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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...

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November Open Mic is going to AWESOME!

Posted by mabjustmab | Posted in burlesque, circus, comedy, events, open mic, palace | Posted on 22-10-2012


Mab, Just Mab has been working with some amazing folks to keep DC’s ONLY Variety open mic going. We had to skip October, but we are back in November. And we are back, stronger than ever!

All the way from Richmond, VA – Moxie LaBouche from “Those Freaking Weirdos” always brings a creative and slightly odd spin with her burlesque.

Fresh off her rocking Figment, you loved her at the Intergalactic Speakeasy, DC’s darling songstress, Abby Nightingale will show you she’s more than just a pretty voice!

I recently met the lovely Dainty Dandridge at the Wonder Brunch at the Red Palace, and I instantly fell in love with her. I think you will too! She’s been charming darlings with her sultry tunes and sweet burlesque at Phase One.

Also new on the DC burlesque scene is the sweet Adora Coquette. I can’t wait to see what she has in store for us!
And back for more, Glam Gamz couldn’t stay away! But you’re not crying, this girl lives up to her name!

And you can’t do a variety show with some sweet tunes. But we are gonna do it DCVariety style. Frankie & Betty are an acoustic duo that will leave you short of breath from dancing and laughing.

The Clown Cabaret exchange brings us the incredibly talented Mandy Dalton! This lady has trained by Ringling Brothers, the Moscow Art Theatre School, and Cirque du Soleil, and now she’s hanging out with us! wow!

I cannot believe how awesome this month’s show is going to be! And the cover is still only $8!!! Any ~one~ of these acts alone is worth that! And you are getting more than 7 great acts! Plus the DCVariety Open Mic audience participation where you can win fabulous prizes!

Come out and see the Variety of DC!

DCVariety November Open Mic!

Posted by mabjustmab | Posted in burlesque, circus, comedy, events, featured, juggling, magic, music, open mic, palace, puppets, sideshow, spoken word | Posted on 12-10-2012


DCVariety Open Mic Night @ the Red PalacePSA: CALLING ALL VARIETY ARTISTS!
I’ve been working with some amazing folks to keep DC’s ONLY Variety open mic going. We had to skip October, but we are back in November. and I want to come back stronger than ever!

This month I’m gonna focus hard on the more traditional variety arts, meaning: Magic, Burlesque, Sideshow, and a juggler if I can find one willing to work at the palace. acrobats and hoopers, some bellydance, and I would love a variety music act too! I’ll even take some clowns!

Let me know if you or anyone you know anyone who would be interested in performing! and spread the word!

This is a great opportunity to try out new material, get some video on the Palace stage, meet other performers in the area, and if you haven’t ever been to the Palace before, be seen by them!

Let’s keep new blood in the variety arts! Let’s keep the community growing stronger than ever!

Sign up here: http://www.dcvariety.com/sign-up-to-perform-at-a-dcvariety-show/

Burlesque & Variety New Year’s Eve Blowout Bash at the Red Palace

Posted by mabjustmab | Posted in burlesque, circus, comedy, events, palace, sideshow | Posted on 16-12-2011


Ball Drop @ the Red Palace

The Dr.’s Orders Productions Presents:


Burlesque & Variety New Year’s Eve Blowout Bash at the Red Palace

Red Palace, 1212 H Street NE, Washington DC
Saturday, December 31, 2011
Doors at 8 pm
Shows at 9, 10, & 11
Ball Drop at midnight
Dance Party until closing!

$30 (adv. @ www.redpalacedc.com)/$40 (door)

Step right up, Ladies & Gentlemen, for a New Year’s Eve spectacular at the only vaudeville stage, oddity museum, and full bar in the world! BALL DROP features bodacious burlesque babes, death-defying novelty acts, twisted sideshow oddities, quirky musical surprises, go-go dancing, and an all-night dance party! After a sold out 2010, 2011’s second annual BALL DROP at the Red Palace is bigger and brighter, starring talent from around the country, local favorites, and you!

All the way from San Francisco, our Master of Ceremonies for the evening’s debauchery is none other than the world famous Scotty the Blue Bunny! Starring “burlesque expert” (NY1 & Big Think), Dr. Lucky (NYC); the criminally cute burlesque beauty, Lil’ Steph (Philadelphia); award-winning pop sensation Pop (NYC) of Gigi & Pop on ukulele; circus artistry from Miss Joule (DC) of Tilted Torch; amazing sideshow thrills from Mab Just Mab (DC) of the Cheeky Monkey Sideshow; and neo-burlesque and variety fun from Paco Fish and Marla Meringue (Baltimore) of Sticky Buns Burlesque. With New York City’s “Best Dressed DJ,” DJ Momotaro, spinning the party tunes all night long.

