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Top 5 reasons why everyone should be in love with Rocky Horror Picture Show.

Monday, October 7th, 2013

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Have you ever tried to explain  The Rocky Horror Picture Show to someone that hasn’t seen it? If you haven’t, it’s probably one of the hardest things you could ever do in your life. It’s like trying to explain what an orgasm feels like to someone that has never had one. It’s pretty difficult.

If you’ve been living under a rock, here is my super brief description of Rocky Horror. The Rocky Horror Picture Show originally was a British musical which then had a film adaptation. As the story goes, newly-engaged couple (Janet and Brad) stumble upon a castle after they get a flat tire trying to get home. The castle is home to Dr. Frank-N-Furter, a sweet transvestite from Transsexual, Transylvania. The doctor is having a gathering of sorts to unveil his newest Frankenstein style “Monster”, Rocky. Needless to say, shit gets crazy!

Since the late 70s’, the film has been a cult classic! Years after the film was released in the states as a midnight movie staple, Rocky Horror Picture Show now holds the title of the longest running theatrical release in film history. Which is exactly why you should be ashamed of yourself if you’ve never seen it. The film has a hint of everything for everyone. It’s a comedy, B-Film, with a splash of tranny. It’s the most perfect blend of insanity.

In case you’re one of the few folks out there that has never taken part in the wonder of Rocky Horror Picture show, you might be wondering…”Why SHOULD I love Rocky Horror? It sounds like a glitter filled hot mess!” No need to fear, I am here to give you the top 5 reasons why you should put on your best fishnets and heels and see Rocky Horror Picture Show!

5. The mother fuckin’ Time Warp.

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Years before the electric slide was even a thing, there was the Time Warp. I bet that the  10% of the universe that has never seen Rocky Horror Picture Show recognize the dance and song. It’s basically very similar to most line dances but there is a lot more thrusting involved. I have kindly typed out the instructions on how to pull off the perfect Time Warp. Don’t be afraid to bust out your sweet moves at your next social function. Get people to join in with you. It will be a riot!

Instructions for The Time Warp Dance:

1. (It’s just a) JUMP TO THE LEFT
2. (And then a) STEP TO THE RIGHT
3. (With your hands on your hips) YOU BRING YOUR KNEES IN TIGHT
4. (But it’s the) PELVIC THRUST (that really drives you insa-aaa-ne)
5. LET’S DO THE TIME WARP AGAIN!

4. Timeless jams!

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I believe humans are divided into two groups: those who loved Rocky Horror and those who hated it. It’s a lot of film and concepts to take in at once. I can completely understand how some squares would find the movie hard to swallow. BUT even those silly people would have a hard time denying that the movie is full of AMAZING jams. The songs are all extraordinarily fun, super addictive and in most if not ALL cases, really, really , really good. If you’re new to Rocky Horror, your ears are in for a treat. Let your ear units fall in love with timeless great music. I promise you will at least tap your foot along to the tunes if anything.

3. Have a young Meat Loaf.

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Enjoy some extremely young Meat Loaf. He is packed full of energy and ready to sing some good ol’ rock n roll! You have to enjoy him while you can because he might not survive the insane roller coaster of an evening. You’ve been warned!

2. The adoring fans!

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Without the HUGE following, Rocky Horror would have not have made cinema history. The film has taken in almost $140 million at the US box office and almost $60 million dollars in rentals! The original budget for the film was $1.2 million dollars. It has done pretty well for itself with the thanks to all of the millions of fans that gather together on a regular to continue to support the film.  The fans started with simple callbacks which turned into an elaborate and interactive viewing experience.

I’ve searched the internet and found a list of all the callbacks for the Rocky Horror virgins of the world. Take this list, find a local showing of Rocky Horror Picture Show and keep the dream alive. Don’t dream it, be it!

Prop List

Rice: During the wedding at the beginning of the film, you should throw rice along with the on-screen guests.

Water Guns: When Brad and Janet are caught in the storm, use your water guns to simulate rain in the theater.

Newspapers: When Janet covers her head with a newspaper, you should do the same.

Candles/Flashlights/Cell Phones: During the ‘There’s a light’ verse of “Over at the Frankenstein Place,” turn on your candles, flashlights and/or cell phones.

