Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Our Special Year-End Rockit Broadcast will be delivered January 1, 2014 - Stay Tuned -

Stay Tuned for a special edition of the #rockitbroadcast coming to you Wednesday on New Year's Day 2014! Normally it's delivered on Monday, but this one is a bit different. Happy New Year everybody. Let's make 2014 a great one. I know I will.

This is a special year-end issue in the usual five minute format which covers burlesque, comedy, music, and culture in the US region.

Friday, December 27, 2013

What's Out, What's In, 2013/14, A Special Year-End Supplement by Frankie Tease Magazine

Well it's been an eventful year. We've taken the time to stop producing ebooks, start producing audio interviews and entertainment news, and go from covering only Las Vegas, NV, to covering burlesque, comedy, music, and culture of the United States entire region. Sometimes our stories become international because of travelling performers going overseas, and we've covered that too. I've met so many amazing people here in Vegas, and now will be continuing into new territory with phone interviews to keep you entertained coming in 2014. There is so much coming in 2014 from us (me and all my wonderful collaborators and subjects), that I'm very excited to start the new year. Have a great time and safe time seeing this year off, and remember, Don't text and drive. Enjoy this "what's out, and what's in" list from 2013/14 that I've put together (don't worry I know each of you could do better) and this gorgeous photo backdrop of Melody Sweets of the Absinthe Las Vegas Show. Don't forget to bookmark absinthevegas.com and vegaskool.com for more of great stuff in this region, and for more amazing photos from nationally acclaimed photographer Gabe Ginsberg. Happy New Year. Wishing you and yours a very happy and eventful New Year.

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Happy Holidays 
Frankie Tease Magazine

Friday, December 20, 2013

Easter Weekends Will Never Be the Same - Preview of Viva Las Vegas Rockabilly Weekender 17, 2014 and a Tom Ingram Interview

Satin Dollz at Viva Las Vegas 2013 by Frankie Tease

Viva Las Vegas Rockabilly Weekend is swiftly approaching its 17th year. The world-wide rockabilly festival that has only seen it's equal in the UK comes to the Orleans Hotel again in Las Vegas April 17-20, 2014. So many new and expanding things about this festival kept creeping up, I had to email my home town of Long Beach to reach the legendary organizer of this event directly. Tom answered and gave me some good preparatory information on what's cookin' for 2014, in addition to the return of Audrey Deluxe for all burlesque productions. He also told me the details of a new October weekender he's behind, which are contained in the Q&A below. 

FT: How did you choose this year's headliners?
TI: It is always tough choosing headliners. The old acts are not getting any younger so gradually there has to be transition to younger headliners instead of the original acts.

FT: How has the Burlesque Showcase and Competition changed this year, are they two separate producers/productions?
TI: This time they are both being organized and produced by myself and Audrey DeLuxe. The showcase will just have a strong line-up of some of the best performers. The contest is going back to the old system of audience deciding.

Tom Ingram courtesy of IMDB.COM

FT: What acts are you personally excited about bringing to the Viva Las Vegas stages this year?
TI: All of them.

FT: I saw you had a contest to name a new annual event you'll also be holding in Las Vegas, any details you can share about that new event?
TI: At the moment all I can say is that it will be a smaller rockabilly weekend called The Rockabilly Rockout, held at The Gold Coast Hotel October 2 -5, 2014.

Thanks Tom. Other things new this year include two stages at the Saturday concert and car show with amazing headliners like Imelda May (IRE), Los Straight Jackets (CA), and The Chop Tops (CA). Burlesque headliners include: Imodesty Blaze (UK), Dirty Martini (NY), Roxi D'Lite (CAN) and Angie Pontani (NY).  Last year 20,000 plus people attended the car show, 800 cars were on exhibit, and 10,000 plus people had four day passes for indoor vendors and bands. You can attend only the car show with a single day ticket (10-8pm) and also your four day ticket will cover this event. Many vendors come from far and wide to show their best stuff at the VLV car show, and I'm sure 2014 will be no different. In fact, there's even a waiting list to be a vendor.

