Friday, February 17, 2017

BIRTHDAY DAME


Here's to one of my favorite Brit actresses!!!!!

"When I approach the pearly gates, I'd like to hear a champagne cork popping, an orchestra tuning up, and the sound of my mother laughing."

"[about her damehood] I'm very surprised indeed, but very pleased that the honor pertains to theatre."

"I just want to do good work with good people in good places. And as for retirement, I can hardly spell the word. I'm driven, really. The demons won't lie down."

"People have always pitied spinsters. We have been derided, as if we had missed out on life. Well, we need not miss out on anything today!"

"We were betrayed by the BBC. We finished series four of Hetty Wainthropp, we were told there was going to be series five. But no word ever came - how rude! The BBC is run by 10-year-old children."


Happy Birthday and many happy returns!

Dame Patricia Routledge-
born  February 17 1929

Thursday, February 16, 2017

IN THREE WORDS........

In this new feature, I'll share a picture of a weekly guest and you tell me in only three words what come to mind.


In three words.....
Alfred Hitchcock

WHAT'S GOING ON IN PHILADELPHIA???

PLENTY!!! While I'm still catching my breath, here are just some of the events going on in our fair hamlet. So If you'll be visiting Philadelphia and the surrounding area check these out......
Tancredi-The Kimmel Center

This medieval story of chivalry and tragic love is transported to the elegant atmosphere of post-World War I Europe in the Kimmel Centers production of Tancredi. The beautiful music of a young Rossini provides the soundtrack for the love between the exiled solider Tancredi and the beautiful Amenaide, daughter of the powerful Argirio. I hear Stephanie Blythe is amazing as Tancredi, as is the whole opera. I have already gotten tickets for the last show. The remaining shows are...


       Kimmel Center in Verizon Hall
   Alan Cumming Sings Sappy Songs
Sunday, February 19- 8:00pm

 Four-Time Emmy nominee and Tony Award-winning actor and activist Alan Cumming, known for standout roles in television , theater, as well as for his writing and stand-up comedy, has been called “a bawdy countercultural sprite” and “one of the most fun people in show business.” The New York Times calls the show an “emotional firestorm” with songs by artists as diverse as Billy Joel, Stephen Sondheim, Rufus Wainwright and Miley Cyrus, to name a few, “delivered passionately and with tremendous theatrical authority.”

Miss Richfield 1981- 2020 Vision
Friday, March 10 and March 11 at 8:00pm

I've been waiting with baited breath for her return!!!! In her all new show, "2020 Vision", Miss Richfield 1981 offers a survival guide for the new world. With comedic songs, videos, and her unique take on audience participation, Miss Richfield will help calm any post-election panic, and provide tools to prevent the apocalypse!
                                   
Martha Graham Cracker in Lashed But Not Leashed
March 16-18
8:00 pm - SEI Innovation Studio

 The vivacious, Ms. Martha Graham Cracker throws her all into a musical fever-dream as she belts out a bevy of original songs. But are we witnessing the swansong of her career? She's been disappointed by love and that fickle mistress called showbiz one too many times, and now she is determined to protect her delicate heart by barricading herself in the most unlikely of places: the library. Trading glitter and glamour for pensive quiet and study, Martha decides to pursue a graduate degree in library science, but even amongst the stacks there is no escape from love. 

Carol Burnett: An Evening of Laughter and Reflection
Tuesday, April 11-7:30pm
Academy of Music

During “An Evening of Laughter and Reflection,” Burnett will take questions from the audience, show video clips from her shows in a format that harkens back to the legendary openings of The Carol Burnett Show where her studio audience had an unfiltered opportunity to engage Carol with questions and receive spontaneous answers.
                

La Voix
The RRazz Room at the Raven Fri Apr 21, 2017-7:30pm

La Voix is a woman on a mission - To bring back the glamour! In this hilarious one-woman show, La Voix will take you on a journey exposing, analyzing and satirically delivering an evening of Judy Garland, Liza Minnelli, Shirley Bassey, Cher and many more! La Voix delivers dazzlingly precise sound-alike performances along with an abundance of Laughter and the chance to be up close with La Voix herself. It'll be an evening of live diva anthems, fun, and spontaneity and hilarious stories of La Voix’s travels across the globe! La Voix is a vivacious performer from Britain.


Steve Grand
The Rrazz Room- Friday May 5-7:30pm

Steve's piano and guitar-driven tracks are instantly timeless and familiar, and his sound is a tip of the hat to other American singer-songwriters like Bruce Springsteen and Tom Petty.
The RRazz Room welcomes back Steve Grand after his sold out engagement in 2016. Steve has put together a brand new show for his return to New Hope. I'm looking most forward for this one too.

Broadway Up Close- Chita Rivera
Saturday- June 3 -8:00pm
Merriam Theater

A up close and personal night with the Broadway legend! Bound to be a great time and memories! 

