Burlesque

Gorgeous Photographs of Exotic Dancers From the 1890s

Burlesque is an art form that still thrives today in progressive artistic spaces (that is, pretty far away from Scores). The tradition has a long history in America, incorporating talents such as musical abilities and athletic feats. (To strip, as the wise Stephen Sondheim wrote in the classic American musical, you’ve got to have a gimmick.) Exotic dancers today, however, look much different than their artistic predecessors, and these images of burlesque performers taken in the 1890s (found via Lost at E Minor) are a lovely look at the creativity and fashions of a budding artistic movement that celebrated femininity and sexuality. … Read More

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Here’s a Bunch of Photos from a Burlesque Tribute to David Lynch

Friday night, Los Angeles’ monthly burlesque show Peepshow Menagerie presented its fifth annual tribute to David Lynch, with performances paying… Read More

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Flavorpill Guide to the Week’s Top 10 SF Events

San Francisco is home to a breathtaking diversity of cultural events. Between our fair city’s world-class museums, restaurants, bars, art galleries, music scene, festivals, and clubs, between all that is weird and quirky and purely San Franciscan, there’s something going down, somewhere, every single day of the year. Check out our Flavorpill social discovery engine, where you can create and share events with friends, and follow our carefully curated editors’ picks. Below, you’ll find Flavorpill’s top picks for this week — just a little bit of help as you set out into this beautiful wide world of SF’s happenings.  … Read More

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Revealing Photos of Burlesque Stars Nude and in Costume [NSFW]

As any burlesque performer will tell you, the art of striptease is about more than just getting naked. It’s about drama and glamor and imagination. That’s just what Brooklyn-based photographer Van Sarki suggests in his series, Burlesque Compére, which places nude and costumed photos of burlesque stars (many of whom fans of the form are sure to recognize) side by side, juxtaposing the vulnerability of nakedness with the flamboyance of… Read More

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What’s On at Flavorpill: The Links That Made the Rounds in Our Office

Today at Flavorpill, we found out what our burlesque name was. We were glad “goat man” doesn’t really exist. We met our hipster dream date and visited the Hipster Olympics in Berlin. We used Selena Gomez’s 20th birthday to predict her entire career arc. We saw… Read More

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Charming Backstage Photos of Modern Vienna Burlesque

Alright, we fess up. We have a curiosity for burlesque, from its deep past to today’s enduring traditions. Pile on the lashes, rev up those tassels, and get glittered up to shimmy, ladies! Here’s a recent good-looking set from photographer George Papadopoulos on Behance, shot in Vienna, backstage, just before a burlesque show. It’s glossy, vibrant, very casual, and a little coy. There’s something about the meticulous costuming that gives the most random of changing rooms a certain opulent flair, isn’t there? Sneak backstage with the gallery below.  … Read More

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Delightful Vintage Burlesque and Vaudeville Photos

Did your aunt spend her youth doing acrobatics mid-air on a ’30s vaudeville stage or flouncing feathers in a 20′s German cabaret? Was your granddad in a circus troupe? Are you in a possession of a rare promotional Moulin Rouge photograph? We’ve been digging through portraits of these glamorous dancers, saucy damsels in tinsel, and troupes of sisters, and we’re a little jealous. So, if your family album is quite a bit more exciting than average, head to the Vintage Vaudeville & Burlesque Images Flickr pool or our comment section and brag. Here are a few highlights. … Read More

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Bizarre and Surreal Turn-of-the-Century Burlesque Posters

You may have assumed that burlesque didn’t get weird until the past decade or so, when a new wave of revivalists adopted a postmodern approach to the art form, combining striptease with everything from the oeuvre of Joss Whedon to science. Well, if this selection of posters from the 1890s are any indication, burlesque has always been strange. One of the specimens below, which we discovered via Retronaut, finds a lady dancing on the table with a fairly large lobster. Another particularly sadistic image shows a leotard-clad burlesque performer hanging from her ankles and being dipped in the water as a motley crew of men chuckle at her expense. “The Beautiful Indian Maidens,” meanwhile, is a somewhat horrifying colonialist artifact — and we’re not even going to touch the one about the “latest New York craze, slumming.” If what you see strikes your fancy (or inspires some morbid curiosity), there are a whole lot more where these came from: the Library of Congress. … Read More

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The 10 Campiest Film Duos of All Time

Last Friday, our dreams finally came true: Dolly Parton and Queen Latifah’s Sister Act-meets-Save the Last Dance movie, Joyful Noise, debuted, combining two of our favorite over-the-top personalities in one giant festival of gospel, beat-boxing, and oddly close-fitting choir robes. It’s by far the campiest movie offering of the still young year, and it got us thinking about our favorite movie duos that are, to quote John Waters’ definition of “camp” from The Simpsons, “tragically ludicrous or ludicrously tragic.” Check out our picks for film’s ten most gloriously campy duos after the jump. … Read More

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Saucy Behind-the-Scenes Burlesque Photos

Sticky salmon pink counters littered with well-worn pastie tassels and cheap plastic cups. Crumpled dollar bills on a scarred, wood stage. A babe in a Bay Ridge living room complete with grandma furnishings. Nicky Devine’s photos of burlesque dancers opt for a behind the scenes look at the bawdy art form instead of the polished presentation we’re used to seeing shake it in the spotlights. Her images capture the drama of cabaret performance, sharing with viewers what happens before and after the curtain drops. Sometimes it’s electric anticipation, and other times your feet just hurt like hell. Hit the jump for more Devine burlesque. … Read More

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