Events and Reviews

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Burlesque shows and critic reviews from across the world, including the annual London Wonderground festival and Viva Las Vegas Rockabilly Weekend.

Hot Brown Honey: The Revolution Never Tasted So Good

This powerful cabaret show is decolonising Australia, detangling presumptions and assumptions, and setting straight lingering stereotypes.

She’s Back! Miss Astrid Opens her Mystery Box

“Legendary deadpan dominatrix” emcee Miss Astrid – aka comedian Kate Valentine – has been tearing strips off unsuspecting audience members in over 1000 shows since 1997. After a number of years out of the spotlight, “focusing on other things and raising my excellent kids,” she’s back onstage next week in Miss Astrid’s Mystery Box a…

Review: Gin House Burlesque (Underbelly Festival 2017)

London burlesque heavyweights Betsy Rose, Missy Fatale and Jolie Papillon have conjured immersive magic at The King’s Head members club with Gin House Burlesque, a heady evening of tease, tipples and prohibition chic. An adaptation – The Roaring Twenties Revue – has been brought to the Underbelly Spiegeltent to spice up the South Bank.  …

Lily Verlaine brings Erotic Ballet to Triple Door

Like many wild imaginings that have materialized into full scale performances, such as the annual Land of the Sweets and Through the Looking Glass: The Burlesque Alice in Wonderland, Lily Verlaine’s new work Giselle began, like so many of her endeavors, with the question: “What if?”  What if the familiar characters of the classical ballet…

Review: Le Bouge Neon (Underbelly Festival 2017)

Le Bouge Neon, a “disco drama” created by Moulin Rouge dancer Fallon Dee and comedian Chris Fitchew which claims to “celebrate women, art and tease”, is one of a pleasing number of burlesque and cabaret shows included at the Underbelly Festival this year, all taking place in the twinkling Spiegeltent. The success of the production’s…

Sublime Boudoir: Burlesque Brilliance at Alder Manor

Burlesque star Betsy Rose reports on Sublime Boudoir at Alder Manor, which ran for two spectacular nights in New York in May 2017.  To experience and be a part of Sublime Boudoir at Alder Manor was a treat beyond my wildest dreams. As I completed my journey from foggy London Town to Yonkers, New York,…

PHOTOS: Dita and Cast Define The Art of the Teese

Dita Von Teese and her all star cast of burlesque greats are on the road again this summer with The Art of the Teese. In an interview with 21st Century Burlesque at the end of 2016, Dita called it “a glamorous but riotous two hours of show … with the biggest and most lavish production…

Review: Stars and Strippers (Underbelly Festival 2017)

[wp-review id=”28184″] The Folly Mixtures put on quite a show last year in the London Wonderground Spiegeltent, performing to an adoring crowd of family, friends and fans. They, and the fanclub, are back this year at the newly renamed Underbelly Festival with their Stars and Strippers spectacular, celebrating all things American.   The opening is…

Review: Miss Viva Las Vegas 2017 (Viva Las Vegas Rockabilly Weekend)

I was delighted to attend the Viva Las Vegas Rockabilly Weekend at Easter for a second year. Audrey Deluxe curates a sensational Burlesque Showcase on Friday night, famed for its world class casts, with Dita Von Teese headlining this year’s three-show marathon. Burlesque Bingo, another of Audrey’s fabulous creations, ran throughout the Weekend. Saturday night…

The Feral Feminism of Baby Got Back

  The F-word has been front and center throughout the world and at the forefront of discussion within the burlesque community of late. With ‘Nasty Women’ and ‘Bad Feminists’ globally speaking out on important women’s issues, it has been amazing to see how the burlesque community has been combining political expression into our body of…

The Stars of the Viva Las Vegas Burlesque Showcase 2017 (Photos)

The Viva Las Vegas Rockabilly Weekender celebrated its 20th year over the Easter weekend, and they certainly pulled out all the stops for the hotly anticipated Burlesque Showcase. This year, burlesque events producer Audrey Deluxe and esteemed Viva boss Tom Ingram assembled a dazzling cast, including celebrated burlesque stars Kalani Kokonuts, Missy Lisa and Jeez…

Sadie Sinner: Cocoa Butter Queen

“The Cocoa Butter Club gives a voice to The Other.  We exist to promote the fact that performers of colour are creating in a multitude of mediums, and whilst our cabaret may not always look the same, please consider how artists draw on their past, present and futures and create work which reflects this.” After…

Electra Mourning’s BurlyCon Recap

Well… What does one say? Donald Trump is President Elect of the United States of America. What effect this would have on the BurlyCon weekend, I honestly wasn’t sure.  I did know I was glad to be spending the weekend following the Election with the Glitter Family.  Within a space where we could all hopefully…

Ursula Undressed: The Magic of Martinez

Like the fabled, festive Coca Cola truck, five star smash La Soiree has rolled into London again this Christmas with a twinkling Spiegeltent full of sass, smut, surprise, and sensational skill. We spoke to one of La Soiree‘s most celebrated heroines, Ursula Martinez, as she marks fifty fabulous years of life, laughter, and lewd, nude burlesque brilliance! (Hanky…

PHOTOS: Burlesque Noir Brings Burlesque Stars to Blackpool

Burlesque Noir, an annual burlesque and cabaret spectacular, hosted sixteen burlesque stars on October 8th at the dazzling Blackpool Tower Ballroom, including New York burlesque headliners Jo Weldon and Medianoche. Jo Weldon is the headmistress of the New York School of Burlesque and author of The Burlesque Handbook, and Medianoche is a Miss Exotic World…

Review: Briefs (London Wonderground 2016)

Glory Pearl reviews Briefs at London Wonderground 2016.

WATCH: Folly Mixtures bring Stars and Strippers to the Spiegeltent!

21st Century Burlesque fondly remembers watching Folly Mixtures-to-be Ooh La Lou and Liberty Sweet perform almost a decade ago at the Leicester Square Theatre alongside fellow London veterans Polly Rae, Laurie Hagen and Frisky and Mannish. How time flies! Five years ago, Lou led the creation of a burlesque supertroupe called The Folly Mixtures, and…

Photos: 12 Sizzling Burlesque Starlets Spicing up Sheffield

The array of dazzling divas taking the stage at the Sheffield Burlesque and Cabaret Extravaganza this month are a sumptuous feast for the eyes, captured exquisitely here by some of the finest burlesque photographers in the UK. Renowned for boasting a first rate lineup of burlesque and cabaret stars year on year, The Velvet Burlesque…

Burlesque Showcase: Tansy and Leon at Viva Las Vegas (Photos)

Tansy and Leon were the smash hit of The Burlesque Hall of Fame Weekend last year with their awesome duet, and they smashed it again at the Viva Las Vegas Rockabilly Weekend 2016. At a time of peak saturation in burlesque, they have created something strikingly different and thrillingly fierce! Every performer in the Burlesque…

Burlesque Showcase: Coco Lectric at Viva Las Vegas (Photos)

