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Two-night burlesque fest on tap

By Bruce Felps
|  Friday, Jan 21, 2011  |  Updated 3:45 PM CDT
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by Bruce Felps

Not that we would promote scantily clad women engaged in provocative dance, but scantily clad women engaged in provocative dance take two stages during the two-night Dallas Burlesque Festival [video alert, kids] this weekend.

The old-school ribald entertainment extravaganza, the third annual, kicks it tonight at 9:30 inside the Texas Theatre in Oak Cliff. Doors open at 9 p.m.

The performers move to the House of Blues downtown for the show starting at 8 p.m., Jan. 22.

Audience members must be at least 18 years old.

Don’t bother taking $20 bills, well, except for the bar. This isn’t that kind of stripping. It’s striptease, and there are subtle and not-so-subtle differences. Bottom line: the naughty bits stay somewhat covered, up on stage, and out of your face.

More than 40 tease-artists dance to classic burlesque, Vaudeville burlesque, and urban burlesque, a more modern version that incorporates a hip-hop soundtrack.

Violet O’Hara — love that name — plays host opening night and Velvet Fontaine takes over for the grand finale show tomorrow night.

This could be a lot of fun. Take Grandpa. He’ll know what it’s all about.


Bruce Felps owns and operates East Dallas Times, an online community news outlet serving the White Rock Lake area. He is not averse to this type of frustration.

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