Burque Burlesque is giving audiences the tease, inviting burlesque performers from up and down the continental divide to perform their wicked acts at Albuquerque’s Cell Theatre this weekend. Siren St. Sin and Fanny Incognito will be there from El Paso’s breakout troupe Lotus Blossoms Burlesque. Colorado Springs’ Brotherhood of Burlesque (Mr. Valdez, Mustang Monroe and Damien Wonderluv) will add a touch of testosterone to the proceedings. And, of course, plenty of Albuquerque/Santa Fe favorites—including Nyree Nix, Mischa Mischief, Doutelle and Mary Jane Monroe—will be bumping-and-griding it up for the folks. You’ve got two opportunities to catch the Ecdysiast’s Exclusive show: Friday, Nov. 8, at 8pm and Saturday, Nov. 9, at 8pm. Tickets are $13 and are available through Hold My Ticket. Seating is limited to an intimate 80 audience members per night, so grab your tickets quickly if you want to get up-close and personal. The Cell Theatre is located at 700 1st Street NW.
Few people know that New York City outlawed the word “burlesque” in the 1930s, or so I’m told by Tonya Kay while discussing her next visit to New Mexico. I get the feeling that she enjoys that sexy, rebellious sensibility that burlesque shows still seem to inspire. Last year she performed at the Launchpad with local companies Burque Burlesque and Burlesque Noir, but this week, she takes the stage with her own LA-based group, The Lalas. They’re a burlesque troupe comprised of professional actors, dancers and performers, each of whom has her own impressive list of TV and film work. They not only perform solo striptease acts, but ensemble routines as well, combining comedy, acting and various specialty arts. “Society wants to enjoy the wit and romance of sensuality,” Tonya says, “not just the two-dimensional sex objects we are fed in magazines.” Tomorrow night The Lalas will fill the San Felipe stage with eight very sensual ladies, promising to deliver a sexy night of world-class entertainment. San Felipe Casino Hollywood, San Felipe Pueblo • Sat Oct 12 • 7pm • $22 • 21+ • View on Alibi calendar
What do mental institutions, schools, hospitals, law enforcement, military training, the court system, social security, legislature, public housing, sports, the arts and erotic entertainment have in common? Well, one could reasonably argue that they’re fundamental cultural institutions endemic to nearly every society on Earth. Or you could just say that they’re all subjects that have attracted the attention of prolific documentary filmmaker Frederick Wiseman. Since his notorious (if rarely seen) 1967 documentary Titicut Follies, the law-professor-turned-filmmaker has become America’s most passionately dispassionate observer of basic social constructions.
Stop by Launchpad tonight for a sneak peak of the upcoming Southwest Burlesque Showcase (taking place this Friday and Saturday at KiMo Theatre). Tonight’s pre-show party will feature live burlesque performances by such New Mexico / Colorado / Arizona shake-and-shimmy aficionados as Delicia Doll Curls, Joy Coy, Ann Gora, Malificent Allure, Madame Lennox and more. Local bands Vertigo Venus and The Hi-Lo Tones will be there as well, making with the tunes. This 21-and-over event will set you back a mere $5. But if you flash your tickets to Friday or Saturday’s Southwest Burlesque Showcase at the door, you get in for free! The fun starts at 9 p.m.
We'll be giving away 50+ pairs of tickets to Scorsese's latest, Hugo, at our steampunk party tomorrow at Launchpad!
First come, first served.
Bianca Lily and Strong Man Sam
Squash Blossom Boys
The Ladies' Society of Grenadiers
And a costume contest with prizes from Free Radicals!
That’s right friends, international burlesque superstars Trixie Little and Evil Hate Monkey, among others, are coming to Albuquerque on Wednesday to Effex Nightclub (420 Central SW). Going out on a Wednesday sucks, but we've been assured the show is absolutely worth it. Details and ticket information are available at burlesquenoir.com. Since some of you might want to sleep off your hangovers before work on Thursday, the show starts at 8 p.m. See you there.
The best way to break it down is like this: If you’re going to see Burlesque for the burlesque, you’re in for a major disappointment. If you’re just going to see it for Cher and Christina Aguilera belting out the tunes, then you’re in marginally better shape. Despite the art form’s alterna-chic revival, average American citizens have no freaking idea what burlesque is anyway. As a result, most viewers will be in the second filmgoing category. To them, I say: The soundtrack is available for download on iTunes and OPI has a new Burlesque nail polish collection. Enjoy the show!
Lookin’ for a hot time this evening? How about swinging by Low Spirits at 2823 2nd Street for an evening of tunes, ’tinis and teasers? Awesome rockabilly band The Hydramatics will be busting out the sounds. Kitty Irreverent and a bevy of Burly-Q cuties will be performing live Burlesque acts throughout the evening. Alibi film editor (and notorious bon vivante) Devin D. O’Leary (that's me!) will be there guzzling down the drink specials and performing some semblance of hosting duties. Admission is $9 at the door. Show starts at 9 p.m.
The Pretty Things Peepshow, a vintage-style burlesque road show, will be rolling into Albuquerque this Sunday, March 7. Performers Go-Go Amy and Bettina May will be demonstrating the classic art of the striptease alongside jaw-dropping sideshow acts like sword-swallowers, firebreathers and more. Check out the promo video over there to get an idea of what you’ll get an eyeful of at the Launchpad this Sunday night. Doors open at 8 p.m. Show starts at 9 p.m. Tickets will run you 10 bucks at the door.