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<<< February 15 - 16, 2008
|Burlesque On Film & In the
Flesh plus Roller Derby Action!
This series is an Egyptian Theatre exclusive!
Remedy your Valentines Day emotional hangover with this
tonic elixir mixing live stage performance and celluloid, all devoted to a growing retro
appreciation of a bygone era of live variety revues. Poised somewhere between early 20th
Century vaudeville and the more graphic (and many consider less fun) aspects of later
topless shows, burlesque blossomed -- live stage productions devoted to the teasing image
of the female body beautiful. Scandalous in their day, the best of the burlesque stage
shows are now considered to be classic examples of sexy style and humor, poise and expert
dance dexterity, triumphing over and trumping the more explicit, baldly prurient live sex
displays that took over during the late 1960s sexual liberation. Join us for live
performances by The Bonnie Delight Burlesque Revue featuring the talents
of Miss Bonnie Delight and Miss
Lola Lee as well as appearances by emcee/funnyman Shecky Greenblatt (Scott
Whitesell) and crooner Charlie Singer (Hal Cartrett). Produced and directed by Richard
Burlesque onscreen includes the acclaimed Gypsy Rose Lee bio pic, GYPSY starring
Natalie Wood and Rosalind Russell, as well as incredibly hard-to-see vintage classics DOLL
FACE and HOW TO BE VERY, VERY POPULAR (Betty Grables last movie). Plus
well be screening Liz Goldwyns documentary on vintage burlesque luminaries, PRETTY
Friday, February 15 7:30 PM
LIVE BURLESQUE! (Approx. 45 min.)
The Bonnie Delight Burlesque Revue kicks off the evening with sexy
old-fashioned fun! You'll see emcee/funnyman Shecky Greenblatt (Scott Whitesell),
sultry dancer Miss Lola Lee, crooner Charlie Singer (Hal Cartrett), a
cavalcade of other performers, and the star of our show -- the delightful Bonnie, Miss
Bonnie Delight! So bring somebody you love to our Valentine's Weekend
Following the live show, please join us for a screening of:
Miss Bonnie Delight's Official Myspace
GYPSY, 1962, Warner Bros., 149 min. Dir. Mervyn Le Roy. Natalie
Wood lights up the screen as stripper Gypsy Rose Lee in this splendid Jule Styne/Stephen
Sondheim/Arthur Laurents musical. The showstopping Rosalind Russell stars as Woods
domineering stage mother, with Karl Malden as Russells long-suffering boyfriend.
"Entertaining screen version of bittersweet Broadway musical about the ultimate stage
mother Mama Rose and her daughters Baby June and Gypsy Rose Lee." Leonard
Maltin Plus sign up to win one free burlesque lesson from Miss
Saturday, February 16 5:00 PM
PRETTY THINGS, 2005, Liz Goldwyn Film Productions, 88
min. Through priceless, rare, vintage film clips and present-day interviews, director Liz
Goldwyn (granddaughter of Samuel Goldwyn) chronicles the careers of the fabled
burlesque stars of yore. See such striptease luminaries as Zorita, Dixie Evans, Lois De
Fee, Sherry Britton, Betty Rowland as they were in the day and as they are now. Famed
documentary filmmaker Albert Maysles was one of the cinematographers. "The best
are the interviews with the performers, each of whom flaunted her own gimmick:
Zorita, known for her sinuous snake dance, describes its finale as "banging the
snake"; Dixie Evans, the former "Marilyn Monroe of Burlesque," jokes about
impersonating "a star of the first magnitude."
Lois de Fee, "The
Eyeful Eiffel," dishes that strippers today "come out nude, get lewd, and get
screwed." There is some great rare video footage of the performers when they were
young: In Zorita's "spider web" number
Zorita wears a ruby floor-length
sequined gown slit up the side and undulates in front of a sparkling web."
Rachel Shteir, Slate.com Burlesque Queen Betty
Rowland (Ball of Fire), who is interviewed in the film will appear for an introduction
prior to the film.
Saturday, February 16 7:30 PM
Double Feature + Live Burlesque!
HOW TO BE VERY, VERY POPULAR, 1955, 20th Century Fox,
89 min. Writer/director Nunnally Johnson loosely adapts the 1933 stage farce
"She Loves Me Not," with Betty Grable and Sheree North as two
strippers named Stormy Tornado and Curly Flagg who go on the lam after a bald-headed
killer threatens to rub them out. They take refuge in a college fraternity, wreaking
predictable havoc amongst the male denizens. Robert Cummings and Charles Coburn (both
veterans of THE DEVIL AND MISS JONES) co-star. With more comic support by Orson Bean,
Fred Clark and Tommy Noonan (A STAR IS BORN). "The wild and wacky doings
dreamed up by Nunnally Johnson are dressed up considerably in eye appeal by having Betty
Grable and Sheree North running through most of the footage in costumes appropriate to
their striptease profession." -- Variety
DOLL FACE, 1946, 20th Century Fox, 80 min. "The
Classy Chassis from Tallahassee. 'Cept she's from Brooklyn, but that don't rhyme with
nothin'." Director Lewis
Seiler adapts Gypsy Rose Lees play "The Naked Genius" into this
frothy, entertaining musical comedy confection. Charismatic Vivian Blaine is
"Doll Face" Carroll and Dennis OKeefe is her manager trying to haul
her up the ladder from burlesque to the big time. A young Perry Como co-stars and
croons his hit "Hubba, Hubba, Hubba." Carmen Miranda frolics.
LIVE BURLESQUE show (approx. 45 min) will
take place between the two films: Get ready for your temperature to
skyrocket, because The Bonnie Delight Burlesque Revue takes the stage again for part two
of our Valentine's Weekend extravaganza! More classic burlesque excitement will be
unveiled for you, live and in-person, with emcee Shecky Greenblatt, a thrilling line-up of
performers, and the one and only burlesque queen herself -- Miss Bonnie Delight! Plus, a
drawing tonight! One lucky patron will win a free burlesque lesson from Miss Delight!
Don't miss it!
Miss Bonnie Delight's Official Myspace
Sunday, February 17 7:30 PM
Los Angeles Premiere!
HELL ON WHEELS,
2007, CrashCam Films, 90 min. Dir. Bob Ray. The ass-kicking documentary film
telling the story of a group of Texas women who band together to resurrect roller derby
for the 21st Century. Emerging from the Austin music and arts scene, these women create a
rock-and-roll-fueled version of all-girl roller derby that has spawned the derby craze
that's sweeping the nation. Chronicling the creation of the first modern-era rollergirl
league Bad Girl, Good Woman Productions (BGGW, later renamed as Texas
Roller Derby / Lonestar Rollergirls) and the breakaway league
the Texas Rollergirls. Filmed from the trenches, this documentary
delivers the struggles and eventual success of the rollergirls as they construct a new
sport and set forth to conquer the globe. "
the kind of twists, drama, cat fights and compound fractures
that only happen in real life
the story is extremely compelling, sometimes
laugh-out-loud outrageous and above all inspiring." Aint It Cool News Discussion following with director/cinematographer Bob Ray.