Monday, December 10, 2012

4th Annual "Wizard of Oz"(1939) Sing Out! 12/15 &12/16

"....if I ever go looking for my heart's desire again, I won't look any further than my own back yard.
Because if it isn't there, I never really lost it to begin with!"

Come join in a new holiday traditon with our 4th annual all ages "Sing Out!"
of the beloved musical "The Wizard of Oz" (1939)

Though not a traditional "holiday movie" this film truly embraces the holiday spirit with a
classic tale of friendship, adventure and the eternal truth that "there's no place like home".

Though dedicated to "the young at heart" this event is especially fun for the little ones because they are
allowed to sing,dance and interact with the film. Boo and hiss when the Wicked Witch arrives!
Blow bubbles to welcome Glinda, It's all part of the fun!

Attendees are encouraged to bring their "Play a Long" props of a kazoo,lollipops,bubbles,noisemakers
and a magic wand to join in with the movie.
If you forget,don't worry!
Glinda the Good Witch will have goodie bags for sale for $1.00 at the theater.
Costumes and fancy dress are encouraged and all dressed up guests can join Glinda, Dorothy and The Wicked Witch of The West for a costume parade before the film.

House of Glitterbest would like to thank the citizens of our magical city for another great year- truly there is no place like OUR home.

House of Glitterbest (formerly Fleur de Lethal) Presents
An All Ages "Sing Out" Screening of

December 15th & 16th

The Clinton Street Theater
2522 SE Clinton St.
Portland, Or 97202

Doors @ 1:00
Film @ 2:00
All Ages
Admission is $5.00/Children under 12 $2.00

Thursday, November 1, 2012

11/7 "Grey Gardens" @ Clinton St. Theater- Little Edie's 95th Birthday!

 "It's very difficult to keep the line between the past and the present. You know what I mean? It's awfully difficult"

In 1975 the documentary Grey Gardens the story of an elderly woman and her 56 year old daughter, former members of New York society and relatives to "American Royalty"captivated the country with it's unflinching gaze at their adapting to misfortune in a rotting mansion in the East Hamptons.

This story would have faded in to the archives had it not been for the electric presence of the daug
hter Edith Bouvier Beale. Better known as
"Little Edie", Miss Beale engrossed audiences with her dynamic story telling,comic flair,heartbreaking honesty about the world at large and her own
suspended dreams. Her unusual style propelled her to the forefront of popular culture where still, 37 years after the fact she is revered as high priestess of the eccentrics,a feminist vanguard and fashion icon.

November 7th, 2012 will mark the 95th anniversary of Little Edie's birth and The Clinton St. Theater is celebrating this STAUNCH lady with
2 screenings of Grey Gardens(1975) complete with cake and hors d'oeuvres.
Costumes are encouraged and will most certainly be rewarded,however we kindly ask that you leave all cats and racoons at home.

Wednesday November 7th,2012
All Ages, Beer & Wine 21+w/ valid ID

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Our New Endeavors

News you can use from the desk of Miss Glitterbest,

Dearest friends- so delighted that you are delighted with the recent news about our move to The Clinton Street Theater. We are clocking in a lot of hours this month sweeping corners, patching walls and putting some sparkle on the old girl's star.

The theater opened in 1915 and is one of the oldest operating movie houses in the US. The Clinton St...
. is famous for being the Portland home to The Rocky Horror Picture Show which it has shown *every* Saturday since 1978.
Please take time to check out the films they have coming through via their brand new website
We are thrilled to make it known that a good portion of our calendar has been plugged in and we have added some real jewels for your delight.
The first being a special screening of  "GREY GARDENS" on November 7th, which is Little Edie's 95th Birthday.
November  30th will also mark a reprise of HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH (in 2013 expect to see it as a monthly event.)
I am THRILLED to announce that December 15th &16th will hold 2 family friendly matinees of THE WIZARD OF OZ and there will be a friday night late night screening of "THE DARK SIDE OF OZ" (The Pink Floyd/WoOz mashup) on December 14th.
Also, make your Valentines plans now for 2 screemings of TRUE ROMANCE, complete with a dessert bar and champagne- because Portland, "you're so cool".
If TV is your game- we WILL be showing Walking Dead every week and drumroll......
MAD MEN Season 6------ GAME ON.

