Category: Events

Burlesque – Feb 9 – Tonight – The Luvely Rae in Philadelphia PLUS Article on Burlesque

THE LUVELY RAE, tonight at Jc Dobbs

“Burlesque performer The Luvely Rae is back in The City of Brotherly Love, but this time she’s invited a few a friends to come shake it with her. For one night graduates of Fit & Fab Studios performance workshop are going to strut, shimmy, and shake their way onto the Philadelphia burlesque scene. These lovely ladies will be joined by some of the hottest vaudeville entertainment in the tristate area including special guests Lily Faye and The Luvely Rae (The Luvely Rae’s One Night Stand, Bowery Burlesque Pageant). This Philadelphia burlesque showcase is hosted by Philadelphia’s own funny lady Rachel Fogletto (winner of best Comedian 2013 Philebrity Awards).”

More details here

To Burlesque or not to Burlesque?

In recent years, the art of Burlesque has been making a strong and much needed comeback. Taking to the stages of hundreds of theatres and even hitting our screens with a starring performance from Christina Aguilera, Burlesque is back and it’s bigger and better than ever.

Not only has the performance grown, but so has the number of enviable garments, accessories and props, inviting leading Burlesque-style provider Burlesque Dolls to go fashion crazy on their website,

It’s the beginning of a new year and time to experience new things, so why not Burlesque? Get booked into a show near you, and embrace the live experience – as the saying goes, don’t be shy, give it a try! Not convinced? Here are some reasons why you should attend a Burlesque performance in 2014.

A little piece of history
Keeping up tradition is important and Burlesque artists and producers have certainly worked to secure its presence throughout history. Displaying dancers classed as moderately risqué in style, the Burlesque movement pushed acceptance to the limit, playing on sexuality and priding the female body.

The charm of live entertainment is still a front-runner today, offering engagement and interaction with its audience in a cheeky but charming manner. Burlesque in particular, holds a style and seduction of its own, combining highly skilled dancing with flirtatious and daring characters which was always going to be a recipe for success. But when booking a seat to a performance, you’re not only attending a show, you’re supporting this beautiful timeless tradition.

Drama, drama, drama!
Burlesque performance originates from satire comedy, embracing all things theatrical, dramatic and plain over the top. It’s not however, only about teasing and seducing the audience with nudity and feather boas… there’s much more to it. When producing the show, a wide variety of entertainment acts are included in the choreography, from drag and comedian to musical acts, singers and even spoken word poetry! Every show is different but there’s always something for everyone.

Costumes to die for

Burlesque artists are known for making their own costumes, with the knowledge that the success of an act really does lie in a well-costumed performer. This obsession with presenting an immaculately desirable look is a great display of the passion and devotion to the craft. Nowadays though, with retailers supplying every fabric, design and accessory imaginable, it has become increasingly simple to conjure up and source a dream outfit… so if nothing else, it’s impossible not to appreciate the effort!


Body beautiful

Priding itself on embodying and accepting anyone and everyone, Burlesque performances guarantee to include all different shapes, sizes, colours, sexual orientations and much more.

Nudity and playful striptease may not be something you’re keen to try out for yourself just yet, but the fact remains that it is incredibly reassuring to see so many women, (and men), proud and confident in their own skin. Celebrating curvaceous bodies is never a bad thing, and Burlesque is a true advocate of retaining healthy, happy bodies with a large kick of confidence… something I’m sure we could all do with.


This article was written by Amanda Walters, an experienced freelance writer and regular contributor to Huffington Post. Follow her here: @Amanda_W84






Tonight – Sweet Spot – Feb 8 – Philadelphia – Watch Free Promo Video

A must see – tonight, Feb 8, Philadelphia.

The Sweet Spot is a high energy, heart-pounding, fist pumping, laugh-out-loud POP EROTICA event performing in 17 cities and counting across the US and Canada! 
Featuring the world’s best performance erotic poets, live body art, burlesque, fashion, musicians, DJs, comedians and more. The Sweet Spot embodies the spirit of POP EROTICA, which is erotica through popular forms of entertainment that everyone can enjoy.”

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CANCELLED – POWER OUTAGE – to be rescheduled – FREE – Poet-tree En Motion-Feb 5-Tonight

CANCELLED – CANCELLED – CANCELLED – POWER OUTAGE – to be rescheduled. You don’t want to miss this fabulous event, and it’s FREE. Donations gladly accepted and well deserved. Please support Plum Dragoness, an attendee at the Salon, in her on going effort to bring much joy to Philadelphia through various forms of artistic expression.

Poet-tree En Motion

2014 Winter & Spring Performance Series!




Feb 5th, April 2nd & June 4th!


From 7-10pm (except June/11:30pm)

@ The Rotunda

4014 Walnut Street, West Philly, PA 19104!

A FREE community event (but donations are always appreciated)!


This ongoing seasonal event series features a variety of dance/movement/theater mediums, live electronic/acoustic music, vocalists & poetry/spoken-word presentations, circus/fire/flow arts performances, community art creations, live painting & VJ projections…

Plus an Open Mic/Stage & Jam Sessions!

(Sign up Begins & Doors Open @ 7pm)



Featured acts include…


February 5th: Lunar New Year Salutations & Celebrations!


  • Bill Fieger– This marks my 35th year as a guitar player. When I started this

Journey I had no idea where it would take me. As a teenager my dreams of playing in Hard Rock and Heavy Metal bands came true how cool is that? After I got tired of playing in rock bands I decided on a more personal approach to music. Composing electronic music under the name Oblivious Solitude. Later I was performing and recording with Heather Lind as Stares to Nowhere. I’ve also performed with Mike Hunter as Mayakara, as well as recording and performing solo acoustic music, sometimes modifying and creating new instruments to take the music to new places.



