Remix Mid Winter Party!

Remix Mid Winter Party!

Currently I am sitting in cold chilly Melbourne excited about being back in New Zealand very soon for NZ Fashion Week (keep an eye out I have give-aways!!)  but while I’m in Australia I have eyes everywhere!!  The lovely George (other wise known as Dolly DeStory!) attended this event for me and had a blast!  Thanks Remix!

The party season is closer than you think, so savvy old Remix got in early with the Remix Mid-Winter Party at Shed 10, Auckland.

You may remember Shed 10 as a big, old, dusty (and completely magical) empty tin shed sitting on Auckland’s waterfront. Major renovations have transformed it into one of the most exciting new venues in Auckland! 

A big, glass doored foyer leads you up wooden steps to the huge open space under the roof, which is left bare with visible beams. Reclaimed wood flooring stops the renovations from looking too “new” (if somewhat difficult to naviage in platforms after a few wines!).

There are few things as warming as an open bar, featuring a myriad of Red Bull and 42 Below Vodka concoctions. 

In keeping with the wintery theme, a huge block of ice studded with Telecom prizes was in the middle of the space, surrounded by warm red lights and screens showing the Remix twitter feed. Apparently tweeting with the hashtag #makethenight sped up the melting of the ice, and the prizes freed from inside were given to lucky tweeters. Almost made me wish I had a Twitter account!

Fashion Week is barelling down on us quicker than you would believe (look out for coverage, Miss Phlossy is coming home!) and these sorts of events act like practice runs for the fashionable. Geometric prints, cutouts, fluro colours (generally a highlight but sometimes the whole garment) and the now ubiquitous platform shoes (including the guys – Creepers are still here!) give a taste of what’s to come.

A video and pix from the night are available on the Remix website: http://www.remix.co.nz/out-about/remix-mid-winter-party-remixed-by-telecom/

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Greater Melbourne Tourist Attractions

Greater Melbourne Tourist Attractions

Recently I posted a list of places to visit in Melbourne, most of which were IN the CBD, now I thought I’d switch it up and list a few places that I’ve really enjoyed that are OUT of the greater city area.  However close enough that they are all less than a two hour drive away.

Kryal Castle

All though more specifically aimed at a younger audience than an older geekier group like us, it was still a fun place to visit.  It was big enough that although it looked like it was over run with small children when they were all sitting down to watch the Live Jousting display.    The displays themselves however complete with live cast playing various roles around the castle, were quite fantastic.  Sitting at the end of the jousting line watching a horse coming full tilt at you after the almighty crash followed by the sound of wood splintering is a wee adrenaline rush in and of its self.

Aradale Mental Asylum – Ghost Tour

Not for the week of constitution. I loved this tour, it was the second I’d been to, and the third that my group of friends had been on.  The institution buildings are extensive and stretch around a grounds and with over 60 buildings on the whole estate, you get toured through 5 or 6 buildings.  The mens wards were definitely creepier than the women’s and the morgue and operating theatre really gave me the heebie jeebies!  Starting at 11 pm and finishing about 1 am it was the most exciting time to visit and learn about the incredible but brutal history of the place.  A+++

Moonlit Animal Sanctuary (second time around)

 

This was the second time I’ve been to this place, and we choose it over another park that didn’t offer the same interactions with the animals.  Its not huge, but has allot of small animals all over the park and quite a number of endangered birds as well.  The birds could probably be in much bigger enclosures but the kangaroos and wallabies are able to roam free and are tamed by the constant flow of tourists feeding them.  I love this Koala, he is the older of the two the park has and has a quizzical grumpiness about him and perks up at the sound of fresh rustling leaves that he loves to eat!  Gorgeous!

Dracula’s Cabaret Restaurant 

If you have a winning formula – if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it motto then Dracula’s is definitely sticking to it.  With an incredibly talented but small cast of 5 and a host of restaurant staff it runs like an ‘almost’ well oiled machine.  SpiderLash, new show was interesting.  With fancy stage fly’s and elaborate props, my favourite act of the whole night a hydrolic hand solo from one of the female leads.   The “spider” theme was a little thin, with the Vampire concept really keeping the audience on their toes and in stitches.  Vocally and musically amazing this is a great show to see, and it seems that hordes of other other tourists to Melbourne (or from other parts of Aussie) agree.

Brunetti

The supplier of all things chocolaty and OOOooooohh so delicious! The shop in Coberg is the largest delicatessen I’ve ever seen in my life! It’s literally HUGE! Starting with sweet cakes, cheesecakes and macaroons through to a pastry and coffee delectables on to ice cream and sorbet then finally a savory and pizza restaurant at the very end of the long shop. This is a must-visit place!

