Summer Burlesque Blitz. Four days, 9 shows and all the booty and rhinestones you could ever ask for.
I like that the lineup promises to bring in a lot of subgenres of burlesque: nerdlesque (striptease for geeks), boylesque (naked men!) and more traditional vaudeville/sideshow. The festival also includes some of my favorite performers like Kita St. Cyr, Medianoche, Gal Friday and the Maine Attraction.
The Summer Burlesque Blitz starts Thursday and you can still get tickets. Here are the shows I'm going to:
The Paper Dolls: Midsummer Night's Muses
Thursday, July 18 @ 10pm
Kiki's Paper Dolls marries the sass and sensuality of burlesque with the playfulness and eclecticism of a burlesque vaudeville variety show. Midsummer Night's Muses will be a magical summer's evening in the dream realm of The Paper Doll's burlesque featuring Kiki Lewis, Vivi Le Voix, Samantha Slithers, Betty Stage, Boots Lamae, and Kealani with MC Ryan Willard.
Friday, July 19 @ 8:30pm
A brand new show featuring five of New York's finest burlesque beauties donning their finest furs and feathers for a flapper inspired evening of bump and grind. Featuring opulent burlesque spectacles courtesy of Hazel Honeysuckle, Evelyn Vinyl, Beelzebabe, Tiny D and producer & host for the evening Kita St. Cyr!
Shocks & C*cks 5: Hot Meat
Saturday, July 20 @ 1am
For five years, the infamous All Nude, All Dude Revue has been heating up stages across the five boroughs, and now it's hotter than ever... because for the first time, it's happening in the summer! A sizzling platter of hot male striptease, this after-hours all-you-can-eat summer BBQ sausage fest brings the biggest names in boylesque to the stage to bare it all... especially their talent. Featuring Jonny Porkpie, Tigger!, Hard Cory and more!
Burlesque-A-Pades Double Feature
Saturday, July 20 @ 7pm & 8:30pm
An evening of thrilling live burlesque and variety performances fused with classic old-school comedy sketches sketches. At Burlesque-A-Pades, you have a rare chance to experience a real authentic classic burlesque show as big time audiences knew it back in the day! It's an intoxicating cocktail that alternates heart-stopping striptease by award winning performers like Angie Pontani (Miss Exotic Word 2008) with an eclectic mix of glamorous production numbers, variety performances and comedy. Including classic burlesque sketches reinvented for today's audience. Burlesque-A-Pades will transport you on a trip through burlesque's past, present and future. Burlesque-A-Pades is directed by American Vaudeville Theatre's Trav S.D., with a book devised by Angie Pontani and Trav S.D. and a cast that also features contemporary burlesque stars The Maine Attraction (with her Josephine Baker tribute), tassel-twirling champion Gal Friday and hula hoop hottie Pinkie Special, Tap dance sensation Helen Pontani, boylesque king Tigger! and the great deceiver, Albert Cadabra.
I can't wait to see all these shows and since I know lots of you don't live in New York (or can't make it), I'll be Instagramming, tweeting and Facebook-ing away. Follow me to keep up with the all the sexy!
The Summer Burlesque Blitz will receive a four-night engagement at The Kraine Theater (85 East 4th Street between 2nd Ave and Bowery), July 18-21. Tickets ($20; $35 front row VIP) are available online at www.horseTRADE.info or by calling Smarttix at 212-868-4444.