Burlesque Beat

Amber Topaz

The Rape Crisis & Sexual Abuse Centre, which provides counselling and support to the survivors of sex attacks, has come under fire for using a near-naked dancer (burlesque performer Amber Topaz, pictured above ~ ed.) as part of its line up for a fundraising concert to mark International Women's Day. READ THE REST and read a SECOND ARTICLE and a THIRD ARTICLE -- what do you think?


Check out the SEX WORKERS ART SHOW, currently featuring burlesque luminaries Simone De La Getto, Jo Weldon, World Famous "BOB"

Interesting interview with Toronto performer Sasha Von Bon Bon in the PINK TRIANGLE PRESS.

AMISH BURLESQUE: "The opening number is a striptease where the only thing removed is a sock in about five minutes," says producer Marty Schiff... READ MORE

Cool interview with Oxford performer Tempest Rose by the OXFORD MAIL.

EXAMINER review of MINKSY'S, a musical set in the world of early Burlesque. Previewing in Los Angeles, the show is bound for Broadway. Good ol' Wikipedia fills in the history of the show, which was developed from the 1968 feature, THE NIGHT THEY RAIDED MINSKY'S, which, in turn, was inspired by true events. LA OBSERVED spotlights the musical as well. NPR talked to George Wendt, one of the stars of the show.

The Los Angeles Times profiles Betty Rowland, an original 'Minsky's' girl. The former burlesque dancer, 93, describes a tough but rewarding experience performing during the Depression.

Australian Stage interviews Ali McGregor about the connections between stand-up comedy, burlesque, cabaret and opera.

"Teasy Does It" -- an article in NZ Herald News about New Zealand's Hootchy Kootchy Girls expands into a general article about the development of neo-burlesque.

Daily Free Press profile of the Boston Baby Dolls.

A BroadwayWorld.com article on Denver's Black Box Burlesque: For the first time since the 1930's a theatre is being built specifically to house burlesque, headed up by Reyna Von Vett of last fall's acclaimed Leadville or Bust.

NY Daily News introduces us to Stiletto Spy School.

Des McAnuff explains why there are now burlesque dancers in his reinvention/revival of GUYS AND DOLLS, currently on Broadway. "Miss Adelaide keeps telling us that she has a chronic cold because of her skin exposure," McAnuff laughs, "and that makes a lot more sense if she's a burlesque stripper than a nightclub dancer."

Grand Rapids performer, the hula-hooping burlesque dancer named "Vivacious Miss Audacious", is interviewed by her father's (uncomfortable) co-worker.

Review of the burlesque-themed "mocumentary" TUMBLING AFTER.

TIMES ONLINE uncovers DIY Lingerie.