Coco Lectric was radiant and joyous at the Viva Las Vegas Rockabilly Weekend 2016. Her dazzling smile, sparkling eyes, sense of humour and captivating musicality made for a showstopping performance. Every performer in the Burlesque Showcase is personally invited by Audrey Deluxe to thrill the 30,000 strong army of Viva Las Vegas attendees (at least…

Burlesque Showcase: Audrey Deluxe at Viva Las Vegas (Photos)

Next, it’s the curator of the dazzling Burlesque Showcase herself, the vivacious Audrey Deluxe, at the Viva Las Vegas Rockabilly Weekender 2016. Every performer in the Burlesque Showcase is personally invited by Audrey Deluxe to thrill the 30,000 strong army of Viva Las Vegas attendees (at least as many as they can pack into the…

Burlesque Showcase: Ginger Valentine and Missy Lisa at Viva Las Vegas 2016 (PHOTOS)

Next, it’s double the pleasure at the Viva Las Vegas Rockabilly Weekender 2016, courtesy of divine Texas duo Missy Lisa and Ginger Valentine. Every performer in the Burlesque Showcase is personally invited by Audrey Deluxe to thrill the 30,000 strong army of Viva Las Vegas attendees (at least as many as they can pack into…

BARBU: Bombastic, Beardy Brilliance at London Wonderground 2016 (PHOTOS)

[wp-review id=”26829″] BARBU, performed by quirky Quebec circus troupe Cirque Alfonse, is a sexy explosion of bombastic, beardy brilliance at London Wonderground 2016. Limber, lusty lumberjacks, mystical mayhem, folklore and live folk music make for a beguiling, hilarious and uplifting spectacle which can be enjoyed in the twinkling South Bank Spiegeltent until September 25th. We…

Burlesque Showcase: Kitty Bang Bang at Viva Las Vegas 2016 (PHOTOS)

And so begins my recap of the hot burlesque action at the Viva Las Vegas Rockabilly Weekender 2016, starting with the big-guns-blazing Burlesque Showcase. Every performer in this show is personally invited by Audrey Deluxe to thrill the 30,000 strong army of Viva Las Vegas attendees (at least as many as they can pack into…

Review: Aurora Galore – Glamorous Weirdo (London Wonderground 2016)

Aurora Galore: Glamorous Weirdo is pitched as ‘performance art, avant-garde circus and theatrical annihilation’, but in truth it is none of those things. And it is interesting that Aurora Galore does not describe herself as a burlesque artist – what she is most known for – despite mentioning her rankings in 21st Century Burlesque Magazine’s…

PHOTOS: Reigning Queen of Burlesque Poison Ivory at Viva Las Vegas 2016

Little did they know, but the audience at the Viva Las Vegas Rockabilly Weekender in April 2016 were treated to the winning act of the new Miss Exotic World, Reigning Queen of Burlesque, Poison Ivory!  While we wait for shots of her performance at the Burlesque Hall of Fame Weekend 2016, here is a glimpse…

Gin House Burlesque: Stripping with a Swing

21st Century Burlesque Magazine thoroughly enjoyed Gin House Burlesque at The King’s Head – a spectacular, hidden jewel box in East London, commandeered by sparkling showgirls and a swarm of stylish revellers. Ivy Wilde discusses the superbly executed concept with co-creators Betsy Rose, Missy Fatale and Jolie Papillon.     When did the idea for…

London Burlesque is Getting Even Sexier and Here’s Why

Jennifer Taylor explains how a new taste for tease has shaped the face of London burlesque… Things are getting raunchier in London’s burlesque scene. A new sexual revolution has helped fuel the mainstream popularity of burlesque, once considered alternative entertainment – audiences now are sassier and more sexed-up, thanks to a glut of naked flesh…

ALERT: Michelle L’amour’s new Valentine’s Day act is going to Blow. Your. Mind.

For more than a decade, Michelle L’amour – Miss Exotic World, Reigning Queen of Burlesque 2005 – has been bringing Chicago the “Hottest Night of Winter” with amazing Valentine’s Day productions. And now Michelle is preparing to unleash an entirely new show – Le Nu – an “intimate European inspired evening like Chicago has never seen”. Guests…

Together We Can-Can: Life as a Moulin Rouge Showgirl

I am thrilled to present this special feature about sensational showgirl Claudine Van Den Bergh, who I had the pleasure of interviewing backstage at the legendary Moulin Rouge, Paris. After passing through a hidden door and an intriguing labyrinth of dressing rooms and studios,  I was shown into a room with a mannequinned row of eye-wateringly fabulous costumes. The view was…

Di Lovely: Stripper’s Holiday 2015

It all came full circle when I got the invitation e-mail from Michelle L’amour. I’ve always wanted to participate in Stripper’s Holiday, ever since I wanted to pursue burlesque.  Not many people know this, but back in 2010 I moved from sunny San Diego to snowy Chicago. It was the big blizzard they hadn’t had…

Review: Burlesque Noir, Starring Tempest Storm (Blackpool, UK)

[wp-review] When it was announced at the beginning of the year that Burlesque Noir 2015 would be held at Blackpool’s Tower Ballroom my heart skipped a beat. When the announcement of Tempest Storm as headliner was released I nearly fainted, then made my way happily to the booking page, credit card in hand. For anyone…

Burlesque Activism: Bunny Buxom Discusses Rabbit Hole Productions

I am a member of the New York City burlesque community. I started performing nearly four years ago, jumping into the ‘behind the scenes’ aspects of shows shortly following my debut and graduation from the New York School of Burlesque. After years of working as an associate producer with Jonny Porkpie and participating in the NYSB Driver’s Seat…

9 Reasons Why Between the Sheets is the Hottest Burlesque Ticket in London

Between the Sheets: An Intimate Cabaret brings burlesque bang up to date with flair, authenticity and intelligence in a scene often plagued with complacency and a lack of creativity and willingness to push further and offer something new. It grabs you by the heart, mind and groin and holds on tight for 90 minutes of…

REVIEW: Briefs (London Wonderground 2015)

[wp-review] Back in London for the fourth time and enjoying an extended run at London Wonderground’s delicious Spiegeltent, Briefs – an all-male Australian revue fusing circus, burlesque and drag – certainly delivers in the entertainment stakes. The cast of seven work hard at a fast-paced gallop – we’re told they need to fit a ninety-minute…

Trouble in the East: Diary of a Shanghai Showgirl comes to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival

It takes certain type of people to dust themselves off, pick themselves up and start all over again, but it takes a certain type of burlesque entrepreneurs to see the potential in a life event and turn it into a show. After sold out previews in New York and Washington DC, Diary of a Shanghai Showgirl…

House of Verlaine Delivers ‘Haute Burlesque’ Ballet

Crystal Tassels describes House of Verlaine’s latest production in Seattle, starring Lily Verlaine, Perle Noire, Indigo Blue and Paris Original… Lily Verlaine recently curated an evening of haute burlesque that made the massive Triple Door auditorium in Seattle seem incredibly intimate. The show, Nightcap: L’Edition Noire, starred Verlaine’s new dance company, House of Verlaine, and…

