Saturday, September 13, 2014

Peel of Fortune: The Game Show That Unzips On the Fly!

Introducing my first production in years, the first series I've ever produced, and the first all improv burlesque series in Kansas City: Peel of Fortune! It will feature a different cast in each show, music curated by local music personalities, and an interactive game show format with fun and prizes for both audience and contestants.

The Debut Edition will be on October 3rd, 10PM, at the Buffalo Room (Like them on Facebook!), and will feature the talents of:
Amy Farrand - Special Guest Musical Director
Kinsey Scale - Lovely Assistant
Cher D. Blame - Contestant
Annie-Mae Allure - Contestant
Romany Jewel - Contestant
Annie Thrax - Contestant
Hank E. Panky - Contestant

To give the series the best chance at long-term success, we're launching with a crowdfunding campaign through the wonderful platform Yes, this is the part where I ask for money. But I'm actually offering a great bargain, since the gift options offer tickets at the same price as at the door, but with added perks*. This will be the only way to get advance tickets, as well as admission to an exclusive afterparty with the cast. And if you can't make it to the show, we've got you covered, too - we'll be filming the whole thing, and all gift levels include a link to the video when we get it online! Please take a look and consider helping us out.

*There is a sponsorship opportunity in the gift options, but we also have need for products and services to be awarded as prizes - contact for details!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Official KCBS Guide to KC Fringe Festival 2014!

We at the Kansas City Burlesque Symposium know that sifting through all the Fringe Fest offerings is overwhelming at best, so we're here to help you find all the shows featuring KCBS members! Entry to all Fringe shows require a one time purchase of a Fringe button for $5, available at Fringe Central and at all venues at show times, and good for all KC Fringe 2014 events. To get a taste of 50 (Yes - FIFTY!) of the festival's offerings, check out the Opening Night - Fringe Teasers on Thursday, 7/17 at KC Rep's Spencer Theater on the UMKC Campus, 7PM - free admission!

Primal Instinct - Origin of the Pasties (Kansas City Cabaret)
Lions and tigers and…pasties? Oh my! Hop on the tram and join Kansas City Cabaret on a sexy romp through the wild animal park. In this show you will get up close and personal with nature’s sexiest creatures. Come experience for yourself what happens in the zoo after dark when your favorite beasts shed their fur, don their pasties, and get wild. Featuring burlesque by Anya Neeze, Cher D. Blame. Goldie Goldstein, Hank E. Panky, Kinsey Scale, Mary Magdalene, ...and returning from Hollywood, CA for a fifth year, vaudeville performer and recording artist, Brother Daniel!
Off Center Theatre - 2450 Grand Blvd (in Crown Center)
Friday, 7/18 - 11:00 PM
Saturday, 7/19 - 9:30 PM
Tuesday, 7/22 - 6:00 PM
Thursday, 7/24 - 9:00 PM
Friday, 7/25 - 10:30 PM

SKIN (De’ Allure)
A Vegas Style Revue that will tantalize your imagination and leave you begging for more SKIN of your favorite performers. Come witness the Nationally Renowned Men and Women of Burlesque and Cabaret [sic] performers. You will be enthralled with our hot and steamy couples along with classic glamour and glitz of individual performances. Experience the Art, Beauty, Sensuality, and Naughty Fun of Skin. [sic] Come fully clothed and leave wearing nothing but Glitter. [ed: We assume they mean the performers… unless you really want to.]
City Stage at Union Station - 30 West Pershing
Friday, 7/18 - 6:00 PM
Sunday, 7/20 - 7:30 PM
Tuesday, 7/22 - 6:00 PM
Thursday, 7/24 - 9:30 PM
Friday, 7/25 - 7:30 PM
Saturday, - 7/26 11:00 PM

California Dreamin’ (Rhythm and Boobs)
Rhythm and Boobs returns to KCFringe and it's roots by bringing you the best geolocation burlesque. Join the ladies as they show you the fun, fresh, fierce attitude of LA. Don't forget your sunscreen!
Westport Coffee House - 4010 Pennsylvania
Friday, 7/18 - 11:00 PM
Sunday, 7/20 - 6:30 PM
Tuesday, 7/22 - 8:00 PM
Thursday, 7/24 - 11:00 PM
Saturday, 7/26 - 9:30 PM

There are a few offerings that are not burlesque shows, but feature some of our favorite local burlesque personalities:

