Help Burlesque Hall of Fame Shimmy Into a New Space

BHoF Big Reveal Brown Paper Tickets started working with the Burlesque Hall of Fame last year. We ticketed the Burlesque Hall of Fame Weekend in Las Vegas and launched the Burlesque Hall of Fame Fund that allows producers to raise money for the 501 (c)(3) nonprofit Las Vegas museum dedicated to preserving, celebrating and inspiring the art of burlesque. The current museum opened in 2006 and is located in a small, 220-square-foot storefront inside the Emergency Arts building in downtown Las Vegas. They’ve made great use of the space but with a total collection comprising over 3,500 artifacts, they are only able to display a small portion of their collection.

That’s all set to change in 2016.

The Big Reveal 

BHoF Executive Director Dustin Wax took The Orleans’ stage at last year’s BHoF Weekend to announce that they were close to finding a new space for the museum. And finally, just last week during BurlyCon, the final Board-approved lease was signed. The museum will include 3,000 feet of exhibition and program space. Located in Las Vegas’ art district, BHoF’s new home will provide room for rotating exhibitions. It will also include space for performances, readings, classes and events as well as offices, a retail gift shop and space to store, catalogue and preserve this incredible, one-of-a-kind collection.

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Of course, there are significant costs involved in creating this new home. And so, BHoF launched “the Big Reveal,” (hashtag #bigreveal) a campaign to raise at least $50,000 to be used for the architectural design of the new interior spaces, professional wall construction, paint, lighting installation, signage, display cases, shelving and other installation supplies. Since this is a non-profit organization, powered by the generous donations of their supporters, they need help reaching this challenging financial goal.

So Many Ways to Help 

Luckily, if you’re a Brown Paper Tickets burlesque producer, you have a great tool to use for raising money: the Burlesque Hall of Fame Fund. The fund allows producers to add an additional $0.35 or $1.00 fee to their ticket price, of which 100% goes to the Burlesque Hall of Fame. Sign up your event and we’ll do the rest. Since launching the program in late January, we have raised over $1500 for the cause and we’d love to see that amount increase ten-fold. If you’re not an event organizer or would like to do even more, you can donate directly via their Indiegogo campaign, which includes some incredible perks.

The Burlesque Hall of Fame began on a converted goat farm in Helendale, California. The roadside museum contained memorabilia collected by celebrated burlesque performer Jennie Lee. After Jennie’s death in 1990, the collection was taken over by her friend Dixie Evans, who established the Miss Exotic World Pageant in Helendale. These small gatherings eventually became the Burlesque Hall of Fame Weekend, which now brings thousands of burlesque performers and fans from across the globe to Las Vegas every year.

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The collection was moved from Helendale to Las Vegas in 2005. After Dixie’s passing in 2013, a small group of volunteers took on the momentous task of preserving Jennie’s unique collection that included costumes, props, photos and more. In 2006, they moved into its current home in the Emergency Arts Building. I visited last year during the Weekend and they’ve made great use of the space. I was amazed at how much information and memorabilia they curated into displays in the tiny space and it will be incredible to see what other treasures they have archived, waiting to be revealed.

Help us make the Burlesque Hall of Fame Museum as glitzy and glamorous as the performers it celebrates. Add the Burlesque Hall of Fame Fund to your upcoming event, donate directly, share the hashtag, #bigreveal and help celebrate an often-overlooked but important piece of American entertainment history.

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12 Ways of Giving and a Message of Gratitude

giving-tuesday-blogThis Giving Tuesday (and everyday), Brown Paper Tickets is grateful.

Before we get to the season of turtle doves and French hens, we’re taking a gratitude pause to reflect on the little things that aren’t little at all. Food and water. Speaking without fear. Reading, writing, dancing, singing. Health. Safety. View our UNselfie video or see it posted below.

Read on for 12 ways of giving and find charity and fundraising events in your area.

1. Give Time

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 62.6 million people volunteered through or for an organization at least once between September 2012 and 2013. Volunteering may not require an intensive time commitment—there are walk-a-thons, community gardens, outreach and all kinds of one-day activities.

Volunteers often come away from the experience with lasting friendships, perspective and maybe even improved health. The Corporation for National & Community Service reports that those who volunteer have lower mortality and depression rates and feel more connected to the community.

Check out Volunteer Match to find a volunteer opportunity that matches your interests and schedule.

Throw a Fundraiser

Or put the fun into fundraising—organize an amazing, out-of-the-box, knock-their-socks off concert, performance or dinner to raise money for causes. Learn how you can use our Fee-Free Donation Tool to set up your page and collect funds with or without selling tickets.

Some examples of creative fundraising:

2. Have a Wine Competition

Put your palate to the test with competitive wine tasting. Form teams and have them bring two identical bottles of wine then do a blind taste test. Proceeds go to a good cause.

3. Laugh Out Loud with a Comedy Cabaret
Your charity event doesn’t have to be a bake sale or a black-tie benefit. You can make people laugh and raise money like this comedy cabaret that helps Team Towanda Foundation, a non-profit that provides women in need with funding for mammograms and other health services.

4. Stir Things Up with a Cook-off

If you’re planning a food-related charity event, stir things up by adding a competitive element. In Holiday Chefs Challenge, an event in North Carolina that benefits food banks, chefs compete to create delectable appetizers, desserts or entrees based on a list of everyday items distributed by the food bank.

5. Dance-a-Thon

Want to get physical with your charity fundraiser? Think outside the 5k. Shimmy, shake and move for a good cause with a dance off or dance-a-thon. You could even theme it to the dance like Zumbathon.

6. Treat a Veteran

Give military members a well-deserved night of entertainment. Brown Paper Tickets Salutes is a partnership with Veteran Tickets Foundation that donates event tickets to active military men and women, veterans and family members of those who gave their lives.

Giving-Tuesday7. Give Tickets to a Charity or Holiday Happening

Tickets make great gifts. They are more personalized than sweaters, almost guaranteed to be used and don’t clutter up the house. Buy your friend or loved one tickets to a charity or holiday happening and give back with your gift. Some ideas:

8. Broads for Bones
For your friend who loves to laugh, give tickets to see some of Los Angeles’ funniest women and help raise money for Ankylosing Spondylitis, a crippling bone disease. The hilarious line-up includes top-tier comedians, directors and television writers.

9. Green Generations Holiday Party
Send your favorite environmentalist to a swanky celebration with a signature cocktail and silent auction. Proceeds help Green Generations, Inc. an organization that teaches NYC children about sustainability.

10. Meowy Catmas Cat Circus
Surprise the cat-lover in your life with tickets to see acrocats walk tightropes, perform death-defying jumps with the greatest of ease and yes, rock out on keyboards and drums.  A portion of ticket sales goes toward cat rescue and the organizer strongly advocates adoption.

11. The Nutcracker
Bestow the gift of holiday ballet magic and sugar plum fairies while supporting the Alameda Civic Ballet, a non-profit and charitable organization.

12. Happy Giving
Who doesn’t love happy hour? When it’s for a great cause, it’s even happier. Enjoy wine, beer and appetizers while benefiting the Head Start program. Bring a toy and take joy in the act of giving.

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