Tickets for the Viva Las Vegas Rockabilly Weekender are on sale at vivalasvegas.net and at participating retailers around the world and the Orleans Box Office in Las Vegas. 

Official VLV 17 Band line-up flyer as of 12/20/13

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

The Rockit Broadcast for Dec.16, 2013 - Music, Comedy, Burlesque, Culture, News


Rockit Broadcast Dec. 16, 2013
Voice Narration: Frankie Tease
Writing: Frankie Tease
Production: Frankie Tease
Music:  by George Matoian "On Green Dolphin Street" ('99)

New Music is now available from so many amazing artists that I love. Here are bands with brand new album releases, in no particular order: Frankie Moreno, Si Cranstoun, Moonlight Howlers, Justin Timberlake (double album), Eminem (double album), Reverend Horton Heat (Jan. 2014) to name a few. Wow so much new music, it's time to tell your friends what you want for Christmas. It's a great time of year for Comedy, and here is my quick list of NYE shows in major cities around the US for 2013/14. Do it up right at the Bill Maher engagement in Hawaii, or the NYE Comedy Show in Boston at Central Square in Cambridge. How about the Awesome 5th Annual San Francisco NYE Comedy event at the Marine's Memorial Theater? Of course you should check local listings for towns not mentioned and always, for great happenings on NYE check out Las Vegas. In Burlesque, the end of year voting and submitting is heating up at over at 21st Century Burlesque Mag. Who will be the best of 2013 as submitted by the people? I interviewed two of the top five last year (Perle Noir and Jo Weldon) who are featured in the Best of Frankie Tease Magazine Vol.2 now on iTunes, Amazon, and Nook. Participate by submitting your favorite performers (up to ten) at 21stcenturyburlesque.com (note: the first two letters are #'s as in the #21). In Culture the San Francisco Balfest just wrapped up Dec. 12, 13, 14, and 15. People came together to fancy foot and be judged on it. The "Balboa" was a celebrated dance and I remember hearing about the stories that it started in Orange County during the war in the rich city of Balboa, California. There wasn't much room on the dance floor as soldiers returned from World War II, so they created the hopping in place that can sometimes become a swing out, which takes less space. TMI? Sorry. Go see balboabattle.com to geek out more on the history of swing, lindy, and balboa dances, created in the U.S.

Got some burning news about burlesque, comedy, music, or culture? Got a slick back-track for us to feature on the broadcast? Tip us off by email at rockitbroadcast[at]gmail[dot]com. I'm Frankie Tease, see you next time on the Rockit Broadcast.

End loop back track by the Moonlight Howlers

Friday, December 13, 2013

Burlesque Assassins Director Jonathan Joffe of Canada Interview

Xara in Burlesque Assassins - Director Jonathan Joffe

This story was first published June of 2012 in the Best of Frankie Tease Magazine Vol. 1 ebook still on iTunes, Amazon, Kindle.

Canada’s highly anticipated period-piece film showcasing actual current burlesque stars from all over the world, started simple: a man and an idea. Now, the Director is currently busy scheduling screenings all over the world. After a few minutes chatting with Jonathan Joffe of Canada, Oh Canada, I came to the conclusion he has done his homework. See what this Calgary up-and coming writer and director had to say about this project, the amazing talent he worked with on the film, and why it’s the perfect time for a burlesque spy film. 

FT: When did you first conceive of the story for Burlesque Assassins, and where did it originate?
JJ: As I started to see burlesque grow in the media and the public eye, I thought it would be a great idea for an easy sell. And the more Burlesque performers and organizers I got to know, the more I realized that the thing to do was to do not just a movie about [he pronounces it "aboot"] burlesque performers, but a movie that would appeal to what burlesque performers would want to do in a movie, which I thought was to be spies.

