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.
Tonight, Northern Liberties newest bar, Bourbon and Branch is kicking off its burlesque and variety shows with the Beauty Brains troupe. That goes down at 8 p.m. but before that, there are other attractions at B&B. Namely, the pictured banh mi sliders which are half-price between 4:30 and 6:30 p.m.
Bourbon and Branch [Foobooz]
Person: Goldi Fox, 24
Place: The Trocadero, Friday night
Thing: Performing with the Peek-a-Boo Revue burlesque show
How did you decide on your stage name? My grandma’s name was Sylvia, and her sister’s name was Goldi. Also, my mom’s imaginary friend growing up was Foxi. So I took a family name and added “Fox.”
How long have you been with Peek-A-Boo? Two years in March.
How did you get into burlesque? I was going to the University of the Arts for modern dance and decided to take a semester off and move to Paris. When I was there, I discovered it all, going to Crazy Horse and Moulin Rouge and the Louvre to research art history. I like to sing and dance and act, and burlesque offers all that to me.
Was it weird being so, uh, exposed at first? It sort of depends on the theater. On a big stage like the Troc, there are so many people that it’s equivalent to zero. But it’s different in an intimate venue. Dancers look at their bodies differently; you either cherish it or you’re modest. I’ve definitely never been modest.
You have your Valentine’s Day show coming up. We usually do some kind of lovey-dovey burlesque sweetheart show. We’re twisting it this time: It’s going to be called “Fatal Follies” — a deadly twist on that woman you’re infatuated with.
Gayborhood paparazzo — and G Philly‘s 2013 pick for Favorite Instgramer — Alexander John shares some shots from last night’s kickoff of Burlesque Battle Royale, a 10-week competition to find Philly’s numero uno burlesque performer.
Philly party producer (and G Philly contributor) Josh Schonewolf and Liberty City Kings Drag and Burlesque Artistic Director Lascivious Jane are teaming up for Philadelpha’s Burlesque Battle Royale, a live competition to find Philly’s fiercest burlesque performer. Kicking off tonight, eleven showboys and girls will compete over the next 10 weeks, vying for the top prize, which Schonewolf tells me is $750, a showcase at RUBA Room and a gift certificate to Passional. Among those competing is Holly Ween, Gemini Rose and, all the way from NYC, Victor Devonne. Peek-a-Boo Revue‘s Joey Martini will join Schonewolf and Lascivious Jane at the judges’ table. 9 p.m., $8, Tabu Lounge and Sports Bar, 200 S. 12th St.
Pull out your pasties, because tonight Liberty City Kings Drag and Burlesque (LiCK) troupe will celebrate its seventh anniversary with Tricks & Treats. Over the years the troupe, started by the vivacious Lascivious Jane, has grown to become quite an outfit. Now 15 members strong, they’ve become a staple around the Gayborhood and beyond, performing 13 regular shows a year. And that’s not counting the pop-up performances at Pride, OutFest, etc .
On Wednesday, global burlesque queen Dita Von Teese will shimmy to Philadelphia to present “Burlesque: Strip, Strip Hooray!” at the Tower Theater. Believe it or not, this is Von Teese’s very first Philly performance, and she promises to roll in with lots of fanfare. The critically acclaimed show is a 90-minute spectacle that finds the performer dolled up in feathers, sequins and the finest pasties this side of Moulin Rouge. She’s bringing her famous “Bird of Paradise” act, where she oohs and coos inside a gilded Victorian birdcage; the “Swarovski Martini Glass” number, where she performs from the “ultimate, most decadent, and dazzling martini glass ever:” and a whole crew of fascinating burlesque acts from around the world, like Murray Hill, Selene Luna and Prince Poppycock.