New Thing #273: See a Burlesque Show



This is why I love Toronto.

Where else could I go to see a geek themed burlesque show where women (and men) perform as great villains from pop-culture.

The Evil League of Sexy put on by the Underground Peepshow might well have been the most fun I have had out in years. 

The performers were smart, sexy and sometimes laugh out loud funny. I came to tears watching a head-to-toe sequinned Freddy Krueger nearly go the Fully Monty.

A magnificent Maleficent from Sleeping Beauty (pictured above) tantalized the couple hundred people who filled the Toronto Underground Theatre. An amazing portrayal of GladOS from Portal mesmerized us. An array of science fiction, horror and comic books characters entertained us for hours but for me the Wicked Witch of the West stole the show. By the end of her performance she had completely transformed herself into a flying monkey with pasties twirling at breakneck speeds.

It’s amazing how much sexier a good old fashioned tease is rather than what passes for sexy in a strip club. It’s also amazing how much fun everyone had during the show. It wasn’t sleazy, it wasn’t weird, it was just a huge crowd of people having the fun.

I can’t wait to go to We Put The Spring in Springfield: A Simpson’s Themed Burlesque Show, happening in, of course, Smarch.


New Thing #57: The Untouchables



It’s been a very long Easter weekend, and I have to admit, I’m exhausted. So I thought it would be a great opportunity to start crossing a few movies off my list of shame, starting with The Untouchables.

24 years later and this movie completely holds up (aside from the occasional soft jazz interlude and Sean Connery’s complete ignorance of his character’s Irish descent. I mean, if you’re going to make him Irish, and call it out, why cast his direct superior as the most Irish sounding actor in Hollywood? It’s like putting him on a Russian submarine and surrounding him with Russian actors! Oh wait…).

And that’s how good this movie is: I don’t care about any of that. And now a lot more Simpsons’ references make sense to me in the process. 

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