Hugh Hefner`s Engagement Ring he Gave to Crystal Harris

@CrystalHarris
For those of you who have been asking to see my ring here it is... My engagement ring from my love @hughhefner http://yfrog.com/h6ecikj

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Best 2010 Interviews from Fixe Magazine

http://www.fixemagazine.com/post.php?postid=1219

Best Interviews of 2010

We interviewed so many wonderful people in 2010, and really they are all the best. But I felt compelled for many reasons to create some kind of list to sum up the year, and so here it is. An unscientific combination of the biggest names and the most popular on the site. In any case it represents an amazing and diverse array of talent and I couldn't be prouder to have brought it all to you. So enjoy and stay tuned for 2011!

Cary Monotreme, Publisher


Goddess Narcissa http://www.fixemagazine.com/post.php?postid=398


Kellie Krave http://www.fixemagazine.com/post.php?postid=437


Crash http://www.fixemagazine.com/post.php?postid=449


Mistress Hannah Price http://www.fixemagazine.com/post.php?postid=450


Porphyria http://www.fixemagazine.com/post.php?postid=466


Madeline Sinclaire http://www.fixemagazine.com/post.php?postid=467


Dia Zerva http://www.fixemagazine.com/post.php?postid=468


Clowny Princess http://www.fixemagazine.com/post.php?postid=477


Miis Jamie Michelle http://www.fixemagazine.com/post.php?postid=489


Goddess Kora http://www.fixemagazine.com/post.php?postid=509


Kimmi Blaque http://www.fixemagazine.com/post.php?postid=549


Kobe Lee http://www.fixemagazine.com/post.php?postid=552


Raven Alexis http://www.fixemagazine.com/post.php?postid=555


Katelan Foisy http://www.fixemagazine.com/post.php?postid=561


Pixie http://www.fixemagazine.com/post.php?postid=567


Nicole Moser http://www.fixemagazine.com/post.php?postid=576


Anais Sin http://www.fixemagazine.com/post.php?postid=592


Kayla Jane Danger http://www.fixemagazine.com/post.php?postid=594

Karen Zombora http://www.fixemagazine.com/post.php?postid=609


Carrie LaChance http://www.fixemagazine.com/post.php?postid=620


Roxanne Dale http://www.fixemagazine.com/post.php?postid=624


Darian Caine http://www.fixemagazine.com/post.php?postid=651


Jayme Foxx http://www.fixemagazine.com/post.php?postid=709


Stacy Burke http://www.fixemagazine.com/post.php?postid=710


Darby O'Riley http://www.fixemagazine.com/post.php?postid=728


Nyxon http://www.fixemagazine.com/post.php?postid=748


Anyssa Jordan http://www.fixemagazine.com/post.php?postid=760


Aprella http://www.fixemagazine.com/post.php?postid=765


Jesse Jane http://www.fixemagazine.com/post.php?postid=766


Miss Tila Tequila http://www.fixemagazine.com/post.php?postid=767


Loulou von Brochwitz http://www.fixemagazine.com/post.php?postid=779


Heidi Van Horne http://www.fixemagazine.com/post.php?postid=784


Kayden Kross http://www.fixemagazine.com/post.php?postid=785


Gen From The Genitorturers http://www.fixemagazine.com/post.php?postid=786


Rain DeGrey http://www.fixemagazine.com/post.php?postid=795


Bella Skyy http://www.fixemagazine.com/post.php?postid=801


Jon Mack http://www.fixemagazine.com/post.php?postid=804


Jillian Ann http://www.fixemagazine.com/post.php?postid=805


Margaret Cho http://www.fixemagazine.com/post.php?postid=806


Billie Prudence http://www.fixemagazine.com/post.php?postid=821


Amor Hilton http://www.fixemagazine.com/post.php?postid=825


Porsche Lynn http://www.fixemagazine.com/post.php?postid=826


Dayna DeLux http://www.fixemagazine.com/post.php?postid=827


Grog Of Die So Fluid http://www.fixemagazine.com/post.php?postid=828


Amber Fiedler http://www.fixemagazine.com/post.php?postid=849


Rayna Terror http://www.fixemagazine.com/post.php?postid=851


Akira Lane http://www.fixemagazine.com/post.php?postid=852


Lady Lauren http://www.fixemagazine.com/post.php?postid=872


Miss Brittany Andrews http://www.fixemagazine.com/post.php?postid=873


Donna Lynch Of Ego Likeness http://www.fixemagazine.com/post.php?postid=874


Vivi Sterling http://www.fixemagazine.com/post.php?postid=875


Calico Cooper http://www.fixemagazine.com/post.php?postid=876


Deanna Deadly http://www.fixemagazine.com/post.php?postid=899


