Friday, January 24, 2014

Join the #TCMParty

I do this kinda weird, dorky thing. When I come home from work, I make dinner as fast as I can, sit down, turn on the 8:00 movie on Turner Classic Movies and I tweet. Because whenever you watch a movie on TCM, you just use #tcmparty to see what people have to say. I find it's most active during that 8:0 movie but when I work from home, I jump in on the thread, too.

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Happening this Week, 1/19-25

Here's what's going on and where to go this week. It's a little quiet this week. But please let me know if I missed anything with an email ( or a tweet (@itsdlovely)!

Ragged but Right
The Back Room, 102 Essex Street, 8pm no cover
Mike Haar spins tunes from the 1910s through the 1950s, on cylinders and 45s.

Wasabassco's Kong
The Bell House, 149 7th Street, Brooklyn, 7:30pm, $30
An amazing burlesque version of King Kong. It sounds insane; it is insane, go see it.

South Sea Soiree with Gin Minsky and Rosie Cheeks
Macao Trading Company, 311 Church, 9:30pm, dinner reservations required
Music by Dandy Wellington and some naked ladies! I've never been to this show, which happens every third Monday of the month, but it's definitely on my list.

Monday, January 13, 2014

Happening This Week, January 12-18

Sorry to be so late with the listings, kids! I was sick yesterday and swamped today. But here's what's going on this week (well, Tuesday through Saturday). Did I miss anything? Email me

Tuesday Night Social with Dandy Wellington
Hotel Chantelle, 92 Ludlow Street, 8:30pm, no cover
Dandy Wellington brings his band to one of my favorite restaurants. Lots of swing dancing.

Tiki Dating Game
Otto's Shrunken Head, 538 E 14th Street, 9pm
Like those old matchmaking shows on TV, not "The Bachelor". All with a kitschy, tiki twist and hosted by the lovely Kita St. Cyr

Primitiva in Hi-Fi
Before the Tiki Dating Game, dance to exotica, surf rock and more in the front part of Otto's.

Monday Man Candy: Burt Reynolds

Sorry I skipped last week, guys. Things got a little crazy and I didn't get it together fast enough. That's why I'm hoping some lovely pictures of Burt Reynolds will make up for it.

If ever there was a wonderfully wooly sex symbol, it was Burt (you know the photo I'm talking about). It's not just the man fuzz; Burt has a great smile and even aged nicely into a silver fox in his fifties and sixties (he's 77 now).

Burt Reynolds, silver fox

I will confess the only movie I've seen Burt in is "Best Little Whorehouse in Texas", which isn't even the movie he got his Oscar nomination for. I realize this is a gross oversight on my part and I will do everything I can to fix that (as soon as I catch up on Downton).

Now, more photos! Careful clicking below; the some of these are is a little NSFW.

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Today I Learned Elvis Wasn't Blatantly Racist

Elvis with journalists in 1956, May 1956
Yesterday, the Internet exploded celebrating Elvis' birthday. I watched bemused. You see, I was essentially told I wasn't supposed to like Elvis. I was pretty young when my dad told me he was horribly racist and quoted as saying, "The only thing Negroes can do for me is buy my records and shine my shoes." When my dad told me the story, he used the actual N word and I was horrified. I've spent years avoiding Elvis, which is starting to get harder as I begin to explore the rockabilly scene (I feel like I'm too old to take up a subculture but oh well). It seemed to me that if he'd gone public with a statement like that, then obviously it was my duty to not like him.

I didn't have any kind of forbidden fruit complex when it came to Elvis. I was told to think Elvis was just a white man raking in tons of money for doing things black people had done for years and probably better. I didn't need Elvis; Jackie Wilson has the hair, Little Richard has plenty of fire and Big Mama Thornton has the best version of "Hound Dog" hands down. Which doesn't mean I haven't found white rock 'n roll and rockabilly artists from the era to love; I just thought Elvis was someone I could skip. After seeing Elvis all over my Facebook, I got to Googling (I've been wrong before) and it turns out I was wrong on both counts.

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

The Perfect Northern Soul Primer (Video)

In November, NPR celebrated northern soul on the fortieth anniversary of the first northern soul party in Liverpool. I'd never heard the term northern soul before, but when I dug into it, I actually realized I'd been listening to some northern soul records all along. Northern soul refers to artists like Bettye Swan who were plenty talented but never blew up enough to be a, say, Diana Ross.

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Happening this Week, Jan 5-11

I know I keep a list of standard events on a separate page, but I want to give you guys more info about what's going on week by week. So every Sunday, I'll do weekly listings for all the burlesque, vintage and rockabilly events I can find. And if there's anything I missed or you want me to list, please just email me at

Rebel Night Rockabilly Record Hop
The Back Room, 102 Norfolk Street Street 8pm, no cover
The same DJs that do my favorite rockabilly party now have a once-monthly Sunday party.

Svetlana & the Delancey Five
The Back Room, 102 Norfolk Street, 9 pm, no cover
This is a fun little band and from what I hear (I've never actually done this event)there's a lot of great swing dancers.

Tuesday Night Social with Dandy Wellington
Hotel Chantelle, 92 Ludlow Street, 8:30pm, no cover
Dandy Wellington brings his band to one of my favorite restaurants. Lots of swing dancing.

Rawr! Hot Mama Burlesque at the Kraine Theatrer

Last Friday, way back in 2013, I took my mother to her first burlesque show. My dad came along, too, but he said it was definitely not his first time at the rodeo. The nice people at the Kraine Theater gave me two complimentary tickets to see Hot Mama Burlesque, part of last week's 5th Annual Winter Burlesque Blitz (you remember I went to the Summer Burlesque Blitz. Three days of fabulous shows!) I chose Hot Mama Burlesque because 1) I'd never seen this troupe before and 2) all the women are mothers and since I was bringing my mom, it seemed fitting. I expected her to be maybe adorably mortified but I was actually the one who wanted to crawl under the seat.