Happy Birthday, House of Sweetbottom!

House of Sweetbottom Blues and Burlesque flyer by Steven Warrick with art by Karina Dale.  Original reference photo by Stereo Vision Photography.

House of Sweetbottom Blues and Burlesque flyer by Steven Warrick with art by Karina Dale. Original reference photo by Stereo Vision Photography.

In December 2013, I pitched a show idea to Palace Productions, DC’s main booker for burlesque and variety.  The show would include two sets of live blues music by a solo musician and burlesque performances by 3 – 4 performers.  I wasn’t sure if there was a market for it, but having successfully co-produced a number of nerdy burlesque shows with the Evil League of Ecdysiasts (with DC burlesque performer, producer, and teacher GiGi Holliday), I felt ready to try producing on my own.  Palace Productions and the Black Cat went for the idea, and House of Sweetbottom was born.

The first show, on the first Friday in March 2014,  featured DC bluesman Jonny Grave; GiGi Holliday; Cherokee Rose (producer of Naked Girls Reading DC); and Candy Del Rio (co-producer of Valentine Candy Burlesque and VC Variety), with Whiskey Joy (co-producer of Baltimore’s Timeless Tease Productions) as the stage kitten.  Jonny hosted, in addition to playing two sets of slide guitar blues, and I performed two acts.  We did the show twice–the early show sold out.  House of Sweetbottom was a success!  Nothing makes me happier as a producer than when everyone in my show and in the audience has a great time AND I’m able to pay everyone well.  The highlight, for me, was premiering a new act, Robert Johnson’s “Ramblin’ On My Mind”, with Jonny playing and singing live.

Three months later, in June, House of Sweetbottom returned to the Black Cat, this time with burlesque performers Maria Bella (producer of Baltimore’s Gilded Lily Burlesque), Dainty Dandridge (co-producer of Chocolate City Burlesque & Cabaret and Best of Burlesque(er)), and Glam Gamz (co-producer of Under The Sheets and Best of Burlesque(er)).  Jonny, Whiskey, and I reprised our roles.  “Ramblin” On My Mind” had begun to evolve, with new costuming and choreography.  Once again, I was able to pay everyone well and we had a fantastic time.

Although I envisioned House of Sweetbottom as a quarterly show, I skipped September due to some outside commitments.  The first Friday of December saw us back onstage at the Black Cat, with the intoxicating Sheila Starr Siani from California; Nona Narcisse from Baltimore; and Reverend Valentine (co-producer of Valentine Candy Burlesque and VC Variety–and one of my first burlesque teachers!); with Jonny, Whiskey, and I again.  By this time, the Black Cat had changed their scheduling of burlesque/variety shows to only one show rather than two in the same night.  We didn’t just sell out…we oversold the room!  Changing up the previous formula, I hosted the show and performed only one act, and Whiskey Joy performed a sizzling new act.

So here we are, one year later.  Tomorrow night, we return to the Black Cat backstage for TWO SHOWS (9:15 pm and 11:30 pm) with DC singer/songwriter Maureen Andary (one half of The Sweater Set); and burlesque performers Deepa De Jour (producer of the Richmond Burlesque Revue), Sophia Sunday (of Baltimore’s Gilded Lily Burlesque), and Cherry Bomb (managing director of Philadelphia’s award-winning troupe The Peek-a-Boo Revue).  I’ll be hosting and performing an act with Maureen, and Whiskey will be kittening.

Thank you to everyone who has supported me in this venture, especially the owners and staff at the Black Cat, Melina Afzal of Palace Productions, the fantastic performers who have graced the House of Sweetbottom stage, and everyone who has come out to a show!  We look forward to giving you more cool blues and hot burlesque in 2015.

Hold on to your cocktails, let go of your inhibitions, and step into the House of Sweetbottom.  Hope to see you tomorrow night!

Tickets $12 advance/$15 day of show, available here: http://www.blackcatdc.com/shows/burlesque4.html

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**The Black Cat is a cash-only venue.**

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Upcoming Shows

Friday, January 9, 2015: Naked Girls Reading Erotica  at the DC Arts Center, 2438 18th St NW, Washington, DC.

