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.
Naked Girls Reading hits Hollywood on April 25 with Athena Fatale, Kristina Nekiya and me! The show is exactly as it sounds. Think of the literary salons in Paris, but naked…and in Los Angeles! We’ll be at the Burgundy Room Gallery (1621 N Cahuenga) at 8:30 reading the very best of Oscar Wilde. Get your tickets now!
Then on April 28th in LA, I’ll be teaching my class Pussy Confidence at Fit and Bendy, 12:30-2.
Women are taught from a very young age to give up their space, to apologize for their presence, and to appease those around them. We are taught that we are weak and ‘less than’. But, certainly, we are not. We are greater than or equal to. It is time to take back your power and own what is rightfully yours. It is time to embrace the things that make you vulnerable and use them as your strengths. In Pussy Confidence, we will learn to accept and love the things that make us different. We will learn to love the things that make us ‘woman’. The class will feature a talk from Michelle L’amour, sensual movement, and a bit of choreography that encourages you to move from your sex. Let’s be done with compartmentalizing our bodies and our minds. Let’s imagine and embrace the power of our whole being working as one. This is Pussy Confidence!
Please wear clothes you feel comfortable in. Do not dress for others. Dress for yourself. Heels are optional. Bring a notebook as well if you wish.
You can read more about this class in this recent Playboy article.
And, if you’re in Chicago, I’ll be teaching this workshop on May 18th. More details to follow.
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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!
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.