We usually try to find a fun theme for the Tuesday Tease, whether it be a burlesque legend’s birthday, an interview with an up-and-coming troupe, a burlesque sub-genre, whatever. This week however, while looking over our list of upcoming events, I was impressed by the sheer quality of events happening this week.
So, I decided to throw the theme out the window and just highlight some amazing upcoming shows. There are so many good ones, all with their unique, regional flair. If one of these are in your neighborhood, put on your best threads and enjoy the best burlesque has to offer courtesy of your friends at Brown Paper Tickets.
Friday, April 19 and Saturday, April 20 I VivaVoom Brr-Lesque Presents: Crazy 8s! Join VivaVoom Brr-Lesque for the celebration of their EIGHTH YEAR in entertainment! 8 years of burlesque in Alaska! 8 years of comedy, circus acts, live music, prizes and striptease! You’ll see all of your favorites: Lola, Maus, Stems, Coral, Crush, Stella, Lily, Eileen, Rodney and Stoney, PantyRob, and Bunni! Plus hobnob with the lovely hostesses and amazing crew! You’ll recognize acts from earlier this season, and there will be lots of prizes from their sponsors! This is VivaVoom’s last show of the season, so do NOT miss it!
TONIGHT! Tuesday, April 16 I Tuesday Tease Spring Sailor St. Claire’s Tuesday Tease is Seattle’s only monthly burlesque revue with live musical accompaniment! The show brings together the musical stylings of the Lurid Spectacles and a rotating cast of Seattle burlesque artists to create an evening of eye-popping and toe-tapping entertainment. Tuesday Tease takes place at LUCID in the U District on the 3rd Tuesday of every month. They feature a new cast of performers every three months, and this Spring brings the delicate blossoms known as Jacqueline Hyde, Whisper De Corvo, and Kylie Koyote who will shimmy and shake the winter blues away in April, May and June.
Thursday, April 18 I House of Gorejess presents: The Seattle Show a burlesque tribute to the Emerald City! House of Gorejess presents: The Seattle Show a burlesque tribute to the Emerald City! Hosted by Gorejess at Julia’s on Broadway. Starring The Shanghai Pearl and featuring: Polly Wood, Jesse Belle Jones, Cherry “Killer” Tomatoes, Mafia Minx, Kylie Koyote, Alexa Perplexa, Sailor St. Claire & Candy Apples. Special guests: Karmen Sutra, Czech Mate, Sabina Sobrette & Jimmy Buttons.
Friday, April 19 and Saturday, April 20 I Valkyrie Productions presents For Love & Money: The Artist’s Dilemma at Columbia City Theater The passion! The creativity! The glitter, the glam and the boundless love for the stage! Burlesque has a long history rich in timeless style, courageous performers, political statements and a unique freedom of artistic expression. However, sometimes the most marketable art is not the kind that speaks directly from the artist’s soul. Join Diva le Déviant along with some of Seattle and Vancouver’s best loved performers as they showcase their most famous acts and offer a unique glimpse into their own beloved projects two nights only! Featuring Lola Frost & Cherry On Top of the Vancouver Burlesque Centre, Jesse Belle-Jones – The Modern Sexual Intellectual, Paris Original – Poetry In Motion, Randi Rascal – Your Own Private Radical and The Luminous Parah – The Innovative Adonis. Hosted by Diva le Déviant – The B*tch In Charge! Curated by Violet Tendencies of Stripped Screw Burlesque.
Saturday, April 20 I Morbid Curiositease – BOMB SHELTER BURLESQUE AND CATASTROPHE CABARET Giving new depth of meaning to the dark subculture they so cozily call home, La Petite Mort and partner in crime M. Incroyable welcome you to a black-hearted, perverse and portentous revue of cataclysmic proportion. Step out of time and join us below the surface where the spectres of salacious celebration release you of your cares with ghostly revelry and abandon. Featuring the freakishly fantastic flaire and faculty of: L’Ochestre d’Incroyable, La Petite Mort, Cherry Manhattan, Rio, Iva Handfull, Nani Poonani and Cirquesse.
Saturday, April 20 I Burlescape! A tantalizing temptation of burlesque and boylesque wrapped in a taste of tease! Hosted by the one and only Zora Phoenix! Burlescape happens on the third Saturday of every month at Crush Bar on SE Morrison.