Event: http://www.facebook.com/events/325350950812763/
Producer: www.doctorofburlesque.com
Venue: http://redpalacedc.com
Scotty the Blue Bunny: www.scottybunny.com
Gigi & Pop: www.gigiandpop.com
Dr. Lucky: www.doctorofburleque.com
Miss Joule: www.missjoule.com
Mab Just Mab: www.mabjustmab.com
Li’ Steph: www.lilsteph.com
Paco Fish: www.pacofish.net
Marla Meringue: www.marlaparker.com

  • Doors @ 8pm
  • 21+


  • $30/advance
  • $40/day of show


* * * Images & Interviews Available Upon Request. Contact: Lynn Sally: 917-204-7566 or doctorofburlesque@yahoo.com * * *

Pastie-Aid Details

Posted by mabjustmab | Posted in bellydance, burlesque, circus, comedy, events, palace, sideshow | Posted on 30-03-2011



CONTACT: Chris Griffin
Cell: 323-788-8970

Putting the “fun” in emergency relief fund

Whether you’re twirling a tassel, juggling fire or snapping a mousetrap on your tongue it’s good to know you’ve got insurance. Recently DC’s own sideshow girl, Mab, just Mab found out the hard way when, while on tour, she chipped a tooth (not in a professional capacity). She ended up having to use rent money to pay for emergency dental work. While she was able to recover, she realized many of the local burlesque, vaudeville and variety communities are uninsured and working part-time jobs and may not be so lucky. So with the help of Hope Operas founder Chris Griffin she decided to create Pastie-AID, an emergency fund for local variety, vaudeville and burlesque performers. There will be a benefit performance and auction on April 15th at the Red Palace to kick-start the Fund.

This will truly be a variety show with all bases covered with sideshow performances by Mab, just Mab and Swami YoMahmi, musical comedy from Eva Brontosaurus and UkeCordionPocalypse, burlesque from Shortstaxx, Spanky Roundbottom and Wham Bam Pam, boylesquers Paco Fish and Tony Apollo, and variety acts from Malibu, Moira Lee, Clovis and Miss Joule. The evening will be hosted by Mab, just Mab and alt. dragster Lucrezia Blozia.

Auction items including artwork by local art stars Scott Brooks, Jared Davis, Todd Gardner and Steve Strawn, a photo session with Stereo Vision Photography (known for their glamor portraits of local burlesque beauties), signed copies of James Taylor’s sideshow book “Shocked and Amazed”, a belly dancing lesson by Belladonna, an accordion lesson from UkeCordionPocalypse’s Baska D’Joy and one of Malibu, Mistress of Fire’s signature tiny top hats. Other auction items and performers may be added between now and the show.

PASTIE-AID, a benefit for local uninsured variety performers, Friday, April 15th at the Red Palace, 1210 H Street, N.E. Doors 9:00PM, Show 10:00PM. Admission is $10.00. For more information contact Chris Griffin at lucrezia.blozia@gmail.com.

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)

Bread and Puppet Theater FREE SHOW

Posted by mabjustmab | Posted in circus, events, free, puppets | Posted on 15-10-2008


Oct 21-22
St. Stephen’s Church ( 1525 Newton St NW ; Corner of 16th and Newton )
Washington DC
DETAILS: The World-Famous Bread and Puppet Theater Will Perform in DC:

“To live in America and never see the Bread and Puppet Theater perform is like living in Egypt and never seeing the pyramids.” (Christian Science Monitor)

“The Bread & Puppet Theater has been so long a part of America ’s conscious struggle for our better selves, that it has become, paradoxically, a fixture of our subconscious.”” (NPR commentator Andrei Codrescu)

Event Details:

Bread and Puppet Theater

At St. Stephen’s Church ( 1525 Newton St NW ; Corner of 16th and Newton )

Tuesday, Oct 2120at 8pm: “The Sourdough Philosophy Circus”

Wednesday, Oct 22 at 8pm: “Storm Office: A Storm Poem with Implementation Machine”




October 3, 2008 646-734-6705 cell; janelleboal@aol.com

WASHINGTON, DC (Oct. 3, 2008) – Giant puppets, dancing zebras, city bred cows and sour stilters will transform St. Stephen’s Church into a big-top circus of political proportions when the world-famous Bread and Puppet Theater returns to DC for two performances Tuesday and Wednesday, October 21-22. The performance is free and open to the public.

