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.

Banned Books and Costume Sale

Got a big weekend coming up for you so get ready!

On September 29th, Naked Girls Reading is celebrating Banned Books Week!

 Every September, the ALA organizes international Banned Books Week to draw attention to the problem of censorship in our country.

So we decided there was no better way to celebrate our F-READ-om than by taking our clothes off and doing it live in front of an audience!

Join the Revolution in Chicago on September 29th at Studio L’amour as we strip down and read selections from the Banned Books List.  TICKETS

Then, on September 30th and Oct 1st, I’m hosting a GIANT costume sale. Seriously…SO. MUCH. STUFF.

 This is perfect if you need to update some costume pieces or you’re just looking for something fun to wear for Halloween. I will have things in a variety of sizes. I will also have extra material so you can buy fabric and make something of your own. Stop by Studio L’amour for all your sparkly, shiny needs!

See you this weekend!

 

ROAD TRIP

On July 21st at Studio L’amour, we invite you to Naked Girls Reading. We’ll be exploring wanderlust in the buff!

We’re going to take you on the ultimate naked road trip. Route 66, Anthony Bourdain, Hunter S. Thompson, special guest Bull Garlington, author of “The Full English”

[From Amazon: This is not a guide book. It isn’t Fodor’s or a Lonely Planet guide. God knows such literature would be quite helpful if you plan, like the author, to take your family on an epic journey. The Full English won’t. Not even a little.]

It’s going to be quite a ride!

Doors open at 7:30pm.  Show starts promptly at 8pm. BYOB, however we do have limited beer and wine available. TICKETS