Tonight begins the First Annual Hollywood Burlesque Festival. I’m proud to say my wife and I are among the few who have been involved in this shindig since the very beginning. The culmination of years of efforts hits the stage at the Hayworth Theater in Hollywood mere hours from now.
Last night a group of us paid a visit to one of the Festival’s sponsors, the inimitable Richard Simmons. We presented him with a pair of Snapper-built burlesque fans as a thank you for all his generosity:
I absolutely adore Uncle Dickie. There are few people I have met who are as unabashedly caring and giving. He’s pretty much the top.
Tonight Red Snapper performs, and tomorrow night, Mr. Snapper & Mr. Buddy take the stage. There’s something like 200 performers from around the world performing this weekend through Monday night. (I exaggerate, but only slightly.)
There may still be tickets available. If you can make it out, do so!