Pin-up: Jen Kennedy aka Ms Maple Devine

What’s new at House of Mood for 2018?

We’re adding a new type of show to our traditional burlesque line-up. There will be six of these new “Speakeasy” shows this year, featuring local artists and our new house band, the Catnip Junkies.

How do you kick back on a snow day?

Stay on the couch with my fuzzy slippers on, watching rom-coms and sipping rum and Coke. I love romantic comedies – I love to laugh and cry.

Where do you find the best rum and Cokes around here?

At the House of Mood – it’s Jamaican Rum.

What was your best Valentine’s Day date?

There’s so many! How do I keep this PG? I’ll say my favorite involved making out on the beach. In Jamaica.

What was your worst Valentine’s experience?

There’s no such thing as a worst Valentine’s Day. Not with me around.

When is your next show?

We have a Speakeasy show on Friday, Feb 9 and a burlesque show, 50 Shades of Burlesque, on Saturday, Feb 10. You can get tickets through our website (thehouseofmood.com) or at eventbright.com. The burlesque show has already sold out, though.

Is there more pressure to put on a great show for VDay than for other occasions?

There is, but I always like to bring romance into Pawtucket – it’s great to have a little sexy spot in our historic city. We got the pasties twirling – we’re glitter bugs – and these shows will get you in the mood for Valentine’s Day.

That’s what our classes are all about – I teach my students to be sexy and they take it home. It’s great when a student’s spouse gives you a bottle of champagne and says, “Thank you. I don’t know what you’re doing, but thank you.”

That’s happened?

More than once. Pole dancing and burlesque classes take my students out of their comfort zone and make them comfortable in a new zone.

What other shows do you have coming up?

In March, we have a show coming up — Rock of Ages. We’ll be bringing out the vinyl and the thigh-highs!

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