The gritty lens and the art of Kevin R Kauer

He’s awfully cute, isn’t he?

Sweet and seemingly quiet, I’ve had the pleasure of seeing this creative man in various fun shows, bars and places quietly holding his camera in hand, simply watching for the next moment to make magic. Small in stature but big in quiet quirky personality, so many people in Seattle (and hopefully beyond) have been privy to his art, which, I think, is fucking genius.

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Michelle L’amour teaches fan dancing in Seattle! This Sunday! 1/10/10

In hopes that people will take advantage of this wonderful opportunity, I’m re-posting this from a page on Facebook, since I think that this class will be phenomenal for aspiring fan dancers!

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Many burlesque dancers are inspired by the great Sally Rand. She really knew how to manipulate those fans! Learn the ins & outs & ups & downs of the fan dance as well as the power of the reveal & the strategy of the conceal.

The Academy has a limited number of fans available to borrow, but bring your own feather fans if you have them.

Class is from 1-3pm in the West Hall of the Oddfellows Building.
Cost: $30

Michelle L’amour (Chicago) is one of the premiere names in modern burlesque. Since 2002, she’s been seen by more than 50 million people on four continents as a result of her awe inspiring performances on stage and television (Semi Finalist for “America’s Got Talent ” – Season One). Titleholder of Miss Exotic World 2005, Miss Lamour is the CEO of The L’amour Group, which produces critically acclaimed shows like “Big Sexy Show ” and “Lipshtick “. She has her own successful book of photographs called “The Most Naked Woman ” and she directs and stars in instructional videos called “Tools of the Tease “. As an instructor, she’s taught more than 2000 women, been featured in magazines like Woman’s Health and has been called upon by Dr. Laura Berman (of Showtime’s “Sexual Healing”) to help women struggling with their self esteem.

Thursday’s (12/17) Glittery things to do.

Well, I know you’re bummed you didn’t get those covetous tickets for tomorrows sold out show of Land of the Sweets, and so now you’re wondering…what the heck should I do on this cold December Thursday in the wonderful city of Seattle?

You have nothing to fear kids, Living in a Glitter Wonderland has your caboose covered. With two fun events! Yep, one event for each butt-cheek. Or…something like that.

Sinner Saint Burlesque, produced by Audrey McManus, hosts a bevy of lovely ladies to keep you warm and entertained on a cold winters night. Their new run, Sacred and Profane is just what it sounds like, and invites audiences to understand that

“Nothing is as depraved as devotion, or as vulgar as virgins. The sacred and the profane exist as two sides of the same coin. Explore this tantalizing dichotomy with the ladies of Sinner Saint Burlesque and discover just how tempting it is when the wanton and the worshipful collide. Join our decadence and debauchery in our holiday burlesque show The Scared and The Profane, where good is irreverent and evil is irrelevant.”

I caught the tail end of their 3 act show last Thursday and was tickled pink with their tribute to the can can, Madonna and the Virgin Mary for their final group act.

Every gal in this show is full of sparkling personality and brings a unique piece of the Sinner Saint Puzzle. As a former member of the troupe, sometimes guest performer, and sometimes host, I recommend checking them out.

Also, if you’ve not been to the Noc Noc, it’s a fun little venue that has some of the sweetest and heavy pouring bartenders in town. If Scotty or Tucker makes you a drink and you somehow are able to remember, tell him Sydni sent you.

quote from their facebook events page:

Sin In Linen is hosting a super fun HOLIDAY PARTY as well! Come to Barca Lounge up on the hill and be teased by special performances by Miss Kitty Baby, The Shanghai Pearl and Drew Blood as well as fun giveaways all night by the fun and sexy brand as well!

They’re recommending you dress up sparkly (though it’s not mandatory), but you wouldn’t want to disappoint, right? Besides, a bit of glitter never hurt anyone, well-except for that poor married man at a strip club…



1510-11th avenue

Seattle, WA

Have fun kids! Stay Warm!

J. Von Stratton designs.

Over my performing career I’ve had the pleasure of performing with Lucky Penny, and for the past 2 years I’ve begun having things made for me by her for the stage, as well as continuously swooning over her day wear and party wear designs she makes for J. Von Stratton Designs.

If you live in Seattle, you can check out some of her ready to wear stuff at the Pretty Parlor off of Olive (near broadway) or, if you have bit of patience, have a wonderfully creative piece made just for you (she’s super busy). If you’re curious to see some of her stage designs, you only have to check out The Atomic Bombshells, as she’s their main costumer/designer. A true burlesque professional in every sense of the word, she also is a main cast member of the famous troupe as well!

Walking into her work space makes a girl or lucky boy instantly jealous of the fringe, rhinestones, sequins and ruffles per square foot. I can’t help but try to touch everything and gush over a pink number she made herself for her Valentine’s day act. You just keep saying in your head “I want a pretty dress too!”

One of the reasons why I’ve chosen to share one of my secret people with you all (she’s not so secret) is because it’s awesome to know that wildly creative and fun people do exist is costuming still.

This talented lady also makes unique and fun wedding dresses, perfect for a dame who wants to be the center of attention!

So whether you’re a burlesque gal or a gal who loves to look amazing in a unique and playful design, check out