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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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Meet the Variety: Spinnabel Lee, Fire Artist

Posted by Chè Monique | Posted in fire, Meet the Variety, reviews | Posted on 09-03-2015

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Introducing a new series here at DCVariety.com! Meet the Variety! This week, an article submitted by Chè Monique.

by Chè Monique

Victoriana1.SpinnabelLeeI first met Spinnabel Lee, when I hired her to perform at one of my Halloween parties. She dazzled my friends with a show that consisted of spinning fire poi, dancing with fire fans and fire hooping. I believe Spinnabel is the first person I’ve ever seen wriggle her body in and out a hoop set ablaze. Though I have many friends in the creative a performing arts, I could tell that for many of my friends this was their first time witnessing a show like this. They were absolutely captivated.

Spinnabel has achieved the dream, she is self employed full time doing the work she loves. Spinnabel Lee is a fire dancer and hooper and enjoys taking hip hop dance classes. In fact even though I said she’s living ‘the dream’, Spinnabel’s dream would be to be in a rap video, or even better go on tour with Beyoncè. Spinnabel is a DC variety artist that kind of exists on the fringes of the variety scene.Most of Spinnabel’s performance work is private events, like my Halloween party, weddings, and corporate events. Spinnabel also teaches hoop dance classes and helps organize the FLAME Festival outside of Atlanta.

Spinnabel Lee Fire FansSpinnabel fell in love with fire dance after being mesmerised by a performance she saw at a party in Guatemala. After failed attempts at self instruction, she found a friend to teach her the basics and Spinnabel Lee was born. Over her years of performance, Spinnabel has had quite a few snafus from wardrobe malfunctions to dropping her props and of course numerous burns. From her perspective the possibility of things going wrong, potentially dangerously wrong is what makes live performance so thrilling.

I’m really glad I decided to reconnect with Spinnabel, I was reminded of her blog which I’ve perused occasionally. It is a really great resource. I think there is content in it that everyone will find useful. Spinnabel posts lots of great business tips for performers and entertainers as well good solid life advice. More information about Spinnabel including booking information, her calendar and the incredibly informative blog can be found at www.spinnabellee.com.

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che-moniqueChè Monique produces Chocolate 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 .

 

September DCVariety – Danger!

Posted by mabjustmab | Posted in bellydance, burlesque, events, fire, palace | Posted on 08-09-2010

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Sexy and Sassy, Crude and Classy.

This month we have Dangerous Beauties!

FIRE! SWORDS! BURLESQUE, SINGING & DANCING! What’s not to love????

Mavi, the blue haired sword dancing maven, a tribal fusion belly dancer that mixes fire, swords, and industrial music to carve out a style that is truly her own. Mavi comes to us from the DC Tribal Café, where she co-hosts a monthly showcase of what the eclectic world of belly dance has to offer, bringing in talent from near and far. She also teaches workshops throughout the country, and is truly a local gem. Do not miss her!

Clovis Dance Afire’s resident whiskey-drinking virago

Wham Bam Pam – This recent transplant from Chicago is a feisty little firecracker fueled by whiskey and filled with mirth. Sassy and sexy, a little geeky, and totally fun, her burlesque will knock you out! Wham! Bam! Pam! Right in the kisser 😉

Tickets $10

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!

When is all this happening?
Thursday, September 9, 2010
9pm (ish)
for only $10!!! (wow! what a bargain!)
only at the Palace of Wonders
1210 H. St. NE
Washington DC 20002

JUST ADDED!
Post Show Go-Go dancing by none other the DD Cupcake!!!

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

DCVariety @ the Palace of Wonders

Posted by mabjustmab | Posted in burlesque, events, fire, palace, sideshow | Posted on 17-04-2010

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Hi True Fans!

Mab, Just Mab here, excited as heck! This summer is kicking off some fabulous new adventures! After a few test runs, I’m getting the ball rolling on a new collective called DCVariety. DCVariety is all about celebrating the Variety Arts in the Nation’s capital, bringing performers together, sharing resources, ideas, tips and gigs.

My personal goal to help bring out more Variety acts to the District (and beyond!). To that end, I’ve been working with the (stunning and amazing) L’il Dutch to produce a monthly event at the Palace of Wonders. I’ve searched the District to find the best you’ve never seen! Every month we bring you new and unusual acts that wonder and amaze!

Sexy and Sassy, Crude and Classy.

This Month!

Ditch Higgens
When I asked up and coming local sideshow aficionado Ditch Higgens what made his Sideshow stand out, he told me “My act made a whole table get up and leave once”. I hired him on the spot.

Stella Sweet
Burlesque’s Good Girl, except when she’s not, Miss Stella Sweet comes to us all the way from the Aloha State, where she performed with the Cherry Blossom Cabaret. Stella brings the class and titillation of old school burlesque back to the DC stage. This curvaceous cutie exemplifies the art of the tease. Performing in her second show here at the Palace of Wonders, please welcome Miss Stella Sweet!

Spanky Roundbottom
Maryland’s special Slaphappy Sexpot, Spanky Roundbottom!
Hailing from the Carolinas originally, Spanky will be dishing up a heapin’ helpin’ of southern hospitality mixed with mid-Atlantic spunk in a burlesque performance that will make your jeans feel tight!

Red Raven
Death-defying, daring fire dancer, Red Raven, will leave you in awe as she wields Flaring Fans and Sizzling Swords of FLAME!

Special halftime games!

Starting this month, 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, April 29, 2010
9pm
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! and I’ll 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

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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)

Poi Workshop

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

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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.

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!

Dance Afire Haunted VooDoo Luau!

Posted by mabjustmab | Posted in events, fire | Posted on 23-09-2008

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EVENT: Dance Afire Haunted VooDoo Luau!
DATE & TIME: Thursday, September 25, 2008 9:00PM
LOCATION: The Piratz Tavern, 8402 georgia av , Silver Spring, Maryland 20910
COST: ???
DETAILS:

Piratz Tavern
If you missed us at Lets Dance Takoma Park come on by the Piratz Tavern for their Vodoo Luau and we’ll show yoou how its done, but their has been a chage….

We are sad to inform you all that the fearless toy soldiers of Dance Afire were killed last night in a freak bullet related accident. Dance Afire’s leader, the Great Voodoo General, assures us this tragedy totally unavoidable, and completely unrelated to recent rumors of a power struggle within DC’s latest fire phenomenon. “The silver lining,” he tells us, “is that I doubt this will affect our act.”

Come see the reanimated corpses of Dance Afire do what they do best: Burn!
Thursdays September 25th and October 30th @ Piratz Tavern in Silver Spring.
Shows start at 9PM.

UPDATE! Come in costume and the bar will give you free booze!

Bizarre Bazaar

Posted by mabjustmab | Posted in bellydance, events, fire, palace | Posted on 29-07-2008

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EVENT: Bizarre Bazaar
DATE & TIME: Thursday, July 31, doors open at 7pm, show at 9:30
LOCATION: The Palace of Wonders
1210 H St. NE, Washington DC 20002
COST: $10
DETAILS:
Come out for the monthly Bizarre Bellydance event at the Palace of Wonders! This month, they will be bring out some truly unique acts!
dancing, fire, cabaret, tribal and much more!

This months Artists –
Eugenia
Jen
Kallisti Tribal
Mayyadah Sabri
Zobeide
& special guest, Mab, Just Mab!!!

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