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I was recently asked where in DC someone could learn the basics of burlesque. I realized that would be good info to collect in one place. That’s part of what this blog is about! So, if you teach burlesque (or any variety art!) and are near the DC/Baltimore Metro area either message me or post a...

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Meet The Variety: Mindi Mimosa, DC’s Favorite Cocktail

Posted by Chè Monique | Posted in blog biz, burlesque, comedy, Meet the Variety | Posted on 14-07-2015


After seeing her host four of the past five burlesque shows I’ve been to, I knew I had to speak with Mindi Mimosa. I know Mindi through the DC Gurly Show, which we are both part of. I remember when she first started performing and it’s been a treat to watch her grow into not just a phenomenal performer, or in demand emcee, but also a producer of consistently sold out shows. Mindi got into hosting because she saw a need in the community and put herself out there to fill it. She is thrilled to be respected and consistently requested in that role.

Mindi stumbled into the burlesque scene with a heavy theater background including a theatre degree andmindi 1 two years of professional theater experience. She was given her name by a fabulous group of drunken strangers. Like many new performers, Mindi dived in head first, getting involved in as much as she could and quickly burned herself. Before long she began to contemplate leaving burlesque.

Fortunately for us, as Mindi began to wear weary of burlesque, she decided to try out comedy. She met David Coulter at an open mic and in less than three months the two began producing Barenaked Comedy at the Pinch. Barenaked Comedy is a monthly, fourth Friday show, consisting of four burlesque performers and four comedians, alternating burlesque and comedy. Mindi is responsible for booking and handling the burlesque talent and David is responsible for the comedians. Barenaked Comedy has been wildly successful and sold out its first 14 months of shows. I went to my first Barenaked Comedy show last month, as a performer and I had an amazing time and met fabulous people. There were moments where we, the burlesque performers, were afraid our laughter back stage was obnoxiously loud. I think that’s a pretty good problem to have.

Mindi is really enjoying her latest roles of producer and emcee. She views herself as a “producer-performer”. Yes she performs, but the production side of things is what really drives her. Because of her years of backstage theater experience, Mindi’s shows are very well organized which is something she prides herself on. Mindi produces, hosts and performs in her own Barenaked Comedy shows, which in and of itself requires quite a bit of organization. She is the face of the Barenaked Comedy brand. Mindi Mimosa is committed to bringing a bubbly positivity to her audiences and works hard to ensure that Barenaked Comedy is always a safe and welcoming space for everyone. It’s very Mindi 2important to Mindi that everyone leave her shows feeling special, which is one of the reason’s you’ll often hear her telling the audience, “You’re beautiful. You’re all beautiful.”

Mindi’s dream for herself and Barenaked Comedy is to turn it into a nonprofit foundation that will be able to assist burlesque performers and comedians with the things they need to get started, whether it’s costuming, training, venues or anything else. It is her hope that performers put as much energy into the business of burlesque as they do the performance of it. She hopes to position herself as a leader in the local scene and be able to support as many people as possible in their performance careers. From what I observed she’s well on her way.

In summation: Don’t let her bubbly personality and cocktail name fool you. Mindi Mimosa is as sharp and organized a businesswoman as she is a sexy and enticing performer. You can find Mindi Mimosa and Barenaked Comedy every fourth Friday at the Pinch. You can also find them at this year’s Capital Fringe Festival. Their remaining Fringe dates are 7/17, 7/18, 7/19, 7/24 at the Trinidad Theatre in the Logan Fringe Arts Space.

Tickets available https://www.capitalfringe.org/events/622-barenaked-comedy


Chè Monique produces Chocoche-moniquelate City Burlesque and Cabaret and is a Jill of many trades. Learn more about Chè at www.chemonique.com and Chocolate City Burlesque and Cabaret at www.chocolatecityburlesque.com.



Adding central calendar!

Posted by mabjustmab | Posted in blog biz | Posted on 28-12-2012


Hi folks!

One thing about calendars is we don’t want to have to update 17 places for every event, but we want one place to see all the events coming up.

To that end, we set up the DCVariety website to import as many events as it can.
If you have a google calendar, and would like your shows and events to show up on the DCVariety website, (http://dcvariety.com/events/), email your info to mab@dcvariety.com or post it in the comments section below.

