Geektivities: 5 Nerdy Burlesque Shows to See in L.A. (NSFW)

I am slowly coming into my own as a sexually liberated 30-something woman; discovering what turns me on and engaging freely with the raunchy. As an avid smutty fanfiction reader, I am always looking for a sexy fandom mashup, and apparently, that’s a thing now.

Enter fandom burlesque. Yes, I said burlesque–as in performances in a variety show format, performed in cabarets, clubs, and theatres, featuring bawdy comedy and female striptease. This isn’t just a sex show, though. These productions create a tongue-in-cheek atmosphere that pokes fun at my favorite fandoms. While some of these great performances have come and gone, do not fear! A few of the shows mentioned are coming up this month and tickets are still available.

Enjoy and be sure to click on the links for ticket info and previews.

xoxo The Collectiva Diva

1) The Goonies Parody Burlesque


What: “The Boobies” create a parody performance of the 1985 cult classic “The Goonies”.

When: Mondays @ 9:30pm

Where: 3Clubs 1123 Vine Street, Los Angeles

Cost: $15

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Hey Potterheads, Let’s Talk About the Quidditch World Cup

Ms. J.K. Rowling has been busy of late. With the film Fantastical Beasts and Where To Find Them  becoming a reality, and the Harry Potter theme park an attraction for Potterheads of all ages, it seems that the Harry Potter fandom has plenty to be excited about.

But wait, there’s more.

Ms. Rowling has penned a bit of “gossip” about the Boy Who Lived and his two closest friends visiting the 2014 Quidditch World Cup. Fans of the epilogue of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows should be sure to read this one. You can find the ficlet here.

Perhaps Rowling’s return to the famous trio indicates a longer work is in the cards.

We can only hope.


The Collectress


Sir Patrick Stewart for Minister of Magic

I’ve made no secret of my love of Stephen Colbert, and so when Stephen “My Spirit Animal” Colbert had Sir Patrick Stewart as a guest recently, my reaction was something like this:


Can I just take a moment? Just a quick fangirl moment to say that Sir Patrick Stewart has mastered the acting biz? No, seriously, think about it. Who amongst today’s actors can corner the market on sci-fi (Captain Picard, yo), superheroes (Professor X!), AND Shakespearean drama? Continue reading

Fanfic Wednesday: Then Comes a Mist and a Weeping Rain

Title:Then Comes a Mist and a Weeping Rain         Author: Faith Wood

Pairings: Draco Malfoy/Harry Potter                               Word Count: 21,139

The Premise

Author’s Summary: 

It always rains for Draco Malfoy. Metaphorically. And literally. Ever since he had accidentally Conjured a cloud. A cloud that’s ever so cross.

My Thoughts

Drarry was the first slash ship I ever shipped, and this was way before shipping referred to anything other than FedEx or heavy freighters. Every once in a while, I circle back to it, because it’s comfortable and familiar, like a favorite pair of jeans.

Faith Wood takes a common metaphor–the raincloud that follows around gloomy folks–and makes it literal for Draco. This is post-war eighth-year Hogwarts, (aka a EWE fic), and Draco is suffering from an intense amount of guilt. So when he conjures a cloud in Charms class, it sticks around as his own personal emotional barometer. The more upset Draco is, the more the cloud rains on him. Enter Harry Potter, who is determined to make the cloud disappear by brightening Draco’s mood. (literally and figuratively)

I stumbled across this fic after a particularly horrendous day (I felt like I had my own personal stormcloud over my head, like Draco) and this story made it better.

Read if you’re a Drarry fan or you need some magical fluff.

Shipfully yours,

The Collectress

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Fanfic Wednesday: Definitions of Romance



Title: Definitions of Romance                  Author: Elizabeth Culmer

Pairings: Harry Potter x Hermione Grnger       Word Count: 2148

The Premise

Author’s Summary: Everyone said they were the least romantic couple in the world. A love story: HarryHermione.

My Thoughts

I’ve never really shipped Harry x Hermione…but good writing is good writing. I read this one a few years ago, and I remember really appreciating the structure of the piece–so much so that I went back through hundreds (if not thousands) of HP fanfics to find it. It’s framed and structured very similarly to one of my favorite short stories “The Year of Silence,” and I appreciate the more literary approach. A great deal of fanfiction is written in a casual style (which after 2 degrees in literature, is a welcome relief), but the author of “Definitions of Romance” elevates her piece with simple, crisp sentences that shows the story instead of telling it.

I love the simplicity of this story, and the practicality of both Harry and Hermione when they plan their wedding. (Having just been a bridesmaid for a ridiculous extravaganza of a wedding, let me tell  you that simpler is better.) And I think that it suits Hermione’s personality well.

Read for the beautiful style and the fluffiness.

Shipfully yours,

The Collectress

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