We are nearing the end of Twin Peaks Tuesdays at The Exley for this winter. Enjoy the usual dose of Twin Peaks trivia, games, prizes, boozy coffee, free donuts from Peter Pan and burlesque from The Pink room David Lynch Burlesque. March 11th we will feature the season finale and then on March 18th we will end the series with Fire Walk With Me!
2013 was a whirlwind of a year! It was a tough one for sure but when I reflect back on everything that happened, it was still at times pretty magical. The media was good to me - I was on the Today Show with Bobby Thomas, received mentions in Rolling Stone Italia, Daily News, Time Out New York & The New York Times! I did some big shows and a lot of little ones. The little ones were often the most exciting! In 2013 I had a chance to perform for Lady Gaga& Donatella Versace in a very intimate setting – I also got up close and personal with supermodel Kate Upton at the Slipper Room!
Just when I thought things were getting dull I had an opportunity to see myself as “The Cossack” on the big screen at the New York Film Festival in The Immigrant by James Gray. The film has been released in France and I hope it will premiere in the United States this spring! The Wolf of Wall Street just opened – I haven’t seen it yet but if you see a redheaded baton twirler in it, that’s me! I was also thrilled to have the chance to work closely with filmmaker Steven Soderbergh on his new project, The Knick. Look for me on the little screen as “Evelyn”!
Of course, in between all the excitement I enjoyed spending time with all my burlesque friends on and off the stage. As always, The New York Burlesque Festival was a blast. The Miss Coney Island Pageant was insanely fun and an honor to be part of. I got to see the NYC Halloween Parade from a new perspective this year; walking alongside Kelly Ripa! The Pink Room: David Lynch Burlesque is still going strong. I never imagined that a little show that started with Twin Peaks Burlesque would become such a huge thing, never mind last for more than a couple years.
2013 really was a struggle in many ways but looking back puts it in perspective. There will be lots of challenges in 2014 but I am beginning to look forward to them because it is an opportunity to grow as a performer, as a producer, and as a human being. Wishing all of you much luck, happiness and prosperity in the new year!
Tickets are on sale now at Joe’s Pub!
The Pink Room: David Lynch Burlesque returns to Parkside Lounge on Wednesday, October 30th with Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me Burlesque! Buy your advanced tickets now or risk getting your soul trapped in The Black Lodge (the front lounge at Parkside)!
You have one more day to nominate your favorite performers for The Golden Pastie Awards – the New York Burlesque Festival’s highest honors!
Francine on the set of James Gray’s The Immigrant scheduled to premiere at Cannes on May 24, 2013Seen here from left to right: Susan Gardner (RunAround Sue), Ruby Valentine, Marion Cotillard, BooBoo Darlin’, Jicky Schnee & Francine