Kellie Laplegua http://www.fixemagazine.com/post.php?postid=900


Christie Kane http://www.fixemagazine.com/post.php?postid=908


Nyssa Nevers http://www.fixemagazine.com/post.php?postid=924


Laura Dore http://www.fixemagazine.com/post.php?postid=973


Sienna Aldridge http://www.fixemagazine.com/post.php?postid=996


Stoya http://www.fixemagazine.com/post.php?postid=1023


Sabina Kelley http://www.fixemagazine.com/post.php?postid=1047


Fae Raven http://www.fixemagazine.com/post.php?postid=1072


Paul Thomas http://www.fixemagazine.com/post.php?postid=1096


Selena Rose http://www.fixemagazine.com/post.php?postid=1097


Chanel Preston http://www.fixemagazine.com/post.php?postid=1119


Julie Simone http://www.fixemagazine.com/post.php?postid=1120


Asia Boyett http://www.fixemagazine.com/post.php?postid=1143


Chanel Preston From the Set Of Justice League A Hardcore Parody http://www.fixemagazine.com/post.php?postid=1163


Jo Parent http://www.fixemagazine.com/post.php?postid=1192


Leyla Akdogan Of Loch And Key http://www.fixemagazine.com/post.php?postid=1212


Angelina Valentine http://www.fixemagazine.com/post.php?postid=1213


Diana Knight http://www.fixemagazine.com/post.php?postid=1214

Hugh Hefner Is Engaged!

It appears that Hugh Hefner and girlfriend Crystal Harris--who's 60 years his junior!--are taking their relationship to the next step, and are engaged: The Playboy kingpin Tweeted Christmas Eve that he gave Harris a ring.

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The 84-year-old Playboy CEO tweeted, "After the movie [The Tourist] tonight, Crystal & I exchanged gifts. I gave Crystal a ring. A truly memorable Christmas Eve." So it seems Hefner and his 24-year-old "Number One" girlfriend are chapel-bound!

Hef has been married twice before: To Mildred Williams from 1949-1959 and Kimberly Conrad from 1989-2010.

Playboy's Hefner announces Christmas engagement

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WASHINGTON | Sun Dec 26, 2010 4:53am EST

WASHINGTON Dec 26 (Reuters) - Hugh Hefner, the twice-married founder of Playboy, is taking the plunge again.

Hefner, 84, said on Saturday in a posting on Twitter that he and his girlfriend Crystal Harris, 24, got engaged on Friday.

"When I gave Crystal the ring, she burst into tears. This is the happiest Christmas weekend in memory," Hefner tweeted.

Hefner, whose magazine was founded in 1953, was divorced from his second wife, Kimberley Conrad, earlier this year. His first marriage to Mildred Williams ended in divorce in 1959.

Harris was the Playboy Playmate of the Month for December 2009.

Hefner, known around the world by his nickname, Hef, has championed sexual freedom and civil rights, published stories challenging McCarthyism and the Vietnam War, and backed gay causes and the legalisation of marijuana.

With a cover featuring a calendar photo of Marilyn Monroe, Hefner put the first issue together on the kitchen table in his flat. It hit the stands in December 1953 and sold 51,000 copies -- enough to finance a second issue -- and led to a multimillion dollar international corporation.

(Writing by Paul Simao, Americas Desk, +1 202 898 8457)

Free Song Download: 'Santa Baby' by Prince Poppycock


a Message from Prince Poppycock - A gift to you:
Snowflakes!

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As my gift to you it's available for FREE download, simply make sure the price is to $0.00 and it's all yours!

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Washington Whispers Reagan 'Threesome' Reference on E! Draws Protests

A new E! reality show featuring wives of rock stars is under fire from associates of Ronald Reagan after two characters who say they are haunted by his ghost fanaticized about having sex with the former president.

"If this skit was funny and Reagan were alive, he would have laughed at it. Trouble is, it is not funny, it's not creative and will be ignored by the decent majority of this country," Reagan biographer Craig Shirley tells Whispers. "The sickness and depravity which afflicts our culture has as its base camp Hollywood and that cesspool of a town makes Sodom and Gomorrah look like Bethlehem," he adds.