Rubber Gloves: Every time Frank or Magenta snaps the gloves on or off, snap your gloves.

Noisemakers: Take our your noisemakers when the Transylvanians celebrate at the end of the creation speech.

Confetti: Throw confetti at the screen as Rocky and Frank head toward the bedroom.

Toilet Paper: Throw toilet paper rolls in the air when Dr. Scott enters the lab, and Brad cries out, “Great Scott!”

Toast: When Frank proposes a toast at dinner, throw toast in the air.

Party Hat: Put on your party hat when Frank puts his on.

Bell: Ring your bell when Frank says ‘Did you hear a bell ring?’ during the song “Planet, Schmanet, Janet.”

Deck of Cards: Let lose your deck of cards in the air when Frank sings ‘Cards for sorrow, cards for pain’ during the song “I’m Going Home.”

**You may want to call the theater ahead of time to find out what their policies are with respect to prop use.**

**Also the callbacks are different in every theater and change over time. So there is no official script.**

1. TIM CURRY!

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I might need to write a blog post at some point on how perfect Tim Curry is but just know this…HE’S PERFECT. He is not only an amazing singer and dancer but he can pull of a bustier better than most women. I find it extremely hard to believe that there was a time when Tim wasn’t proud of being Dr. Frank-N-Furter but I am super happy that he owns up to it now. He made the character, movie, and my life.

With his giant sized Cheshire cat smile and his devious eyes, Curry took the role by the horns and dominated it. He has a way of making your feel terrified, silly, and possibly horny all at the same time. He is the world’s perfect blend of British glam rock with matter of fact witty charm. He pulled of manly while wearing heavy makeup and it’s extremely wonderful. LONG LIVE THE CURRY QUEEN!

Going to see Rocky Horror Picture Show is not just going to a movie; it’s a social event. If you’re able to find a movie screening with a live floor show, even better! You’ll either love it or you will hate it. Either way, you will remember it. I will be attending The Rocky Horror Experience on October 25 at Downtown Cabaret Theatre in Bridgeport, Connecticut. If you’re local to the area…join us! It’s a one night event you don’t want to miss.

As always…Stay sexy Gotham!
latanya

I want to leave you with an amazing performance by my good friend Lily la Vamp. Here is her burlesque tribute to Rocky Horror Picture Show! If you work somewhere lame then it’s NSFW. Prepare for the awesome…ENJOY!

A magical evening with Paige Zaferiou.

Tuesday, May 28th, 2013

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I’m all about creating my own magic. You know sparkly, glittery, fabulous magic. Last week on the twitter-verse, Gala mentioned that there was going to be a night of greatness in NYC. She mentioned a super new and super exciting Tarot Magic Workshop held by the fabulous Paige Zaferiou. And exciting and magical it was!

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I got on a train and headed into NYC for a fun filled evening of tarot cards and new friends. Sadly, Paige and I had the same bad luck with delayed planes, trains, and automobiles but we eventually made it there to get the party started.

The workshop took place a day before a lunar eclipse and a full Moon in Sagittarius. I mean a regular full moon does something magical and sometimes weird to the world, so this super moon was perfect for a night of manifesting magic. Sadly, we never got to have tea due to delayed transportation, but we did get to go over a great deal of information.

The workshop was intimate and hand-crafted. From the worksheets to the personal experiences Paige shared. It was lovely and perfect. We learned about some of the spreads from some of the greatest such as The Tarot Lady and Paige shared some of her own rituals of magic. We all made three very specific wishes to set into motion. I can wholeheartedly say that I feel completely different and more positive since this reading/workshop.

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Color me insane if you want, but I think magic is everywhere. There are always magical things and hints from our surroundings and it makes life beautiful and AWESOME! I think this workshop is perfect for people that find tarot to be a challenge, terrifying or if you’re just curious. If you put positive into the universe, the universe will have your back. We all have a little Harry Potter greatness in us. We are all here to have fun and take in the wonderful gifts around us. It is up to all of us to take care of ourselves and in turn take care of the world around us. It’s a cycle that is beautiful and generates love, and the world can ALWAYS use more love.

