Memo to our music editor: do not cross paths with indie band Deer Tick. Why? Well, Zach Kelley, a writer at Pitchfork, that self-proclaimed champion of indie cool, dared to give the band’s Black Dirt Sessions a poor review — and a 5.6 rating — and the band bit back. As our friends over at […]
Our friends over at Urlesque have posted a series of videos of epic Wheel Of Fortune fails, with the disclaimer that they know from first experience that ‘losing on Wheel of Fortune is never easy. Sure, some may claim the game show is a glorified, glittery version of Hangman, but there are, indeed, specific strategies […]
Illustrator Molly Crabapple is inspired by Victorian culture and the sexy, bawdy world of burlesque. Her illustrations are colourful and erotic, her voluptuous female subjects bursting out of their corsets while eying off the viewer with undisguised lewdness. Having worked on numerous commercial projects, organised her own shows and illustrated several graphic novels, Crabapple also […]
Why don’t dogs like Halloween? This is the title of an article on the Urlesque website, which recently featured the craziest costumes of the canine world for Halloween night. Dogs with manes, a dog being bitten by a crocodile, the All-American football player, the giraffe, the tarantula, and the shrimp are just some of the pseudo-artistic expressions that these poor animals are subjected to.
Finger sandwiches, tea and a burlesque dancer in pasties dancing with a two foot tea cup and tea bag. What more could anyone possibly want on a Sunday afternoon? I had the pleasure of attending the Food & Wine Festival’s event, Tea Seduction with Tracy Stern, recently and it was definitely a treat. Being seated, we were immediately presented with ginger scones served with the most incredible made-that-morning raspberry jam, orange marmalade and clotted cream. I can’t say I wasn’t in love with a single thing placed before me for the duration of the event. Earl Grey Tea with Sherry, delicious salmon and creme Fraiche finger sandwiches, cut out with a heart-shaped cookie cutter, and some of the most amazing Chai tea — Tracy Stern’s own Salontea Chocolate Chai Tea. Nothing beats a Sunday afternoon spent being entertained by a burlesque dancer and sipping on endless cups tea.
What do you get when you combine the talents of Brooklyn-based drummer-aerial duo Lone Wolf & Cub, burlesque comedienne Tanya Gagne (of the famed Wau Wau Sisters), and other great acts such as BAMiAM and The Bad Mittens? Team Spirit Animal Squad! The team asks each of us to come to the show tonight at […]
What do you get when you mix a dark fairy tale involving Siamese Twins with paintings by fifty of the most innovative, off-the-cusp artists in the art world? A gorgeous, limited edition first printing of the book, Max and the Siamese Twins. Intrigue, lust, love, burlesque, and a whole lot of trouble, that’s what you […]
Listening to Mum’s fourth album — Go Go Smear the Poison Ivy — for the first time, I was awash with sentimentalism. Amidst carnival trumpets and burlesque beats, there’s a sense of this being a bohemian rhapsody. Perhaps it’s the mix of cello and brass with experimental electronica. Or maybe it’s just the soft vocals […]
After winning the i-D Styling and Maria Luisa awards at 2007’s International Talent Support (a.k.a. ITS) – an annual event in Trieste supporting young fashion designers and photographers – a shell-shocked Justin Smith threw himself into celebrations. Smith, born in 1978, is the millinery world’s new rising star. His MA show at London’s Royal College of Art was extremely well received. ‘The concept for my show was based all around the performative hat’, he says. ‘I started with the models, found out what they performed with and worked back from there. For example, the burlesque fan dancer wore the fans on her head as part of the hat, and took them off and performed on the catwalk with them. So the main themes were the performative hat inspired by circus, performance and an East End Victorian funeral’.
The artwork of New York-based illustrator Panni Malek ‘explores themes of beauty, sexual provocation, neo-burlesque and social notions of feminity’. She is influenced by ‘eyelashes, Victorian textile, girls and hearts’. [see also More Than A Friend]
Those in Sydney should pop along to the Kirk Gallery in Surry Hills tonight for the burlesque party to end all burlesque parties. Called Dance Your Panties Off, the night will feature a ‘dazzling concoction of ethereal flyers, aerial artists, harp players and bizarre circus acts’ amongst other burlesque-styled oddities. Sounds like fun. It all […]