Tucked away in downtown Long Beach, in Harvelle's Underground, Seduction: Classic Burlesque Stripshow offered a voyeuristic eye into the mad genius that is Tim Burton. Equally twisted and titillating, this unique show manages the difficult task of balancing sinister performances with a dash of dark humor for good measure. Batman, Beetlejuice, Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, Big Eyes and Nightmare Before Christmas come to life before the audience, with quality costume and set creations, accompanied by trivial musings from creator Bobbie Burlesque, a boylesque performer himself. Burton would be proud.
Tim Burton Burlesque is part of the regular Seduction: Classic Burlesque Stripshow, held every third Saturday at Harvelle's in Long Beach. All photos by Daniel J. Sliwa
Harry Potter fans are an extremely passionate, tight-knit community.
Ever since the books first came out, fans have been getting together online and in person to discuss J.K. Rowling's wizarding world and the cast of beloved characters she created. In 2007, the minds behind Harry Potter fan site The Leaky Cauldron got together to form an exclusive Harry Potter fan convention, which they appropriately named LeakyCon.
LeakyCon is known for its Wizard Rock concerts, fervent fan-fiction discussions, cosplay and cast-member panels. Since it began in Boston in 2009, LeakyCon has been hosted by cities from Orlando to Chicago. Last week and weekend, Burbank got its turn.
All photos by Liana Minassian.
On the eve of their 15th anniversary, the Suicide Girls managed to flood Pour Vous with a mass of individuals out for a "night of intimate burlesque."
Intimacy skewed to claustrophobic levels; people packed in like sardines. Despite the boom of the bass, a stranger's breath on the back of your neck and toxic lighting, it was easy to slip into the Suicide world as they performed acts inspired by Star Wars, Pokemon, The Fifth Element, Fight Club and more.
The energy was unlike anything I've seen at a show, making it obvious why Peek-a-Boo burlesque is here to stay in Hollywood.
Enthusiasts of the art deco movement, and the decades in which it flourished, gathered over the Aug. 19-21 weekend on the majestic Queen Mary in Long Beach for the 12th annual Art Deco Festival. The cruise liner, which is celebrating its 80th year since it was put into service, is home to the largest collection of art deco art and architecture in the world. Spirits were high, both in emotion and libation, when L.A. Weekly captured all of Saturday's dancing, dining and drinking fun aboard the Queen Mary. All photos by Jared Cowan.
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Sexy superheroes strutted their super stuff as Hard Heroes 13 returned to the Eagle L.A. on Saturday, Aug. 20, with its annual cosplay and erotic superhero contest. Contest categories included Best Hard Heroes Costume and Best Erotic Body Painted Costume. Unfortunately, there were no entries in the Best Group Theme category.
Marky Make Up and his assistant were on hand to paint up attendees both in and out of costume. Guest comic-world judges were Geek Pride Entertainment's Chris Riley and fantasy author Cyn Duby. Emcee of the evening was the fabulous Sister of Perpetual Indulgence, Bearonce Knows.
The annual event is a fundraiser for the nonprofit agency Being Alive, which focuses on the mental health and wellness of people living with HIV and AIDS. The organization's mental health program, Antioch Alive, provides psychotherapy counselors extensively trained in dealing with people with HIV.
Friends John Mohr, Ron Rose and Rick Ewing created Being Alive in 1986 in response to a need for services free of red tape and bureaucratic entanglement.
It was the first Saturday of August, which means it's time for fans to celebrate their love for Sailor Moon! After Lisa Terlato started International Sailor Moon Day in New York City, the Los Angeles chapter followed soon after, run by Rachael Klinger of Tomo Neko Productions, Travis Tyler Black of Sailor Moon L.A. and Erica Espejo of Scarlet Rhapsody. Angelenos gathered at Sycamore Grove Park in Mount Washington for a themed picnic, cosplay contest and day of all things magical. The synth-pop, experimental, one-woman band Plasmic performed for the crowds during the closing ceremony. All photos by Shannon Cottrell and Hannah Verbeuren.