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March 16th, 2011

12:13 am - In memory of Eddie Dane
Last Thursday, Eddie Dane -- producer, comedian, MC, pioneer, son, and friend -- died at the age of 42.

For the past couple of days, I've struggled to articulate my thoughts on his passing; something a little more eloquent than "man, this fucking sucks."

But, seriously?

This totally fucking sucks.

I can't quite remember exactly when I met Eddie; but I think it was at Tease-o-rama in 2002, when he was ripping on a makeup-free Marilyn Manson, who was standing in front of Bimbo's in a very staid brown suit while Dita performed inside. At the time, I thought he was kind of a jerk -- Eddie, I mean; not Manson.

Anyway, In 2005 we sat next to each other on a panel called "How to Be a Burlesque Star for Fun & Profit" -- when we both made the same joke at the same time, I laughed and put my hand on his knee....and he told me to knock it off or he'd get wood in front of everyone. The entire room laughed and I turned bright red in shock and embarrassment.

We've been pals ever since.

Eddie was a true pioneer of the burlesque revival; he founded Dane's Dames, one of the very first neo-burlesque troupes in the country, which he brought to the very first burlesque convention ever, Tease-o-rama in New Orleans, 2001. He went on to produce San Francisco's Spectacular Spectacular with MC Kingfish, which begat the Hubba Hubba Revue -- which was just named one of the top 10 best burlesque shows in the world by the Travel Channel.

It was Eddie who first introduced me to the Hubba crew, booking me for their second show under the Hubba moniker -- just weeks after I had moved to San Francisco. I remember checking my email via a hotel lobby computer somewhere half way through my cross country drive; thrilled to find an invite to perform from Eddie. I vividly remember rushing back to the room to tell my driving buddy - who just so happened to be Gorilla X, another core member of Eddie's crew. His response was: "Good. Those are the people you need to be with."

And he was so right. Hubba Hubba truly became my family, in every sense of the word. I remember feeling at home the moment I set foot on the DNA stage and the "Hooray!" sign went up. We all have the tendency to reflect on the past with rose-colored glasses; but truly, my first show with Hubba Hubba was a pivotal point for me -- one of those simple moments that seems so profound, but at the time you just can't figure out just why. I had the same moment of clarity when I met my husband the first time; and as with him, when I met Hubba -- I just knew it was meant to be.

Over the past few days, as we've all shared moments and memories, and a lot of folks have said they've always liked Eddie, but felt they didn't really know him well. For all of his boisterous behavior on stage, Eddie was a soft-spoke guy when the spotlights weren't on. The reserved part of Eddie's personality fueled great comedic timing; and Heaven forfend the fool who mistook him for shy. Eddie was sort of an insult ninja; waiting in the wings, deceptively quietly, until he swooped in to deliver a viciously hilarious one-liner that would leave the recipient boggled, and laughing until your ribcage rattled. That was one of Eddie's true gifts; the man could ruthlessly mock you to your face, and not only would you not feel offended or hurt, you'd be gasping for breath as the tears of laughter streamed down your face.

One of my favorite past times was heading right to the front of the Uptown stage on Monday nights, and letting loose with the heckling. Eddie would burn me so fucking hard, I swear, I almost peed myself a couple of times. I'd hurl off a crack about his saggy balls; and he'd marvel that I managed to pull the whiskey-tinged sailor's dick out of my mouth long enough to string together a sentence. I'm sure, to some outsiders, it looked like a vulgar, crass volley of insults -- but in reality, it was a delightfully deft tango of wit; one that he danced time and time again with any friend who was brave enough to taunt him. And it was a dance that both parties enjoyed to the fullest.

Eddie also understood the extremely delicate line of insult comedy; he knew the difference between a delivered a good-natured razor sharp jab, and just being an asshole. I'll never forget the time a fellow "comedian" - who was actually just an asshole -- threw a punch at me that was way below the belt. It wasn't funny, it was petty and mean -- and Eddie immediately phoned him up and called him out. I didn't need someone to come to my rescue -- Eddie later told me he knew I was perfectly equipped to deliver my own comeback. But Eddie said something anyway, because it wasn't right, because it wasn't cool, and because that's just the kind of guy he was.

