If I were on my deathbed and my final dreams centered around how I spent the dawn of the 21st Century, the images would be made up of burlesque dancers and vampires. The two videos I have just posted are proof of this.
Vampiricus was an experience that occured at NAGA, a club near the docks in Long Beach, California. It was produced by Blade Rhino.
George Metivier was a photographer who spent quite a few evenings at Vampiricus capturing the happenings and, on occasion, some of the attendants became his models. Eternal Vampiricus is a slideshow featuring the scrapbook George kept from that era of the late 90s. The music is from Babylonian Tiles.
Metivier has since passed away. There was not one obituary in the Long Beach Press Telegram. The only notice was this mention in the Panama Canal Society newsletter:
George Metivier of Long Beach, Calif., recently passed away. He graduated from BHS in 1951. He owned his own photography business which allowed him to use his art training. He authored several books and exhibited his works widely. He was a member of the Panama Canal Society.
Outside of hereticsofhollywood.com, none of the links in this slideshow are currently working.
Exotic World, 2002.
A renewed appreciation for the scandalous dancing from the early 20’s and 30’s was born again at the dawn of the 21st Century. Exotic World, a museum dedicated to burlesque, was founded by Jenni Lee in San Pedro, CA. She later moved it to Helendale, California. Dixie Evans, a burlesque dancer known for Marilyn Monroe shtick, took over the operation. Dixie Evans passed away and the ranch was closed.
This video was taped in 2002 and features Dirty Martini, Kitty Diggins, Kitten Deville, Dixie Evans, and many, many more notables can be seen in the audience, as well as on stage!
The Burlesque Hall of Fame, the successor to Exotic World, opened in Las Vegas at Fremont East. The gallery is opened but it will be closed in September. The full museum will be relocated to the Arts District in 2017.
Their webpage is Burlesque Hall of Fame