About frankyvivid

Franky Vivid is a poet and burlesque producer from Chicago. He is married to burlesque star Michelle L’amour, with whom he co-founded the international literary salon Naked Girls Reading in 2009. For four years he was the curator of the Everleigh Social Club in Chicago, an experiment in using Cyprianism to inform the operation of a private arts club. Vivid is a Freemasonic Knight Templar and founder of Paradise Garden #7. For more on Cyprianism and a continuing discussion about elements of The Seed and its underlying Philosophy and Practice, visit him at www.cyprianism.com.


Reunion_Poster_HighTen years ago, International Burlesque Superstar Michelle L’amour started a burlesque group that would take Chicago by storm. In 2010 the Chicago Starlets were inducted into the Burlesque Hall of Fame in Las Vegas as the Best Group in the World. Over the years, the Starlets made a name for themselves as many of them have traveled the world doing their special brand of striptease.

Now, ladies from the ten year history of the Chicago Starlets are getting back together for the sexiest reunion show the Windy City has ever seen!

Dottie La Vie, Lady Ginger, Honey Halfpint, Brooklyn Britches, Frenchie Kiss, Porcelain Pistoal, Penny Rose, Lacie Roulet, Millie Toulouse, Kami Oh, Stella LaRocque, Sophia Hart, Rhonda Vous, Lily Bloom, DeVaughn Dior, Deirde Doll, Dominique Trixx, Ivy Fabulous, Vivian Velvet, Nora Gretz and Michelle L’amour are all back to shake it once again on the City Winery stage!


Getting Intimate with You…


I’d like to take a moment and share with you something very personal and exciting. For the last year, I’ve been thinking about putting together a show that is more daring, more intimate, more vulnerable than anything I’ve done before. I enjoy performing for you so much and I want to keep upping the stakes.
I’ve been resonating on words like “luxurious”, “dBPT_buy_tickets_largearing”, even “dangerous” – things that will take my naked artistry to the next level.
So here it is. This is the announcement many of you have been waiting for. Spend your Valentine’s weekend with me as I debut Le Nu (naked) at Carnivale. This is not a huge theater show. It is an intimate, personal – almost private – show for only a few dozen guests.
Le Nu is a European-inspired evening where guests will be immersed in the sumptuous surroundings of Carnivale’s Samba Room and served decadent desserts while me and a hand picked collection of amazing musicians, dancers, absurdist clowns and more entertain you. Beyond that, I dare not share the indulgent details of this steamy show. You’ll have to be there to find out. Trust me, you will never be the same.

It is the perfect addition to your romantic plans for Valentine’s weekend. I hope to see you there!

Seating is so limited that it is like you’re getting a private show.

Have an incredible dinner at Carnivale and then join us upstairs for the hottest night of winter. It’s the perfect Valentine’s Date.


Chocolate and Peanut Butter Cigar, Tres Leches with Espresso Fondant, AND Passion Fruit Tart.


Old Time Strip Show – April 24

OTSS-11X17-2015-smThe Old Time Strip Show, sponsored by Studio L’amour, is at the Abbey Pub on April 24th, 2015 at 10pm (doors at 9pm). The show is hosted by Sammy the Tramp and stars the Chicago Starlets, Michelle L’amour and all of these special guests:

Di’ Lovely – San Diego
Talloolah Love – Atlanta
Bianca Boom Boom – Toronto
Eva Strangelove – Austin
Ursula Undress – Atlanta
Siren Santina – Knoxville
Audrey DeLuxe – LA
One Chance Fancy – Nashville

At the Abbey Pub, there are 3 levels of ticket pricing. Floor seats, balcony seats and standing room. Get the tickets you want now!

A percentage of proceeds will benefit the Performing Legends of the Burlesque Hall of Fame.This year, your support will benefit these fine ladies of burlesque:

Velvet Ice
Camille 2000
Di Alba
Judith Stein
Lottie the Body
Suzette Fontaine
Toni Elling
Val Valentine

Each year, the Burlesque Hall of Fame holds a pageant, founded by the late great Dixie Evans, in Las Vegas that features burlesque stars of the past and crowns a new Queen. Michelle L’amour won the title of Miss Exotic World in 2005, the Chicago Starlets won Best Group in 2010, and Frenchie Kiss won Best Duo with Jett Adore in 2012. The Old Time Strip Show is proud to sponsor some of the finest burlesque legends in order to help get them to Vegas for this annual pageant and burlesque reunion. Thank you for your support!


WIGGLEROOM-POSTER-JAN2015-SMALLWiggle Room is back on January 17th at The High-Hat Club starring Chicago’s TOP comics, Michelle L’amour and us! We are very excited to move to a NEW night and NEW venue. Showtime is 10pm and doors are at 9:30pm. In addition to great burlesque and stand up comedy, High-Hat also serves food and great cocktails. Wiggle Room will run weekly on Saturdays at 10pm. Get your tix to the premiere now!

2015 Burlesque

DSC_2737bwKick your resolutions into gear and get your sexy self to a burlesque class at Studio L’amour! Registration is now open for all classes starting the week of January 5. Fan dancing is back with Michelle L’amour, as is flapper fundamentals with LuLu Bon Coup. First time student? Try the 4 week basic burlesque class with Lady Ginger or Frenchie Kiss. It’s a small commitment with a life long effect! There is also advanced choreography for those that are ready to take it to the next level. There truly is something for everyone.

See you in 2015!