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Miss Vixen

Between the pinup contestants and the Kansas City Society of Burlesque, almost 20 gals were backstage, and no one’s claws were out!  Ha ha… Not what one might expect in a pageant environment, but in the Kansas City Pinup Community that Vixen Pinup Photography and Retro Vixen boutique have helped to cultivate, pinup girls and savvy boys alike got together this past Thursday at Knucklehead’s to celebrate some red-hot hot-rod culture, and to debut Vixen Pinup’s 2011 calendar! (FYI, the first printing of the calendar has sold out, and the girls are taking orders for the next run… Contact them for details!)

Eleven beautiful pinup contestants vied for the honor of carry the title for the coming year. Ashley, Amanda, Daretha, Katie O., Ruby Sunset, Dolly DuMaul, Gretchen, Margaret, Betsy Booms, Ave Martini, and Emily strutted their stuff, first in vintage and vintage-inspired bathing suits, then in costume (for the talent portion of our evening), and finally in pinup worthy dresses. Mr. Artemus Vulgaris and I were honored to emcee the pageant, aided by the lovely pick up artiste Bijou Merlot. I always have a good time improvising with Mr. Vulgaris, and improvising was what we did. I always think it’s the little unexpected moments and how you handle them that really are the icing on the cake of a show. (When Katie O.’s music was off cue we did a little impromptu can-can number, for example.) The night’s judges were Nikki Moreno and Candy Cunningham of Vixen Pinup Photography, Melissa Evans of Retro Vixen boutique, and Little Rachel of Little Rachel and the Rhythm Busters. The beautiful Gretchen went home with the crown, with Margaret as first runner up, and the fetching Betsy Booms coming in close as second runner up.  I want to mention something that I absolutely loved about this group of gals. Though many of them hadn’t met before, and they were competing against each other, the mood backstage stayed light and fun all evening. Ladies were helping other ladies into their corsets, passing safety pins, styling each other’s hair… It was a dream.

After the pageant portion of the evening, Arty segued nicely into a (a)rousing rendition of ‘A Little Less Conversation’. He was followed by burlesque performances from Kitty von Minx who did her classic ‘Marahuana’ fandance, Violet Vendetta in a classic tease to ‘Harlem Nocturne’, Daisy Bucket with her rousing rendition of ‘Stuff Like That There’, Honey Valentine with ‘Slowly But Surely’, Veronica Voodoo who always makes me feel like a ‘Natural Woman’, and Your’s Truly with my rendition of ‘Whatever Annie Wants’ and my classic strip to ‘Toot’s Shore’s Blues’. We were assisted by our own lovely pick up gal, Scarlet LaFever. Following the Kansas City Society of Burlesque, Little Rachel and the Rhythm Busters took the stage, and they took it good. Ahem.

Congrats, again, to the lovely new Miss Vixen, Gretchen! Rock that tiara like I know you will!

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A Great Opening Night!

Last night was opening night for the Kansas City Society of Burlesque’s 2010 Kansas City Fringe Festival show. It was a great night with a standing room only crowd! Three more shows: tonight at 7pm and 11:30pm, and Saturday night at 10pm.  Advance Tickets available here.

And a quick tease shot at (un)dress rehearsal…

Very special thanks to Sarah Crowe, Micheal S. Dirnberger, and Morgan Kelly!


Interview with Kitty von Minx

Kitty von Minx as photographed by Drew Orrin-Brown

Kitty von Minx is one of my favorite performers, though I admit being a bit biased.  She’s one of my fellow founding members of the Kansas City Society of Burlesque!  We’ve been performing together for a few years now, and she never fails to impress me with her wit and her presence.

Your stage name?

Kitty von Minx

How long have you been a performer?

I have been performing on and off the stage since around 1980. I studied drama through school and have a Bachelor of Arts degree in Speech/Theatre. I took up belly-dancing a little over ten years ago and kept being told my performances were “too burlesquey.” So I made the logical decision to start performing burlesque, which I have been doing since 2006.

I got into burlesque through belly-dancing, too.  I think belly-dance might be the burlesque “gateway drug”.  I know some performers are really extremely cautious about that line between the two, due in part to the pervasiveness of the belly-dancer theme in many classic burlesque revues, beginning with Little Egypt, I believe.  What was it about your belly-dancing that made it burlesque-y?

I was “violating” rules set in Arabic countries about what was acceptable for dancers to do, such as the amount I’d “bounce” and the way I’d make certain movements. Plus, even as a belly dancer I was always trying to bring humor into my performance, and traditional performers failed to be amused.

How would you describe your performance style?

Fun. I try to incorporate elements of humor into almost all of my performances. It’s where my comfort level is, and I truly enjoy making an audience laugh.

I love that many of your numbers are topical, like your Tiger Woods number. Your sense of humor might be called dark…  Do you hear that a lot?

HA! Love it. My sense of humor in life has always been a bit on the dark side, so that only makes sense that it follows into my performances.

How did your stage name come about?

