Meet The Lady: First Ladies
posted May 9, 2011 10:04 AM   RSS | iCal | +googleCal

Fri May 20 at 8:00 PM, 92YTribeca
200 Hudson St, New York, NY, USA (Map & Directions)
This is a monthly variety show inspired by the Meet The Lady tumblr blog (a former MetaFilter Project and FPP). The show consists of film/TV clips, live performances, and ribald entertainments, hosted by yours truly. This month we're putting together a purely frivolous tribute to First Ladies.
The show will feature First Lady memoirs performed as monologues by gay men, gossipy surprise guests (spoiler: hear all about mefite schmegegge's experience working for New York's First-Lady-In-Waiting, Sandra Lee) and cinematic portrayals of the FLOTUS in action!

IMPORTANT: Dress as your favorite first lady and win a prize in our costume contest!

Monologues performed by:

John Epperson (who is also the drag legend Lypsinka)

Performer and nightlife impresario Will Clark

Comedian Shawn Hollenbach

Nick Chase (writer and director of The Shells Show)

Peter J. Cook (co-founder of NYC's "Terrible Baby Theater Company")

Opera singer Cory Clines

Also: snacks by The Food Daddy (aka Cas Marino), burlesque by Iris Explosion, and perfume samples from Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab!

92YTribeca is walking distance from the A,C,E,1,N,Q,R, and W trains. There's a cafe attached to the screening room that sells food, beer, and wine which you can bring into the screening room. -- and we always party afterward. Let's hang out!
posted by hermitosis to Exhibition (20 comments total)

We are THERE!
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 10:33 AM on May 9, 2011 [1 favorite]

Check the MTA website before you head out, folks. I'm not sure the W is running that weekend.
posted by Eideteker at 10:51 AM on May 9, 2011

The W doesn't exist at all anymore, so probably not.
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 6:41 AM on May 10, 2011 [1 favorite]

Shit, does anyone know where I can buy a terno dress in New York?
posted by kkokkodalk at 3:58 PM on May 10, 2011 [1 favorite]

What's a terno dress?
posted by ocherdraco at 4:26 AM on May 11, 2011

OMG Sonya. I think you need to email Manila Luzon from Drag Race season 3!

As for me, I'll be serving up some major Barbara Bush shoulder-pad REALNESS in a gorgeous champagne skirt-suit.
posted by hermitosis at 11:01 AM on May 11, 2011 [1 favorite]

Yea, I think my terno search isn't going to magically produce one in time for this. I might have to go for business-casual Imelda. I'm going to see if I can hot glue gun and cardboard some terno-style sleeves on a bolero or make a pair I can slip on like those floaties kids wear at the pool and wear it with a maxi dress. Hmmm, maybe I should try and get in touch with Manila. She might have some tips for this.

Unfortunately, this MTL is happening right after work, so all of this is actually happening or not is totally going to depend on how much of this outfit is Voltron-able to bring to work. I really don't feel like trying to explain why I'm dressed like Imelda Marcos to coworkers all day Friday.
posted by kkokkodalk at 2:04 PM on May 11, 2011

You've been there a while -- why would they even think to ask?
posted by hermitosis at 9:17 PM on May 11, 2011

Hmm... I wonder if I could find an old fashioned beauty parlor and get my hair "set" like all the mid-20th Century first ladies...
posted by ocherdraco at 1:56 PM on May 12, 2011

There are a few places here in Greenpoint where I'm sure that's ALL they do.
posted by hermitosis at 2:55 PM on May 12, 2011 [1 favorite]

First prize in the costume contest is a book of First Lady paper dolls, signed by the artist. Many thanks to Tom Tierney for sending them to us!
posted by hermitosis at 2:33 PM on May 14, 2011

At Mood today buying fabric and was trying to explain to the young, probably PRATT/FIT/Parsons student working there part-time, why I needed the stiffest of stiff interfacing or a fusible stiffener or something whatever those things are I read about online.

[Salesperson looks skeptically at the interfacing I want]
Salesperson: [in a voice that can only be described as a bored drone] You know, I don't think that's like for wearing? What are you using it for anyway?
Me: No worries, it's not even for real clothes, just some sleeves for a costume. It's so I can make like a, uh, mock terno sleeve?
[puzzled look from her]
Me: Like what Imelda Marcos wears. The traditional dress from the Philippines. It's got this super high stiff shoulder, I don't know, that metal mohawk on Ultraman's head.
[still puzzled look, but decides to stop asking and pulls out bolt to cut me the piece of interfacing that's probably for like shoes or something]
Salesperson:...wait, is that the lady with like, the shoe problems?
Me:................Ha, uh, yea, I guess you could say she had shoe problems.
Salesperson: Yeeeaaa, my mom used call me me that all the time whenever I'd buy shoes.
posted by kkokkodalk at 2:31 PM on May 19, 2011 [1 favorite]

Hey! It turns out that Patty McCormack, who played Pat Nixon in "Frost/Nixon" is going to be calling us during the show to chat about her role.

(She was nominated for an Oscar in 1957 for her role as little Rhoda in "The Bad Seed"!)
posted by hermitosis at 9:13 PM on May 19, 2011

OMG, would it be weird for me to bring my (book) copy of "The Bad Seed" and have her sign it? =( I mean it's not her movie, but it's the closest I've got. I want it to say something like, "That badge will be mine. Love, Rhoda Penmark."
posted by kkokkodalk at 9:44 PM on May 19, 2011

oh wait, duh, she's calling in....reading comprehension! This is what happens when you sew until 2:30 am.
posted by kkokkodalk at 11:27 PM on May 19, 2011

You should still ask her to sign it, then get angry when she insists she can't through the phone/skype.
posted by Eideteker at 6:21 AM on May 20, 2011

posted by kkokkodalk at 7:50 AM on May 20, 2011

I would stand and applaud. Slowly at first, with a gradual crescendo to a raucous outburst of support from the entire crowd. She'd have no recourse but to acquiesce.
posted by Eideteker at 8:09 AM on May 20, 2011

Got my ticket, so I guess I'll be there. I've been feeling a bit better today, though if I start coughing uncontrollably, I'll have to excuse myself in what is hopefully not the most embarrassing way possible.
posted by Eideteker at 3:31 PM on May 20, 2011


A Mefite sweep of the First Lady costume contest!
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 9:18 PM on May 20, 2011 [1 favorite]

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