Sunday night is Kitty Nights at Bar on A. I showed up because I heard Calamity Chang was debuting her tribute to Brett Michaels, and I had just finished a three day DVR marathon of Rock of Love. That and our star reporter has been feverishly packing his suitcase for Vegas where he will be covering the Miss Exotic World show, so he wasn’t able to make it. He is going to be giving up-to-the-nanosecond updates from the big event on Twitter, so if you aren’t following him already, do yourself a favor and put him on your list. You won’t regret it.
Nelson Lugo is the MC for this charming revue which is hosted by the lovely Fem Appeal. Lugo, a veteran magician of the Coney Island scene, did some amusing patter between the acts. If you’re looking for David Copperfield, he isn’t your man, but if you want to see a grown adult put his real hand into a real small animal trap and wince with real pain, Lugo is the way to go. More funny than his magic or the raffle give away (full of gag gifts like a Dave Chapelle DVD, pictured above), was his rivalry Sunday night with magician, MC, an professional heckler Albert Cadabra. Have you ever been on a farm? OK, stupid question. Have you ever seen a farm in a cartoon? There are usually a rooster and a dog who are mortal enemies. Check out the link to see how much Nelson and Albert love each other.
Of course, I was there for the amazing Miss Calamity Chang, who not only lit up the stage with her awesome, rockin’ Brett Michaels groupie act, but also did the redesign for the the Cultural Capitol banner! Sexy and multi-talented. Sunday night was a real treat for other reasons too. I saw a new face in the scene (new to me at least), Miss Grace Anatomy, who is cuter than a button falling off a burlesquer’s costume at just the right moment. Fem Appeal is not just a clever stage name. Her Ska Skoolgirl act was hardcore, and her incredible taut body doesn’t hurt either. Jenny C’est Quoi did a racoon-under-the-gun act to MIA’s “Paper Planes,” and Creamy Stevens did her “Bad Mommy” routine, which involves mommy getting drunk and accidentally on purpose boiling baby in a lobster pot.
I thought I saw a reincarnation of Jerry Garcia in the audience, but it turned out to be Magic Max. I did not know, though I was informed later, that Josh Charles (a.k.a. Knox from the movie Dead Poets Society) was in the audience. Oh my god! Though I didn’t see him, it seems certain that I was breathing the same air as him, so I’m never going to wash my lungs again. That star dust is staying with me forever! I also had a very nice chat with Broadway Brassy after the show was over. Does she have some awesome stories to tell! (Like the one about meeting Alan Cumming, one of my favorite actors ever.) Maybe someday she’ll do an interview for us, so you, faithful reader, can hear some awesome stories too.