MJ’s Burlesque Review Show

This weekend I was finally able to see the newest show from the creative geniuses at MJ’s Burlesque. 🙂

The show was originally scheduled for Friday, but due to technical issues, was cancelled.  Luckily, I was able to make the show Sunday.

MJ 1Nancy was the first to hit the stage, in a sexy piano number.  The staging was perfect, and her steamy emotes were a hit with the audience, left drooling in their seats. 🙂

I always love to watch Nancy perform, because she has such a terrific sense of stage presence.

And she’s one hell of a designer – I wish I had half of her design sense!

MJ 2After Nancy, it was time for MJ to take over with her performance tribute to David Bowie.

I love the runny mascara effect she donned – a very moving homage to Bowie’s creative genius.

I must say, I was never a huge Bowie fan, but I’ve been amazed how many songs I never realized were his.

MJ 3Next up was Zed.  I’m always tickled when Zed dances, because she has such an offbeat, wicked sense of humor.

This time, though, she threw me a curve, and danced to a piece about her nightmares.

MJ 4I was excited to see the number, because our very own Yumster was going to be dancing as well.  MJ and Nancy were spectacularly frightening as monkey-headed, suit-wearing figures.

Yummy turned out to be an imp who was all kinds of creepy.  The routine was a fantastic piece of performance art and it was amazing. :-O

MJ 5Nancy was up next with her homage to Bowie.  The set was spectacular, as always.  But what impressed me most with this act were her emotes.

Not many venues do emotes anymore, but I love it when they do and it enhances the story they are telling with their dance.

MJ 6The last act of the show was MJ, with a fun, sassy, and trashy little number set inside a 50’s-style diner.

Such a great set, and a fantastic show all-around.  If you missed it on Sunday, there will be an encore performance on Tuesday at 2pm SLT.  Enjoy!

Holiday Burlesque Show

On Saturday I had the pleasure of dancing with Miss Lady C and Miss Bathory at the Main Event Show Lounge.

Christmas is one of my favorite times of year and this show was a blast. 😀

MESL 12192015 1Lady C started off the festivities with a sexy little routine to ‘Santa Baby’ by Eartha Kitt.

It’s one of those quintessential Christmas songs and it was such a fun number.

After Lady C, Miss Bathory took to the stage with her Frosty friend.

MESL 12192015 2Dancing to ‘Baby, It’s Cold Outside’ by She & Him (the ‘She’ is Zooey Deschanel), Miss Bathory was on fire – so hot that she melted poor Frosty!

He looked happy as he went, though. 😛

MESL 12192015 3Lady C’s next number was to ‘Merry Christmas Baby’ by Natalie Cole.

Such a sultry, sexy voice, and another hot holiday number from Lady C.

I always enjoy her routines – classic burlesque style.

Following Lady C, Miss Bathory warmed the stage with her fabulous routine to ‘Sugar Rum Cherry’ by Duke Ellington.

MESL 12192015 4This routine was just gorgeous, and if you missed it, you missed out!

I’ve seen many a dancer incorporate a pole into their routines, but this one was very well done.

Her costumes are always amazing as well.

MESL 12192015 5The final number was put together by Miss Lady C and was a fun routine to ‘Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree’ by LeeAnn Rimes.

What a fun way to finish up the last show of the year. 😀

MESL 12192015 6I also wanted to point out someone who helps make the show possible – the DJ at Main Event Show Lounge, Diamonique Viper.

She has one of the sexiest voices on the grid. 😛

The ladies are already busy at work on their next routines for the January show.

Join the group to stay updated on the latest happenings and showtimes.

Sweet Seductions

Saturday was the ‘Sweet Seductions’ show at the Main Event Show Lounge.

MESL 1 11212015Run by Miss Lady C, the venue is a traditional burlesque theater.

Miss Lady C opened the show with her performance to ‘The Sweetest Taboo’ by Sade.

Very classy and elegant. 🙂

MESL 2 11212015After Lady C, Miss Bathory took the stage.

I have to say, this is one of my favorite numbers of hers.