Like so many of you, my life was brightened so much by Eddie Dane. I'll never forget the shit that he would get into, with his impish little grin -- whether it was stuffing a blowup doll into an unattended meter maid vehicle in North Beach, lumbering around the stage in his big pink bunny costume, or sacrificing his dignity solely for the sake of a laugh. Despite the fact that he wouldn't want any of us to be sad, the sense of loss is profound -- and the glitter seems just a bit more dull and drab now that he's gone.

Farewell, my friend. I look forward to the day when our paths cross again, and dance the insult tango one more time.

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February 19th, 2011

05:12 pm - The Debut of Curvicious Cabaret!
Curvicious Cabaret: Burlesque That Bites Back!

Curvicious Cabaret is San Francisco's newest monthly burlesque and variety show! Please join us for an uproarious evening of in-your-face and over-the-top entertainment, from bold, beautiful women who wear glitter on their lips and rhinestones on their switchblades.


The Scarlet Ladders!
Lady Satan!
Ruby White!
Calamity Lulu!
Coco Noir!
Kiss Me Kate!
Stage Kitten Bootsy La Rue!

Hosted by Sparkly Devil!

Plus, special surprise guests, trivia games, and naughty prizes! Expect the unexpected and come prepared to be dazzled!

You'll love the newly designed Blue Macaw, freshly remodeled since its former days as 12 Galaxies. Enjoy a cocktail in the lounge, stretch out on one of the many sofas, and watch the show from both upstairs and the main floor - there's not a bad seat in the house!

9PM, $10, 21+

Curvicious Cabaret: Burlesque That Bites Back!

Curvicious Cabaret is a Sparkly Devil Production.

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January 27th, 2011

02:15 pm - A Sparkly Devil Production
After years of threatening, plotting, and chickening out, it's finally happening:

I'm launching my own monthly burlesque show!

Curvicious Cabaret: Burlesque That Bites Back!

Mark your calendars for the debut show, Thursday March 10th at The Blue Macaw in San Francisco (the venue formerly known as 12 Galaxies)

After that, the show will happen on the first Thursday of every month at the Blue Macaw!

Website & more details coming SOON!

But in the meantime:

Stalk Curvicious on Facebook

Tweet at Curvious on Twitter
Current Mood: THRILLED

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December 16th, 2010

06:03 pm - Mah Hubbs! Mah Hubbs! Mah lovely lady Hubbs!
Taken verbatim from elusis:

People of the Bay Area:

Hubba Hubba Revue got a big ol' knee in the pasties last month by low attendance, probably due to rain.

It is due to start pouring tomorrow and not give up until after Christmas. If the low attendance happens again, it could be the end of the show. Our esteemed producers do not have deep pockets, and their cash reserves were destroyed by last month's shortfall.

It would really suck if we had to cancel the show forever, right after getting named one of the top 10 burlesque shows in the world and at the holidays, at that.

Come out this Friday if you've ever been curious about "The Big Show." We could use a Christmas miracle, no foolin'.

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September 1st, 2010

01:07 pm
I'm bringing back two of my favorite, rarely performed acts this month! If you missed them the first time around, here's your second chance!

Monday, Sept. 6th (Labor Day)
Uptown Hubba Hubba
Uptown Nightclub, Oakland

In celebration of that big thing in the desert, I'm bringing back my BURNING MAN TRIBUTE act for this show!

LABOR DAY! and far off in the high desert, the Burners will be hungover and nauseous and caked in a a week's worth of playa dust -- Meanwhile! back here in Oakland, Hubba Hubba Revue will be fresh, sparkling-clean and ready to bring you another *SEXY* evening of BURLESQUE! Comedy! & Variety Fun with:

Miss Scarlet! (Austin, TX)
Vivi Ennui!
Ophelia Coeur de Noir!
Lady Bug & Crow!
Red Velvet!
Zip the What-Is-It?
with special guest, FILTHY FRANK!
...and everyone's favorite drunks/MC's, Kingfish & Eddie!

