SuicideGirls sashay from Internet site to local stage


Published: Thursday, January 22, 2004 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 22, 2004 at 12:18 a.m.

Things are about to get a little saucy in downtown Gainesville.

Facts

Burlesque show

  • What: SuicideGirls Live Burlesque Show

  • When: 9 p.m. Monday

  • Where: Market Street Pub, 120 SW 1st Ave.

  • Tickets: $8 in advance, $10 day of show. Advance tickets can be purchased at Smoke, Hyde & Zeke Records, Market Street Pub Bar, or online at marketstreetpub.com.

  • The SuicideGirls Live, a touring burlesque show with a unique punk rock edge, will invade Gainesville Monday night for a show at Market Street Pub.

    The live show is actually an offshoot of the popular Web site suicidegirls.com, an interactive forum that "combines the DIY attitude of underground culture with a vibrant, sex-positive community of women and men," according to spokeswoman Jennifer Vogelmann.

    "The site is a community, a lifestyle that says sexuality and intelligence are not mutually exclusive," she said.

    A group of young women in Portland, Ore., started the site in September 2001. One of the primary founders, Missy, had a passion for old pinup art and decided to encourage her friends to post sexy photos of themselves on the site.

    Vogelmann said the name doesn't have any deep meaning. "They just thought it sounded cool," she said.

    While it's not porn, it's certainly not for the faint of heart, and parents should know the site features nudity. A good amount of nudity, in fact.

    The site, which charges anywhere from $4 to $9 per month to join, mixes revealing images of some of its members - known as SuicideGirls - with music and alternative culture in a decidedly unapologetic way.

    Now boasting upwards of 500,000 visitors per week, SuicideGirls has grown through word of mouth and some rather creative marketing, which includes the touring burlesque show.

    But the SuicideGirls site is more than just sexy photos. Members post events, post to message boards, comment on the pictures and the SuicideGirl journals, and even hook up with one another.

    With the ability for members to create their own profile page, members can search for one another based on location, age, sex and personal preferences. Vogelmann said the site even resulted in a recent marriage between two members.

    The site even offers political commentary, original fiction and celebrity interviews.

    "I like it because it encourages individuality," Vogelmann said. "It's a synergy of sensuality and intelligence."

    The burlesque show, featuring six girls from the site, began in 2002 and has been picking up momentum across the nation. The burlesque girls will be scantily clad, but not nude, Vogelmann said. She stressed that local ordinances are researched in advance and the show never violates them.

    The alt-rock trio bloom., originally from Gainesville and now out of Orlando, are touring with the show and open each date. They also pick a local band to play on the bill, with Towers of Hanoi slated for Monday night.

    Douglas Jordan can be reached at 374-5036 or jordand@gvillesun.com.

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