Multiple set changes, 3 different costumes, and it was just fantastic. ❤

MESL 3 11212015This month’s guest dancer was Jilley, dancing to ‘Honey and Syrup’ by Duffy.

I’d never heard the song before, but it was fabulous, as was Jilley’s routine.

MESL 4 11212015Lady C was up next, this time dancing to ‘Sweet Dreams’ by the Eurythmics.

Another fabulously elegant set.

MESL 5 11212015Following Lady C was Miss Bathory with one of the sweetest routines I’ve ever seen. 😀

Just looking at all that sugar could give you a cavity!

MESL 6 11212015The finale was a group number to ‘Candyman’ by Christina Aguilera.

Join the VIP group to stay updated on the latest happenings, and don’t miss the December show – ‘Holiday Burlesque.’

Out of the Shadows

Shadows 1Out of the Shadows is new venue for Shadows Silhouettes.

It’s a separate group, and it’s got a 20’s Prohibition-era speakeasy vibe.

You even have to say the secret password to gain entry into the venue!

Thursday I was able to attend one of their shows.

Shadows 4They had a special guest – The Pink Vampire, a live singer.

The show seemed very fast-paced, since the singer would be onstage while the dancers were setting up.

It helps to have something visually interesting on stage to keep the audience from getting restless. 😛

Paramount Theater does a good job of this with their ‘curtain-front’ routines.

The show was burlesque-themed (one of my favorites!) and there were some fantastic numbers.

Some of the sets were very minimal; in a few there really was no set, just dancers performing in front of the curtain.

There was a nice crowd for a Thursday, around 50 people when I checked.

Shadow herself was the first to take the stage – she’s all legs isn’t she? 😀

Shadows 2Vintage burlesque is fairly easy to do, but it’s not always easy to do well.

Shadow and her troupe did an excellent job.

After Shadow, Sho did a beautiful routine decked out in roses (and not much else!).

Next up after Sho was Aelva, doing a wonderful routine dancing in the rain.

Unfortunately, apparently I was so involved in camming around and trying to find the perfect angle, that I forgot to actually save any of the photos!

Doh!

The next act was Rosie, in a fantastic white corset costume.

Another fan dance, I think it was my favorite number of the show.

Shadows 5After Rosie’s routine and another interlude by the Pink Vampire, it was time for the closing act, a group number.

Nothing like watching gorgeous ladies dance around in fabulous lingerie. 😀

I thoroughly enjoyed the show – Shadow and her troupe always do a fantastic job.

If you want to stay updated on their latest happenings, be sure to join the group for announcements.

 

The Main Event Show Lounge- New Burlesque Venue

Yesterday I was able to attend the opening show of The Main Event Show Lounge, a new burlesque venue owned by Lady C.

There was a nice little crowd for a new venue.

Lady C 1The venue is billed as a ‘classy art-deco style getaway with a speakeasy atmosphere.’

The build is smaller than many venues, which helps it feel more intimate.

The opening act was Lady C herself, dancing to ‘A Night Like This.’

Most of the songs were burlesque favorites, like ‘Sway,’ ‘Fever,’ and ‘Harlem Nocturne.’

The sets were very well done and the some of the costumes were fantastic.

After Lady C, Miss Bathory took the stage for a Jessica Rabbit-themed act to ‘Why Don’t You Do Right?’

Lady C 3The next act seemed to be a crowd favorite, with dancers Klarissa and Samantha.

I think there were more cat-calls during this act than I’ve heard at many construction sites. 😛

The guys were great sports about it and it was a very fun little number.

(That’s Klark in blue and Sam in pink, in case you were wondering.)

They danced to ‘Sisters’ by Bette Midler, and it looked like they were having a great time.

After the, ahem, sisters, left the stage, it was time again for Miss Bathory.

Lady C 4Dancing to Peggy Lee’s classic ‘Fever,’ she was resplendent in a fabulous red and gold costume.

I love the colors of this costume – a new spin on an old burlesque favorite, and it was fun to watch.