FT: How did this particular fiction story get chosen as your first feature film?
JJ: Um, I've written quite a few screen plays, I had several options waiting to go. I pitched this one to the Canadian funding agency which is called Telefilm. I think even though it's a very difficult first feature, because it's a period piece, and it's action, and there's people from all over the world in it, so it makes it difficult to do, on a low budget. But the Telefilm very wisely recognized how important it is to have a community like the Burlesque community behind us, and they recognized the opportunity for a small Indie film to have a support network that meant the film would get seen across Canada, U.S., Europe and Australia, all of that, which was a real kind of ace-in-the-whole. Once they came on board, you know - you don't say no to a project once it gets started like that. We would have loved to have easily four times the money that we had, but it was still too good an opportunity to pass up for both a career level, and a creative level as well. It's just such an amazing project to be on.

Armitage Shanks in Burlesque Assassins

FT: It looks like a nexus of all the things we love in vintage.
JJ: That was the hope. There are a few things I wasn't able to get, I would have loved to have had zombies in there, or you know, there were more performers that I wanted to have in there, that I couldn't have, we ran out of time and money.

FT: What was the reaction to a racy material, like partial nudity, in the storyline? What was the Canadian market's reaction to having Burlesque in your film? Was it an issue in getting support?
JJ: It's interesting there's a misconception that people have about Canadian funded films, that isn't just outside of Canada but inside as well. They are exclusively art house films, or dramas. But, when you talk to Telefilm, while they are interested in films succeeding in many ways, and that can be awards, and that can be critical acclaim, they also, they very much want to see films succeed financially by finding an audience inside and outside of Canada, and they want to see film-makers succeed and move on to move their careers forward. So, in fact, the racy subject matter wasn't an issue at all for them. In fact, they saw the opportunity that having a Canadian film-maker take on this International topic and the serendipity of having Roxy D'Lite (Burlesque Queen 2010) the Canadian Burlesque star at the same time. She actually wasn't the Queen of Burlesque when we got the project going, that happened after. They still saw that there was this world-class Burlesque star from Canada who could be in the film and the Canadian tie-in. There was no resistance what-so-ever.

The Best of Frankie Tease Magazine Vol.1: Jan. - June 2012, Las Vegas

FT: Hat's off to you Canada. What was your relationship to or knowledge of Burlesque a few years ago, when this project began?
JJ: My knowledge of Burlesque when I very first started the project in early 2009, was very limited. I had, of course, an ongoing interest in retro culture, pin-up culture, and the icons of the burlesque world like Bettie Page, Tease-O-Rama, and also I'm a swing dancer, and I love Jazz and Rockabilly. But to me, my knowledge of the scene was pretty limited. So before I committed anything major to the film, I went to the Toronto Burlesque Festival in 2009. This was sort of a research trip to see if I thought if there was anything worth pursuing here. What a life-changing trip. I went from someone who thought maybe they would be interested in doing something with Burlesque, to someone who the last three years of my life have been entirely centered around that community. It happened for three reasons. The first reason was, I loved the show. Burlesque is so beautiful, and the talent level blew me away. The second reason was I loved the people. A Burlesque festival just feels like the world's best International house party, a feeling of coming home, even though I arrived not knowing a single person. I left that weekend feeling like I made friends that will last a life-time, and they have lasted.

Kitten Deville in Burlesque Assassins

I'm in contact with people I met the first opening night of that festival, I sat behind two random beautiful women, who I didn't know. I said 'hey I'm new to this, do you know anybody?". Those two women are in the film, and it's Kellita, and Kitten De Ville. The third thing that is so spectacular about the community, is it's an art community that understands the importance of the business aspect of things. That was part of the reason that it was so important to me. At it's core, a film is both an art and a business. Everybody involved needs to understand that. So because of the nature of Burlesque and the fact that you're putting out money and packing in an audience and promoting, there are people who could inherently get what I'm after.

FT: How did you meet Johnny Summers and the Vagabond Opera who are involved in your film?
JJ: In two very different ways. A friend of mine of many years in Toronto named Shannon Martin works in the music industry and she got me in contact with Vagabond Opera, as well as a Calgary band called the Ramblin' Amabassadors who appear in the film as well as have their own music in the film. Johnny Summers was an entirely different thing. I was trying to find someone who could do that kind of swinging dirty jazz, that is horn-heavy, and can emulate the Burlesque style Jazz of someone like Sam Taylor, and went to a swing dance in Calgary and they were the band. Johnny Summers had an eight-piece band and my swing dance instructor knew him and we were introduced. When Johnny came to the sort-of interview about composing for the film, I knew he was the guy. He brought his trumpet, and five different kinds of mute. So that's it, he understood. He didn't come with a synthesizer, a cd. It was a very interesting experience, and he put a lot of hard work into composing the music for this film.

