Burlesque! 4-6-12

Posted in Salons with tags , , , , , , , , on April 10, 2012 by ngrboston

Continuing the tradition of have a Naked Girls Reading salon at The Great Burlesque Exposition, this year the theme was “burlesque”, a fitting choice.

Our readers were Miss Mina (me), Nasty Canasta producer of Naked Girls Reading NYC, and St. Stella from Toronto (filling in at the last minute for a Naked Girl trapped on the wrong coast).

We started with a group reading of the short story “The Price of Freedom” by Carmel Lockyer from Ultimate Burlesque, a collection of erotic stories. All London is celebrating the end of the War and the Blue Moon Burlesque is putting on a special show. Will Sylvia get her hands on a pair of scarce silk stockings and upstage her catty rival?

Next I read a selection from Gypsy Rose Lee’s autobiography, Gypsy: Memoirs of America’s Most Celebrated Stripper, about her first performance as a stripper. It’s marvelously descriptive and terribly funny.

Nasty Canasta read the reminiscences of Sunny Dare, who worked the carnival circuit, as told to Jane Briggeman in Burlesque: A Living History.

As I mentioned, St. Stella jumped in at the last minute (and we are so grateful to her!) and she didn’t know what to read. Ab Horance, saved the day by happening to have a copy of Burlesque West: Showgirls, Sex, and Sin in Postwar Vancouver by Becki Ross. Stella read a fascinating section on censorship.

Boston burlesque is very near to my heart, so I chose a section from

Banned in Boston: Memoirs of a Stripper by Lillian Kiernan Brown about the days when young Lily Ann Rose dreamed of stardom backstage at The Casino and saw Peaches, Queen of Shake, perform her famous dance.

We closed out the show with Nasty Canasta reading from Ann Corio’s This Was Burlesque. After she read the section about Carrie Finnell’s particular style of tassel twirling, we were all wishing we could have seen it. Our wishes were answered the next night by Donna Denise in The Main Event!

Thank you for coming out for a little unclothed literature at the Burlesque Expo! Our next salon will be in June.


Literary Boston 2-25-12

Posted in Salons with tags , , , , , , , , , , on February 27, 2012 by ngrboston

There are so many great authors who live or lived in Boston and some who even wrote about it. For our first salon of 2012 (starting our 3rd year!) we read works from some of those authors. It was hard to choose just a few!

We started off with a shared reading of a little history lesson about the earliest days of Massachusetts from The True Travels, Adventures And Observations Of Captain John Smith V1: In Europe, Asia, Africa And America, 1593-1629.

Miss Mina jumped to the present day with Dennis Lehane’s A Drink Before the War. Private detective Patrick Kenzie musing about his home neighborhood of Dorchester and the very different Dorchester his suspect lives in.

Jena Kitten chose Robert Frost’s poem “snow”, which can be found in the collection Robert Frost’s Poems.

Betty Blaize wrapped up the first half of the salon with Edgar Allan Poe’s chilling story, “The Tell-Tale Heart”. Poe is also claimed by New York and Baltimore, but he was born in Boston and served in the army at Fort Independence, now Castle Island. The story can be found in Complete Stories and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe.

Tough guy private detective Spenser has been living and working in Boston since the 1960’s. In God Save the Child he meets the love of his life and Miss Mina read about their first date.

Betty has a fondness for pigs and she read a selection from The Good Good Pig: The Extraordinary Life of Christopher Hogwood about the title character’s short lived modeling career. She thought the book was set in Western Massachusetts, realized it was New Hampshire, and decided it was too good to pass up.

Besides short stories, Poe also wrote poems and Jena graced us with the haunting “Annabel Lee”, also to be found in <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0385074077/ref=as_li_tf_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=bostonbabydol-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=0385074077">Complete Stories and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe.

Science fiction author Jennifer Pelland usually writes stories about people uncomfortable in their own skins. They are that much more disturbed when set in familiar territory, like Cambridge or Somerville. Mina read the uncharacteristically sweet and dreamlike story “Last Bus” from the collection Unwelcome Bodies. Jen will be reading from her new novel Machine at Annie’s Book Stop in Worcester on March 17th (and bellydancing to Irish music too!)

Betty ended the salon with “The Wreck of the Hesperus” by legendary poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.

Thank you for joining us! Our next salon will be on Friday, April 6th at The Great Burlesque Exposition and will feature readers from several NGR chapters.

Casting for February 25

Posted in Uncategorized on February 16, 2012 by ngrboston

Ahoy there!