It’s always a challenge to try and get photos at a burlesque venue, because I have to get them quick, before pieces of the costumes disappear!

Following Miss Bathory, Lady C returned to the stage dancing to another burlesque favorite – Harlem Nocturne.

I’ve seen many dancers do this number, and I was expecting a black and white-themed act.

Lady C 5But no. 🙂

Instead it was red and white – and beautiful.

I love the giant rose and the huge ostrich feather fans of the set.

Lady C certainly does elegance and glamour well. 😀

The last act of the night was a duet dance with Lady C and Miss Bathory.

Lady C 6I have to say, I was pleasantly surprised by the show.

The sets were done well, the costumes were fabulous, and Lady C seems to have found a time slot on a Saturday that isn’t already filled with competing shows.

I’m not sure how often the venue will have shows, but if the opening was an indication of future events, I will definitely be adding it to my calendar!

MJ’s Burlesque Review

Yesterday I got the chance to see a dance show.

Yay me!

MC ZedI took a short break from blogging and sorting to check out the show.

MJ’s has long been a favorite venue of mine and I am never disappointed by their shows.

The shows are definitely ‘adult’ in nature, but I love the bawdy humor.

Zed is the MC of the show and is a master of sarcastic/snarky/hilarious comments.

As Zed reminded everyone, MJ’s encourages heckling, and the audience chatter adds so much to the show.

The last several shows have included guest dancers.

Today MJ opened the show with a saucy little routine to a Gwen Stefani song.

MJ always finds the most interesting costumes.

MJ 1I love the hands on this sexy number.

One of the things I like about MJ’s is that they use emotes.

Not huge, long emotes that overwhelm chat, but just enough to tell a little story to go with each act.

I also like the way the venue is set up at MJ’s.

The stage is big, but not huge, so the dancers don’t get lost.

And the smaller size lends itself to a more intimate feel for the audience.

AuraAfter MJ, the secret guest dancer!

Aura Fitzgerald (from Sinner’s Burlesque) was the guest dancer.

I don’t remember what song she danced to, but the routine was amazing.

I love the set design and the special fx she used added just the right touch.

I am always appreciative when dancers spend time on the little details.

After Aura’s number, Zed had a hilarious number set in a bakery.

However, I keep the pictures PG for the blog, and I just couldn’t find an angle that didn’t show off way too much flesh. 😀

MJ 2I enjoy Zed’s dry sense of humor immensely, and her emotes had me rolling on the floor.

Since I can’t show you what you’re missing, you’ll just have to go to the next show and find out for yourself!

The last act of the night was MJ, with a dark and witchy routine.

If you look closely, you’ll see MJ dancing in the flames, and poor Zed twitching in the background.

As you can see, the special fx were amazing in this routine as well.

MJ’s doesn’t have a regular schedule of shows, so be sure to join their group or hit up their subscriber to stay informed.

What’s Your Maturity Rating?

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There has been quite a brouhaha over the last few days regarding an article about Second Life.

The article, written by Eric Grundhauser for Atlas Obscura, was a great piece about some historic locations in Second Life.

The brouhaha came when New World Notes published an article saying that the article by Grundhauser was misleading.

Now, I don’t want to get involved in the whole mess – if you’re interested, read the articles (including the comments).

But after reading the NWN article, I was left with questions.

The article contained a graph showing the top 25 most popular Second Life sims.

I’ve seen graphs like it before, and almost always, regions marked as ‘adult’ are at the top of the list.

Which leads people (including the article’s author), to assume that sex is the biggest draw for Second Life.

I think we’re all aware that sex is present in Second Life, just as we’re all aware it’s in RL.

But does a rating of ‘adult’ mean that sex is the ONLY thing happening on that sim?

Honor McMillan had the same questions, and actually visited a few of the sims on the list.

Her blog post reports a few of her discoveries – none of which included sex.

Maturity Ratings

So what do the maturity ratings for sims actually mean?

I went researching and found a page in the Knowledge Base with the definitions.