Eva la Feva’s Snake Oil Festival Burlesque Diary

Glitter crash is real. And it is devastating. One delayed flight home and a rehearsal later, I’m collapsed on my couch for the first time after my weekend at the Snake Oil Festival in New Orleans and it’s starting to wash over me. In twelve hours I will have to don a costume again — but…

Review: Lili La Scala’s Another F*cking Variety Show (London Wonderground 2015)

[wp-review] Before its annual trek up to Edinburgh Fringe, Another Fucking Variety Show stopped by the London Wonderground Spiegeltent to wow the crowds with an enviable, ever-changing line-up of cabaret stars. Headlining hostess Lili La Scala, exquisite opera-diva-cum-rock-star, presides in style with razor sharp wit and a series of devastatingly fabulous outfits. Her opening number,…

Review: Between the Sheets – An Intimate Cabaret (London Wonderground 2015)

[wp-review] Miss Polly Rae’s Between the Sheets goes big at London Wonderground for a second year, and while last year’s show lacked overall cohesion and confidence, history will remember it as a dress rehearsal for an outstanding 2015 production which has more than found its feet. A perfectly paced, vibrant and varied burlesque pop concert…

Review: The Double R Club (London Wonderground 2015)

[wp-review] The Double R Club is a dark and disturbing spectacle of Lynch inspired nightmares. Away from its usual setting at Bethnal Green Working Men’s Club, The Double R grows into something quite simply terrifying at the London Wonderground Spiegeltent. Host for the evening is the silver tongued wordsmith Benjamin Louche – as rakishly sordid…

Review: Black Cat Cabaret – Nocturne (London Wonderground 2015)

[wp-review] Nocturne, Black Cat Cabaret’s latest London Wonderground production, concerns a weary London commuter who nods off on the tube and embarks on a journey through his troubled subconscious, led by “queen of the night” Lili La Scala. Nocturne’s trump card is its outstanding cast of all-star circus performers.  Katrina Lilwall is captivating on aerial chains, soaring…

More on Less: The History of Burlesque in America From Lydia Thompson to Amber Ray

Read on to find out more about a fabulous burlesque exhibition in Milwaukee, US, which is open until July 5th, 2015 and includes items contributed by The Burlesque Hall of Fame… “More on Less: The History of Burlesque From Lydia Thompson to Amber Ray presents the history of burlesque in America — surveying its cultural influence…

REVIEW: Showtime with Cabaret Boheme (Brighton Fringe 2015)

Veronica Blacklace is the resplendent ringmistress of a cabaret gem at Brighton Fringe 2015. [wp-review] Cabaret Boheme, holding court in a mid-size Spiegeltent at Brighton Fringe 2015, promised “an unforgettable evening … with all the skill, charm and cheek you could want”, and local heroine Veronica Blacklace and her colourful cast came through in fine style.…

Burlesque and Variety Highlights at London Wonderground 2015

Now in its fourth spectacular year, London Wonderground 2015 invites you to eat, drink and be merry in its festive fairground on London’s South Bank and enjoy evenings of entertainment inside the twinkling 1920s Spiegeltent. Once again there is a generous helping of burlesque to enjoy, as well as other top drawer variety acts. Here are some of the…

Review: Hold Your Hats and Hallelujah, Gypsy’s Gonna Show it to Ya!

“Everybody give a cheer!” Gypsy has returned to the West End after forty years.  A period spectacular from the golden age of musicals sees the showbiz mother of your nightmares drag her weary family and their hilariously twee and mediocre act across Depression-hit America, as Vaudeville coughs out its last ragged breaths and a burlesque…

Review: Edge, Glitz, and Princesses at Disney After Dark

With their billowing gowns, bustles and jewelled tiaras, princesses have come to embody a sort of ultra-femininity that Western culture reserves for little girls and brides. In the burlesque world, however, we create our own opportunities for sartorial extravagance. In Seattle, Stripped Screw Burlesque’s latest production of Disney After Dark, now in its fifth year,…

Paula Now and Then: Rocking the Pants Off Seattle Since 1987

Every spring, celebrated producer Paula Sjunneson (of paulanowevent, formerly The Swedish Housewife Presents) brings some legendary magic to the Triple Door in Seattle. Her burlesque-cum-rock-opera, House of Thee Unholy, is “a Tolkienian acid trip” that paints a dripping, sexy portrait of the 1970s, all set to a soundtrack of Led Zeppelin, which is played live…

Crystals In The Desert: A Tour Diary in Outback Australia

Lola The Vamp tells a heartwarming tale from the Australian outback… Betoota, Diamantina Shire, in the Channel Country of Central Western Queensland, Australia. Population 0. The last living resident passed away ten years ago. Sigmund (Simon) Remienko bought The Betoota Hotel in 1957 and closed it due to ill health in 1997, a handful of…

London Cabaret Awards: Polly Rae and Bettsie Bon Bon Shine at Ceremony

On Monday a bejewelled, flamboyant horde of stars from the London cabaret scene invaded the luxurious Cafe de Paris for a night of awards, roasts, song and striptease. Miss Polly Rae saw off fellow shortlisted nominees The Folly Mixtures and BRIEFS to win ‘Best Burlesque’. For some time now she has set a excellent example…

Review: Sukki Singapora Debuts ‘Diamonds Are A Girl’s Best Friend’ at Cafe de Paris

An evening spent in the warm, luxurious belly of Cafe de Paris is one of the most enjoyable ways to spend a night in London. I have praised the VIP dining experience in the past, but last Saturday I was equally comfortable seated on the balcony level, attended by extremely pleasant staff and enjoying a…

Review: Pretty Haute Machine – Nine Inch Nails Goes Glam

Burlesque noir at its best, Pretty Haute Machine: A Burlesque Tribute to Nine Inch Nails was a gripping, if intense, tour through a songbook characterised by sex, anger, and isolation. The show was presented by Closer to Broads, the production company of neo-burlesquers Iva Handfull, Lady Drew Blood and Seraphina Fiero. PHM is not the…

Review: Palace of the Snow Queen (Looking Glass Productions)

This year’s Christmas offering from the Looking Glass Productions arm of Black Cat Cabaret is Palace of the Snow Queen, which promises to deliver “…gourmet winter fayre, beautiful decor, and spectacular cabaret and circus entertainment.” Usually dinner is served as part of the experience, but Saturday 6th December is a cabaret only evening at £25…

Burlesque Queens at Theatre Bizarre 2014: A Fiendish Fairytale

Relive the unique spectacle of Theatre Bizarre 2014 – starring Roxi D’Lite, Dirty Martini, Angie Pontani, Julie Atlas Muz and Russell Bruner – through the eyes of flamboyant burlesque photographer Neil Kendall… When my burlesque pal Roxi D’Lite and I had an post-party chinwag last summer at the Burlesque Hall of Fame Weekend in Vegas,…

The Atomic Bombshells in CAKE! A Decade of Decadent Dazzle (Photos)

The Atomic Bombshells in CAKE! A Decade of Decadent Dazzle, by Crystal Tassels. Seattle burlesque mainstays The Atomic Bombshells celebrated their tenth anniversary last weekend. Hosted by the ever-so-chipper BenDeLaCreme of RuPaul’s Drag Race fame, CAKE! A Decade of Decadent Dazzle was a glitzy delight. In addition to the Bombshells themselves, the troupe invited superstars…

The Madame Jojo’s Peace Vigil in Words, Photos and Video.