We’re looking for one more reader to join Naked Girls, Mina Murray, Betty Blaize, and Jena Kitten on Saturday, Feb. 25 at 8:00 p.m. The theme is Literary Boston — writings by inhabitants or natives of Boston, or writings about Boston. Interested in joining us? Read on!

The N.G.R. F.A.Q.

Do I have to be naked?
Yes. Many readers wear accessories — jewelry, stockings, improbably shoes, hats, hair flowers, and even elf ears, — but you need to be essentially naked.

Do I have to be a girl?
Yes. That’s the word from the home office in Chicago. We currently define “girl” as “exhibiting the primary and secondary physical sexual characteristics of an adult biological female”, so post-op transsexuals and those who were born biologically female are welcome to audition to read.

Do I have to read?
Yes. NGR is at least as much about the reading as it is about the naked girls. You need to be able to read in a clear, pleasing voice. You don’t need to be a trained actress or singer, just comfortable reading aloud in front of an audience.

Do I have to be a certain age?
Yes. You must be at least 18 years old.

Do I have to look a certain way?
Absolutely not. We accept readers of all sizes, shapes, races, and colors. We accept readers with tattoos, piercings, brandings, scarification, freckles, and birthmarks.

Do I get paid?
Yup. Usually the same night. Usually $50.00

Can my friends come?
Your friends are welcome to buy tickets, but we only have 30 seats to sell, so we don’t offer complimentary tickets most of the time.

Where does this happen?
The salon on Saturday, Feb. 25 will take place at B.A.B.E., The Boston Academy of Burlesque Education, 119 Braintree St., Allston, MA. It’s about 10 minutes from the nearest T stop (Harvard St. on the Green line) and there are also two large, free parking lots.

O.K. I want to audition!
Fabulous! Please send a little something about yourself (any relevant experience or training) and a picture of yourself (preferably nude or semi-nude) to NGRboston@gmail.com and we’ll get back to you within 24 hours.

Nominate us!

Posted in Uncategorized on January 19, 2012 by ngrboston

Every year the Boston Phoenix accepts nominations for their Best of Boston reader’s poll. I would suggest you nominate Naked Girls Reading for “Best Literary Gang” in the Arts & Entertainment section.

Just click the banner and nominate to your heart’s content (if your heart is content nominating once a day per IP/email address).

To see the Naked Girls in action, join us for Literary Boston on Feb. 25th!

Literary Boston 2/25/12

Posted in Uncategorized on January 13, 2012 by ngrboston

Here’s to good old Boston
The land of the bean and the cod
Where Lowells talk only to Cabots
and Cabots talk only to God

Boston has inspired much good writing (and writers) in its long history. Join The Naked Girls as they explore the literature of “The Hub of The Universe” from Edgar Allan Poe (born in Boston in 1809) to Dennis Lehane (a Dot rat since 1965) with a stop at “Good Will Hunting” in between.

The salon will be held at the Boston Academy of Burlesque Education, 119 Braintree St., Allston, MA. at 8pm

Tickets are $20 in advance and $30 day of the show. Admission limited to 30 seats.

Call (800) 838-3006 or visit http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/221496 for tickets.

A Christmas Carol 12-17-11

Posted in Salons with tags , , , , on December 22, 2011 by ngrboston

For this seasonal salon we chose to read the entire text of A Christmas Carol, from “Marley was dead” to “God bless us, every one”. It was epic.

We’d been lead to believe it would take about 2 hours. It took three and a half. Our audience’s endurance was amazing. You can see some of the survivors in the Weekly Dig.

The readers this time were myself (Miss Mina), Vikki Likkerish, Jena Kitten, and first-time Naked Girl Devora Darling. We knew the story was sad, and scary, and heartwarming, so we were pleasantly surprised at how funny it is too.

There are lots of versions of A Christmas Carol out there, but we read from this one, illustrated by P.J. Lynch. It was to bad we really couldn’t share the lovely images with the audience.

Our next salon will be help in late February. In 1212 we’ll be hosting more regular salons in a brand new location. Check back here for details!

Not Quite Sold Out…

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on December 16, 2011 by ngrboston

All advance tickets for Naked Girls Reading: A Christmas Carol have been sold. That said, this is our first time using Outpost 186 and we think we will be able to add some extra seats. We’re not sure how many, but we’re hoping for at least 10 and maybe as many as 20.

What do you do if you want one of those tickets? Show up at Oupost 186 at about 7:50 p.m. with $30 in cash for each ticket you’d like. Please do not show up earlier than that. Please do not bring a credit card. Please do not call or email and ask us to hold a ticket for you.

Outpost 186 is located 186-1/2 Hampshire St. (Rear), Cambridge, MA. We’ll see you Saturday night!