Roxy D'Lite and Mr. Gorgeous are in town. Image courtesy the artists.


Minneapolis Burlesque Festival

Daily from Oct. 6-9
7 p.m.
Daily from Oct. 7-8
10 p.m.
$30 per show; $50 VIP
Adult, Burlesque, Festivals

Minneapolis is a hotbed of burlesque, that vintage performance art form known for its sexy, slow reveals. But burlesque isn’t only about the removal of clothing; it can also be comedic, or tell stories. With such a wide variety of interpretations, it’s no wonder the Minneapolis Burlesque Festival needs four nights to showcase the talents of 100 international and local dancers. Women and men of all body shapes, sizes, and specialties will flaunt their near-naked fabulousness onstage, incorporating influences from theater, circus acts, cabaret, and drag. Elektra Cute, Gina Louise, Ophelia Flame, and Sweetpea are just a few of the misbehaving Minnesotans in the lineups. The festivities will rotate among Lush, the Lab Theater, and Hell’s Kitchen, and will draw from a different theme each night. Because the body confidence of burlesque dancers is contagious, those who want to try their hand (err…hips) at the art should also check out the 10 workshops offered, including Work That Chair, Bawdy Boas, and Pussy Magic. Apply your pasties, oil up your whip, and secure your garter belt. It’s going to be one helluva ride. For ticketing, a full schedule, and more info, visit 18+.