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Tuesday, January 11, 2011

San Francisco Bay Area burlesque for January 12 to 18, 2011

After a slow-down in shows for the holidays, things are revving right back up this week with a bevy of shows to please your burlesque palate.

The Hubba Hubba Revue: Soviet Union show will be happening this week. Because Kingfish, the co-emcee and producer of the show, will be emceeing the Edwardian Ball's World's Faire on Friday, January 21, the show was scheduled for this Friday instead of its usual third-Friday slot. Not to mention that many of the cast, crew, and audience will probably be in attendance at the Edwardian Ball, which is one of the big events of the year for the burlesque community.

Internationally-renowned burlesque star The Shanghai Pearl of Seattle and Ms. Luisa of Minneapolis are both visiting the Bay Area this week, and they'll be performing at Little Minsky's on Thursday and Hubba Hubba Revue: Soviet Union on Friday. Plus, The Shanghai Pearl performing at Red Hots Burlesque on Friday, and she will be teaching two workshops on Saturday, January 15. Please see the previous post for workshop information.

There will be an interesting debate on Thursday at the Jellyfish Gallery about whether Spy Emerson's (aka Spy Girl Friday) artwork for her exhibit "Books from the Underground Public Library" is sexist. It seems there was a controversy (see the Facebook thread) when the her work was exhibited late last year at the Saturn Cafe in Berkeley in conjunction with a Red Hots Burlesque show there. Dottie Lux of Red Hots Burlesque and "Kelley" The Singing Cowboy will be guest speakers, and Dr. Hal Robins of the Church of the SubGenius will be moderator. The debate will be followed by a burlesque show featuring Delilah and Shredder.

Mynx d'Meanor of Fishnet Follies will be performing in one of SF Sketchfest's shows on Saturday, "Delocated Witness Protection Program Variety Hour." She'll be in the show with Will Forte, Kristen Schaal, and other comedians, actors, and entertainers! It looks like a fun evening at Cobb's Comedy Club.

There are lots of other shows, too. So check the schedule below and see what appeals to you. And remember that live entertainment requires one thing for sure to thrive: You!

Have a good time out there!

  • Thursday, January 13: "Books from the Underground Public Library" with Spy Emerson at the Jellyfish Gallery in San Francisco, 1286 Folsom Street (map). Spy Emerson, who also performs as Spy Girl Friday, will participate in an open debate "Is This Sexist," concerning the controversy over her art while displayed in Berkeley. Dottie Lux of Red Hots Burlesque, and "Kelley" The Singing Cowboy will be guest speakers, and Dr. Hal Robins, Church of the SubGenius, will moderate the event. After the debate, there will be a burlesque show featuring Delilah and Shredder. Debate at 7:30pm, show at 9pm. Debate is free, show will be $10.

  • Also Thursday: Little Minsky's Burlesque and Variety Show at Club Deluxe in San Francisco, 1511 Haight Street (map). Join Douglas Good and his merry band at Little Minsky's as they welcome vocalist Jill Tracy and visiting ecdysiasts The Shanghai Pearl from Seattle, Kristina Nekyia from Los Angeles, and Ms. Luisa from Minneapolis. With local favorites The Diamond Daggers, Vienna la Rouge, and Sid Scenic. Plus variety acts The Bluebelles, Vixen Noir, and belly dancer Wendy Marlatt! Doors at 9pm, show at 10. $5, 21+.

  • Friday, January 14: Red Hots Burlesque at El Rio in San Francisco, 3158 Mission Street (map). Red Hots is San Francisco's only weekly burlesque show! This week the show will feature performances by With performances by The Stripping Granny, The Shanghai Pearl from Seattle, Delilah, Tali Tart and your weekly loud mouth- Dottie Lux! 7:30pm. $5-$10 slinging scale. 21+.

  • Also Friday: The Mischievous Maidens at the Skylark Bar in San Francisco, 3089 16th Street (map). Join the Mischievous Maidens burlesque troupe for a fun start to your weekend at the Skylark Bar with live burlesque and stand-up comedy! 8pm. No cover. 21+.