The raunchy episode of Married to Rock featured former Billy Idol guitarist Steve Stevens and his wife Josie, who claim to live in an apartment of the former president's, talking about being followed by the ghost of the Gipper.

In the most recent episode, Josie suggests Reagan's ghost has joined her in the bathroom. "How cool would it be if it's the ghost of Ronald Reagan!" she says. Steve agrees. "Any president is welcome in my home. The idea of Ronald Reagan, myself, and my wife having a threesome is so damn kinky, come on, I'm in."

At another point, Josie Stevens tells other rocker wives how she will lure the ghost with jelly beans and her breasts.

Joining in protesting the show is the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Library. Executive Director John Heubusch tells Whispers that the show tried to take advantage of its link to Reagan. "The show made a request several weeks ago to film a piece of an episode here at the Reagan Library promising a respectful approach," says Heubusch. "We turned them down. It didn't take a rocket scientist to figure out it was a really bad idea."

And Brent Bozell, president of the Media Research Center, a conservative media watchdog, says, "This is beyond stupid, even by E!'s standards. This, we remind ourselves, is a 'reality' show. There is simply nothing more unrealistic and idiotic than this scenario. What an embarrassment for everyone concerned, except when you have no shame, you can't be embarrassed."

E! had no immediate comment. The episode was promoted on AOL's TV Squad

http://www.usnews.com/news/blogs/washington-whispers/2010/12/22/reagan-threesome-reference-on-e-draws-protests.html

Porn company (Kink.com) opens its doors for community center



A porn company in San Francisco's Mission District now wants to host community events. The CEO of Kink.com says it's his way of giving back to the neighborhood, but many in that neighborhood didn't want him there in the first place.

It was four years ago that Kink.com took over an old National Guard armory at Mission and 14th Street and the area wasn't exactly welcoming. But the CEO is not only willing to bury the hatchet, he now wants people to come here and enjoy themselves.

The man behind bondage images would also like to be the man who brings farmers' markets and fairs to the community.

"It is funny I guess to have them next to each other, but there's a big wall between the two buildings," says Kink.com CEO Peter Acworth.

Acworth's company makes hundreds of movies a year inside his 200,000-square-foot building. He says he doesn't need all this space and would like to see the National Guard's old drill court become a community center.

"Sort of a Fort Mason-type place where one week there might be a farmers' market, you know, the next month there might be a flea market and in the interim it might get used for sports practice," says Acworth.

It's a bold move for someone who initially wasn't welcome here.

"I am shocked because the first engagement that we had with him and that whole process was not nice," says community activist Roberto Hernandez.

Hernandez and others were hoping to get something to enhance the community, like housing, inside the old National Guard armory. But Acworth has worked hard to win over his neighbors.

"When I moved in here, everyone thought we were going to be the bad sleazy guys, there was going to be prostitution on the street, but that's not the reality," says Acworth.

He's cleaned up graffiti and broken windows. He decorates the building with holiday lights and flags. He even donated $5,000 to his next door neighbor -- the non-profit Arriba Juntos.

"And believe me, I was like shocked to see how great of a person and timid he is," says Dalila Ahumada, the Arriba Juntos executive director.

The productions are made down in the basement behind sound proof curtains. They're hidden so well, people who attended a fair here recently were disappointed.

"People were so curious about what we do they bought tours and we raised $6,000 for charity through selling tours of the rest of the building," says Acworth.

His toughest critics now say, bring on the community center.

"I love it. I think it's great to have a venue here in our community that could be good use to our community as well as San Francisco and the greater Bay Area," said Hernandez.

Acworth's intention is to hold events once a month at first and maybe more frequently down the road. He hopes to have the building's old drill court up and running by April.

(Copyright ©2010 KGO-TV/DT. All Rights Reserved.)

http://abclocal.go.com/kgo/story?section=news/local/san_francisco&id=7849128

Check out Katy Perry in the New Issue of Skin Two Magazine!

The NEW Skin Two Magazine is Available Now!

November 17, 2010 by webslave

http://www.skintwo.co.uk/

Issue 61 of Skin Two is out now, featuring the star of the moment, Katy Perry in latex on the cover. Inside, see Lady Gaga wearing red latex to meet Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth(!) See the fetish look on Rihanna, Eva Longoria, Cheryl Cole, Nicole Scherzinger, Christina Aguilera… and, er, Russell Brand – all of them in rubber.

Issue 61 features gorgeous latex fashion from Atsuko Kudo, who recently dressed Lady Gaga and stormed the Lingerie New York show. You’ll find the most beautiful shoes from ainsley-t of Milan – photographed in a way you won’t have seen before. (They have butt plugs for heels.)

There’s slinky stretchy sexy fetish fashion by Patrice Catanzaro of France. There‘s a unique fashion story from Oliver Harud, featuring manga-style illustrations of fantasy girls in rubber, against a backdrop of London nightlife. The other-worldly corsets from AMF of Germany are just amazing – there’s page after page of the very latest and coolest fetish fashion in the new Skin Two.

It’s not all fashion, though – there’s a seven page in-depth interview with lesbian erotic film maker Maria Beatty, by Julia Collings. There’s Tessa Ditner on corsets for men. We interview the fabulous Kim West from London, Louis from AMF in Berlin – and Laura from Vex in Chicago…

There are photo reports from the world’s major fetish events in London, Montreal, Miami, San Francisco and Hamburg. Jackson Rocco braves Club RUB and Torture Garden. Kitty von Yum Cha reports from the hot women’s fetish club, Pussy Control. If you can’t get there in person, you can read all about it in Skin Two – and see the pictures.

To take a subscription, or get a single issue by post, or download a digital version to your desktop, go to www.skintwo.biz or call +44 (0) 20 8246 5900

PS – if you have a subscription, your magazine is on its way!

Are poinsettias poisonous?

Poinsettia (Photo: Scott Bauer / USDA / Wikipedia)

Poinsettia (Photo: Scott Bauer / USDA / Wikipedia)

By Melissa Breyer
More from Care2 Green Living blog
Pity the poor poinsettia. All it ever wanted was to be a nice emblem for the holidays: To be patiently wrapped in red foil and hoisted on hostesses, to festoon festive Christmas sweaters, and to be eternally mimicked in plastic. But somewhere along the way it picked up a bad-girl reputation as a lethal beauty -- lovely to look at and terribly toxic if tasted!

But are the rumors true? Are pretty poinsettias potentially poisonous? About 70 percent of the population will answer yes, and although every year there is a bumper crop of stories explaining otherwise -- the myth persists. And myth it is. Poinsettia's are not poisonous, merely the victim of a popularly enduring urban legend.

It all started back in the early part of the 20th century when the young child of a U.S. Army officer was alleged to have died from consuming a poinsettia leaf -- a story which was later retracted.

But, as these things have a habit of doing, the toxic potential of the poinsettia took on a life of its own. Now many people treat poinsettias as persona non grata (or poinsettia non grata, as the case may be) in their households.

According to the American Medical Association's Handbook of Poisonous and Injurious Plants, other than occasional cases of vomiting, ingestion of the poinsettia plant has been found to produce no ill effect. And other experts have weighed in as well.

The Society of American Florists worked with the academic faculty of entomology at Ohio State University to thoroughly test all parts of the poinsettia and conclusively established that there were no adverse effects. In 1975, the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission denied a petition to require warning labels for poinsettia plants.

As for your pets, the American Veterinary Medicine Association of America does not include poinsettias on its list of plants that are a threat to animals. The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals states that ingestion of poinsettias may cause mild to moderate gastrointestinal tract irritation, which may include drooling, vomiting, and/or diarrhea -- but nothing severe or fatal.

Mistletoe (Photo: iStockPhoto)

Mistletoe (Photo: iStockPhoto)

Mistletoe, on the other hand? Not so innocent. Along with inspiring smooching if stood underneath, mistletoe can cause gastrointestinal distress, a slowed heartbeat, and other reactions if ingested, due to the presence of harmful chemicals like viscotoxins. Although not thought to be fatal, it can cause severe reactions.

In pets, mistletoe may cause gastrointestinal disorders, cardiovascular collapse, dyspnea, bradycardia, erratic behavior, vomiting, diarrhea, and low blood pressure. Yikes!

So keep the mistletoe securely fastened above your door, but fear the poinsettia no more.

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Give it Away for Nina

Nina Hartley is seeking funds to cover her recovery from surgery. Please show @ninaland your support here: http://www.giveforward.com/giveitawayfornina

Nina's been sharing her love with you for years. Let's show her how much we appreciate it, and her. Please give what you can. Thanks!