  • Shannon Hayden-a classically trained cellist who has never been content

to stay strictly within the confines of the traditional course of study. Having achieved early success in competitions both at home and abroad she quickly began to experiment with other forms of music as well as other instruments. Working with renowned cellists such as Janos Starker and Aldo Parisot, with whom she began a graduate level course of study at the age of 18 at the Yale School of Music, did not keep her from playing lead guitar in rock and experimental bands or writing music for electric cello. She feels that musicians who want to consider themselves artists should go beyond mere craftsmanship and constantly look to expand the repertoire of their instrument, fulfilling the needs of the era within which they actively participate. When not performing her own pieces, Shannon focuses on 20th century and contemporary works and has enjoyed working with composers Ezra Laderman, David Lang, percussionist/composer Andy Akiho and tours occasionally with Eric Genuis. Having completed her studies she is currently supporting her first album with shows around the United States and hopes to meet other artists with similar interests whose focus is continuing to stretch the boundaries of virtuosic classical music by embracing technologies which she feels are underutilized. Shannon also shares her parent’s passion for sustainable living and alternative energy and spends as much time as she can at the family’s off the grid organic vegetable farm. 



  • Kalamandir Dance Company– a contemporary dance ensemble that

uses the vocabulary of classical Indian dance to explore new spaces of artistic expression. Instead of diminishing the foundation of our classical styles, we look to investigate their communicative potential when merged with Western dance traditions. Using Odissi, Kathak, Bharatanatyam, Capoeira, Flamenco, Modern and Ballet training, our dancers collaboratively converse with movement and create dialogue with expression. We are driven by creativity, human emotions, and a desire to be released from the four walls of our daily existence. Our movement vocabulary is a collective effort that aims to create a reachable area for all people to participate and communicate. Artistic Director, Malabika Guha presents the piece “The Love That Remains”. Based on the Portuguese word “saudades,” this piece explores the fervent state of longing by channeling the painful sweetness of remembering a loved one from whom we have been separated while reveling in the joy that they may return (see link above for more info).



  • Kaleema Poles– her natural creativity comes with focus, inspiration &

discipline. She loves using natural or recycled materials in most of her Jewelry, Visual & Fashion Art with inspiration coming from life cycles, family, culture, spirits, friends, dreams, the earth & sky. 


  • Oriental Fitness Institute– (T’ai Chi Chuan Demonstration) Its philosophy

is dedicated to helping people implement and maintain a healthy lifestyle.  By providing information about different kinds of exercise and diet we design a program to meet each individual’s specific needs.  We draw on the wisdom and practices of both ancient and modern traditions. East & West Come Together To Maximize Health & Well-being.


  • Plum Dragoness (a.k.a. Gabrielle de Burke) – Native to West

Philadelphia, Plum is a multi-talented thespian, dancer, martial artist, instructor, poetess and writer who has been involved with performing arts since childhood. She is known for her poetic style, vocal performance, fire dance, flow arts and choreographic flair throughout Philadelphia and abroad. Over the past 15 years, she as toured not only as a solo artist but also as founding member/core performer/assistant artistic director with groups like Archedream & Be Tru Dance Crew among many others. She has also independently released 2 albums of original work with the project Plum Dragoness & the Elements, known for its fusion of multi-media, live world beat musical infusions & spoken word vocals & lyrical poetry. Currently, she’s in collaboration with a music project known as the trio, The Femme-mynistiques. Since 2007, she’s been a resident performance artist & organizer for this ongoing community arts series @ The Rotunda known as Poet-tree En Motion.


  • Text Rich (a.k.a. Ali Richardson)– an artist of many talents and gifts. His musical mastery includes working with traditional acoustic and electric

instruments such as djimbe, guitar, bass, piano, drums, and more. His range of vocal interpretation covers singing, emceeing, beat boxing, scatting, and performing poetry. Text Rich’s musical background started with Hip Hop music as it developed through the 80’s and 90’s and once introduced to the guitar he took to learning blues, jazz, rock, and funk. He brings all these elements of music and expression to the stage, to classrooms where he teaches music, and in the community as a known griot/troubadour openly sharing musical inspirations with others. Known well in the community as Ali Richardson, Text enjoys spending a large portion of his time creating musical learning experiences for all ages. He is also committed to providing quality educational experiences for youth through workshops and classroom education.               


  • VJ Spooky (Space Pirates, I<3 Industrial, Stimulate, Smack)-is a

Philadelphia based VJ that enhances a multimedia experience for various events and has worked with such acts as Axwell, Laidback Luke, Headhunters and Steve Aoki.


March 2nd & 8th: Community Outreach Workshops!

Dance/Movement, Poetry/Song Writing & Theater Arts

(Pay What You Can/Suggested donation $5-20)

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April 2nd: Spring Rites & Femme-mynistique Fundraising Plights!


June 4th: Summer Festivities & Plum Dragoness Fundraising Activities! 


To keep Updated on Coming Events …

Join the Facebook Group for Poet-tree En Motion (!



Events: The Sweet Spot, Sexploratorium, Poet-Tree En Motion, Philly Poly Conference

Several must see events to be held the following week in Philadelphia.

Sweet Spot Nation

The Sweet Spot with Ainsley Burrows: Feb 8

Poet-Tree En Motion: Feb 6

Coming of Age; Sexploratorium 18th Anniversary

Poly Living Philadelphia: 9th Anniversary