Beauty + Brains / Burlesque + Variety = Win!
Picture this: It’s the first Wednesday of the month. You have a choice – a night with your favorite Doctor, deciding between Firefly or Serenity, boldly going where none have gone before… OR
Celebrating Geek Chic and the Variety Arts at the Raven Lounge!
Enjoy a nerdy martini or a C++ cocktail and check out some of the best in Burlesque and the Variety acts with a +1 keen eye to all sci-fi, fantasy, comic and brainy, geeky goodness. This city is so full of amazing talent you’ll wish you had 30 lives.
This month we’re bring in some amazing out of town performers alongside local starlets. Fresh from Steampunk Worlds Fair, we’re bringing you live music from The Wandering Cellist (NYC). Andria Noir of the legendary Lux Arati is bringing technical fan dace to the stage. Our shiny burlesque ensemble features special guest, the sweetest bottom in the district miss Cherie Sweetbottom (DC). Representing Philadelphia, the bad ass of burlesque and producer of the Sexploitation Follies, Miss Rose. Experience the burlesque debut of Aly Katz, who will also serve as our stage invader for the evening. Miss Eyrie Twilight will be takin’ it off and keeping it going.Our raffle is full of local event tickets and shiny prizes at bargain basement pricing! This month we’re giving away – 2 tickets to The Aviary (http://www.theaviaryphilly.com/), passes to Dr.Sketchy’s Philadelphia, Something shiny from Steampunk Black Sheep, Vintage comics and much more!
What are you waiting for? Get out to The Raven Lounge and TALK NERDY TO ME!
Doors at 8:30pm show at 9pmThe Raven Lounge1718 Sansom Street
Kinetic vehicles(sculptures) of all sizes, shapes and adaptations paraded around Kensington and Fishtown once again this year with the mudpit/finishline on East Norris Ave, right in front of the Trenton Ave Arts Festival. More info here: Kinetic Kensington
In the interest of full disclosure, Jim Thorpe’s Pa Burlesque Festival pissed me off before the first dancer almost exposed a bare shoulder. We were truly excited about the opportunity to review the 2 day “festival” with performers from “around the world” at the Plays and Players theater off Rittenhouse. We were generously offered full accessability to the performers, with the sweet vantange spot of photographing the show from the backstage wings of the beautiful theater, and that if we arrived an hour before show time, could go backstage and shoot the performers as they prepared for the show. We had planned for a real Bruce Davidson documentary style photo essay. We arrived an hour early as we had arranged, and were directed to the dressing rooms. It was perfect. Backstage chaos in a maze of exposed brick dressing rooms as girls applied false eye lashes, laced each other’s corsets and wriggled into mounds of yummy fabrics. This was going to be a truly amazing photo essay exploring the world of classic burlesque from behind the scenes.
Denied. The organizer who had cheerfully volunteered the all access photo-op, informed us that although we were there an hour early as we had arranged with her, we weren’t allowed to photograph the girls getting ready and that we should go to the audience and shoot from there, accompanied by a stern warning not to get in the audience’s way. Great. An hour early to sit in the audience with my camera? We can do that anywhere even without generously posting a free blurb before the show to help publicize the event. Not to mention that since we didn’t have seats, if the place filled up, we were shit out of luck. Luckily for us, it didn’t come close to selling out.
Philly is a community saturated with one of the country’s most thriving burlesque communities. In preparation for this article we began asking the local performers about the “PA Burlesue Festival”. Almost none of the Philly dancers knew about the event, and the one we found who did had serious issues with the contract she was sent in order to apply. Was this the problem with the performance? Possibly. I find it difficult to believe that these were the best dancers Pennsylvania and “the world” has to offer. There were two girls did stand out in the sea of mediocrity. Scarlet Starlet was flawless. Beautiful girl, beautiful dancer, lovely costume, cute, classic Vargas style piece. Deana Danger did a 1920′s inspired performance that equally lovely, but in general this was an evening that was all fluff and no excitement.
Burlesque was meant to entertain. It was a combination of comedic sketches, acrobatics, music and erotic dancers. It’s supposed to make you laugh till you cry: part beauty, part drink and dancing on the edge of total debauchery. This was none of that. The costumes were gorgeous, but most of the dancers totally unimpressive. The MC for the evening was boring. A Rubinesque woman in a bad wig and a beautiful costume who announced the performers with all the personality of Melba toast. Long awkward pauses were punctuated with occasional references to some fat guy in the front row who apparently is a fan. I’m not sure why. The naughtiest the show ever got was the mention of a red glittery paddle which left those of us who adore Philly Neo-Burlesque craving an evening with the Rigor Mortis Review.
We’re not totally dissing the PA Burlesque Festival, but before they decide to hang their 2 inch heels in this town, they need to reach out to our Philly girls for a little real flavor, as well as a packed house. When a city is accustomed Burlesque bad asses like Miss Rose Burlesque, we’re gonna need a little more than a pretty face in a nice dress. On the other hand, the scantily clad tattooed chick cleaning the stage between acts was awesome. She’s welcome back for a cheese steak anytime!
