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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

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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.

 

 

November Open Mic is going to AWESOME!

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

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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

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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

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Ball Drop @ the Red Palace

The Dr.’s Orders Productions Presents:

BALL DROP

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.

Websites:
Event: http://www.facebook.com/events/325350950812763/
Producer: www.doctorofburlesque.com
Venue: http://redpalacedc.com
Performers:
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+

TICKETS:

  • $30/advance
  • $40/day of show

http://www.ticketalternative.com/Events/16450.aspx

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

June DCVariety Show @ the Red Palace

Posted by mabjustmab | Posted in comedy, events, music, palace, sideshow | Posted on 12-06-2011

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They couldn’t keep us away! Back again! This month’s DCVariety brings back veteran favorites and new comers!

Sideshow by Kellan Backagain!
Face-melting uke and accordion rock by UkeCordionPocalypse
Original and Brilliant cabaret songs by Eva Brontosaurus (2/3rds)
Mind bending magic by David London
& more!

we are adding more acts, so stay tuned!
remember, Variety is the spice of life!
and the spice must flow!

Pastie-Aid Details

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

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Chris Griffin
lucrezia.blozia@gmail.com
Cell: 323-788-8970

PASTIE-AID TO BENEFIT THE LOCAL BURLESQUE, VAUDEVILLE & VARIETY COMMUNITIES
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.

Pickpockets & Loose Women

Posted by mabjustmab | Posted in burlesque, comedy, events, fire, magic, music, sideshow | Posted on 10-08-2010

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Fun Fact: I have the best job ever!

I get to bring awesome new stuff that folks haven’t had the chance to see at the Palace before.   And while I say this nearly every month, the folks who make it out to DCVariety know I speak the truth.  This month’s show is gonna be AMAZING!

DCVariety has become a little hidden weeknight treat of a gem of new and spectacular entertainment that you don’t get to see on the weekends.

Come enjoy an evening of outrageous comedy, amazing magic, variety acts and naughty but nice burlesque with a turn-of-the-century medicine show theme at DC’s own “Palace of Wonders.”

Richmond’s own “Pickpockets and Loose Women” will be starring as part of the DCVariety Showcase and doing teasers of our full evening show.

– Enjoy Doc Hezekiah Volz (world champion magician Larry Volz) as the slick snake oil selling sleight of h…and scoundrel as he levitates, ruminates, cogitates and illuminates you with his priceless gems of wisdom… as he lops off his own bloody arm for your entertainment pleasure.

– Wipe off your glasses for an eye full of the gorgeous and delightful Miss Di Wreckshun (film and television actress Heather Bailey) as she performs her scandelous, sexy and sometimes surprisingly funny fan dance.

– Marvel at the fabulous Miss Bea Havin (belly dance star Khalima) as she mesmerizes you with her exotic Egyptian belly dance to a hilarious and original song written just for her by (in part) Groucho Marx himself!

– Fresh from her Capital Tassels and Tease show, DD Cupcakes — the Bon Bon Bomshell that has been giving DC a sweet tooth! Made of sugar and spice (and everything nice) her humorous routines and double D personality are sure to excite and leave you wanting seconds.”

– And a special added bonus Surprise! that we set on fire for you!

– Hosted by DC’s own brilliant and talented Mab Just Mab!

And because you love seeing Mab suffer, back again is everyone’s favorite 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!

Bring your funny bone but keep your hand on your wallet because… well… you DID read the name of the show right?…

9PM
Palace of Wonders
1210 H. Street, NE
Washington DC
Tickets $10

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

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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)

Live Humans! in DC

Posted by mabjustmab | Posted in comedy, events, free, open mic, palace | Posted on 13-10-2008

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EVENT: Live Humans in DC
DATE & TIME: Tuesday Oct. 14
LOCATION: Palace of Wonders
COST: FREE!
DETAILS:
Live Humans is Washington DC’s only open mic variety show. and as can be expected, it can be found at the Palace of Wonders.

This week they are featuring the magic and juggling of Chris McCauley and Laura Ernst.

It’s free folks, so come on out and feel free to join in the fun! and if you are interested in trying out a new act, bring it out!

link for more info – Palace of Wonders’ website

or you can visit their myspace page.

Vixen Variety

Posted by mabjustmab | Posted in bellydance, burlesque, comedy, events, fire, palace, sideshow | Posted on 06-10-2008

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EVENT: Vixen Variety
DATE & TIME: Thursday October 9, 2008
LOCATION: The Palace of Wonders
1210 H ST. NE Washington DC 20002
COST: $10
DETAILS:
Vixen Variety is an exciting new all female variety show!
More then just a feast for the eyes this show will knock your socks off!
These clever, sly and scandalous women will woo you with their willfulness and wiles!
You don’t want to miss the fun as these foxy females flaunt their finesse and show off their skills in a hodgepodge of heroines!
A new medley of talent each month!
So come one, come all to the foxy & fabulous Vixen Variety Show!

THIS MONTH! Mab (me) will be bringing out her new comedy fire eating routine! All Funny! All the Time! Even while on FIRE!

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