You Only Pinch Twice

“No, Mister Bond. I expect you to STRIP.”

James Bond and burlesque? You don’t want to miss this.

Here’s the story of You Only Pinch Twice: The world is, as usual, in trouble… menaced this time by the Pernicious International Cartel of Horrible Baddies Out To Take Over el Mundo (P.I.N.C.H.B.O.T.T.O.M.), whose plan for global domination — to use the twirling of burlesque performers’ tassels to hypnotize the populace into submission — is not the most ludicrous in the history of the 007 franchise. But P.I.N.C.H.B.O.T.T.O.M. will soon discover that The Twirl is Not Enough. Because (an unlicensed parody of) James Bond is back… and this time, she has a “License to Pinch” in this undercover extravaganza.

Jo “Boobs” Weldon

Introducing a new 007, rising burlesque star Tansy, alongside Pinchbottom co-creator Jonny Porkpie, plus Tigger!, Broadway Brassy, Anita Cookie & Scott Rayow, Jo “Boobs” Weldon, The Maine Attraction, BB Heart, Gal Friday, Jenny C’est Quois, Mr. Gorgeous, Pinkie Special, Trixie Little & The Evil Hate Monkey, Bond girls Bunny Buxom, Ivory Fox, and Little Motown; as per usual for Pinchbottom shows, a full dossier of burlesque superstars as a cadre of superspies, double agents, and villainous henchgals. Catch You Only Pinch Twice at The Kraine  from Oct. 25 through Oct. 27, 2012. Get your tickets HERE.

TICKET GIVEAWAY: Who’s your favorite Bond girl? Tell us in the comments below and enter to win two tickets to see You Only Pinch Twice at 8:00pm this Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012, at The Kraine. Winners will be notified by noon on Friday (Oct. 26, 212).

Friends With Benefits: A Billion Wicked Thoughts

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OPENINGS: BURLESQUE

 The Nudie Artist: Burlesque Revived is now showing at Mosex!

The Nudie Artist features artifacts from the 1880s to the 1950s, modern works of art from burlesque photographer Leland Bobbé and artist Luma Rouge, and footage from Behind the Burly Q, a film by Leslie Zemeckis.

Check out our opening party photo gallery for a flavor of what you’ll find at the exhibition.

>>Get tickets online
>> Read about the artists
>>Photo credit: Dottie Lux by Leland Bobbé

DOGGY STYLE

The Atlantic reviews the “Skinimax-style exploitation” in HBO’s new fantasy series but neglects to spell-check their slang.

Observations: “Game of Thrones is set in a world in which sex is the primary means by which women can assert their power.” Uh… are we talking about the same rape scenes? “It’s worth noting that all of the sex in Game of Thrones has consisted of a man taking a woman from behind while she’s on her hands and knees.”

>>Read it in The Atlantic

KINSEY REDUX

We can’t wait to read A Billion Wicked Thoughts, the most comprehensive sex survey since Alfred Kinsey’s groundbreaking work in the 1950’s. But authors Ogi Ogas and Sai Gaddam trump Kinsey’s survey of 18,000 subjects with an analysis of a billion web search terms to reveal insights like the most popular search term on Pornhub.com (“moms”). The book launches at the same time Attorney General Eric Holder shutters the Justice Department’s Obscenity Prosecution Task Force, having also noticed pornography is ubiquitous on the internet.

>>Read more in The Daily Beast

PSYCHEDELIC SEXY

Major Lazer “Pon De Floor” from Eric Wareheim on Vimeo.

Major Lazer’s genius Pon de Floor was too sexy for YouTube but the psychedelic visuals and daggering-inspired choreography look better in Vimeo HD anyway. Happy spring!

ASK FACEBOOK:  Short penis or non-surgically elongated penis?

