Remix Mid Winter Party!

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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Secret Life of a Producer: Va-Va-Voom Productions

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To follow on from last week’s Secret Life of a Producer blog, this week I’m interviewing this gorgeous young lassie.  I’ve worked with her, performed with her, and had a quiet tipple too *cough* and was eager to see what she gets up to in her wee Vaudevillian office! 

1) How long ago did you start producing events?
About four and a half years ago. 
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I am a professional Drama teacher and have produced and directed several plays and performances for schools and companies. However, it was this time two years ago, that I was in the shower and a light-bulb went on in my head. “why not create a show that showcased a variety of different performance styles in one show?”. So I did and it is now known as Lilly Loca’s Vaudeville Cabaret. I have produced several other events since then, cooperatively and solo, such as 60’s club night Pussy Liquor, and dance-hybrid B-Boy vs. Burlesque. I now run my own production company, Va-Va-Voom Productions which specializes in cabaret, burlesque and vaudeville events and shows. I hope to get back to my roots and do some more theatre this year as well. Got quite a few exciting projects coming up!
2) What type of things would you have on a normal “Producer” work day?Haha, is there such a thing as a “normal producer work day?” The thing I love about being a producer is that no two days are ever the same – it’s not like a 9-5 office job where you do the same old thing every day. Typically though, I’ll get up, have a strong coffee and protein filled breakfast (an essential part of the beginning of my day) head to my computer, check emails, plan/organize upcoming or potential events, do administrative work such as run sheets, production timetables, etc. (there is A LOT of admin as a producer), promote my events through social media and on-line sources, promote my company, go out and buy props, organize lighting and sound, check out venues, research performers and the list goes on. Obviously I don’t do all of that in one day, but it’s a pretty huge job! 

3) “Producer” covers allot of different jobs that you’d do in the process of putting on an event. 

Can you share your most favourite of them all?Oh my absolute favourite would have to be: Marketing, publicity, organizing schedules and essential production documents (I think I’m a bit OCD!), liaising with cast, crew, venues and sponsors and keeping in touch with fans of the shows. I’m a real people person so love jobs that have me interacting with people.


4) Your least favourite job as a producer?
Applying for funding. Only because it’s rather difficult filling out the forms! Otherwise, I don’t think there is anything I really don’t like. Something that grinds my gears, is on the day of a show, while I’m not only the producer, but production manager and the go-to person for the cast and crew, is when people try to call or text you wanting tickets for the show. Honestly – I have a million and one things to think about and do, and the last thing I need is people calling me asking me personally to try and squeeze people in or hold tickets. That’s what a FOH ticketing person is for! Ok, rant over 😉 
  
5) What is the most exciting event you’ve ever worked on in an organizational sense?Ohhh golly! Um.. organizational wise.. probably the one I have coming up, which is a fortnightly event called ‘Whisper 150’ – based on the prohibition Speakeasy clubs of the 1930’s. It’s great because I’m collaborating with Hard Luck Cafe for it, and I’ve got to think really outside the square in terms of marketing and publicity because Speakeasies were generally very underground, and only those “in the know” knew about how to access it, get bookings, etc. So need to think rather creatively about getting people along, without being too “in your face” about it, to keep it authentic. 

6) What have you got coming up that your really looking forward to?  ( This is your chance to pimp your event!)
Next week, I have the sixth Lilly Loca’s Vaudeville Cabaret show as a part of the Auckland Fringe Festival called ‘Vivacious Vaudeville – A Fringe Special!‘. This will be our kookiest show yet! We have a fabulous cast on board such as: 
Willow Noir – The Current Miss Burlesque New Zealand – She’ll make you hot under the collar Looney Rouge – Serving sumptuous servings of sexy swing
Ken Samson– ‘Romano Zucchini’: In your face and in your pants interactive comedy
Lilly Loca – MC and Theatrical Vaudevillian – Putting the Va-Va-Voom into Vaudeville
Patty Haag – The Hideously Fabulous Stage Kitten
The Speitatet – Swinging, Grooving, Spontaneous Jazz Trio

