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New York Burlesque Festival

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The cream of the burly-Q world converges upon Gotham for this tenth annual four-day festival of tease. Visiting tassel-twirlers include Australia’s Imogen Kelly, Japan’s Cherry Typhoon and Italy’s Guiditta Sin, but there’s plenty of local talent to leer at, including Gin Minsky, Darlinda Just Darlinda, Harvest Moon and Angie Pontani. The action kicks off with the Teaser party at the Bell House (Sept 27 at 8pm; $15, advance $10), then moves to Brooklyn Bowl for the Premiere Party (Sept 28 at 8pm; $10), hosted by Scotty the Blue Bunny. Murray “Mr. Showbiz” Hill comperes the supper-clubby Saturday Spectacular at B.B. King Blues Club & Grill (Sept 29 at 7:30pm; $30, advance $25; VIP $70, advance VIP $65), with 40 performers and a live jazz big band. The feathered fest ends with the Golden Pastie Awards at Highline Ballroom (Sept 30 at 8pm; $30, advance $25; VIP seating $45, advance VIP seating $40), hosted by Miss Astrid and featuring an appearance by Tempest Storm, a burlesque icon of the 1950s and ’60s. Visit thenewyorkburlesquefestival.com for more information.
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