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BurlyCon 2020: Scene Studies

Dear Constant Reader,

The very first thing I participated in at BurlyCon was the Master Scene Studies.

This year BurlyCon held their first Master Class track. As the name might imply, these were more in-depth classes for performers with a…

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BurlyCon 2020: Prologue

Dear Constant Reader,

In a normal world in early November I would fly to Seattle for BurlyCon (and also to see friends and family). I’ve been attending since the very first year and have only missed three (two due to…

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Friday Tip

Dear Constant Reader,

We are now official in “the holiday season”, which is stressful enough under normal circumstances, and these times are far from normal.

Enjoy what you like and let others do the same.

Do what makes you happy…

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In the Kitchen: Black Walnut Sweet Potato Pudding (1953)

Dear Constant Reader,

The other night we were having barbecue to celebrate Scratch’s birthday. I thought this dish from 250 Delectable Dessert Recipes might make a complimentary dessert. It was good, but not in the way I expected. It’s not…

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Friday Tip

Dear Constant Reader,

I know I haven’t been around much, but I’ve been a little busy. For the past two weeks, BurlyCon has been happening virtually. I’ve been trying to cram in as many classes as I can, preferably live…

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Friday Tip

Dear Constant Reader,

This week’s tip is a suggestion from Scratch.

Photograph your wardrobe.

Go through your closet or where ever you store your costumes and take a picture of each item. Keep them on your phone or some other…

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Friday Tip

Dear Constant Reader,

It’s been a heck of a week. Here’s your tip.

Do something nice for yourself that’s also good for you.

Exercise. Go for a walk or a bike ride (it’s beautiful out in Boston). Take a bath…

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Friday Tip

Dear Constant Reader,

Happy Halloween Eve! I know this isn’t going to be the Halloween everyone wanted, but I hope you have a spooky one nonetheless. A few treats before your tip…

The American Burlesque Collection currently has a Halloween…

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In the Kitchen: Sham-Pain Salad

Dear Constant Reader,

I’m back in the kitchen for a new challenge! I’ve been cooking with historic recipes for quite a while and I’ve made some crazy things (ham-banana rolls anyone?). I realized there was one particular type of…

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News and Notes

Dear Constant Reader,

I’ve got so many exciting things to share with you! Where do I start?

I’ll start with B.A.B.E. The next session of Introduction to Burlesque starts November 1st. That’s a Sunday, for those of you who’ve…

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Friday Tip

Dear Constant Reader,

It’s Friday! Don’t forget that Betty Blaize is teaching a false eyelash class tomorrow! Here’s your tip!

If you need a backdrop for filming, some fabric (like a bedsheet or tablecloth) and some temporary stick-on clips can