Bristol's Badass Burlesque Show
We’ve all been there, peeping around the curtain from stage left, watching the preceding act and think, “Damn, that performer is an inspiration!” It’s an awesome thing. But where else do you draw your inspiration from? There is a whole world of music, art and culture that can input how you perform, how you dance, how you move on stage, costuming, the whole shebang. Let’s get all gross and deep in to pop culture, shall we?
The High Priest of Filth brings you the Filthiest person alive! Divine was my first exposure as a little kid to pure Glamour and she’s stayed with me ever since. The idea of shaving back your hairline to be able to apply more make-up thrills me. John Waters shows how you can disgust and thrill your audience in equal measure, as long as you look damn fine when you do it.
Toddlers and Tiaras
Yes, this show is repulsive. Watching mother’s push over-caffeinated little girls on to a stage, their baby skin slathered in tan inducing chemicals, tender headed little scalps assaulted with pound after pound of weave, hairspray and bobby pins and they pay for the privilege.
But have you seen the costumes? Seriously.
Rupaul’s Drag Race
Sort of a grown up Toddlers and Tiaras, but with, as Rupaul says, “Charisma! Uniqueness! Nerve! Talent!” There is so much to be learned as the contestants construct costume after costume, matching wig to brows to shoes. The acts are always dynamic and good even when they’re bad. There is also as much, if not more, fierceness and shade as there is on any Burlesque scene.
Rock frontmen are showmen, and having a well developed sense of showmanship will save your ass on more than one occasion.
Josh Homme Peaches Dr. John
Surround yourself with people who inspire you. If there is anyone in your life who doesn’t like how you live it, it may be time to move on. Fill your world with those who share the love, and a well timed constructive criticism to make you better, stronger and more of a badass.