The burlesque-friendly supper club Duane Park recently reopened at 308 Bowery, a space it shares with Bowery Poetry, and on Wednesday, March 27, Calamity Chang’s Les Fleurs des Shanghai—an ode to the romance and decadence of what was once known as “the Paris of the East” (or, better yet, “the Whore of Asia”)—helped to break the new digs with a night of red-hot performances. The show featured Amber Ray, Harvest Moon, Peekaboo Pointe, vocalist Christina Li and Chang herself; shutterbug Filip Wolak was there to catch the scintillating action.
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The Hotsy Totsy Burlesque troupe pays tribute to the Dude. On Tuesday, March 13, those burly-Q bastions of pop culture—Cherry Pitz, Joe the Shark and their Hotsy Totsy Burlesque buddies—paid tribute to everyone’s favorite cult bowling film, The Big Lebowski. (Apologies if your personal favorite cult bowling film is Kingpin.) Featuring a demanding duel role from the Moth’s Peter Aguero, who played both the Dude and Walter Sobchak, the troupe—which, for this extravaganza, included Amelia Bareparts, Corvette LeFace, Handsome Brad, Kryssy Kocktail, Lil Bunz, Stevie Tosh, Kayce Gogo and Tawdry Owl—threw a scintillating strike. Next up on the Hotsy Totsy horizon—a tribute to The Golden Girls on April 23. You might also like Photos: Coney Island USA's Spring Gala 2013 Coney Island USA's annual fund-raiser paid tribute to Gotham's vibrant burlesque and sideshow universe. Interview: Bettina May The Canadian burlesque star and pinup model Bettina May is an "alien of extraordinary ability." It’s a long way from the streets of Victoria, British Columbia, to the avenues ofGotham—but that hasn’t stopped the vintage-loving Bettina May from becoming one of New York’s leading burlesque artists and pinup models. She’ll be performing at the Sophisticates, helmed by Bastard Keith and Madame Rosebud, on Friday, February 22.Time Out New York: How does a nice girl from British Columbia end up in the burlesque and pinup scene?Bettina May: I came at it through vintage culture, hairstyles and outfitsRead more
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