Bread and Puppet is one of the oldest activist street theater companies in the country, and this year they will perform two different shows to DC audiences:

On Tuesday evening at 8pm Bread and Puppet will perform the newest of their famous (and family-friendly) puppet circuses. The “Sourdough Philosophy Circus is a show about the need for human fermentation. In their own words: “Human fermentation concerns those parts of the human body that are not governed by the government, like the guts and the gutsy par ts of the brain. This is also applies to zebras and city bred cows, dancing bears and independent donkeys. The show is run by a bunch of cooks, specialists in cooking the various stews and pancakes of our everyday first world exist ence. Additional commentary is provided by the Rotten Idea Theater Company. Music is by the Sourdough Philosophy Brass Band and a quartet of sheep.”

On Wednesday evening at 8pm, Bread and Puppet will perform Storm Office: A Storm Poem with Implementation Machine. two-curtain box stage, using newspaper comments on recent storms and their relationship to politics. This show speaks with pictures instead of words. In Storm Office, Bread and Puppet relies “on a big collection of masks and puppets, representing all archetypal traits of the ancient and contemporary worlds. In this [show] masked characters are joined by an airplane, a typewriter, a deer, a big fist and…a sailboat called: We Are All in The Same Boat, which will take the audience on a journey through the streets.” Storm Office is a puppet and mask show, performed in and around a

Both shows will include an opportunity to savor Schumann’s famous sourdough rye bread, laden with garlic aioli, while both theater- and circus-goers alike will enjoy the opportunity to purchase the company’s legendary “cheap art.”



Bread and Puppet History:

The Bread & Puppet Theater is one of the oldest non-profit, self- supporting theater companies in the U.S. The theater has been enacting its radical utopian vision in cardboard and cloth for over forty years, from the spectacle of its larger-than-life puppets at Vietn am War protests in New York City, to the pageantry of its annual event, Our Domestic Resurrection Circus, in Glover, Vermont, which ran for over 25 years. The Domestic Resurrection regularly attracted audiences in the tens of thousands up to the late 1990’s.

Dubbed a “living national treasure” by The New York Times, Bread and Puppet Theater, under the direction of German-born sculptor Peter Schumann, has toured internationally for more than 35 years. The Vermont-based troupe performs on urgent social, political, and environmental issues. According to the Christian Science Monitor, “To live in America and never see the Bread and Puppet Theater perform is like living in Egypt and never seeing the pyramids.”

Author and NPR commentator Andrei Codrescu has praised “the genius of P eter Schumann, the prodigious puppet-God,” writing that “the Bread & Puppet Theater has been so long a part of America ’s conscious struggle for our better selves, that it has become, paradoxically, a fixture of our subconscious.”

Schumann founded Bread and Puppet Theater in 1963 in New York City . Hand-puppet shows for children and rod-puppet shows for the street were produced from early experiments. Later, complex stylized compositions with masked performers, over-life-sized effigies, improvised music and narration astounded adult audiences. The company has won distinction at international theater festivals in Italy , Poland , France , Venezuela , and South Korea . Awards include the Erasmus Prize of Amsterdam, two off-Broadway Obie Awards, the Puppeteers of America President’s Award, a Guggenheim Award, the Vermont Governor’s Award, and numerous trophies from local small-town parades.

The company currently tours new and old productions, on the American continent and abroad, and sells Bread & Puppet Press posters and publications. The traveling puppet shows range from tightly composed theater pieces presented by members of the company to extensive outdoor pageants that require the participation=2 0of many volunteers. Apprentices come to the farm in the summer to work with Peter Schumann and the Bread and Puppet Company, joining Bread and Puppet old-timers and community members in presenting large-scale spectacles on the Bread and Puppet farm in Glover every Sunday in July and August.


Poi Workshop

Posted by mabjustmab | Posted in circus, classes, events, fire | Posted on 13-10-2008


EVENT: Poi Workshop
DATE & TIME: Thursday at 8 PM
LOCATION: Contradiction Dance at
7014 Westmoreland Ave
Takoma Park, MD
COST: $10 if you reserve a spot in advance either through the studio (contradictiondance@mac.com) or Dance Afire (valloup@gmail.com) and $15 for drop-in.
DETAILS: (text from the email)
If any of you have come to the spin jams on Tuesdays at Lunar Larry’s in the past few months, you may have gotten an impromptu poi lesson from Drex.
Now he’s doing a full workshop through Dance Afire to teach beginners the basics of poi at Contradiction Dance in Takoma Park.

