Last Chance in 2013!

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Come on down, y'all. It's CLAW and we're too big to fail. Forty-eight hours from right now-ish, the last arm wrestling event of 2013 will begin and you don't want to miss it. Bring yourself and all your people and your wallet with which to bet and bribe. We'll be there and we want you. Who's who this go-round?
  • Malice in Wonderland
  • Warren BLUFF-it and His Corporate Raiders
  • The Box of Suggestion
  • La Dulce Muerte
  • Scarilyn Monroe
  • Bergina the Bulge
  • Prideina Amore Maharis
  • Edmunda Sleazerhands
This is a line up that promises an amazing night of Real Live Arm Wrestling! Don't miss it! CLAW: Too Big To Fail Saturday, August 24th 8 pm (gate opens at 7 pm) Blue Moon Diner Proceeds to benefit CNE    

what we did last weekend

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In serious preparation for Saturday's up coming wrestling match, some women (Ladies? Well...nah.) from CLAW took a little trip over the mountain to provide half-time entertainment for our friends the Charlottesville Derby Dames. Now, the Dames are old friends of CLAW, having provided us with many a good wrestler as well as being our go-to for security, so we didn't think twice about strapping on our regulation-strength wrestling table and heading to Fishersville for Virginia is for Shovers. There was a little wrestling, there was a little sword swallowing, there was a bed of nails.... You know, our usual deal. It looked a lot like this: if anybody can strap it one, we can And a little like this: Want to see more? Saturday 8/24/13 at the Blue Moon Diner. Gate at 7, wrestling at 8.

CLAW: Too Big To Fail

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You can't keep a good arm down now, can you? Well, actually, that's the entire point - keeping a good arm down. Or a bad arm. The good arm ends up on top. Right. It's been the weirdest summer ever here in cville: too hot, too humid, too cold, too rainy and we are going to wrap it up for you with a CLAW that is TOO BIG TO FAIL. Just like the lottery, you can't win if you don't play! No, wait. It's CLAW - we are all winners! This round we are wrestling in support of Center for Nonprofit Excellence (that's CNE to you, buster) and, wow, are they an Everybody Wins sort of group. So come to The Blue Moon Diner on Saturday, August 24th so we can all win! Gate opens at 7 pm, wrestling starts at 8 pm. Five dollars gets you in and puts five CLAWbucks in your hot little hand so you can throw some money at your favorite wrestler or bribe an official or a celebrity judge. More CLAWbucks are available throughout the event at the current exchange rate of 1.00. Vote early and often with your wallet!  

New CLAW April 27!!

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Spring has sprung! Let's spread the fever. Join us for the opening season of CLAW! 8 wacky wrestlers will compete to raise money for our beneficiary, as well as entertain you! This time around, we are raising funds for the new kids in the neighborhood, Common Grounds Healing Arts! $5 gets you in the door, with CLAWbucks for betting. There will be TWO djs, Wolfboy and Powhatan, for your musical enjoyment and boogie pleasure! If you've never been, here's your chance! If you are already a fan, get ready for the 2013 season!

upclose and personal with CLAW’s portions of the billions rising

So February 14th is V-day, right?  Right.  Because Valentine's Day is for suckers.  And y'all know about The One Billion Rising, right?  Right.  (If not, then go educate yourself and then come back. We'll wait.)  Well, because CLAW is anti-violence - contrary to what you might think, what with the wrestling and all - a mess of wrestlers are "creating a VIRTUAL DANCE PARTY".  The party starts here and goes on and on.  And on. (ETA: you can follow the whole chain on ol’ FB here or track it through Twitter.) The Empire was lucky enough to get to ask some of our wrestlers a true handful of questions, drawing forth telling and revealing (telling *and* revealing!) answers, giving you, sweet loves, a special, inside perspective on their usually very private lives.  Imagine it: The Empire and her dear friends - Foxxy Cleopatra, MoJo, Miller Time and Schoolmarm - all cozily ensconced in rich leather arm chairs, the fire cracking on some cold February night, our single malt scotches close at hand....  Wait.  Maybe that's The Empire's personal fantasy.  Let's us just cut to the chase, yes?  Yes. The Empire: What else would you be, if you weren't a Lady Arm Wrestler rising for One Billion Rising? Foxxy Cleopatra: I'd be just a plain ol' squirrel trying to get a nut aka a boring, lame doctoral student using my claw to write my way out of U.Va! MoJo: I'd be doing an instructional 'How To' video on The Cabbage Patch or Running Man. I'd been needing an excuse to dance on the internet...and this was a much more important cause than my simple-minded ego, which seems to be stuck somewhere between 1986 and 1989. Miller Time: Queen of the World. Oh wait, that's a lifetime appointment, so I guess I am simultaneously that. Schoolmarm: I will not be doing one billion rising. I do not want my passion for beating children to be curtailed. I beat both boys and girls equally, so I don't see it as a sexist issue. TE: How will you use your 15 minutes of fame brought on by rising with CLAW for One Billion Rising? FC: Oh my!  There's fame involved?  In that case, I'll be shaking my money making rump shaker even harder. MJ: Drop everything and hang out with Ellen Degeneres as soon as she calls. MT: It's hard to imagine being famouser? I'll probably spend 13 minutes of it wrasslin' paparazzi, and 2 minutes of it eating diamonds. SM: I won't be doing One Billion Rising. I'm head of detention this millenium. TE: Where do you see yourself in 5 years?  10 years?  Next week? FC:  So many questions....What do I look like a magic 8 ball to you?  Skip/Pass! MJ: Still dancing. MT: 5 years: Empress of the World. 10 years: After fall from grace, Fancy Bum. Next week: Watching The Bachelor while soaking in a tub of royal jelly and texting with Taylor Swift, the usual. SM: Behind my desk. Grading papers. With a red pen. TE: How often do you dream? FC:  24/7. MJ: I never remember them - so I think rarely. MT: My life is a lurid waking dream. Excuse me, I need to change my pants. SM: Dreams are for people less disciplined than I. TE: Do you have anything special to say to your fans? FC: Besos and abrazos! MJ: Watch out for Reverend MoJo, she's rising! MT: Stay in school. Do drugs, but keep it on the DL. Be sure to use your foam roller for IT band complaints. Sugar kills. SM: Your 500 word essay is due in the morning.  

