(Editor’s Note: This post was first published on 8 June 2014.)
Last night there was karaoke at Nico’s in Little Italy. There has been karaoke every Saturday night at Nico’s for years now. Mike the DJ had all his equipment set up by 9:30 pm when karaoke is supposed to start, but there were only a few people in the dinning room where karaoke is held and Mike didn’t have enough singers. He likes to begin with at least five singers.
As I stood near the DJ station and looked around at the few people who sat at the tables and in the booths, I asked Mike if he thought we would get a crowd. Mike said he hoped so, but could never tell. Especially, since the weather was so nice (balmy) and the Three Rivers Arts Festival had started downtown. He said people might start coming in late.
We shouldn’t have worried. Karaoke started late last night, but by 11:00 pm the place was rockin’. He came over to point out to me that the guy who was then singing was imitating me, holding the mike high in the air to sing up into, swaying wildly back and forth and tossing the mike from one hand to the other without looking.
I did noticed that more of the singers did seem to turn their backs to the monitor more often so that they could maintain better eye contact with the audience. Which meant the singers were making an effort to memorize the lyrics which is the essence of my theory of karaoke as performance art. The Old Soldier sang two songs last night.
Karaoke is alive and well every Saturday night at Nico’s in Little Italy. Be there or be square.
Don’t forget that as soon as I get up every morning I change the featured story on the front page. All the better to showcase our flash fiction.
The Girlie Magazine
I’ve done a little more research on “girlie magazines” and there is a real history there. Starting around 1900 magazine production with photos and distribution became cheap enough to be profitable. Of course, these magazines targeted male readers not only with photos of nude women but with the texts they carried. They published copy about “manly” things and the male lifestyle.
My little girlie magazine is aimed at women, too. Most of the erotic flash fiction in this magazine is written by women. From the submissions that I get, women just seem to have a better understanding of what erotic fiction is and how to write it. That’s my experience as an editor and a publisher.
Anyway, the new subtitle of the PittsburghFlashFiction is The Girlie Magazine.
This is the Old Soldier reporting for the PittsburghFlashFiction, a different kind of girlie magazine.