A BHoF Letter from Imogen Kelly, Reigning Queen of Burlesque 2012

A BHoF Letter from Imogen Kelly, Reigning Queen of Burlesque 2012

  Veteran burlesque star Imogen Kelly, who previously discussed her battle with breast cancer on 21st Century Burlesque Magazine, has asked me to publish a letter to the 2015 Burlesque Hall of Fame Weekend attendees and the wider community. Take it away, Imogen…   Dear BHoFers, Firstly, congratulations to Queen Trixie and to all the other […]

A Brief History of the Exotic World Pageant

A Brief History of the Miss Exotic World Pageant

Jo Weldon describes the history and judging process of the Miss Exotic World Pageant at the Burlesque Hall of Fame Weekend… Jennie Lee, a burlesque star of the 1950s, conceived the Burlesque Hall of Fame Weekender neither as a pageant or a showcase, but as a reunion for her peers — performers we now refer […]

INTERVIEW: Angie Pontani

INTERVIEW: Angie Pontani

When I planned my schedule for the New York Burlesque Festival 2013, one of the first priorities was to arrange my first proper conversation with festival co-producer and Miss Exotic World 2008, Angie Pontani. We certainly made up for lost time with a long and interesting discussion, an updated edit of which I present to […]

The World Famous BOB Remembers Dixie Evans

The World Famous *BOB* Remembers Dixie Evans

The following speech was delivered by The World Famous *BOB* at the memorial service for Dixie Evans on Sunday, 1st September, 2013, at Palm Mortuary in Las Vegas.  *BOB* and Dixie were incredibly close and enjoyed a very special relationship, and it’s an honour to share her words with you.   H-M. The first time […]

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

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 […]

Dirty Martini: The Dixie Evans Memorial

Dirty Martini: The Dixie Evans Memorial

Dixie Evans, the Marilyn Monroe of Burlesque, has become a legendary figure for all of us that flaunt it for a living.  The main thing that strikes me about her as a figurehead for us is that later in her life she was a self made phenomenon, a creative and innovative legend of burlesque.  Many […]

Roxi D'Lite's Burlesque Hall of Fame Weekend Diary

Roxi DLite’s Burlesque Hall of Fame Weekend Diary

Roxi DLite, Miss Exotic World 2010, shares her Burlesque Hall of Fame 2013 experience… I remember first hearing about this place called Exotic World as far back as nearly a decade. A stripper/friend of mine told me about this place near Las Vegas where icons like the legendary Tempest Storm would gather for the weekend. […]

RIP Dixie Evans: The Burlesque Community Responds

RIP Dixie Evans: The Burlesque Community Responds

There are ongoing arguments about the use of the term ‘burlesque community’, but friends, fans and supporters of Dixie Evans across the world are truly united in mourning the loss of a vibrant, immeasurably important lady with a fascinating and remarkable life for us to acknowledge and celebrate. Thanks to Laura Herbert, I have my […]

Jo Weldon Interviews Dixie Evans

Jo Weldon Interviews Dixie Evans

I visited with Dixie Evans in June of this year. It was the first time I’d gotten to see her since her stroke. She was in a very comfortable recovery center, in a house rather than a facility. When I arrived she was asleep in a recliner, wearing a spangled feathered headband. The moment she […]

Dixie Evans Week: Get Involved

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 […]

Exotic World - Capturing the Magic: Sam Hernandez (S.H. Photo)

Exotic World – Capturing the Magic: Sam Hernandez (S.H. Photo)

One of the most enjoyable and enduring aspects of the Burlesque Hall of Fame Weekends, and indeed many burlesque events, is the array of beautiful photographs that are shared around the world. They can make you feel like you were there, capture affection, innovation, inspiration and celebration, and preserve magical memories for many years to […]