FT: I'm impressed with your selections. Where was the film shot?
JJ: Calgary, Alberta Canada. It's very difficult to shoot a film that takes place in the 1950's in a city that was built in the 1970's-one of our many challenges. We couldn't move the cast and crew to locations very far from the area, so we had to have some very creative set decoration. We're hoping we did a fantastic job with limited resources. We're hoping we can do a second one with an even better location and have more fun.

FT: So there is a sequel planned?
JJ: There is a possibility. We have to make enough with the first film, to fund a second one.

FT: When will the film be in wide release in U.S. or other countries?
JJ: The film premiers on July 18, 2012 around Canada. Then after that, the film's theatrical marketing strategy is to let individual Burlesque producers host screenings. We have quite a few scheduled already, all over the world. Australia, the UK, Europe, and the U.S., and possibly a couple screenings in Asia as well, depending on how things go. We started approaching people a few weeks ago, so it'll be a while before we know all the dates. People just need to follow us on Twitter and Facebook, and go to our pages and see when screenings are coming. It's not Hollywood, you can email us and say I live in Dallas, Minneapolis, Fargo, what's going on? (It is now as of the time of this article on demand at burlesqueassassins.com).

FF: What is your favorite moment in the film now that you've seen the finished version?
JJ: I would say my favorite part of the film would be - that's a good question - I'm going to go with, it has to do with my personal taste in comedy. There is a scene where Bourbon Sue is fighting a group of henchmen. That would be my favorite scene.

FT: How has all your body of work of short film and documentaries prepared you for this full length feature action film production?
JJ: Like any job the more you do it, the better you get at it. Every film adds something, and of course I met cast and crew on those films, some of which would go on to be a part of Burlesque Assassins. That was of course incredibly important. I have TV, documentaries, and short films, like anyone in film you take all the jobs you can get. One of the things that's really prepared me is I run a workshop in Calgary called Upstart. One of the difficulties in being a Director is you may only work a few weeks out of the year. The same is true for Actors. So, it's very difficult to compete with Actors and Directors that have many many hours on set. So this program allows us to be practicing as Actors and Directors every week. I've personally Directed well over 100 scenes there. So that means the amount of time on set means I can quickly come up with solutions to problems, or I can think on the fly and change things quickly, or accommodate when something is not going right. That was important because the film was very low budget and you need to be able to run the marathon, which is also an obstacle course.

Vegas's own Renea LeRoux and Director Jonathan Joffee

FT: How did you accomplish casting such a relevant (to current burlesque stages) and high quality cast of stars?
JJ: I made three trips to Burlesque festivals. Toronto Burlesque Festival 2009, New York Burlesque Festival 2009, and the Amsterdam Burlesque Festival 2010, to cast the film.

FT: You're the casting Director?
JJ: Yes. I also had a lot of help from the community who I could go to and ask, "I love all of these people, who do you think would have the time? Who has an acting background? Who would look at this project as a fun time, and who would be stressed out in a major way?", because they're going to have to enjoy it. Being the casting Director for your own film, I'm thrilled with the way the cast came together. Something you can hope for, but we never expected was the relationship that the cast and crew formed. Because we were working 12-15 hour days, many days in a row and half of them living together - people were spending all their time together. They lived together in a house, because we couldn't afford hotels, so we rented a house for a month and all lived together. At the end of the day, everyone was exhausted and they would all go together to drink, and hang out. All I can tell you is the cast formed a very strong relationship, and occasionally an intimate relationship.

FT: Any final thoughts?
JJ: I would just say the film would not have been possible without the support of the Calgary film community and the support of the International Burlesque community.