Steven Brinberg as Simply Barabra
The Rrazz Room at the Raven Resort-Saturday, June 24 7:30pm


An incredible live musical tribute to the World's leading songstress!  Starring STEVEN BRINBERG, in the show he has toured across North America and Europe! Come and see why The New York Times says "Steven Brinberg is one of the most gifted impressionists in the world ... not only is his singing voice the closest thing to Streisand's, he is hilarious as well.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

THE FRANKFURTER QUEEN IS BACK


Did you ever think I was coming back? The good news is both trips went well, and the Lad is safely moved to Virginia with his whole abode unpacked and styled by ours truly. It was a very busy time, lots of working and unpacking, with directions being given to all, why I supervised. We had a very nice Valentine's Day dinner last night before my return trip today. We also had a lot of "quality time" spent together.... and I was even given title of Frankfurter Queen of 2017!!! Your shocked right? I'll start receiving shortly.....before I head out again this weekend. *shakes head*..........

Thursday, February 2, 2017

OFF AGAIN!!!!!


I don't know where this week is going!!!! The Mistress and staff have been busy readying me for two trips. So you know what that means. I hate packing for so long, and being indecisive. I guess I'll just send ahead three steamer trunks worth, that should do it. I'll be away for around two weeks. Tomorrow I have a visual trip, and then from there I'll be heading to Columbus Ohio with the houseboys to help the Lad get packed and moved to Roanoke Virginia where he got a new job and promotion. These details can't be left to just anyone you see. With my organization skills and cracking a whip, it is what he needs. Once moved, I'm staying behind to help him set up a PROPER abode done correctly and stylishly !!!! Needless to say I'll have very little time to blog, so I may be off radar for this time. I only hope we get this done and for once leave our hands off each other!!! Maybe I should take a chaperone,as Mistress of the Casa, every proper lady should have on!!!!!!
Tootes........see ya soon
XOXOX

Monday, January 30, 2017

PAINTINGS OF WINIFRED NICHOLSON

Over the weekend I had been cataloging some pictures on Pinterest. For a visual person this site can be quite addictive. Why is almost as bad as a drag queen in a house of wiggery with no budget!!! After a few clicks I somehow came across the paintings of Winifred Nicholson who was a British painter. I fell in love immediately with the color and simplicity of the paintings. After viewing her works, I found out a little about her. She was married to the painter Ben Nicholson, and that made her the daughter-in-law of the painter William Nicholson and his wife, the painter Mabel Pryde. Winifred Nicholson was considered a colourist who developed a personal impressionistic style, concentrating on domestic still life objects and landscapes. She often combined the two subjects as seen in her painting From Bedroom Window, Bankshead showing a landscape viewed through a window, with flowers in a vase in the foreground. She painted prolifically throughout her life, largely at home but also on trips to Italy, Greece and Scotland, among other places. Many of her works are still in private collections, but a number are I understand in the Kettle's Yard art gallery in Cambridge. One painting is believed to have hung at 10 Downing Street. She had a lifelong fascination for rainbow and spectrum colors and in the 1970s she made particularly strong, innovative use of such colors in many of her paintings. She left some written accounts of her thoughts on color. I would gladly hang one of her works in the Casa. Here were some of my favorites.
I also came across a book for purchase...something to think about.

This new publication explores the whole career of Winifred Nicholson with a special emphasis on her theories of color. Using specific paintings to examine her ideas and writings about color the book includes her late ‘prismatic’ pictures and illustrates many previously unseen paintings from private collections, as well as some of Nicholson’s best known works, and draws on new research, including previously unseen archival material.

IN MONDAY NEWS


Yes, the Mistress is enjoying a four day weekend, but that doesn't mean I still don't take my coffee. Even the squirrels are taking it black these days. I asked my Bouvier what they thought of the Trump presidency circus. Bouvier's reply......


But worry not he said. The United Front of Squirrels has a plan to completely immobilize the White House, and may even give Kellyanne a full pair of nuts. Meanwhile in other news, even though Trump hasn't released those tax returns be did just minutes ago release his baby picture!


Weird. Seems to not have changed much.

Sunday, January 29, 2017

NIGHT OF HILARITY WITH BUNNY


Over the years I have had the pleasure of seeing the fabulous Lady Bunny many times, and every time seems to be just as fun and a hot mess as always. The first time I met her was in the line to use the bathroom at the legendary club, Palladium. She threatened to get out her brandin iron if the line didn't move faster.  The worst time was when she dj once for a gay Pride at the Raven, where we talked and drank, and drank, and drank some more. It was ugly I tell ya.  Last night was no different. Lady Bunny was back in New Hope where she brought her show Trans-Jester to our fair hamlet.  It was sold out and they even had to move the venue from the Oak Room, to the main dance floor to accommodate the audience. The show itself was true Bunny hilarity, her infamous pop song parodies, her lovely Laugh-In shtick, and her foul mouthed , snarky jokes about everyone from Trump, the Kardashians and everyone in between. Of course, we can't over look her fabulous style and wigs!!! Hell, she was my inspiration for getting into drag when I did it.


By time the show was over, it was safe to say, my sides and everybody's sides hurt from all the laughter. Afterwards there was a meet and greet, then we retired to the Oak Room, where every Saturday night all the queens gather around the baby grand to sing show tunes all night.

Sounds like a gay men's chorus in there. But it is after all one of the Raven's Traditions. I even met one of the guys singing at the piano, a very muscular guy in very tight clothing. It was hard not to meet him, when Bunny places your hand in his crotch. He sang even more beautifully later that night!!!! But that's a fascinating tale for another time. Here's Bunny with the Razz Rooms hostess with the mostess Carol.


Look out London.....she's headin your way next to London’s Soho Theatre Feb 14-25.
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