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.**

Upcoming Shows

I’ve posted a couple of new videos, including a new one of my infamous Honey Badger act.  Have a look!  And while you’re at it, here are places you can see me performing and teaching over the next couple of months!

 

Friday, February 27, 2015: Under the Sheets Comedy, Burlesque, and Variety at the Black Cat, 1811 14th St NW, Washington, DC.  http://www.blackcatdc.com/shows/burlesque2.html

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

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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/shows/burlesque4.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 at DC Arts Center, 2438 18th St NW, Washington, DC.  https://birthdaybuddha.eventbrite.com

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

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Sunday, March 15, 2015: TEACHING: Good Help is Hard to Find: Savvy Stage Kittening at Studio Holliday at Anacostia Arts Center, 1231 Good Hope Rd SE, Washington, DChttp://www.studioholliday.com/#!budding-burlesque-beauties/c1fcr

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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. http://www.blackcatdc.com/schedule.html

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Sunday, March 22, 2015: House of Sweetbottom Burlesque at The Windup Space, 12 W. North Ave, Baltimore, MD. http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/1280099

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

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Friday, April 3, 2015: The Evil League of Ecdysiasts presents Al Night Long: A Burlesque & Variety Tribute to Weird Al Yankovic at the Black Cat, 1811 14th St NW, Washington, DC.  http://www.blackcatdc.com/schedule.html

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Sunday, April 12, 2015: La Boum Brunch at L’Enfant Cafe, 2000 18th St NW, Washington, DC. http://www.lenfantcafe.com/

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Friday, April 17, 2015: Naked Girls Reading at the DC Arts Center, 2438 18th St NW, Washington, DC.

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Saturday, April 18, 2015: Glit-O-Rama Presents For The Love of BBC at The Bier Baron Tavern, 1523 22nd St NW, Washington, DC.

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Saturday, April 25, 2015: La Boum Boum Room at L’Enfant Cafe, 2000 18th St NW, Washington, DC. http://www.lenfantcafe.com/

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Upcoming Shows

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Happy New Year!  I’m so pleased to introduce the beautiful new logo for my quarterly show, House of Sweetbottom Blues & Burlesque Revue, by artist Steven Warrick.  A happy and prosperous 2015 to you and your dear ones!

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://www.lenfantcafe.com/

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

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Saturday, February 14, 2015: Dark Odyssey: Winter Fire in Washington, DC. http://darkodyssey.com/winterfire-2015/

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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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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 at 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. http://www.blackcatdc.com/schedule.html

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Friday, April 3, 2015: The Evil League of Ecdysiasts presents Al Night Long: A Burlesque & Variety Tribute to Weird Al Yankovic at the Black Cat, 1811 14th St NW, Washington, DC.  http://www.blackcatdc.com/schedule.html

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 & Performances

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Saturday, November 22, 2014: Barbarellesque: An Ecdysiast Theatrical Experience at The Creative Alliance, 3134 Eastern Ave, Baltimore, MD.  Two shows–7:30 pm and 10 pm! Tickets: http://www.creativealliance.org/events/2014/barbarellesque

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Sunday, November 23, 2014: American Supernatural at 10 pm on The Weather Channel https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C7q77VVCTv0&list=PLki90Aw2GjdcmzTRUBpmjvl1EaiJLaw_l&index=9

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Saturday, November 29, 2014: Rock & Roll Burlesque with Gilded Lily Burlesque and Jonny Grave & the Tombstones at Rock & Roll Hotel, 1353 H St NE, Washington, DC.  Tickets: http://www.rockandrollhoteldc.com/

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Friday, December 5, 2014: House of Sweetbottom Blues and Burlesque Revue featuring Miss Hollywood Burlesque Festival 2013 Sheila Starr Siani at the Black Cat, 1811 14th St NW, Washington, DC. Tickets: http://www.blackcatdc.com/shows/burlesque.html

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Saturday, December 6, 2014: Twisted Knickers Burlesque presents Calendar Girls at the Yellow Sign Theatre, 1726 N Charles St, Baltimore, MD.  Tickets: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/948814

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Saturday, December 13, 2014: Naked Girls Reading: A Very Naked Holiday with special guest Pria Puss at the DC Arts Center, 2438 18th St NW, Washington, DC.

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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

Flyer by Steven Warrick with art by Karina Dale; original reference photo by StereoVision Photography.

Flyer by Steven Warrick with art by Karina Dale; original reference photo by StereoVision Photography.