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The workshop was held at the beautiful Atmananda Yoga Sequence.The studio seemed very big from what I can tell but the workshop was held in the kitchen/lounge area. As Paige mentioned we had a very “Hobbit-style”, and cozy gathering. The staff seemed super friendly and helpful. We definitely all got a warm welcome. I am even considering taking a class or two at the studio.

This was Paige’s first workshop (and it was free this one and only time) so the night was doubly special and dear to my heart. She did a wonderful job and definitely filled us in on some love infused knowledge. I had the honor of meeting another magical blogger, Kayla. She brought a couple of friends and we rocked it out…magic style! If you get a chance, when Paige does a world take over, definitely check out one of her workshops. You will not regret it. We can all use more love and light in our lives.

I’m happy Paige followed her heart and came to NYC. I made a new kicks ass (and magical babe) friend. She is a stunning human and I am happy to have met her. By the way, did I mention she is also a Blogcademy babe like myself?

Stay sexy Gotham!
latanya

The art of Courtney Love.

Monday, April 15th, 2013

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Photos courtesy of my Instagram account

About two weeks ago, I had a friend contact me to let me know about a opening reception at the Lyman Allyn Art Museum. The opening was for their newest exhibition titled Mentoring Courtney Love. The first thing I thought was THE Courtney Love? And the answer was, yes. Courtney Love is also a visual artist and the exhibit is happening right here in Connecticut; so I had to take the hour trip out to northern Connecticut for the opening.

This is the description found on the Lyman Allyn website:

The concept of mentoring is one not often associated with the contemporary art world. Yet artist Courtney Love, best known as a musician, credits artist and photographer David LaChapelle with mentoring her as a visual artist. Love’s work, featured in this exhibition, are all works on paper. They are executed in a combination of pastel, watercolor, graphite, colored pencil, charcoal, acrylic, and marker. The works on view are all portraits, including some self-portraits, and this is where we see the relationship between her work and that of her mentor David LaChapelle. While LaChapelle’s photographic portraits are slick and hyper-real, Love’s portraits are sketch-like and spontaneous. Her images are raw and full of emotion, and they bear a resemblance to her music. There is a consistency in vision between her music and her visual art that suggests an authenticity of expression.

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One of the most exciting moments of the evening was running into my friend Alison. I haven’t seen her in years and we slightly caught up the best we could since there was Courtney Love frenzy happening.

The art opening was full of excited energy. No matter where Courtney moved, there were an intense amount of people that followed her. I actually arrived rather late and wish I got there early enough to have a longer chat and take a picture with the rocker babe.

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At the opening, Lady Love mentioned she has a new single that will be released in May which is pretty exciting. She was dressed in a a short black dress with lace sleeves which I adored. Full of witty one liners, her fans surrounded her and provided positive laughter. There were more announcements and small talk that I sadly was too far away to make out, but the gallery was full of smiles and excitement.

Lady Love’s art actually reminded me a lot of her music. It is mixed media and consists of drawings and writings. From what I can tell, the art screams bad romance. I could be wrong but, it seems as the art was about a relationship that went completely wrong. I am not an art whisperer but, I think that was the overall feel.

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At some point in the evening I was able to stand stage right of Lady Love for an extended period of time. She commented on liking my hair and then we were interrupted. A couple of girls approached her and asked if they could have a photo with her. I offered to take their photo if they would return the favor and take one of me with the rocker chick. The story goes, I took the photo, the girls freaked out from meeting Courtney, and ran away. I stood there looking confused and Courtney was like “No worries, I am going to go get something to drink and be right back and we will get your photo”. I waited for about ten minutes for Courtney to come out of a room that the museum provided for her. When she finally opened the door to the room, her and her entourage left the opening. Like, completely left. I was left without a photo or a chance to really talk to her. I at least wanted a hug. Next time Ms. Love, next time!

In addition to Lady Love’s work, there are a few pieces by her mentor, David LaChapelle which are amazingly beautiful. If you’re in the northern Connecticut area the art will be on view through Aug. 10.

Who is excited to hear Courtney’s new single next month? I know I am definitely intrigued!

Stay sexy Gotham!

latanya

My Coheed and Cambria story.

