Friday, September 28, 2012

"Best of Frankie Tease Magazine Vol.1" Easier Than Ever to Read

Exclusive never-before published in-depth interviews, articles that have been well-read and are in wider release, mixed with photos by Frankie and local Las Vegas photographers make this "Best of" book something special.

If you love the arts with a focus on Burlesque, Comedy, Music, and Culture, you must read the fun and informative articles from this embedded Las Vegas reporter. It will set you back under $5, and be instantly digitally delivered to your computer if PDF, or downloaded to your favorite device via your favorite eReader. Each six months, there will be a new volume, so keep up.

At the time of this article Sony, the iBookstore (Apple), and Baker and Taylor are not yet listing the book, but will soon. A list below will show you who does have the book in ePub format.
And here is the eBook version, it goes for $3.99 on your favorite eReader.



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  • Gardner's- [iPad, Nook, Sony Reader, Kobo Reader, etc.] us ISBN: 9781623096434
Soon:
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  • Baker & Taylor- available by 9/27/12 [iPad, Nook, Sony Reader, Kobo Reader, etc.]
Exciting interviews, reviews, and photos in The Best of Frankie Tease Magazine Vol.1 include: Comedian Lisa Lampanelli (NBC, Comedy Central), Director Mark Mori of Bettie Page Reveals All Film (Building Bombs), Dita Von Teese (Bizarre, Playboy, Crazy Horse-Paris, House of Blues) Strip Strip Hooray!, Jonathon Joffe, Burlesque Assassins, The Big Six, Dirty Martini (Dirty Martini and the New Burlesque, Cannes Best Director winner: Tournee'), Viva Las Vegas Rockabilly Weekend 15, Imogen Kelly (Australia), The Burlesque Hall of Fame Weekend 2012 (Las Vegas), Si Cranstoun (of UK's Dualers), Moonlight Howlers, Las Vegas's: Melody Sweets (Absinthe), Michelle L’Amour (America's Got Talent, Naked Girls Reading), Renea LeRoux (Burlesque Assasins), and Armitage Shanks (Burlesque Assassins), and photos by: Blue Hair Media, Rene Gastelum, Jonathon Joffe, 53deluxe.com, Into the Gold Photography, and Frankie TeaseFotos.

