Last year it was necessary to borrow a jacket and tie in order to accompany Pop and Nancy Haydn for an evening at Hollywood’s Magic Castle. This year an evening with Pop and Nancy included a photo gallery reception and a burlesque show sponsored by the lovely Lili VonSchtupp (not from “Blazing Saddles”) and including a retrospective of some of her favorite dance performances from the past eight years. Fortunately it was “pastie optional” as it is ok to wear a friends tie and jacket, but pasties seemed too personal to borrow.
The art gallery included photos from performances of Lili’s lovely ladies and various other burlesque performers. It was no surprise to find a photo of internationally renowned, six time winner of The Magic Castle’s Magician of the Year, Pop Haydn on display. After perusing the photos and munching on their delicacies, the attending crowd parted in anticipation of the dance performances.
The first performer was the lovely Nikita from Tokyo doing her “Nikita Bitch Project” performance to music from Kill Bill.
Next was April Showers who performed “Dirty Diana.”
The lovely redhead, Red Snapper, performed as a happy housewife (rather scary actually!) the “Stepford Wife.”
If Red Snapper’s performance was a bit scary, the performance by Caramel Knowledge was downright intimidating as she danced with a sword balanced precariously throughout most of her performance.
Anastasia VonTeaserhausen performed a sweet and humorous “Sesame Street” themed dance where she dressed as a big, blue, cookie monster and passed out cookies as a part of her performance.
Miss Quinn T Sensual could hardly keep her feet on the ground as she danced to “Sin Wagon.”
Dizzy Von Damn! topped off the show with “Dirty Martini Time”.
While tonight’s soiree was a somewhat private event Lili assures me that the ladies and their entourage hold an event that is open to the public, The Monday Night Tease! at The Three Clubs in Hollywood every Monday night. The Monday Night Tease is LA’s longest running weekly burlesque show.
To check out the photographers whose art was shown at the gallery last night, check out their websites: