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New Orleans Burlesque Festival bump and grind this weekend
September 10, 2009

by Molly Reid, Staff writer, The Times-Picayune

Thursday September 10, 2009, 11:33 AM

Steven Forster / The Times-Picayune
Foxy Flambeaux, Praline DuPree, Kitty Twist from “Secrets in Lace Presented Bustout Burlesque in The Mystick” presented at the Royal Sonesta Hotel last September.NEW ORLEANS BURLESQUE FESTIVAL

What: A three-day showcase of classic and traditional burlesque. Friday features a kickoff party at the Green Bar of the Westin Hotel and the Mondo Burlesque revue at Harrah’s New Orleans. Saturday features the Queen of Burlesque competition at Harrah’s and the Late-Night Burlesque Bash at the House of Blues. Sunday’s activities include Naughty New Orleans, featuring local troupe Bustout Burlesque, at Harrah’s, as well as a closing party at the Carousel Lounge in the Hotel Monteleone.

When: Friday through Sunday, at several locations. See Web site for details.

Where: Kickoff and closing parties are free. Shows range in price from $20 to $50.

Information: Visit or call Ticketmaster at 800.745.3000.


New Orleans might have changed considerably over the past 50 years, but at heart, it’s still a big tease.

So say the 50-plus sassy, sexy ladies who will twirl their tassels and strut their stuff through the first New Orleans Burlesque Festival this weekend. The festival aims to celebrate the burlesque revival that has sparked retro and cutting-edge revues across the country over the past 15 years, as well as put New Orleans back on the map as the capital of saucy, buxom entertainment.

Though the international burlesque revival has, in general, modernized the classic art of striptease, often employing contemporary music, costumes and themes, don’t expect to find anything avant-garde or experimental at the New Orleans Burlesque Festival.

Instead, it aims to celebrate the kind of entertainment that filled Bourbon Street clubs in the 1940s and early ’50s.

Performers such as Rita Alexander, the Champagne Girl; Blaze Starr; and Evangeline the Oyster Girl helped make New Orleans known as “The Most Interesting City in the World” for its numerous risque French Quarter nightclubs.

The girls were glittery, sexy nightlife attractions, by turns campy, coy, brassy and erotic. They tempered the banal appeal of exposed flesh by drawing out the tease, wearing layers of costume — often incorporating a character or prop — and peeling them off one by one.
“The performer has to look like they’re having a good time, ” said festival founder and producer Rick Delaup. “It has to be a beautiful presentation. It has to be sexy. It has to, you know, kind of make your blood pressure rise.”

New Orleans’ burlesque revival has spawned a number of groups, such as Fleur de Tease, which kicks off its fourth season on Sunday (see box); and the Rev. Spooky LeStrange and Her Billion-Dollar Baby Dolls, which incorporate contemporary music and moves into the routines, Delaup said. But, he adds, adherence to tradition has remained a strong element of the city’s burlesque scene.

Foxy Flambeaux and Praline Dupree of the local troupe Bustout Burlesque are a part of the Naughty New Orleans show Sunday evening (Sept. 13) at Harrah’s Theater.FLEUR DE TEASE

What: Trixie Minx, Madame Mystere, Natasha Fiore, Lily Summers and Bella Blue join host Chris Lane and Magic Mike as they kick off the company’s fourth season of burlesque.
When: Sunday at 8 and 10:30 p.m.
Where: One Eyed Jacks, 615 Toulouse St.
Admission: $15 general admission, $20 reserved table seating. For future shows and more details, visit or call 504.319.8917.


“The burlesque revival in New Orleans, when it started, it was these shows that were trying to be more authentically ’50s-style shows with live bands, ” said Delaup, who also is a producer for the local troupe Bustout Burlesque. “Throughout the years of burlesque revival, that’s been a big concept. It’s not too hard to find jazz musicians in New Orleans. It just goes together.”

Part of the reason Delaup chose to focus on traditional burlesque was to set it apart from the proliferation of burlesque festivals around the world, he said.

“They’re exploding, ” he said. “I wanted to do something that was more concentrated in focus, so we’re focusing on classic and traditional burlesque.

“You’re not going to see anything outrageous in terms of the crazy performance art-type pieces I’ve seen. There’s nothing wrong with that, but my main interest has always been in classical and traditional burlesque.”

Over the weekend, the festival will host parties, shows and competitions, featuring more than 50 performers from throughout the country, Delaup said. Friday’s Mondo Burlesque revue will feature dancers, singers and variety acts. The main event Saturday at Harrah’s Casino is the Queen of Burlesque competition, in which 11 exotic dancers from across the country and England — well-known performers such as Annette Betty, Evie Lovelle and local dancer Perle Noire, the Black Pearl — will strip to live jazz music in hopes of earning the festival’s top prize. Saturday also will feature a Late-Night Burlesque Bash at the House of Blues, in which burlesque star Catherine D’Lish will attempt to set the Guinness World Record for the largest feather fan dance.

Delaup said he hopes the festival helps the city as it regains its once-storied title as a hub of burlesque. With several established local troupes and some recent newcomers, it doesn’t seem like the revival will fade anytime soon.

“One of the reasons I’m doing this is to really bring attention to (burlesque) as a permanent entertainment fixture in New Orleans, ” he said.


Friday Night

• NOBF Opening Night Reception, 5:30-8 p.m., Green Bar of the Westin Hotel, 11th floor in Canal Place, 100 Iberville St.

Burlesque legend Evangeline the Oyster Girl joins fellow dancers at the hotel bar to kick off the festival. Free.

• Mondo Burlesque, 9 p.m., Harrah’s New Orleans, 8 Canal St.

The opening-night showcase features singers, dancers and a magician performing to recorded music. $35 and $40.


• Queen of Burlesque, 8 p.m., Harrah’s New Orleans

Classic striptease dancers gather to compete for the title “Queen of Burlesque.” Each solo performance is set to live jazz music. Celebrity judges include actor/radio host Jay Thomas and Miss Louisiana USA Lacey Minchew as well as former burlesque stars. $45 and $50. Tickets available at or 800.745.3000.

• Late-Night Burlesque Bash, 11 p.m., House of Blues, 225 Decatur St.

More than two dozen dancers will perform, and Catherine D’Lish will attempt to set a world record by performing with the world’s largest feather fans. $20, available through, or the venue box office (504.310.4999).


• Legends of New Orleans Burlesque panel discussion, 2-3:30 p.m., Westin New Orleans Canal Place Hotel, third floor

Meet Bourbon Street striptease stars of the 1940s, ’50s and ’60s. At a time when glamour, real talent and live jazz were a mainstay in the nightclubs of the French Quarter, these women were headline acts. Hear about their adventurous lives on and off the stage, as they tell the stories that made headlines in newspapers and magazines throughout the country. Kitty West; Evangeline the Oyster Girl; Tee Red, the TNT Girl; Wild Cherry, the Firecracker of Bourbon Street; and Rita Alexander, the Champagne Girl, will remain after the presentation to autograph their old publicity photos. Moderated by Rick Delaup.

$5, free to festival performers.

• The New Striptease Superstars panel discussion, 3:30-5 p.m., Westin New Orleans Canal Place Hotel, third floor

Long after the heyday of burlesque, a renewed interest in this bawdy form of entertainment emerged in the 1990s. Meet some of the modern-day dancers who have really brought sexy back. Find out what it’s like to be a burlesque dancer in the new millennium, a time of emerging technology, new media and female empowerment. Panelists include burlesque superstar Catherine D’Lish (Los Angeles); Michelle L’Amour (Chicago); Vivienne Vavoom, author of Burlesque & the New Bump and Grind (Denver); Lola Van Ella, the Derriere Beyond Compare (St. Louis); Renea’ Le Roux, the Southern Belle from Hell (Atlanta); La Cholita, the Latina Queen of Burlesque (Los Angeles); Amber Ray (New York); and Ophelia Flame (Minneapolis). Moderated by Jo Weldon of the New York School of Burlesque.

$5, free to festival performers.

• Naughty New Orleans, Harrah’s New Orleans, 8 p.m.

The final night’s showcase features the popular “Bustout Burlesque” show, featuring dancers, singers, variety acts and special guests, all accompanied by a live jazz band.

Admission: $30. (Harrah’s also is offering a $100 package deal for the three shows at its venue. Package does not include the House of Blues event.) Tickets now on sale at or 800.745.3000.

• Closing night party, 10:30 p.m., Carousel Lounge in the Hotel Monteleone.

Join a bevy of burlesque beauties for the last hurrah. Kitten on the Keys entertains, along with special guests. Free.

Saturday and Sunday

• Burlesque workshops, Westin New Orleans Canal Place Hotel, third floor

The New York School of Burlesque will offer workshops by instructors from around the country. Schedule can be found at
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Molly Reid can be reached at or 504.826.3448.

June 15 New Orleans News
June 15, 2009

Fleetwood Mac, Oliver! and Galactic among this week’s best bets in New Orleans

by Keith I. Marszalek,

Monday June 15, 2009, 3:53 PM

Fleetwood Mac

New Orleans’ own Galactic headlines “Wednesdays in the Square,” the CAC hosts a night of “Bourbon and Burlesque,” Tulane’s Summer Lyric tackles “Oliver!,” and Fleetwood Mac rock the New Orleans Arena.

All this and much, much more in this week’s installment of “Hittin’ the Town,” on

Monday, June 15, 2009

Jake Smith
Mid City Lanes Rock and Bowl, 6 p.m.
3016 S. Carrollton Avenue, Uptown
Tickets: Donations accepted
Resources: Rock and Bowl’s website | Jake Smith’s website

Rock ‘n’ Bowl hosts a benefit for the Second Harvest food bank with singer-songwriter Jake Smith.


Bob French and the Original Tuxedo Jazz Band
Irvin Mayfield’s Playhouse, 8 p.m.
Royal Sonesta Hotel, French Quarter
Tickets: Free
Resources: More on Irvin Mayfield’s play house

Traditional Jazz drummer, band leader and WWOZ DJ Bob French continues his reign atop the Monday night band stand at Irvin’s Playhouse along with the cast of usual suspects and special guests.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

The Pfister Sisters
Jimbeaux’s on Frenchmen, 6 p.m.
623 Frenchmen Street, Marigny
Tickets: Free
Resources: The Pfister Sisters’ website

The trio of female Jazz vocalists set up shop in what was formerly known as the Spotted Cat early to belt out their 1930s best.


New Orleans Jazz Vipers
d.b.a., 9 p.m.
618 Frenchmen Street, Marigny
Tickets: Free
Resources: d.b.a.’s website | The New Orleans Jazz Vipers

Frenchmen Street’s Gypsy/Traditional Jazz standar bearers the New Orleans Jazz Vipers swing out to a room of very happy dancers and music lovers every Tuesday night. If you’re looking to cut the proverbial rug without the commitment behind attending an official “Swing dance,” here’s your chance.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Lafayette Square Park, 5:30 p.m.
500 block of St. Charles Avenue
Tickets: Free
Resources: Galactic’s MySpace page

Homegrown Funk, Rock and Hip Hoppers Galactic are this week’s featured band for “Wednesday’s at the Square” outdoor music series.


“The Mind’s Eye” with George Roland
The New Orleans Museum of Art, 6 p.m.
1 Palm Drive, City Park, Mid-City
Tickets: Contact museum
Resources: The New Orleans Art Museum’s website

Curator of Prints and Drawings George Roland will lead a look inside the Museum’s new exhibition of abstract prints and drawings, The Mind’s Eye: Without Subject Matter, What Does the Artist See? The exhibition features more than 100 works by celebrated 20th-century artists including Josef Albers, Alexander Calder, Max Ernst, Stanley Hayter, Howard Hodgkin, Fernand Leger, Joan Miro, Robert Motherwell, Bridget Riley and Andy Warhol.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Matt Perrine’s Sunflower City
d.b.a., 10 p.m.
618 Frenchmen Street, Marigny
Tickets: Free
Resources: d.b.a’s website | Matt Perine’s MySpace page

The man who garnered the cover of this month’s Offbeat brings his larger than life persona (and instrument) to the stand at Snug Harbor. Perrine will undoubtedly feature cuts from his latest release Sunflower City. The CD is a tribute to those who helped Perrine (and other local musicians) return to New Orleans after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.