If you are a performer, and do not yet use google calendar, I highly recommend it.
1. You can import it to show up on your website
2. Other people/fans can add your calendar to their feed and see what shows you have coming up
3. And it syncs with yor phone and desktop and is accessible from nearly anywhere.

If you are interested in having your google calendar feed to the DCVariety.com website, we need this info!
Performer/group name: (as you want it to appear)
Brief description: (one sentence)
Tags you want associated with your event, in this case, Burlesque, Sideshow, etc. try to pick one as it will be associated with all your events.
And the ical url

HOW TO FIND THE ical url:
In the calendar list on the left side of the page, move your mouse over the calendar you’d like to export from.
You’ll see a drop-down arrow appear next to the calendar name. Click the drop-down arrow and select Calendar settings. (Alternatively, click the drop-down arrow next to My calendars and select Settings, then click the appropriate calendar from the list.)
click the “Calendar Details” tab on the left
next to Calendar Address: there are three options
xml ical and html
click the ical one and copy the url
that’s the url I want. send it to me or post it here

We are an open mic!

Posted by mabjustmab | Posted in blog biz, featured, open mic, palace | Posted on 29-08-2012



With the closing of the Palace, we have been diligently scouting new venues to support a Variety open mic.  Until we find a space that is a perfect fit, the regular show is on hold.

But feel free to fill out the sign-up form and we will send out an email as soon as it’s up and running!

Thank you for your support!


Did you know that the famous Red Palace had an Open Mic night?  Well it did!  We here at DCVariety are working hard to create a space for variety artists to try out new material, meet new performers, or even take the stage for the first time!  We need YOU! Sign up here!

DCVariety Open Mic Night @ the Red Palace

Add your event!

Posted by mabjustmab | Posted in blog biz, featured | Posted on 28-12-2011


One of my December work projects was focused on refining DCVariety.  In the interest of keeping up with all the amazing things that happening in DC, I have created a way for you, the actual event promoter, to post your event on the DCVariety website! I was having a hard time keeping up with all the stuff everyone was doing, so I am cutting out the middle slow-poke man (me).

It’s EASY!
1. go here -> http://www.dcvariety.com/submit-your-event/
2. fill out the form & upload the flier image
3. All events will be reviewed, and posted within a day or two.

DONE! More press! Everybody wins!

I’m also looking for reviews! So if you see a lot of shows, and saw something you really liked, fill out the form!

Let me know if you have any questions or suggestions. We are always growing and learning.


Posted by mabjustmab | Posted in blog biz | Posted on 18-05-2010


PhotobucketCAPITOL TASSELS & TEASE: DC’s Budding Burlesque Beauties


Price: $6

Announcing CAPITOL TASSELS & TEASE: DC’s Budding Burlesque Beauties.

Announcing the newest opportunity for budding burlesque talent in DC! Always wanted to try the art of tease and performance? Now’s your chance! Once a month new talent will have the chance to give their tassels, gloves and boas a twirl.

L’il Dutch, Rev. Valentine, and Mab Just Mab are combining forces to bring you the best of the budding burlesque talent in the DC area. You like tassels and pasties? the Palace is the place to be!

wanna see more? Are you a beginner burlesque bunny (you don’t have to be an actual bunny, I just love alliteration) interested in coming out to play? We’ve created a handy dandy sign-up form!  You too can pop your burlesque cherry on the Palace stage!

DCVariety Show @ the Palace of Wonders!

Posted by mabjustmab | Posted in blog biz | Posted on 11-05-2010


Come out to the Palace of Wonders and see what DCVariety has uncovered this month!

Sexy and Sassy, Crude and Classy.

Long Shen: Kung Fu + Dance = BADASSERY!
Long Shen literally means Dragon God also is known in ancient Chinese mythology as the god of weather. In this incarnation he is an Asian Fusion dancer who is trained in Northern Shaolin Kung Fu. He is a humble student of Naimah, who has helped greatly in cultivating this art and combining Martial Arts with dance.

Shortstaxx: Burlesquery!
Staxx has been bumping and grinding, shimmying and peeling on DC and Baltimore stages for over 3 years. A stalwart of the local burlesque community, Shortstaxx is known for her unique, innovative, sometimes outrageous acts and comedic stage presence. Whether she’s Carmen twirling her tassels while in the throes of death, a burlesque Ramones pinhead or an oversized bedazzled flower blooming onstage, Shortstaxx is a steamy dish that’s sure to satisfy yet leave you begging for more!

