I've worked in the NYC nightlife and burlesque communities for over four years and, as of 2013, I began my career as a "porn star." The blurry line of sex worker and performance artist very much parallels the equally gray area of personal and professional grievances surrounding this issue.
The glamorous world of burlesque is enjoying a revival in popularity -- and a new vanguard of contemporary performers are sashaying off the stage and into lane ways lit by video projectors accompanied by pulsing electro-swing beats.
Last Friday night I stopped by Grape & Vine the restaurant/lounge in The Jade Hotel. The joint was jumpin' and packed. Why? The incredibly talented and dapper jazz musician Brian Newman was kicking off The Red Room Revue.
It's easy to look at two friends (or lovers) who share a close rapport and wonder what attracts them to each other. But sometimes opposites not only attract, they can lead to the most unexpected kind of fame.
San Francisco is seriously turning orange these days. The enfants de la patrie at Cointreau, the venerable orange liqueur, brought a little more of the hue to town with their signature zest for beverages from the Belle Epoque.
Twenty-somethings are taking over the reinvention spotlight, which was the one pathetic thing that was uniquely ours. We're supposed to be the reinvented generation, but everyone seems to be exploring the 20-somethings neurosis.