Talented Lineup of Performs Takes the Stage September 9th!

This Friday, September 9th, Original Tease takes the stage at our FREE monthly show at the Lincoln Tap Room in Chicago! With three unique sets starting at 9:30, 10:30, and 11:30 p.m., there’s a lot of chances to see some of the best burlesque dancers in the city.

This month is definitely no exception! We have some new fabulous ladies joining us as well as some fan-favorite Teasers!

The featured performers for September 9th (at Lincoln Tap Room, 3010 N. Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL) are:

Deidre Doll, Camille Leon, Lilly Rascal, Gin Fizz, Hot Tawdry, and Vivi Valens! Hosting the show is the wonderful Molly B. Farrelly, and tech will be provided by our own guru, Drew (aka ThomAss Edison)!

We hope to see you there. Check out more info and RSVP at our Facebook Event Page!

 

 

 

 

 

Come See Original Tease, Friday, July 8!

On Friday, July 8, Original Tease will be performing our free monthly show at the Lincoln Tap Room in Chicago! Starting at 9:30, 10:30, and 11:30, we bring you the best in burlesque with three unique sets.

This month’s performers are Ray Ray Sunshine, Helena Handbasket, Stella Cheeks, and Ramona Mourir. Hosted by Molly Farrelly and featuring special guests Lilly Rascal and Stephanie Hawking!

Find more information and RSVP on our Facebook Event Page. See you this Friday!

 

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Original Tease Helps Kick-Start Motoblot at Bikes & Burlesque!

At our special Wednesday night monthly show, Original Tease will be helping to kick-start MOTOBLOT 2016 with a special Bikes & Burlesque performance!

 

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Located at Holiday Club in Chicago, Bikes & Burlesque is always a fun night devoted to the celebration of motorcycles and biking culture. This month, we are also celebrating the annual MOTOBLOT weekend, June 24-26, located at All Rise Brewing Company.

Our show at Holiday Club will get you in the mood for the upcoming weekend event. So be sure to get your motorcycles ready and come out to have a great evening! Two FREE shows start at 9pm and 10pm. More details can be found on the Facebook Event page. See you there!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bikes & Burlesque is BACK for 2016!

It’s time to brave the still-cold April weather, get out your motorcycles, and join us for our special Wednesday show– Bikes & Burlesque!

 

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One special Wednesday night each month, Original Tease performs two unique burlesque shows at Holiday Club in Chicago. The night is a part of the Steel Toe Press’s Pints & Pistons event, a celebration of motorcycles and biking culture.

We love this show and our dedicated audience of biking enthusiasts! We hope you’ll join us this summer for these fun shows. Check out our Holiday Club page for more information and to see all the rotating Wednesday dates for this season.

 

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Eva la Feva presents Clipper Cabaret!

Not only do the Teasers of Original Tease perform amazing burlesque at our two monthly shows, but they also perform at and produce other fantastic events around the Chicago area. A series of blog posts will be dedicated to highlighting some of these outside shows and events. We invite you to check out our other work and enjoy all that the Chicago burlesque and entertainment community has to offer!

Every Tuesday night at the California Clipper, our own Eva la Feva produces and presents “The Clipper Cabaret!” The Clipper Cabaret: Burlesque and Variety Revue is a pop-up variety show featuring burlesque and variety performances every 20 minutes between 9:00-11:30. Cover charge is just $5.

 

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Featuring some of the best talent in the Chicago scene, The Clipper Cabaret has been getting rave reviews from audience members and performers. Check out some photos below by Greg Inda and the Clipper Cabaret promotional video. Be sure to pick a Tuesday (or two, three, or four Tuesdays each month!) and go support our gal, Eva la Feva, and all the other talented performers!

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Like the Clipper Cabaret on Facebook to see more amazing photos by Greg Inda!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Plan 9 Burlesque’s CONvergence! Debuting Friday

Not only do the Teasers of Original Tease perform amazing burlesque at our two monthly shows, but they also perform at and produce other fantastic events around the Chicago area. A series of blog posts will be dedicated to highlighting some of these outside shows and events. We invite you to check out our other work and enjoy all that the Chicago burlesque and entertainment community has to offer!

 

At Original Tease shows, you’ll often see a “Nerd-lesque” act or two. If burlesque acts based on comics, movies, and popular geek culture are your thing, look no further than our friends at Plan 9 Burlesque! Created and produced by our very own Stella Cheeks, Plan 9 is presenting a new show– CONvergence: An Epic Nerdlesque Cabaret!

 

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Featuring the talented Plan 9 Asstronauts (including some Teasers), the show is “one part cabaret, one part sketch comedy, and all parts silly, sexy fun!”

You will have four opportunities to check out this show which opens Friday, April 1st at the Uptown Underground in Chicago. Other dates include April 8, 15, and 22. Tickets are $20. Visit the Facebook Event Page for more information!

This is definitely a great show to check out, especially if you’re feeling withdrawal after this year’s recent C2E2!

