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Bombshell Bingo adds beauties, bands and more to your grandma’s game

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Game time: Hosted by the Fox (pictured) and the Vamp, Bombshell Bingo is a monthly delight Downtown.
Photo: Ken Elsner

Bingo is fun. Bingo is more fun with pinup-girl hosts as lovely as they are cheeky, and party themes like Tiki and vintage pajama. This is Bombshell Bingo, a monthly romp presented by Backstage Bar & Billiards and Nevermore Productions that combines the classic game with a cabaret smorgasbord of burlesque-style acts, bands, comedians and DJs. And prizes might be “dreamboat” pillows printed with Cary Grant and Sophia Loren or a Four Queens staycation, dinner at Radio City Pizzeria, gift cards for tattoo shops and boutiques or even bar tabs. Speaking of cocktails, themed shot and beer specials accompany bingo, and you get access to the whole shebang by dropping $5 on three bingo cards. “We’re up there calling out bingo numbers and making dirty jokes,” says Darby Fox (the Fox), of the experience she shepherds with fellow pinup coach and model Sarah Vamp (the Vamp). On August 20, they’ll host a Back to School edition, featuring burlesque stars Kalani Kokonuts and Buttercup Delight, plus comedy from a “guest sex-ed teacher,” beats by DJ Catman and music by Dante’s Inferno. Fox says the event mashes up bingophiles, retro enthusiasts, neighborhood folks and tourists, “which is fun, because then they get to actually see that side of Vegas and why Vegas is the mid-century icon that it is.”

Bombshell Bingo: Back to School August 20, 9 p.m., $5. Backstage Bar & Billiards, 601 E. Fremont St., 702-382-2227.

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