2011 Costume Art Ball: Sideshow!

by Gumbercules9000 on Oct 12th, 2011

Femme Vivre here to tell you, Step Right Up and Get Your Tickets!! Not to the fair, not to the gun show, but to this year’s Costume Art Ball! The theme? Sideshow!! Come see the freaks, geeks, and hoochy koochy dancers, live on the inside! Saturday, October 22 is the big day: from 8pm to Midnight there will be drinks, dancing, Midway games, caricature artists, cotton candy, a silent auction, a raffle, and a variety of sideshow performers for your viewing pleasure! As if that weren’t enough, there’s a costume contest!  (In order to attend you must be in “obvious full costume,” no costumes over a PG-13 rating please, and you must be at least 21 years of age.)  Furthermore, the Costume Art Ball is a yearly fundraiser benefiting the Creative Arts Center of Dallas.  Where is that, you might ask?  The answer is: 2360 Laughlin Dr., Dallas, TX.  I hope to see you there; just look for the Leopard Lady!

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Dallas Gets a One-Stop Pin-Up Shop!

by Gumbercules9000 on Oct 5th, 2011

Photo: Shoshana Portnoy MUAH: LaDonna Stein Model: Femme Vivre

October 26 marks the grand opening of Dallas Pin Up, located at 2928 Main Street in Deep Ellum!  Proprietor, Shoshana Portnoy, describes her newest endeavor thusly: “We look to serve the ladies who are ‘redefining beauty through vintage culture,’ and show gals that each and every one of us is truly beautiful and that classic beauty is always in fashion.”  The store will cater to all your ‘cheesecake’ needs, with booths run by local female business owners specializing in retro glamour.  Dallas Pin Up also serves as a new location for Shoshana’s pin-up photography studio, Through the Looking Glass.  Workshops will be offered by Sacred Sexy U, ‘a self-acceptance based burlesque intensive,’ and other guest instructors.  Pin up makeovers will be available from 2011’s Makeup Artist of the Year, LaDonna Stein.  Products for sale will include custom and off-the-rack pin up clothing and corsets, quality stockings, lingerie, pasties, hair fascinators, jewelry, and an exclusive line of pin up makeup.  The grand opening event will last from 7-10pm on Wednesday, Oct. 26- hope to see you there!

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Viva Dallas Burlesque Presents: Cirque Du Burlesque

by Gumbercules9000 on Oct 4th, 2011

Femme Vivre here, inviting you to Cirque Du Burlesque this Friday, Oct. 7, at the historic Lakewood Theatre!   One of Viva Dallas Burlesque’s most popular themes, Cirque Du Burlesque is back and bigger than ever!  Featuring the hypnotic aerial skills of Denver’s Midnite Martini and the steamy acrobatics of Chicago’s Ray Gunn, this show has something for everyone (or every adult, anyway).  Luscious local acts include: Divertida Devotchka and the Juggling Diddier, Miss Rafaela on aerials and hoop, winged performance by Femme Vivre LaRouge, contortionist Lexa Lusty, and the magic of Miss Levi des Peu Chapeaux.  You’ll wanna buy tickets in advance for this one: Tickets

Ray Gunn at the 2nd Annual New Orleans Burlesque Festival

About us:

Viva Dallas Burlesque is a monthly burlesque event (themes and performers change month to month) at the Lakewood theater the first Friday of every month presented by Pin Curl Magazine and the Lakewood Theater. We feature a fun atmosphere with amazing performers in one of the most beautiful theaters in Dallas!
VIP seating is reserved cocktail seating just feet from the stage- you cannot get better views! All other seating is General Admission and on a first come, first served bases. To ensure a seat, and save money-  buy your tickets in advance online.

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Pin Curl Magazine: October 2011 Issue

by Gumbercules9000 on Oct 4th, 2011

La Cholita by Laura Byrnes Photography

Hello, Dah-lings! Femme Vivre here, letting you know that this month’s issue of Pin Curl Magazine is live at!  This month we’ve brought you interviews with performers La Cholita of Los Angeles and Viva La Muerte of Chicago; the latest in Burlesque Haunts, about the spooky Mauch Chunk Opera House in Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania; Brutal Beauties fashion spread; and DIY hair fascinators, Day of the Dead makeup, and delicious candy corn cocktails!

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Pin Curl Magazine: September 2011 Issue

by Gumbercules9000 on Sep 4th, 2011

Let’s Hear it for the Boys!
Femme Vivre here, writing to let you know that the new issue of Pin Curl Magazine is up at!! This month, for the first time ever, we’re focusing on the Men of Showbiz, including interviews with performers Jonny Porkpie, The Stage Door Johnnies, and Murray Hill, as well as New Orleans producer Rick Delaup, a short history of the legendary Florenz Ziegfeld, and DIY how to make men’s hats, and recipes!

Published monthly online since April 2009, Pin Curl Magazine is a great source of information for those interested in vintage culture, pin up style, and burlesque entertainment.  With beautiful ‘Best Of’ print editions published twice a year, Pin Curl serves up interviews with amazing performers and other showbiz types, both local and international.  Pin Curl also shares exciting articles about the history of the biz, great DIY articles, classic cocktail recipes, and more!

For more information on pin-up photography, or to book your own shoot, see

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