I couldn't be more pleased to be in league with such great people and to have my feelings about events and community mirrored in the owners. Lani Jo and Roger Leigh's passion and dedication to the revival of this Portland landmark is inspiring.
 I hope to see all my lovely friends, fiends and fans out for some events.
Thank you for ALL the support you have shown during this "Mr. Toad's Wild Ride" portion of FdL and I hope that in our new guise of House of Glitterbest, we can continue to shoot the moon and thrill you along the way.
For all the up to the minute news on Glitterbest please join our Facebook fan page
Aaaaand Action!,
Nico B.

Monday, September 24, 2012

Yes we CAN CAN-- Moulin Rouge! No.5 @ The Star Theater 10/27

"I mean the show will be a magnificent, opulent, tremendous, stupendous,gargantuan bedazzlement, a sensual ravishment.It will be...Spectacular Spectacular!"

Every year for one night a Portland theater transforms into a champagne and
absinthe drenched Montmarte to play host to a "Sing Out" screening of
Baz Lurhmann's 2001 musical epic starring Ewan McGregor and Nicole Kidman.

After 4 magnificent years at The Bagdad Theater we've decided to shoot for the stars...
More specifically, the historic Star Theater!
Come celebrate 5 glorious years of Freedom, Beauty, Truth and Love
and get dastardly with this years bewitching Halloween theme-The "Ghoul-in Rouge!"

In addition to the annual Can Can Showdown and Costume contest
this enchanting night also plays host to a pre-film cabaret featuring
Portland's own Sparkling Diamond of the pop-n-lock-n-bump-n-grind Angelique DeVil, Glitterbest's Own Bombastic Bombshell Miss Nico Bella, out of this world drag starlet Saturn and perhaps, a few surprises!

Because it is our 5th anniversary we are taking it up a few notches with *MORE* interactive features to the screening, full lyric sheets and an Absinthe bar flowing all night long- 
Perhaps this year you will glimpse the green fairy?

So gentlemen, dust off your monstrous monacles and toppers.
Ladies,fluff those skirts and snap your ghostly garters-
A dazzling,decadent night dedicated to "La Vie Boheme" held in
one of Portland's most beautiful nightclubs awaits you!

Glitterbest ( Formerly Fleur de Lethal Cinematheque )Presents
A Spectacular "Sing Out!" Spectacle
Saturday October 27nd
Doors 8:00 PM Film 10:00
13 NW 6th Ave Portland, OR 97209
$8 general admission
$16.00 Ooh La La V.I.P." package
This includes:
Priority entry and seating ,Champagne,Chocolate and
photobooth portraits.

Monday, September 10, 2012

New Dawn, New Day...New Life for me

And I'm feeling good....

A few updates to the new friends we have made out in the wild world of cinema and events.

After 7 months @ The Hollywood Theatre it has been decided by the powers that be that FdL is no longer
 a viable nor valuable entity to the theatre and thus, the remainder of the 2012 calendar has been cancelled @ The Hollywood.
Management here at FdL is grateful for the opportunity ( though truly, she is kicking herself for breaking up with McMenamins) to produce the events she did- and certainly hopes that her events - particuarly the ones she did gratis for the theatre- like The 2012 Oscar Broadcast and Mad Men were enjoyed by all.

 Not one to sulk for too long- (There were a few days of vodka and sweatpants, your ringmistress will not deny this) the wheels began turning and inspiration struck-- Why are we limiting ourselves to Movie Theaters?
There are dozens of other venues suitable for our big rowdy nights.
Though we call ourselves Cinematheque- it isn't about the theatre, it's about the movies.
and nowadays with the innovations in projection and mobility of screens- well- Cinema is what you make it, not where you make it.