From the Pennsylvania Burlesque Festival Website: http://www.paburlesque.com/
AND NOW! Gear up for the 2013 PA Burlesque Festival. We rock Philadelphia on March 8 and 9 at the historic Plays and Players Theatre with “FRIDAY NIGHT DELIGHT” and “THE BIG REVEAL.”
TICKETS are on sale NOW for both shows. Order them HERE and don’t wait! Our last show was 100% sold out!
SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: The 2013 PA Burlesque Festival has pledged to donate a portion of its proceeds to Habitat for Humanity’s Hurricane Sandy Disaster Relief Fund.
Through an online fundraising campaign, we are asking our fans to help us cover our $3,000.00 in performer hotel expenses so that we, in turn, can donate that same amount or more from our ticket proceeds. We are also accepting non-perishable food donations at both shows, to be collected by the New Jersey FoodBank. Please consider helping us meet our fundraising goal by donating through the link below. There are great perks involved, including front section tickets to both shows!
Deanna Danger won the Crystal Corset Award for 2012, and we’re proud to announce that she will headline the PABF’s “FRIDAY NIGHT DELIGHT” on March 8. Deanna will also sit upon our panel of Judges for “THE BIG REVEAL” on March 9.
Deanna has a classically trained dance background, reaching all the way back to 3 years of age. She learned ballet from students of Martha Graham, tap from former Radio City Music Hall Rockettes, and musical theater from original Broadway cast members of “Cats” and the movie “Dirty Dancing.”
Her sometimes dangerous, always crowd-pleasing performances have graced stages from her home, Richmond, Virginia, up and down the east coast to New York, New Jersey, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington D.C., Tennessee, and North & South Carolina. She has performed all over Richmond and with many of the east coast’s best acts & troupes including, Wasabassco Burlesque out of NYC, Trixie Little & the Evil Hate Monkey, and Angie Pontani & the World Famous Pontani Sisters. She was also chosen to perform in the 2010 New York Burlesque Festival as well as the 2011 Jim Thorpe Burlesque Festival, Charleston Burlesque Festival, and Asheville Americana Burlesque & Sideshow Festival.
Burlesque legend Penny Starr Sr. arrives for a special performance in “FRIDAY NIGHT DELIGHT” and willjudge “THE BIG REVEAL!“
This is the 15th year of the Philadelphia Tattoo Arts Convention and the second year at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. The available artist’s booths are already sold out. More tattoo celebs this year as well as artists and entertainment. If you live in Philly and you’re into ink and other body art, this is a must do event.
Philadelphia Tattoo Arts Convention 2013
Once again those Two Street brigades celebrating the Roman Festival of Saturnalias will march up Broad St to strut their stuff for the masses on their way to city hall and the judging area. They start from locations deep in South Philly. Starting starts at 10:00am.
Photo Galleries from past Parades:
It was a good day to have camera. With a genius stroke of Philly weirdness, Montreal based circus company, 7 Fingers, kicked off their American premiere of “Sequence 8″ with 2 5-10 minute pop-up demonstrations at Reading Terminal Market and at Comcast Center Plaza, much to the awe and delight of the unsuspecting lunch crowds. As part of this year’s Live Arts Festival and Philly Fringe, 7 Fingers brings circus arts to an extremely human and realistic level, presenting a daring display of jaw dropping Chinese acrobatics, aerials, juggling and an array of extraordinary feats, in ordinary human contexts every one can relate to.
And we just love the fact that they brought a smile and some wonderment to the not easily impressed Philly lunch folks.
Sequence 8 will be performing through Sunday
From the 2012 Live Arts Festival & Philly Fringe website:
Plunge feet first into the most epic contemporary dancing event ever imagined! Sylvain Émard’s Le Grand Continental is a festive—and FREE—30-minute outdoor adventure that has assembled some 200 local dancers of all ages and backgrounds to show off the talent, charisma, and personality of Philadelphians. First created for Montréal’s renowned Festival TransAmériques, the Philadelphia version promises to be one of the largest presentations of its kind in the world. The show transforms the plaza by the front steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art into a massive playground.
When Sylvain Émard first began these large-scale dance events he had no idea of the enthusiastic audience response he would unleash. Le Grand Continental is an infectious piece that combines exuberant line dancing with the fluidity and expressiveness of contemporary dance. As a child Émard discovered the pure pleasure of movement through line dancing, and with this captivating presentation pays tribute to this popular art form. Volunteer dancers trained throughout the summer and rehearsed like dance professionals to perform this vibrant choreography in sync with 200 other dancers.