just quick

It's time to wake up CLAWville, y'all. Stay tuned for fascinating info on
  •  when the next CLAW will be
  • CLAW's high-kicking, quick-stepping, violence-stopping part in One Billion Rising
  • when the next next CLAW will be
  • opportunities to throw your own self at our mercy volunteer for CLAW
  • what top-secret, super-special, possibly-tiny-but-tremendous CLAW event will happen between the next CLAW and the next next CLAW
Things from here under the table are looking up.  Stick around, y'all.  Stick around.

Upcoming CLAWtastic events and dates

SEPTEMBER 15-- C-Ville Pride We'll be setting up a table at C-Ville Pride. Come by on September 15 from 2 to 6 at Lee Park. Flaming G, Under the Table Ref, Blackbusch, Nurse Cheryl and Schoolmarm will all be making an appearance; you should too. SEPTEMBER 6-30--- The Mad Woman Project THURSDAY, FRIDAY, SATURDAY 6pm Join many CLAWtypes at an unCLAW event. At 6pm on the Downtown Mall at the intersection of 3rd and Main (In front of Rapture/Chaps) each Thursday, Friday and Saturday, many CLAW friends will be performing in The Mad Woman Project. They will then parade to the Haven for ACT 2. Contact Mendy St. Ours at mstours@gmail.com for more information. Last, but not least. NOVEMBER 3--- CLAW at the Blue Moon Diner. We're not exactly sure how many CLAWs we've done. We're not sure what the theme will be. We're not sure how much money we'll raise, but we do know we'll be raising it for a good cause, The Hamner Theater. Get ready to shake your rumps, work out those biceps and get primed for the coming election. Word has it we'll be pledging allegiance to the Blackbusch Nation.

BETTY to headline..SuperCLAW coming to the Jefferson on June 16!

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Charlottesville is the proud home of the first theatrical, philanthropic ladies arm wrestling league, CLAW (Charlottesville Lady Arm Wrestlers), founded in 2008. Originally an idea that sprang from a joke between friends, the ladies arm wrestling phenomenon has spread to 16 cities so far and captured the attention of the New YorkTimes, the Guardian, Washington Post, MORE Magazine, and Penthouse, to name a few. On June 16th, Charlottesville will host the inaugural championship, SuperCLAW, featuring a face-off between women from the first 8 leagues. Arm-warriors from Charlottesville, DC, New Orleans, Kingston, Brooklyn, Austin, Chicago, and Durham will compete for the Cape de CLAW and a large cash prize to donate back to their communities. Here's the lineup: PLEASE GO TO THE CLAWUSA website to check out full bios of the wrestlers and the organizations they're fightin' for!

Pain Fonda

1. Austin: Pain Fonda (wrestling for Community Yoga Austin) 2. Brooklyn: Cop-ophelia (wrestling for Center for Anti-Violence education) 3. Charlottesville: The Homewrecker (wrestling for A FERTILE Foundation) 4. Chicago: Armageddon (wrestling for Sideshow Theater Company) 5. DC: TBD (wrestling for Ladies Auxiliary of the American Legion Post 8 ) 6. Durham: The Dirty Butcher (wrestling for Durham Crisis Response Center) 7. Hudson Valley: Heather Weizen (wrestling for Family Planning Advocates) 8. New Orleans: Sistah Mary Slammer (wrestling for Hagar’s House, a transitional home for women and children in New Orleans ) There will be exhibition wrestling & shenanigans from other leagues & musical performances from We Are Star Children and BETTY.

Betty

Get tickets now: http://www.jeffersontheater.com/superclaw or wait for... Pay-What-You-Can tickets, which will be available at the door the night of the event on a first-come, first-served basis.

We are Star Children

When Rita Wins, We All Win (if you are big-hearted and not disappointed like all the wrastlers she put the smackdown on)

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Photos by Martyn Kyle of Pernmoot Photography www.pernmoot.com

On March 24, 2012, over $3,400 was raised for VOCAL Virginia and Rita the Wrench won the whole thing. She celebrated without shame.

Miller Time, Johnny Longarm and Nurse Cheryl provided the best in safety and crowd facilitation (bribing and betting)

Miller Time struggled with her tiara and Johnny Longarm gave out penalties like they were Skittles.

DJ Western Front making it impossible to be still.

Billy Hunt was there working on the CLAW movie.  Hester Prynne took the popularity award and her entourage escaped captivity and danced like fools.

When Tina and Tammy (the TipTop Twins) were asked who they were, Tina said, "We're idiots."  On that note, we'll see all you idiots in June at SuperClaw.

Many thanks to the wonderful photography of Martyn Kyle.  Check out his daily photography blogwww.pernmoot.com pernmoot.wordpress.com