10. The G-String Murders by Gypsy Rose Lee. Here is an excerpt from a blog post I wrote a couple of years ago:  
"Chorus girls, burlesque dancers and aspiring starlets appear in all kinds of hard boiled crime fiction, vintage and modern, from S.S. Van Dine to Raymond Chandler to James Ellroy to Megan Abbott. They appear as shady dames, victims and comic relief, but only in The G-String Murders are they both author and heroine. I actually found it kind of thrilling. She very effectively creates a backstage world that simply no longer exists. The nuts and bolts explanations of how a burlesque house was run in the 1930s are fascinating, her dialogue is funny and gritty. It’s a plot point that she makes her own costumes (oh, the story is told in first person by a burlesque star named "Gypsy Rose Lee"), and in the 1940 New Yorker piece she shows off her thrift store finds that she will be using to make new outfits - something many a modern burlesque performer has done. It’s gritty and bawdy and charming.”
You can read the rest here.
10/40 in my Literary Lent Project.

10. The G-String Murders by Gypsy Rose Lee. Here is an excerpt from a blog post I wrote a couple of years ago:  

"Chorus girls, burlesque dancers and aspiring starlets appear in all kinds of hard boiled crime fiction, vintage and modern, from S.S. Van Dine to Raymond Chandler to James Ellroy to Megan Abbott. They appear as shady dames, victims and comic relief, but only in The G-String Murders are they both author and heroine. I actually found it kind of thrilling. She very effectively creates a backstage world that simply no longer exists. The nuts and bolts explanations of how a burlesque house was run in the 1930s are fascinating, her dialogue is funny and gritty. It’s a plot point that she makes her own costumes (oh, the story is told in first person by a burlesque star named "Gypsy Rose Lee"), and in the 1940 New Yorker piece she shows off her thrift store finds that she will be using to make new outfits - something many a modern burlesque performer has done. It’s gritty and bawdy and charming.”

You can read the rest here.

10/40 in my Literary Lent Project.

Free shipping at Society 6 has been extended through tonight - and pillows are $5 off!

Free shipping at Society 6 has been extended through tonight - and pillows are $5 off!

Sketched live at Trav S.D.’s bathing beauties show at Coney Island. The lovely Kat Mon Dieu and Helen Pontani.

Sketched live at Trav S.D.’s bathing beauties show at Coney Island. The lovely Kat Mon Dieu and Helen Pontani.

I created this for Trav S.D.’s upcoming show - The Bathing Beauties at Sideshow By The Seashore August 7, Coney Island USA! 
I’ve also added it so my Society 6 store - so you can all own Trav S.D t-shirts, throw pillows, prints and tote bags!

I created this for Trav S.D.’s upcoming show - The Bathing Beauties at Sideshow By The Seashore August 7, Coney Island USA! 

I’ve also added it so my Society 6 store - so you can all own Trav S.D t-shirts, throw pillows, prints and tote bags!

I have the version with the blue background up on Society 6, but I just made this. I think I like it better.

I have the version with the blue background up on Society 6, but I just made this. I think I like it better.

Just posted to Society 6!
Both my Coney Island and Two-Headed Fan Dancer illustrations are available as prints on Society 6!

Both my Coney Island and Two-Headed Fan Dancer illustrations are available as prints on Society 6!

Sorry about the radio silence dear friends. Between a ceiling collapse that pretty much took out all of my Etsy inventory and me being sick, work at The Cabinet Headquarters has been disrupted. But, thanks to my lovely doctor, I’m back!
I’ve added this to my Society 6 store. So far I only have prints up, but I’ll add more products soon!

Sorry about the radio silence dear friends. Between a ceiling collapse that pretty much took out all of my Etsy inventory and me being sick, work at The Cabinet Headquarters has been disrupted. But, thanks to my lovely doctor, I’m back!

I’ve added this to my Society 6 store. So far I only have prints up, but I’ll add more products soon!

A teeny tiny little drawing. The fifth entry in my 40 Days of Birthday Etsy sale event.

A teeny tiny little drawing. The fifth entry in my 40 Days of Birthday Etsy sale event.

The very first item in my 40 Days Of Birthday sale event!
Find the facebook invite here.

The very first item in my 40 Days Of Birthday sale event!

Find the facebook invite here.

Last week, I attended the last Dr Sketchy’s at The Slipper Room for their tribute to Paul Gauguin.  The models were the fabulous Dame Cuchifrita and Grand MaFun - who, I’m happy to report, are performing tonight at the Slipper Room at 10.
 

