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That's a headline we've been waiting to write for about 12 years, and frankly, we're kinda surprised it took so long.
The Spice Girl in question is Mel B., who'll be starring in the painfully capitalized PEEPSHOW, Planet Hollywood's latest over-the-top, very Vegas-y production, which also includes Playboy playmate and Dancing with the Stars champ Kelly Monaco, along with 20 more sexy dancers and an all-female band.
We should clarify that PEEPSHOW isn't exactly a sleazy porn thing, but more of a "highly stylized, full-throttle modern burlesque show that combines sexy striptease and celebrity with high-level production values and a dash of passion."
So, are they gonna be naked or not? We'll find out when the show starts March 30.
And year after year, the courts decide that Boobs on Bikes can go ahead. This year it's an Auckland court saying that since last year over 80,000 people gathered to watch the topless gals (and guys) ride motorbikes through the city streets, it obviously wasn't offensive to everybody.
That means that on Wednesday all visitors to Auckland will probably spot the Queens Street parade, a precursor to the Erotica Expo. Get there early, because those crowds mean it's hard to get a good viewing spot. And there's plenty to be viewed.
· NZ Court Gives Green Light to Boobs on Bikes Parade [Reuters]
· Boobs on Bikes Ride Again [Jaunted]
· New Zealand Appreciates the Human Form [Jaunted]
New Zealand's really making a name for itself with the whole Boobs on Bikes parade series, and those female body parts just seem to keep sticking out. They're even extending it to Boobs on Tanks for those who don't have a bike!
This week in Auckland the topless gals hit the streets again--allegedly to promote the three-day Erotica Expo--but it's starting to seem like it's all just the next wave of publicity for New Zealand. Lord of the Rings taught us about NZ's great scenery: We know we can go bungee-jumping and whitewater rafting there, but now we know there are also great looking topless girls on parade. If those aren't enough reasons for a holiday, what else do you need?
[Photo: Che Fox]
The fallout from the weekend's Boobs on Bikes parade in Christchurch, New Zealand, is all over the local papers there. And most of it's bad news.
First off, there are the school boys who skipped school to catch a glimpse of some nice breasts but got caught when they wound up in a photo on the front page of the local paper. One student eloquently said "It was worth it," while a grandmother of one of the boys added "They were not taking drugs or robbing banks." True.
But sadly the word on the streets is that the boys didn't really get to see much, anyway. Said several Christchurch men: "There were not enough girls and it was all over too soon." Apparently there were a few topless men, too, but the thousands of male onlookers weren't interested. Come on, Christchurch: if you're going to give us Boobs on Bikes, give us plenty of 'em.
[Photo: David Hallett/The Press]
· Truants Caught at Boobs on Bikes [MSN]
· Crowds Less Than Titillated by Boobs on Bikes [Newstalk Auckland]
· Boobs on Bikes hit Christchurch [The Press]
· Boobs on Bikes Ride Again [Jaunted]
Here's the new travel trend: nude fitness holidays. Apparently the Dutch guy who's about to open up his gym to naked fitness freaks every Sunday morning has been getting inquiries from all around the world about Nudifit. Rock up to Patrick de Man's gym in Heteren, the Netherlands, between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. starting next Sunday and you'll be able to work out minus the workout clothes.
Thousands of British people (who we'd always thought were a bit prudish, but obviously not) have been in contact with the gym, keen to hang out there (literally) next time they're in the Netherlands. Be warned, though, if your intentions are not 100% pure: "anyone who shows up just to ogle will be thrown out."
Management is also proud, it says, to be expanding the sporting options for nudists beyond the annual Roskilde naked running race and the World Naked Bike Ride. Perhaps some of New Zealand's Boobs on Bikes gals would also like to sign up to the Dutch gym.
· Gym Lets Members Get Buff in the Buff [CNN]
· Brits Keen on Nude Gym Sessions [Ananova]
· Boobs on Bikes Ride Again [Jaunted]
Seems like those Kiwis just can't get enough of a good thing. It was only last August that the first Boobs on Bikes parade had some 30 porn stars (naked, of course) riding motorbikes around Auckland's city center, all to promote the Erotica Lifestyles Expo.
Now it's Christchurch's turn and Cathedral Square is the location for Friday's Boobs on Bikes. There have (again) been a number of complaints, but it seems that riding naked on a motorcycle is not illegal, and the parade needs no council approval because it's labeled "promotional" rather than "official." Police can only intervene if there's a "breach of the peace." That's possible if around 100,000 onlookers--the number who watched the breasts roll by in Auckland--get too excited.
· Christchurch Police Urged to Stop Boobs on Bikes [Stuff NZ]
· NZ Appreciates the Human Form [Jaunted]
Talk about a sassy granny.