Eva Brontosaurus: The best Dinosaur/Drag/Music Trio you will ever see.
Long, long ago, okay about 20-mumble, mumble years ago there was an 80s cover band called Eva Brontosaurus and they were totally braindead retarded. They played the gift shop/lounge of Dinosaurland, a roadside attraction with no rides and no animatronics just large, plaster statues of dinosaurs that were largely inaccurate. One fateful evening they decided to sneak a couple of Coors Lights from the meat locker in the back and they got locked in and were forgotten … until now! Ladies and Gentlemen – Eva Brontosaurus!

Eva Brontosaurus is the brain(fart) child of dragstress Lucrezia Blozia. Started in New York in the early aughts and continued in LA, the trio has shared the stage with the likes of Dirty Martini and Margaret Cho yet still somehow manages to remain unknown! Currently made up of Lucrezia Blozia, Blanca Chingamiga and Shortstaxx, Eva Brontosaurus is like a three beautiful woman version of Weird Al Yankovic only dirty, really dirty.

Special halftime games!
We have a brand new spot of mid-show entertainment: “Make Mab Laugh”
Do you think you have what it takes to make the Mistress of Misery, the Princess of Pain, the Jaded and Bitter Glasswalking Sideshow Girl, Mab, Just Mab crack a smile?
Try your luck, and your best material!
(And before you even think about, she’s not ticklish.)
Super-Fabulous-Amazing-Wondrous Prizes awarded to the winner!

When is all this happening?
Thursday, May 13, 2010
for only $10!!! (wow! what a bargain!)
only at the Palace of Wonders
1210 H. St. NE
Washington DC 20002

Let DC know you love Variety Performers! Support the arts! See you at the Palace!

Emerging Variety Artists?

Posted by mabjustmab | Posted in bellydance, blog biz, burlesque, circus, comedy, drumming, events, fire, juggling, magic, open mic, palace, puppets, sideshow, spoken word, Venues | Posted on 12-01-2010


I have been toying with the idea of starting a “New Artist Showcase” @ the Palace for a while now. I want to give performers who don’t know where to start a chance to show their stuff.

I have a few variety artists in mind, but I’m always on the look out for more. any suggestions?

any genera. jugglers, fire artists, dancers, burlesque, sideshow, circus, magic, comedy, etc.

also included are solo/duo variety musicians although I’m going to try to stay away from huge bands as there won’t be room for them on the stage, they take longer to set up, and there are already many venues for regular bands.

drop me an email if you are interested and please pass this on!
mab (at mabjustmab.com)

Coming Soon!

Posted by mabjustmab | Posted in blog biz | Posted on 03-01-2010


Welcome to DCVariety!  A new site for and by local DC Variety artists.  Here you will find links to performers, resources, idea exchange, upcoming events and more.

Stay tuned!

If you are interested in becoming a contributor, please comment here!

The DCVariety blog is looking for contributors!

Posted by mabjustmab | Posted in blog biz | Posted on 24-12-2008


Hello All!

and welcome back after a brief hiatus!

We are boldly moving forward onward into the future! the inevitable companion for time is change! and we here are DCVariety have quite a few changes in mind.

The DCVariety blog is looking for contributors!

The current contributors are all performers, which can make timely updates a bit challenging. we would love to have anyone who is interested in contributing to pipe up! send me an email (jaladrum at gmail) with a few details about who you are, your background, experience, and area of interest. we would love to really have this blog take off!

Some of the roles we would like to have:
fire correspondent
off beat (other)
reviews and events

we would love to hear from you.
and happy new year to all!

Check Me Out!

Posted by mabjustmab | Posted in blog biz | Posted on 18-08-2008


Yea baby, I got a new look!

Like all the big Hollywood stars, I got a face lift. And now I have to say, I’m looking sharp!

For all you folks who are reading the remote feed, take a minute to swing by and check out the new look.

And it’s ok to tell me I’m pretty. I know you want to.

Tell the world! Promote!

We have new DCVaritey Banners that you can post anywhere you like! Simply download this image and spread the love!
Be sure to link back here! Let everyone know how cool you are!

But wait! There’s more! There are plans to get our very own domain/web real estate. Stay tuned for more info on that!

Coming up – more news and reviews!

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