Loading...
Best of L.A.

10 Best Burlesque Shows in L.A.

Comments (3)

By

Tue, Apr 30, 2013 at 5:00 AM

click to enlarge TIM NORRIS
  • Tim Norris

Modern burlesque may have its roots in retro culture (and the objectification that was prevalent in the past), but today it's become an undeniably empowering form of expression for the women who do it and a unique form of entertainment for an avid fan base that goes way beyond the turn-on.

Cheesy interpretations aside (that Christina Aguilera movie, The Pussycat Dolls pop group), Los Angeles may have the most copious and creative burlesque in the world. Every shape, size, ethnicity and age is represented, every genre of music drives the dancing and every pop culture reference continues to get explored thematically. Thanks to the ground-breaking gals of the Velvet Hammer in the early '90's and the mainstream success of Dita Von Teese, L.A. is considered tops when it comes to babes their shaking bottoms in these glitzy bits and vampy vignettes.

Here, ten of best burlesque clubs and locales in the city, all of which boast troupes with oodles of T&A (talent and attitude), and one of which has a special event (hint, hint) coming up on Cinco de Mayo.

See also:

*10 Best Drag Clubs in L.A.

*10 Best Gay Bars in Los Angeles

*10 Places in L.A. to Draw Nude Models

*10 Best Vintage and Second-Hand Boutiques in L.A.

10. The LaLa's

Choreography and dramatically driven vignettes are a huge part of the LaLa's seductive presentation, and they should be- most of these ladies are professional dancers and actresses. Choreographer Erin Lamont (Lady Gaga) helms the hotness so expect a mix of music video vampiness and old fashioned glamour. At various venues around town, most regularly at Federal Bar. 5303 Lankerskin Blvd. N. Hlywd. (818) 980-2555, Thelalas.com.

Related Content

Now Trending

  • 5 Totally Free Things to Do in L.A. This Week

    The only thing better than a cool, free event in L.A. is a whole week's worth of cool, free events in L.A. Kickstart your weekend with some shopping — either at a supersized funky-cheap yard sale, or a DIY festival with handmade wares, food trucks and DJs. End the night...
  • Podcast: Karina Longworth on Old Hollywood

    On this week's Voice Film Club podcast, Amy Nicholson of the L.A. Weekly and Stephanie Zacharek of The Village Voice interview film critic and author Karina Longworth, who's just launched a fascinating new podcast on the history of Hollywood called You Must Remember This. Follow @VoiceFilmClub...
  • A Vacation in Tuscany Is a Cliche, and So Is This Play

    The simple candor and unruffled presence of performer Erin McIntosh is perhaps the most likable thing about Luigi, Louise Munson’s aggravatingly kitschy and predictable family drama. McIntosh portrays Anna, a thoughtful thirteen year old who reaches out to her elderly uncle (Ray Xifo, in the title role) for answers to...
Los Angeles Concert Tickets

Slideshows

  • Cowabunga! 30 Years of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
    The COWABUNGA! - 30 Years of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles tribute show opened Friday night at Iam8bit. Guests donned their beloved turtle graphic tees, onesies and a couple April O'Neils were there to report on all the mean, green, fighting machine action. Artist included Jude Buffum, Tony Mora, Nan Lawson, leesasaur, Jim Rucc, Mitch Ansara, Guin Thompson, Stratman, Gabe Swarr, Joseph Harmon, Alex Solis, Allison Hoffman, Jose Emroca Flores, Jack Teagle and more. All photos by Shannon Cottrell.
  • 21st Annual Classic Cars "Cruise Night" in Glendale
    On Saturday, spectators of all ages were out in multitudes on a beautiful summer night in Glendale to celebrate the 21st annual Cruise Night. Brand Boulevard, one of the main streets through downtown Glendale, was closed to traffic and lined with over 250 classic, pre-1979 cars. There was plenty of food to be had and many of the businesses on Brand stayed open late for the festivities The evening ended with fireworks and a 50th anniversary concert from The Kingsmen, who performed their ultimate party hit, "Louie, Louie." All photos by Jared Cowan.
  • Moonlight Rollerway Jubilee and Skate Party!
    Ambassador of Americana Charles Phoenix and Dominic's Moonlight Rollerway in Glendale hosted a jubilee featuring skating stars and world champions performing in a variety of costumed musical acts. The best part? An post-show all-skate party! All photos by Star Foreman.