 

 

 

 

Miss Motoblot 2015

Contest Entry Deadline June 1, 2015 | Contest Held Jun 27, 2015

MsMB2015_deadline_500x500Held in one of the oldest districts of Chicago, against a backdrop of steel and chrome, with a soundtrack of rockabilly tunes and clanking tools, the stage is set for the 2015 Miss Motoblot Pin-Up Contest. On Saturday, June 27—on the outdoor main stage of the Motoblot rally—20 contestants will take their position with the hopes of being crowned Miss Motoblot 2015 and winning the $1,000 prize.

Now in it’s second year, Donna Touch is proudly back at her post as the Miss Motoblot Pin-Up Contest Organizer!

“Original Tease was lucky enough to participate at the last Mods Vs. Rockers before the evolution of the event. Having been to many rockabilly festivals that had a pin-up contest component, I thought I could help this portion of the event really sparkle. The event founders couldn’t be a nicer group of guys. They listened to my ideas and helped me make it happen.

An extraordinary mix of women–entrepreneurs, artists, mothers, performers, athletes–graced our stage with their own individual reason for participating and interpretation of what it means to be a pin-up. Organizing this contest allowed me to showcase the beauty, strength and style of these women. Crowning Chez, our Miss Motoblot 2014, was a great moment. She really embraces the rocker culture and is as lovely to be around as she is beautiful.

I’m really looking forward to this year. The new components of the contest we’ve layered in will help the contestants engage with the community. I’m thankful for involvement from sponsors Bomber Betty Custom Cosmetics and Tigerlilie Salon–both female-owned Chicago-based businesses–that specialize in timeless beauty and style. Their services help make this an even more special day for the contestants.

It’s going to be a great year and I’m thrilled to be part of it!”

Think you’ve got what it takes to be Miss Motoblot 2015? Apply today to get involved! View complete details at: motoblot.com/miss-motoblot

RuPaul’s Drag Race

Battle of the Seasons – 2015 Condragulations Tour
House of Blues, Chicago

Experience recap by Donna Touch:

It was the coldest day on record since 1936. Being -8 degrees, with a wind chill advisory, didn’t stop the hundreds from packing into the House of Blues for the Battle of the Seasons show. Waiting for a friend, I got to watch the line of people shuffle in from the cold. What a mix! From trendy teens (it was an 18+ show), to girls-night-out gaggles, to grandmother/mother/daughter groups, to date-night straight and gay couples of all ages… RuPaul’s Drag Race definitely appeals to a wide audience. While it felt like a diverse gathering, I couldn’t help notice that the spectrum of color was limited which surprised me a bit.

rupaul_obama_3While I did grow up watching RuPaul on VH1 and I’ve kept up with some of the newer escapades (my absolute favorite image posted here), I’ve never seen an episode of RuPaul’s Drag Race. But how could you not want to support the top drag talent in the country when they land in your city? I’ve been to enough shows to have a good idea of what to expect and I have to say–even though I know I missed out on a lot of the seasoned fan insider jokes–it was an easy show to enjoy!

tumblr_inline_ngzrsl2pBJ1qzk4paFeaturing a rotating cast throughout the tour, our city stop included Michelle Visage, Alaska 5000, Bendela Creme, Ivy Winters, Jinkx Monsoon, Manila Luzon, Raja and (Chicago’s hometown hero) Sharon Needles.

With live singing, lip-sync and strut routines, variety acts and comedy skits, the show felt very much like an upscale drag show or burlesque festival. It wasn’t a fancy production (probably built for some of the smaller venues they’d be appearing in), but the ladies really did shine. Some of my favorite aspects of the show included:

-Alaska 5000’s opening number. A commanding setup to what you should know about the show, your attitude and living drag.
– Ivy Winter’s variety mix. Doing a quick-change routine, a juggling act and a butterfly stilt walk, this gal truly takes Gotta Get a Gimmick to heart.
– Raja’s buy my t-shirt. It was a killer transactional act that sold very well!
– Sharon Needles passion. Her main routine was definitely true to her character and her talk about her life in Chicago was really enjoyed by her fans.

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– Jinx Monsoon’s realness. For one of her main numbers, her wireless mic would not go on. The music was paused and in her immense gown she towered over the stage crew in the wings while they scrambled to fix the issue. Grabbing a regular mic, she reset the mood with a quick chat of what it takes to be a performer. Not that these ladies need to prove they are professionals, but moments like that show off a performer’s natural talent.
– Bendela Creme’s burlesque tribute. It was really a flawless, funny, glittery, tassel swinging laugh at a classic burlesque number that the crowd loved! Her expressions really sold it.

And finally, I have to say I really enjoyed the transformations. It was a small cast for this show and the different costumes, makeup and hair changes really made it.

All in all, it was a good show. I really can say I only had one complaint. The transitions between acts really were a killer. After each act the show seemed to just end. There were short video intros for almost each of the performers or Michelle (who performed some of the numbers) did an MC intro, but neither could keep the momentum. As a result the audience lost focus and each act seemed to struggle at the beginning to regain their attention. It’s something a lot of the burlesque festivals and our show struggles with as well. It was good to watch though to get some ideas on how we could improve our own show flow.

A heartfelt thank you to all the performers in the show! Your passion and drive is really apparent. I’m glad I got to see you live and celebrate your success. Much condragulations to you all!