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Letters 08-31-2015

Inalienable Rights This is a response to the “No More State Theatre” in your August 24th edition. I think I will not be the only response to this pathetic and narrow-minded letter that seems rather out of place in the northern Michigan that I know. To think we will not be getting your 25 cents for the movie you refused to see, but more importantly we will be without your “two cents” on your thoughts of a marriage at the State Theatre...

Enthusiastically Democratic Since I was one of the approximately 160 people present at when Senator Debbie Stabenow spoke on August 14 in Charlevoix, I was surprised to read in a letter to Northern Express that there was a “rather muted” response to Debbie’s announcement that she has endorsed Hillary Clinton for president...

Not Hurting I surely think the State Theatre will survive not having the homophobic presence of Colleen Smith and her family attend any matinees. I think “Ms.” Smith might also want to make sure that any medical personnel, bank staff, grocery store staff, waiters and/or waitress, etc. are not homosexual before accepting any service or product from them...

Stay Home I did not know whether to laugh or cry when I read the letter of the extremely homophobic, “disgusted” writer. She now refuses to patronize the State Theatre because she evidently feels that its confines have been poisoned by the gay wedding ceremony held there...

Keep Away In response to Colleen Smith of Cadillac who refused to bring her family to the State Theatre because there was a gay wedding there: Keep your 25 cents and your family out of Traverse City...

Celebrating Moore And A Theatre I was 10 years old when I had the privilege to see my first film at the State Theatre. I will never forget that experience. The screen was almost the size of my bedroom I shared with my older sister. The bursting sounds made me believe I was part of the film...

Outdated Thinking This letter is in response to Colleen Smith. She made public her choice to no longer go to the State Theater due to the fact that “some homosexuals” got married there. I’m not outraged by her choice; we don’t need any more hateful, self-righteous bigots in our town. She can keep her 25 cents...

Mackinac Pipeline Must Be Shut Down Crude oil flowing through Enbridge’s 60-yearold pipeline beneath the Mackinac Straits and the largest collection of fresh water on the planet should be a serious concern for every resident of the USA and Canada. Enbridge has a very “accident” prone track record...

Your Rights To Colleen, who wrote about the State Theatre: Let me thank you for sharing your views; I think most of us are well in support of the first amendment, because as you know- it gives everyone the opportunity to express their opinions. I also wanted to thank Northern Express for not shutting down these types of letters right at the source but rather giving the community a platform for education...

No Role Model [Fascinating Person from last week’s issue] Jada quoted: “I want to be a role model for girls who are interested in being in the outdoors.” I enjoy being in the outdoors, but I don’t want to kill animals for trophy...

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Burlesque is back

Rick Coates - August 8th, 2011
Burlesque Is Back with the Bayside Bombshells
By Rick Coates
Burlesque troupes are making a comeback all over the United States and
Northern Michigan appears to be next. The Bayside Bombshells Burlesque
troupe formed a couple of months ago and have made a few publicity
appearances in advance of their debut.
This Saturday, August 13, they will debut a mini version of their act at
Sidetraxx in Traverse City with their “Saving Ta-Ta’s With Tassels” event
to benefit the Munson Healthcare Breast Cancer Foundation. They will debut
their full burlesque act on Saturday, August 20 at the InsideOut Gallery
in the Warehouse District.
The Bayside Bombshell Burlesque troupe was the brainchild of Twiggy Pop, a
Traverse City native, Central High graduate and professional burlesque
dancer.
“Originally I got an opportunity to perform as a belly dancer in Boston,”
said Twiggy Pop. “I went to work for this couple in Boston who owned
several clubs. Well the wife, Candi, worked as a burlesque dancer and on
one of my nights off I went to watch her and I fell in love with it. She
agreed to take me under her wing and teach me. It was great but I was
flying to Boston for long weekends and returning home to Traverse City on
Mondays.”

GOING LOCAL
Twiggy Pop decided that she should launch burlesque in Traverse City.
“I saw how successful the shows went over when Super Happy Fun Time
Burlesque visited from Grand Rapids. I was getting tired of flying to
Boston, so I said what the heck, I am going to make it happen here.”
She spoke to a few friends who thought it was a good idea. This spring
she put posters around TC seeking out those who might be interested.
“Some of the girls had dance backgrounds, but no one had ever worked in
burlesque before. But all of them were enthusiastic,” said Twiggy Pop. “I
put them through burlesque bootcamp and it has been fun. We rehearse two
nights a week.”
For now, Twiggy Pop is doing all of the choreographing and writing the
show material until the others get more familiar. As for her name?
“I told all the girls that they needed to take on a stage name, in part
for safety reasons. But my name is mashing together two people I have
idolized growing up,” said Twiggy Pop. “Miss Piggy is a great role model
for girls, she commands attention, she is comfortable with her body, is a
diva and very independent. The other name in this is Iggy Pop; I admire
his charisma and stage presence.”
Twiggy Pop grew up loving to dance.
“I think I was born to dance; my grandmother was a professional Flamingo
dancer and my grandfather a salsa dancer,” she said. “For as long as I can
remember I’ve liked moving my body and dancing.”
The recent concern over the Tabu Lounge (the private men’s club that was
shut down) in downtown Traverse City has posed a challenge for The Bayside
Bombshells.
“I guess the owner was breaking all sorts of laws including having fully
nude women in the club. So there has been some concern over what we are
about,” said Twiggy Pop. “We have assured venues that there will be no
nudity in our act. There is a dress code we have to follow, which I find
comical because patrons are able to dress more provocatively than we as
performers can.”
Currently there are 12 members of the Bayside Bombshells from all walks of
life.
“These are women who work in professional fields that are managers and
nurses,” said Twiggy Pop. “What each of them has found is that being a
part of this troupe has given them a new sense of themselves, from helping
to develop a positive self esteem to improving their self worth.”

WHAT’S IN A NAME?
As for the troupe’s name, it took awhile to come up with it but they
wanted to stay away from one particular name.
“Cherry is so overused here in Traverse City and in burlesque in general,”
said Twiggy Pop. “We wanted a name that said we were from Northern
Michigan.”
Twiggy Pop, whose day job is working as a hair stylist, hopes to take the
troupe on the road.
“Everyone is up for traveling. Right now we are not taking anyone else,
but I might look to expand this fall.”
For those unfamiliar with the art of burlesque it was a popular variety
show format from the 1860s to the 1940s, in cabarets, clubs and theaters
that featured bawdy comedy and striptease.
“It really is one big striptease, but emphasis is on ‘tease’ -- there is
no nudity,” said Twiggy Pop.

For additional info find the Bayside Bombshells Burlesque on Facebook.
 
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