Burlesque, belly dancing, magic, and more in store for Hell's Kitchen's Halloween

Nadine Dubois, director of the vintage striptease company Lili's Burlesque Revue, and Tony Perello present this Halloween edition of Carnivale of the Bizarre at Hell's Kitchen. The interactive experience runs from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. this Sunday, and features a variety of exotic acts, with several members of Lili's company peeling off those hampering things and shaking their moneymakers (as well as an assortment of other props and utensils).

An alternative to the traditional costume nights and horror movie screenings taking place at other venues, the Carnivale of the Bizarre is an opportunity for performers who fall outside the traditional categories of live music and theater to show adventurous audiences some new ways to be stimulated--intellectually and elsewhere.

Among the burlesque dancers snaking through the subturranean lounges and hallways of Hell's Kitchen will be Coco Dupree, Sweetpea, Ophelia Flame, and Switch the Boy Wonder. But Lili's lovelies will not be the only ones coursing through the cavernous confines, for a host of other entertainers from all spectres of the spectrum will try to provoke patrons in their own particular ways. This list includes the Comedy Death Squad featuring Chris Maddock; magicians Sean Phillips and Patrick's Magic; performer Tomahawk Tassels; belly dancers Vanat de Trip, Ft Kahtana, and Senia; and DJ Shannon Blowtorch spinning what will presumably be on the darker side of the hard rock spectrum. Oh, and there will also be aerilists--something worth seeing in an underground bar with low ceilings.

As you soak in the fabulous creatures circulating around, make a point to also relish Hell's Kitchen expansive late night dinner menu and drink specials. The spirit of Hunter S. Thompson will also add to the mind-altering ambience. This is thanks to the hot spot's wall hangings by Ralph Steadman, illustrator for Thompson's Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas and other works by the original gonzo, acquired by owners of Hell's Kitchen presumably to ensure patrons can tell right away that this ain't no TGI Friday's. Cabaret dancers, belly dancers, magicians, comedy assailants, death-defying aerilists--Uncle Duke would have been proud.

Carnivale of the Bizarre is this Sunday, October 31 from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. Tickets are $10. Hell's Kitchen is located at 80 S. Ninth Street in Minneapolis.

Below is a demo from Lili's Burlesque to give a sense of what fury Hell's hath in store for Halloween:

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