Sunday, August 7, 2022

Sunday post

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LOOKING FORWARD to August



This week I planned for my trip to Philly for an improv retreat and connected with some people who will be in my cabin. You can't imagine how close you feel to people who do improv so meeting a few in person will be like the cream on the cake!

I took a pic of this bus advertisement because it reminded me of my friend's mom

Ate this chocolates while writing this post




 I also found a swim pool near my home to take my son. Yesterday, my son was at the playground and the rain clouds started rolling in.  We raced home and made it before the  drops fell(so grateful).

I also made it to Five Below and bought some five pound weights and incense and a few random things.  I was going to try and make it to Bath and Body to get some Lavender perfume because I guess it's an aroma that people really love but I may just have to buy it online.


My son and I got pizza near Phoenix Theater this week


Upcoming Fringe Shows

By Ripped Nylons Productions
8-15th(theater in the Round)








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ON THE BLOG


Reading
I went to Barnes and Noble to get some inspiration (unbearable heat this week)

I came across this Stephen Hawking book, "A Life From the Beginning to End". A lot of physicists look at him as average but most recognize that they didn't have to do great work while also juggling the task of a voice synthesizer.





Sunday, July 31, 2022

Sunday Blog post

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LOOKING FORWARD to JULY


This week went fast. I wrote some comedy sketches. I usually take  two hours in the week to stop and make time for this.  I went shopping for some shirts at the thrift shop. I also started shopping on a site called Shein.  The site ships from China and I got some skirts, and this cute renaissance belt.  (very affordable:)





I bought my son a Huggy Wuggy from Amazon, and when he got it it was in a  space saver bag, but it was so air tight I could barely recognize the stuffed Wuggy and wondered if it could possibly be in there, but rest assured it was (picture below).




Upcoming Fringe Festival Shows


Shoe Night @MN Fringe Festival, Theatre in the Round, August 5-14

The Witchy World of Luna Muse @MN Fringe Festival August 4th






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ON THE BLOG


Reading
I'm in Love with Sarah Hogle after this novel.  She really knows how to write an emotionally intelligent character and one with flaws. In this one, a character was catfished by her best friend who she works with at a hotel (both females) and the picture of the male she uses to catfish is actually someone whom the protagonist will later fall for and boy does that guy have anxiety! I just couldn't get enough.  I loved the setting of the hotel and the secret hiding spots. It reminded me of hide-and see games I used to play with my brothers.

Things We Never got Over was my second fav this week.  I usually love more softer chic lit but I did like how the protagonist has to rescue the daughter of her twin sister and I love how the male romantic interest was pretty rough around the edges sometimes downright insulting the heroine as he also showers her with gifts because get this! He's got some money stashed away. So much to love about this novel.



Sunday, July 24, 2022

Interview with Curvee B #MNfringe

photo of Curvee

 

Karaoke meets improvisational burlesque at this year's Minnesota Fringe Festival.  Audience members will have the chance to sing their favorite songs, along with a rotating cast of burlesque performers as they try and make it sexy. 

I have with me Curvee B, a burlesque performer and producer.

Curvee B, how did you get your start in burlesque?

In 2018, I was looking for a new activity that complemented the body positivity journey I was on. As a fan of personal growth work, I believe in stepping outside of my comfort zone and found burlesque offered a supportive space to bring these things together. I started taking classes at Minnsky Theater and later The Rose Academy of Burlesque. In August 2019, I competed and won Nudie Newbies, a local burlesque competition show. In the fall of 2021, I leveraged my background in project management and passion for making more spaces available for individuals to perform and started co-producing a monthly cabaret show: TC Cabaret. And now, here I am producing my dream show: Karaoke After Dark, with Orthogonal Productions.

 

What inspires your own burlesque performances?

When I begin putting together a new act, yes, music, costumes and choreography are the tools I use, though the inspiration comes from creating pieces that celebrate my body. As someone who never thought a body like mine deserved to be seen, let alone shine on a stage, I am challenging those old scripts about what I/society thought me and my body could do. I’m reclaiming my space and transforming it into a powerful and positive force. It’s also important for me to feel like it’s making a difference. I’m hopeful that others can feel inspired to do things that step them outside of their comfort zone, encourage them to grow and bring them joy.