ISBN: 9781623096434 

Frankie Tease is a reporter in Vegas since 9/11/11

Monday, September 24, 2012

Cha Cha Velour, Legends, and Las Vegas Burlesque Classes


Photo by Radiant Inc. of Cha Cha Velour
If you were driving on the Las Vegas Strip Northbound toward the Stratosphere (before Sahara), you would turn right on Karen Avenue, park at 900 Karen Ave. and enter the middle of the "New Orleans Square" to locate Suite C-209. It is not street-side, it's inside. A warm night in September led me to do just that, and I found myself at the front door of the Studio where Cha Cha Velour - the burlesque dance studio owner - was holding an open house. Sure, I first had to drive through a run-down area several blocks east to get there, but if you've spent anytime in Vegas, you know that's not unusual (especially since 2008). Upstairs following the signs (elevator available) I found a glass-front studio with a "Las Vegas Burlesque Classes" Sign on it.
Entering the studio, I was greeted by a wall of legendary performers' autographed photos, a wall of teachers who'd already taught at the studio, which has been open a year next January. The performers in the hanging photos were adorned with bawdy accouterments, or none. The front room area garnered a selection of accessories you might want to buy, and a Vintage Fainting Couch to rest your laurels on. I entered through the next threshold to find a mirrored square room with gorgeous wood floors. The room looked full of about forty people for the social event. Cupcakes and champagne were served, and a mini-lesson in burlesque 'bumps' was given to onlookers and participants twice during the 5-8pm soiree, Saturday Sept. 22, 2012. 
There were only about three guys present. Walls were bright vintage pinks and greens, and delicate decorative trim and photos made it feel warm and inviting. A box of feather boas was present and used a few times during the evening. Cha Cha Velour and several other instructors were mingling with students and strangers alike, warming up the place. A small changing room with mirrors was off to the right upon entry, for the before and after class transformations. The studio offers a four week class, a twelve week class, and many workshops and special events which include stellar traveling burlesque performers. Bachellorette parties are also popular with the studio, where you can have the instructed party come to you, or come to the Las Vegas Burlesque Classes studio.
I asked a couple of lovely ladies what brought them out to the studio. Tralena has recently moved to Vegas and just lost 30 lbs. She was looking for something new to celebrate that. She's a few weeks into lessons, and will be performing at the December Showcase the studio offers its students. She doesn't know her stage name yet, she's working on that in classes. When I asked Tralena what kind of burlesque she liked, she said "anything outside the box, anything weird". She also said that being in the 2nd floor studio made her feel like she was in a tree-house, it's a little getaway.
Blanca saw several women dressed as Lucille Ball coming into McCarran Airport last year for the Viva Las Vegas Rockabilly Weekend. She was hooked on the idea that she wanted to do burlesque from that sighting. She's originally from Colorado and has been taking lessons for two weeks. She learned Tiffany Carter's chair dance routine, and how to tease. When asked her age, she said she was not 22. I chatted with the blonde performer "Buttercup" who said she puts the butt back in buttercup and revealed "Live Burlesque audiences are mostly women, that feels awesome".
The Burlesque Hall of Fame is the only other beacon of light in Vegas sticking to classic American Strip Tease, Classic and Neo Burlesque, and the famous Bump and Grind popularized in American 50's. Cha Cha Velour came to Vegas (from Maine) the same year that the Burlesque Hall of Fame arrived from Helendale California (2004/05), and she has seen it grow. She is a volunteer at BHOF, and would like to be more involved. She has donated regularly and spreads the word whenever she can about BHOF events, and the Las Vegas Museum housing Classic Strip Tease and Burlesque Star artifacts.
The studio's owner Cha Cha Velour and her Number one Legend Instructor: Tiffany Carter did sit down with me for a couple minutes, and this is what they had to say.
FT: How long have you been in Vegas?
CCV: Eight years.
TC: Two years.
FT: How long have you been involved in the studio Tiffany?
TC: I've been involved in the studio since it's open. I teach private classes once in a while when someone comes in town. I had a couple come back from Germany that had met me at a festival, a girl from Canada a couple weeks ago. I teach chair classes, and more.
FT: So, you're kind of on-call and available for the studio. How long have you been performing?
TC: Since the late sixties. I started as a go-go dancer at the Rivera in Hollywood. My first actual Burlesque show, was at the Pink Pussy Cat in Hollywood CA., years ago.
FT: I noticed there is very little authentic vintage burlesque taking place on the strip.
CCV: Oh yeah, there's like- none taking place on the strip.
FT: You are one of the very few people representing authentic Vintage Strip Tease here in Vegas, to my surprise after being here one year. Vegas put classic American Strip-Tease on the map, and it's under-represented here. What's your message to Vegas?
CCV: I went them to know that we have fun and that we've preserved a little bit of Vintage Vegas here in the studio. But, I also want people to get the message of how Burlesque can help you. How it can change you. It can help you to learn to feel good about yourself, to be comfortable being sexy.
FT: What's the difference between those people who want a cathartic experience and to imrpove their body image- and those who want to be a professional performer? What is the difference in how they are taught?
CCV: I am really fluffy with beginners, and it's sort of anything goes. My twelve week course I get strict. Not that there's necessarily right or wrong in burlesque, but there's times when I'm going to tell someone that their gut's hanging out. Whereas with the four week course, we're just having fun.
FT: You have the classic and the Neo Burlesque represented.
CCV: There are twelve instructors and Tiffany Carter is the only legend that instructs here continuously.
FT: Is there anything you'd like to ad?
CCV: I'm happy about how the International Burlesque Community is growing and schools are popping up all over the place. I'm really happy that I was able to start one here in Vegas, and I think it's a good resource for the whole community here in Vegas. It's also a good resource for the International Burlesque Community when they come to Vegas. They can share to the rest of the community. I'm also happy to have a place that we can share our burlesque with people that might not have known about it. We can do Bachelorette parties, and have drop-in classes. We're turning more people on to it. It's been fun.

