Tuesday Tease: Love and Pasties – Valentine Burlesque

7deac8d54c157ffb60e86be3864f6960I know burlesque has a bit of a rowdy reputation but this week on the Tuesday Tease, we want to focus on the softer side of the shimmy. While certainly burlesque can be raunchy, funny, weird, ironic and topical, it can also be sensual, sensitive and très romantique!

In the spirit of Valentine’s Day, we are going to focus on some burlesque shows that are sure to provide the perfect appetizer for whatever romantic main course you and your significant other have in mind.

Friday, February 14 – Valentine’s Day

Wine & ValentineSeattle, Washington   Seattle’s Tasting Room is thrilled to invite Nickey Bourbon and her troupe of performers back to the Pike Place Market for another show! This special Valentine’s production will feature: Octavia Sexton, Alexa Perplexa, Queen O’Hart, Lana MilknHoney, Ms. Audrey Rugburn & Lesley Rialto. A special wine pairing menu is optional and will feature: Taylor Shell Fish Oyster paired with Treveri Bubbles, Beecher’s Cheese paired with Wilridge Vineyard’s organic white wine blend, Fabrique Delices pate paired with Harlequin Wine Cellars Syrah,  Salumi Salami served with Nota Bene Cellar’s Cabernet and the Symposium red dessert wine from Willis Hall Winery paired with Theo Chocolate.
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Tuesday Tease: Back to School

indigo+blueSummer’s quickly approaching and school will be getting out soon but that doesn’t mean you should stop studying. This is the perfect time to get out and learn something new! Burlesque classes are available all over, year round, for a variety of skill levels and interests.

I recently took a little time to track down and question two graduates of Seattle’s Miss Indigo Blue’s Academy of Burlesque about their experiences and where their burlesque education has taken them.

Carlotta Shakin completed The Art of the Tease, How to Strip for your Lover, and Burlesque 101 just a few weeks ago and had some useful advise for anyone thinking about getting involved with burlesque. “I think everyone should take at least a class or two.” She says, “The burlesque community is so welcoming and accepting and the classes are so empowering.” Although Carlotta doesn’t have any shows scheduled for the near future she is “currently brainstorming ideas for new acts and looking to become more involved in the burlesque world.”

Angelina Allure, who completed Burlesque 101 course in 2011 and will be attending the Academy’s Fan Dancing course next month has a similar recommendation. “DO IT! There are classes that do not require a performance at the end of it, and those are a great way to get your feet wet and start the glitter obsession.” Outside of class, Angelina can be found in the upcoming show Minxes of Middle Earth, presented by Midnight Menagerie Productions, on Thursday, May 9th and Friday, May 10th.

If you would like to jump into the world of glitter and pasties yourself We’ve compiled a list of classes and schools across the country where you can develop and hone your bumping and grinding skills.
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Tuesday Tease: …And Then Things Got Weird.

186608-250Sometimes you want vanilla ice cream, but other times you want chocolate mint with sprinkles, gummy bears and herring ice cream! The same goes for burlesque. Sometimes you want to see a regular, classic strip tease with glitter, feathers and tassels. But then there are the times when you need something more. Sometimes you need Mickey Mouse and accordions along with your strip tease. And today, that’s what you are going to get!

Seattle, Washington

Thursday, February 21 | Al-Stravaganza!  If you love accordions, pop culture parodies, burlesque and Weird Al, then we expect to see you at the Rendezvous for a star-studded Al-Stravaganza! San Francisco producer Pickles Kintaro originally staged this show at the Hubba Hubba Revue in 2012, and it delighted audiences so much that she’s taking it on the road to certified geektopias like our own Seattle. Starring Iva Handfull, Scandal from Bohemia, Scarlett O’Hairdye, Bolt Action, Lady Satan, Pickles Kintaro, Odessa Lil, Pearl E. Gates, Lola Martinet and Mistress Marla Spanx.

Friday, February 15 to Saturday, February 23 | That’s F*cked Up!  It’s time to relieve yourself of the sickly pink residue of Hallmark holidays and drag 2013 into the gutter!  Now in its fourth year, That’s F*cked Up! bubbles back to the surface like that stain you just can’t clean. The cast froths with Seattle’s most talented and deranged performance artists to bring you prompt, dependable relief from hackneyed burlesque, drag, and cirque. See things you can’t unsee and won’t see anywhere else! Undo years of therapy in a single evening! Slap yourself and say it with us now, “That’s F*cked Up!”


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Tuesday Tease: Final Holiday Burlesque Round-Up

tumblr_lwbqv3tk6h1qa70eyo1_500_largeChristmas is just a week away! Can you believe it? And, just when we thought we had mentioned all the holiday-themed burlesque shows that were happening, a whole new crop of burly shows pop up.

We got a sexy take on Charlie Brown’s Christmas happening in Los Angeles, courtesy of the Monday Night Tease gang. Naked Girls Reading will be reading “A Christmas Carol” in New Orleans. Here in Seattle, Ben DeLaCreme and Kitten LaRue (The Atomic Bombshells) will be presenting their legendary “Homo for the Holidays” show, now celebrating its fifth year! The gals from Purrlesque in North Carolina are offering two different shows in one night for a discounted price, with live music! There’s even a workshop in Tucson, Arizona where Fanny Galore will teach you how to put on a sexy Santa-themed striptease for that special someone on Christmas night after you put the kids to sleep.

Lots of sexy holiday fun out there for you folks. Take a break from the shopping and enjoy yourself. That’s what the holidays are all about, right?
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