Posted By Sandra Alland

Well, last night's show went well... Kabarett at the Voodoo Rooms was sold out again! It was all a bit posh for me -- most of the space was pre-booked for tables of diners, so that anyone coming only to see the show had to stand at the way-too-crowded back. The dining thing also made me feel a little like I was performing on a cruise ship... but we met some wonderful musicians, and burlesque and circus folk, and the lovely T was there filming us. That made Zorras feel loved. Also, we did our new piece, Head Games, which makes me pee my pants laughing. So all in all a good time...

In other news, I just finished reading Virginie Despentes' Baise-Moi (Rape Me). I think the book is even harsher than the film in some ways. I like that there's more about the two main characters before they meet in the book; it gives more depth (or a different kind of depth). In all, it's a tour de force about how violence begets violence, and about women's capacity for violence (a subject that is certainly still taboo despite talk of "equality"). I don't recommend it for the faint of heart, but this book raises many fascinating questions, especially about how we perceive and accept violence from men, and about how we ignore brutality (until it is presented as coming from the supposedly gentler sex).

Speaking of violence, a woman was recently blinded, kidnapped and raped for 7 hours in a pre-built den in the bushes of a park I used to walk through often (the Dalry-Gorgie tunnel). The woman managed to persuade her attackers to let her go at 10pm. She was abducted at 3 in the afternoon, behind a Lidl supermarket, with many people passing by. No place is ever safe, but there is a specific horror to Edinburgh, and I'm not sure how much longer I can stand to be here. Two young men, 20 and 26 years old, planned the attack in advance and felt confident enough to carry it out in broad daylight. They have now been arrested, but of course with very little media attention... Edinburgh has a tourist repuation to uphold. And people with money don't walk anyway...

There is a Reclaim the Night march for International Women's Day on 8th March at 6:45 pm at Festival Square on Lothian Road. But in Edinburgh we also have to Reclaim the Day...

 


 
Posted By Sandra Alland

Sunday's inaugural Cachín, Cachán, Cachunga! was a success! Thanks to all the wonderful folks who came out to support us, and to the other artists for their divine work. See you for the next instalment 29 March at The Street!

Coming up this week for Zorras...
Kabarett at Voodoo Rooms, Friday 27 February. 19a West Register Street, Edinburgh. Cost: £6.
Doors at 7.30pm, show starts at 8pm. Zorras will be performing along with a host of other exciting musicians, poets, burlesque artists and circus performers (more info at www.myspace.com/zorrasmyspace). The last few versions of this show have been sold out, so if you're nervous -- advance tix are at www.seetickets.com or email itsy.kabarett@rock.com if you’d like to reserve to pay in person.

Hope to see you there!

xoxo


 
Posted By Sandra Alland
Here are pics from The Secret Ingredient (which turned out to be fabulousness) Nov. 5 in Toronto. Organized by the wonderful ryli skelton. Hosted by the delicious Dainty Box. Featuring moi, skelton, Laura Aidanblaise, Stacey B (& Airheart) and Brescia Bloodbeard. Attended by magnificent hoardes of lovely people. Thanks to my new friend Jorge for the pic of me, it's so rare I'm in pics, and also in focus! 

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Dainty Box in hosting mode (drool)

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ryli skelton, poet extraordinaire


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Ms. Box did a reverse striptease, from sexpot burlesque performer

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The wonderful Stacey B with Airheart!

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Brescia Bloodbeard teamed up for the first time with a wonderful person whose name I don't know to make a crazy multimedia, loop-pedal, beatboxing, singing extravaganza that I superdug. www.myspace.com/bresciabloodbeard

 

 


 

 

 
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