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Saturday, January 17, 2015: Hot Night Productions at the Bier Baron Tavern, 1523 22nd St NW, Washington, DC.  Tickets: http://hnpresolutions.bpt.me/

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Saturday, January 24, 2015: La Boum Boum Room at L’Enfant Cafe, 2000 18th St NW, Washington, DC. http://www.lenfantcafe.com/

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Saturday, January 31, 2015: La Boum Boum Room at L’Enfant Cafe, 2000 18th St NW, Washington, DC. http://laboumbrunch.com/laboumboumroom/

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Saturday, February 7, 2015: La Boum Boum Room at L’Enfant Cafe, 2000 18th St NW, Washington, DC. http://laboumbrunch.com/laboumboumroom/

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Friday, February 13, 2015: Church Night at the Black Cat, 1811 14th St NW, Washington, DC.  http://www.blackcatdc.com/schedule.html

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Saturday, February 14, 2015: Dark Odyssey: Winter Fire, Washington, DC.  http://darkodyssey.com/winter-fire-registration/

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Friday, February 20, 2015: Naked Girls Reading Presents Authors of Color at the DC Arts Center, 2438 18th St NW, Washington, DC. http://nakedgirlsreadingrainbow.bpt.me/

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Saturday, February 28, 2015: La Boum Boum Room at L’Enfant Cafe, 2000 18th St NW, Washington, DC. http://laboumbrunch.com/laboumboumroom/

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Friday, March 6, 2015: House of Sweetbottom Blues & Burlesque Revue at the Black Cat, 1811 14th St NW, Washington, DC.  http://www.blackcatdc.com/schedule.html

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Saturday, March 7, 2015: La Boum Brunch at L’Enfant Cafe, 2000 18th St NW, Washington, DC. http://www.lenfantcafe.com/

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Saturday, March 7, 2015: Birthday Buddha Comedy Show at the DC Arts Center, 2438 18th St NW, Washington, DC. https://birthdaybuddha.eventbrite.com

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Friday, March 13, 2015: Naked Girls Reading at the DC Arts Center, 2438 18th St NW, Washington, DC.

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Saturday, March 21, 2015: Jonny Grave’s Juke Joint Blues Revue at the Black Cat, 1811 14th St NW, Washington, DC.

Upcoming Shows

The Carnivalesque Roadshow Spring 2014 Tour

The Carnivalesque Roadshow at the 2014 Festival of Doom.  Photo by Sean Rayford.

The Carnivalesque Roadshow at the 2014 Festival of Doom. Photo by Sean Rayford.

Harkening back to a bygone era of dust bowl circuses & traveling sideshows, The Carnivalesque Roadshow stars international cabaret legend ARMITAGE SHANKS, The Carny Preacher, Burlesque Hall of Fame’s 2012 “King of Boylesque” RUSSELL BRUNER, “Baltimore’s Sicilian Queen” MARIA BELLA, Sideshow phenom SWAMI YOMAHMI, aerial artist from Atlanta, GA SADIE HAWKINS, Matron of The Atlanta Burlesque and Cabaret Soceity TALLOOLAH LOVE, Co-producer of Burlesque Hall of Fame’s “Best Troupe” The Peek-a-Boo Revue, Philadelphia’s own CHERRY BOMB , the burlesque delights of Gilded Lily’s GIGI HOLLIDAY & songstress SOPHIA SUNDAY, “ The Ambassador of Skin” CHERIE SWEETBOTTOM, the vaudevillian musical-comedy duo, HOT & BOTHERED, as well as buxom beauties, VALERIA VOXX and MOURNA HANDFUL, and handsome hunks plying their trade at the Carnivalesque Cooch Tent & along Mab’s Mobile Midway.

Saturday, May 3, 2014: Opera House LIVE, 131 W German St, Shepherdstown, WV.    TICKETS: http://www.operahouselive.com/ 

Sunday, May 4, 2014: The State Theatre, 220 N Washington St, Falls Church, VA.  TICKETS: http://www.thestatetheatre.com/events/e1745.xml

Saturday, May 10, 2014: Southland Ballroom, 614 N. West St. Raleigh, NC. TICKETS: http://southlandballroom.com/events/carnivalesque-roadshow/

Sunday, May 11, 2014: The Rex Theater, 1602 E. Carson St, Pittsburgh, PA.   TICKETS: http://www.showclix.com/event/s20140511crnv

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Thursday, May 15, 2014: Serial Killer Burlesque at Coney Island USA, 1208 Surf Ave, Brooklyn, NY.

Friday, May 16, 2014: Zou Zou Revue: Le Funk at The Black Cat, 1811 14th St NW, Washington, DC

Saturday, May 17, 2014: **Reservation only** La Boum Brunch at L’Enfant Cafe-Bar, 2000 18th St NW, Washington, DC 

Friday, May 23, 2014: The Black Cat Bacchanalia at The Black Cat, 1811 14th St NW, Washington, DC.

Sunday, May 26, 2014: Naked Girls Reading DC presents The Classics at DC Arts Center, 2438 18th St NW, Washington, DC.

Friday, June 13, 2014: House of Sweetbottom Blues & Burlesque Revue at The Black Cat, 1811 14th St NW, Washington, DC 

Friday, June 20, 2014: The Evil League of Ecdysiasts presents Whedonism: A Burlesque Tribute to Joss Whedon at The Black Cat, 1811 14th St NW, Washington, DC. 

Saturday, June 21, 2014: Naked Girls Reading DC presents Neil Gaiman at DC Arts Center, 2438 18th St NW, Washington, DC.

Saturday, June 28, 2014: Barbarellesque at the State Theatre, 220 N Washington St, Falls Church, VA.

Friday, August 1, 2014: The Evil League of Ecdysiasts presents Pastius Revelio: A Burlesque Tribute to Harry Potter at the Black Cat, 1811 14th St NW, Washington, DC.

Upcoming Shows!

Cherie by Stereo Vision Photography

Thursday, May 16, 2013: Four Fathers Brewery Event/80’s Party at The Bier Baron Tavern, 1523 22nd St NW, Washington, DC.  Prizes for best 80’s costume, tunes by DJ Mellie Mel, burlesque by Cherie Sweetbottom.  Doors at 6 pm.  http://inlovewithbier.com/wordpress2/

Saturday, May 18, 2013: NOTE: Due to a death in the family, the luscious GiGi Holliday will be performing in my place.  Check her out!! La Boum Brunch at L’Enfant Café & Bar, 2000 18th St NW, Washington, DC.  “DC’s sexiest brunch!” $29.50 for 3-course prix fixe menu.  Seating at 2 pm, reservations required: http://laboumbrunch.com/index.html

ABSfest (Americana Burlesque and Sideshow Festival), Asheville, NC:

  • Friday, May 24, 2013: Sideshow Saloon–The Accidental Circus presents The Wild West Space Opera in Space with Dinosaurs at The Grey Eagle, 185 Clingman Ave, Asheville, NC. With Mab Just Mab, Swami YoMahmi, Onca O’Leary, Buster Britches, Cherie Sweetbottom, go-go dancing dinosaurs, and a costume contest!  Doors at 10 pm, show at 10:30 pm, tickets $15.  This show follows an earlier and entirely different ABSfest-sponsored event at 8:30 pm, also $15, and tickets to each event may be purchased separately OR a double-feature ticket may be purchased for $25 at http://www.absfest.com.
  • Saturday, May 25, 2013: Performing with Carnivalesque at the ABSfest Saturday Spectacular at The Orange Peel, 101 Biltmore Ave, Asheville, NC.  With international cabaret star and raconteur Armitage Shanks, author and starlet Jo “Boobs” Weldon of the New York School of Burlesque, and many other performers from around the world.  Doors at 7:30 pm, show at 8 pm.  Tickets $25 general admission, $45 VIP, at http://theorangepeel.net.
  • Sunday, May 26, 2013:  Come to Ta-Tas: Sunday Burlesque Brunch at Lexington Avenue Brewery, 39 N. Lexington Ave, Asheville, NC.  Hosted by New Orleans’ very own Reverend Pastor Father Brother Ben Wisdom.  Show at 12:30 pm, tickets $7 at www.absfest.com.

Thursday, May 30, 2013:  Naked Girls Reading Presents Nerdettes with special guest Mourna Handful at DC Arts Center, 2438 18th St NW, Washington, DC.  With Cherokee Rose, GiGi Holliday, and Cherie Sweetbottom.  Doors at 7 pm.  Tickets $20 presale ($21.69 with service fee)/$25 at the door.  Tickets can be purchased here:  http://nakedgirlsreadingnerdettes.bpt.me/

Wednesday, June 5, 2013: Beauty + Brains Burlesque/Burlesque + Variety  at Raven Lounge, 1718 Sansom St, Philadelphia, PA.  With The Wandering Cellist, Cherie Sweetbottom, Miss Rose, Aly Katz, and Eyrie Twilight.  Doors at 8:30 pm, show at 9 pm.  Tickets $10.  http://www.ravenlounge.com/

Friday, June 7, 2013: Best of Burlesque(er): Pride Edition DC at The Black Cat, 1811 14th St NW, Washington, DC.  http://www.blackcatdc.com/