Where The Hell’s The Bridesmaid????? (Featuring Daisy Bucket)
Where The Hell’s The Bridesmaid????? Bride demands the perfect wedding. But how can it be perfect when Bridesmaid is missing - shortly followed by the minister? Did Bridesmaid have one too many? Did someone give Bridesmaid one too many - with a "twist"? Is Bridesmaid really dead? A guest list full of amateur sleuths surely guarantees a confession - or something close to it. One murderer? Two murderers? No murderer? Coincidence? Connection? Chaos ensues as each sets out to prove who done it while digging up some deeply buried secrets. As more questions are raised than are answered, each guest sets out to prove they couldn't have done it all the while keeping Bridesmaid "alive" so as to not ruin Bride's perfect day. But what are they to do when the mansions [sic] master keels over - right in front of the bride?
Heartland Forum (formerly The American Heartland Theatre) - 2450 Grand Blvd. (in Crown Center)
Saturday, 7/19 - 9:00 PM
Sunday, 7/20 - 4:30 PM
Monday, 7/21 - 6:00 PM
Wednesday, 7/23 - 9:00 PM
Friday, 7/25 - 6:00 PM
Saturday, 7/26 - 3:00 PM

MADHOUSE (Cirque Du Risque)
Dive into the mind of the insane, the criminal, the perverse, the broken. Witness this, the human condition, through the trials we all face, and the thoughts we all deny. In the end, we all belong, in the MADHOUSE.
City Stage at Union Station - 30 West Pershing
Saturday, 7/19 - 11:00 PM
Sunday, 7/20 - 12:00 AM
Sunday, 7/20 - 6:00 PM
Wednesday, 7/23 - 6:00 PM
Saturday, 7/26 - 9:30 PM
Tickets $10

Tales of the Desert (Featuring Fifi Glitterbomb and Johnny Deep)
Belly Dance at KC Fringe Festival - an 1001 Arabian Nights production.
Leave Kansas City behind and travel to an enchanted realm filled with sensual yet classy, playful yet elegant Oriental-style belly dance performed by beautiful dancers. To add to the magic, listen to the stories of the dunes as told by Kansas City storytellers.
Bolender Center (KC Ballet) - 500 West Pershing
Friday, 7/18 - 7:30 PM.
Monday, 7/21 - 6:00 PM.
Tuesday, 7/22 - 9:00 PM.
Tickets $10

Desperate Acts (Written by and Starring Annie-Mae Allure)
Can I Keep You presents "Desperate Acts", two one act plays by Jamie Lin and directed by Erik J. Pratt.
In "Obsession" a woman finds herself doomed to repeat her past, spiraling towards an horrific end. Or is it a beginning. [sic]
"Confession" examines the sometimes funny and sometimes tragic reasons we reveal our secrets.
Phosphor Studio - 1730 Broadway
Saturday, 7/19 - 10:30 PM
Sunday, 7/20 - 3:00 PM
Thursday, 7/24 - 6:00 PM
Saturday, 7/26 - 9:00 PM

And finally, a couple shows that are not a part of Fringe, but will be playing on Fringe dates:

Burlesque Downtown Underground at the Kill Devil Club
Burlesque Downtown Underground is back for their standing monthly show of burlesque and variety at The Kill Devil Club, July addition [sic]! Featuring special guest performer returning to BDU: Vic Sin, NYC!
Saturday, 7/26
Doors 7:00pm, 9:00pm Show Time
Kill Devil Club ~ 31 East 14th Street Kansas City, MO 64106
(816) 471-0704 *
Advance Tickets may be purchased here:
If you would also like to reserve a table, after purchasing your tickets in advance, please call and make your reservation through Tyler: call 816.674.4137 or email
Tickets will be available at the door, but no guarantee on table availability.

Late Night Theatre presents “Dykes of Hazzard” (Featuring Katie Gilchrist and Annie Cherry)
Late Night Theatre announces our next show!!! An ALL FEMALE cast of the ultimate parody theatre troupe! This time, we bring a little dixie that is "The Dukes of Hazzard!" It's a WILD show, so get your tickets in advance before we sell out!
"The Dykes of Hazzard" Cast:
Katie Gilchrist
Jessica Dressler aka Dorothy Gale
Stasha Case
Ashley Otis
Shannon Michalski aka Shan Bear
Annie Cherry
Written and Directed by Ron Megee
Wigs and Makeup by Andy Chambers
Costume Design by Venus Starr Nichols
Logo and Poster design by Jon Fulton Adams
Produced by Missie B's, and One Trunk Productions
7/18-7/28 at Missie B’s - 805 W 39th St
Purchase tickets ($18-28) at Central Ticket Office:

Please share, and enjoy your Fringe!


Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Meet me in St. Louis!

It's a good thing I love Missouri, because I'll be schlepping across it to perform in St. Louis a couple times coming up.

First up is this Saturday, April 5th at Livery Company for Burl-X: a 1990s Burlesque Show and Dance Party! In addition to a tried and true favorite, I'll be debuting a new act that pays tribute to my raver/club kid youth. With lots of shiny stuff. I'll probably give you stickers if you show up.

Thursday, May 15 I'll be performing in the Opening Night Bash at Show Me Burlesque and Variety Festival 2014! This is my favorite festival and I look forward to it every year. Tickets are available now and I strongly recommend getting the weekend passes - it's a great deal and every show is packed with amazing entertainers. There will also be workshops - perhaps even one taught by yours truly - which I will update you on later. Hope to see you there!