Los Angeles, California
Friday, April 19 I Friday Night Happy Hour Weekly Burlesque Show Live from the world famous Three Clubs in Hollywood California, Friday Night Happy Hour starts the weekend with cheap drinks and fun entertainment. This cast of burlesque dancers and variety artists will make you laugh, cry and feel a bit naughty. Emcee Lili VonSchtupp brings you new show each week and chances to win prizes with our fun games. This Friday’s performers include: Holly Rock-It, Joy Buzzer, Nadia Lotte, Dizzy Von Damn!, Jimmy H and Bella Luna.
Friday, April 19 I I Am Burlesk Performers from Amburlesk, members of the American Burlesque Troupe, will perform at The Santa Monica Little Theater this Friday! Performers include: Purple Lilac, RaRa Sis Bomba, Sy Shaaheed, Mia Morte, William Draven, Mr. E and Nutzo Mucho.
Friday, April 19 I Black Cherry RAW Black Cherry Burlesque started in 2006 and has become known for beautiful and extravagant costumes, intricate story lines and detailed choreography. Black Cherry RAW is the other side of the coin: fun, wild, improvised striptease with live music instead of recorded tracks. Familiar faces from the beloved Tucson music scene are those you’ll see behind the instruments. Stephka von Snatch, Black Cherry’s own Mistress of Ceremonies, plays the drums that make us shake. DeadMike of Demon City Wreckers rocks the stand up bass. Jacob Hacker of Wolfman and the Nards and the Furies, is behind the guitar. Saxophone by Eli Szabady and Lola Torch, a Black Cherry O.G., joins them for some classic burlesque torch songs. The songs vary from a grungy cover of Pink Panther to Rumble, from Link Wray to the Misfits. The effect is reminiscent of a scene from a Quentin Tarantino movie. The audience is in for a special treat unlike anything Tucson has ever seen!
Friday, April 19 I Wiggle Room Chicago’s most acclaimed burlesque producers have pulled together another incredible ongoing lineup of amazing performers hosted by Adam Burke and featuring the World Famous Chicago Starlets (winner “Best Burlesque Group in the World 2010 at the Burlesque Hall of Fame). Each Friday, Chicago’s cream of the cream stand-up comics will take the stage at the Everleigh Social Club along with a bevy of beautiful burlesque dancers to entice, delight and otherwise entertain in this intimate setting. Guests will find themselves couched in the luxurious sexuality of this incredible, unique nightspot surrounded by the best talent the City of Broad Shoulders has to offer.
Saturday, April 20 I Black Widow Burlesque’s 4th Anniversary! Black Widow Burlesque is turning 4 and they’ll be giving you two opportunities to celebrate with them! A double show will be presented this Saturday, the first at 8pm the second at 11pm so pick your poison! Join Black Widow’s birthday party at The Spiderhouse Ballroom where they’ll be sharing some of their favorite numbers from the past year, as well as some spectacular new pieces. Hosted by Miss Fahrenheit and featuring the delectable Andylicious, this is a show not to be missed!
New Orleans, Louisiana
Friday, April 19 I Slow Burn Burlesque at Cafe Istanbul Slow Burn Burlesque is the most thrilling show in New Orleans! Combining classic style and glamour with punk rock attitude, and rock and roll fury, Slow Burn sets stages on fire with outrageous antics, glamorous routines, and hilarious behavior. Each show is bursting with over the top entertainment provided by our seductive core cast of performers and special guests from around the world, all to the quakin’ sounds of our live band, This Stunted Sextette! Slow Burn is gonna shake it and make it funky this Friday as they invade the Marigny/Bywater to bring you a night of wild entertainment New Orleans style at Café Istanbul. Slow Burn has the most red-hot burlesque in New Orleans brought to you by the best in the biz! In the house will be Ginger Licious, Roxie le Rouge, Ruby Rage, Lady Lucerne, and host Ben Wisdom, with live music from Dahktur Sick and This Stunted Sextette.
New York, New York
Saturday, April 20 I [rhinestone gorilla] Rhinestone Gorilla Burlesque presents a 4/20 tribute to [adult swim]. Hosted by Space Ghost and starring BB HEART (Miss Coney Island 2012), ANGELIQUE A’LAMODE, MISS CHERRY DELIGHT (Miss Coney Island 2013), DEBRA DELOREAN, KINKY DEMURE, FANCY FEAST, LUCIDA SANS, GEMMA STONE with ABBY FANTASTIC and live music by THE LEISURELY WIENERS. Rhinestone Gorilla Burlesque is New York’s ragtag army of art school delinquents. The troupe–which specializes in narrative burlesque, pop culture and literary adaptations, lowbrow comedy, audience competitions, cheesy disco covers, and self-indulgent ’90s nostalgia–are not your average showgirls; they’re rhinestones in the rough, anti-glamour guerilla grrrls prone to attack and entice.