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.
For the past 2 years, I’ve thrown a fabulous Eve of the Eve party in a secret location. This year is no different. Join me on Dec 30th for the night you’ve always dreamed of…XS:NDK. Beats. Sex. Fashion.
There are very limited tickets available to this event and the location will not be made public. Only ticket holders will know where this event takes place. All you need to know right now is that it is in River North in Chicago. The event will feature fabulous naughty entertainment, video, and killer dance music. Come dressed to impress, or undressed to impress. We take all kinds!
Tickets available here.
Halloween month is in full swing! Here’s where you can find me next:
Oct 28 – Thriller Burlesque Workshop at Fit & Bendy in LA – 12:15-1:30 – Register
Learn the classic Thriller dance made famous by Michael Jackson and infuse it with classic burlesque moves. Please bring a shirt that you can take off and/or tear. #sexybeast
Oct 29 – Naked Ghouls Reading – 4201 N Ravenswood in Chicago – 8pm – Tickets
Frankenstein, Dracula, Demon trysts. Yes, that’s right. This event always gets me in the mood for Halloween. The only question is, what should I wear…? Oh right! Nothing!
Oct 31 – Ghouls, Ghouls, Ghouls at Untitled in Chicago – 9pm – Tickets
Imagine a club where those that scare go to PARTY! Think strip clubs on Sunset Strip. Think Fangtasia in True Blood. Think about not thinking too much and just come and have fun! We’ll have a fantastic show on stage and we’re featuring Nosferotika and the ChamPAIN room! This is THE place to be on Halloween! Costumes encouraged
October is kind of like burlesque Christmas. So many shows and opportunities for ghoulish adventures! Here’s what I have coming up this month (at least the ones I can tell you about):
October 17th – Pretty Funny at Three Clubs in Hollywood
This show features great stand up comedy and burlesque. Our comics this month are Selene Luna, Jaylin Eaves, and Jared Logan and our burlesque features myself, Olive Ozentatious and Tito Bonito. All hosted by the delightful Natasha Estrada! Get your tix here.
Then, on October 24th, immerse yourself in beats, sex, and fashion. I’m starting a new club dance event called XS:NDK (Excess in decay). We’ll have a DJ, go go dancers, grinders, pole dancers, and a shot of burlesque! Come dance with me 10pm – 2am at El Cid on Sunset. Tix here.
On October 28, I’ll be teaching my Thriller burlesque workshop at Fit and Bendy studios in LA. We’ll learn the classic Thriller choreography but burlesque style! Bring a loose fitting shirting or a shirt that you don’t mind ripping. Register here.
Then, I’m off to Chicago to round out this Halloween season at Untitled Supper Club.
On October 31st, we’ll be doing Halloween proper with Ghouls, Ghouls, Ghouls: Take an undead trip down the sunset strip. What if all your favorite Halloween ghouls met at a club house and you got to go? Think Fangtasia from True Blood. A monster hot spot! Our mission is not to scare, but to entice, to tantalize, to entertain. We’ll be doing a full club take over and will feature over 30 performers. This is an event not to be missed! If you miss it, you’ll certainly be saying ‘boo’. Get your tix now!