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Burlesque: Always a Woman's Game

Leslie Zemeckis | Posted 09.23.2015 | Entertainment
Leslie Zemeckis

I am just back from a weekend as a judge at Rick Delaup's 7th annual New Orleans Burlesque Festival in the Big Easy.

Was Lili St. Cyr an Accidental Feminist?

Leslie Zemeckis | Posted 09.15.2015 | Books
Leslie Zemeckis

I am praised for showing Lili to be a one such; a pioneer, a free-thinking independent woman. Yet, I had to question, was she a feminist?

81-Year-Old Burlesque Dancer Is The Poster Girl For Confidence

The Huffington Post | Yagana Shah | Posted 09.08.2015 | Fifty

Worry about how you look in your underwear? Don't. This 81-year-old burlesque dancer will inspire you to have all the confidence in the world. Meet Ly...

Kim Gordon And Peaches Teach Us The Art Of Lucha VaVoom

The Huffington Post | Katherine Brooks | Posted 08.19.2015 | Arts

Only good things can happen when Sonic Youth goddess Kim Gordon teams up with electropunk dissident Peaches.   The two musical bad...

15th Anniversary Edition of Tiki Oasis Recreates Original Backyard Fun but on a Much Bigger Scale

Jim Hill | Posted 08.13.2015 | Entertainment
Jim Hill

Picture this: It's the mid-1980s. And after years of living in tiny apartments in & around San Diego, graphic artist Otto von Stroheim is now renting ...

The Santa Cruz Music Festival 2015 Announces Lineup

Morena Duwe | Posted 08.07.2015 | Arts
Morena Duwe

Many music festivals are located in outskirts, wildernesses and boonies with the idea of creating a relocated community away from the normalcy of city life. Even city festivals usually take place at a venue that though proximal to city life, makes festival-goers feel as if they are in a timeless and placeless dimension.

Living Burlesque Legends On Why They Love The Art Of The Tease

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 08.03.2015 | Arts

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Priscilla Frank

Former Burlesque Stars Prove Eroticism Has No Age Limit (NSFW) | Priscilla Frank | Posted 07.06.2015 | Arts

Warning: This post contains nudity and may not be appropriate for work. La Savona, Indianapolis Indiana 2012 It takes a brave spirit -- o...

Circ X Is Amazing and Deserves a Residency in Miami

J.J. Colagrande | Posted 06.30.2015 | Miami
J.J. Colagrande

After catching their recent performance at the Fillmore, it's sort of easy to describe Circ X using the words cabaret, burlesque, performance art, multi-media circus, Cirque-style performance, sexy, racy, lacy, operatic, laugh out loud comedic, well-curated, with awesome set and costume designs.

Blaze Starr -- A 38DD and Proud of It

Leslie Zemeckis | Posted 06.17.2015 | Entertainment
Leslie Zemeckis

Bold, unapologetic, kind-hearted, a bigger personality than even her formidable chest. Blaze Starr was more than her body, an endearing legendary broad, a luminous star now aligned with more of her kind.

Katherine Brooks

These Are The Men Who Dance Burlesque | Katherine Brooks | Posted 05.18.2015 | Arts

Photographer Magnus Arrevad has spent the last five years or so traveling the world, following in the footsteps of a very distinct population of enter...

Burlesque Is Back and Here Is What You Need to Know About It

Eliza Sankar-Gorton | Posted 06.30.2015 | Entertainment
Eliza Sankar-Gorton

A tradition of breaking taboos included new jargon like bump and grind, "immodest" clothes like tights, and women speaking in men's voices. The performers were early explorers of sexual and gender norms.

LOOK: NYC's Hottest Dancers Will Dare To Bare -- For A Great Cause

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 04.11.2015 | Gay Voices

More than 150 of New York's hottest dancers are set to turn back the clock to the golden age of Broadway for an "unrivaled evening of sexy striptease"...

How Burlesque Helped Me Love My Body -- And All Bodies

The Huffington Post | Nina Bahadur | Posted 04.07.2015 | Women

"We are on the edge of a brave new world of body love and acceptance." That's the good news burlesque performer Lillian Bustle shared in her TEDxJe...

3 Ways Burlesque Has Made Me A Better Mom

Adiba Nelson | Posted 04.27.2015 | Parents
Adiba Nelson

I can truthfully pass on the adage to my daughter that she is beautiful and perfect just as she is, because she will never again hear me say anything other than that about myself.

'Twin Peaks' Burlesque Is The Best Thing To Happen Since Log Lady (NSFW)

The Huffington Post | Katherine Brooks | Posted 03.02.2015 | Arts

Anyone with access to the Internet is well aware of the fact that David Lynch's pièce de résistance "Twin Peaks" is getting a 21st century reboot. ...

Cat Woman, Cat Lady: Aliases of Womanhood in 'You Animal Machine (The Golden Greek)'

Aileen McGraw | Posted 03.27.2015 | Books
Aileen McGraw

Helene Pappamarkou, Melena the Leopard Girl, Yagureté or "true carnivorous beast": these names are aliases, and Eleni Sikelianos jumps into each one in her genre-refusing essay-memoir-invention You Animal Machine (The Golden Greek).

New York's Hot Toddy: "Nutcracker Rouge"

Phil Chan | Posted 03.07.2015 | Arts
Phil Chan

It's not just the ballet companies that are producing "Nutcracker" either. In response to the work's popularity, companies presenting many other styles of dance have tried their hand at interpreting Tschaikovsky's 1892 score.

Twelve Days of Burlesque

Leslie Zemeckis | Posted 02.13.2015 | Entertainment
Leslie Zemeckis

On the twelfth day of Christmas Harold Minsky gave to me . . . 12 strippers stripping 11 flashers flashing 10 tappers tapping 9 groins a-grinding 8 b...

Bettie Page-Style Burlesque Is Alive And Kicking

The Huffington Post | Katherine Brooks | Posted 12.05.2014 | Arts

Bettie Page is, definitively, back. A documentary titled "Bettie Page Reveals All" debuted in 2012, purporting to showcase never-before-seen images of...

RIGHT NEXT DOOR: Bonnie Dunn, Burlesque Dancer and Show Producer

Ian Spanier | Posted 01.31.2015 | Los Angeles
Ian Spanier

Dunn, a nightclub singer, came into her line of work honestly, having been first exposed to burlesque in her hometown, New Orleans. After a stint as...

The Lucent Dossier Experience Returns to Las Vegas on 12/5 And 12/6

Morena Duwe | Posted 01.26.2015 | Entertainment
Morena Duwe

Running away to join the circus has become much more enticing since the emergence of electro-cirque tribe, The Lucent Dossier Experience. Combining a neo-tribal, steam punk aesthetic with orchestral electronic music creates a rich and textured palette for your senses.

Enter The Captivating World Of Burlesque In The 1950s

The Huffington Post | Katherine Brooks | Posted 11.14.2014 | Arts

Today, burlesque is nothing short of an art form. Performers both male and female combine the most explosive aspects of costumery, dance, comedy and t...

Dita Von Teese: Burlesque Offers 'Different Version Of Sensuality' That Is Absolutely Feminist

HuffPost Live | Emily Tess Katz | Posted 10.17.2014 | Women

Dita Von Teese has some knowledge to drop on anyone concerned that a burlesque show is no place for feminism. "Burlesque and these striptease show...

Hotsy Totsy Dr. Who (PHOTOS)

Ken Hamm | Posted 12.10.2014 | Entertainment
Ken Hamm

Living Statue Galatea as Weeping Angle Note: This post contains images of nudity. I had the pleasure of shooting Cherry Pitzs and her "Hotsy Totsy ...