Book Club Burlesque

Tonight, the show and acts are based on the book, THE CURIOUS SOFA by Odgren Weary (Edward Gorey)

Tuesday, January 26, 2023
8:00pm - 11:00pm
Parkside Lounge
317 East Houston Street

The premiere Book Club Burlesque of 2010 finds us back to familiar territory: the bizarre and surreal. This event will be another fantastic assortment of visual and performance works by very talented artists from the Lower East Side and beyond. 

For those who don’t know, Book Club Burlesque is responsible for promoting sexy, literate fun through thematic choices. It is in every sense a Book Club, and in every sense a Burlesque party. It has been featured as a Voice Choice (Riverdale Sock-Hop) and features a revolving cast of eccentric contributors.

Postcard designed by Kat Millerick

Bios of contributors:
(shortened for quick read sake!)

Sabrina Chap’s got classical piano skills, the ballad heartbreak of Tom Waits, the onstage antics of Phyllis Diller and the voice of a whiskey angel. Facebook fan her and check her out at or

Darlinda Just Darlinda has been working as a Burlesque Performer in New York since 2003. She coined the term “Polyester Performance”, an inspiring mixture of Burlesque, Modern Dance, Performance Art, Psychedelic Happening, Comedy Sketch, and Drag Queen Ballet. 
The Village Voice calls Darlinda a “Mastermind of Bizarre Extravaganza.” 

Agnes de Garron (aka Sister Hysterectoria) is a ballet/modern dancer/choreographer/actor who worked for 13 years as an improvisational performance artist/puppeteer with the Puppetears of Ecstasy.

Jessica Delfino is a satirical musician and multi-faceted performer who likes using strange instruments in her act, such as flying V ukuleles, rape whistles and stuff like that. She is wicked honored to have been publicly denounced by the US Catholic League for her work.Visit her at or google that ass and see what comes up.

Jena Friedman is a comedian, writer and actor living in New York. Jena has been compared to her childhood hero, Edward Gorey: “If an Edward Gorey line-drawing came to life, donned blue jeans and performed Stand-Up Comedy, it might resemble the Eerily Dry and Morbidly Quirky Jena Friedman (” For more info, check out

Nicholas Gorham is a graduate of The American Academy of Dramatic Arts and has been performing in New York since the early part of the century. Nicholas thanks all the magical geniuses in his life for their undying support in all spiritual, emotional and creative endeavors. 

Leslie Lowe
brief bio: “a veni, vidi, veci” ( I came, I saw, I conquered)

Alexis Pace NYC based Dyke, Artist and Designer. Her background in Industrial Design has inspired her to mix different materials and mediums as the inspiration dictates. Sculpture, photography, mixed media, and popsicle sticks. This is her first foray into performance.

Elizabeth Rabinovici was born in Brooklyn , Ny in 1984 and grew up in long island. She graduated with a B.F.A from the School of Visual Arts in 2008 . She currently has a studio in Bush Wick . Elizabeth Rabinovici creates sculptures, paintings , installation art and other artistic wonders

Lydia Iris Ransom is a molotov cocktail of wit and whimsy. She is the creative director of the Porcelain Babies Burlesque troupe. She was raised amidst glitter and feathers, and follows in Paula and Tanya’s stiletto heeled steps. She is well educated in the etiquette of debauchery, and is newly arrived to the East.

Zombie Doll has been described by critics as “a little tea-pot, Dorothy, almost Puck-like in his sense of mischief, Holly Golightly, perky black tutu & nipple rings did the trick”- The New Lost Times.  



Last night I hosted Diane O’Debra’s Talent Show show because Diane had somewhere she had to be. I really enjoyed myself despite one or two issues, and very much appreciated and enjoyed what everyone brought to the show. No poets showed up which was relieving, because the poetry at that show really kills the energy, most times. A few great musicians stopped by, including King Aswad who I love and lots of great comics I know came, such as Hannibal Burress, Jena Friedman, Joe Mande, Adam Lowitt, Carolyn Castiglia and Heather Fink, also Ali Wong opened the show. 

What was especially great for me was all the women who were there and my lady pals who came to work, perform, or just to hang out with me, support me and encourage me by being there, cracking jokes, making me laugh, and lookin’ all good, making me look good by being around me. Sarah and her pal, Daniella, Heather, Jena, Carolyn, Steph, Diane and the rest of you, you know you rock the night and rule the school. 

And I’d like to give a shout out to Yaffa, Tom and Lisa — 
It was great to meet you ladies and I wish you HAPPINESS and LUCK and LOVE and SUCCESS.
And nothing more and nothing less.

For a good time, go to Diane O’Debra’s open mic every Monday night at 308 Bowery at 10 PM. $3.

Oh yeah, the writing contest was: WRITE AN AIDS JOKE

The winning entry: How many AIDS does it take to screw in an AIDS bulb? AIDy.
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