Help Our Friend Nina

If you’re reading this you’re likely already a friend, or fan, of Nina’s. Thanks for taking the time to be here. She’s always made an effort to connect on the personal level with all she meets, and it’s from that personal level that I write this. If you’ve ever had a moment’s fun with any of her work there’s something real, concrete and life saving you can do for her and it won’t take much.

She is seeking funds to cover her recovery from surgery, tentatively scheduled for late January/early February 2011. Recovery will take 2-4 weeks, depending on how it goes.

As some of you already know she has fibroid tumors in her uterus. They’re genetic and are not cancer, nor will they turn into cancer, so that’s a blessing right there. However they are unsightly and are starting to cause other, negative side effects. After dealing with them for nearly twenty years the time has come for a permanent solution. She thought that nearing menopause would cause them to shrink but they show no signs of doing so. So, surgery is the next step. She’s lucky enough to have medical insurance to cover the cost of the operation. What she needs is money to cover her expenses during recovery. In twenty-six years she’s never needed help more. As an example of how easy it could be, if each of her Twitter followers donated just five dollars that would cover everything.

Some may ask, “What about Ernest?” Her darling husband is facing his own medical crises, as well as a cut back at work. He won’t be able to help her financially, though he’d very much like to do so. He’ll be there to take care of her when she comes home from the hospital. Anything we raise here will be a big help to both of them at this difficult time.

She’s never asked for help before, and it’s hard for her to do so now, which is why I’m doing this, but this counts as an emergency. She’s been hit by the recession as badly as the next person and her reserves won’t cover what she’ll need. Her family is not in a position to help, though they would if they could. That leaves, in the words of Tennessee Williams, “the kindness of strangers.” “Strangers” being you. Of course, Nina doesn’t think of her fans as strangers, only friends she’s not yet met in person, so I like to think I’m asking her friends for help.

After all she has given me, taught me, been there for me, it is my pleasure to give back to her. If she has ever taught you anything, been there for you when nobody else understood, or just made you happy with her sweet, wonderful demeanor, please donate at least five bucks. You can help her continue to give from the depth of her being to make you happy.

Please, let’s all show her how much we love her…

Lesley

A Very Kinky X-Mas: Friday Dec. 17th in Sarasota, FL

Z-Edge Tattoo & Body Piercing and Punk Rock Betty Present: A Very Kinky X-Mas
www.ZedgePresents.com
Friday December 17th 8pm.
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Sponsored by Royal Dutch Spice Company, Formula 420 www.formula420.com and www.BuyCrazyShit.com
Kinky Fashion Show By Punk Rock Betty Fashions
Live Music By:
Barrelhead
Viscera
The DOOD
Drag Shows by:
Ivana Fawk
Alexis De La Mar
BenevaFruitville www.BenevaFruitville.com
Madisyn De La Mer www.facebook.com/madisyn. michaels
Tattoo, Body Piercing & Sponsor Give-Aways All Night!

Vendors including:
ALSO Out Youth: www.alsoyouth.org
Simply Insatiable Passion Parties: www.ecstasyismine.com www.BuyCrazyShit.com
Kinky Kitty: www.mykinkykitty.com/
Sarasota Silver: www.SarasotaSilver.com
Rakkateer Records: www.rakkateer.com
Tropical by Design
Healsfang
Native American Exotics

Sahib Shrine 600 N. Beneva Rd. (across the street from K-Mart) Sarasota, FL 34232
Tickets $7 at door
Tickets Available at www.BuyCrazyShit.com, Any Z-Edge Tattoo Location & The Kinky Kitty
18+ Dress to Impress. Kinky X-Mas Theme, Evil Santa, Naughty Elves, Fetish, or just black. NO Blue Jeans, NO BAGGY JEANS.

Live Music, Performers, Kinky Fashion Show,and much much more.
Win Tattoos, Body Piercings, Clothing, Toys and other crazy cool stuff donated by our sponsors.

This event will make Sarasota History and is the one event not to be missed!
Full bar includes $2 Drafts and $3 Wells & Domestic Bottles!