I have been deeply inspired by Future Cinema in the U.K.
 Their interactive, high energy screenings of Grease and Bugsy Malone have opened my eyes to where this can go- and it's not just about movies and the preservation of "Cinema"- ( though I will tell you I will always be in love with film and projectors)
It is about using film and live action to create a space that allows the audience to escape reality- to lose themselves and have FUN.
Look What they did with Bugsy Malone!

I lost track of the fun in my trying to be some sort of kingpin of something that ultimately didn't matter to me- I allowed myself in the hustle of wanting to be recognized and be"cool" to absolutely forget everything that I stand for and that I actually DO stand for something.

My father passed away in March and it has forever changed how I see everything ( as the loss of someone dear always does) but it has also driven home the fact that the ride, is much too short and that everything we do should be infused with the best of us.
Cool points, street cred, whatever you call it- none of it matters unless you are brimming with your own personal joy at what you are giving to the world.
I have not been joyous- I have been going through the motions and it is time for something better.
In keeping with my own personal Sea Change- I decided that it was time for something new here @ FdL as charming as the play on words of Fleur de Lethal is - it ultimately is not a symbol for what I wish to represent in the world.
I am not a nihilist, I am deeply in love with the world and grateful to be alive to enjoy it.
Though I may love the language, images and mystery of crime and noir- I do not wish to be another force of darkness in an already compromised world.
( That being said though, we will never NOT show True Romance for Valentine's Day- It's just too good)
I deeply treasure creating space where people can be silly, sweet, hopelessly romantic,goofy and feel completely free to abandon the old apathy and particularly I treasure creating children's events where kinds are allowed to be free and let the magic of the movie transport them even more through interaction and costumes.
So as of September 7th, 2012 - Fleur de Lethal has officially rechristened it's self as-
The House of Glitterbest.
this name embraces my rebellious past and paves a sparkling road for the future
 ( "Glitterbest" was the imprint owned by Malcolm McLaren that unleashed The Sex Pistols on the world in 1977.)
 From my early days as a founder of the punk burlesque scene to my current days of sing a longs and sparkle I have been deeply dedicated to preserving the beautiful balance between glitter and gutter and keeping entertainment welcoming to and affordable for EVERYONE.
 In ambling for cred and press I left behind some of those values, well no more.
Things are changing- and these changes just mean more- more of what?
Let me start with these 4 things.


October 27th  The HMS Glitterbest smashes a bottle of Absinthe on her bough - as we launch in to YEAR 5 of  The MOULIN ROUGE! Sing-a-long.
This year we are taking the show to the stars.....or more correctly the historic STAR THEATER in Downtown Portland.
Tickets will be 8.00 in advance and 10.00 @ the door with VIP for 2 available for 35.00 this year. 
Tickets will go on sale next week and this year the room is limited to under 350 -However, we  have a  magnificent, opulent, tremendous, stupendous,gargantuan bedazzlement underway for you.

See you October 27th, consider it our housewarming.
( with Glitter cannons)

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

7/21 Dirty Dancing at The Hollywood Theatre

"Nobody puts Baby in the corner"

In 1987 few things made a woman's heart flutter ( and a man's eyes roll)
like the dance moves of Patrick Swayze.

In 2009- Patrick merengue'd his way up to heaven but his memory lives (and dances) on
On July 21st we celebrate summer love, swiveling hips and the magnetic power of 'The Swayze"
with a special showing of "Dirty Dancing" at The Hollywood Theatre.

As with all Fleur de Lethal screenings - if there is music we expect you to be dressed up and singing and dancing along.
So get out your black leather jackets, practice your lifts and rehearse your "Hungry Eyes"--you'll have the time of your life.