In October, a violent incident involving iconic Soho venue Madame Jojo’s, a celebrated performance space for several decades and home to productions including House of Burlesque, The Folly Mixtures Revue and Cabaret Roulette, led to action by Westminster Council which has been condemned as “draconian” – the complete and brutally swift suspension of its licence…

Barbarellesque Burlesque Returns to Baltimore

As the cast readies for the year’s final performance of Barbarellesque (at Baltimore’s Creative Alliance on November 22nd), Kay Sera, co-producer and one of the show’s Barbarellas, talks about creating “an ecdysiast theatrical experience.” Why Barbarella? Barbarella, the 1968 sci-fi camp classic starring Jane Fonda, was ridiculed and reviled in its day. But it’s now…

Michelle L’amour and Bella Blue spread The Joy of Tease in New Orleans

Born and raised in New Orleans, Bella Blue made her burlesque debut in 2007 and established The New Orleans School of Burlesque in 2008, which hosts weekly burlesque classes. She is also the Artistic Director of The Dirty Dime Peepshow, The NOSB Student Showcase, and the producer of The Blue Book Cabaret at Lucky Pierre’s…

Review: Cabaret at Scarfes Bar (Rosewood London)

As the long, lazy summer days turn into dark, drizzly nights, Rosewood London invites you to spend an evening in the warm amber glow of Scarfes Bar and indulge in top drawer food, drink, and entertainment from some of London’s finest cabaret stars. You enter what could be the grand library of a sleepy country…

WIN: Luxury VIP Dinner and Show Tickets at Cafe de Paris (London, UK)

The fabulous Cafe de Paris (London, UK) is offering 21st Century Burlesque readers VIP tickets for their new Friday night show Cabaret des Distractions, starring Reuben Kaye, Bettsie Bon Bon, Anna the Hulagan and more outstanding performers! Descend the stairs of the beautiful Titanic ballroom, sit at a top table with a perfect view of…

Review: Cabaret des Distractions (Cafe de Paris)

In Cabaret des Distractions, the new resident Friday night production at the delightful Cafe de Paris, a pair of lovers, played by Ali Temple and Klodi Dabkiewicz, are cast into a hellish labyrinth and encounter a series of mythological characters sent to challenge, seduce, and test the strength of their love. You are invited to…

Review: Another F*cking Variety Show (London Wonderground 2014)

Last Friday, with just over a week left of the outstanding London Wonderground 2014 season, feisty songbird Lili La Scala brought Another Fucking Variety Show, fresh from a run at the Edinburgh Fringe, to the South Bank Spiegeltent for the first of two dates. Boasting an enviable lineup of first-rate entertainers delivering song, striptease, circus…

LAST CHANCE: Final Fantastic Shows at London Wonderground.

It has been another summer of tremendous fun and first rate entertainment at London Wonderground on the South Bank. If you haven’t enjoyed any of the fantastic shows yet, you have a week and a half left to snatch up some tickets, and believe me, it’s worth it. Here are some of the shows left…

Review: Pandora’s Box (Hippodrome Casino, London)

Back from a run in Las Vegas, Pandora’s Box is described as ‘an innovative, enchanting display of high class entertainment’ and a dance-focused, erotic revue designed for observation rather than interaction. In reality, this journey through myth and legend is an amateurish, confused affair in need of considerable development. While sensual storytelling is supposedly at…

Review – BRIEFS: The Second Coming (London Wonderground 2014)

Briefs, the all-male cabaret circus troupe from (mostly) Australia has returned to London Wonderground for a four week run, starting on 2nd September. The show opens with a brilliantly choreographed ensemble piece, Captain Kidd strutting on stage with a huge white peacock tail which opens to reveal the rest of the cast. Some great use…

Stripped Bare: Naked in Edinburgh (Edinburgh Fringe 2014)

Returning from her very first Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Miss Glory Pearl reveals how her one-woman show, The Naked Stand Up, fared. Click here to read her preview feature about the show… About a week into my Edinburgh Festival Fringe experience I lay on my bed marvelling at the depth of my naivety; not only that…

Review: Between the Sheets (London Wonderground 2014)

Earlier this month, purring burlesque popstress Miss Polly Rae brought established London favourite Between the Sheets, usually in residence at the Hippodrome Casino’s intimate Matcham Room, to London Wonderground 2014 for two naughty nights of song and striptease. Expanded for the decidedly larger Spiegeltent space and refreshed with sizzling new numbers, the show was typically…

In Pictures: Boom and Bang Circus at The Roundhouse (Ft. Kitty Bang Bang)

On Friday, August 15th, Kitty Bang Bang and partner Bioux Lee Hayes brought the mischief and mayhem of Boom and Bang Circus to The Roundhouse in Camden (London, UK), which took them from their residency in the intimate cabaret lounge at the Hippodrome Casino to a significantly larger playground for one spectacular night. Playing to…

REVIEW: Double R Club (London Wonderground 2014)

The Double R Club at London Wonderground 2014, reviewed by James Lee on August 2nd 2014. For anyone unfamiliar with the Double R Club, it is a cabaret inspired by the work of David Lynch (though by no means restricted by it). Away from its usual home in the Bethnal Green Working Men’s Club, the…

Jo Weldon presents GodDamned Women (Ft. Dirty Martini, Angie Pontani, Julie Atlas Muz)

Join Jo Weldon and friends as they celebrate the 10th Anniversary of the New York School of Burlesque with all-star spectacular GodDamned Women, featuring a fantastic lineup of NYSB instructors, including burlesque heavyweights Dirty Martini, Angie Pontani and Julie Atlas Muz.  Jo Weldon, headmistress of the New York School of Burlesque and author of The…

Review: Cirque du Cabaret (London Wonderground 2014)

Cirque du Cabaret returned to the London Wonderground Spiegeltent for a third year last week and welcomed a packed house of Pimms-soaked revellers. Champagne Charlie was a highly successful and effervescent host who, after a slightly nervous start, struck the perfect balance between grandiloquent ringmaster and louche mischief-maker. Each half began with a number from…

Review: Dr Sketchy’s Anti-Art School (London Wonderground 2014)

Pinup model, burlesque performer and artist Miss Miranda shares her experience of Dr Sketchy’s Anti-Art School at London Wonderground 2014. I was delighted to receive a last minute invitation to attend Dr Sketchy’s Anti-Art School at London Wonderground – I’m rather ashamed to admit that I have never been before! On my recent travels around…

Taking It All Off: From Burlesque Comedienne to Naked Stand Up (Edinburgh Fringe 2014)