  • Also Friday: Hubba Hubba Revue: Soviet Union at the DNA Lounge in San Francisco, 375 11th Street (map). Tovarisches! People's Burlesque show, Hubba Hubba Revue, celebrates Glorious Nation of Soviet Union with night of Curvy Cossacks, Buxom Bolsheviks and enough Marxist Mayhem to fill a Soyuz Rocket! Peruse this Parade of pre-Perestroika Performers! The Shanghai Pearl (Seattle), Ms. Luisa (Minneapolis), Sister Kate, Little Miss Never, The Twilight Vixen Revue, Casey Castille, Sparkly Devil, Acrobats Ladybug & Crow, Miss Balla Fire, Your Little Chernobyl, Vienna La Rouge, Tim Barsky & Friends, Vera DeVille, Lady Satan, Fever Blister, Kellita, Gorilla X, and The Hubba Hubba Go-Go Submariners! With musical guests, Brothers Horse! Doors at 9pm, show at 10. $15 general, $12 in advance at, $10 at the box office from 9:00 to 9:30. 21+.

  • Saturday, January 15: Original Sin Burlesque at Sanctuary Ultra Lounge in Livermore, 2369 First Street (map). Join OSB at Sanctuary Ultra Lounge for one of their third-Saturday burlesque shows! Enjoy great drinks and tapas...and of course, the gals of Original Sin Burlesque! 10pm. $5, 21+.

  • Also Saturday: SF Sketchfest presents Delocated Witness Protection Program Variety Hour (w/Mynx d'Meanor!) at Cobb's Comedy Club in San Francisco, 915 Columbus Avenue (map). Join "Jon", from Adult Swim's Delocated, as he hosts a night of both anonymous and non-anonymous music and entertainment. Featuring Will Forte (Saturday Night Live), Kristen Schaal, Todd Barry, Andrew Daly, Eugene Mirman, Larry Murphy, burlesque dancer Mynx d’Meanor of Fishnet Follies, and musical guest, A.C. Newman of The New Pornographers. 10:30pm. $30, 18+.

  • Sunday, January 16: 3rd Annual Forbidden Island Zombie Night (w/ Original Sin Burlesque) at Forbidden Island Tiki Lounge in Alameda, 1304 Lincoln Avenue (map). Zombie Night returns for it's 3rd Annual installment to Forbidden Island. 5pm to 10:30pm. Hula like a ghoul-a to the haunting tunes spun by DJ Fitz! Test out your cranial capacity before the hordes get your brains with an all new zombie trivia contest. Guests arriving in zombie makeup will receive a free special drink! Still have a pulse? Get Zombiefied by our in house make-up artist, Rebecca Roman. Only $10 per person, bring cash! And, as an extra special treat, a very undead burlesque performance by Original Sin Burlesque! No Cover. 21+.

  • Also Sunday: Debauchery at the White Horse Inn in Oakland, 6555 Telegraph Avenue (map). Come out to the White Horse this Sunday and enjoy breaking a few resolutions with the East Bay's bustiest best. This month's Debauchery is sure to tantalize so come ready with a spare pair of dry panties. This month's performers will include Kitty Von Quim, Sheba Queen of the Night, Saranaqued, Sassy, Patricia Misery, and Roxy Picaflor! This month's show benefits St. James Infirmary, a wonderful place that provides compassionate and non-judgmental healthcare and social services for all sex workers while preventing occupational illnesses and injuries through a comprehensive continuum of services. Doors at 7pm, show at 8. Sliding scale $5-15, 21+.

  • Monday, January 17: Uptown Hubba Hubba at the Uptown Club in Oakland, 1928 Telegraph Avenue (map). This Monday, Bombshell Betty and Fromagique bring their Back Country Burlesque show to the Uptown! Enjoy an evening of rockin' rural entertainment featuring country picnics, rodeo sweethearts, line dancing ladies, trailer park hijinks, and more! With performances by Bombshell Betty and her Burlesqueteers. With live musical accompaniment from Fromagique. Boy howdy, that'll be a dad-gum good time! Doors at 9pm, show at 10:15. $5, 21+.

As always, for more information, please check the calendar above. Also, you may want to check back during the week to see if there are any late additions on the blog. And if you have a burlesque show or information about a show that you would like to add to the calendar, please email me at sfbr AT gmx DOT com.
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