Fogtown Follies Risqué Cabaret!

24 Mar

I love the idea of becoming someone else.  Nothing permanent, I do love who I am, but a moment to become someone I could never be in this life.

I think that’s what draws me to burlesque more than anything else: the opportunity to don a mask and be a character.  There is nothing wrong with that character having a sassy name and flaunting the sexuality society deems uncharacteristic of day-to-day life with a broad, happy, smile.  It’s not something I will likely ever be comfortable enough to do, but I will attend events, roar with the crowd, and possibly dabble in some creative writing about the art.

I attended the Fogtown Follies’ Risqué Cabaret with mephy last Saturday (March 13/10) night and, let me tell you, it was a phenomenal show!  We began our foray with a greeting from a lingerie clad minx at the front door who gave us our playbills.  She ushered us into a of class, grace and complete acceptance in the middle of the (redneck) capital of Northern British Columbia.

The crowd – men and women of all ages (above 19 years, of course), shapes, sizes and clothing styles – was buzzing!  Before even the hosts took the stage, the throng was cheerful, chatty and already having a fantastic time.  As soon as the emcees took the stage, that all escalated.  Professor VaudEvil and Queen Calamity ushered the evening onto the stage with the fantastic soundtrack provided by The Maestro, Cam.

The first event of the evening was the debut performance of two of the Fogtown Follies newest members: my friend Sonsi L’Amour and her girl Side Walk Suzy.  I had no idea what to expect.  These two showed so much confidence as they sashayed on stage and strutted their stuff as though they’d been at it for years.  Not a hint of fear between them.  They were mesmerizing.

The Follies also invited some Vancouver talent for their show.  The saucy Crystal Precious and dynamic Jenny Magenta graced the stage to add their brand of spice to the mix.  Miss Crystal Precious serenaded her new Prince George fans with not only a crooned song about the importance of treating a woman right, but a very well performed rap.  The Lady Jenny Magenta was in brilliantly intriguing form in a pair of completely different acts, both utterly profound.

mephy, who had never considered burlesque a form of preferred entertainment before Saturday, also enjoyed himself thoroughly.  He sat, engrossed, as the exquisite Ruby Garters was carried away by a song by Sneaker Pimps, and was quite taken with the performance by Tara Misu that would put La Belle Dame Sans Merci to shame.

The performances by Marie Noir, Sasha Switchblade, and Zsa Zsa J’Adore left the crowd in rapture.  These vixens danced seamlessly between brilliant satire and exquisite provocativeness.  Each and every woman who graced the stage that night boasted a different size and shape (as well as some brilliant ink).  Each of these sizes and shapes were invited and celebrated without question.  They, with their audience at their backs, thumbed their noses at contemporary standards set to women and men by the media.  Fantastic!

This was an entrancing evening.  Each and every one of the ladies who charmed Prince George with their outstandingly talented presences deserves naught but the most emphatic of standing ovations.  They were graceful, raunchy, and looked as though they had an absolute blast!  I wish them all the luck in the world and hope that they continue to do what they’ve been doing.

Rock on, ladies.

Sneaker Pimps – Small Town Witch


*The fantastic image you see above shows the sensuous Sonsi L’Amour and Side Walk Suzy and was taken by Birgit Allgaier of Your Mind’s Eyes Photographic Services.  Use of this image is courtesy of Sonsi L’Amour.  (If it’s use causes displeasure of any kind by the ladies of the Follies, please let me know and I’ll take it right down!)

PS! Hey folks?  Join up.  It’s like the KISS Army.  Only way sexier.  Adoring fans of Burlesque in The Peeg!


5 Responses to “Fogtown Follies Risqué Cabaret!”

  1. Alisa Speed March 24, 2010 at 10:03 am #

    Thank you so much for writing such a positive article about our show. I am so glad you enjoyed yourself. It is very encouraging to know we are reaching people within the community in a progressive way. If we can spread the love than all the more reason to continue.
    Many thanks, Ruby Garters~

    • vyxen March 25, 2010 at 7:35 am #

      My pleasure! I cannot portray how fabulous you cats were! The people will just have to show up and judge for themselves! (People. Attend the show at the Rum Jungle on Friday April 2nd – tickets available $10 in advance (at Nancy O’s or Alfredo’s Pub) or $12 at the door!)

      Thank you, so much, for stopping by and for your comment! 🙂

  2. Jenny Magenta April 3, 2010 at 11:12 pm #

    Thank you so much for the excellent quote about my performances in Prince George. I have added it to my group on Facebook. I am glad you had a great time.

    • vyxen April 7, 2010 at 7:42 am #

      Oh wow. 🙂 Thank you!

      It was fantastic to have you in PG. Spiced up the city!


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