As she makes her final preparations for the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Miss Glory Pearl tells 21st Century Burlesque Magazine about what led a burlesque artist to try her hand at stand-up comedy… Taking your clothes off in public for money does something to you. The assumption is that you possess confidence and self-love in buckets,…

The DIXEY Guide to Boylesque Brilliance (Edinburgh Fringe 2014)

Aspiring boylesque megastars look no further – your ultimate guide to making it in burlesque is right here, courtesy of some of the finest male stripteasers in the galaxy!  Tigger! is a neo-burlesque pioneer and the first person to receive the Best Boylesque title at the prestigious Burlesque Hall of Fame Weekend pageant.  Russell Bruner…

Between the Sheets: 7 Ways to Seduce Your Audience

Burlesque songstress Miss Polly Rae, star of West End hit The Hurly Burly Show and Between the Sheets, shares her tips for keeping an audience tantalised and titillated. You can watch Polly Rae, Kitty Bang Bang and cast in action at London Wonderground next month; see below for details… Create A Welcoming Environment Entice your…

Miss Vampfire at Michelle L’amour’s Stripper’s Holiday 2014

An Italian in Chicago: Stripper’s Holiday 2014 report from Miss Vampfire… I first heard about Stripper’s Holiday in 2012 and I was immediately intrigued by it. Just the thought of taking classes with one of the best performers in the world, living at her place with other ladies from all over the US, sounded fabulous…

In Pictures: Kinky & Quirky’s Burlesque Ball

Described as a ‘variety show with an alternative edge’ and featuring some of the very best performers on the UK and international burlesque circuit, Kinky & Quirky’s events promise a riot of colour, show and spectacle, and at the Riviera Centre on July 5th they delivered a highly entertaining display of burlesque, juggling, hula-hooping, tap…

Becoming Zombo (Theatre Bizarre 2013)

As the application period for this year’s Theatre Bizarre production nears its deadline, read about Mark Brown’s transformation into sinister Theatre Bizarre mascot Zombo the Clown and his duet with Roxi D’Lite. If you want to apply to perform at Theatre Bizarre in 2014, you can find details below. Burlesque performers are considered alongside other…

Cabaret Roulette’s Top 10 Burlesque Acts

Welcome to the world of Cabaret Roulette, an innovative, no-holds-barred variety show in London where the audience calls the shots! Cabaret Roulette launched in November 2012 with a simple goal: to shake up the cabaret scene by throwing out old ideas, empowering audiences and challenging artists to push beyond their comfort zones – all the ingredients for…

GiGi La Femme at Theatre Bizarre 2013

As the application period for this year’s Theatre Bizarre production nears its deadline (July 1st for burlesque performers), read about GiGi La Femme’s unforgettable experience at last year’s incredible event. If you want to apply to perform at Theatre Bizarre in 2014, you can find details below. Burlesque performers are considered alongside other variety acts,…

REVIEW: House of Burlesque (London Wonderground 2014)

House of Burlesque has returned to London Wonderground’s evocative, twinkling Spiegeltent for a third year with a new production playing a string of dates in August and September. It’s a high-energy, well paced and enjoyable show, boasting a high quality line-up of accomplished soloists, but is let down by the standard of in-house costume and…

Darlinda Just Darlinda at Theatre Bizarre 2013

As the application period for this year’s Theatre Bizarre production nears its deadline, read about Darlinda Just Darlinda’s amazing experience at last year’s incredible event. If you want to apply to perform at Theatre Bizarre in 2014, you can find details below. Burlesque performers are considered alongside other variety acts, and those accepted will join…

REVIEW: The Black Cat Cabaret (London Wonderground 2014)

Black Cat Cabaret at London Wonderground reviewed by Miss Glory Pearl. After a successful run at Café de Paris and scooping the 2014 London Cabaret Awards ‘Best Production’ prize, Black Cat Cabaret crosses the river to the Wonderground Spiegeltent, promising a ‘uniquely theatrical cabaret spectacular’. The cast’s heritage is impeccable, featuring a generous dose of…

Dancing with the Devil: Theatre Bizarre 2013

Theatre Bizarre is a unique, immersive and truly spectacular annual production which seems to become more fantastical and thrilling every year.  21st Century Burlesque Magazine reached out to the 2013 cast of Theatre Bizarre: The Procession, and the passionate response tells you all you need to know about an unforgettable experience for performers and audiences…

Workin’ The Tease: The Art of Baltimore Burlesque

by Kay Sera. In the 1950s, Baltimore launched the career of the legendary Blaze Starr and helped shape burlesque’s history. Sixty years later, Baltimore again made history when the Maryland Institute College of Art Exhibition Development Seminar (EDS) launched ‘Workin’ the Tease: The Art of Baltimore Burlesque’. EDS is a sequenced, cross-disciplinary program of students…

Burlesque at London Wonderground 2014 (Part Two)

London Wonderground is set to spice up the Southbank for a third year this summer, with an extensive and varied programme of events covering cabaret, comedy, music, circus, and burlesque.  I heartily recommend multiple visits to Wonderground; you can enjoy a cool drink in the gardens with lanterns dancing above you in the trees, browse…

Burlesque Legends and Sensational Supporting Cast at Mother’s Day Burlesque Brunch

Sunday May 11th offers a rare and very special opportunity to meet three beloved burlesque legends at The Highline Ballroom in New York.  Presented by The New York Burlesque Festival and The New York School of Burlesque, the event will honour Hollywood’s Russ Meyer girl Kitten Natividad; ‘the epitome of excellence’, Shannon Doah from San…

Burlesque at London Wonderground 2014 (Part One)

London Wonderground is set to spice up the Southbank for a third year this summer, with an extensive and varied programme of events covering cabaret, comedy, music, circus, and burlesque.  I heartily recommend multiple visits to Wonderground; you can enjoy a cool drink in the gardens with lanterns dancing above you in the trees, browse…

Show Afterglow: Diversi-Tease 2014

Co-producer Sweetpea reports on the delightful Diversi-Tease, which took place in Minneapolis earlier this year… The Diversi-Tease Showcase was a celebration of beauty in diversity. January 30th – February 1st brought a welcomed mid-winter heat wave to Minneapolis with a five-show bash at the historic Ritz Theater. ‘An Extravagant Weekend of Burlesque in the Twin…

Review: Beauty and the Beast (Julie Atlas Muz and Mat Fraser, New York, March 2014.)

Beauty and the Beast, starring Julie Atlas Muz and Mat Fraser, reviewed by Stephanie Nolasco. A tale as old as time? Sorry Disney, but the best fairytale for grown-ups ever is being shared nearly every night until March 30th on New York City’s Lower East Side. On the gritty streets of downtown Manhattan is the…

Jo Weldon’s BurlyCon 2013 Diary.

