Lili's Burlesque Revue hosts Best of Midwest Burlesk
Trixie Little & the Evil Hate Money, photo by Sam Holden
This weekend, Lili's Burlesque Revue is bringing back their popular Best of Midwest Burlesk (BOMB) Festival, now in its fourth year, to the Ritz Theater for a three titillating days of live music, aerial artists, drag performers, and burlesque acts from around the country.
After spending years touring other parts of the country, Lili's founder Ophelia Flame grew frustrated that there were no big gatherings in the Midwest. "We decided that we were going to have our own damn festival," she says. "Our intentions were to unite our local community." So they started BOMB, and scheduled it for the dead of winter. The event has not only been a great showcase for Midwestern performers, but acts from all over the country have submitted requests to participate as well.
Lili's Burlesque Review, photo by Emma Freeman Photography
Lili's has received over 100 applications from performers, and will be showcasing around 75 local and national acts. The headliners this year are Trixie Little and the Evil Hate Monkey, who are based in New York City. The circus-trained acrobatic team won the 2006 Exotic World trophy for Best Duo.
Photo by Emma Freeman Photography
On Saturday, interested folks can take classes with the Academy of Burlesque, which will teach fun techniques. Available sessions include a workshop led by Kellita, who will teach original Latin showgirl dances, inviting attendees to participate in San Francisco's Grand Carnaval Parade this spring. Other classes include "The Boa" with Ophelia Flame and Jett Adore, another taught by Trixie Little and the Evil Hate Monkey, and a choreography intensive lesson with Lola Van Ella.
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