Saturday, June 8, 2013:  La Boum Brunch at L’Enfant Café & Bar, 2000 18th St NW, Washington, DC.  “DC’s sexiest brunch!” $29.50 for 3-course prix fixe menu.  Seating at 2 pm, reservations required: http://laboumbrunch.com/index.html

Saturday, June 8, 2013:  Twisted Knickers Burlesque presents Bad Girls at the Yellow Sign Theatre, 1726 N Charles St, Baltimore, MD.  With Tapitha Kix, Beaujolais Nouveau, Cherie Sweetbottom, Cherie Nuit, Eyrie Twilight, Miz Hips, emcee Hot Todd Lincoln, and stage kitten Blanca Chingamiga.  Doors at 8 pm, show at 9 pm, tickets $10.  Available for advance purchase here:http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/393483

Saturday, June 15, 2013: Best of Burlesque(er): Pride Edition Baltimore at The Windup Space, 12 W North Ave, Baltimore, MD. http://www.thewindupspace.com/

Friday, July 12, 2013: Pretty in Pasties: A Burlesque Tribute to the Movies of the 1980’s at The State Theatre, 220 N Washington St, Falls Church, VA.  http://www.thestatetheatre.com/index.xml

Upcoming Shows

Cherie by Stephen Carroll PhotoArt

***UPCOMING SHOWS***

Friday, February 15, 2013: Appearing as a featured guest on The Charlie Visconage Show. Other guests: dating coaches Melanie Curtin and Jeffrey Platts of LiveAuthenticDC and musical guest Margot McDonald. 9:30 pm at The Shop at Fort Fringe, Washington, DC. Tickets: https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/pe/9743219

Saturday, February 16, 2013: Staxx Burlesque Revue: Speakeasy Saturdays at The Big Hunt, 1345 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC. Show at 9 pm, tickets $10 at the door. With Miss Joule, GiGi Holliday, Nicolette Le Faye, Cherie Sweetbottom, femme-ceed by Short Staxx.

Sunday, February 17, 2013: Stage kittening for Sunday Burlesque Soiree at The Howard Theatre, Washington, DC. With Chicava Honeychild, GiGi Holliday, Sophia Sunday, Mab Just Mab, Miss Joule and Malibu of Tilted Torch, hosted by Charlie Visconage. Doors at 6 pm, show at 8 pm, $15. Tickets and info: http://thehowardtheatre.com/show/2013/02/17/sunday-burlesque-soiree/

Friday, February 22, 2013: Capsicum Cabaret: Too Hot to Handle with Twisted Knickers and guests at State Theatre, 220 N Washington St, Falls Church, VA. Doors at 7 pm, show at 9 pm, 18+. Tickets $12. http://www.missiontix.com/events/product/15859/capsicum-cabaret-too-hot-to-handle

CARNIVALESQUE TOUR with Armitage Shanks, Russell Bruner, Maria Bella, GiGi Holliday, Lauren Marleaux, Sophia Sunday, Mab Just Mab, Cricket, Patsi Cake, Jonathan Burns, Missy Aggravation, Kay Sera, Mourna Handful, Valeria Voxx, Ruby Rockafella, Cherie Sweetbottom, and sideshow banner art from James Taylor’s Shocked and Amazed!:
Friday, March 1, 2013 at 9th & Beats, Washington, DC. 9pm. $20
Saturday, March 2, 2013 at The Creative Alliance, Baltimore, MD. 8pm. $20
Friday, March 8, 2013 at Roxy ‘n’ Dukes, Dunellen, NJ. 9pm. $20
Saturday, March 9, 2013 at The State Theatre, Falls Church, VA. 9pm. $20
Link to event: https://www.facebook.com/events/138409526321319/

Thursday, March 7, 2013: Hot Todd Lincoln Presents: A Night of Music, Sideshow, Burlesque, and Belly Dance at The Bier Baron Tavern, 1523 22nd St NW, Washington, DC. With Cherie Sweetbottom, Sunny Sighed and Bal’d Lightning, Ruby Rockafella, Kitty Bermuda, and Abby.

Friday, March 15, 2013: Naked Girls Reading DC with Cherokee Rose, Roma Mafia, GiGi Holliday at DC Arts Center, Washington, DC. Show at 10 pm.

GREAT BURLESQUE EXPO 2013 in Boston, MA:
Saturday, March 30, 2013: Geeklesque discussion panel with Dahlia Fatale, Scarlet Letter, Candy Apples, moderated by Lydia Ransom.
Sunday, March 31, 2013: Performing in the Sunday Showcase.

Upcoming Shows

Cherie

Happy New Year, lovelies! My home venue and my burlesque birthplace, the Red Palace in Washington, DC, may be closed, but the show will go on in other venues.

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Friday, January 18, 2012: Naked Girls Reading DC: Erotica with special guest Lucy Flawless from Chicago at Little Miss Whiskey’s, 1104 H St NE, Washington, DC. With Cherokee Rose, GiGi Holliday, Roma Mafia, and Cherie Sweetbottom. http://www.facebook.com/DC.NGR

Friday, January 25, 2012: Calendar Girls Burlesque at The Yellow Sign Theatre, 1726 N Charles St, Baltimore, MD. Mark your calendars for a night of burlesque, Friday January 25th at the Yellow Sign Theater as the Twisted Knickers present “Calendar Girls.” You’ll get a full year’s worth a tease with Tapitha Kix, Beaujolais Nouveau, Petra Precocious, Cheríe Sweetbottom, Mourna Handful, Kiki Allure, Ruby Rockafella, Chérie Nuit, Maki Rolle, MC Hot Todd Lincoln. and Stage Kitten Joy Ryde. Be prepared for four seasons of sexiness with tributes to Halloween, Valentine’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day, 4th of July, Mother’s Day, Christmas, Groundhog Day, Dio de Los Muertos, Back to School, Football season and much much more. Doors at 8, show at 9. Admission is $10. http://www.facebook.com/TheYellowSignTheatre

Saturday, February 2, 2012: Lord of the Pasties: The Two Tassels at Gallery 5, 200 West Marshall St, Richmond, VA. “One Pastie to rule them all, One Pastie to find them, One Pastie to bring them all and in the spotlight bind them.” The grey rain-curtain of this world rolls back, and all turns to silver glitter and rhinestones! The sexy beings of Middle-earth invite you to a variety show featuring characters from Tolkien’s literary classics The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. There will be burlesque, bellydance, sideshow, and circus arts featuring talent from the lands of Middle-earth stretching between Richmond and NYC, including Belladonna, Cheríe Sweetbottom, Deanna Danger, Hazel Honeysuckle, Memento Mary, Mourna Handful, Eyrie Twilight, and goblin hostess, Wedji Tucheeks. So dress as your favorite Tolkien creature and come see some of your most beloved characters as you’ve never seen them before! http://www.gallery5arts.org

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Upcoming Shows

Photo of Cherie Sweetbottom by PJ Rey at the Red Palace, Washington, DC

Photo of Cherie Sweetbottom by PJ Rey at the Red Palace, Washington, DC

***UPCOMING SHOWS***

Friday, December 28, 2012: GiGi Holliday’s Ladies Night Out Presents: Last Call! at the Red Palace, 1210 H St NE, Washington, DC, with GiGi Holliday, Hot Todd Lincoln, Kay Sera, Cherie Sweetbottom, Hot & Bothered, Maria Bella, Mourna Handful, Swami YoMahmi, Missy Aggravation, Charlie Artful, Malibu, Short Staxx, Candy Del Rio, Ruby Rockafella. Admission $10 advance, $12 day of show, doors at 8:30 pm, show at 9 pm, 21+. http://redpalacedc.com/calendar/gigi-holliday-ladies-night-out-presents-last-call/

Monday, December 31, 2012: BALL DROP III: Burlesque & Variety New Year’s Eve Blowout Bash at the Red Palace, 1210 H St NE, Washington, DC. Starring the award winning, international art star, Julie Atlas Muz (NYC); “burlesque expert” (NY1 & Big Think), Dr. Lucky (NYC); circus artistry from Miss Joule and Malibu of Tilted Torch (DC); gravity-defying aerial and jaw dropping burlesque from Deanna Danger (Richmond); mesmerizing bellydance and twisted vignettes from Khalima (Richmond); super sassy burlesque from Gigi Holliday and Cherie Sweetbottom (DC); and quirky ukulele from award-winning pop sensation Pop (NYC) of Gigi & Pop. With New York City’s “Best Dressed DJ,” DJ Momotaro, spinning the party tunes all night long. http://redpalacedc.com/calendar/ball-drop-iii-burlesque-variety-new-years-eve-blowout-bash/

Friday, January 18, 2012: Naked Girls Reading DC: Erotica with special guest Lucy Flawless from Chicago, at DC Arts Center, 2438 18th St NW, Washington, DC. With Cherokee Rose, GiGi Holliday, Roma Mafia, and Cherie Sweetbottom. http://www.facebook.com/DC.NGR

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