I didn't get to spend much time with other instructors who were present who are in training to teach remote Bachelorette parties on the strip, and party lessons for many occasions. As I left around 7:30pm the room was emptying out and someone stopped her group before exiting the door. "Good vibes" she said loudly for all to hear. I have to agree. Good vibes.

Sign-up for all the latest from the studio at LasVegasBurlesqueClasses.com
Article by Frankie Tease 

Friday, September 21, 2012

Celebrity Magician "Murray" Show at Laugh Factory Pleases Avid Fans


Murray Sawchuck (39) exemplifies being hungry to perform and raise the art you're involved in to the public's eye. The prolific TV and film star only takes a break from his grueling almost daily Las Vegas show appearance schedule to do more shows - this time in Australia- and that's after he just filmed five episodes of a new kids TV series called "The Jadagrace Show". Not to worry. Even though the show goes dark until its Oct. 1 return, Murray will still offer his spectacular magical madness at the Laugh Factory at Tropicana. Put this quirky talked-about show on your calendar as a local Vegas favorite.

Known for his record-breaking finale' trick on Amarica's Got Talent (making a ginormous model train disappear) before over 20 million fans, Murray has appeared as a headliner at Hollywood's "Magic Castle", and is an annual host at Alice Cooper's Arizona Christmas charity. Murray John Sawchuck was born in Burnaby, British Columbia, and accomplished becoming an American citizen two years ago.

Murray brings his celebrity status and his wild magic tricks six nights per week to Vegas with his guest host Magician "Lefty" and his lovely female assistant "Chloe". Very tweeted about, this artist has appeared on beloved Cable T.V. series such as "Pawn Stars" (magic expert), VH1's "Celebracadabra", as well as Comedy Central's "Reno 911", "Celebrity Blind Date", "Last Comic Standing", "Tough Love", to name a few.

Murray's live show is also supposed to be pretty hilarious and audience-interactive. Murray has appeared on TV and stages alike with his amazing magic tricks, and according to his reviews and blurbs he's a tough act to follow. Apparently this 360-degree-view stage will show you everything and leave no doubts. Murray has been said  to quell even the most magic-suspicious audiences.

At age seven Murray was given a Siegfried and Roy magic kit that changed his life. How ironic is it that he performs on the same Strip where the famous act used to perform? Very. Murray envisioned himself as a magician that sang and danced, and with his musical talent in several of the woodwind family, he could still pull that off. With over 24 awards currently as a magician, Murray also holds the title of "World Champion" internationally and has performed from the Playboy Mansion to Monaco and Paris.

This is one of those shows on my must-see list so look for photos and a review soon. This show is all ages and family friendly. In addition to the new Laugh Factory, check out the "South Beach" inspired remodel of the Tropicana Hotel while you're there. It's amazing.

Celebrity Magician Murray, Sat.-Thurs. 7pm. $22.95-$49.95, Laugh Factory at Tropicana, Las Vegas. Reopens Oct.1, 2012. troplv.com murraysawchuck.com

Article by Frankie Tease of Las Vegas
Photos courtesy of MurraySawchuck

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Viva Las Vegas 16 Rockabilly Weekend Preview- Often Imitated, Never Duplicated - Orleans Hotel March 28-31 2013



VLV15 photos by Cherry Club Inc.




You've heard about it from all corners of the civilized world, you've seen the cars roll into town, you've seen the vintage attire, but you haven't ever attended the original Rockabilly Weekender held Easter yearly in Vegas? Why not? Let me tell you why you shouldn't miss it this year. Legends, up-and-coming greats, and local favorites, will tear up the stages, halls, and hotel rooms once again at Viva Las Vegas Rockabilly Weekend 16, Thursday March 28 - Sunday 31, 2013, at the Las Vegas Orleans Hotel, Casino and Convention Center. Bring your walking and dancing shoes.

