Byrd's Eye View - Brrr-lesque
PICTURED: Miss Lolly Pop at The Rutledge for Brrr-lesque presented by Katy K and Miss Lolly Pop on Saturday, January 23, 2010.
What better way to make a comeback onto the burlesque scene than by bringing in a totally campy, Cirque du Soleil style, award winning, comedic contortionist act?
Katy Kattelman, owner of Katy K's Ranch Dressing and longtime supporter and ringleader of the local burlesque movement, returned to her position as queen of the pasties with Brrr-lesque at The Rutledge, which included performances from Nashville's own Monique Honeybush, Kicky La Rue, Diletta Delight, Leela Sophina, Queen of the Air and Baltimore's Trixie Little and the Evil Hate Monkey.
The show marked a comeback into producing shows for Kattelman who had taken a hiatus from the scene for much of last year.
"I got very burned out doing shows for a while due to the diva factor and hassles from different clubs," says Katy K. "But this show was a delight to produce on every level. [Co-producers] Miss Lolly Pop and Larry the Panty Boy helped so much with the details and all the performers were positive and talented. As for Trixie Little and Evil Hate Monkey, they are true originals, which is rare to find these days. Leave it to Baltimore, home of John Waters and crab cakes, to export one of burlesque's top duos."
Originals indeed with a series of performances that included a raunchy contortionist opening number, a cabaret tune about butt cracks, a dance that showcased the plight of a mermaid who struggled to find her land legs, a psychic gypsy sex therapist that left one audience member blushing a brilliant shade of crimson and a grand finale to "Total Eclipse of the Heart" that drew a standing ovation.
Indeed, Trixie Little and the Evil Hate Monkey proved to be one of the most entertaining burlesque acts Nashville had ever seen.