A fantastic report from BurlyCon 2013, by BurlyCon Board Member and Vice President Jo ‘Boobs’ Weldon. Prepare for a lot of mushiness, gratitude, and self-congratulation. I had a great BurlyCon 2013 weekend. BurlyCon was seven years old this year, and it was our first year as a full-fledged 501C-3. It reinforced my passion for the…

Burleskathon – 24 Hours of Tease!

On Saturday 22nd March, Dolores Daiquiri and Elena Gabrielle will oversee a Guinness World Record attempt in Victoria, Australia: Burleskathon – 24 Hours of Tease!  Over 70 performers will take to the stage in a non-stop 24 hour burlesque showcase and raise money for important charities.  I was curious to hear more from Dolores about…

Prepare to be Conquered: The Return of House of Thee Unholy

House of Thee Unholy preview by Jessica Price. All photos by Christopher Nelson and Michael Doucett. We haven’t heard much from producer Paula Now – formerly known as The Swedish Housewife – since she partnered with filmmaker Deirdre Timmons (A Wink and A Smile) for the deliciously visceral showcase KINGS: A Boylesque Extravaganza nearly a…

In Pictures: The Beauties of Bustout Burlesque

In an attempt to inject some thrill into your Thursday, here is a series of gorgeous photos from Bustout Burlesque on January 11th, 2014, featuring beautiful burlesque bombshells Ginger Valentine, Missy Lisa, Elle Dorado, Miss Miranda and Athena. Bustout Burlesque founder and producer Rick Delaup explained the format and commented on the January 11th show:…

Review: Burlesque On Ice

Burlesque On Ice was billed as “a spectacular show … set to be one of the hottest tickets in London”, but in reality it failed to deliver at a sufficiently high standard in a number of key areas. A production which was meant to be uplifting, exhilarating and infectious was largely lost in translation and…

Review: Showtime at Cafe de Paris

It’s all change at Cafe de Paris.  Resident guest show The Wam Bam Club has departed, and the venue now has its own new shows, produced in-house.  One of these is Showtime, a supper club cabaret with the option of a three course dining experience, which I thoroughly enjoyed.  If you’ve never been to Cafe…

Preview: Burlesque On Ice

After hearing reports about the gorgeous Elle Dorado’s ice-skating burlesque routine at the New Orleans Burlesque Festival last year, I was made aware of an upcoming show in the UK which would turn ice-skating and burlesque into a full scale production. Coming to London’s Bush Hall on 4-8th February, Burlesque On Ice is the creation…

Mod Carousel Down Under: Final Week of Shows in Melbourne

With a spot in the Burlesque TOP 50 2013 under their belts, Mod Carousel, creators of the now deservedly famous Blurred Lines parody, headed to Australia for a number of performances.  Now in their final week Down Under, you can catch them at The Butterfly Club in Melbourne.  The boys sent me a virtual postcard…

All I Want for Christmas: Michelle L’amour and the Chicago Starlets

Chicago Starlet Lady Ginger reports on Michelle L’amour’s All I Want For Christmas production… Yes, Chicago, there is a Santa – but she’s a woman, she’s sexy as hell, and her name’s Michelle L’amour! Michelle L’amour, together with the sexiest ‘elves’ you’ve ever seen, The Chicago Starlets, brought Chicago audiences the hottest gifts around for…

Beyond the Christmas Cabaret

Before the Burlesque TOP 50 madness kicked off at New Year, I enjoyed a highly entertaining evening at Sean Mooney‘s Beyond The Christmas Cabaret at The Clapham Grand in London.  Sean can always be relied on to put on a good show, but I didn’t expect this festive offering to be such a family affair.…

EXPOSED: Beyond Burlesque screening at the ICA, London.

EXPOSED: Beyond Burlesque is a vital and valuable addition to the growing number of burlesque films and documentaries; a challenging, moving and enlightening examination of some of the best-known contemporary burlesque pioneers and trailblazers in all their raw, naked glory. It is screening at the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London, UK from tonight, 9th…

The 2014 Burlesque Legends Calendar and Tribute Show, feat. Jo Weldon, Roxi D’Lite and More.

Tiny Twist Productions presents the 2014 Burlesque Legends Calendar, featuring tributes by Jo “Boobs” Weldon, Burgundy Brixx, Roxi D’Lite, Amber Ray, Sydni Deveraux and more! All proceeds from the Burlesque Legends Calendar and tribute show are donated to help get the Legends to the Burlesque Hall of Fame in Las Vegas. It is our way…

Tansy: Eager To Lose

“Welcome to the legendary Tim Tam Room, where the music sizzles, champagne flows, and dancing beauties tempt and tease. When Tansy, the club’s crown jewel, announces her imminent departure, the club’s MC is left holding his heart in his hands. Exuberant hijinks and salacious striptease collide as this night of classic burlesque unspools into a…

Dixie Evans Week: Los Angeles, San Francisco and Berlin.

A fantastic amount of money has been raised from the shows and events which have already taken place across the world for Dixie Evans Week, and there are still more events to come.  Here are some reports from the shows in L.A., San Francisco and Berlin.     San Francisco “San Francisco’s event United We…

The Shanghai Pearl’s Burlesque Royale.

The Shanghai Pearl’s upcoming Burlesque Royale is in many ways the show she was born to create. Though she’s been producing since she was just an eager young lass brandishing her bona fides from the Academy of Burlesque (some may recall shows she had a hand in at the Jewelbox and Wallingford’s Seamonster), it wasn’t…

Dita Von Teese: Strip Strip Hooray! (Chicago 2013)

Frenchie Kiss recounts her experience of Dita Von Teese’ spectacular Strip Strip Hooray! when it visited Chicago this year. (Full gallery of show photos at the end.) Ever since Dita Von Teese‘s surprise appearance at Burlesque Hall of Fame Weekend 2013 to present Catherine D’Lish with the Sassy Lassy award, I’ve had a bit of…

Review: Between the Sheets, starring Miss Polly Rae, Laurie Hagen and Kitty Bang Bang.

Between the Sheets is a highly enjoyable demonstration of what is possible when creative freedom, loving friendship and tremendous talent are combined and given the space to work. I saw the first run of Between the Sheets last year, shortly after seeing Polly Rae in The Hurly Burly Show, and some of the concerns I…

Burlesque Assassins now on DVD and Digital Download.