Oliver! (through Sunday)
Dixon Hall 8 p.m. (2 p.m. Sunday)
Tulane University
Tickets: Contact box office
Resources: Tulane’s Summer Lyric website

Oliver! is one of the most beloved British musicals (currently running to great acclaim in London’s West End), vividly bringing to life Dickens’ timeless characters with its ever-popular story of the boy who asked for more. It will engage you with its pathos and drama, while delighting everyone with its outstanding musical numbers. The sensational score is full of Lionel Bart’s irresistible songs including “Food, Glorious Food,” “I’d Do Anything,” “Where is Love?,” “Consider Yourself,” “As Long As He Needs Me,” “Who Will Buy,” and “Reviewing the Situation” and many more.


The Contemporary Arts Center, 7:30 p.m.
900 Camp Street, Warehouse District
Tickets: $5 – $8
Resources: The CAC’s website

The CAC and New Orleans Film Society present monthly screenings of independent films and shorts you otherwise won’t see in New Orleans. This month’s feature is Siddhartha, the English-language classic based on the best-selling novel by the Nobel Prize winner Herman Hesse, featuring astonishing cinematography by the great Sven Nykvist.

Friday, June 19, 2009

Reverend Horton Heat
The House of Blues, 8 p.m.
225 Decatur Street, French Quarter
Tickets: $22
Resources: House of Blues event info | Horton Heat’s website

Craving that weekend dose of tinnitus to carry you through? Well step right up boys and girls, the right Reverend Horton Heat is back in town, ready to proselytize to the masses through his legendary psycho-billy sermon.


Valley of the Dolls, (Thursday – Sunday)
Le Chat Noir Cabaret, 8 p.m. (Sundays at 6 p.m.)
715 St. Charles Avenue, CBD
Tickets: $21 – $26
Resources: Info from Le Chat Noir

One part homage, one part parody, Running With Scissors’ version of the camp classic follows three very different young women as they enter the treacherous world of show-biz, a WASPy good girl in search of true love, a knockout model with seriously bad luck and a crass cutie who’d crawl over her own mother for a starring role-or a stiff drink. A cavalcade of characters stands between these three and their dreams-nosy secretaries, invalid lounge singers and a particularly blousy Broadway babe.


Johnny Vidacovich with Shannon McNally
Tipitina’s, 10 p.m.
501 Napoleon Avenue, Uptown
Tickets: Free
Resources: Tiptina’s website | Johnny Vidacovich’s website | Shannon McNally’s wesbite

Tipitina’s continues its “Free Fridays” summer music series with drummer Johnny Vidacovich and roots rocker Shannon MccNally. Vidacovich deftly combines second-line street beats, straight-ahead jazz, funk, and the beatnik aesthetic into a brilliant, singular art form. Vidacovich a co-founding member of the modern jazz quintet Astral Project and has created signature grooves on a vast array of recordings with artists including Professor Longhair, James Booker, Mose Allison, and Johnny Adams.

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Fleetwood Mac
The New Orleans Arena, 8 p.m.
1501 Girod Street,
Tickets: $43 – $123
Resources: The New Orleans Arena’s website | Fleetwood Mac’s website

What’s left of 1960s rockers Fleetwood Mac play the New Orleans Arena Saturday night. The current lineup features Stevie Nicks on vocals, Lindsey Buckingham on guitar, vocals, John McVie on bass and Mick Fleetwood on drums, percussion.

Bourbon and Burlesque
The Contemporary Arts Center, 8 p.m.
900 Camp Street, Warehouse District
Tickets: $25 – $60
Resources: Official event information

The CAC’s now annual fundraiser, “Bourbon and Burlesque” features the best of both worlds; Members from several New Orleans burlesque troops will perform while a number of Bourbon companies share their wares to what is sure to be a room full of thirsty cocktail lovers.