HEADLINES

Man Sexually Transmits Insect-Borne Disease to Wife   –FoxNews

When found a brothel in a karaoke bar in a 5-star Hilton in China, “authorities ordered the closure of the hotel for a full week and the hotel lost its fifth star.” –USAToday 

 Coming Soon: Erection-Enhancing CondomsJezebel

Initiating Sex While Asleep? Not So Unusual. –WebMD

‘3D Sex & Zen’ Beats Out ‘Avatar’ for One-Day Hong Kong Record –HollywoodReporter

“A convicted sex offender was arrested at a Missoula-area Easter egg hunt after one of his victims recognized him there. –HuffPo

“My First Date Expectations: Dinner & drinks… maybe on my yacht…” –What’sYourPrice.com




>>Featured artwork: Draped by Leland Bobbé, on exhibit now.

Our Newest exhibit, “The Nudie Artist: Burlesque Revived,” Is Open Now At Mosex!

Seduction. Humor. Shock value.

No performance art brings this trio together better than burlesque, a form of American folk art/theater intended to entertain, engage and arouse its audience. This sexy stage show, which has evolved tremendously in both form and intent throughout the centuries, is sometimes funny, occasionally grotesque and often titillating to watch.

Beginning March 31, theMuseum of Sex will showcase works from two contemporary artists along with historical items related to the art and performance of burlesque.

The exhibit, entitled The Nudie Artist: Burlesque Revived, will feature select artifacts from the 1880s to the 1950s, modern works of art from burlesque photographer Leland Bobbé and artist Luma Rouge and footage from Behind the Burly Q, a film by Leslie Zemeckis.

>>Purchase tickets online

 

>> On display: Harvest Moon, the “Sultry Siren of Burlesque,” in a martini duet

[vimeo http://vimeo.com/13893338]

While performers in the 1880s performed burlesque for economic reasons, modern performers embrace burlesque for its art form.

In the mid 1990s, a revival of this performance art form took place in both New York and Los Angeles and slowly grew into a worldwide movement.

“Contemporary burlesque performers draw upon the craft of their ancestors to create art that centers on the sexual body, using the removal of clothing to make social and political commentary, celebrate creative self-expression as well as promote a culture of female sexual empowerment and body appreciation,”

explains Sarah Forbes, curator at the Museum of Sex.

“This exciting synthesis of the nostalgia for the past combined with contemporary sensibilities has exploded into a new art form, captivating artists, designers, filmmakers, journalists, performers and audiences alike.”

The Nudie Artist: Burlesque Revived will feature close to 100 artifacts and works of art.

Highlights of the exhibit include: original photographic portraits by Leland Bobbé, illustrations by Luma Rouge, footage of burlesque performances, costumes worn by Dixie Evans and Blaze Starr and personal artifacts from Mara Gaye, born Marjorie Helen Ginsberg (1920-2005) a long-time professional showgirl, model, burlesque performer and dancer with the Radio City Rockettes (1939-1943).

Leland Bobbé

>> On display: Veruca Honeyscotch by Leland Bobbé; 12-30-09

The power of burlesque is rooted in the charisma the performer exerts over the  audience. On stage, the artist controls the illusion of what is and is not revealed. As  artists, the burlesque community is quick to block general photography, which  makes the attendance of a performance a one-of-a-kind event.

Leland Bobbé, alongside his wife Robin Bobbé, worked collaboratively with  burlesque performers to craft images which removed them from the stage and served  to highlight the formalized essence of their character as individuals and as a  persona.

Bobbé’s photographs further present the spirit behind each performer and the  individual approach taken in the art form of burlesque. Nudity is a secondary element to the art and the individual.

Part of his project included collecting quotes from the performers, as he realized the importance of having the performer’s voice come through his photographs. One of Bobbé’s subjects, Ms. Tickle, is quoted as saying,

“Burlesque is about revealing something. It is not necessarily a body; we just use our body as a way to reveal something. We may be revealing something about how we feel about our place in society or how we see the world.”

The photographs on display during The Nudie Artist: Burlesque Revived at the Museum of Sex are from a larger series of images by Leland Bobbé.

His photographs exhibit an honest grittiness, capturing a diverse array of body types portraying confidence and comfort in one’s own skin rather than an airbrushed representation of fantasy. With some of the images printed at a larger than life scale, the viewer can have a relationship with the portrait on a personal and direct level, mimicking the dynamic of the performance.

Luma Rouge

>> On display: Draped HR by Luma Rouge

Inspired by the beauty, creativity and spectacle of New York’s burlesque community, Luma Rouge uses her background in dance and fashion, combined with her own creative instincts, to capture the movement and intensity of performers and their acts.