 

How does it feel to have live audiences and theater back?

As a self-declared extrovert (okay, other people know it too), I am thrilled to be back on stage. It’s also been enjoyable to be an audience member and support talented individuals and their art. Creating memorable experiences together is life-giving and live theater offers a unique experience you can’t find anywhere else.

 

This show is a mixture of karaoke and burlesque, can you give us some songs you will be performing or talk about themes?(correct me if I’m wrong)

This show combines three of my favorite things. Karaoke, Burlesque, and Improv. How do those things work together? Well, let me tell you. 

 

Karaoke. At each show audience members will sign-up to sing a karaoke song of their choice (from the curated list of 100+ songs). They will be on stage, have a rockstar mic, karaoke lyrics at their fingertips, and will perform vocally while the burlesque performers make it sexy. 

 

The karaoke list has songs that meet the criteria of being an excellent karaoke song, are fun to burlesque to, and work within the length of the show. While most karaoke lists are broken down by song, artist, or genre, we leveled it up with some pretty fun categories. There are too many to share here, so you’ll have to come and see what we have selected! With that said, here are my top 4 categories:

  1. “What Are You Wearing?” only makes sense to have since the burlesque performers will be taking theirs off. Songs like: “These Boots Are Made For Walking” and “Thong Song”.

  2. In “Dating Apps Made Me Do It” we have the breakup songs everyone needs. Songs like: “I Will Survive” and “Bye, Bye, Bye”.

  3. “Body Positive AF” songs are to remind you of the awesome human you are. Songs like: “All About That Bass” and “Juice”.

  4. “Sorry (not sorry)” are those songs that sound like apologies, but, we all know they really aren’t. Songs like, “Oops, I Did It Again” and “It Wasn’t Me”

 

Burlesque. Each night has a star-studded rotating cast of 6 performers from the Twin Cities and St. Cloud area. So, you’ll definitely want to be there to see ALL of their talents. *wink*

 

Improv. The burlesque performers will not know what karaoke song they are performing to until they hit the stage. Their outfits range from classic gowns and boas to nerdy and kitschy costumes. No matter what the song, they will make their outfits work. Each performer is excited to embrace the artistry of creating a live theater moment that feels authentic, inspired, sexy, and fun. 

 

What do you hope the audience will take away from this performance?

Ultimately, I want them to feel like they’ve had a fun, sexy, and memorable evening. For the audience members who don’t sing, I want them to feel like they are part of a unique experience made just for them. For the audience members who sing, I want them to feel supported and empowered to be their rockstar selves on the karaoke mic. It’s important to create an inclusive and supportive environment. If even one person comes away from the show inspired to begin doing karaoke, burlesque, chair, dance, or improv, I will be happy. It takes courage to perform, period and I want everyone to feel like a star!

 

What is the funnest thing about the Fringe Festival so far?

The excitement of creating a really unique experience, booking such an amazing cast of talented performers, and feeling the anticipation build to see what stage magic will be created at each show. 

 

Do you have any upcoming performances?(outside the fringe)

Yes. I am co-producer of TC Cabaret. Our show is at the Brass Rail on the first Friday of the month. Each month we book an inclusive and diverse cast of performers who perform burlesque, drag, pole, dance, sing, and more, from the Twin Cities area and beyond. Check out @tccabaret and @curvee_b_burlesque on Instagram.


Contact Curvee B
Instagram: @curvee_b_burlesque 
Facebook: Curvee Bea


Come see the show @ the UofM Rarig Arena
Aug 4, 6, 9, 13, and 14
(18+ only)
Tickets and additional information at:

Friday, July 22, 2022

Shoe Night by EnCompass Theatre #MNfringe

 


A chat with the cast of Shoe Night on this years Minnesota Fringe Festival.


How does it feel to have live audiences and theater back?


  •  It feels amazing! It’s like I’m a fish back in water after a long time on shore. - William Edson/Actor

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