This Saturday and Sunday, Hot Rods, music, swap meet, flea market, vintage, art crafts, tattoo, pin-up contest, yes it has it all. Pre-1975 cars, trucks, bikes and cycles. More info here: hotrodhoedown.com
Well crap! We got to the Hoe Down on Saturday just before the skies opened up and people started moving their pride and joys to drier ground. We did manage to snap a few photos though…great event we’ll always brave the weather for!
So here at Your Daily Cheesesteak, we do our best to bring you all that wonderfully weird Philly has to offer. Subcultures. Events that fall under the radar. Cutting edge artists, performers and the tattooed freaks that give Philly it’s swag. But we’re foodies at heart. With over 30 years in the food industry between us, we’re suddenly realizing how little love we’ve given the “Philly Eats” section of YDC.
So we’re kicking it off this weekend with our newest contributor, a hot up and comer on Philly’s food scene. Someone who works in the trenches, and isn’t afraid to write about it. This little blurb, “If There’s One Thing I Hate About Restaurants”, punches to the gut with what’s really going on in some of those “higher end” restaurants. Rumors are that this may just be part of a larger expose to come…very exciting!
IF THERE’S ONE THING I HATE ABOUT RESTAURANTS
It Is When They Lie.
Two recent events have prompted this post, so I will focus on them.
Lie #1: Probably one of the most offensive lies I have seen (based sheerly on the fact that it is so easy to disprove) is when a local CC juke joint showed me this:
SO instantly I thought “I’m pretttttyyyyyy fucking sure that only beef is graded on a “prime,choice,select” scale. So I whipped out my smart phone and went straight to the source. THE USDA WEBSITE.
Pork is not graded with USDA quality grades as it is generally produced from young animals that have been bred and fed to produce more uniformly tender meat. Appearance is an important guide in buying fresh pork.
Anyway, I can imagine the droves of people lined up to get there porterhouse pork steak, and I’m here to tell you you’re pretty much just getting an expensive pork chop. Does it really matter or hurt anyone, as long as you like it? No. But it’s just presumptuous and rude and weird.
Lie #2: This is the one that gets me, the one that REALLY gets me. It’s the whole “we’re all natural and organic and free-range” lie. Yes, it is a lie. No, not always. But I’m willing to bet based on the evidence I am about to present you with that this is not the only case of a restaurant doing this.
I know this restaurant in CC. It’s a really popular lunch spot. It isn’t the cheapest, but it’s cheap enough for people to justify the price because they’re getting high quality stuff.
Here is a quote from the owner:
we’re using only natural ingredients, minimal salt and sugar (honey when possible actually), meats are hormone and antibiotic free, and we work with vendors and farms that meet our standards of high quality in terms of taste, color, best practices, and yield. Dressings and sauces are made in-house daily.
Or this quote from their twitter:
no frozen veggies, processed meats, and non homemade sauces
A sign right in their store claims that they:
take care in selecting meat and dairy products originating from animals not exposed to unnecessary antibiotics or hormones
I can tell you for 100% fact (yes 100%) that as of right now (10:02 a.m. on Friday the 24th of August 2012) many of those claims are false. This restaurant has signs hanging in it that proclaim all of these things to be true, but if you were to mosey on into the kitchen you would find some disturbing things.
Things like: Pre-cut vacuum sealed carrots from Sysco (I don’t know about you, but that doesn’t seem very natural to me).
Buttermilk from Sysco (which says no where on its container that it is free of anything).
In the freezer: Frozen peas, frozen edamame.
On the shelves: Canned corn, canned bamboo shoots, canned hearts of palm, canned chick peas, and gallon containers of a certain sauce. (They cut the sauce with other things but the pre made sauce comprises at least 1/2 of the finished sauce product).
Also in the freezer (or the walk in) you will find boxed of chicken, shrimp, beef, pork, and bacon none of which claim to be hormone or antibiotic free.
Dressings made in mass quantities that last at least a few days (certainly not made fresh daily).
croutons that are bought in from Sysco.
The list of atrocities could go on almost indefinitely. Unfortunately, the more I write about this, the more fucked I become. People in the business don’t like people who talk about the business. But I can’t shut up and take it anymore because it’s bullshit. A place that claims to be allergy friendly where cross contamination is occurring more than any other place I’ve seen to date is not something I can stay hush hush about. People can die from that.
If this place and other places like it didn’t claim such high standards, it would be fine. The food tastes pretty good and probably is better for you that lots of places (certainly Wendys or 5 guys). It’s just the (false) claims of such morality in a time where people CLING to any scrap of hope that they might be getting real food that piss me off.
All I’m saying is that buyer beware. Ask questions. Demand to know what you’re eating, especially if you’re forking over a pretty penny for it.
And remember: “If you see me rollin’ by (yeah), remember that you don’t know me”
you can read more by our Philly food vixen at http://caponshavemorefun.wordpress.com/
Enjoy and remember, if you’re out and about with your camera, shoot us some eats!