Doors 9PM, Show 10:15PM, $5 all night, 21 & Up w/ID

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May 23rd, 2010

09:52 pm - Seeking Raffle/Auction Prizes for Whit-knee Benefits!
As many of you know, our beloved Whitney Moses has sustained an extremely serious injury, and will require extensive surgeries to re-attach her knee. As a self-employed certified massage therapist, Whitney does not have health insurance and is looking at upwards of $25,000 in medical bills. To make matters worse, she is unable to work due to the injury.

Anyone who has had the pleasure of meeting Whitney, even briefly, knows she is one of the kindest, most giving and caring folks out there. Now it's time to give back to Whitney, and help her through this difficult challenge.

We are currently working on two Whit-knee Benefits, one in late July and one in August. We're soliciting donations for a raffle and silent auction; if you have something you'd like to donate something you've made or a certificate for a service, please contact Sparkly Devil at

Please include your name, contact info, what you intend to donate, and an estimated retail value of your item.

If you are not local to SF and still want to donate an item, please get in touch with us and we'll work it out! We'll be selling raffle tickets online as well, so those not local to SF can still participate.

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May 19th, 2010

11:45 pm - June Kaboom!
This Friday: Hubba Hubba Caveman Show!

Monday, May 24
Uptown Hubba Hubba
Uptown Nightclub, Oakland

Summer is peaking around the corner! And speaking of peaking, Hubba Hubba Revue returns to Oakland's fabulous Uptown Club this coming MONDAY, MAY 24th, with an evening of BURLESQUE, Comedy & More, guaranteed to put a spring in your Springtime step! This Monday we've got:

Wendy Marlatt!
Josie Starre!
Ava Lanche!
Ariyana La Fey!
Zip the What-Is-It?!
modern vaudevillians, THE NEW ECCENTRICS!

...and everybody's favorite drunks/MC's, Kingfish & Eddie!

still just FIVE BUCKS!

Doors 9PM, Show 10:15PM
21 & Up w/ID


Sunday, June 6th
Burlesque Hall of Fame Closing Gala
The Plaza Showroom, Las Vegas

Sparkly performs in the Closing Gala of the annual Burlesque Hall of Fame weekend! Get your weekend passes now for this unbelievable 4-day event that brings together the Living Legends of yesteryear with the brightest starts of the new burlesque moment from all over the world!


Friday, June 11th
Public Sex, Private Minds Fundraiser
Paradise Lounge, SF

Come to our documentary film fundraiser party for 'Public Sex, Private, Minds' featuring Princess Donna, Lorelei Lee, and others! We will screen the exclusive, never before seen film trailer for 'Public Sex, Private Minds' twice in the evening! Mingle with celebrity guests of honor Princess Donna, Maitresse Madeline, Lorelei Lee, Madison Young, and more!

DJ 's Ruby White & Twisted Scissor spinning throughout the night

Kiss Que Shack All Star Burlesque show starring: Pin Key Lee, Mae Western, Balla Fire, Lady Satan, Bunny Pistol, & Sparkly Devil

Silent Auction with amazing prizes including private training sessions with Maitresse Madeline and Madison Young

9PM - 2AM, $12-20 door


Monday, June 14th
Uptown Hubba Hubba
Uptown Nightclub, Oakland

Join Kingfish & Eddie for the best of Bay area burlesque beauties -- and all for just $5!


Friday, June 18th
Hubba Hubba Revue: The Hell Show
DNA Lounge, SF

This show is going to hell - AGAIN! More info TBA!


Friday, June 25th
Sassy's Seaside Burlesque
Winter's Tavern, Pacifica

It's a free show - in Pacifica! Early show, starts at 9PM. Starring Eva Von Slut, Honey Lawless, Mynx D'Meanor, Bunny Pistol, Bitter Waitress, Sparkly Devil - and Miss Sassy Hotbuns!


Friday, July 2nd
First Friday Follies
The Stork Club, Oakland

Free Oakland burlesque with your favorite Bay area beauties, plus live music from Scission!