A message from The Lady Aye for Stoli Originals



a Message from The Lady Aye for Stoli Originals:
Help me put burlesque and booze where they belong -- TOGETHER!
For those who don't know me: I'm an NYC-based burlesque producer/MC and sideshow performer and I'm currently a finalist in the Stoli Originals Casting Call Contest! Please help me by watching my video and leaving positive comments on YouTube & Stoli's Facebook page. If crowned, I promise I will use my powers for good and bringing you more (hopefully national) shows of truly original talents and fancy cocktails (and saving rain forests and rescuing puppies, because I believe the children are the future).
http://www.facebook.com/?ref=logo#!/Stoli
Cheers, my dears!
The Lady Aye

Vote for your Playmate of the Year NOW!

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Fetish Party Sat. Dec. 11th


We host the largest monthly strict dresscode glam-fetish dance and play fetish club in the USA... Alter Ego!
Our events are well received by the world fetish community. The regularly scheduled monthly event draws over 750 attendees and grows to well over a thousand on special events we host throughout the year. Our Alter Ego fetish parties attracts fetishists from around the world and countless cities throughout the United States who join hands with our local fetish community. We also host a three-day, four-party epic over Memorial Day Weekend: Fetish Factory's Anniversary Fetish Weekend. We take over an entire hotel and host three full-scale fetish parties at three venues and a fetish-themed pool party. Our Anniversary event has been known to draw as many as 2,000 attendees in a single night. Make your plans to join us this year. Visit the official website for more information.
For more information, please visit our Fetish Party Events Wesbite for our official monthly fetish party Alter Ego.
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e also offer an intimate hardcore alternative to our monthly Alter Ego fetish party... Xtreme Fetish Party!
XFP was created in response to the demands of our hardcore players in our party scene that share interests of safe, sane and concensual BDSM, S&M, sadomasochism and bondage in a fetish clubbing environment.
The Xtreme Fetish Party caters to hardcore D/s people, a new breed of alternative swing-style players and any openminded fetish friends. XFP is a members only, anything goes, intimate gathering hosted occasionally and by invitation only. XFP is not for the faint of heart!
For more information, please visit the official website of the Xtreme Fetish Party.

Petition to the USPS for a Gypsy Rose Lee Centennial Stamp

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In anticipation of her impending 100th birthday--and in celebration of her unique and lasting impact on our culture--we are gathering signatures in support of a United States postage stamp commemorating the First Lady of American Burlesque, Gypsy Rose Lee.

Born Rose Louise Hovick in Seattle, Washington in 1911, Ms. Lee was a legendary stage and screen entertainer, whose 1957 memoir inspired the Jule Styne, Stephen Sondheim, and Arthur Laurents musical, Gypsy: A Musical Fable. Adapted for the screen in 1962 (with Natalie Wood in the title role), Gypsy is widely considered one of the crowning achievements of mid-20th century musical theatre; remaining as relevant--and popular--today as when it first debuted in 1959.

But there was much more to Gypsy, the woman, than Gypsy: the Fable. While her legacy as America's most celebrated stripteaser endures, Ms. Lee's other accomplishments--as an author, playwright, political activist, popular talk show host, fashion icon, and a devoted single mother--are equally noteworthy. A proud patriot, she entertained troops during the Korean and Vietnam wars and was adored by factory workers, homemakers, the military, New York's literary elite, gangsters, Eleanor Roosevelt, and everyone in between.

In honor of Ms. Lee's centennial, we humbly request a tribute worthy of such a beloved (and enduring) American icon: a United States postage stamp in her honor.

Burlesque- the movie or the art form?

(Postings From: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/missexoticworld )

I finally broke down and responded to questions about the movie they happened to call "Burlesque." I know, I know. Another one? I can only offer that it is not a review, just a response to some of the press:

"I will not join the chorus of my burlesque brethren reviewing the film because I have not seen it. I have read and heard enough reviews to know that I'm not interested in paying for what will likely be a disappointing experience. (Maybe I'll rent it some drunken night next year.) I'm not livid that it's out there, I just don't think I'd enjoy the film, regardless of its title. It has also been made clear that it does not reflect burlesque as our community knows/practices/ cherishes it. I do recognize the opportunity that this film's publicity presents for us to get new audiences in to see what we do, even if they were expecting something quite different. I support a very broad definition of burlesque and can live with the fact that mine has very little in common with Mr. Antin's.

However, I do take exception to this sniffing attitude of superiority to dirty strippers. Down & dirty strippers (and confrontational performance artists too) are every bit as much our forebears as cabaret and vaudeville artists. Burlesque is a working class art form. It historically employs low humor to skewer self-righteous so-called high culture. It lampoons politics and is a political art form itself, especially in our puritanical society. These are essential elements. It seems to me that his film does none of these things. Another critical element in burlesque is Self-Expression. That is very difficult to achieve when you're trotting out tired imitations of Fosse's brilliant work. Most artists feel strongly that you do not celebrate your heroes by merely imitating them but by learning from them and perhaps feeling their influence here and there in your own original work.