Last week, I attended the last Dr Sketchy’s at The Slipper Room for their tribute to Paul Gauguin.  The models were the fabulous Dame Cuchifrita and Grand MaFun - who, I’m happy to report, are performing tonight at the Slipper Room at 10.

 

I may get tired of turning people into mermaids at some point, but it hasn’t happened yet. This was inspired by an instagram photo posted by Kat Mon Dieu of she and the great Dirty Martini performing at Night of a Thousand Stevies.

I may get tired of turning people into mermaids at some point, but it hasn’t happened yet. This was inspired by an instagram photo posted by Kat Mon Dieu of she and the great Dirty Martini performing at Night of a Thousand Stevies.

cavigliascabinet:

Drawn in the audience, inked at home, painted digitally. From left: Jonny Porkpie, Tigger, Tansy.

I now have this up at Society6! Who doesn’t want a Pinchbottom Burlesque themed iphone case?

cavigliascabinet:

Drawn in the audience, inked at home, painted digitally. From left: Jonny Porkpie, Tigger, Tansy.

I now have this up at Society6! Who doesn’t want a Pinchbottom Burlesque themed iphone case?

(via cavigliaillustration)

Drawn in the audience, inked at home, painted digitally. From left: Jonny Porkpie, Tigger, Tansy.
The esteemed Trav S.D. and I were lucky enough to attend a preview performance of Pinchbotton Burlesque’s Pretençión a week ago. I’ve discussed writer, co-director and performer Jonny Porkpie (who I met a frightening number of years ago when he produced Tiny Ninja Theater) previously here, when I reviewed his mystery novel. Which brings me to Pretençión.
I say this all the time, but I’m mostly alarmingly old fashioned in my taste, eschewing the conceptual for the narrative at almost every turn. Pretençión isn’t simply an excellent burlesque showcase full of headliners (which is is), but a delightful send-up (ahem. burlesque) of the insufferabilities of Cirque de Soleil and other deeply earnest theatrical tropes. It’s a riot. And the burlesque acts are all stars. But it has an arc, as much as one can say a Marx Brothers film has a beginning, a middle and an end, i.e. it has a story on which to hang all the gags and ecdysiastical performances. I’ve never seen Tansy perform before, but she was a complete delight. Tigger, Porkpie, Murray Hill, Broadway Brassy, Julie Atlas Muz (as a mime. Hilarious.) round out the rest of the regular cast - though there might be some dropping in and out, schedules permitting, etc. etc. All funny and charming as per usual.
It’s running Thursdays @ 10 and Sundays @ 8
The Elektra Theater, 669 8th Avenue NYC
Buy tickets here.

Drawn in the audience, inked at home, painted digitally. From left: Jonny Porkpie, Tigger, Tansy.

The esteemed Trav S.D. and I were lucky enough to attend a preview performance of Pinchbotton Burlesque’s Pretençión a week ago. I’ve discussed writer, co-director and performer Jonny Porkpie (who I met a frightening number of years ago when he produced Tiny Ninja Theater) previously here, when I reviewed his mystery novel. Which brings me to Pretençión.

I say this all the time, but I’m mostly alarmingly old fashioned in my taste, eschewing the conceptual for the narrative at almost every turn. Pretençión isn’t simply an excellent burlesque showcase full of headliners (which is is), but a delightful send-up (ahem. burlesque) of the insufferabilities of Cirque de Soleil and other deeply earnest theatrical tropes. It’s a riot. And the burlesque acts are all stars. But it has an arc, as much as one can say a Marx Brothers film has a beginning, a middle and an end, i.e. it has a story on which to hang all the gags and ecdysiastical performances. I’ve never seen Tansy perform before, but she was a complete delight. Tigger, Porkpie, Murray Hill, Broadway Brassy, Julie Atlas Muz (as a mime. Hilarious.) round out the rest of the regular cast - though there might be some dropping in and out, schedules permitting, etc. etc. All funny and charming as per usual.

It’s running Thursdays @ 10 and Sundays @ 8

The Elektra Theater, 669 8th Avenue NYC

Buy tickets here.

This was my entry to the NYBF illustration contest. I think I’ll tweak it a bit and submit it to some tshirt sites - since it already has such a limited palette, I may as well! I’ll keep you up to date with what’s going on with this as I proceed.

This was my entry to the NYBF illustration contest. I think I’ll tweak it a bit and submit it to some tshirt sites - since it already has such a limited palette, I may as well! I’ll keep you up to date with what’s going on with this as I proceed.