Links to more Info:

http://kryalcastle.com.au/
http://www.aradaleghosttours.com.au/
http://www.pearcedale-conservation-park.com.au/
https://www.draculas.com.au/
http://www.brunetti.com.au/

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Book Launch: Out of Shape – Debunking myths about Fashion & Fit

Book Launch: Out of Shape – Debunking myths about Fashion & Fit

Normally the media events I attend are more Fashion orientated so it was quite a delight to attend the launch of Mel Campbell’s book “Out of Shape” and as a super special treat listen to her read and comment on as she went through a chapter of the book as well.


We all love to listen to people who put into beautifully artistically linguistic words principals we whole heartedly agree with.  Referencing much of pop culture over the years and much extensive historical fashion research Mel has written a ingeniously intriguing book on popular perception of size and the difference between that and what is actually our natural physical shape.  Our bodies are obviously all different but through out time there has always been an esteemed version of perfection or ideal, and clothing really plays a very large part in a person’s desire (or otherwise) to attain it.

“Out of Shape” also bravely deals with masculine and feminine fashion and clothing not limited by the gender of the person wearing that item of clothing.  Pointing out general ideals that each portrays and how the wearer may wittingly or unwittingly receive a reaction based on that presentation of themselves based on the clothing (or undergarments) they might be wearing at the time.

I’m a recently converted fan and since the event have added this to my reading list for those long dreary trips back and forth on the tram/train.  I can’t wait to giggle and smile as Mel’s sense of humour really shows through the well researched chapters as she Debunks those Myths.  If I get a couple of confused sideways looks on public transport for my outbursts, I really don’t care.  It’ll be worth it!

More:   
Look.Stop.Shop, @ Curtin House
http://www.metropolisbookshop.com.au/
http://www.affirmpress.com.au/out-of-shape

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Review: Oh! for Opera

Review: Oh! for Opera

Galatos Bar has been transformed.  Low hanging light bulbs dimly illuminate the room.  It feels like an old 1930’s smoking lounge with out the misty cloud of cigar smoke hanging low in the air.  The stage is backed with plush red velvet curtains, an arm chair, lamp and a small side table, just waiting for ladies to sit down for a hight tea.

The French MC is fun and scandalous, and gets the crowd genuinely laughing along and enjoying his every quip. Men dressed as women dressed as men, orgies, tantric love triangles and plot twists more confusing than Days of our Lives…  Click in to see more!

Starring a cast of some of New Zealand’s finest young opera talent, accompanied by a live band of two keyboards and a chello.  The star studded cast includes Jessie Graham and Tamsyn Matchett who were last seen singing for Charles (that’s Prince Charles) and Cassandra McCowan, a current soloist for this year’s Christmas in the Park. 

If you’ve ever been frustrated with not understanding what the Opera was about this show is perfect for you with momentous pieces from composers such as Monteverdi, Purcell, Handel, Mozart, Rossini, Dnoizetti, Wagner, Andrew Lloyd-Webber and Verdi!

Two minutes into the show and there is already a gorgeous woman disrobing on-stage   Through out the rest of the show the audience is either laughing their asses off, sitting wide eyed in amazement, gasping, or silently fixated on the dramatic and spine-tingling show in front of them.

The audience is constantly been drawn in, encouraged to interact with the performers or the amorous French MC who demands roses and lingerie be thrown at him for his finale!  Men in underwear, or ladies dressed as men, dressed as ladies.  Oh! for Opera dazzles, confuses, and hilariously explains, subtitles and takes you on a very easy on the eye, Operatic journey through time!

Theatre goers, Cabaret and Burlesque fans – this is a MUST see.  Opera virgins, with-hold your opinions on this till you have seen OH! for Opera!!!  Book your tickets HERE:  Read my other Opera Review!

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Secret Life of Producer: Red Delicious

Secret Life of Producer: Red Delicious

I’ve known MisRed for the last 3 years.  It truly feels like way longer.  I’ve travelled huge distances to perform at her events “The Red Delicious Review” and her up to Auckland to perform for me. We have had many a roadie, late night, tiny dressing room muddle and laughs.  It’s my pleasure to introduce to you, RED DELICIOUS to the Secret Life of A Producer Series!

How long ago did you start producing events?
I’ve been producing about 18 months now after I started my own show not long after I got into burlesque, mostly so I could have somewhere to perform!

