Neo Naughty No More: Ninth Annual Southwest Burlesque Showcase
When Denver-based stripteaser Midnite Martini (“The Mile High Flying Tease”) nabbed the crown at last year’s Burlesque Hall of Fame Weekend in Las Vegas, Nev., with a dark and moody aerial act, she proclaimed the ascendancy of circus arts and neo-burlesque in a competition historically clinched by classic showgirl numbers. With the help of 15 other performers from across the US and Australia, the Reigning Queen of Burlesque swings into the KiMo Theatre (423 Central NW) this Saturday, Feb. 14, at 8pm for the 9th Annual Southwest Burlesque Showcase. She’ll edify the masses on the manifold ways burly-q has ballooned into more than your daddy’s strip show.
Boylesque fixture Paris Original, the gender-bender from Seattle, Wash., who whisks classic ballet into his tantalizing tease, and Holly Rebelle, Burque’s homegrown envelope-pusher remembered for her blood-bespattered tribute to Jacqueline Kennedy “after JFK was shot,” flesh out the variety and noir now standard in the new age of burlesque. For $19 to $26 at kimotickets.com, the V-Day showcase concludes three days of tassle-twirlers, singers, aerialists and comedians, dishing catharsis for a holiday that’s one big tease anyway. Ogle swburlesqueshowcase.com for more details. KiMo Theatre • Fri Feb 13 • 8-10:30pm • $19-$26 • View on Alibi calendar