“The Burlesque Assassins: beautiful, deadly, and a vital weapon in the war against communism and tyranny that threaten our freedom. Created during WWII by the lovers turned resistance fighters Johnny Valentine and Katarina Molotov, The Burlesque Assassins used the feminine charms of the dancehall to lure their way within killing distance of the top ranking…

Dixie Evans Week: Get Involved

I want to tell you all about Dixie Evans Week, which will take place on August 26th – September 1st, 2013. Dixie Evans, a treasured burlesque legend who has touched so many of our lives, needs our love and support more than ever at this time.  If you are new to burlesque and don’t know…

Stripper’s Holiday 2013

A look back at Stripper’s Holiday 2013, by Black Mariah. I love Stripper’s Holiday. I love to talk about Stripper’s Holiday. The name just begs to be said out loud… STRIPPER’S HOLIDAY!  The name makes everyone who hears it want to join in, and I can only speculate about what people must think we do…

Frenchie Kiss’ Superstars of Burlesque Diary

I was so thrilled to be a part of Superstars of Burlesque, which started as an incredible show in 2009 and has now (year three!) become a full weekend. I’m such a lucky ducky that I got to stargaze and participate in so many ways this year. So, let’s open the pages of my diary,…

Review: Forever Crazy

Every time that ringer sounds and the Bareskin soundtrack begins, I still experience a happy tingle of anticipation. Forever Crazy is a standalone collection of classic and recent numbers from the Crazy Horse Paris show, designed as a tribute to founder Alain Bernardin, and part of the 60th Anniversary celebrations. The show is entertaining London…

Dirty Martini’s Strip Strip Hooray! Tour Diary

Enjoy this wonderful diary from Dirty Martini, describing her adventures on tour with Dita von Teese, Murray Hill, Perle Noire, Monsieur Romeo, Lada Nikolska, Catherine D’Lish and Selene Luna – the fabulous cast of Strip Strip Hooray! Bling bling pretty boss lady!  (May 9th) As Murray Hill and I strolled into the LA House of…

REVIEW: The Hurly Burly Show: Naughty But Nice! (Starring Miss Polly Rae.)

The Hurly Burly Show: Naughty But Nice!, reviewed on Tuesday 10th July. It has been so interesting following Polly Rae’s career over the past years. I recall watching Polly and her ‘Hurly Burly Girlys’ at the Soho Revue Bar in 2007/2008 and later at the Leicester Square Theatre. Then, after what Polly has described as…

Bobbie Burlesque’s Tease-O-Rama Diary

Bobbie Burlesque relives his Tease-O-Rama 2012, Friday to Sunday experience… Saturday April 21st, 12:30pm Dear Diary, What a beautiful day in this wonderful city. Took time to go sight-seeing and explore Fisherman’s Wharf with friends and hotel room mates, Ruby Champagne and Drea Dillinger. We had a great lunch with an amazing view of the…

Ginger Valentine: Stripper’s Holiday 2012

This is the story of ten strippers picked to live in a house… Since attending Michelle L’amour‘s Stripper’s Holiday I’ve made (and heard) plenty of Real World jokes while fondly discussing this very special week of cohabitation, artistic exploration and growth for burlesque performers. And while it helps my listener draw their own outrageous conclusions,…

On the Road with Dangerous Curves Ahead: Week Three

Greetings from Brooklyn! We’re back home safe and sound! Read all about our last week on the road… On April 26th we drove from Tucson, AZ to Albuquerque, NM and made a pit stop at Sparky’s Restaurant in Hatch, NM – the Chilli Capital of the World – to sample their chilli shakes and spicy…

On the Road with Dangerous Curves Ahead: Week Two

Click here to meet the troupe and read Minnie’s introduction… Greetings from the road! We started off on April 16th with a drive through the ‘Big Sky Country’ of Montana on our way to Missoula.  Our host, Stella Pearl of the Cigarette Girls Burlesque, welcomed us with a hearty, home-cooked meal. She served us local Montana…

Viva Las Vegas 2012

Seattle photographer, Paul O’Connell looks back at Viva Las Vegas 2012. With photos by Paul and fellow photographer, Derek Jackson… Viva Las Vegas, now in its 15th year, is “the Biggest Rockabilly Party in The World”, with rockabilly fashion, hundreds of souped-up vintage cars, scores of bands, and more neck tattoos than I have ever…

On the Road with Dangerous Curves Ahead: Week One

Click here to meet the troupe and read Minnie’s introduction… Greetings from the road! Our Dangerous Curves Ahead: Burlesque on the Go-Go! Spring Tour 2012 kicked off on April 10th in Charleston, WV, where we arrived almost two hours late to our show due to heavy traffic and what we think was a time warp…

On the Road with Dangerous Curves Ahead!: Meet the Troupe…

The 21CB festival and show diaries are some of the most popular features on the site, and when Minnie Tonka asked if I would be interested in publishing weekly diaries from the new Dangerous Curves Ahead tour, which starts today, I thought it was a fantastic idea! I am sure you are all familiar with…

The return of Tease-O-Rama

“…I knew that I wasn’t alone, and more than that, I knew that burlesque was more than a fluke; it was a true revolution and we were the generals of this new army…” Dirty Martini Tease-O-Rama is, in many ways, the reason you are reading this right now, on this website. I decided to create…

Girls on Film: Frederick Wiseman’s ‘Crazy Horse’ (Review)

‘Frederick Wiseman spent ten weeks with his camera exploring one of the most mythic places dedicated to women: The Crazy Horse. Over the years this legendary Parisian cabaret club, founded in 1951 by Alain Bernardin, has become the Parisian nightlife ‘must’ for any visitors, ranking alongside the Eiffel Tower and the Louvre.’ As a long…

The Burlesque Ball: Magical Moments and New Beginnings…

The Burlesque Ball, 2011 is almost upon us – an annual Australian tour of grand spectacle and all-star international headliners. Founder and producer, Jac Bowie discusses the Ball’s beginnings, highlights and future direction, after recently announcing that this year’s Ball will be the last… When and why did you create The Burlesque Ball? What were…

MUST SEE: Cabaret New Burlesque in LONDON October 11-13th

DIRTY MARTINI – JULIE ATLAS MUZ – MIMI LE MEAUX – KITTEN ON THE KEYS – ROKY ROULETTE – EVIE LOVELLE If burlesque had a rock band, this would be it.  Six of the coolest, most talented and hard working strippers burlesque has to offer the world on one stage, for three nights on the…

BurlyCon 2008 to 2010: A Retrospective.

I have been a part of planning BurlyCon in different ways since its beginning three years ago, and just like a fine wine – it gets better with age. In the last two years (just two years!) the number of attendees has DOUBLED in size, a testimony that burlesque is here to stay. BurlyCon is…

BurlyCon – Past, Present and Future.

I really can’t say enough about BurlyCon. I feel positively gleeful with excitement every time I think about it, or see a new announcement. Of all the things Indigo Blue has contributed to burlesque, BurlyCon is a precious, ingenious gift, for which she has my admiration and the gratitude of the burlesque community. For anyone…

A Dirty Weekend at the Ruby Revue…

I’m not one to blow smoke. In fact I’m the opposite. My friends laugh at me and say I’m the ‘Patsy’ of burlesque – meaning Patsy, the jaded, cynical chain smoker from Absolutely Fabulous. In a way it is comically true. I like to critique burlesque the same way I would critique any other show…

Review: Roxi D’Lite presents – BOOM BOOM Burlesque

Roxi D’Lite’s Boom Boom Burlesque reviewed by Katie Hargreaves. It’s only just past 7pm, and already a line is forming outside Windsor, Ontario’s Boom Boom Room nightclub.  Located on Windsor’s main bar strip, it’s not odd to see dozens of club-goers teetering on their high heels outside the bar. On this pleasant Saturday evening, however,…

