My heart is so sad … The burlesque community lost a talented performer and super sweet person, Sparkly Deville. I had the pleasure of seeing her perform at BHoF and Teaseorama and then the honor of sharing a stage with her in April at the AlStravaganza show in Fresno. Fresno is so lucky to have had her grace the stage and see the powerful awesomeness that she was. Sparkly Deville, I am glad I had the honor of meeting you and I know you will shower glittery love down from heaven.
Sparkly Deville (also spelled Devil) was the stage name of Sarah Klein, 36, who died Sunday in a car accident. The San Francisco Bay Guardian called her the “gorgeous heroine of the new burlesque movement.” Mystique adds:
She was an internationally known burlesque performer and an inspiration to our Fresno burlesque scene. She performed here in April with our Maverick Burlesque Productions when we teamed up with Pickles Kintaro for the Weird Al Burlesque show.
The San Francisco Chronicle reports that Klein was killed and 10 others injured when a bus packed with partygoers hit a car that went out of control and came to rest facing the wrong way on Highway 101.
1. MAKE YOURSELF EXPENDABLE
Laid-back reggae/rockers The Expendables are playing what’s probably the biggest gig of the weekend, tonight at Fulton 55. If you like Slightly Stoopid, you’ll like them. We hear it’s closed to selling out. So don’t slack. [More]
1. BREAK INTO A VAULT Experience the forbidden at tonight’s performance from the Valley Burlesque Society. Not only is the show a bit of naughty fun, but its location adds to the voyeurism. It’s in the vault of the old Security Bank Building aka the current Pacific Southwest building. So you’re basically seeing things you shouldn’t in a place you normally shouldn’t be. How wickedly fun. [More]
I’m soldiering through a taco throwdown hangover and have quite the busy day ahead, so please pardon my lack of full explanations on these. You don’t read the words anyway, you just look at the fliers, right? So here are the Five Things You Should Do This Weekend, in flier form … aside from, of course, stuffing your face.
1. LAUGH IT UP
In today’s Bee, I put together a big ol’ guide to the stand-up comedy scene in Fresno. It lists all the various comedy nights in town (weekly, monthly, etc.) So if you read it and wanna get out there to yuck it up immediately, you have three options this weekend.
FULL CIRCLE TURNS 10 Full Circle Brewing Co., the fun little brewery in Chinatown, celebrates its 10-year anniversary with ArtHop and live music. If you’ve never been, it’s quite the interesting place to explore.
ROCK AND WORSHIP
The Rock and Worship Roadshow stops at Save Mart Center again. Last year, it was one of the biggest attended concerts of the year, drawing more than 13,000 people. Read up on what to expect at this year’s show in this interview with headliners Mercy Me. Tickets cost a mere $10 and are available at the door only.
BURLESQUE AT AUDIE’S
April Fool’s Burlesque? Well, tease me twice. It’s happening at Audie’s Olympic, for your post-ArtHop pleasure.
1. SEE KWELI & FASHAWN Fashawn is back in town Saturday night for this CD release party with underground rap hero Talib Kweli. It will actually be Fashawn’s first Fresno show this year. Good news for him: “Boy Meets World,” was the top-selling hip-hop CD at Amoeba this week. It was as high as No. 6 on the iTunes hip-hop charts too.