Here's an appropos of nothing picture of  "The Ass of Mass Distraction" from Diversi-Tease 2014. Because butts.
© All rights reserved by vpaulphotos

Monday, March 10, 2014


Remember how I said my shows last weekend would be my only appearances this month "unless someone swoops in with a late booking?" Yeah. Well that happened. I also forgot to tell you about a non-burlesque appearance, AND I have a major announcement. So here we go:

First, I'll be posing for InterUrban ArtHouse's ArtMatters Sketch Group on Saturday, March 15, 1-4pm. Then later that night, I'll be performing at the "All That Glitters" KC Weekend Afterparty and Burlesque Show at Pop Up Art Gallery. It's a dance party featuring performances by myself, Annie Cherry, Damian Blake, and emcee Zelda Zinger starting at 11pm. So you can go to "Geeks N' Freaks: The Comic Con After Party!" at Social Bar, and still make it over to see us and dance until the wee hours! Look at that - I planned your weekend for you. 

NOW THE BIG NEWS! I am so pleased to announce that I'll be returning to the Show Me Burlesque and Variety Festival stage this year on Thursday, May 15! Show Me is hands down my favorite festival, and I'm thrilled that they've asked me to come back. Look for ticketing links soon!
Poster by Tim Smith

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Oops. I blinked and missed February.

Screw it. March forth! But first a quick rewind to the beginning of March, so I can tell you what a fantastic time I had as a special guest of TwoLips Burlesk at "Re-Titillate the 918!" The Tulsa Little Theatre was packed to the rafters with enthusiastic fans and the show was a delight. If you find yourself in Tulsa, check them out!

Photo courtesy of Brandy Barham, Brandy Lynne Photography

I have two shows booked this weekend, then no other performances in March (unless someone swoops in with a late booking...) so shake off that last winter storm and come on out. You can catch me Friday 3/7/14 at Slap-n-Tickle's annual Erotica Art Show, which is having a special second opening due to the especially crappy weather last month. Then Saturday 3/8/14, I'll be performing in Carnival: A Mardi Gras Extravaganza at Social Bar. Amusing (to me) tangent: I didn't realize until I showed up for rehearsal the other night that Social Bar, although it no longer resembles it at all in the public area, is the same bar that I very first tended way back when it was Benders. So it's a homecoming of sorts. Only back then, the "stage" was some wood thrown over the pool tables, and I only flashed my boobs when I was drunk. This will be way better.

Friday, January 3, 2014

Attention Geeks, Whovians, Anglophiles, and Queers!

Every once in a while, as a performer, you're offered a gig that some would politely decline and others would just look confused about, but it's so very right up your nerdy little ally that you can't help but gleefully accept. Or at least, that's the case for me. I had never heard of Ahn!Con prior to being asked to perform at it, and I'm still not entirely sure what British Burlesque Cabaret has to do with Yaoi, but I get to play a "power nerdsbian" (no explanatory link for that one - I coined it myself) and give the (drag) Doctor a lap dance, so frankly, I don't care. Come watch this queer geek winning on 1/11/14 at Ramada Convention Center - 1601 N Universal Ave, Kansas City, MO 64120 - at 10PM!

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

December Appearances

I said I wasn't going to do any shows in December to give myself time to recover from my tonsillectomy and work on some new material. That was after I had forgotten a commitment to one show and before I was offered another too fun to pass up... and then was coerced into staying at my day job through the end of the December (aka the busiest, most stressful time of year.) D'oh. Never fear, friends and fans! I will DO ALL THE THINGS! Right after I DRINK ALL THE COFFEE!

So where can you see me this month? First at Weirdo Wednesday Supper Club's Winter Solstice Edition 12/18/13 at Davey's Uptown. If you've never been to Amy Farrand's Weirdo Wednesday, you have been missing out. It's cheap, early, and absolutely the most entertainment you can pack into a weeknight and still get a good night's sleep. This time around, I get to play with one of my dearest burly-babe/aerialist/drunky-funtime friends, Violet Vendetta, along with some of my favoritest musicians/weirdos in town.

Then I'll be guest emcee for Panties Inferno's Unwrapped After Christmas Show at Hamburger Mary's Kansas City on Friday, 12/27/13. That's right, darling ones, I'm working on my birthday to give you the gift of my presence. Or something like that. No, you won't see my boobs at this show. But  I'll sing you a song or two and there will be games and silliness and you should come because it's my birthday and you like me. Also, it's free. So it has that going for it. Oh, and you'll see some of these boobs:

Happy Holidays, beloveds. Whichever ones you celebrate. Check back soon for January appearances, including a very special Doctor themed show at Ahn!Con and the Twin Cities' first ever exposure to my (fraternal) twin titties at Diversi-Tease 2014!