The speakeasy world of the burlesque is becoming more main stream as the continued resurgence of this art form brings to the stage some pretty remarkable performers.
Freya took time from her busy schedule to share her thoughts about being a burlesque sex symbol and part of the Southern Fried Burlesque Festival.
Freya currently lives in Nashville, Tennessee, but she hails from Chicago where she began the transition from being a disc jockey to a burlesque girl.
She has performed at the Southern Fried Burlesque Festival since its inception and is really glad to support the community in Atlanta. She has been part of the burlesque circuit for the last six years and enjoys the comradery and love found in Atlanta.
She got into this vintage art form when she saw a few burlesque shows and simply fell in love. From there, she took classes and the rest, as they say, is history.
As she notes with a sly giggle, “Where else can you get a work out and have fun shaking your jiggly bits?”
Freya believes that the resurgence in burlesque is because there is also a resurgence in live entertainment. She notes, “You can see anything on the Internet and wonder why people even leave their house anymore.” However, at a Burlesque show, you can “see someone that looks good at any angle and may do something that is unexpected.” Freya exclaim that some of her best shows have been “when things go wrong…usually those have sizzle mixed in with sex appeal.”
Freya enjoys the Atlanta community because they showcase performers of every kind with “sexy women and sexy men and the diversity of sizes, performers of every size with top quality at every level.”
As to how she comes up with the shows, Freya admits that it begins with music selection and goes from there. She gets inspiration from all over the place. “Music is important to me, I find things that speak to me…I love to do dirty bumpy grind burlesque and sometimes literary hump the audience.”
As for why someone should come out to the festival, Freya notes that you are going to “see top performers all from the Southeast but also from all over. You will also be surprised from one minute seeing a traditional act, then someone in a gorilla suit mixed in with break dancing,” or as she has done with a typewriter in an act she did at a past Southern Fried Burlesque festival.
You are sure to have a night at the show that is filled with “Hollywood glamour, glitter and if you did not come with any glitter, you are sure to leave with some.”
On a final note when I asked her on “How can a regular woman find her inner burlesque?” Freya ponders and shares, “Take classes, see burlesque shows, and simply do it. Where else can you have a good work out while you are celebrating the beauty of your jiggly bits? Be glad that you have them, instead of feeling bad about your fat from a regular work out class.”
She concluded, “Everyone should come out and check out the show, where else can you see the feat of victory and the agony of defeat as in American Idol style but live on stage.”
Check out more info about this burlesque starlet Freya West: http://www.freyawest.com/aboutfreya/
For tickets and show times visit: www.southernfriedburlesquefest.com
*Stocking Peel Photo By Stacie Huckeba
The New Theatre in the Square Marietta is Back and Better Than Ever!
Three years ago one of my favorite local theaters took their final bow and closed up shop. Ever since I can I remember, I loved going to see performances at the Theatre on the Square in the beautiful Marietta Square. I can remember going to see some great Christmas shows with my parents and one of my favorites, the “1940’s Radio Hour”. Ahhh, the memories. But, it was all over in 2012.
Three years have come and gone and I spent two of those years in Boston and one in Florida, so imagine my delight to come back to Atlanta to find that the Theatre on the Square was revamped and ready to amaze again with great local talent.
We took a few minutes to get to know the lovely Roxanne Johnson of the Theatre and ask her a few questions.
TBB: We are so excited that the beloved Theatre in the Square in Marietta is making it’s glorious comeback. Tell me about this revival, who is involved and what we can expect?
Roxanne: It was more than heart breaking to the community as a whole to see Theatre in the Square close up shop in 2012. Immediately seeing huge potential Raul Thomas; Executive Chef, Film Maker and avid supporter of all the arts, took over the theatre in September of this year. From the community he hand picked a team of top notch creative and business professionals. We all quickly went to bring this sacred space back to it’s former glory.
Wanting to court previous supporters of the theatre we offer through our resident company standards and favorites of the community. There will also be more contemporary entertainment offered as well as concerts and comedy and other events. The former green room has now been transformed into a small film and photography studio.
The studio is available to the community. As well as classes for children and adults. We are already working closely with Marietta Middle School and Kennesaw State University. The ultimate goal is creating a multi-cultural center bringing entertainment and education to the area through art and theatre.
Information regarding what is currently running and what is coming up for us, as well as purchasing tickets can be found on our website HERE.
After the 1st of the year we will be offering season tickets, flex tickets and reserved seating.
Ho Ho Ho Steve-O? Holiday Laughs with Steve-O at the Improv Atlanta
Steve-O (a.k.a. Stephen Glover) has become a household name over the last two decades. Famous for his cringe worthy stunts on MTV’s Jackass and WildBoyz, he is never shy and always up for a challenge! Steve-O is coming to Atlanta this week to perform at the Improv Atlanta 12/3 – 12/5 so get ready for holiday cheer, Steve- O style!
We asked Steve-O a few questions, you can read his answers below:
TBB:First of all, since you are coming to Atlanta this week, tell us what your favorite thing about Atlanta is. Also, do you plan to visit anywhere other than the Improv while in town? Ever heard of the Clermont Lounge? ;)
Steve-O: It was July 4th the last time I was in Atlanta, and I had a great time taping big fireworks to my skateboard and blowing them up while I rode around a skatepark. That was a really wild time. Next week I go to jail for the crane-climbing stunt I did earlier this year in Los Angeles, so this weekend I’ll be sure to enjoy my last days of freedom roaming around Atlanta. I’m sure the Clermont Lounge is awesome, but I think I’m going to skip that spot this weekend.
TBB: The Clermont just might be a little too much for you Steve-O!
Kurtis Blow and the Hip Hop Nutcracker
A holiday mash-up for the entire family, The Hip Hop Nutcracker, a contemporary work set to Tchaikovsky’s timeless music, embarks on an international tour on the strength of last December’s sold-out performances of the world premiere at New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) and United Palace of Cultural Arts (UPCA) in New York City. The Hip Hop Nutcracker will make a stop at Atlanta’s Fox Theatre Saturday, Nov. 28 at 2 p.m.
The Hip Hop Nutcracker is directed and choreographed by Jennifer Weber, artistic director of the all-female hip-hop crew Decadancetheatre in Brooklyn. It is adapted to today’s New York by Mike Fitelson, executive director of UPCA – the work’s original producer – and includes hip-hop interludes remixed and reimagined by DJ Boo and violinist Filip Pogády.
For its stop at Atlanta’s Fox Theatre on Saturday, Nov. 28, The Hip Hop Nutcracker features special guest MC Kurtis Blow, one of the founders and creators of recorded rap music.
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