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Hilary Rea’s storytelling series celebrates its sixth anniversary with true stories by Kathleen Ackert, Julie Hancher, R. Eric Thomas and more. The topic is “Six Degrees.” Read more »
The first annual Philadelphia Burlesque Festival kicks off this weekend. We asked some of the talented dancers and performers what the art of burlesque means to them. A dozen of the festival’s acts, ahem, bared all to share why they love performing this time-honored, provocative entertainment. Make sure you catch them throughout the city this weekend at a variety of cabarets, workshops, and performances. You can see the festival schedule here.
Bunny Buxom, NYC
"Empowerment, confidence, creativity, and body positivity. It's the freedom to express all different aspects of myself while celebrating my body and all it can do."
Cherry Bomb, Philadelphia
“It means freedom, the freedom to act or dance or portray anything I want to on my own terms.”
Darlinda Just Darlinda, NYC
“Burlesque is a form of entertainment that allows all different kinds of people to come together to tell stories, entertain and create community. To me, it's my career, my community and a platform to express myself artistically!”
Dottie Riot, Philadephia
“Burlesque is freedom and joy and community. It's performance art that lets you share a wide variety of stories through the lens of body and sexual positivity."
Gemini Rose, "Philadelphia's Most Beautiful Flower"
"Burlesque is a way to escape into a world with blank white walls. In that world, you have the power to create whatever your heart desires. Before you know it, your imagination has created a grand burlesque that describes your life through comedy, choreography, beauty, and glamour.”
Hazel Honeysuckle, NYC
"In the 21st century, burlesque is an art that celebrates the personal expression of the performer, whether it is through sexuality, movement, costuming, or storytelling (and most of the time all four). It can be many things, but above all, it is always FUN!"
Honeytree Evil Eye, Philadephia
“For me, burlesque is as much sex-positive, body-positive feminist activism as it is creative performance. I want to cultivate a world where being sexy and feeling aroused are valued.”
Iris Explosion, NYC
“This is the opportunity to share how much I love myself with an audience: My body, my sexiness, my interests and my sense of humor all play a big part. When you love yourself loudly and proudly, people will pay to see that.”
Lelu Lenore, Philadelphia
“Burlesque is an art form; it is the expression of one's story, whether it is sexy, funny or sad. Being a dancer, it is a similar expression, but with burlesque the strip is the final release, the naked body, revealing yourself to the world.”
Lewd Alfred Douglas, NYC
"Burlesque is a short form character study - we meet the character, and through the performance, something is revealed to us. The reveal could be anything: purely physical, emotional, fierce, celebratory."
Liberty Rose, Philadelphia
“Burlesque is a unique art, a deeply personal and expressive one. Each act is a challenge, but ultimately an opportunity to discover and bring something new to the stage."
Sydni Deveraux, Seattle and NYC
“The freedom in burlesque to express sexuality and movement excites me every time I have the privilege of being on stage. There is nothing like being an entertainer.”
Philly’s sadly defunct lesbian bar Sisters is getting a resurrection of sorts this month thanks to a new monthly party at Franky Bradley’s, the restaurant/bar that moved in to Sisters’ shuttered digs.
On Sunday, March 29th, Peek-a-Boo Revue’s Scott Johnston’s monthly burlesque party will roll out the rainbow carpet to host an evening of entertainment by many of the performers that used to grace the stages, poles and bar tops at Sisters.
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Big Gay Ice Cream will be opening at Broad and South Streets one day soon. In the meantime you can get a Rocky Roadhouse sundae, maple-biscoff-bourbon shake plus burlesque and a drag show at Alla Spina on Sunday, March 22nd.
Alla Spina will be handling the savory fare and Big Gay Ice Cream will take care of the sweet stuff. There will also be a burlesque and drag show with host Bambi Galore to entertain. Victory Brewing beers will also be on special.
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Several weeks ago, we profiled the exciting new Philadelphia-based playwrights collective Orbiter 3. The group, which produces new works to highlight Philly’s rising artistic talent, has essentially sold out of memberships before productions even started, an amazing feat when you think about it. Nevertheless, those who are fans of original theater (or stripping) can still get a piece of the action when the group drops their pants during a burlesque show in April. Read more »
If you haven’t seen Gemini Rose or Icon Ebony Fierce perform, you should have your gay and Philly cards taken away. Gemini Rose is like something out of Paris in the 1930s, a showgirl who’s blindingly gorgeous, dripping with sex and ever the provocateur in her risqué, barely clad performances. Icon Ebony Fierce is, like his name suggests, the epitome of an icon. He may be young, but his presence is like that of an African goddess: proud, captivating and ferocious. They’re two of the city’s most dynamic performance artists and when paired together, well, you just know
boners something spectacular’s going to happen.
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Rudolph the horny reindeer had a very shiny “nose,” and if you ever saw it, you would even say it grows … uh, I mean, glows.
If you and your fellow vagrants enjoy sexy striptease and revisionist holiday tales, then you’re in luck. Tribe of Fools, Philadelphia’s signature physical theatre company, is bringing back what has become a Christmas tradition in the City of Brotherly love: their seasonal burlesque show. And this year, Rudolph and pals are taking no prisoners. Read more »
The Suicide Girls are bringing their popular Blackheart Burlesque to the Theatre of Living Arts. After years of playing international music festivals, solo shows, and opening for Guns N’ Roses and Courtney Love, the girls put on a full-fledged tour in 2013. Selling out dates across the country, the tour was so successful that this spring the girls brought their act to Australia and Canada. Now back in the U.S., they’ll hit up Philly on Sunday, November 9th at 9:30 p.m.
Suicide Girls is an online community featuring pin-up photography and alternative models—think tattoos, funky hair dos, and tons of cheeky attitude. A self-proclaimed “sorority of badass bombshells and geek goddesses,” the community celebrates uniqueness, indie culture, and alternative beauty, opposing society’s cookie-cutter beauty standards.
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Bottle Bar East at 1308 Frankford Avenue is hosting their monthly Beer and Burlesque night tonight with dancing and sideshows. The show happens on the first Thursday of each month and the festivities begin at 8 p.m.
The fun comes with a $7 cover charge but where else can you mix your striptease with fresh bottles Yards Cape of Good Hope?
Bottle Bar East [Foobooz]
Last night was the finale of Philadelphia Burlesque Battle Royale, a competition at Tabu Lounge and Sports Bar that was looking for Philly’s very best burlesque performer. After an amusing nine weeks of prancing, dancing and booby-shaking, the competition was narrowed down to one winner: Sinnamon Baybey. Mistor Fahrenheit took home second place, and Holly Ween was the third-place winner. Here are some photos from the finale performance, by Gayborhood photographer Alexander John.