I was trying to think of something clever, but just wasn’t coming up with anything I really liked. I know cat-related names are kind of over-done in burlesque, but I am truly a crazy cat lady, and “Kitty” was the first word I ever spoke, so it holds a special place in my heart. From there I played around with several different names following the formula, “Kitty the Blank,” and finally decided to go with the Marlene Dietrich inspired “von Minx.”

It’s got a great ring to it, a perfect combination of irreverence and nobility.

Thank you! There are times I wish I’d chosen a more original type name, but this one seems to fit me well.

Kitty von Minx by Vixen Pinup Photography

What attracted you to burlesque?

When I was a kid there was a special on HBO called, “Here it is, Burlesque!” and I watched that over and over and over again. I was hooked. The glamor, the comedy, I knew that was what I wanted to do. I’d love to find a copy of that and watch it again.

I’d love to see that, too.

I’ve found VHS copies, but they want around $100 for them. When I locate a reasonably priced copy, I say we make a night out of viewing it!

Who makes your costumes?

I do, although I’d love to have a full-time costumer.

What do YOU like to see on stage?  What entertains you and inspires you as a performer?

I love to see performers having a good time. I am entertained by a show where it is obvious the performers love what they do, and put time and effort into their acts. I find myself inspired by many things, but honestly I am most inspired by watching drag queens. The confidence and the allure are so uplifting as a performer. Whenever I need a boost of confidence or a bit of inspiration, I’ll watch Divine. She’s my muse.

I’m the same way.  I used to attend at least one drag show a week.  It was the most inspiring thing on stage to me!  That combination of glamour and irreverence is irresistible.

Absolutely!

What’s your pet peeve, on-stage or backstage?

I don’t have many big ones, just several small ones not really worth mentioning. One thing that does set me off backstage is when a performer thinks their time and space is more important than any of the other performers. Everything all of the performers do backstage affects everyone working in the same space. It’s not the place for divas or temper tantrums.

Agreed. Do you have a favorite memorable burlesque moment or story you’d like to share?

I can’t think of any one particular thing, but I love performing with everyone in the Kansas City Society of Burlesque. By keeping our sense of humor we have turned many potentially horrible performance situations into funny anecdotes.

Truer words were never spoken, Ms. von Minx! Who are your favorite performers, both vintage and contemporary (burlesque or not)?

Bob Hope is one of my all time favorites. Other people I love are Betty Hutton, Donald O’Connor, Jerry Lewis, Eddie Bracken, Milton Berle, Madeline Kahn… I could go on and on.

What’s an interesting fact about yourself that you don’t think your fans would guess?

Kitty von Minx by Vixen Pinup Photography

I’m pretty much an open book, so there isn’t a whole lot most people don’t know. I am a paranormal researcher, and co-host of the internet radio program/podcast “Darker Side of the Moon.”

Do you have any advice for burlesque performers just starting out?

Do what you love. Life is too short to put things off. Don’t be discouraged by your age or body type. One of the wonderful things about burlesque is variety! As long as you are having a good time, the audience is going to have a good time.

Wonderful advice!

You can see Kitty von Minx in the Kansas City Society of Burlesque’s monthly revue at Korruption, as well as many other shows throughout the Midwest.  Find her at www.kcsob.com!



Cherry’s DeLuxe, in case you missed the memo…

Presenting
Cherry’s DeLuxe: A Burlesque and Variety Show
!!!!THE GAME SHOW EDITION!!!!
At this year’s Kansas City Fringe Festival

Come see as we turn your favorite game shows upside down and inside out with hilarity, rabid irreverence and a great big heaping of audience participation!!! (THIS MEANS YOU!!! Especially if you’re super attractive, or in the front row… or a theater critic.) Oh yeah, and there’ll be BOOBIES! MUCHO BOOBIES!!!

Your host and hostesses for the evening:
the seductively hilarious Lucky DeLuxe
the sassy sarcasm of Annie Cherry
general toilet humor and other sweet nasties by Gilda Lily
the sugar coated antics of Miss Honey Valentine
the estimable Luke Warm (or Spalding Hott, depending on his mood…)

With a rotating cast of special guests that include:
the wild and exotic Kitty Von Minx
and
the beautiful yet carnivorous flower that is Ms. Rita Brinkerhoff

Shows will be in the XS Lighting space at 1632 Broadway (across from the new Performing Arts Center)

I HEAR IT’S AIR CONDITIONED!!!!

Our capacity is 50-60 seated, with a bit more standing room and WE WILL SELL OUT! So make it a priority to get in on the good times…

Wednesday, July 23rd, at 8pm
Thursday, July 24th, at 9:30
Friday, July 25th, at 8pm
Saturday, July 26th, at 11pm

Tickets are $10 with a FF button!!!

Go to http://www.kcfringe.org for more info about how ticketing works for FF
and for the love of Merv Griffin… PLEASE REPOST!!! Trebek would want it that way…

 

WE WANT TO BE YOUR MYSPACE FRIEND!!!  www.myspace.com/cherrysdeluxe


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