Slinky Does Vegas: A Viva Las Vegas Burlesque Diary

UK starlet Slinky Sparkles looks back on her time at the Viva Las Vegas Rockabilly Weekender 2011… Thursday: Rehearsals After months of hard work and preparation, (not to mention nearly five hundred votes from friends and fans around the world!), I arrived in Las Vegas ready to model in and direct What Katie Did’s debut…

Review: Burlesque Royale

Burlesque Royale: Sydney Performance It’s 6.45am on Sunday 23rd Jan.  My sequined ‘Dynasty’ gown is in a crumpled heap on the floor like a deflated Joan Collins. My high heels on the rug are two exhausted porn stars after a drug-fuelled sex orgy and the remnants of my make-up cling to my face – my…

Gypsy Rose Lee Centennial Celebration (Seattle)

The Gypsy Centennial (Seattle, 1/8/2011 @ The Triple Door) The frustrating part of being obsessed with an American burlesque icon – or any icon for that matter – is separating myth from unvarnished truth.  Gypsy Rose Lee’s memoirs are standard curriculum for burlesque aficionados – treasured, but perhaps a bit embellished by their author. Certain…

Naked Girls Reading launches in London…

You may have read our Naked Girls Reading Anniversary Special last year. If so, you will already be familiar with the L’amour-Vivid brainchild that has enjoyed so much media attention since it began in 2009, and now has successful chapters across North America. New NGR franchises are soon to open in other international cities –…

Dita von Teese and Co. at ‘Tales of the Cocktail’, New Orleans.

Tales of the Cocktail is a week long festival of all things ‘cocktail’ – attendees include bartenders, distillers, liquor reps, writers and folks who are simply cocktail enthusiasts. I was there to learn about the industry and spread the word about Montanya rum, who recently hired me to be their brand ambassador. I had convinced…

EXCLUSIVE: Dita and Friends get Cointreauversial in New Orleans…

*You can now read a fabulous review of the show and enjoy some stunning photographs by clicking HERE…* Tales of the Cocktail kicks off in New Orleans this week, and believe us when we say – this year’s ‘opening ceremony’ is going to be FABULOUS. The delectable Dita-Cointreau collaboration has touched down in New Orleans…

London Burlesque Week 2010: VIP Closing Night

London Burlesque Week 2010 brought a delightful range of themed burlesque shows to Britain’s capital city, including a sexy circus, a twisted cabaret and a 20s/30s themed speakeasy. The week came to a close on Sunday night with the VIP Closing Show & Award Ceremony held at legendary cabaret venue Café De Paris, Leicester Square.…

The Grand Burlesque Show Part Two: Gentry’s Backstage Photo Diary

The fabulous Gentry de Paris kindly agreed to create a photo diary during her trip to Montreal. Enjoy the journey! The day started at the ungodly hour of 5 AM. Even 5 AM in Paris is painful. Unless of course you’re just getting home, which is what I’m usually doing at that hour. But I…

Naked Girls Reading: Anniversary Special!

©Don Spiro “So you wanna know about the Naked Girls, huh? Naked Girls Reading is a group of beautiful ladies who love to read… naked. That’s really it. There’s not a whole lot more to it. Should there be? I mean, sure, we also like to do it in front all of you voyeurs via…

The Grand Burlesque Show Part One: ‘Poutine and Champagne…’

Tanya Cheex reports on The Grand Burlesque Show in Montreal… Poutine may as well be the national dish in la belle provence of Quebec: french fries covered in gravy with squeaky cheese curds. I’ve been told this is most important. Poutine has nothing to do with burlesque (to my knowledge!) but it was a topic…

The Queens of Burlesque: “Legends in the Shaking”

When we saw the announcement for this epic show, we could hardly believe our eyes, or stop squealing! A MINDBLOWING line-up of award winning superstars – all absolute masters of their craft, and each with a unique personality and style. Every single one of them is an Exotic World / Burlesque Hall of Fame winner,…

FAMILY VACATION: THE KEY WEST BURLESQUE HOLIDAY EXTRAVAGANZA!

“These are my friends and this is my life.” – Tigger! on stage during Friday night curtain call. Batten the brassieres and hold onto your hatches! ©Trixie Little Through some magical combination of warm weather, gorgeous people, lush foliage, hours of hot-tubbing, amazing entertainment and cases of fruit flavored Vodka; the Key West Holiday Extravaganza…

Helsinki Burlesque Festival 2010 [Feb 3rd – 6th]

Read on to find out what is in store at this week’s Scandanavian shimmy-fest! “Being of northern descent, I know I’ll love the culture of Finland. And I’ve heard nothing but beautiful and fabulous things about Helsinki burlesque! The people and the producers go so out of their way to make your visit a truly…

Berlin Burlesque at Black Flamingo!

Germany loves burlesque, but excitement is at fever pitch right now, thanks to two marvellous shows! Black Flamingo at the Wintergarten Variete Theatre in Berlin has enjoyed a fabulous run so far, which concludes in January 2010 (still time to see it folks!) and in Stuttgart, The Sugar Blue Revue has just begun! Since 1992,…

On the Red Carpet at the NYBF Golden Pastie Awards 2009… [Plus full Golden Pastie Results!]

Tatah Dujour and Minnie Tonka Interview the Stars of NYBF 2009 at the Golden Pastie Awards… Directed and Produced by Marky Pierson (www.markypierson.com) Golden Pastie Results: Burlesque performer most likely to appear in Playboy: Angie Pontani Biggest Kissing Bandit of burlesque: Tigger! Biggest Hair in burlesque: Darlinda Just Darlinda Performer with the most luggage /…

‘One in Four’: Ending Mental Health Discrimination, the Burlesque Way…

Wondering what to do this Saturday? If you can get to London, I recommend supporting an extremely worthwhile cause. The attitudes and prejudice towards mental health issues in the 21st Century are truly appalling, and I know many creative and talented individuals in our community that have battles to fight and stories to tell. To…

The New York Burlesque Festival 2009!

“The Annual New York Burlesque Festival, now teasing its way into its 7th year … is the largest burlesque event in the world, and has attracted sold-out crowds since its beginning in 2002. Festival producers, Thirsty Girl & Pontani Sisters Productions will deliver forth once again 4 nights of glitter and glamour in Gotham, with…

Behind the Curtain at the New Orleans Burlesque Festival with Trixie Little

Trixie Little takes you behind the curtain at the first New Orleans Burlesque Festival… Day 4: Sunday 11:30am Woke up at noon to thunderstorms rattling the windows of our 25th floor hotel room. It has been a rain and glamour soaked weekend. Sitting in bed wondering how much I drank last night. Not sure I…

From Strength to Strength: The Gentry de Paris Revue, with Dita von Teese

Tango and Tapdance! Bananas and Balloons! Opium and Opulence! After so much anticipation, build-up and preamble, The Gentry de Paris Revue with Dita von Teese finally premiered this week. 21:CB has been at rehearsal, hanging out backstage, attending the press conference and enjoying opening night – and now we can share some thoughts and images…