Red-light district experts seem to be drifting east from the Netherlands into Germany, if the latest appointment to a Berlin brothel is anything to go by. Waltraud Hotzl, better known simply as Mumsy by all, with her 70 years of age, is making a big success of her position as a bouncer in red-light Berlin. Not only does she keep the clients in line and dispose of drunks easily, she also does her share of disciplining the staff. Her boss says:
If she hears a squabble between the girls, she will shout 'Children, all quiet on deck please.' Total silence always follows.Most sensible people we know have retired by the time they hit 70, but perhaps Waltraud is on some kind of working holiday for pensioners. She might pop up in a brothel near you soon.
· Don't Get Mumsy Mad [Edmonton Sun]
· Red Light District Endangered [Jaunted]
Many travelers to Amsterdam are expecting to find something more than tulips and canals. It's a place where window-shopping means more than just looking at the latest fashions, and you can observe many of the kinds of activities not practised so publicly in other parts of the world. This famously open and free-thinking city even has a Prostitute Information Centre for anyone to learn about the industry; one-hour tours are even available, guided by former prostitutes.
So it's with more than a little concern that news from Amsterdam this week reports the iminent closure of almost half of the licensed businesses in the Red Light District. Licenses can be revoked when a link to criminal money is proved or--as is argued in this case--merely suspected.
Let's be honest, some of us just want to poke around Amsterdam to see a little of the other side; kind of like adventure travel. If they're going to take that away, we'll be stuck with New Zealand's Boobs on Bikes for entertainment and the way the police down there are complaining, there mightn't even be any good knockers for us to ogle.
[Image via Rinaface/Flickr]
Amsterdam Closes Red Light District [News from Amsterdam]
New Zealand Appreciates the Human Form [Jaunted]
Sick of waiting for London's Academy of Sex and Relationships to open? We've got something to keep you, well, satisfied until then.
It's a long way from London but they still speak some kind of English down in Auckland, New Zealand, and from the 25th to the 27th August they're holding the Erotica Lifestyles Expo. It features exhibitions on sexuality, health and well-being and a highlight could be the chance to get a photograph of you with a famous porn star, perfect for framing and hanging in the kitchen.
If you're not prepared to hand over the NZ$20 entry fee, hang out downtown for the Boobs on Bikes parade. About 30 naked porn stars will ride on motorbikes and in open cars around the city center to open and promote the expo. This motorcade is not without its critics, of course; but as one town councillor aptly put it, "I appreciate the human form." If you do to, head down to NZ soon.
Boobs on Bikes Gets Green Light [NZ Herald]
Cataloguing False Starts [Jaunted]
While it is by no means complete, a Google mapper who goes by the handle Mr. X has put together a map of U.S. poker rooms.
California is far in away the most poker full state on this map. Clicking on map points gives you details like, web site info, street address and number of poker tables at each poker room.
Not a bad start, but what about the Oaks Card Club on San Pablo Ave in Emeryville?
Here is what one player thought of the Oaks:
If you've ever wondered what it would be like to walk in on Lucchese family rejects playing poker in uncharacteristically bright lighting on a Tuesday night, I guess this is the place to go.
Hopefully Mr. X is just getting started with this mash up, we would love to see it grow.
[image via in2jazz]
It was bound to happen. Looks like some enterprising Google Maps API aficionados have put together a Google Strip Club Mash Up.
The map chronicles strip club locations in the United States and boldly claims:
These is a fully interactive map that allows you to view the gentlemen's clubs and their surroundings to easy plan a trip to each. If you are new to an area and want to get information about your nearest "titty bar" or a local spot to enjoy some adult entertainment, stripclubmap.com is for you.
No wonder those Google guys are decagagillionaires.
Unfortunately, this map has alerted us to the fact that a strip club called Club La Casa in Millinocket Maine exists. Godspeed to anyone who dares to step foot inside that club. Let's just say we are guessing it is nothing like Scores.
One unique feature of Mumbai nightlife has been its dance bars, where pretty ladies dance to Bollywood songs in return for tips in the form of "money showers" from appreciative men. At least they don't call them golden showers.
The bars were a feature until last fall, when the state government there banned the practice, saying that the dance bars were a cover for prostitution and encouraged crime. With one stroke of the pen, 75,000 women were thrown out of work and 1,300 bars were closed. With few other options, some of the former dancers did take up the world's oldest profession to make ends meet.
Yesterday, Mumbai's High Court overturned the ruling, saying that the ban was unconstitutional. The bar girls, the owners, and other workers aren't out of the woods yet, though, since the ban will remain in effect for at least eight more weeks to give the state to file an appeal. The state has said it will require to bars to re-apply for permits, so we hope that money showers are soon to return.
· Mumbai dance bars to reopen [GG2]
· Bar girls dance with joy over HC order [Hindustan Times]
· Ban lifted but dance bar not a fundamental right [Culcutta Telegraph]
· Bar Girls of Mumbai [Dance with Shadows]