The South Pacific Sing-a-long
The National WWII Museum, 6 p.m.
945 Magazine Street, Warehouse District
Tickets: $10
Resources: The National WWII Museum’s website

Don your grass skirts and join us for the first-ever South Pacific Sing-Along. This classic Rodgers and Hammerstein musical, set in the Pacific Theater of WWII, features the timeless tunes “Some Enchanted Evening”, “I’m Gonna Wash That Man Right Outa My Hair” and more.


“Them Funk ‘n’ Indians” featuring Big Chief Monk Boudreaux
Tipitina’s, 10 p.m.
501 Napoleon Avenue, Uptown
Tickets: $10
Resources: Tipitina’s website

The Mardi Gras Indians of New Orleans have had a huge impact on New Orleans music-especially funk and R&B. Big Chief Monk Boudreaux, the most important living link to this tradition, delivers soulful vocals and evocative lyrics over hypnotic grooves


Alex McMurray
d.b.a., 10 p.m.
618 Frenchmen Street, Marigny
Tickets: $5
Resources: d.b.a.’s website | Alex McMurray’s website

Alex McMurray, the gravely voiced vanguard of New Orleans acoustic singer/songwriter roots-rook scene plays the late set at d.b.a. Saturday. If you’ve yet to hear McMurray, his delivery and dulcet tones have been likened to Tom Waits over the years. His recent sea shanties collaboration, (well the collaboration was not too recent, but the release of the CD is) is a favorite amongst locals.

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Jonny Lang
The House of Blues, 8 p.m.
225 Decatur Street, French Quarter
Tickets: $38.50
Resources: House of Blues event info | Jonny Lang’s website

Back in the day, the axe-wielding Blues man’s name was just “The Kid,” and at 13, he had already become the premier blues act in the Upper Mid-West. Years later, Jonny Lang is all grown up, and his following is a bit more diverse than those calling Fargo home. Hes traveled the world on his six strings, and released a number of CDs that display wisdom far beyond his years. He’s currently on tour promoting his latest release, Turn Around.


Los Po’boy Citos, Chef Steve Hesse
Bacchanal Fine Wine & Spirits, 5 p.m.
600 Poland Avenue, Bywater
Tickets: Free
Resources: Bacchanal’s website

Chef Steve Hessey of the soon to open Lemon Tree restaurant is this week’s featured chef at Bacchanal’s weekly evening soiree. The Bywater wine store teams local chefs and musicians together in their courtyard. Music will be provided by Latin ensemble Los Po’Boy citos.

Fleur de Tease Burlesque
June 9, 2009

See the season finale of Fleur de Tease Burlesque at One Eyed Jacks


Sunday June 07, 2009, 12:30 PM

Fleur de Tease burlesque artist, Madane Mystere.

The 2008- 2009 Season of Fleur de Tease Burlesque Revue is almost through and the beautiful gals will perform their favorite dances and skits from their Season Finale at One Eyed Jacks, 615 Toulouse Street in the French Quarter, 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. on Sunday, June 7. Catch up with ladies of Fleur de Tease and enjoy some of their best performances from this past season from shows you may have missed, or just want to see again and again.

The ladies will showcase their sweet, funny, and flirtatious Fleur de Tease style which has made them famous across the globe, and as always there will be many surprises for tease fans.

Even though the season may be ending, the Fleur de Tease ladies never stop dancing, and their busy schedule proves it. Throughout year, especially during the summer, members of Fleur de Tease go on tour with bands and even HBO’s Comic Relief.

Tickets for the Fleur de Tease Burlesque Season Finale, Sunday, June 7, 2009, at One Eyed Jacks, 615 Toulouse St., NOLA, 504-569-8361, are $15.00 and $20.00 for reserved table seating. For more information on the latest Fleur de Tease charity events, merchandise, and shows, please visit , , or contact Sheri M. B. McKee, Media Madam at 504-432-7629,