Sketching at a wide spectrum of dance performances, Rouge’s fascination with dance is expressed in her artwork through the technical gestures of the body, the bravado of costuming, the use of props and the application of make-up.

Burlesque offered the opportunity for Luma to create images of the human form in an environment where empowerment and adoration reign.

A bit of sparkle from every burlesque performance Luma Rouge depicts is dotted across her works of art.

The exhibit places her work in context, explaining her ingenuity in painting in dark settings and pulling in lyrics, jokes and banter from the performances, as well as audience commentary, bringing her art to life.

One of Rouge’s subjects, Bastard Keith, once said, “Glitter is the STD of Burlesque—once you start, it never goes away.”

Behind the Burly Q: Leslie Zemeckis

Leslie Zemeckis, stage performer, film actress and filmmaker, spent years traveling around the country capturing the histories of the men and women of burlesque’s golden age, the 1930s to the 1950s.

By making the film Behind the Burly Q, Zemeckis sought to learn more about the art form of burlesque and the individuals of a bygone era whose craft was undergoing a resurgence over the past few decades.

Behind the Burly Q is the result of Zemeckis’ extensive research and an array of interviews with musicians, authors, strippers, novelty acts, club owners, funny men and women which contribute to an intimate, first-hand look at the personalities of burlesque from this era.

Well-known performers such as Tempest Storm, Blaze Starr and Dixie Evans, as well as lesser known performers whose stories had never before been captured, are highlighted in Behind the Burly Q. In one scene, Alan Alda vividly describes what it was like growing up in burlesque at the side of his father, the singer Robert Alda. The film spotlights Alda and several other relatives and family members of burlesque performers, who help to enliven the stories of this generation.
The Nudie Artist: Burlesque Revived allows visitors to peek inside the world of neo-burlesque and see it from a personal angle. Inspiring artwork, personal photos, rare vintage footage and costumes will be on display to provide a glimpse into the past life of an art form that is enjoying a resurgence in today’s modern world.

TICKETS

    Adults (18+): $16.75 + tax
     

    Students and Seniors (with valid ID): $15.25 + tax

    Group Visits are also available


Friends With Benefits: Neo-Burlesque And A Duet With A Martini

Friends with Benefits is our new, bi-weekly newsletter that keeps you up on your sex news and hooks you up with deals just for friends of the Museum.

This week we gave away invites to our opening party for The Nudie Artist: Burlesque Revived.

Take a look at one of the videos on display at the exhibition, featuring Harvest Moon, the “Sultry Siren of Burlesque,” in a duet with a martini:

Harvest Moon & The Martini from harvest king on Vimeo.

Link roundup from this edition:

Where can I find my porn?
.XXX is coming to an internet near you soon: ICANN approved the web’s red light district in one of the most contentious debates in internet domain history.
via Mashable

Will I find Usher’s sex tape there?
“The fact that Usher is allegedly engaged in an act that requires an open, uh, mind makes it even that less marketable.” – via Salon

Why aren’t New Yorkers getting laid?
The Observer: Cocaine. And, the internet.
NYMag: Food.

Do men really have stronger sex drives than women?
Yes.  – via WebMD

Aren’t men wired to be slutty?
This research suggests human penises evolved to promote longer sex and monogamy – by losing their penile spines.
via Bloomberg

Can pain meds affect your hard-on?
Nothing causal, but in this study, “Regular non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug use is associated with erectile dysfunction beyond what would be expected due to age and other conditions.” – via USAToday

Should men freeze their sperm?
If these lab rats are any indication, soon you might just grow some in the lab. – via The Guardian

Would you like a receipt with that abortion?
You might need one if the GOP-backed “No Taxpayer Funding Abortion” Act passes. – via NYMag

How many men raped this 11-year-old?
17. No, make that 19. The story keeps getting worse in this small East Texas town, where the victim has been removed from her family out of fear for her safety. – via NYTimes

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Drawing in this post by Luma Rouge, one of the featured artists at The Nudie Artist: Burlesque Revived, showing now at Mosex.