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.
Murder, American Style
Monday, Oct 10: American Murder Song
Still Sweet Dreamin'
Don't Gaslight Me, Bro
New version of classic play opens tonight
Poor Bella Manningham. If only she’d had the internet, maybe she would’ve run across a certain fortifying quotation in constant circulation there: “Before you diagnose yourself with depression or low self-esteem, first make sure you are not, in fact, surrounded by assholes.” (Steven Winterburn said that, though it’s usually misattributed to William Gibson.) Because if anyone ever needed to learn not to let people screw with her mind, it’s the high-strung Victorian-era protagonist of Gaslight, whose husband is bent on achieving her total mental and emotional breakdown for his own repugnant reasons. Patrick Hamilton’s 1938 play, which gave us the handy term for a form of abusive manipulation in which the victim is made to question their own sanity, remains popular theater fare more than half a century later. Now the Duke City Repertory Theatre presents their own version of the tense, claustrophobic drama, directed by Amelia Ampuero and starring DCRT veterans Frank Taylor Green and Lauren Myers. Opening tonight in the company’s new space at the Cell (700 First Street NW), Gaslight runs through Oct. 6, Thursdays through Saturdays at 8pm and Sundays at 2pm. Tickets range from $10 to $20; call 797-7081 or visit dukecityrep.com for more info. Cell Theatre • Thu Sep 26 • 8pm • $10-$20 • View on Alibi calendar
Namaste in Cinema
This weekend must have seemed like the perfect one for a film festival, because we’ve got at least three of them to choose from. In addition to the massive 10th Annual Santa Fe Film Festival and the inaugural Santa Fe Independent Film Festival, there’s the first annual Buddhist Film Festival taking place at the Cell Theatre in Downtown Albuquerque.