|Tuesday, 09 June 2009
The fine art of burlesque, where things were left to the imagination and tease – hence the word striptease – is making a comeback Saturday night at the Raven Haven.
This unique event is Alisa Speed’s idea of the perfect evening’s entertainment. There is a vintage fashion show, the burlesque show and then a swing dance to follow at 8 p.m.
“There is a definite resurgence in vintage style, pin-up style,” said Speed. “And I thought it would be good to bring together some downtown businesses.”
Speed has asked several business women to contribute to the show with clothing, entertainment, accessories and hors d’oeuvres, creating a network of downtown businesses working together for the success of the event.
Ms. Sweet Marie, a local woman, will perform the burlesque show and has chosen to do the balloon dance.
“Burlesque was a form of entertainment that was empowering for women,” said Speed. “It’s very sensual, but it’s not just stripping. It’s highly creative. It’s coy, and demure, and classy fand fun — and women like it as much as men.”
There are 20 models who will be showcasing the vintage clothing from 1920 to the 1950s. Clothing is provided by Addicted to Retro (a local vintage store), and Chances Are consignment store, with accessories from Emporium Gallery.
A local DJ will play swing music during the dance.
The Raven Haven is at 421 George St.
TIckets are $20, which include two glasses of wine, hors d’oeuvres, and all the entertainment.
Tickets are available at Meow Records, Chances Are, Addicted to Retro and Sassafras Savouries.