You can now see the film Burlesque Assassins directly from their site via streaming (Distrify) or you can buy the DVD. Visit burlesqueassassins.com

This interview was by Frankie Tease

Monday, December 9, 2013

The Rockit Broadcast for Dec. 9, 2013 - Music, Comedy, Burlesque, Culture, News


Rockit Broadcast Dec. 9, 2013
Voice Narration: Frankie Tease
Writing: Frankie Tease
Production: Frankie Tease
Music:  Jagga (PNW-USA) "Movement" and end loop Moonlight Howlers

In Music- this time of year always brings a Brian Setzer tour and 2013's no exception. He's all over Washington, Cali, TN, KS, and more from now until new year. View briansetzer.com/tour. He's the swingingest holiday guy I know. Also the big band swank of Frankie Moreno inside the Stratosphere in Las Vegas is going strong in their remodeled showroom. It's a fun and 13 + show you won't regret seeing. He's got the voice of a cherub, the hands of Harry Connick Jr. and the hips, they're like Elvis, Elvis the Pelivs. It's a great family or date show especially for the holidays. In Comedy- The LA Comedy Club inside Bally's Hotel in Las Vegas is going strong with shows six nights per week. Look up Bally's Hotel online and see what's crackin' there. Pete Holmes is playing in Los Angeles at the famous Troubadour theater December 17th for a special charity holiday show. He's bringing funny friends, and you can depend on that. Now on to Burlesque- I did my first podcast interview now (on frankietease.com) with Kalani Kokonuts who just came back from a whirlwind trip to Germany. You should listen to that. Also the deadline for entering the Viva Las Vegas Burlesque Competition is nearing for 2014's weekender. Go directly to vivalasvegas.net to get the scoop.  A burlesque show is hitting Texas called the Prohibition. It's featuring amazing performer and bodice of a goddess Donna Hood. That'll be a December show as well, which shouldn't be missed. In Culture- The only film featuring the voice of Bettie Page herself (the most famous American pinup and bondage model of all time) and the only authorized biographical documentary is in wide release USA, and what a film it is. Thank you Director Mark Mori for being tireless in getting this film together. Hearing her voice with the footage really was an amazing experience as a long-time Bettie fan. Check out bettiepagerevealsall.com for more dates in your city and information on pre-ordering the dvd or perhaps bringing the film in wide-release to your town. Meanwhile Kinky Boots the musical featuring the adapted songs of Cindy Lauper and the tone of 'sexual freedom for all' is making waves. The show is selling out seats in New York, while the Macy's Day Parade featured this provocative theme in prime time TV. Go Macy's I say, it's not the depression era, just because we're in one. It's 2013 for Pete's sake.

Got some burning news about burlesque, comedy, music, or culture? Got a slick back-track for us to feature on the broadcast? Tip us off by email at rockitbroadcast[at]gmail[dot]com. I'm Frankie Tease, see you next time on the Rockit Broadcast.

End track by Moonlight Howlers

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Burlesque Performer and Pinup Model Kalani Kokonuts Interview Dec. 5, 2013 - a Frankie Tease Magazine Audio Interview

Kalani Kokonuts by Jeffrey Alexander

Download above or at soundcloud.com and reverbnation.com.

I sat down with five-time Playboy pinup and "Showgirl of Burlesque" in our new little home-studio in Vegas. Kalani talks about coming to Vegas years ago, her recent trip to Germany doing 12 shows in two weeks, and where you can see her weekly in fabulous Las Vegas. More at KalaniInVegas.blogspot.com.

Host Frankie Tease, produced by Frankie Tease from her new home studio set-up. With a MXL VO-1A mic, Behringer Preamp and Acer laptop. Get involved in our broadcasts with an advertisings spot at the beginning middle or end of future interviews or weekly newscasts. Just email missfrankietease[at]gmail.com to inquire. Reasonable rates and a high niche audience await you.


Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Stay Tuned for an Exciting Audio Interview from Kalani Kokonuts!

We will return to our regular Monday Friday format next week! Thanks to all our listeners and followers.