New at VLV 16 for 2013
According to organizer and event creator Tom Ingram, the 16th annual Viva Las Vegas Rockabilly Weekender has some new things to offer. This is the first year a downloadable application is available for the event on Android and Apple. The app holds a full event schedule that is interactive, allowing you to choose and mark your own schedule on your smart phone. Anyone who's tried to keep up with the 65 bands, several burlesque shows and extra curricular evening activities knows this is great news. Another new addition is that there will be a pin-up contest held at the most attended single day event at Viva, the Car Show. The largest headliners play the car show (Little Richard and Dick Dale this year) and approximately 20,000 people usually attend. Another addition this year is the tattoo station. Now you can get a tattoo the very weekend of Viva Las Vegas to commemorate your good time. Following is the breakdown of other events within events that take place at the well-attended annual event.

The Car Show
This year's headliners: Little Richard, Dick Dale, The Rockats, Vicky Tafoya and the Big Beat, will be entertaining as many as 20,000 people outdoors at the Saturday car show, if history repeats itself (many more bands are listed, see below). There are solo tickets for the Car show only (Saturday) which offers the largest vintage vendor collection in the world, food stands, Tiki Drinks and bars, and Rockabilly music acts all day. Tickets are $30 in advance, $35 the day of: Saturday March 30, 2012. This includes all car show access and stage entertainment between 9am-7pm, in a huge fenced-in area at Orleans Convention lot. Please see rules on the website for entering your car into the Viva Car Show (VivaLasVegas.net).

Tickets
If you can do anything about clearing all four days and attending the Rockabilly Party with Music, Vintage Fashion, Burlesque, and Jive Dance, it should never ever be missed. All-access tickets in the 16th year of this event are still only an incredible $115, and a child under 12 is $50. One unique thing about Viva Las Vegas Rockabilly Weekend (created and still run by promoter Tom Ingram), is that video and photography are completely unrestricted at the events. Last year I was excited to see a Mom and her 15 year-old son taking photos of bands. 

Burlesque
"Over 21" adult entertainment areas need an extra voucher to attend, which includes Burlesque entertainment. There are actually three areas of Burlesque entertainment throughout the weekend: Professional Shows in the Showroom, Burlesque Bingo (She strips, you win), and the one-night Viva Las Vegas Burlesque Competition. Submission for the contest is now open. Deadline for entries is December 20th 2012. Finalists will be announced January 7, 2013.  Though there have been internet voting issues in past contests, this remains one of the coveted titles on the International Burlesque circuit for professional and amateur performers alike. Celebrity judges pick finalists, and the audience present decides the winners at the Viva performance by cheer volume.

Vintage Fashion and Swing Dancing.
The fashion show is usually taking place at 1pm Friday, so you can stand in line at noon for your tix to a burlesque show (id required), then attend the fashion show (usually in the huge showroom). If you like vintage inspired fashion, this is one of the highlights of Viva. Men and women alike will be found in attendance at this one-time show, though mostly female models and clothing will be displayed. It's perfect to grab a drink and attend, still exhausted from the late-night performances and dancing until wee hours with the oldest and newest hoppin 'tunes. All throughout the four day event, you will find dance lessons in Swing and a contest that wins you cashola and street cred.

The Pool Party
Pool by day, ballroom at night- the Pool Party with all it's eccentric vintage swim-suit clad attendees, vintage music and tiki drinks is an audio visual sensory massage that will last your "inner-vintage-self" at least a year. Not only are there hula-themed bands throughout the weekend, great old-tune record DJ's, but you can get involved in the vintage single or doubles swimsuit contest (I saw a daddy daughter entrant last year). Make sure to get your 4-day pass for access to the pool though, you won't want to miss it. Almost a thousand people checked out this casual video I made from last year, and we still don't know who this guy was!
[Watch Pool Party Pass Out]

The Bands
The band line-up is still the best and most dependable reason to attend Viva Las Vegas with the steady hand of booker and creator: Tom Ingram. Viva is a veritable who's who of Rockabilly each year. Many bands wait until Viva to launch their new albums to this crowd each year, because it's so pure, high niche and focused. Unlike the economy, this crowd isn't wavering, and knows exactly what it wants: good rockin', rhythm, psychobilly, rockabilly, 50's r&b,  pin-up and basiclly almost anything pre-1963, like the over 800 cars that are showing up each year to be seen at the Saturday event. 

