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Violet Deville

Show Review: NERDZ! A Seattle-based Nerd-themed Burlqesque Show

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Violet Deville

Burlesque as we know it now has been around since the mid-1800s but in the past several years has been making a roaring comeback across the board. Over time multiple demographics have flocked to try their hand at adding their own style and flare to the art form. Maybe it’s because we live in Seattle, maybe it’s the rising public face of Nerd culture, but regardless the reason, this city has been the home of multiple nerdy burlesque shows.

NERDZ, aptly named and hosted by the lovely Violet Deville (@VioletDeVille ) at the Rendezvous’ Jewel Box Theatre, was one of these selfsame shows.

The Rendezvous is a familiar place, even if you’ve never been there. It has that glorious divey feel without making you worry about needing to sanitize your hands every time you touch anything. While perhaps not a ‘well-lighted place’, it’s clean and friendly and even Hemmingway would easily make himself comfortable.

Stella Vaughn

Just past the bar and to the right you’ll find the entrance to the Jewel Box Theatre. It’s a cozy space with a stage perfect for small cast performances. From the moment I gave my name at will-call, it was clear this was not your average show as I was asked to produce an appendage and ‘roll for stamp damage’ when my wrist was marked.

Violet Wilde (or @lilyorit as I know her), was not only the reason I found myself at that particular location that night, but was also our fantastic Mistress of Ceremonies. With a bubbly and endearing charm, she along with her two stage assistants, D and D, both provided entertaining introductions and ran a raffle to The performances were all tributes to various fandoms celebrated in nerd culture and spanned across multiple ranges of skill level and styles.

The audience fell into laughter at the delightfully campy rendition of Indiana Jones featuring the talented Scandal from Bohemia.

We were awed into silence at Stella Vaughn’s haunting depiction of Leeloo from the cult classic The Fifth Element when she performed an erotic ballet to the opera featured in the film.

We witnessed Morgue Anne’s slow motion take on Super Girl’s quick change inside the phone booth.

Tempest

We had our childhood memories both resurface and oddly violated with Violet Deville’s performance set to the Muppet Show theme which ended in a quite the grand finale that showcased a replica of Gonzo’s nose right between… well you get the idea.

Some of my favorite moments included two performances by Tempest who showed a wide range of skill in dance, from a completely improvised piece which featured staccato movement and snake-like undulations to an elegant and articulate belly dance set perfectly to music.

Sailor St. Claire

Two other highlights for me included a breathtaking Firefly themed feather fan dance from Sailor St. Claire and a hilarious chipt-tunes rap tribute to 8-bit games by Bolt Action where every detail seemed covered in dedication to his theme–right down to the 8-bit “diamond” pasties glued to his nipples. Hands down the only man I’ve ever seen able to walk off the stage with that much dignity in only his converse, sunglasses and underoos.

However my favorite performance of the night was hands down the last. While they were all lovely and fabulous and worthy of an individual review themselves, Scarlet O’Hairdye’s Dr. Who themed performance won me over completely. From the skit that preceded her burlesque performance where she wandered in dressed remarkably like a female Tom Baker to how closely she kept to this theme not just by costume, but song, routine and props. There was never a moment where you could have not understood what she was parodying and I have to admit, using the 4th Doctor’s obscenely long scarf as a regular burlesque show might use a feather boa was charmingly clever.

Scarlet O’Hairdye and Violet Wilde

All in all, while every live show has its technical difficulties, or the performers nerves show through, I would highly recommend a nerdy burlesque show if you have the chance. Support these Confident nerdy women expressing their love for fandoms through the art of comedy, dance and erotica.

In short: I had a frakkin good time and would highly recommend it.

For more information about upcoming shows run by Violet Deville, visit her website http://violetdeville.com.

 

Podcasts That Got Me Through 2010: #1 Nerdist

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Warning: These reviews are moderately if not completely profane.

This past year has had it’s ups and downs and I have found that there have been many podcasts that I needed to get through a lot of the hard times. These mini reviews (which will be sporadic in coming up because my computer is dead and my internet access is limited) are my way of thanking five that have brought laughter into my life.

So thank you.

#1 Nerdist:
Oh Chris Hardwick, what can I say that I haven’t already said in previous reviews? Probably a lot, but this isn’t just about you, so I’m keeping the specific ass kissery to a minimum.

The Nerdist Podcast is a weekly installment of nerding out. Yes, it is not just a clever name. Chris Hardwick, Jonah Ray, and Matt Mira (That’s My-Rah folks. Say it out loud.) sit with a new guest every week and shoot the shit. Sometimes they are talking with an actor about their process or with a comedian on the struggle to market to some towns they’re booked at. Many times it’s just Jonah licking AMC’s taint. Still, it is a great podcast to listen to. Why?

They occasionally do a live show at Largo. This makes me hate the East Coast.

I know that I have barely done it justice, but these guys sound exactly like my friends and I when we get together and talk. There is no pretense. There is no sheet full of questions that they have to get through before they can end the show. It’s just genuine conversation.

Each of the hosts has something that they talk about very often in the scope of the 51 episodes. One of them will talk Dr. Who to you until you are TARDIS blue in the face (and actually inspired me to watch the show), one will thrill you with their incredibly creepy love of zombies, and one is quiet except when talking about his weight. I think he is so friggin cute.

Still you find that even though they know things are being recorded, there may be some moments in each episode where they forget the red button is glowing because the conversation is so damn organic. I am incredibly impressed that they do not seem to edit anything out. They keep me laughing for an hour when I’m sitting at work. They quell my desire to stab.

So although this review doesn’t do the podcast justice, if you regularly read the stuff that I put out there and follow me on Twitter and think I’m funny… Subscribe to the podcast and get your mind thrice blown. If I enjoy them, and you enjoy me, then you will most likely enjoy them.

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Originally posted on www.cranialspasm.com

It’s Dr. Who Day!

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Re-posted here from Daily Cross-Swords for your nerdy amusement.   ~Prof. Jenn

Thanks to fellow blogger Brady for alerting me to the fact that it is in fact Dr. Who Day! Enjoy it the Bonzuko way by appreciating this montage of the indomitable Jon Pertwee as the 3rd Doctor, kicking ass with what was known as Venusian Aikido. Oh, and it’d be the perfect day to leak that Dr. Who dance that was yanked from the Craig Ferguson show the other day. Just sayin’…   ~Jenn

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