have a brief moment to catch my breath and then Pretty Funny returns with its monthly residency at the Virgil. This show features TOP burlesque and stand up comedy.

May 22 – Pretty Funny at the Virgil 8:30pm – TIX

And, if you aren’t in either of those cities but still want to get in on the action, check out my brand new online burlesque video collection. You can rent or purchase over 100 videos and learn burlesque in your own home. Rent or buy here.

Chicago Bound

I’ll be heading into Chicago this week with many chances for you to catch up with me!

First, I’ll be opening the new installment of Unbridled, called Ooh La La, a love letter to all things Parisian. The new show opens on March 14 at Untitled Supper Club, 111 W Kinzie.

Then, on March 15, we celebrate 10 years of Naked Girls Reading! Join myself and founding members: Lady Ginger, Dominique Trixx and Greta Layne! Only a few tickets remain, so get yours soon!

And no visit to Chicago is complete without a workshop! I’ll be teaching my newest class, SEX DRIVE, on March 16 at Entropy Physiotherapy, 1-2:30pm. This class is a fusion of burlesque, jazz and the erotic. There is no wink and no smile, just pure animal energy! Register now!

Finally, I will be performing in the band breaks at Untitled on March 16 at 9 and 10pm.

See you soon in the Windy City!

 

Reading Naked for 10 years

Ten years ago, I started this crazy new event called, Naked Girls Reading. It was born out of a flash of inspiration. I was reading naked on the couch when my husband walked in and found the imagery to be beautiful. We started laughing about the idea of naked girls reading being a fetish for people. We let it rest but it was one of those ideas that stays with you. We thought we could do something with it. We thought that if we like it, then other people would too. Problem was, we didn’t know what to do with it. Should it be a site? A pay site? No. That didn’t feel right. A little while after I opened my burlesque school, Studio L’amour, I thought it might be fun to try it as a live literary event. I asked some of my Chicago Starlets who I knew liked reading and were generally interested in being naked. To my surprise, they all said yes! When it came down to the event, none of us were nervous about the nudity. We were all worried about reading! Reading something out loud to an audience is a nerve racking, especially when it is something you care about. It is so vulnerable. You hear your voice, but you become detached from yourself. Sort of like an out of body experience. It’s like you’re hearing the story just as the audience is hearing it. Then you start to become aware of your breath, the sweat (yes, there’s sweat) and the naked women sitting next to you in their silent support and encouragement. Then you see nothing but the words on the page and it is incredibly powerful. Beautiful. Magical. Vulnerable.

In that first event, I knew we had something special. We had planned to do monthly events in Chicago and that was it. But, what started happening is that women from other cities started approaching us because they wanted to bring this to their city. A Naked Girls Reading franchise was born! We now have 20 chapters all over the world.

Please help us celebrate our 10 year anniversary on March 15th in Chicago.  The theme will be reader’s choice. The event is at 8pm at the Skylark Chess Society and is BYOB. Tickets

Remember, you can’t spell literature without T&A.