Just when I thought the dust had settled from the Daily News feature last year, Tracy Connor of NBC got in touch about featuring me for an immigration story, and then the UK’s Daily Mail picked it up too! Sadly, the NBC video was only up for a month due to a limited music rights issue, but the online article is still there which you can readhere! I did manage to get a screen cap while it was up though!
The article in the Daily Mail is still up too, and unlike the NBC piece which was about me and another scientist, this one is all about me! What an honour to get international press like this!
On more of a local level, Bruce Tantum of Time Out NY did a profile of me recently too! Getting recognition in your home town is the toughest, so I’m so proud of this feature by a respected New York City entertainment weekly. Click here to read the interview!
If you want to see all the rest of the press and interviews I’ve done, I’ve got them all up on my press page at Bettina.ca.
I just got home from a fabulous weekend in Miami, where I was performing and teaching my Pin-Up Class, it’s so beautiful there! I’m definitely going back soon, and will be posting some of the pics on my website soon. You can see some pics from the weekend on my Instagram account, so if you have that app, find me there as @bettina_may!
This week is full of wonderful burlesque shows, starting tonight with my monthly at Beauty Bar, Behind The Velvet Curtain:
This month’s show features Gal Friday, sexy boylesque star Go-Go Harder, Tansy, amazing contortionist Topher Bousquet, and hosted by Matthew Holtzclaw! Show starts at 9pm, and there are lots of chance to win fabulous raffle prizes, including my newest instructional DVD, Bombshell Basics!
On Tuesday, I’m co-teaching a hair and makeup technique class with international pin-up model Raquel Reed! There are still a couple spots available, so click here to sign up! Class is at my Williamsburg Pin-Up Studio, and goes from 7-9pm.
Wednesday, I’ll be performing at Dances of Vice’s Nuit Blanche at Brasserie Beaumarchais, 409 W 13th St. Reserve a table for dinner between 8:30-11pm or enjoy the show from the bar. Reservations: 212-675-2400. 9-11pm.
Thursday I’ll be at my weekly residency at Haberdasher, on the 3rd floor of 5 Ninth in the Meatpacking district. Free show starts at 10:30pm, and happy hour starts at midnight!
Friday I’m back at Calamity Chang’s Room 69, Hotel Chantelle, 92 Ludlow St. Show at 10pm, Free!
Saturday, I’m going to be out at a gorgeous private residence in Mendham, NJ teaching a public Pin-Up Class, and there are still a couple spots available in that so sign up now!
I’m tired just typing about all that, I am glad I have Sunday off! I’m so incredibly happy to be so busy though too; I prefer it. Hope to see you locals out at these!
After I received my green card in September, apparently word got out and for a couple weeks I was all over the news! I posted the article in Monday Magazine a few posts back, and then the Toronto Star did a piece, which they syndicated across Canada. Here are a few of my fave headlines from that day:
About a week later, The New York Daily News contacted me to do an interview, and they not only gave me a little pic on the front page, but also a 2 full page feature! Pretty overwhelming, let me tell you!
As if all this wasn’t enough, I got a call from the CBS morning show The Couch asking me to be on their show to talk about my new status! My US network daytime tv debut! Click here or on the image below to go to the video:
If you want to see more of my press clips, click here!
What a month that was! I’m glad the hubub has died down a bit, I’m a busy gal and have lots of work to do! I am very grateful to all the journalists and photographers who I met, for their fair and balanced coverage and they positive light they’ve cast on my beloved burlesque.
I’m getting ready to enjoy a busy Thanksgiving week, filled with planning a big dinner, performing, and getting organized for my travels in December to South Florida and Canada. Before I tell you all about my exciting shows, let me ask you if you’ve had a chance to vote for your favourite performers and personalities in the burlesque community at 21 Century Burlesque yet? It’s a fun way for the international burlesque scene to celebrate excellence, not just for fellow performers, but also those who make great burlesque happen – hosts, producers, variety artists.
Of course I’d love you to consider me, but also consider people in your local scene who are helping to spice up live entertainment! Click here to put in your vote, and spread the word too! I only wish we could vote for more than 10, because it’s so hard to narrow it down!
This week I have a few fun shows happening in New York City!
Wednesday, November 21st
Nuit Blanche at Beaumarchais, 409 W 13th St. Reserve a table for dinner between 8:30-11pm or enjoy the show from the bar. Reservations: 212-675-2400. 9-11pm.
Friday, November 23rd
Two fabulous shows this night, so there’s no excuse to miss one of them!
9:30pm: Room 69, Hotel Chantelle, 92 Ludlow St. No cover!
11:30pm: The Sophisticates at The Metropolitan Room, 34 West 22nd St. Hosted by Bastard Keith and starring Madame Rosebud, myself, Gal Friday and The Maine Attraction. Tickets $30. RSVP at 212-206-0440 or at MetropolitanRoom.com
I’ve been a busy bee since I got my green card at the end of the summer! I have two new regular shows that I produce in New York, I’m currently in Canada visiting family and friends whom I haven’t seen in almost 3 years and will be teaching a Pin-Up Class to a sold-out room in Victoria, BC tomorrow! I hope to do more touring in Canada in the coming year, maybe even do a cross-country tour if there’s time!
I’m very excited about my new monthly show Behind The Velvet Curtain, which takes place the first Monday of every month in the back room at Beauty Bar on 231 E 14th St. The first show was Oct 1st and was a hit, thanks to the amazing talents of London burlesque star Kitty Bang Bang, Russell Bruner who was crowned King of Burlesque this year by the Burlesque Hall of Fame, Maine Attraction, Bastard Keith, Ekaterina and surprise guest Chris Mysterion from Toronto! Here’s of pic of Dan Whitsett, the head of Secrets In Lace helping me with my corset during my act – a lingerie designer seemed the best choice for this task!
To see the rest of the photos from that night click here! My next show is November 5th, featuring an amazing lineup of Calamity Chang, Harvest Moon, Medianoche, Mr. Gorgeous, and hosted by the great deceiver himself, Albert Cadabra! Don’t delay in reserving your front row VIP seat, as space is limited! Click here or on the poster below to get your tickets now:
I’ve started producing a weekly show at The Haberdasher, a beautiful lounge in the Meatpacking district on the top floor of a delicious restaurant called 5 Ninth, also it’s address! It’s every Thursday night starting at 10:30 pm, and you might want to get there a bit early to get the coveted window love seat, perfect for a romantic date. I’m there most weeks, unless I’m touring, and will be there next Thursday with Essence Revealed and Maine Attraction! There’s no cover, so you can have more of their fine cocktails.
That’s all for now, but I have lots of fun projects in the works that I can’t wait to tell you about!
So says my hometown arts and entertainment paper, Monday Magazine! It’s been a few years since I graced their cover in Goldfinger body paint for their James Bond tribute issue, and it’s nice to know they remember this kid who moved to New York to live out her dreams. If you live in the Victoria, BC area, be sure to grab your copy now and read this article:
Read the full article at MondayMag.com!
Where would I be now were it not for trailblazers and style mavens like Bettie Page and Tempest Storm? If you haven’t spent hours on youtube checking them out, please do so. If you need a little extra inspiration, check out the latest tribute I just posted with Finnish burlesque star LouLou D’vil and I having a little fun with a riding crop: