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Monday, May 07, 2007

This month, watch lots of women take their clothes off for a good cause

As this year's Exotic World Weekend, June 8-10, rapidly approaches, burlesque producers, performers and troupes all over the country are putting together benefit shows for the Exotic World Burlesque Hall of Fame and Museum. It's an amazing outpouring of community, hardwork and positivity, and it's a bunch of awesome fucking shows too! Starting this Thursday, there are three in New York, and you really need to get to at least one of them!

This Thursday, the weekly Starshine Burlesque is making itself over as an Exotic World benefit show, with one of the best lineups of performers you'll ever see on one stage-most of them past Miss Exotic World (and in one case, MR. Exotic World) winners. Clams will be part of the jam-packed-with-talent go-go team in Rififi's window before the show, and I'll be representin', helping out with the silent auction and raffle items. Last year their benefit show was packed to the rafters and a hell of a lot of fun. Just 10 bucks for a good cause!

Then, on Sunday May 20, the one and only Miss Astrid (my favorite Teutonic, leather-clad, eyepatch wearing, bitter chanteuse emcee) brings her classic burlesque-variety show, the Va-Va-Voom Room, to the stage at the Zipper Theater, for one night only as an Exotic World benefit! The Va-Va-Voom Room is legendary on both coasts and even if it wasn't 20 bucks for good cause, you should not miss it!

And finally, on Wednesday, May 23 (just two days before our show at Coney Island, ahem), Amber Ray presents Vegas or Bust! An all Vegas themed benefit show at Galapagos. It starts at 9:00, just 15 bucks for the good cause, and it's going to be another outstanding lineup--Clams will be debuting a new number appropriate to her last name, and I think that Neil O'Fortune will be making some kind of appearance, the details of which are yet to be worked out.

That's a lot of good show and generosity combined!


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