Minneapolis Burlesque Festival 2013

While most festivals this time of year have a wind-chill factor, this weekend's burlesque celebration at the Ritz will offer nothing short of a heat wave. For three days, professionals from Canada, the U.S., and Tokyo will be in town to give sizzling strip teases. The list of performers each night is huge, with over 80 talents from 23 cities set to take the stage, including locals Foxy Tann, Switch the Boi Wonder, and Ophelia Flame, as well as award-winning artists Alotta Boutté, Bazuka Joe, Cherry Typhoon, Dolls of Doom, and Frenchie Kiss. Headlining the event will be Ms. Judith Stein, whose 20-year career has taken her all around the world. A recent inductee into the Burlesque Hall of Fame, the artist continues to perform, lead talks, and host workshops on the art of burlesque. Looking to experience burlesque more directly? The Playful Peacock Showgirl Academy will be hosting classes on Friday and Saturday during the afternoon. (Blanche DeBris, photo by Karl Giant)
Jan. 31-Feb. 1, 8 p.m.; Sat., Feb. 2, 7 & 10 p.m., 2013

 
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