Attitudes like those attributed to Antin & Culpepper in the press suggest that they seek to "elevate" burlesque. (From The Advocate: "The two shared a vision of burlesque — musical parody with sexual innuendo, as it originated in Europe in the 1800s, before it got muddled together with stripping.") These people who strive to make burlesque highbrow are working to kill it. When burlesque becomes elitist and ceases to connect with real people, it ceases to be burlesque. By all means, we should be intelligent and subtle and witty in our work, but we have to achieve the high/low balancing act. We need to deliver thoughtful content and practiced artistry while Entertaining the people in the cheap seats.

Similarly, opera used to be for everyone and was lively and exciting. Opera stars used to be rock stars. Once upon a time, ordinary working class people could afford to see it and even had fun at the opera. As far as most ordinary people today are concerned, opera is as good as dead. I do not want to see that happen to burlesque."

xxx Tigger!


I agree with Tigger wholeheartedly. I also have to say that a large amount of the "dirty strippers" would LOVE to be entertaining in a more artistic manner, but it may be difficult paying the bills being an artist for a living,there is not much inspiration nor many mentors in that environment to bring them out , and the clubs hardly encourage performance in most places.Or at least they didn't the last years I danced.I headlined at The Body Shop for about 5 years when it was a Burlesque club(in L.A) as did several of the lovely ladies in this forum.Even more worked there as non headliners, with equally stunning and riveting artistic portrayals of the art as "we" know it.I was the last headliner there before it was gutted and remade into a nudie bar.I danced for another 5 years or so after we all got unceremoniously dumped out the back door after pay day one night by the new owners after Jamal died"We're closing to become a nude bar, whatever you don't
take tonight will be thrown out"It was awful trying to pack years of props and whatnot in an hour after a full nights work while stunned.Except for Jumbo's(which I loved)every club I went to after that, the only way you could make enough to survive was to "hustle the floor" for those lapdances.I still did my best to do shows, but as one dancer put it I was usually "casting my stripper pearls before swine".I worked in Atlanta a couple years (I won best overall performance" in Miss Nude Atlanta one year, it didn't change anything in my life except an extra few tips during the contest)and a couple in Houston and then one here in Las Vegas I never gave up trying to do shows, but ultimately it was just too expensive, time consuming and the men didn't come to see that .What with the high availability of internet porn free and at anyone's disposal without even putting on clothes,"a little titillation" with some art won't pay the bills, much less pay for the
costumes.While I was grateful I already had beautiful costumes,.even the upkeep was expensive after a while..I guess my long drawn out point is, that dirty strippers might be that way because that's what pays the bills.Not across the board, and I certainly don't know the numbers as to how many would prefer to be more creative and less nasty,I also agree with all his other points as well, he writes very well.Better than me,lol I'd expand on some of them but I've babbled a bit already here..I haven't seen the movie yet, I've heard it called "Showgirls 2" around here too, lol.One final note, I've noticed there's "amateur troops" sprouting up on Craig's list. I tried to get in one one, but the amateur who has never done it besides in her living room thinks "anyone who is not an amateur will be a diva and suck the fun out of everything". I have had several spinal surgeries over the last few years and am all healed up now and would like to get back into
performing.I would LOVE to be part of a group, I have no desire to be a Diva(lol) I just want to be part of the magic i once knew and be part of
bringing it back if I can.Now that I would be doing it more for the love of the art than to survive,I think I could bring a lot of energy , love, humor, experience,and of course talent to an existing group, or if there are other performers in Las Vegas that would like to make a troupe, or if anyone has any information on how I at least can get into performing again solo here, I would REALLY appreciate any information or help.I wish we had burlesque 411 here.I don't get a chance to read the forum every day, I may have missed a post about groups here.I REALLY want to be performing again, but purely entertainment. Not lap-dancing. .I might break a hip..I attached the promo ticket of me from back in the day for a little trip down Body Shop memory lane if anyone would like to see it.I love this forum and I thank you for taking the time to read my post!I apologize for my crappy grammar or any mistakes.I hope everyone's holiday is a bright one!..Katz.
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