Saturday, February 22, 2014: Bare The Fold at The Fold, 110A Frederick Ave, Rockville, MD.  With Aurora Wells, GiGi Holliday, Cherie Sweetbottom, Glam Gamz, hosts Mx. May Nads and Dutch Oven, and stage kitten Heart O. Harkness!  Doors at 8 pm, show at 10 pm.  Tickets $10 at the door. https://www.facebook.com/fold110

Sunday, February 23, 2014: Naked Girls Reading Presents Love Bites at DC Arts Center, 2438 18th St NW, Washington, DC.  With DC’s official Naked Girls Cherokee Rose, GiGi Holliday, Cherie Sweetbottom, and newly appointed Naked Girl Alice Darling!  Doors at 7 pm, show at 7:30 pm.  Tickets $20 presale, $25 day of show, available here: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/562920

Tuesday, March 4, 2014: Lagunitas Brewery Event at DC9, Washington, DC.

Friday, March 7, 2014: House of Sweetbottom: Burlesque and Blues Revue at the Black Cat Backstage, 1811 14th St NW.  Featuring live music from bluesman Jonny Grave and burlesque from Cherokee Rose, Candy del Rio, GiGi Holliday, and Cherie Sweetbottom, with stage kitten Whiskey Joy.  Two shows: 1st show, doors 8:45 pm, show 9:15 pm; 2nd show, doors 11 pm, show 11:30 pm.  Tickets $12 advance, $15 day of show, available here: http://www.blackcatdc.com/shows/burlesque3.html

Saturday, March 8, 2014: Mad Momos, Washington, DC.

Saturday, March 22, 2014: La Boum Brunch at L’Enfant Café, 2000 18th St NW, Washington, DC.  Reservation only–book at www.laboumbrunch.com.

Saturday, March 22, 2014: Naked Girls Reading Presents Movies at DC Arts Center, 2438 18th St NW, Washington, DC.  With DC’s official Naked Girls Cherokee Rose, GiGi Holliday, Cherie Sweetbottom, and Alice Darling.  Tickets $20 presale, $25 day of show.

Saturday, March 29, 2014: Glit-O-Rama at the Bier Baron Tavern, Washington, DC.

Upcoming Shows

The Eighth Annual Great Burlesque Exposition, February 7 - 9, 2014.

The Eighth Annual Great Burlesque Exposition, February 7 – 9, 2014.

Friday, February 7, 2014: Performing in the Friday Night Bordello at the Great Burlesque Exposition 2014 at the Hyatt Regency, 575 Memorial Dr, Cambridge, MA. Information and tickets available here: http://www.burlesque-expo.com/

Friday, February 14, 2014: Burlesque-A-Pades presents Ain’t Misbehavin’! at The State Theatre, 220 N. Washington St, Falls Church, VA.  Featuring the music of the Brian Newman Quartet and starring Angie Pontani, The World Famous Pontani Sisters, the Maine Attraction, Helen Pontani, Kitten LaRue, and special guest Margo Christie.  Doors 7 pm, show 9 pm, tickets $30, available here:  http://www.ticketalternative.com/Events/26198.aspx

Sunday, February 16, 2014: Burlesque-A-Pades presents Valentine’s Day Follies at Metro Gallery, 1700 N. Charles St, Baltimore, VA.  Featuring the music of the Brian Newman Quartet and starring Angie Pontani, The World Famous Pontani Sisters, the Maine Attraction, Helen Pontani, Kitten LaRue, and special guest Margo Christie.  Doors at 8 pm, tickets $15, available at: http://www.missiontix.com/events/product/22167/burlesque-a-pades-valentines-day-follies-w-the-pontani-sisters

Friday, February 21, 2014: Naked Girls Reading Presents Love Bites at DC Arts Center, 2438 18th St NW, Washington, DC.  With DC’s official Naked Girls Cherokee Rose, GiGi Holliday, Cherie Sweetbottom, and newly appointed Naked Girl Alice Darling!  Doors at 7 pm, show at 7:30 pm.  Tickets $20 presale, $25 day of show, available here: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/562920

Saturday, February 22, 2014: The Fold, 110A Frederick Ave, Rockville, MD.

Friday, March 7, 2014: House of Sweetbottom: Burlesque and Blues Revue at the Black Cat Backstage, 1811 14th St NW.  Featuring live music from bluesman Jonny Grave and burlesque from Cherokee Rose, Candy del Rio, GiGi Holliday, and Cherie Sweetbottom, with stage kitten Whiskey Joy.  Two shows: 1st show, doors 8:45 pm, show 9:15 pm; 2nd show, doors 11 pm, show 11:30 pm.  Tickets $12 advance, $15 day of show.

Saturday, March 22, 2014: La Boum Brunch at L’Enfant Café, 2000 18th St NW, Washington, DC.  Reservation only–book at www.laboumbrunch.com..