Saturday, July 3rd
Independence Day Hubba!
Uptown Nightclub, Oakland

See the sparks fly at a special Patriotic Weekend Edition of Hubba in the East Bay! Stars, stripes, and all American boobies! More info TBA!


Friday, July 16
Hubba Hubba Revue
DNA Lounge, SF


Friday, August 6th
First Friday Follies: The Prince Show!
The Stork Club, Oakland

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April 21st, 2010

06:35 pm - Toni Elling/Burlesque Hall of Fame Benefit is LIVE!
Hey folks, here's your chance to participate in the Toni Elling/Burlesque Hall of Fame Benefit, even if you can't attend the event itself!

You can now purchase raffle tickets via PayPal for $1 each! Minimum $3 raffle ticket purchase, please.

Buy 5, 10, 15, 20 - it only increases your chances of winning!

Send payment via PayPal to and be sure to choose the "Personal" option to avoid fees.

Please include your name and the subject line "Toni Elling raffle." E-raffle winners will be selected day of the event, and your prizes will be mailed to you.

100% of all proceeds
from the e-raffle and benefit will go to Miss Elling's plane fare and travel expenses, and the remainder will go directly to the Burlesque Hall of Fame. The more tickets you buy, the more we can support Toni and the BHOF! Please help spread the word!

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April 8th, 2010

11:18 am
Monday, May 10th
Uptown Nightclub, 1928 Telegraph, Oakland
9PM, $5, Donations encouraged!

Join us for a very special edition of Monday night Uptown Hubba Hubba, to get living legend of burlesque Toni Elling on a plane so that she can attend the annual Burlesque Hall of Fame weekend in Las Vegas.

The illustrious Miss Elling of Detroit has been a featured and favorite legend at the annual Burlesque Hall of Fame weekend since 2006. Please help us raise the necessary funds to get her out to Las Vegas for her favorite event of the year!

Featuring an ALL STAR LINEUP of some of the best of San Francisco burlesque, including:

Alotta Boutte!
Lady Satan!
Madame Chartreuse!
Honey Lawless!
Ruby White!
Kiss Me Kate!
Sparkly Devil!
Lola Vauntz!
Bunny Pistol!
Emcees Kingfish & Eddie!
Pickup Artist Ophelia Coeur de Noir!
Plus, surprise guest raffle bunnies!

Special guest appearances by Living Legends of Burlesque Viva La Fever and Ellion Ness!

And don't miss our big-ticket raffle featuring *exclusive* items from San Francisco and beyond! Buy your raffle tickets at the event, or if you're not local, you can participate in our e-raffle!

You can purchase raffle tickets via PayPal for $1 each. Minimum $3 raffle ticket purchase, please. Send payment via PayPal to and be sure to choose the "Personal" option to avoid fees. Please include your name and the subject line "Toni Elling raffle." E-raffle winners will be selected day of the event, and your prizes will be mailed to you.

Raffle prizes include:

*Official Burlesque Hall of Fame merchandise!

*Hand silk-screened couture ties and scarfs from renown designer Cyberoptix Tie Lab!

*8x10s of Miss Elling, signed by the lady herself!

*Free personal training session with Casey Castille, NASM-CPT!

*Exclusive mounted photographs of your favorite SF burlesque stars by RJ Johnson!

*Feather headdresses from Hair of the Dog!

*Free bodywork session from Whitney Moses, CMT!

*Cute baby tees, body jewelry and accessories from Penthouse!

*Exclusive accessories from Bronica Blue!

*Beautiful hair flowers by Professor Shimmy & Sparkly Devil!

*Handmade pasties by Ophelia Coeur De Noir!

*Free tickets to the Hubba Hubba Revue!

Plus many more surprise items!

100% of all proceeds with go to Ms. Elling's plane fare and travel expenses, and everything over that sum will be donated directly to the Burlesque Hall of Fame.

More info on the lovely Miss Toni Elling!

Join the Toni Elling Group on Facebook!

