I got an email from a PR pal of mine listing reasons I should tell you about the upcoming Dallas Burlesque Festival starting February 2. His argument? One, Angi B Lovely, a local burlesque performer, made our Best Nightlife Photos of 2011 list. True. (See above.) Two, Shoshana Portnoy, photographer and owner of Dallas Pin Up took my pin-up inspired Facebook profile photo. Also true. (As a matter of fact, I’m going for round two of Valentine’s Day pin-up photos with her this weekend. It’s so much fun!) He forgot the third reason, which is that secretly I wish I were not a journalist and actually a famous burlesque dancer. If you’re unfamiliar with the art of burlesque dancing, look up Dita von Teese and Christina Aguilera’s Burlesque movie for references. So, why should you attend this Texas tribute to the art of vintage burlesque dancing? It’s fun, often funny, and a perfect pre-Valentine’s Day treat. For only $15 to $20 at House of Blues, you can catch performances, live pin up shoots, fashion shows, and awards from Thursday, February 2 to Saturday, February 4. (A $65 tickets gets you a three-course Dish dinner and awards ceremony on Sunday.) Check out the Dallas Burlesque Festival site to buy tickets.
UPDATE: The local burlesque scene’s beloved Viva Dallas Burlesque group produced by Shoshana Portnoy, mentioned above, is also hosting specially themed Gadgets & Gobstoppers: The Twisted World of Wonka on Friday, February 3. The regular burlesque performances put on by this group at Lakewood Theater are always a good time, and this show with a famous candy motif will be no different, I’m sure. According to the crew, the theater will be transformed “into an eyecandy feast of lick-able wallpaper, chocolate fountains, and candy confections. Appaloosa Red hosts our burlesque bon-bons: Ammunition (Chicago), Miss Malicious, Pixie O Kneel, Courtney Crave, aerial acrobatics by Fly Girls, Femme Vivre LaRouge, Jai L’ Bait & more. The evening’s finale includes the magical music offerings of Amanda Terese, Sarasvati Bodhisattva, and the one and only Marquis of Vaudeville.” Sounds like a winning combination of fun performances and deliciousness to me.
Burlesque lovers, people looking for V-Day activities, and bored folks, rejoice. You have SO much to do coming up. For even more burlesque action, visit DFWBurlesque.com, which appears to reach across the aisle, if you will, and give you a head’s up on all upcoming shows.