Plus we also have three amazing ‘Vivacious Vaudeville Prize Packs’ to be won (one each night of the show) to ticket holders! Patty Haag will be coming around before the show and issuing raffle tickets (so make sure you are on time!). Each prize pack has over $500.00 worth of goodies inside! Our fabulous prize sponsors are Purdy Corsetry, Live & Let Dye, Miss T Pinups, The New Zealand Burlesque Festival, Queenie Mays Vintage Skincare and BodyFX.
It’s going to be a hell of a lot of fun. It’s held at The Loft in Q Theatre. Tickets are $30-$35 from http://www.qtheatre.co.nz/lilly-locas-vaudeville-cabaret-presents-vivacious-vaudeville-fringe-special

Photo credits
Cast Photo, Nat web – Photo by Jocelen Janon
Vivacious Vaudeville poster designed by Peter Heckman
Nat_Clinton – Photo by Clinton Cardozo 
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Things I love Thursday!!

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Some 2012 Things I love Thursday posts Here and Here

It’s about time I wrote another of these… I’ve been running around like a headless chicken working my butt off as a producer, performer, model, and Blogger, its really time that I stopped and smelled the roses… So today here are all the things I am thankful for!  I’m loving my life right now so its the opportune time to stop and say thank you to the Universe and all the amazing people I love and love to have around! Click in to see more!

Family time…  I saw a cute quote the other day that said ” Friends: When can I come over?, Close friends: I’m coming over. Best friends: In your living room already”  It really does have an element of truth.  I love a busy house full of people, laughing, chilling, and hanging out having fun!

Photo by Aych

Food. I know this seems a weird thing to put on my “Things I love” list since I’m doing a ReBoot Detox right now. Fruit and veggies, I love them I have to confess and its awesome having access to such a huge variety of delicious fresh sweet NOMMY food that’s so so good for my body.  Bring on the next week of Juicing!

 
  

Pride!  Its one day till the Pride Gala, the opening of the Auckland Pride festival the first LGBTI celebration we have had in Auckland since 2003. (I think that was the last one??) Its so exciting to see the whole community working so hard to put everything together, events, shows, parade floats, masses of people, costumes, banners and everything social media that goes with it!  I’m doing heaps and am loving every moment of it!!


Photos, sunsets, museums, parks and gardens.  I spent yesterday afternoon/ evening in Auckland domain with two photographers and a make-up artist.  The outcomes so far have been amazing… I am very excited about the rest of the day’s sets too.  Here is a sneaky peek of me being a landlocked mermaid princess…

Photography by Natasha Hing more coming soon by Moppie!

Surprises and Photos! Find new photos that haven’t been published yet lurking in my inbox and getting an exciting surprise to boot!! I’m Judging Miss Pin-Up New Zealand at the Very Vintage Day Out in April.  HOW EXCITING!

Photography by Miss T Pin-Ups

Going out and dressing up!  There is something fantastical about getting all dressed up to go out.  It has its similarity’s to getting into costume to go on stage I suppose.  The difference being the stage is life and the cast is YOU! I love to make a great first impression and there’s no better way to do it than colour and sparkles. Here’s some images for the Great Burlesque Dinner (International style)!  Thanks to Red Rascal Productions

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Life of a Producer: Queerlesque

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I thought I’d write about producing events and what goes on behind the scenes.  More often than not one would buy a ticket then turn up to an event and that is the only two interactions you have with that brand.  Weather it be a Burlesque event, a fashion show, or any kind of night life event there is a whole lot of work that gets done well before the event and all the way leading up to the date.

This is not intended in a negative way, instead to highlight and thank those who slog long hours to make this kind of thing happen!  Those who run events or produce generally do it because the love it.  They love the satisfaction of seeing an event come to fruition and the excitement of planning and running an event. Click in to see more!


I’ve been wanting to write about this for a while.  If you are a Producer of an event I want to interview you!! It’ll be an interview series, similar to what I’ve done with my “Not Your Normal Job” series.  “Life of a Producer” contact me if you’d like to be part of this series.  
To start all of I thought I’d lead by example with myself, Producer of Queerlesque!