Fleur de Lethal Cinematheque Presents
Saturday July 21st ,2012
The Hollywood Theatre
4122 N.E.Sandy Blvd.
All Ages

Wednesday, May 30, 2012


"Simone: Do you have any dreams?
Pee Wee
: Yeah, I'm all alone. I'm rolling a big doughnut and this snake wearing a vest.."

There are a few things we are fond of in this town-movies,beer and dressing in silly costumes to name a few.
But the bicycle-oh,the bicycle- how we love the bicycle!
It is with our love of two wheeled chariots in mind that Fleur de
Lethal Cinematheque brings Pee Wee's Big Adventure
to it's new home at The Hollywood Theatre
for the
4th Annual Pee Wee's Big Weekend!

In keeping with tradition we provide 2 screenings-
A late night for big kids and a family friendly matinee.
As with all Fleur de Lethal screenings the movie is only HALF the show!
This year, bust out your gray suits and Amazing Larry Hawaiian shirts
to enter our costume contest,limber up your toes for the "tequila" dance off
and win the cup for best Pee Wee impersonation!

FdL screenings are always interactive so shout, cheer and boo along as we follow our
pal Pee Wee on his big adventure.

*This screening goes out to the kids,the kid in all of us and the willingness
to go to the end of the earth for something you love...especially your bike.


Fleur de Lethal Cinematheque Presents
2 screenings!
6/1 & 6/2
The Hollywood Theatre

6/1-Late Night Big Kid Screening
Contests @ 9:15
Film @ 9:30
$8 per person

6/2-All Ages Family Friendly Matinee
Costume Parade/Dance Contest @1:45
Film @ 2:00
Adults $8, kids under 12 $5.00.

For more information contact Nico Bella
@ or
via telephone @ 503.975.5854

or be our fan on facebook

Thursday, May 3, 2012

A "Sing Out!" Matinee Willy Wonka and The Chocolate Factory

A little nonsense now and then, is relished by the wisest men." - Willy Wonka
Here at Fleur de Lethal we exuberantly relish in not only nonsense
but, also the magic of the cinema ( and in particular,the combination of the two.)
On May 19th we invite the whole family out for a day of nonsense, cinema and CANDY
for a special "Sing Out" Matinee of "Willy Wonka and The Chocolate Factory" at the dazzling Hollywood Theatre.

This 1971 classic starring Gene Wilder as Willy Wonka follows 5 lucky
children as they are granted unprecedented access to the most
eccentric candy factory in the world.
The tour quickly takes a turn as outrageous ( and hilarious)
misfortunes befall the naughty children and their indulgent parents leaving
Mr. Wonka to wonder are there any good children left in the world?

As with all Fleur de Lethal events the movie is only part of the event.
We encourage you to dress up as a character OR your favorite candy
and bring interactive props ( bubbles for fizzy lifting drinks?) to play along.
The audience is welcome to sing, dance, boo and cheer as we join
our hero Charlie Bucket on the adventure of a lifetime, full of "pure imagination"

Fleur de Lethal Cinematheque Presents
"Willy Wonka and The Chocolate Factory"
a "Sing Out!" Matinee
Saturday May 19th, 2012
The Hollywood Theatre
4122 NE Sandy Blvd
Portland,Or 97212
Adults $8.00
Kids under 12  $5.00

The "Sing Out" Series

With the rise of shows like GLEE and an ever increasing roster of musical titles being added to
Hollywood's production schedules it is safe to say- The Movie Musical is BACK.

The "Sing Out!" Series is a collection of music based films and musicals that though not
deemed a "sing a long" are certainly films we love to sing to.
Ridiculous,outlandish,lavish,lovely and not always plausible-musicals ask us to suspend our disbelief
and embrace not the realities of life as it is but the fantasy of life as it could be.
( and if you ask FdL curator Nico Bella "Life as it SHOULD be")

The 2012 "Sing Out!" Calendar includes Xanadu,O Brother, Where Art Thou?,The 5th Annual Moulin Rouge Spectacular Spectacle
and The RETURN of Cabaret! These unique screenings encourage audience participation
So when you come out to a show dress up,dance,holler,laugh and most important- SING!

