Comic-Con has begun and Geek Couture was on full display at the “Her Universe Fashion Show.” Twenty-five designers debuted their cosplay couture inspired by everything from DuckTales to Veronica Mars, after going through a rigorous process, applying with sketches of the proposed work as well as examples of previous work. Hundreds of submissions were narrowed down to just 25 designers who were given several months to complete their looks for the show.The sixth annual fashion event entitled “The Power of Fashion” is the brainchild of host/Her Universe Founder Ashley Eckstein (Star Wars’ Ahsoka Tano) Ashley opened the runway show with a gown inspired by DreamWorks Animation’s She-Ra and the Princess of Power and designed by 2014 Her Universe Fashion Show Winner Andrew MacLaine, with custom accessories by designer Harmony Leiker. Two of the 25 designers took home the title of “Her Universe” winner.Also debuting on the … [Read more...] about The 6th Annual Her Universe Fashion Show at San Diego Comic-Con
Pucho’s Grease Pole Festival kicks off today, and continues on throughout the weekend. This celebration of Puerto Rican culture is unlike any other festival you have been to in Buffalo. Not only is the ethnic food and the music spectacular, there’s an element of this festival that is remarkable and unforgettable – the grease pole element is worth a visit to the festival alone. This is where teams of men scale a greased telephone pole, climbing over each other to reach the prizes at the top – a feat that is virtually impossible yet one dedicated team always manages to pull it off each year. Oh, and the dancing… this is a festival where just about everyone spends some time twisting and twirling to the sounds of live music, delivered by the likes of 5 Con Swing, Arnaldo “El Mas Querido”, La Krema, Viti Ruiz, Johnny Rivera, NG2, Anthony Colon, DJ Mico, DJ C Perfect, and DJ V3RDGO. The Grease Pole Festival is Buffalo’s longest-running ethnic … [Read more...] about Pucho’s Grease Pole Festival 2019
When Matt Damon was spotted in Oklahoma with “Spotlight” director Tom McCarthy back in June, the pair told residents they were doing film research. Now we know what project they’ve been working on. Damon will star in the McCarthy-directed “Stillwater,” a film about an “American oil-rig rough neck from Oklahoma” (Damon) who flies to France to meet his estranged daughter who is stuck in prison for a murder she denies committing, according to a studio synopsis of the film first obtained by Variety. After deciding to do everything in his power to free his daughter, Damon’s character meets a woman and her young daughter in Marseille and “embarks on a personal journey of discovery and a larger sense of belonging in the world.” “Stillwater” will be helmed by Participant Media, the company that was in charge of making “Spotlight.” The company will finance and produce the film through Amblin Partners, with Focus … [Read more...] about Matt Damon teams up with ‘Spotlight’ director for new movie
Thanks to the dynamic dancers who’ve been doing it for decades, some curvy new crews, and creative performers from all walks of life infusing pop culture, music, gender-blending and more into the old school artform, burlesque in Los Angeles is thriving! Here — in no particular order — are the best groups bumping, grinding, twirling, stripping, stunning, shocking and rocking L.A. stages right now. TEASE, If You Please Through a mirage of colorful fan feathers, tightly-c inched corsets and sparkling crystals, this stunning troupe combines classic strip tease coquettishness and wise-cracking vaudeville humor into a seamless live revue. Created by Donna Hood, a beguiling dancer who earned her tassels touring with Dita Von Teese, the show enchants with sophistication, glamour and opulent costumes. Featuring a large cast of both male and female dancers, the production can be seen at the art deco-styled Exchange LA nightclub downtown and at the Black Rabbit Rose … [Read more...] about Boldy Bodacious: L.A.’s Best Burlesque Shows & Troupes
As women continue to fight for equal pay and the right to make choices about our bodies, the art form of burlesque boldly spotlights self-expression, providing a forum for owning and celebrating sexuality on our own terms. It did so centuries ago as performers incorporated striptease into a myriad of theatrical presentations, and of course, during its heyday in the ’40s and ’50s, when pin-ups and movie stars were celebrated for their unbridled sensuality and presence, and the cabaret and vaudeville worlds exposed a slightly naughtier kind of stage seduction. Velvet Hammer’s head vixen with a vision in ’90s. (Courtesy Michelle Carr)But when it comes to true empowerment, we must point to the ’90s and the “neo-burlesque” movement in L.A., which reclaimed the “stripper” motif, shattered stereotypes about what kinds of women might want to do it (and what kinds of women audiences would like to see do it) and provided a feminist subtext … [Read more...] about Pioneers and Pasties: A Brief History of Neo-Burlesque in L.A.