If you’ve seen people spin poi and would like to learn, or have picked up a few basic tricks and would like to expand your knowledge, come out to Contradiction Dance at 7014 Westmoreland Ave this Thursday at 8 PM.

This is a great space with hardwood floors and full-length mirrors — practicing in front of mirrors is essential for picking up clean technique and there are few places in the country where poi classes can be had in such an environment. The class is $10 if you reserve a spot in advance either through the studio (contradictiondance@mac.com) or Dance Afire (valloup@gmail.com) and $15 for drop-in.

Drex will be teaching techniques that’ll help you get basic tricks down and give you tools to start moving into more intermediate poi spinning. Keep watching this list for fire safety workshops and a 6-week intermediate poi class starting in November.

Wanna learn how to Juggle?

Posted by mabjustmab | Posted in circus, classes, juggling | Posted on 01-08-2008


for those who may not know, I have started a new mailing list for DCVariety artists. In the few short weeks it’s been around, it has already proven a great resource. This little gem on juggling just passed the internet airwaves (thank you Moira Lee!)

Fairfax Jugglers meet every Thursday night in the cafeteria of Key Middle School (entrance #6). No experience necessary!
7:30pm to 10:00pm
6402 Franconia Rd, Springfield VA 22150

Other clubs:

The US Department of Juggling gets together on Fridays in Chevy Chase
MD: http://www.usjuggling.org and they maintain a Yahoo group:

The University of Maryland Juggling Club meets Tuesdays and Fridays:

The American University juggling club (aka American Circus) meets on Mondays from 6:30 to 8:30pm on AU’s campus in DC. They rotate room assignments every week so if you are interested in coming or want more information, please contact Regina Schuman at (973) 919-1834 or regina.schuman@american.edu.

Paolo & Mab-o Together Again! For the First Time!

Posted by mabjustmab | Posted in burlesque, circus, events, palace, sideshow | Posted on 10-07-2008


EVENT: Paolo & Mab-o Together Again! For the First Time!
DATE & TIME: Friday, July 11, 2008 – 10 pm
LOCATION: The Palace of Wonders
COST: $10

this is the big one folks! if you catch only one show this month, make it this one!

one of the advantages to being a variety performer is that I get to hear about other variety acts in the area before other folks do. but this isn’t about them. this is about me. and the next big show coming to town.

Paolo Garbanzo, an old friend and an amazing performer, will be in town THIS FRIDAY! at the Palace of Wonders. As a fair warning, the Palace is not that big, I believe capacity is about 100, and we plan on selling out the house! Get there early!

Why should you go to this show? Well, besides the fact that you should trust me, I can think of a few other good reasons.

Paolo Garbanzo is the only American to ever win the international jester competition. That makes him an official jester, in england. Now, he’s never performed for the Queen herself, but he has performed for dukes and lords, in castles and festivals all over Europe.

If you like juggling, you may know him as Misha Karamazov of the Flying Karamazov Brothers (arguably the most well known juggler group in the world)

Love him or hate him, I can’t argue with all that he has accomplished in the years that I have known him. getting his start as a geeky juggler boy tossing clubs in the park at college, to playing at Pier 39 in San Francisco, to touring with the Karamazov’s, than being crowned Official Jester, all leading him back here, to Washington DC. for one. night. only.

There is very little in the world that can trump that. so, I will be seeing you at the Palace!

Bellydance & Sideshow Extravaganza

Posted by mabjustmab | Posted in bellydance, circus, events, music, sideshow | Posted on 04-01-2008


EVENT: Bellydance & Sideshow Extravaganza
DATE & TIME:Thursday, January 10, 2008 7:00 PM
6 East Broad St.
Richmond, VA23219
COST: Tickets: $10 in advance, $15 at the door.

Onca O’leary and the Mezmer Society is bringing their unique style of Vaudeville, Bellydance, and live Balkan music to Richmond! The show will also feature dancers from DC, Richmond, Charlottsville, and Hampton Roads. The line-up incudes Romka, Asharah, and fire in the Belly. In addition to the kick ass line-up of dancers, the show will also feature DC’s own side show queen, Mab-Just-Mab. This will be a truly eclectic show featuring cabaret, tribal fusion, gypsy fusion, and ATS.

Art 6
6 East Broad St.
Richmond, VA23219

Doors open at 7, show starts at 7:30
Tickets: $10 in advance, $15 at the door.
For more info: joharadance@hotmail.com or 804-307-8814

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