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March 24th, 2010

01:19 pm
Monday, April 5th
Uptown Hubba Hubba
Uptown Nightclub, Oakland

It's Niki and Josh's Bachelor Party! Join us for a special Hubba event with the wedded-couple-to-be as the special guest of honor. Starring: Bunny Pistol, Sparkly Devil, Gretl Von Boom Boom, Kiss Me Kate, Miss Mae Western and more! Only $5!


Thursday, April 8th
Little Minsky's
Club Deluxe, SF

Put on your finest vintage and join Little Minsky's for a night of burlesque and variety in this historic venue in the heart of Haight Ashbury. Only $5!


Saturday, April 10th
DNA Lounge, SF

Sparkly performs mashup burlesque at midnight!


Monday, April 12th
Gigi's Baby Shower at Uptown Hubba Hubba
Uptown Nightclub, Oakland

Our own Gigi D'Flower is having a baby - and it's a girl! Join us as we celebrate Gigi and the newest addition to the Hubba family, still in fetal form! Starring your Hubba favorites and some special surprises. 9pm, and only $5!


Wednesday, April 14th
Barbary Coast Burlesque
Red Devil Lounge, SF

Barbary Coast Burlesque Presents: Sideshow Grind! Starring Bunny Pistol as your Ringmaster of Ceremonies!
Our group of uncommon beauties are:

Isabella Minx
Sparkly Devil
Mae Western
Flame Cynders
Peaches Velour
Pin Key Lee
Room For Cream
sASSy Hotbuns
With Musical Guest, T & A

$6 at the door Show starts at 8:30 pm. Advance tickets are available!


Friday, April 19th
Hubba Hubba Revue: 1970s!
DNA Lounge, SF

Hubba Hubba Revue sets the Wayback Machine to that Decadent Decade of Disco, Glam, Punk Rock and Platform shoes! It’s a BURLESQUE assault on the 1970’s, and it is gonna be FAR OUT, MAN! This month features a special 70s costume contest & dance party - lineup and details are here, man!


Wednesday, May 5th
Barbary Coast Burlesque Celebrates Cinco De Mayo!
The Hemlock Tavern, 1131 Polk Street, SF

Join Barbary Coast Burlesque for a special Cinco De Mayo show, with your host Bunny Pistol!

These are ladies who know how to twirl their tassels, drink tequila, and roll their R's all at the same time! Starring:

Mae Western
Josie Starre
Lady Satan
Sparkly Devil
sASSy Hotbuns
Kiss Me Kate

Doors at 8pm
Show at 9pm


Monday, May 10th
Uptown Nightclub, Oakland

Toni then, and now

Join us for a super special edition of Monday night Uptown Hubba Hubba, in which all proceeds go to living legend of burlesque Toni Elling, so that she can attend the annual Burlesque Hall of Fame weekend in Las Vegas. Featuring an ALL STAR LINEUP of the best of San Francisco burlesque, including:

Alotta Boutte
Lady Satan
Madame Chartreuse
Honey Lawless
Kiss Me Kate
Bunny Pistol
Lola Vauntz
Sparkly Devil

And some special surprise guests! Also featuring a raffle of exclusive items from the Burlesque Hall of Fame, and burlesque goodies and crafts from your favorite starlets.

100% of all proceeds with go to Ms. Elling's plane fare and travel expenses, and everything over that sum will be donated directly to the Burlesque Hall of Fame.

More details TBA! Don't miss this show or you'll be kicking yourself for the entire year to come!

Saturday, May 15th
Hub-Bootie 3
DNA Lounge, SF

The wildly popular Hubba/Bootie all mashup burlesque show is back for a third installment! Bootie is SF's original mashup dance party that has grown into a global phenomenon! Don't miss this wild, outrageously fun all mashup burlesque show from your favorite Hubba Hubba All Stars!


Sunday, May 16th
Bay to Breakers

Hubba Hubba Revue has formed a team to run in this year's Bay to Breakers! Your 2010 Team Hubba is: Kiss Me Kate, Sparkly Devil, Casey Castille, Venom VonDetta and Comrade Tang! Come cheer the ladies on as they run this famed 12K course from one end of the city to the other in costume...and then join the party after the race is over at the Beach Chalet for an outdoor BBQ party with live music.

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