Fifteen years ago, Le Cirque Rouge brought burlesque back to the Twin Cities after a 50-year hiatus of the old-school art. Over the years, the troupe has fostered many new artists, showcased Minnesota talents, and turned bars into baudy stages of expression. After a decade and a half, the group is hanging up its pasties. Some ladies and gents will be heading off to other groups, while others will reform next year as Catastrophe Cabaret. This December, they’ll give two final performances, both holiday-themed. There will be laughter, there will be tears, and there will probably be some butt cheeks. Come toast to the troupe with a pint or some bubbly. 7 p.m. Saturday, December 15, at Aster Cafe (125 SE Main St., Minneapolis; 612-379-3138) and Saturday, December 22, at Amsterdam Bar & Hall (6 W. Sixth St., St. Paul; 612-285-3112).