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Rose Rose I Love You

In 1952 Malaya, cabaret dancer Rose Chan's bra snapped on stage. Noticing the enthusiastic response from the audience, she decided to capitalise on this, and transformed herself into Malaysia's first (and so far only) Queen of Striptease. (Many of these links have NSFW pictures) [more inside]
posted by divabat on Apr 18, 2014 - 13 comments

I'm Gonna Do Something Incredibly Entertaining For You People

Safe for work unless there are concerns about the word merkin: Nadia Kamil's Feminist Burlesque (single link video)
posted by juliplease on Mar 27, 2014 - 36 comments

Burlesque Dancer Twerks To Beethoven, Which Is As Amazing As It Sounds

Michelle L'amour performs "BUTTHOVEN'S 5TH SYMPHONY" [NSFW: WIGGLING B'THONGED BUTTS - LOL] [more inside]
posted by Blasdelb on Oct 20, 2013 - 54 comments

How a Wife Should Undress for Her Husband

A photo essay on the Allen Gilbert School of Undressing, as featured in the 15 Feb 1937 issue of LIFE Magazine (now LIFE.com). Burlesque empresario Allen Gilbert wanted to help save American marriages from the evils of ... sloppy undressing on the part of the wife. His answer? A specialized school to teach women to improve their "disrobing methodology." At least, that's what Gilbert claimed; in reality, the school -- and the LIFE spread (you should pardon the phrasing) -- were elaborate promotions for his new burlesque revue, "Sex Rears Its Ugly Head." "Joke or no joke, however, one thing is as true today as it was three-quarters of a century ago: whether one wants to make a buck publishing magazines, staging burlesque shows or fostering adult education, sex sells."
posted by Annie Savoy on Jul 18, 2013 - 24 comments

A Love Letter to 2011

Molly Crabapple's Shell Game "Illustrates Occupy and the Revolutions of 2011" [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns on Apr 9, 2013 - 11 comments

Undressing But Never Bare

"Outcasts are my kind, they try harder. From strip joints to Burlesque theaters, I went on a quest and met the 'Legends', these dominating characters of the quintessential American art of strip tease. Hours of confidence on tapes, intimate photo sessions, they peel off and reveal the hidden layers of their life with throaty emotion. Their memories reflecting the memories of the land. Vietnam vets and bikers are their loyal patrons..." The Living Art Of Risqué, a photo essay from Marie Baronnet, features portraits of former strippers aged 60 to 95, accompanied by short bio-vignettes in their own words. [NSFW; nudity] [more inside]
posted by taz on Jan 10, 2013 - 4 comments

The Devil's Auction

Why this lady is wearing a horse costume. previously.
"For the drama and the way it may happen to be played, and the plot or moral or meaning of it, nobody seems particularly to care. The point of interest is, first, the dancing; next, the dancers, and last, the scenery."
[more inside]
posted by zamboni on Mar 13, 2012 - 25 comments

Maybe these are the droids you're looking for

Mos Eisley Performance Hall. You will never find a more wretched hive of burlesque, theatre & entertainment. We should be cautious.
posted by Brandon Blatcher on Feb 26, 2012 - 13 comments

It's like the love child of Ace Frehley and Rondo Hatton!

Lucha: VAVOOM! [more inside]
posted by ShutterBun on Feb 22, 2012 - 4 comments

Activity “adverse to the interests of the university”?

Professor Sheila Addison was fired from John F. Kennedy University for performing in a burlesque revue. Steven Stargardter, president of the university, said that her actions brought “public disrespect, contempt and ridicule to the university”, although she never publicized the show on campus, discussed it with students or identified her affiliation with JFK when she performed. Meanwhile, a male colleague in another department was performing at the same time in a one-man show in which he was partially nude, and he publicized his show on campus and invited students and colleagues. He was not disciplined.
posted by kyrademon on Mar 16, 2011 - 132 comments

Here Come Duh Judge

A profile of legendary Black comedian Pigmeat Markham by Kliph Nesteroff (prev prev) [more inside]
posted by jtron on Feb 3, 2011 - 12 comments

As someone said, "awesomeness compressed into one video."

Hoops, bellydance, circus, burlesque, fire, LEDs, staff, rainbows - what else could you fit in one performance? (SLYVF)
posted by divabat on Jan 12, 2010 - 12 comments

Watchwomen

Watchwomen. A burlesque tribute to the Watchmen by the Peek-A-Boo Revue (probably NSFW). [Via]
posted by homunculus on Jun 8, 2009 - 37 comments

Naughty Knots

Naughty Needles Knitting. Knit yourself a Pony Hood or become a Furmaid. If you're in Kansas City, you can stop by for the all-knitted burlesque show. [Some images on the site NSFW]
posted by jacquilynne on Mar 24, 2007 - 13 comments

A sad loss

RIP Heather MacAllister. "Any time there is a fat person onstage as anything besides the butt of a joke, it’s political. Add physical movement, then dance, then sexuality and you have a revolutionary act.”  Founder of Big Burlesque and Venus Group, she died Feb 13 after a long fight with ovarian cancer. She was notably photographed by Leonard Nimoy. Multiple memorial services are planned for her birthday, Feb 25. [some links may be NSFW]
posted by cubby on Feb 15, 2007 - 15 comments

Life Drawing class as Burlesque show

"Two years of twisting my back for 15 bucks an hour as an artist's model convinced me that modern sketch classes weren't nearly as sexy as they were cracked up to be."

Dr. Sketchy's Anti-Art School, hosted in Brooklyn and with branches around the World , gives artists the chance to draw burlesque performers like The World Famous *BOB* , Dirty martini , and Amber Ray , and make real pretty pictures . A return to glory days? Or just another tired trend?

Oh, and there is a book.

(Possibly NSFW if your job doesn't like pasties. )
posted by juliarothbort on Oct 29, 2006 - 39 comments

Hanky Panky

The Magic of NSFW. Ursula Martinez has been discussed here before, but I searched for, and failed to find, the first link (google video).
posted by grumblebee on Oct 15, 2006 - 192 comments

"Look at those big long legs on 9-inch heels," she said. "I look 9 feet tall."

A Golden Age for a Pin-up Cult Playboy centerfold and "queen of pin-up" Bettie Page soldiered in the sexual revolution. At 82, she finds her image (NSFW) earns a respectable living.
posted by PenguinBukkake on Mar 12, 2006 - 30 comments

Dance History Archives

I'm no dancer, but I'm fascinated by the Dance History Archives. The index of dance styles is comprehensive, and the individual entries provide everything from history to related music links. (Jitterbug, May Pole, The Watusi) There's a short glossary, an index of dancers, a voluptuous section on burlesque (including some great NSFW pictures), an archive of posters (Josephine Baker!), and so much more. The list of Dancer Related Celebrities is pretty extensive (Fred Astaire, Rita Hayworth), although there's no Jennifer Grey, so I guess Baby got put in a corner after all.
posted by OmieWise on Feb 24, 2006 - 17 comments

"electrafying one woman show "

A little local color to remind us of what we're fighting for.* Not to mention all these folks: too pretty for another city. Then there's this guy, who needs a place to return to, slasher movie-style.
*The woman's 80 years old, fer crissakes!
posted by brundlefly on Sep 5, 2005 - 6 comments

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