Monday, April 2, 2012

The 100th Anniversary of The RMS Titanic: A Night To Remember

April 15th, 1912 at 2:20 AM the heralded "Unsinkable" luxury liner The RMS Titanic sank to the bottom of the Atlantic after colliding with an iceberg.
The loss of over 1500 lives made world news as the greatest maritime disaster in history.

The tragedy of the sinking and it's relation to human ego and folly has fascinated generations inspiring numerous authors, film makers and artists to create work about the the great ship and her doomed passage.

In commemoration of the Titanic Centennial Fleur de Lethal Cinematheque and The Hollywood Theater invite you to a rare screening of "A Night To Remember". Made in 1958 this stunning film (which served as the main inspiration for James Cameron's blockbuster) was adapted from the novel by Walter Lord .Masterfully restored by Criterion the film maintains being beautiful and moving while providing a straightforward telling of the disaster. (In fact,this is the only account of the sinking that does not deride in to fictional subplots)

We will be marking the exact time at PST that the ship struck the iceberg and closing the event at the 100 years to the minute mark that the ship sank to her resting place.A lobby reception will open the festivities with refreshments for sale and guest will be treated to a performance by members of local string ensemble Queertet.
Costumes and period dress are welcome and we encourage attendees to wear their finest (living or dead) to join in the occasion.

For references on costumes please feel free to check out The FdL Pinterest Board
for inspiration

Fleur de Lethal Cinematheque Presents
The 100th Anniversary of the RMS Titanic
April 14th, 2012
The Hollywood Theatre
4122 NE Sandy Blvd
Portland, OR 97212
Lobby reception 6:30
Film @ 7:40
All Ages

Advance tickets  available  HERE on the Hollywood Theatre website
For more information of this event please contact
Nico Bella of Fleur de Lethal Cinematheque.
Phone 503.975.5854

Monday, March 19, 2012

"Sing Out!" Hedwig and The Angry Inch 3/24

                                                                               * art by Nico Bella, Instigatrix of FdL

"I put on some make-up, turn up the eight-track-I'm pulling the wig down from the shelf
Suddenly I'm this punk rock star of stage and screen
and I ain't never-I'm never turning back"

Fleur de Lethal Cinematheque is proud to present it's FIRST "Sing Out!" screening at The Hollywood Theatre. We kick off a whole new year of singing, dancing and all around hullaballoo with the 3nd Annual screening of an epic tale of lost love,lost parts and the transformative power of an amazing hair-do: HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH.

As always with FdL screenings,the movie is only half the show.
In addition to the film the night will also play host to a Costume Contest!
So get out that blonde wig (or your butcher's apron)
and glitter those eyelids for a chance to win wonderful prizes (gummi bears, anyone?)

**From The Instigatrix: This screening is dedicated to everyone who has felt like they didn't fit in, were outcast or on the outside and found their salvation in singing, dancing and rock and roll.-NB

Saturday March 24th,2011
The Hollywood Theater
4122 NE Sandy Boulevard
Doors @ 8:00pm
Film @ 9:00pm

$7.00 General Admission

The "Sing Out" Series

With the rise of shows like GLEE and an ever increasing roster of musical titles being added to
Hollywood's production schedules it is safe to say- The Movie Musical is BACK.

The "Sing Out!" Series is a collection of music based films and musicals that though not
deemed a "sing a long" are certainly films we love to sing to.
Ridiculous,outlandish,lavish,lovely and not always plausible-musicals ask us to suspend our disbelief
and embrace not the realities of life as it is but the fantasy of life as it could be.
( and if you ask FdL curator Nico Bella "Life as it SHOULD be")

The 2012 "Sing Out!" Calendar includes Xanadu,O Brother, Where Art Thou?,The 5th Annual Moulin Rouge Spectacular Spectacle and The RETURN of Cabaret!
These unique screenings encourage audience participation
So when you come out to a show dress up,dance,holler,laugh and most important- SING!

