Boise Idaho’s own Red Light Variety Show performed over the weekend and I was invited to attend. To my great pleasure, my calendar was open!
I had the pleasure of chatting with Allison Holley, owner of Ophidia Studio http://www.facebook.com/OphidiaStudio#!/OphidiaStudio moments before the show started Friday night. The eclectic circus group performed at a new(er) club in Boise Idaho called Sin http://www.sinboise.com/ Appropriately named. I’m a fan of Sin, as I am a fan of any locally owned and independently operated business. The service and staff were appropriately attired (shirtless) and they were all very witty an kind. The drinks however, are a bit pricey. Lower it boys, this is Boise and you’ve got competition. Also, the woman’s bathroom has two toilets and one sink…get with it, that just equals a backed up disaster. And lastly, get rid of the pillows on the faux leather couches. They’re just nast.
Allison was bright eyed, articulate and level headed. I was impressed with how open with me she seemed to be. And very soon, I would be even more impressed with her performance. Allison is a full time student and entrepreneur with a passion for performance. She has her sights set on educating the willing, that pole dancing is not just for the erotic. It’s an art. It’s aerial art, to be exact. The shear strength it takes to hold and contort yourself into several positions in one performance is boggling. Jaw dropping really.
I asked Allison to walk me through the theme of the night; Blacklisted, prohibition, censorship and the McCarthy era as well as performers day jobs, additional hobbies and a date. No, kidding. I didn’t ask her for a date. She’s taken by the big burly muscle man at the door who squealed with delight when “Wendie Gone Feral” walked through the door. And besides, I’m taken. The Girl would kill me dead if I brought an “aerial artist” home.
I recommend the variety show, I do. I was pleased with the MC’s humor and his ability to connect with the audience and I was pleased with the speed at which they changed scenes. I will say this. There were two performers who were worlds apart from the rest and for the audience, it was apparent. They did their best to break up the talent and spread the love. But I for one, would have been happy with just the two. Maybe three. I was very happy with the wash board laundry scene as well. I mean come on, she twirled nipple tassels on her ass. Clockwise and counter clockwise.
Allison’s performance in her drunken pole dancing scene and belly dancer, Kristen Hill, email@example.com stole the show. Kristen will begin teaching belly dancing classes at Allison’s studio in November 2010. Unfortunately, the majority of the remaining acts were forgettable. With the exception of the scene where I was worried one of the burlesque dancers would fall off her chair. The woman was on the larger side of life, which I happen to think is beautiful. Forgive me, I promise I mean no offense, however, the bistro chair which she chose to stand upon, and turn around and bend backwards was a mistake. The entire audience gasped when she wobbled for a moment and caught her balance. Choose a slightly bigger chair next time and we will enjoy the show, not the impending accident. I want to make note, I applaud those willing to get up on stage and perform. I applaud those who are willing to get up on stage and perform half naked. I applaud those who perform. Sadly, they just didn’t compare. They felt juvenile, as if I were watching a high school play where the stage mom forgot half the props. They just weren’t up to snuff. Some seemed half done, not thought out, or just plain underperformed. In between they were saved by damn near world class talent.
That’s what I have to say about the technical side of the performance. Overall, I truly enjoyed myself and was completely entertained. It gives me great joy to watch people living their joy and that’s what I saw. I rejoiced and laughed and gasped with them.
Find out more about the Red Light Variety Show here: http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Red-Light-Variety-Show/117879393589?ref=ts&v=wall
Wendie Gone Feral
Photo credit: O2 Photography http://www.facebook.com/pages/O2-Photography/90041605288