How long ago did you start producing events?
I started when I was 15, can you believe it?  I used to teach Irish Dance classes and put on a mini end of year production and I’ve still got the VCR tape of the show!  Since then I’ve run troupe’s of Go-Go dancers and more recently I am the proud mama of my Queerlesque baby all over New Zealand and hopefully into 2013 Australia…

What type of things would you have on a normal “Producer” work day?
Oh let me start with last weekend!  I went to about 8 different retail and wholesale store to price up fabric, I spend a couple of hours with a DJ to create a mix-tape of sorts for the Queerlesque Showcases we have coming up, I met with the creative directors of an event and discussed what they wanted for their show and what I could put together, I discussed lighting and rigging. Then once I got home I started emailing: show and performer bios, writing MC notes, co-coordinating and booking performers and finally all things social media.  Unless I have someone to help with all of these things I do them mostly on my own in my spare time around my 9-5 job which I still keep.  Crazy?  Yes probably.  Hyper-active and driven? Absolutely!

“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?
My favourite part of being a Producer is the first five minutes after the event is over! Okay, just kidding.  I really enjoy having lots of things to keep my brain occupied and my evenings busy.  I find there to be nothing more boring than an evening wasted, doing nothing. Not saying I don’t spend the occasional night in front of the TV. I most certainly do, but with my mobile phone at my side multi-tasking at the same time.

Your least favourite job as a producer?  
Trying to keep everyone happy?  Before, during and after.  I suppose the stupid unexpected things that happen that you really just have to keep your cool and deal with it.  I’m really luck that I really awesome team behind me, from stage managers, stage kittens, door people, MC, performers and loyal supporters!


What is the most exciting event you’ve ever worked on in an organisational sense?
Auckland Pride Festival 2013!!  I’m pulling together three mini Showcase shows, a Parade float, and a full blown event to top it all off, all in the space of a week and a half.  And that doesn’t take into account any performing I’m doing myself during that same time period.  Its been exciting and a huge learning curve dealing with ticketing agents, corporate advertising, sponsorship and grant applications and looking after a huge number of clients and performers.  Did I mention I love working to deadlines?

What have you got coming up that your really looking forward to?  ( This is your chance to pimp your event!)
Can I name a couple??  There’s the Fringe Festival show I’m Emceeing, and the closing party of the Pride festival, incidentally called Proud and being held at the newly revamped and restored Victoria Park Market complex.  Exciting!  I couldn’t finish with out mentioning my Producer baby, the Queerlesque show.    We have performers from Wellington coming up, and a huge line up of musical acts before the show too.  Its my Queer Burlesque, circus, cabaret, and vaudevillian dream come true!  Come along and watch people!

Follow us on social media NOW!!
http://www.eventfinder.co.nz/2013/queerlesque-pride-2013/auckland
http://www.facebook.com/#!/QEERLESQUENZ
https://twitter.com/Queerlesque_NZ

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This week, what I did and what I wore: WIDTW WIWT

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I’m trying to to talk nonsense too often but sometimes you see acronyms all over social media and just think OMG what on earth does that mean.  Too not appear silly or abusing the “Lazy-Web” often I’ve googled terms and quite quickly been able to find an answer.  Thank goodness, because there’s nothing more embarrassing then looking silly on the internet – Right?! *cough*
However I’m just going to stick with “What I did this week!” Sound simple enough?  I’ll start off with photos from the AUT Rookie Fashion show.  It was amazing.. with an wiggly runway meaning pretty much everyone got a fantastic view, hosted in Shed 15 on Lower Wellesly Street.  A huge venue but perfect to cater to the massive crowd who came out to support.  Each designer showed about 5 pieces and the models were fantastically choreographed and stunning.

 By comparison The NZ Fashion Tech show was hosted in the Freemans Bay community center and of the whole show there were only 3 really stand out collections of 3 pieces and a Kleenex Paper Dress.  The top three collections wouldn’t have looked out of place at the AUT Rookie show at all. Congratulations to them all for graduating another year of hard slog, creation, stress planning and design!  We can’t wait to see next season.

 I attended the Eco-Store Fashion Show – 540  Garments all made of recycled or re-purposed fabric and clothing.  Beautiful for summer and I can totally see my self wearing the pink collar below. Its gorgeous!

 Some gratuitous cell phone photography – of course. Documenting life from the Fashion Front Row, or at least the Miss Phlossy Roxx version!

  And Supporting Movember – PLEASE DONATE HERE:  http://mosista.co/teamfauxstache

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