There are several reasons a region must be labeled ‘adult,’ but the one that caught my eye was if it ‘hosts, advertises, or publicly promotes photo-realistic nudity.’

I go to a lot of dance shows, and many of them are ‘burlesque’ or ‘cabaret’ shows.

Some of them have dancers who strip to full nude.

While the maturity ratings information says ‘burlesque’ dance clubs can be considered moderate, the definitions for ‘adult’ are ‘broadly defined,’ according to the Knowledge Base.

Given that violations of the TOS could result in loss of your club, parcel, sim, and banning of your account, some club/sim owners may choose to err on the side of caution when choosing the maturity rating.

So perhaps the number of adult sims has more to do with the lack of strict definitions than it does with the amount of actual pix sex taking place?

The Numbers

In looking back over the NWN article and the graph of sims, of the top 25, only 13 sims are labeled as ‘adult.’

The other 12 sims (48% of the most popular sims) are rated as ‘moderate’ or ‘general.’

If you only look at the top 10 most popular sims, 5 (50%) are ‘adult,’ the rest are not.

If you narrow it to the top 5 sims, only 2 are ‘adult’ (40%), 2 (40%) are ‘moderate’, and 1 (20%) is ‘general.’

Conclusions

It seems that while sex is popular in SL (just like in RL), it isn’t the only thing people are interested in.

Given the purposely vague definitions of ‘adult’ and the possible consequences of violating the TOS, simply rating a sim ‘adult’ does not mean that it will contain ‘extreme violent and sexual content.’

For myself, I have chosen to be able to access sims of all maturity ratings.

If I didn’t, I wouldn’t be able to access ‘adult’ sims which produce high quality dance shows that happen to sometimes contain ‘photo-realistic nudity.’

It also means that every search on Marketplace will likely have male genitalia as some of the ‘most relevant’ hits for me.  -.-

At the end of the day, the whole affair seems like a ‘storm in a teacup.’

I’m sure it got the author some nice traffic stats, though. 😀

What’s your take on maturity ratings?

LOTD #80

LOTD 80 RainbowTo finish off the week of !deviousMind costumes, I found this rainbow gem.

Details:

Hair:  EMOtions – Sienna – Blonde

Skin: Laqroki – Martina – Mocha

Shape: Laqroki – Glow (modded)

Hands: SLink – Elegant

Nail Polish: Nail Me – Cupcake Nails

Boots: BAX – Ankle Boots – White Patent

Eyes: IKON – Utopia – Pale Cerulean

Eyelashes: Redgrave – Classy

Costume (corset, headpiece, makeup, skirt, stockings, necklace): !deviousMind – Sweet Rose Valentina – Rainbow

Pose: Tuty’s

LOTD #78

LOTD 78 VayneI love the colors in this showgirl costume.

It’s so gorgeous, I feel like a star!

Details:

Hair:  Truth – Harmony

Skin: Laqroki – Martina – Mocha

Shape: Laqroki – Glow (modded)

Hands: SLink – Elegant

Feet: SLink – High

Shoes: Shey – Catalina Stilettos

Eyes: IKON – Utopia – Pale Cerulean

Eyelashes: Redgrave – Classy

Costume (including collar, mask, and tailfeathers): !deviousMind – Lady Vayne – Blackberry

Pose: oOo Studio

LOTD #49

LOTD 49After searching a bit for a costume for this LOTD, I realized I don’t own a lot of green clothing.

Another excuse to go shopping!

Today’s color is green and I traveled to a peep show for this pic.

Details:

Hair: Truth – Esperanza

Headpiece: Xan’s Closet – Fan Dance Headdress

Lingerie Set (bra, corset, garter, panties, stockings): Blacklace – Harlequin – Teal

Gloves: Blacklace – Erielle

Boots: Bax – Ankle Boot – Black Suede

Skin: Belleza – Mya Pale

Shape: Laqroki – Glow (modded)

Eyes: IKON – Utopia – Pale Cerulean

Eyelashes: Redgrave – Classy

Location: Ponchau

Pose:  Frogstar