Below are the bands and Record Hops to appear at Viva Las Vegas 16 as currently announced. I have placed ** stars near acts I'll cover, and * star of my must-see first draft, (the ones I have to make sure to get to). It's only my list, one person's opinion. In reality, level of exhaustion and where the band is playing have everything to do with who I get to see. So many bands, so little time...

Rooms go fast so book yours at the host hotel "Orleans", or venture nearby and remain off-strip with Rio, Palms, or Gold Coast. Tickets and complete updates are given at VivaLasVegas.net , including a way to sign-up for reliable email updates as more news is announced. 4 day all-access tickets sell-out fast, so get yours before they do. 

(This bands list was published Sept., see below for updated list).

Headlining Acts:
LITTLE RICHARD *
DICK DALE *
THE ROCKATS
VICKY TAFOYA and THE BIG BEAT *
THE BLUE CAPS with Graham Fenton(a tribute to Gene Vincent)
THE CLEFTONES Doo Wop Legends *
ALTON & JIMMY
ANDY ANDERSON
SID & BILLY KING
LEE DRESSER & THE KRAZY KATS El Camino Real*


International Acts: 
SI CRANSTOUN - UK**
THE HAYSTACK HI-TONES – Holland*
MELLOW JO & THE HI-TONES – Holland
MARY ANN & RAGTIME WRANGLERS – Holland*
GRAHAM FENTON – UK **
KIERON MCDONALD & THE HI TONES – Australia
ANNIE & THE MALAGUETA BOYS – Brazil
Ray Collins’ HOT-CLUB – Germany**
THE ROCKETS – Switzerland*
RUBY ANN – Portugal
COOL CAT CRY – UK


Bands appearing at Viva Las Vegas continued:
Janis Martin Tribute with Marti Brom & Rosie Flores**
Rip Carson
The Hi-Q’s
Phat Cat Swinger
Rip Em Ups*
Lil’ Mo & The Dynaflos**
Nikki Hill
Rockin Roy Orbison Show featuring Marcel Riesco*
Smokehouse Dave*
West Coast Ramblers**
Sabres (Pool party)*
Hi Lo Playboys*

Bands appearing at Viva Las Vegas continued:
Cash O’Riley
The AquaSonics Surf Band (Pool Party)**
Hard Fall Hearts
Rod & The Tone Masters
Ernie Vargas & the Steady Rollers
Dead Zed’s Chopper
Rockin Rick & the Rhythm Wranglers
Crazy Joe*
The Devil’s Daughters*
Gamblers Mark
Dawn Shipley & The Sharp Shooters
Whiskey Kiss*
Golden West Trio featuring Miss Kay MarieThe Western Starlanders**
Gino & the Lone Gunmen
The Twistin’ Tornados
La Cholita & The Kreeps********** (San Diego's Singing Burlesque Beauty)
Straight Shooter
Johnny Deadly Trio
Crown City Bombers*
Jonny B & The Avenues
Danny Kay & The Nightlifers
Eugene Chrysler
The Rayford Bros
Roy Rapid & The Rhythm Rock Trio*
Rattle Rockin Boys
Maureen & The Mercury 5
Jinx Jones
Tennessee Voodoo Coupe**
Dixie Leadfoot & The Chrome Struts
The Poppin’ Fire Crackers
The Vintage Vandals
Switchblade 3
Moonlight Trio

Article by Frankie Tease

Related Link: http://vivalasvegas.net



This bands list was copied from vivalasvegas.net
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