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Oscars @ The Hollywood Theatre 2/26/2012

The Hollywood Theatre has a long tradition of throwing Portland's greatest Oscar parties.
This year they have combined forces with Fleur de Lethal to roll out their liveliest, loveliest and FREE-EST Oscar Party to date.

Hosted by "Portland's Funniest Person" IAN KARMEL and Fleur de Lethal's own MISS NICO BELLA this live broadcast of the 84th Annual Academy Awards is as much about the audience as it is the awards.
Dress to the nines to walk the paparazzi and press strewn "red carpet" and duck in to Robbie Augsperger's VIP ( Very Important Photo) Booth  to commemorate the glamorous day.
The audience will select best dressed/best themed costume and brave attendees can enter the" Statuette Roulette" .If your name is drawn during a commercial break you will have 1 minute to deliver the acceptance speech you have been practicing for years.
Winners will be rewarded with treasures,treats and movie passes from The Hollywood Theatre and Fleur de Lethal.

A 4 hour broadcast can lead to thirsty and hungry attendees so we have invited Portland favorites Violetta, al Forno Ferruzza Pizza and Voodoo Doughnuts to create a pop up "food court" for your enjoyment and a special Oscar themed bar will also be pouring themed drinks for the day.
Glamorous usherettes will be on hand to take and deliver orders to your seats so you won't miss a glitz-packed minute.

Download your official Hollywood Theatre Oscar Ballot starting Feb.15th

and turn it in to an usherette before the broadcast begins.
The ballots will be tallied in the week following the broadcast
and the most correct predictions will receive luxurious prizes from our sponsors 

including a lavish package from Hotel deLuxe.

Oscars at The Hollywood Theatre
February 26th, 2012
The Hollywood Theatre
4122 NE Sandy Blvd, Portland, OR 97212
All Ages
Bar 21+ w/ Valid ID

TRUE ROMANCE 2/14/2012 @ The Hollywood Theatre

Our 2nd annual "Truly Romantic " Valentine's-- and  FdL's DEBUT at it's new home, The Hollywood Theater.

"If you gave me a million years to ponder, I would've never guessed that true romance and Detroit would ever go together."

Ah,Valentines Day and her overblown ideas about love-
Some feel chocolate and flowers are romantic.Others,champagne and violins.
Here at Fleur de Lethal we think romance is best served with red lipstick,kung fu movies,comic books,
honey bears,guns and telephone booths.
Something leads us to believe many of you do too....

Penned by Quentin Tarantino and Directed by Tony Scott TRUE ROMANCE stars
Christian Slater and Patricia Arquette as Clarence and Alabama Worley.
Our inimitable lovers are joined in this wickedly romantic piece of pop-pulp cinema by a dream ensemble cast that includes:Dennis Hopper,Gary Oldman,Christopher Walken and James Gandolfini ( to name a few )

Because we are Fleur de Lethal a mere movie is simply not enough for this heart-filled day,
SO, we invite you to dress as your favorite character from the film and win movie tickets,tattoos and other lovey dovey prizes..

Shake out your leopard print jacket,put on those baby blue wayfarers and turn up the Elvis.
The only way to tell your baby "You're so Cool" this Valentines Day
is to take 'em to (the) Hollywood for a little TRUE ROMANCE.

Fleur de Lethal Cinematheque Presents
FEBRUARY 14th, 2012
4122 NE Sandy Boulevard
8:30 PM
$7.00 general admission

$25.00 "You're So Cool V.I.P." package
Admission for 2
a BOTTLE of Champagne and
4 Hand dipped Chocolate Strawberries

Tickets on sale now at: