Archive for November, 2009
BABY LOVES DISCO just celebrated our 5th birthday, bringing back sweet memories of our early days in philly where it all began. I had an extra special time at the events this past month, dancing and eating birthday cake with my family and especially celebrating my son max, as he was truly the original inspiration for creating these baby loves disco events. Another little heart warmer this year was the addition of Kara's son Henry (born in August) to the bld family. Henry has Down Syndrome and has touched us all in an extra special way . . . and since December is always "dance for a cause" time at the disco, we are proud to partner with the National Down Syndrome Society this year! come on out to the club for some feel-good, warm-fuzzy dancin' fun and give a little love to the NDSS. Five percent of ticket sales from our December events will benefit the ndss, and we will also be raffling off some sweet stuff like dinner for two at Bubby's and passes to the Bronx zoo! so bring your wallets and a dose of good luck and choose which raffle item you like best (or heck, put some tickets in every jar and hope for one of each)! The NDSS will be face painting for a small donation, area kids is providing tattoos, Lulu's cuts will be cutting bangs and le Studio NYC will be there to take some fabulous photos of it all! have a ball dancing to great tunes among the bubbles and balloons with the rub dj's and mc tah! in the midst of the busy holiday season, take some time out with your family to shake off some calories, relax some rattled nerves, and roll out the cheer by dancing for a great cause! see you at the disco, heather and the bld crew The National Down Syndrome Society advocates for the value, acceptance and inclusion of people with down syndrome. They envision a world in which all people with down syndrome have the opportunity to enhance their quality of life, realize their life aspirations, and become valued members of welcoming communities.
The Schlep Sisters and Thirsty Girl Productions Present the 3rd Annual MENORAH HORAH! On Saturday, December 12, Southpaw (125 Fifth Avenue, Brooklyn, NY) will be home to Hanukkah’s hottest Hebrew hotties! The doors are at 7PM and the show begins at 8PM. "We love Hanukkah," say the Schlep Sisters, "for the third year in a row, we're celebrating it our way -- with stripping girls, hot oil, live music and miracles!" Whether you’re a yeshiva bocher, an honorary Jew, or a bacon-loving heeb, MENORAH HORAH will titillate and inspire your holiday spirit. The world-class Schlep Sisters – Minnie Tonka and Darlinda Just Darlinda – are joined by premier burlesque stars Sapphire Jones and, all the way from Toronto, Sauci Calla Horra. DJ Aaroneous and Klezmer-Gypsy-punk band Golem will make you shake your money-maker, while quizmaster Noah Tarnow and host Kenny Mellman (of Kiki & Herb) will keep you laughing until your candles burn out. All that fun, for just a little gelt. Hosted by: Tony-nominated KENNY MELLMAN was the co-creator and the "Herb" half of the internationally acclaimed duo Kiki and Herb. He is an Obie, Bessie, Glammy, Glaad Media and MAC award-winning performer. His solo show, "Kenny Mellman is Grace Jones" played across the U.S., in London, and Australia. “At Least It's Pink,” the show he co-wrote with Bridget Everett and Michael Patrick King (Sex and The City) was one of TimeOut NY's top 10 Cabaret shows of 2006. He wrote a children's musical for the Soho Theatre in London and in 2008 and with Bridget Everett, Neal Medlyn, Brendan Kennedy and Ada Calhoun, he created “Our Hit Parade” which was named one of the best cabaret shows of 2008 by Timeout NY and continues as a sold-out monthly show at Joes Pub. Recently, he was named one of TimeOut NY's 40 favorite people in NYC. He is recording a pop cover a day at ourhitparade.com. Starring: The SCHLEP SISTERS are burlesque performers of the Jewish persuasion! Minnie Tonka and Darlinda Just Darlinda are long lost sisters that found each other while tracing the roots of Yiddish Theater and Vaudeville. Inspired by the Barry Sisters and Rock n' Roll these ladies can cut a rug! They've been livin' it up on stage together since 2003 and recently competed in the 2009 Miss Exotic World Burlesque Hall of Fame competition for “Best Group!" Follow the sassy Schlep Sisters for more fun at www.schlepsisters.com. DARLINDA JUST DARLINDA is a Burlesque Performer/Performance Artist. A Year in Rainbow was Darlinda’s “living art” project; from 2007-2008, Darlinda explored a six-colored Rainbow, produced shows and blogged daily about the experience at www.yearinrainbow.com. Darlinda is on the faculty at the NY School of Burlesque. She is the recipient of the 2009 Golden Pastie Award for Most Innovative and Creative! The Village Voice calls Darlinda a "Mastermind of Bizarre Extravaganza." www.darlindajustdarlinda.com. MINNIE TONKA is a NYC-based burlesque performer and producer who originally hails from the Midwestern Land of 10,000 Lakes. She is an educated Yid with an M.A. in Jewish Education. Combining her Jewish pride and love of burlesque, in 2004 Minnie Tonka co-founded and continues to produce Kosher ChiXXX all-female Jewish Burlesque Revue. Since 2003, Minnie Tonka has been dazzling audiences at well-known stages in New York and across North America bringing Jewish culture and humor to strip tease. To see more of Minnie Tonka, visit www.myspace.com/minnie_tonka. SAPPHIRE JONES is a sensational new addition to the burlesque scene. A wide-eyed and fresh faced graduate of the NY School of Burlesque, Sapphire has taken to burlesque like a pastie to a nipple, and audiences have certainly taken to her. Her mix of sex appeal and wacky comedy can be seen in shows and venues across New York City. Her most recent endeavor was baring it all for the NYC premiere of Naked Girls Reading. A tall drink of water with a brilliantly quirky sense of humor that makes her a feast for your eyes, brain, and heart. SAUCI CALLA HORRA performs with Skin Tight Outta Sight Rebel Burlesque in Toronto and is the Producer of the Toronto Burlesque Festival. With an Honors degree in Theatre and Psychology, Sauci is a social worker by day… burlesque vixen by night. She had her debut on Valentine’s Day 2002 and she sees burlesque as a feminist statement, where women can reclaim their sexuality and power in an entertaining (and titillating!) way. Sauci has performed in all seven New York Burlesque Festivals, in “Nice Jewish Girls Gone Bad,” and in Miss Exotic World in Las Vegas. NOAH TARNOW is the quizmaster of the Big Quiz Thing, New York’s live trivia spectacular. He creates and hosts the city’s premier live game show every other Monday night at Crash Mansion, and has been called “a geek savant” (Gawker), an “impish impresario” (Citysearch), and “a man of intriguing professional aspirations” (not in those words) by Keith Olbermann. He’s hosted custom quiz events around the country, and competed on both the VH1 game show Name That Video and Jeopardy! In addition, he’s written trivia columns for Time Out New York, American Movie Classics and Hemispheres magazine. Find out more at bigquizthing.com. Live music by: GOLEM is a New York City-based 6 piece Eastern European folk-punk band known for electrifying dance floors with their globetrotting goulash of Jewish, Slavic, and Gypsy folk songs. This “Gypsy-punk gem” (SPIN) is fronted by Annette Ezekiel-Kogan - singer, accordionist, with vocalist / tambourinist Aaron Diskin, violin virtuoso Alicia Jo Rabins, trombonist Curtis Hasselbring, upright bassist Taylor Bergren-Chrisman, and drummer Tim Monaghan, Golem’s sound evokes wisps of old-world elegance filtered through the successes and disappointments of new-world dreams. Golem has toured extensively, both on their own and supporting artists like Matisyahu, Balkan Beat Box, Dresden Dolls Rasputina and The Walkmen. Known for their chaotic behavior live, Golem's stage presence is more akin to a traveling band of gypsy acrobats and fiends than it is to any punk band on the scene right now. It is entirely possible that at any moment during a show, you just might find the band and the crowd entangled in a frenzied horah. In 2006, Billboard named Golem one of the top 5 things to see at SXSW alongside vanguard artist Amy Winehouse. The next year, SPIN listed Golem as one of their leading Gypsy-punk bands to watch.