The Peepshow Menagerie and Tight and Nerdy offered a tribute to America's greatest treasure, "Weird Al" Yankovic, and it was a sight to behold. Produced by Pickles Kintaro, Chris Beyond and Miss Angie Cakes, the show at Club Fais Do-Do was filled with acts from across the country. Burlesque dancers stripped to a wide array of Yankovic's esteemed oeuvre, including hits like "Eat It" and "I Bought It on eBay."
All photos by Star Foreman
Adult fans celebrated International Sailor Moon Day on Friday, Aug. 4, at the cosplay club night Legend of the Moon, organized by fashion designer and former Project Runway contestant Carrie Sleutskaya. The evening at Union nightclub included performances by the hip-hop Corps Dance Crew, Sailor Moon–themed burlesque with Lola Chan, Miss Onyx Von Duren and Gwen Ruby. DJ Xian Vox kept the crowds dancing during the cosplay contest judged by Sleutskaya, designer JoEllen Elam of the label Firefly Path and Kristen "Space Invader" Carr.
All photos by Shannon Cottrell.
Lucha VaVOOM celebrated 15 years at the Mayan Theatre on Thursday, Aug. 3, in grand style with the luchador bouts, sexy stripteases and comedy acts that have made the event legendary the world over. Li'l Cholo caught Dirty Sanchez sleeping on his title belt and took the win in the Battle for the Belt. The evening was rounded out with performances by the Poubelle Twins, Marawa the Amazing, Michelle L'Amour, Leigh Acosta and more. This was not your sobrina's quinceanera.
Photos by Timothy Norris
"We need more examples of women at different stages of beauty," says Von Teese, who at 44 is still shattering stripper stereotypes and elevating the art of burlesque for a new audience.
Saucy striptease and masked wrestling returned to the Mayan Theater for Lucha VaVOOM's annual Cinco de Mayo festivities. Blaine Capatch and Drew Carey hosted a night of sexy, sinful and funny performances by aerialist Veronica Yune, Tanya Gagne, Jessabelle Thunder, Marawa the Amazing, Silverio, Mariachi Alma y Corazon, Grandeza Mexicana Folklorico's traditional Aztec Dancers and many others. Once again laughs, near nudity and violence made a winning combo.
All photos by Timothy Norris
Sultry Sweet Burlesque and Variety Show returned to El Cid on Sunday, April 30, bringing Drop Dead Gorgeous sponsored by Girls & Corpses Magazine. The bloody yet sexy burlesque show featured a wide range of entertainment, with performances by Scott Land, Blanche Bourgeois, Harley Harpurr, Miss May, Angel Baby, Audrey Deluxe, Mystic O'Reilly, Angie Cakes, Maya Papaya, Dolly Danger, Sin Twisted and Erica Snap.
All photos by Ernie Manrique.