Very Important Announcement: I'll be attending the shows in Paris again this season, and blogging the whole thing over at Chicago magazine's website. Please check it out often! The posts have already begun.
(Gentry, opening the evening in perfectly accented francais.)
Until last night, my only burlesque-watching experience was at the Crazy Horse, with a visiting college friend. I remember being kind of bored. At Crazy Horse, it's all about perfection and the girls dance en masse, Rockette style. Whereas last night's show at Divan du Monde, organized by Gentry
Lane, was more like an old fashioned cabaret. You had tap dancing strippers, a Chiquita banana, a Dita Von Teese lookalike in a My Fair Lady dress, and dead ballerinas. The talent was incredible across the board. We especially loved the fiddle-playing band that performed mid-way through the show. And then there was Nicolas Ullmann.
I've been telling people for months now that Nicolas is so talented. The timing just feels right for a French Borat-meets-Rocky-Horror-Tim-Curry, non?
One last thing: I ended the evening by climbing upstairs to congratulate Gentry, and bumped right into Adan Jodorowsky, Matthieu from 2 Days in Paris.
I blurted out that the movie spoke to me.....as one does when discussing comedies! Then I shifted gears and kept repeating how funny it was, in case he thought I was a dunderhead with no sense of humor.
Then he said, in French, "Long live the metro tickets." And I laughed and laughed.
I still have zero idea, 24 hours later, what he was talking about.
You're super jealous of that whole exchange, I know.
What else? Oh yes, inspired by the pros, my friends and I danced Ann Margaret-style after the show, until Cassie slipped on a smashed banana, (Nicolas had been throwing them earlier), and we decided it was time to leave on a high note.
You don't get much choice for grub in Paris at midnight, so we went to the Macdo at Pigalle and I ate a hamburger while wearing a black feather collar--an experience I highly recommend. That MacDo is sort of funny, covered with pictures of Billie Holiday and Bob Dylan. You look out the window and there's the bright red neon Pigalle sign. Fun.
Oh, and we got a kick out of this: on the way to Macdo, we saw Gentry run onto the boulevard in full showgirl gear, her feathered hat bobbing as stepped through the traffic.
*I'm having some problems embedding video into this text, so I'll post my short clips separately below. Photo album coming tomorrow!
Cashmere panty designer Gentry Lane, she who sends the most perversely hysterical emails, has organized a burlesque night at Divan du Monde, hosted by ladies' man, mans' man, Cabarock emcee Nicolas Ullman. (You may have seen his myspace page already, but if not, I won't tell anyone.)
Bumps & grinds to blow your mind! You'll thrill, you'll chill, you'll fork over your dollar bills (er, Euros) for this star-studded Burlesque Revue.
Not since Josephine Baker hit the boards has Paris seen a show like the Gentry de Paris Burlesque Troupe. We have tap dancers and fan dancers, peacock feathers and rose petals, electro Django gypsy jazz from the *amazing* Caravan Palace, plus the King of Parisian Nightlife and Dandy Supreme, Monsieur Nicolas Ullmann to host the festivities.
And imported for your pleasure from the US of A, Burlesque's most scintillating stars: Vienna Le Rouge, Tana the Tattooed Lady and Bettina May.
Plus we have drink specials, Virginie Notte's Modern Pin-Up photo exhibit and book launch, Nikola Acin and his Stellar Sideburns will spin swinging tunes before and after the show, plus the chance to get your photo taken with the stars.
All this for the low, low price of only 15 Euros. Reserve fast...this show is sure to sell out.
Ouverture des portes à 20h
Entrée : 15€
Tenue « glamour » exigée
Réservation : firstname.lastname@example.org
My parents are in town and we’re headed to
the Marathon du Médoc today. A marathon where seriously, the winners are
awarded their weight in wine. Also, it passes by 50 chateaux. Also, tonight, there is a big party for the 1500 guests. In a chateaux. With an orchestra. Also,
there are 21 “points de dégustation” along the course serving the
following things: "huîtres, jambon, entrecôtes, fromage, glaces, grenier