Monday, March 18th, 2013

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Photos in this courtesy of Coheed and Cambria’s instagram from their Radio City Show

There are few things that we hold on to and still enjoy as we get older. One of my many loves in life was and still is Michael Jackson. MJ was probably my first real passionate pop culture love. From his killer beats to his sick dance moves, I was hooked. There was something magical that translates in his music and performance. In my eyes, the king of pop could do no wrong.

During my very early teens, I became a huge Harry Potter-head. This love continued into my adulthood until the series ended. It was an odd feeling, because i’ve literally grown with the series. Watching Harry Potter grow along side myself was a brilliant experience. I am still super sad that it’s over. I am not sure if I will ever recover. COME BACK HARRY, COME BACK!

In the year 2001, I discovered a band by mistake at a local Long Island music festival. Originally, I was drawn to this band because of the lead singer’s intense, wonderful and massive hair. I remember turning to my friend and saying “Omg! We have the same hair.” After the shock of dope hair set in, I instantly noticed the unique pipes on this fro-y man. Claudio Sanchez (Coheed and Cambria’s frontman) sings entirely in falsetto. During the early years, the band was called Shabütie. At this point, they had an EP called “Delirium Trigger”. I instantly was in a trance watching them perform. I worked up the nerve to ask “Where are you guys playing next?” only to be given a complete list of their next 10-15 performances. This was the start of something HUGE in my life.

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A few months in my love for the band, Shabütie became as we know them, Coheed and Cambria. Some of the songs that were on Delirium Trigger were in fact based on a series of sci-fi comics that Mr. Sanchez wrote himself. Originally the series was called “The Bag.On.Line Adventures” but was then later changed to “The Amory Wars”. If you can get your hands on them, definitely check out the comics. Coheed and Cambria were the main characters in this epic series. In 1998 after visiting Paris, the band knew which direction they wanted to go in. Once the plans actually moved forward and they gave birth to Coheed and Cambria, the ball started rolling towards great music and a great storyline.

In early 2002, I was blessed with the gift of a hand me down family car. This triggered a series of trips into NY state to see Coheed and Cambria play EVERYWHERE! I literally mean everywhere. I saw them play in classrooms at colleges, people’s backyards, parks, and even at a house party in a kitchen. During this time, the band also got signed and released its first studio album “The Second Stage Turbine Blade”. When this album dropped, I don’t think there was a day that I didn’t listen to it. The music literally spoke to my soul. The storyline, music and lyrics definitely put a spell on me. The band officially became my drug of choice.

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Last Wednesday, I came back to the east coast after spending a month in the west. I literally had enough time to rest for a couples only to get up to head to Boston to see Coheed and Cambria. Did I mention that the first weekend in Portland, I had the chance of going to a Coheed and Cambria show as well? I know, I am out of my mind but I seriously love the band THAT much.

The band played two, back to back Boston shows at the House of Blues. I was honored enough to be able to attend both of the shows. I was even invited to a third (and historic) show in NYC on 3/16. Coheed and Cambria played their first massive solo show at Radio City Music Hall. I would have more than loved to take the extra ticket that was offered, but I was simply BEAT! I literally got off a plane, slept a couple of hours, went to Boston, danced and sang my ass off, then traveled back to CT.

After seeing Coheed and Cambria last week, it marks my 305th Coheed and Cambria show. Talk about fan girl! The number is completely intense and I could see them another 300 times and never be sick of them. My goal is to get 60 more shows under my belt so I can say that i’ve seen Coheed and Cambria for an entire year. These days, it’s harder to see them as many times as I did in the beginning. Back then, they were playing shows weekly and basically everywhere. Coheed and Cambria  has been with me since I was 17 years old and I am honored they are a part of my life journey.

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Congrats to making it to Radio City Music Hall guys! You deserve the success that you guys have landed and you will forever be my entire heart. Thank you for growing and rocking with me.

As always, let your geek flag fly! What do you enjoy geeking out over? Are you a complete fan boy/girl over something amazing?

Coheed and Cambria lovin’ for life,
latanya

A whole boat of self love.

