With its pasties, g-strings and ostrich feathers, the annual Burlesque Hall of Fame Weekend might sound like any ol’ romp in Vegas. But this is the real deal, the art of striptease—the novelty of fresh performance, pageantry and creative costuming, featuring burlesque’s contemporary, rising and legendary stars.
For four days, Downtown’s Plaza Hotel will be home to the most talented acts in burlesque, arriving from all over the world (and down the street). It’s funny, madcap, sexy, acrobatic, country, western, disco, classical, bebop, vaudevillian and circus-like, and serves as the fundraiser for the Burlesque Hall of Fame Museum, which opens its new space June 4 at Emergency Arts with the exhibit “Sequins in the Sand: Celebrating 20 Years of Miss Exotic World.”
The Lucky Daredevil Thrillshow, featuring Tyler Fyre and Thrill Kill Jill, kicks off the event June 3, followed by the June 4 Titans of Tease: 53rd annual Striptease Reunion Showcase, hosted by World Famous BOB and Kitten on the Keys, and then the World’s Best Burlesque on June 5, hosted by Miss Astrid and featuring troupes, duos and individual performers. Also on tap: a car show, poker tournament, workshops, art opportunities, a pinup pool party and a weekend-long bazaar.