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Tease-O-Rama
New Orleans, May 18-20, 2001

Part 4

Table of Contents:

  1. Intro
  2. Saturday Night
  3. More Saturday Night
  4. Sunday
  5. Later Sunday
  6. Links to performers, venues and other reviews

Sunday was more of the same - breakfast at Mother's, an afternoon of shopping, a rest back at the hotel then back out for more. Sunday night's show was at The Shim Sham, halfway across town from the hotel. We wanted to arrive early to find somewhere to sit and rest our feet, but we had to stop for a bite. We found the Pirate's Alley Café, a wonderful sidewalk café in an alley next to the cathedral, and had foccacia sandwiches before heading to the show.

Mother's does breakfast right! I opted for the red bean omelette - excellent. But it was just the excuse to get their biscuits, absolutely the best biscuit on the earth when they're fresh, and probably in the top 5 even late in the afternoon when we dragged ourselves there to kill our hangovers.

The setup at Shim Sham was superior to the Howling Wolf, but still could have used some seating. A few stools were scattered around the walls, but the rest of the joint was standing room only. At least the floor was terraced so that you could see the stage from just about anywhere.

Sunday's shows were broken up between intermissions for dancing. A DJ whipped up a frenzy of 60's instrumental R&B-based garage go-go rock, some really killer stuff. Once in a while someone in full 60's glam would walk by and for a moment make you wonder what decade it really was. Then the guy with a pierced nose and wearing black vinyl pants would walk by and change the effect to something wholly post-modern. The crowd was as eclectic, and smiling as often, as the performances on stage.
The Shim Shamettes did a lovely fan dance.

Sunday's non-traditional pinnacle was performed by Dita von Teese, an absolutely stunning brunette with the most amazing costumes, paired with Catherine D'Lish, an equally lovely redhead in equally beautiful costumes. The stage was set with a pair of classy dressing rooms where each of the girls stripped down to nearly nothing, then donned lace robes for a mock phone call from one to the other. This climaxed in lesbian phone sex right there on stage. (Top that at your local strip club!) Then Dita walked across to Catherine's boudoir and they rolled around on the bed together for a few minutes before the curtains closed. The audience, guys and girls alike, practically swooned.

There were more traditional acts, including a fun King Kong themed number by locals The Shim Shamettes, the occasional lost pasty, the fantastic choreography of the The Devil-Ettes, on and on into the night until yet again my feet could take no more.

Table of Contents:

  1. Intro
  2. Saturday Night
  3. More Saturday Night
  4. Sunday
  5. Later Sunday
  6. Links to performers, venues and other reviews

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