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Wednesday, September 23, 2009

The Magic Gardens Launch Party

Posted by Marjorie Skinner on Wed, Sep 23, 2009 at 1:53 PM

Last month we printed an excerpt from Viva Las Vegas' new memoir Magic Gardens, chronicling the early days of her Portland stripping career. The official launch party has been scheduled, so mark your calendars for Tuesday October 6th at Dantes, 7:30-11 pm, for the free party (spend your money on your outfit: "black tie is encouraged"!) featuring readings by the nutritionally beneficial Dandy Warhols' Courtney Taylor-Taylor, artist and star of the memoir Mona Superhero, Pennie Lane (AKA Kate Hudson's character in Almost Famous), rock critic extraordinaire Richard Meltzer, Storm Large, Vicki Keller, owner of the historic Mary's Club (where Viva currently dances), and Walt Curtis. Also look for performances from dancers like Malice and Satori, plus Blaze, Moxie, Charlotte Treuse, Nikita, and Ruby, and the "Viva Las Vegas doughnut" from Voodoo, which comes with the first 50 books sold. You can also catch Viva's band, Coco Cobra and the Killers, plus a set from Swing Time Fascinators. The whole shebang is DJ'd by Gregarius and MC'd by Voodoo owner Tres Shannon, too—kind of a lot to get out of the way before 11 pm!

UPDATE!: Just got word that former PDX burlesque queen Lucy Fur is also performing at the launch, coming up from Los Angeles all special-like!

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