11 Hot, Nerdy, New Burlesque Trends

Burlesque isn’t all feathers, tassels and pin-ups. Brown Paper Tickets tickets thousands of burlesque events each year and we love to see all the creative tributes and trends. Since it’s the season for costumes and creative dress, we tallied the outrageous, salacious, the downright funny and the serious, too. Nerdlesque 1. Game of Thrones: Burlesque
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Burlesque PR: Attract Media in 5 Easy Steps

First-time burlesque event coordinator? Or maybe you already sell out shows and want to nab the attention of a few media outlets. Media builds fans and boosts revenue. Here are five steps to attracting it: 1. Identify 5 Target Media Outlets Ask your fans what media outlet they read or watch regularly. The answer is
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19 Pearls of Wisdom from the Burlesque World

For years Brown Paper Tickets has worked with and learned from burlesque industry professionals. We’ve interviewed numerous burly pros to uncover words of advice, tips or pearls for those just starting burlesque. From novice performers to stars like Michelle L’amour, many have been featured on our blog in the past. Enjoy a compilation of their top
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Burlesque Ticketing 101

Brown Paper Tickets supports event organizers, producers and performers with free advice, services and ticketing tools. We ticket thousands of burlesque events every year. In fact, more burlesque events than any other ticketing platform. We’re crazy about burlesque. As Burlesque Representative, I assist performers and producers in setting up and promoting their shows. Here are
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12th Annual New York Burlesque Festival

Jen Gapay and Angie Pontani are no slouches. Not only have they created the biggest and grandest burlesque festival of its kind in the New York Burlesque Festival, now celebrating its 12th year, but they both have very impressive resumes outside of the festival. As a performer, burlesque extraordinaire, Angie Pontani, “The Italian Stallionette,” was a key
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Land of the Tease: Home of Burlesque

I know that technically, Europe is the historical home of burlesque. The term first appeared in 17th century Italian, French and British opera and literature. However, the modern definition of burlesque which provides the inspiration for the current revival has its roots in the burlesque houses of New Orleans, New York and Las Vegas, right
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NYC Walking Tours Make Brooklyn Shine

Whether you are traveling to New York City to see local sights or want to become a tour guide yourself, we know a guy. Meet Dom Gervasi, owner and event organizer of Made in Brooklyn Tours. After being laid off, he transformed his career into tour guide and found joy and community in the midst.
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5 Ways to Attract Teens to Arts Events

How do today’s teens become the next generation of urban art fans and event-goers? TeenTix is easing the way in Seattle. Founded in 2004 by Seattle Center and in partnership with 10 arts organizations on its campus, it draws teens away from smartphones and into venues to experience symphony, opera, ballet and film. What’s their secret
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Surviving Burlesque: April Anniversaries

Last week, not one, not two, but THREE of the burlesque troupes we work with celebrated anniversaries: VivaVoom Brr-Lesque in Anchorage, Alaska celebrated nine years together, Black Widow Burlesque in Austin, Texas celebrated five years and New Orleans’ Freaksheaux to Geaux celebrated their third anniversary. Also, the Seattle-based monthly burlesque revue Tuesday Tease celebrated two
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New Brassy Award Spurs Burlesque Innovation

April has special significance for the burlesque community. Legendary fan dancer Sally Rand was born on April 3, 1904, striptease legend Gypsy Rose Lee died on April 26, 1970 and it was in April of 1937 that New York City began to close the original burlesque houses. While they tried to kill it, 77 years
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