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What type of things would you have on a normal “Producer” work day?
Lots of networking, especially for the events coming up this year! But other than the obvious, I spend a lot of time doing business planning, building budgets, reviewing performer profiles, structuring the show, organizing sponsors and prizes, coordinating with venues, writing performer agreements, chasing performers, setting up lists (music, to-do etc) and writing event profiles to capture the target audience. O and some where in there I eat…

“Producer” covers a lot of different jobs that you’d do in the process of putting on an event. Can you share your most and least favourite of them all?
Most favorite has to be hearing the feedback about how well as how went from the audience and from the performers  Its important to me that obviously the audience has a good time, but more so that the performers do to and are treated well as that is reflected in their performances.

Your least favourite job as a producer? 
My least favorite is about an hour before the show starts. I usually am checking everything has got what they need as well as trying to get myself together and have my own quite time which is damn near impossible. It also comes with the worry of meeting targets at this time as even if you’ve sold out, you’re never sure if they will all show up!

What is the most exciting event you’ve ever worked on in an organisational sense?
The most exciting is the challenges coming up for 2013, with the New Zealand Burlesque Festival. To be able to bring together the NZ community and show them the magic of our international performers, to learn and develop our own community from what they teach and to create opportunities for NZ performers to go overseas is amazingly exciting. And horribly terrifying as well!

What have you got coming up that your really looking forward to?
The next event I am looking forward to is the Autumn Revue, a showcase of my students as well as some special guests from the deep south! I’m mostly excited about it as it will be launching my first solo student onto the stage and I will have to give up my position as the ONLY independent performer in Manawatu as it will no longer be true! I am so proud of what she’s achieved and the amazing person she is; I can’t wait to show the locals what a fantastic community we are building here!

http://www.eventfinder.co.nz/2013/autumn-revue/palmerston-north

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Secret Life of a Producer: Petit Cheval

Secret Life of a Producer: Petit Cheval

When I first met this young lady I was star struck, I never thought that in a few short years I’d be not only performing with her, but be honoured to call her one of my close friends!  AMAZING… she’s a favourite here and internationally, recently performing with the House of Burlesque in my dream town, Melbourne (more on that is another blog!).  

From performing with the AMAZING Dust Palace, to the Splore festival, Dr Sketchy, Electric Burlesque and the Fringe Festival Mika shows this girl is a force to be reckoned with! A whirlwind in lashes, glitter and lace!

Others in my Producer Series:  Miss Red, Lilly Loca, Queerlesque

How long ago did you start producing events?
I started in 2009, when, faced with the prospect of only 2 burlesque promoters in Auckland and a desire to have more shows, pushed my stilettos first into production. Before that I had only graced the stage, not been the one wrangling performers.

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What type of things would you have on a normal “Producer” work day?
Emails… Lots and lots of emails. Wrangling performers, liaising with venue managers and business partners. Promoting the event via various social networks. It’s all very dull and uninteresting to read about. My favourite part is usually the creative process of forming the event. This usually involves boozy lunches andlots of laughter. But still a few emails…

“Producer” covers allot of different jobs that you’d do in the process of putting on an event. 
Can you share your most and least favourite of them all?
Well as stated above, I certainly love the creative part of coming up with the event,figuring out the energy, atmosphere I want to create with the venue. My least favourite part is flyering. Hate it with a passion. But it is a necessary evil.

What is the most exciting event you’ve ever worked on in an organisational sense?
There are two that really spring to mind. The first is of course, my very first show I ever produced. I had a few international burlesque friends in town for another show (one they weren’t being paid for, or paid very little), and the asked me if I would consider putting on a show so they could make some extra money. and after very little rational consideration I agreed to wing it! It was at Pony Club, bottles of champagne were so cheap you could spill an entire bottle and not care, you’d just buy another one! It was a sell out raging success. How I managed it I’ll never know.

My second is the club night I am currently producing with my friend and business partner Barney McDonald, Electrique Burlesque (EB). EB feels very special to me as it is such a unique event in the burlesque social calendar, a night that is both show, club night and sensory overload thanks to some vintage electro-therapy machines we have, kindly provided by Boris Van Galvin. The music is deep-disco electronica, the dancers are wonderfully varied. My job is essentially to find hot, talented, interesting performers, who are capable of producing weird and unusual acts to music chosen by Barney, who is our “in-house” DJ-maestro. So far we’ve had a Vospertron lightsuit robot playboy; a painted lady wash away her sins; aerial chains; a topless, full-busted but still bearded Jesus; a stray cat strip with a well placed cardboard box; and ZOWIE! To name a few.

What have you got coming up that your really looking forward to?  
Feb is an insanely busy month for me this year! I of course have the aforementioned Electrique Burlesque at Cassette 9; a two week season of Salon Mika as part of the Auckland Fringe Festival and Pride Festival; Queerlesque; and the PROUD the Pride Closing Ceremony. I’m going to be living in false eyelashes and rhinestones, and probably end up with permanent corset lacing marks on my back….

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