Best burlesque shows in NYC

Where to see burlesque and other sexy after-dark shows.

The Pink Room: David Lynch Burlesque's 4th Annual Miss Twin Peaks Pageant

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The Pink Room's Francine "The Lucid Dream" is back to pay tribute to the oeuvre of David Lynch (Blue Velvet, Twin Peaks, Mulholland Drive and Wild at Heart will figure heavily) through a burlesque battle to the death—metaphorically speaking, of course, even if one of the participants ends up playing the role of Laura Palmer. Schäffer the Darklord hosts, and Amelia Bareparts, Boo Boo Darlin’, Gemini Rising, Foxy Vermouth, Minx Arcana, Montana, Satanica, Matt Knife and Francine herself are among the performers.

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Joe's Pub at the Public Theater Saturday January 31 2015

Behind the Velvet Curtain

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This edition of Bettina May’s monthly show is extra special: It’s also a launch party for her book, Everyday Bombshell. Lux LaCroix, Sweet Lorraine, Shelly the Singing Siren and Essence Revealed join the festivities.

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Beauty Bar Monday February 2 2015

Cabaret Under the Bridges

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Good news for fans of Floating Kabarette (RIP): You’ll see plenty of familiar faces at this new weekly revue, including Bastard Keith, Jenny Rocha and her Painted Ladies, Rosie 151, and Jason Mejias.

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The Bridges Saturday January 31 2015

!BadAss! 11th Anniversary

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Velocity Chyaldd’s alterna-strip sensation is all grown up, so what better way to celebrate than with a Coney Island blowout? The megawatt lineup features Deity Delgado, Ammo O’Day, Lucky Charming and many others.

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Sideshows by the Seashore Friday January 30 2015

Nutcracker Rouge

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[Note: The review below is from a previous run of Nutcracker Rouge. The revived production is at XIV, Company XIV's new home in the East Village, and the current cast does not include Marisol Cabrera and Jeff Takacs.) Nutcracker Rouge.Minetta Lane Theatre (see Off Broadway). Directed and choreographed by Austin McCormick. With ensemble cast. Running time: 1hr 50mins. One intermission. Nutcracker Rouge: In brief Austin McCormick and his risqué neobaroque dance theater Company XIV present a lavish erotic reimagining of a classic holiday tale (adapted by Jeff Takacs), complete with circus performers, operatic singers and partial nudity. Nutcracker Rouge: Theater review by David Cote   Around this time of year, the word nutcracker conjures so much innocent wonder: Tchaikovsky’s beloved score, the dance of the sugarplum fairy, glitter pasties, stripper poles, comically large stuffed penises.… Oh, did I lose you there? Director-choreographer Austin McCormick has taken the Christmas staple and given it a NSFW spin. Nutcracker Rouge is the perfect hot date: a rated-R riff on the tale of Clara and an enchanted appliance—which may require batteries. Our wide-eyed heroine is now an adult named Marie Claire (Laura Careless, agog and breathing heavily), and the world she discovers is a wintry realm of half-naked dancers and acrobats, gyrating and performing physical stunts that send her into ecstasies of arousal. They get the audience riled up, too. Decked out in Zane Pihlstrom’s e

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XIV Until Saturday January 31 2015
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Bernie Furshpan
Bernie Furshpan

New Burlesque Late Night Shows at The Metropolitan Room starts in June 2012.