Minneapolis Burlesque Festival–October 6 – 9

Holy buckets! Kay Sera will be featured at The Minneapolis Burlesque Festival, you betcha! It’s an innovative spectacle featuring showgirls, circus, drag, comedy, live jazz, and the crème de la crème of burlesque!

 Headliners Roxi D’Lite (Las Vegas), Mr. Gorgeous (NYC), Coco Framboise (Toronto), and Ophelia Flame (Minneapolis) will grace the stage with a cast of 100 international performers and local superstars. With five showcases at The Lab Theater, ten classes taught by superstar instructors, and special events at LUSH and Hell’s Kitchen, this year’s festival will be bigger and brighter than ever!

Kay Sera will be featured at the Minneapolis Burlesque Festival

Kay Sera will be featured at the Minneapolis Burlesque Festival

Smoky Mountain Burlesque Fest: Sept 15-18

Kay Sera is goin’ down! South, that is. To the Smoky Mountain Burlesque Festival in Knoxville, Tennessee! “An ecdysiast extravaganza in the foothills of the Appalachian mountains.”

I’m excited to be part of Friday’s Beaus and Tarts Not From These Parts, “a collection of striptease talents from the nation at large”, starring Ray Gunn, and Saturday’s Rocky Topless show, with Mr. Gorgeous and Bazuka Joe and host Blanche DeBris, highlighting “the best burlesque from up the road and around the globe.”

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Kay Sera joins #SMBF2016 for two nights

With two more shows on the roster, the Smoky Mountain Burlesque Fest is an avalanche of talent! Get your tickets today and follow #rockytopless2016 on Instagram!

 

League of Exotique Dancers: Sept 17

The very FIRST community screening in the U.S. is here in Baltimore! ONE NIGHT ONLY at The Creative Alliance: The area’s only screening of League of Exotique Dancers!

A portion of all ticket sales will be donated through Bawdy Shop Burlesque to the Burlesque Hall of Fame.

This provocative documentary gives an eye-opening “backstage tour” of the golden age of Burlesque and the unforgettable women who made it glitter. Our guides are inductees of the Burlesque Hall of Fame, all are titans of tease, and each one possesses a way with words as uninhibited and captivating as her routines.

League of Exotique Dancers movie poster

“…A rich history of burlesque…reveal[ing] a cornucopia of insights into the themes of female power, grace and showmanship….” HOT DOCS 2016 Review

League of Exotique Dancers features tantalizing tales and expert tips from the frontlines, propeling an action-packed journey through Burlesque’s heyday that also covers its gradual demise, concluding with an upbeat celebration of its rediscovery and revitalization by a new generation. What emerges is a full-figured portrait of Burlesque-era striptease artists, one that goes deeper into the culture and is more nuanced than many familiar screen depictions.

The Burlesque Hall of Fame is the world’s premier organization dedicated to preserving the living legacy of burlesque as an art form and cultural phenomenon. With a collection of several thousand costumes, stage props, photographs, and personal effects documenting the careers and lives of burlesque dancers, comics, and producers over nearly a century, the museum is a growing testament to the power and social impact of the art of the tease.

Tickets on sale NOW! 7:30PM (doors at 7PM) | $10, $7 mbrs (+ $2 at the door)

And check out this delightful interactive site!

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Rare images and candid commentary from burlesque legends

 

New York Burlesque Festival: Sept 29 – Oct 2

Kay Sera was born on Fifth Avenue, Manhattan (no, really!), and she’s thrilled to be headin’ home for the 14th annual New York Burlesque Festival, presented by Pontani & Thirsty Girl Productions!

Kay will be featured at Thursday night’s Teaser Party at The Bell House, hosted by The World Famous *BOB* and starring an array of incredible performers, from Gin Minsky to Bettina May, from Sizzle Dizzle to EmpeROAR Fabulous, and more!

2016 marks Kay Sera's third appearance at the New York Burlesque Festival

2016 marks Kay Sera’s third appearance at the New York Burlesque Festival

Tickets are on sale now!

“Bare” Witness: Titans of Tease Showcase

There are so many fabulous reasons to attend The Burlesque Hall of Fame, but perhaps none more so than the opportunity to ‘bare’ witness to the Titans of Tease Reunion Showcase, featuring the living legends of burlesque

Kay Sera was honored to once again provide coverage of the Burlesque Hall of Fame’s annual Titans of Tease Legends Reunion Showcase for 21st Century Burlesque.

This year’s show featured the most legends ever—which made for a pretty long night. But what a wonderful ‘problem’ to have! Seeing the stateswomen and men of burlesque’s past is a glittery and important vibrant reminder of not only our shared history, but our individual and collective future. As the show’s long-standing emcee, The World Famous *BOB*, put it, “These women didn’t just pave the road—they moved boulders.”

See the complete article here, and please consider making a donation to the BHoF Legends Challenge Fund to help bring these vintage vixens to the Las Vegas stage.

Dusty Summers from the 2016 BHoF Titans of Tease showcase. Photo by Richard Just

Dusty Summers from the 2016 BHoF Titans of Tease showcase. Photo by Richard Just

John Waters’ 70th Birthday!

Kay Sera was delighted to be asked by the Baltimore Sun to participate in a star-studded birthday wish for the one and only John Waters!

It may seem hard to believe, but Baltimore’s proudest Bad Boy, film director/author/actor/raconteur John Waters, embarks on his eighth decade today.

In celebration of this milestone in both physical and cultural longevity (even harder to believe — he made his first movie, “Hag In a Black Leather Jacket,” more than 50 years ago), we asked 30 of his best friends to take a moment to wish him a Happy Birthday.

Hope you’ll agree that Hatchet Face’s finale struck just the right (wrong) chord! Enjoy here! 

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Why “Huh”? Because. What?!?

“It’s an honor just to be nominated.” Well, sort of, sure! The not-at-all-coveted, arguably kind-of-back-handed “Huh?” Golden Pastie (for the performer most skilled in leaving the audience unsure of what they just witnessed) is a fun and silly thing–just like burlesque! And so in that spirit, here are some fun and silly images! See all the “winners“!