Monday, January 7th, 2013

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Happy Monday Lovies! ❤

I’ve had the completely beautiful blessing of being able to go to two self love events to kick off my New Year. Now, I know that a lot of things aren’t for a lot of people but I for one believe in fixing your energy in order to attract the life that you desire. A lot of people walk about complaining about what is wrong in their lives. It’s just this action that is the reason their lives continue to be shit. Believe it or not. If you continue to think a certain way or not get out of a funk then that is where you will remain. It’s not magic, it’s logical.

Now, I also understand that some people have deeper problems than a self help book or a workshop can correct. For those people, there are therapists and therapy groups that you can join. Most ‘self help’ information should in my opinion be used with other building blocks. These building blocks can be whatever you desire. Such as really good friends, therapy, meditation, yoga, whatever floats your beautiful self love boat. I have a million things in my self love boat that I can bust out when necessary to get me back on track towards a life that I will look back on in old age and feel so blessed and grateful that I had.

On the second day of January, I had the complete honor of going to Gabrielle Bernstein’s first date on her new book tour for May Cause Miracles. This event was hosted by Catch a Healthy Habit A.K.A. my favorite raw food spot in these parts of Connecticut. The event overall was a beautiful experience. Lots of great questions were asked and lots of love filled the small Connecticut theater.

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What I personally took from this event was, it is your choice to make the life you want. You can read and take part in all of the self help the world has to offer, but what is the point if you’re not putting in the leg work? Taking the initial step to show interest is lovely but it doesn’t get the job done.

Something else valuable that I learned while listening to Gabby is that everything you learn that will be used to improve your life, make it your OWN. Like I mentioned earlier about that self love boat stuff, use it! Build up a self love boat and decorate it however you wish to do so. Take the knowledge and use it for yourself in the best way fit. No one can tell you how to live your life but they can provide you with some helpful tools to get to where you wish to be within your life. Once you create this amazing (and probably overly flamboyant) boat, show up to be the captain. What’s the point of thinking it if you’re not going to bother to show up to guide the damn thing?

Gabby started out the evening with a short and beautiful meditation. It was a great way to fill the room with love and positive energy. Now, a lot of folks find meditation and energy and flowers and dolphins and kittens to all be very weird and out there. It couldn’t be the furthest thing from the truth, if anything it is the norm. Here is a short clip from that evening where Gabby also expresses the magic behind meditation and getting your energy right.

 

 

Overall, the evening was perfect. I got to meet some lovely people (including Gabby) and it motived me to get my ass in gear for a brilliant 2013. I haven’t began to read “May Cause Mircales” yet due to being full of reading materials but once I tackle the book, I will be doing a review here on my experience. Be on the look out.

Yesterday, I went to a workshop at The New York School of Burlesque. This workshop was on ULTIMATE self confidence.  Because it is held at the New York School of Burlesque doesn’t really mean it’s only for burlesque performers. It’s open to all ladies from all walks of life. To be quite honest with you, it was probably one of the best experiences of my life.

 

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World Famous BOB. Photo by Karl Giant 

The class is taught by the absolute beautiful, World Famous BOB. The moment I met this woman she instantly won my heart with the amount of pink items she had on person. The workshop is designed to build confidence on and off stage. As a whole, women are torn in many directions because of our culture and what we are taught is beautiful. From a very young age, we are filled with negative thoughts about our image, ideas, and what we want in life. This workshop is designed to help keep those demons at bay, so that we are able to play and live a happy and shiny life that we are all supposed to have.

This workshop definitely lives up to the ULTIMATE title and will blow your mind with how intense it is. What I personally took from this workshop is that fear within myself is quite frankly stupid. The fear that I hold within myself, someone else put there. It’s not mine, it doesn’t belong to me and shouldn’t be a part of who I am. This is not to be confused with nerves. Nerves should be used to trigger positive actions within your life, fear is crippling and needs to be replaced for love.

This workshop is held monthly and if you’re able to make it, I would highly recommend it. The registration for February’s class is already up here.  Hurry, it sells out every month because it’s THAT good.

I am grateful both of these events to have taken place within my life only days apart from one another. They both were completely different but I learned a great deal from both experiences. I personally believe that everyone was born to live a life full of awesomeness. Somewhere down the path of life we lose sight of this but, we can build these ideas back up by putting little nuggets of glittery greatness back into out lives.

What does your self help boat look like? Mine looks like a gay pride parade float.

Falling madly in love with this year,
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